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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720610141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720610147
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Mary Close was born in Oxford, England and lives in the Chiltern Hills in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. She had created the outlines of many books in her head before meeting the subject of her first, Heather Ritchie, and being inspired by her amazing pictorial rugs.
Lesley's second book, Assisted Dying: who makes the final decision?, includes the story of her brother John's death at Dignitas in 2003, case studies (written by Lesley) of other people's difficult deaths, and essays on a variety of aspects of the subject from a range of authors.
Lesley enjoyed writing her first biography so much that she is engaged upon the hugely enjoyable task of researching and writing another (but very different) biography. She and Heather have also looked at ideas for further books based on Heather's rugs.
Lesley has always enjoyed reading biographies, but that's where the clever reading ends: 'who/why dunnits' by the likes of Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine, PD James and Peter Robinson have been her preferred reading for many years! In her fifties, she took up creative writing and found it very challenging. The first anthology of stories by the group she joined, Just Write, is available as an ebook on Amazon.
Also in her fifties, Lesley joined a Rock Choir and started taking singing exams. She enjoys walking (both with and without a geocaching element), cycling and cooking for friends.
In her 30s Lesley learned to tap dance: her late father and brother would want her to say 'but she kept falling in the sink' so, in their honour, she will do so!

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Assisted dying is perhaps one of the most divisive issues of the modern age, generating endless headlines and moral debates. Published in conjunction with the organization Dignity in Dying, this important new book provides a forum for expert commentators in a variety of fields, including religion and medicine, to explore whether the most humane response to the torment and helplessness of certain severely incapacitated individuals is to assist them in their wish to die. Foreword Sir Terry Pratchett

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This is an anthology of essays, generated by the movement 'Dignity in Dying', and edited by Lesley Close, Patron and spokesperson for the organisation, and Jo Cartwright, their Campaigns and Press Manager. It promotes the individual's autonomy to have a say in the timing and manner of their death, against the rival sanctity of life argument.

This accessible 12 chapter, 219 page book provides an illuminating exposure of the topic of assisted dying, with an unashamed subjective underbelly. Some of the more challenging chapters are forged on the anvil of personal or vicarious pain, where the contributors and their families have experienced the worst aspects of end of life trauma. The contributions also include death at 'Dignitas', a history of assisted dying both in the UK and around the world, a faith view of assisted dying, and medical perspectives on the end of life. Of the nine contributors, the more prominent are Sir Graeme Catto, former President of the GMC dealing with the future of assisted dying in England and Wales, Professor Ray Tallis, philosopher speaking of the right to an assisted death, and there is a short heart-felt foreword by Sir Terry Pratchett OBE.

The most compelling aspects of the book however come from the personal essays, frequently written with disarming detail, the relevance of which becomes apparent as the social impact of the stories emerge.

Whilst the book 'Easeful Death' -Warnock and MacDonald, tackles the subject in a more academic way, 'Assisted Dying- Who Makes the Final Decision' provides a personal and very intimate account of the issues. To this end, the book provides a valuable and timely contribution to the debate on end of life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trish. NIBLOCK on 25 Mar. 2014
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We are all growing older and we live in a society that is not always sensitive to the care of the elderly and the best care costs a great deal of money which most of us do not have.

My own father - a very active man when younger - who coped well after numerous strokes over ten years said - after his 7th and final stroke - " If I was a horse you would shoot me"

We should read this book. Trish Niblock
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Sparrow on 12 April 2014
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Not read it yet so don't know what to say. I'm sure it will be very helpful as I strongly believe in letting us choose how we wish to leave this planet
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