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Vacant Possession (Living Literature) [Paperback]

Brian Hurwitz , Hazel McHaffie

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Hazel McHaffie has changed career several times - nurse, midwife, university researcher, novelist. She's a workaholic with obsessive tendencies and a taste for chopping things very small. Her last publication as an academic, Crucial Decisions at the Beginning of Life, won the BMA Medical Book of the Year award in 2002 and her fifth novel, Right to Die, was highly recommended by the BMA in 2009. She has published seven novels, all set in the world of medical ethics (assisted conception, decision making on behalf of those who can't choose for themselves, assisted suicide), completed another one, and is currently researching and writing the ninth. After winning a couple of small prizes, her photo has appeared frequently in a creative writing course advert in publications as diverse as The Big Issue, Daily Telegraph, Private Eye and Gardeners World! She has a website and writes a weekly blog, VelvetEthics.

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Vivienne has been in a persistent vegetative state, looked after in a Home, for years. How can she suddenly be pregnant? She cannot speak for herself, so who should decide what happens to her unborn child? What is in her best interests? Her family, the medical team who care for her, the police investigating the crime - all have different interests, values and opinions on the best way forward. As events gather their own momentum, other people must make medical and moral choices on Vivienne's behalf - choices beset with uncertainty that profoundly affect their own relationships and futures.

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