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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death: The Breathtaking Number One Bestseller Hardcover – 22 Aug 2017
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If you want evidence that life can be just as dramatic as fiction, you couldn't wish for better than Maggie O'Farrell's stunning memoir (Louise Doughty Guardian Books of the Year)
Maggie O'Farrell is a highly accomplished author with seven novels to her name but she achieves something altogether more powerful and direct in this astonishing memoir... Each chapter is an accomplished piece of memoir writing in its own right. The cumulative effect is extraordinary and I felt my understanding of what it means to be a human and a mother grew. Where other writers may be playing with paper, O'Farrell takes up a bow and arrow and aims right at the human heart (Cathy Rentzenbrink The Times)
I have never read a book about death that has made me feel so alive. A heart-stopping, addictive read (Tracy Chevalier)
I adored every minute. A triumph (Joanna Cannon)
Extraordinary. A beautiful testament to courage and grace under fire without an ounce of self-pity (Kate Mosse)
It is absolutely, in every possible sense of the word, brilliant. It shines with wit and candour and insight. It is spectacularly moving, funny, impeccably controlled, artful and sincere. It's a gift (Max Porter)
By turns chilling, terrifying, deeply moving, funny, recognisable, wild, simple, complicated. A rich celebration (Rachel Joyce)
Quite simply astonishing... reminds the reader of the fierce joy of being alive. To my mind, I AM, I AM, I AM is Maggie O'Farrell's greatest work to date (Louise O'Neill)
The final chapter is one of the boldest and most terrifying things I have read this year (Scotsman)
She is a breathtakingly good writer, and brings all her elegance and poise as a novelist to the story of her own life (Guardian)
The Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller - an extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today.See all Product description
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'Maggie O'Farrell is a miracle in every sense' Ann Patchett
An extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today.
'A rare talent to enthral... It will leave you bereft and wanting more' Sunday Times
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O’Farrell has divided each potential encounter with not being, by time, and by the part of the body or psyche where vulnerability struck.
Perhaps it is the large number of close shaves, of different kinds, which have made her fiercely embrace her ‘I Am’
The first near brush is a horrible encounter, as a young woman on a holiday job, with someone later convicted of murdering young women. Some kind of instinct took Farrell to take exactly the right kind of evasive action which kept her safe:
“I could have said that I have an instinct for the onset of violence. That, for a long time, I seemed to incite it in others for reasons I never quite understood. If, as a child, you are struck or hit, you will never forget that sense of your own powerlessness and vulnerability, of how a situation can turn from benign to brutal in the blink of an eye, in the space of a breath. That sensibility will run in your veins, like an antibody”
O’ Farrell has that ability a writer must have, to be within a situation and able, simultaneously to reflect on it, to see wider contexts
Making a plane journey which turned somewhat hazardous, and which had only happened because her journey through academia had failed to deliver the expected results, and so led to a changed career path, made her aware, later
“That the things in life which don’t go to plan are usually more important, more formative, in the long run, than the things that do.
You need to expect the unexpected, to embrace it. The best way, I am about to discover, is not always the easy way”
Brushes with mortality have been her own, and also, more heart-breakingly for any parent, anguish over a child’s health. Maggie O’ Farrell, by virtue of surviving her various own ‘near death’ encounters, had almost felt a kind of invulnerability
“The knowledge that I was lucky to be alive, that it could so easily have been otherwise, skewed my thinking. I viewed my continuing life as a bonus, a boon: I could do with it what I wanted”
That sense of having control over your own destiny, if one has it, crumbles in the face of a child’s fragility:
"Holding my child, I realised my vulnerability to death; I was frightened of it, for the first time. I knew too well how fine a membrane separates us from that place, and how easily it can be perforated.”
Maggie O’Farrell has a daughter born with an immunology disorder. She is both more prone to weakened immunity from common pathogens, and extreme over-reactivity to various foodstuffs to the point where she will go into anaphylactic shock – nuts, sesame, eggs, bee or wasp stings – even to the extent that if she comes into contact for example with crumbs from a nut cookie on an improperly cleaned café table. She, and her family, have to live in constant vigilance
It might sound as if this is a dreadfully depressing book, a catalogue of woes – of course, it isn’t.
In its strange way, this is celebratory, a reminder to cherish the wonder of our fragile, strong, livingness
At Hay, O'Farrell said that she thinks 'chronology is a tryranny' and this is evident in her two books I've read so far (clearly I'm working my way through the rest now). She has a real gift for telling a story in episodes out of chronological order, and she trusts her reader to fill in the gaps more than any other writer I've come across.
I don't often read memoirs (there are so many fiction books I want to read first) but I Am, I Am, I Am is well worth making an exception for. And I am convinced that Maggie O'Farrell's survival instinct, which seems at times to rely heavily on an abnormally high level of empathy, is instrinsically linked to her astonishing talent as a novelist.
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