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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (2 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848509995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848509993
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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heart-rending (The Sunday Times)

About the Author

Through her work Bronnie Ware weaves delightful tales of real life observations and experience. Using gentleness, honesty and humour, Bronnie celebrates both the strength and vulnerability of human nature. Her message is a positive and inspiring one.

As well as performing her own songs, Bronnie runs an online personal growth and songwriting course, writes a well-loved blog called Inspiration and Chai, including articles that have been translated into several languages, and is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. www.bronnieware.com


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Like many others, I at one point stumbled over the article "Top five regrets of the dying" on the internet, published by The Guardian. When I later learned that Ware had written a full-length book with the same title, I found the premise appealing: It seemed probable that dying people may have enough interesting thoughts to share that they may fill a small book. Thus, when the book arrived in my mailbox, I was full of positive expectations. I ended up rather dissatisfied with the book, however. I found the book frustrating on three main accounts:

1. The book is to a large degree not very much about the regrets of the dying, rather it is about the author herself.

2. The language of the book is simplistic and fails to draw you in.

3. Ware is apparently rather into spirituality and meditation, and coats her accounts with pseudo-religious references, which gets very tiring when you really just want to hear about the regrets of the dying and not about Bronnie Ware's having improved her life by becoming a vegan, doing yoga and meditating.

On a more positive note, there are actual accounts of dying people reflecting on their lives and what they might have done better. These passages are interesting. However, they take up less than 25% of the book, with the remainder being about Ware describing her life, her hardships, and her attempts to apply the wisdom imparted by the dying. Towards the end of the book, the book entirely ceases to be about regrets of the dying and instead turns into an account of Ware's battle with depression.
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Hmm. Honestly I had to force myself to finish this book. I'm afraid that it's long and poorly written, all tell and no show, and very repetitive. The author has clearly led a very a troubled life, from drug problems in her youth to depression and several suicide attempts (or at least plans). I'm happy for her that she seems finally to have found her own form of peace and happiness, and in a way I think the book is a kind of therapy for her. She has also had rare insight into the regrets of the dying, having worked in palliative care with many "dear" men and women.

The top five regrets of the dying are incredibly important lessons and we would all do well listening to them before it's too late:
(1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
(2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.
(3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
(4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
(5) I wish I’d let myself be happier.
Read them, think about what they mean, and try to live your life to avoid such regrets. But beyond that, I wouldn't recommend that you read this book..
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This should be a book about some incredible honest admissions of dying people but is in fact entirely about the author, one of the most self centred, delusional and egotistical characters you are ever likely to hear about. This is the books flaw, and also it's genius.

The author's lack of self -awareness and humility at times leave you needing to remind yourself that she is even a real person. In fact, if she were a work of fiction you would probably stop reading as the character is clearly too unrealistic for even the most open mind to imagine.

At first I just presumed her delusions of grandeur only stretched so far as to make her believe she was a modern day mix of Mother Theresa and Mary Poppins. As I read on it became clear that Bronnie's delusions go much further than this to the point where I truly believe she considers herself to be the second coming of Jesus Christ himself.

Anyone who has read the book will know where I am coming from with this as every page is littered with her self promoting tales. There are so many I would love to share but due to space I will just give special mention to Bronnie's own self declared `miracles'.

In one she shares a smile with a dying man which somehow expressed such a pure form of joy that a nearby priest slammed shut his bible, announced that he now knows what god's love looks like, then hugged the author, like a `frightened child' and said, through his tears, "my life will never be the same".

You may think I have exaggerated this, but if anything I have underplayed it.
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I bought this book due to the positive publicity which the writer received on her article the top five regrets of the dying. I expected some open and honest accounts from people who faced death and encountered their regrets about the life they had led and their fears about the future. What I didn't expect to find was a long diatribe about the author, her belief systems and what led to her writing the book in the first place. A paragraph should have been sufficient. Sadly it was so interminably dull that I couldn't wade through the author's biography to get to the parts about the dying which was the point of buying the book in the first place. For anyone with an interest in this subject I would recommend What Dying People Want by David Kuhl which is a worthwhile and professionally written work. Sadly struggling to read this drivel by Bronnie Ware counts as one of my top regrets of the living.
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