Title: Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, The
Authors: McPartlin, Anna
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 436
Year: 2015
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Language: English
Description: Single mum 'Rabbit' Hayes is coming to the end of her innings ... prematurely, it has to be said but that is not going to stop her making the most of what time she does have left. Gathered at the hospice in her final days are her friends and family, recalling and celebrating the life she has led to the full.

Tempered with Irish humour and the perfect balance of sadness and hope, this is a credible, heartwarming story of a reluctant but beautiful journey.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A 'laugh out loud and weep' read."

"A powerful piece of fiction - a story of heartbreak, joy, love and loss. A novel with heart and soul."

"Definitely not for groups if they have someone who has a terminal illness."

"This is not just a 'weepy' book. It is a story of faith, hope and acceptance."

"Humour is essential to balance pain and this book has the perfect balance."

"The writing is honest, endearing and perfectly paced. I can guarantee that the story will stay with you for a long time."

"The dialogue is very good - entertaining but also thought-provoking. Pity about the four-letter words though."

Comments from Groups:

Everyone LOVED this book! Hard to start, then hard to put down! 9/10 loved the characters (especially Molly); thought it a well constructed novel; a privilege to read, and admired the huge strength of their family bond. We thought the interaction brilliant, although thought their ethics questionable re not telling Juliet about her mother's imminent death. A perfect book about death and dying. Excellent! Whitianga 002

Categories: Fiction, Grief/loss, Humour, Inspirational, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, What's Hot, 2017 Titles


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By: OWAKA 001 2018-11-26 14:28:20
Probably our favourite book of the year: even the woman who had survived breast cancer enjoyed it. The subject matter - a young woman dying, the love of her life with a serious disease, and her mother's illness at the end - which should have been bleak, wasn't at all in the context of her boisterous and varied family. We all liked the end decision about the daughter's future. Our favourite character veered between mother and the son who took Juliet at the end. I was specially impressed with the section on her getting her first period, which was dealt with very matter-of-factly and with humour.

By: TEKAPO 001 2018-08-17 14:09:11
All members rated the book as a good read. Some members found it a difficult read as they had personal and direct experiences of dealing with terminal cancer within their families.

By: MAST 007 2018-08-17 14:06:00
A popular read.

By: TAUR 036 2018-08-17 14:05:37
Moving, sad, funny and joyous. We all loved this book without exception. It touched many who had experience of cancer.

By: CHCH 389 2018-08-17 14:03:56
Insightful book regarding the subject of cancer/death. A dark subject, but handled well with tears and smiles interspersed with light relief in the form of Irish comedy. Some members chose not to read.

By: TAUP 007 2018-08-17 13:55:17
We loved this book! The humour, the tragic subject, but the beauty of all the characters and how they were portrayed kept us all captivated - with tears and laughter.

By: MTMA 006 2018-05-03 12:26:32
We all loved the book, it was an awesome read. There were tears and laughter!

By: CLARK 001 2018-05-03 12:25:33
Most thought it was fantastic. A couple in the group weren't "engaged" with the characters. The humour and "Irishness" much enjoyed by most.

By: CHCH 294 2018-05-03 12:24:03
Enjoyed by everyone. Very real to several. The writer has a wonderful feel for the emotions of the family.

By: PAIHIA 003 2018-05-03 12:21:02
Beautiful story - well written. Totally believable characters.

By: GERAL 002 2017-12-20 14:39:58
This book was not as dark or sad as the title suggests.

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