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Title: After the End
Authors: Mackintosh, Clare
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 370
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: A mother and father both wanting what is best for their critically ill child but coming to different conclusions about the path ahead...

Max and Pip Adams love each other and their young son but when they cannot agree on the way forward, it is up to a London court to rule on Dylan's treatment.

With alternating chapters presenting both possible outcomes of this decision, this is a clever and moving story with emotional heft that explores the consequences of an impossible choice.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It is very well written and explores the topic well. I was not surprised to read that the author has faced this impossible decision herself."

"I have never read a book like this before. I had to take time to read it and not be overwhelmed by the content. It's a 10/10 for me."

"The story is very well told."

"It is never didactic and at no time pushes us to make a particular decision about the best thing to do in such a high pressure, high stakes situation."

"There is a huge amount to discuss and explore in this book and I think it would make an excellent BDS book."

"Each character tells the story from their point of view and it is a wonderful device for allowing us to experience the trauma before us."

"Someone who has lost a child may find this raw and challenging to read."

"I gave this book 9 out of 10 which is very high for me."

Categories: Fiction, Grief/loss, Human Rights, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, England, UK, 2023 Titles

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