Short listed for the National Biography Award, this remarkable true story of grit and resilience depicts a family at their zenith, set against the spectacular backdrop of rural Queensland where life and death are never far apart. But not even the harshness of the Australian landscape can prepare them for what is to come.
Written with astounding lyricism, warmth and humour, The Long Goodbye is a deeply moving memoir about the unbreakable bonds of marriage, love and family, and it poses the most heart-breaking moral dilemma of all: when a loved one is suffering, is euthanasia the answer?
In the author’s words:
“My memoir culminates (after sixty-five years of marriage) with my mother suffering dementia and my father feeling compelled to take her life: ‘I’m ninety-five years old; I could die at any time – and I can’t leave her here like this.’ - and to take his own life, a short time thereafter.
While 'The Long Goodbye' does not openly advocate for euthanasia, I don’t believe anyone can read it without questioning whether such a wonderful life - lived so well – should end so badly”