I Am, I Am, I Am
Seventeen Brushes With Death
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
‘O’Farrell takes up a bow and arrow and aims at the human heart’ The Times
‘A life-enhancing two-fingers to death… mesmerising’ The Sunday Times
I AM, I AM, I AM is a memoir with a difference – the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Intelligent, insightful, inspirational, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell.
It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?
I AM, I AM, I AM will speak to readers who loved Cheryl Strayed’s WILD or Max Porter’s GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS.
I was tempted to request this book when I came upon fellow book blogger and reviewer (and book seller) Written By Sime’s review:
https://writtenbysime.com/2017/09/13/i-am-i-am-i-am-seventeen-brushes-with-death-by-maggie-ofarrell/ and I was so glad he enjoyed the read and shared his view.
This is a remarkable read – what an incredible life Maggie O’Farrell has led (and not by choice) and yet…here she is, daughter, wife, mother and successful writer. Remarkable – I think that covers it all! J
As the title informs there are seventeen chapters in this creative memoir, each chapter is heart wrenching and demonstrates the incredible resilience that is Maggie O’Farrell. For me I was profoundly affected by several chapters – the first, titled Neck 1990 – could be the stuff that a ripping work of crime fiction is made from- but it’s not. If you have ever been the source of amusement to a bully, to a lunatic…or if you are female you will get chills down your spine, you will recognise the issue here, you too will know what lies ahead, you may have “the instinct for the onset of violence.” p. 12 I know I have it.
“Lungs” could have so easily been named #MeToo – I am sure so many of you will identify with the 16 year old Maggie O’Farrell in this chapter.
And the chapter that talks about anaphylaxis… so much that is personal to me, perhaps it will strike a chord with you too.
A wonderful read.
Sounds a powerful read, Carol. And I always have a lot of respect for people who are strong enough to tackle adversity – or at least not give up.
Life is stranger than fiction in this instance Margot-what an amazing person Maggie is.
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