Maggie O’Farrell turns her attention to her own life, a life that has been series of near misses. From her impulsive dash into traffic as a young child to a terrifying encounter on a deserted road that left her irrevocably changed, death looms large in her experiences. In this remarkable, unique memoir, she faces mortality head on and allows us a glimpse at a life less ordinary. In turns stunningly beautiful and heart-breaking, I Am, I Am, I Am is like nothing else you'll read this year.
Recommended by Nicola Kennedy, Dubray Bray
I AM, I AM, I AM is Sunday Times bestseller and Costa Novel-Award winner Maggie O'Farrell's electric and shocking memoir of the near death experiences that have punctuated her life; it will appeal to readers of Cheryl Strayed's WILD or Joan Didion's A YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. 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. This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. It is a book to make you question yourself: what would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose? I AM, I AM, I AM is a book you will finish newly conscious of your own vulnerability, and determined to make every heartbeat count.