Before I Say Goodbye - Ruth Picardie; Matt Seaton; Justine PicardiePenguin, 1999, Paperback ..
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Ruth Picardie was thirty-three when she died, a month after her twins' second birthday and just under a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. For Ruth, a journalist, it seemed natural to write about her illness. She published only seven columns for Observer Life magazine before she became too sick to continue, but her moving, funny and very human account drew a huge response from readers all over England. Before I Say Goodbye juxtaposes these columns with correspondence from readers, e-mails to her friends, letters to her children and reflections by her husband and her sister. The result is a courageous and moving book, entirely devoid of self-pity, that celebrates the triumph of a brave and wonderful woman's spirit. Ruth Picardie studied social anthropology at Cambridge University. A former editor at the Guardian and Independent newspapers, she worked as a freelance writer for numerous magazines and newspapers. She died in September 1997. 128pp.
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