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Before I Say Goodbye

Languages Spoken: english
I loved the hell out of this tiny little book, and found myself crying and laughing simultaneously more than once in the course of reading it, as passage upon passage made me yell, "Yes! EXACTLY like that!"

A chocolate-loving, fashion-obsessed, British freelance writer, Ruth Picardie was 32 years old and happily married with one-year old twins at diagnosis. She wrote a (cruelly short) series of columns on her experience of breast cancer for the Observer newspaper before her death a year later. This book is a collection of those columns and her correspondence with friends, readers and family.

As her husband Matt writes: "There was a rough-tough bravado about Ruth's black humour: it was a way not so much of facing the truth, as of trying to face it down; a means of both acknowledging the inevitable and denying it, in a shriek of raucous laughter."

I finished it thinking what a different place this world would be if we were all so honest, both with ourselves and each other. What a concept.
- Planet Cancer