Memoir in which bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell recounts her life through a series of near-death experiences. Aged eight, she fell seriously ill after contracting encephalitis.
Maggie O'Farrell's startling memoir, in which the bestselling author recounts her life through a series of near-death experiences.
The book started out as a private project, a way for O'Farrell to help her young daughter who suffers from a serious immunology disorder, including severe eczema and allergies that can cause anaphylactic shock: "I've asked myself, when she has been very ill, how do you carry on when death is a daily possibility?"
In this episode, O'Farrell recalls the moment at which, aged eight, she woke up to find the world 'looked completely different': she'd contracted encephalitis, an illness that continues to have an impact upon her life.
Reader: Hattie Morahan
Writer: Maggie O'Farrell
Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.