Maggie O'Farrell's memoir, recounted through near-death experiences. Complications during labour leave the author close to death on the operating table. Hattie Morahan reads.
Hattie Morahan reads 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 remembers the difficult birth of her first son and the impact that a stranger's compassionate gesture had on her while doctors worked hard to save her life in the operating theatre.
Reader: Hattie Morahan
Writer: Maggie O'Farrell
Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.