I Am, I Am, I Am
Rating: 4 / 5
Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir tells of her experience of 17 close shaves with death. Lest the reader feel she has been exceptionally unlucky, she reminds us that near-death experiences happen to us all—‘the brush of a van too close to your bicycle…the aeroplane not caught…’—but we might be aware of only some of these as they are happening.
Her book is beautifully written as she describes her travels and experiences and is life affirming rather than frightening, reminding us of the value of each day. She writes of a narrow escape from a murderer, of a negligent doctor, but also of medical intervention that saved her in a dangerous childbirth crisis, as well as the strength of friendship and the kindness of the community in helping protect her anaphylactic daughter. This is an inspiring book.