Every Third Thought

On Life, Death, and the Endgame

Robert McCrum


An uplifting and moving investigation into how we think about death, Every Third Thought is both guide and companion, always 'wise and humane' (Andrew Marr).
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<p><b>As read on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week</b><br /><br /><b>'Moving, intellectual and unsentimental. I think it will become a classic' Melvyn Bragg<br /><br />'Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, <i>Every Third Thought</i> is beautiful' </b><b>Kate Mosse </b><br /><br />In 1995, at the age of forty-two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke. Since that life-changing event, McCrum has lived in the shadow of death, unavoidably aware of his own mortality. And now, in his sixties, he is noticing a change: his friends are joining him there. Death has become his contemporaries' every third thought.<br /><br />And so, with the words of McCrum's favourite authors as travel companions, <i>Every Third Thought</i> takes us on a journey towards death itself. This is a deeply personal book of reflection and conversation - with brain surgeons, psychologists, hospice workers and patients, writers and poets, and it confronts an existential question: in a world where we have learnt to live well at all costs, can we make peace with dying?</p>
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Book publisherPan Macmillan
Publication date10 Jul 2018
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