Novelist O’Farrell’s memoir is told in a series of vignettes, some very short, some longer, where her life comes up against death, and some of the many ways it can take any of us. Severe illness, childbirth, a near miss with a bus or a violent crime, are all explored. The stories are not told sequentially, but through them her life story is revealed.

O’Farrell is such a skilled writer that even mundane are both gripping and revealing in the telling. Excellent on audio