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The Spare Room

by Helen Garner
£7.99   paperback  Canongate Books Ltd (2009)

The Spare Room by Helen Garner How much of ourselves must we give up to help a friend in need?
 
Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend of fifteen years. Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing all her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer. In the weeks that follow, Nicola's battle against her cancer will turn not only her own life upside down but also those of everyone around her.
 
The Spare Room is a magical gem of a book that packs a huge punch, charting a friendship as it is tested by the threat of death.

"A book so sensitive, sad, funny and alive that it surely deserves an honoured place on many shelves."
(Diana Athill, Daily Telegraph)
"A burningly passionate account of the one experience we will all share."
(Observer)

ISBN 13: 9781847672674 | ISBN 10: 1847672671