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The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die 2021

19 December 2022

Meet Adam. He is twenty-seven years old, eloquent and attractive. He also wants to die. Should he be helped? In The Inevitable , award-winning journalist Katie Engelhart explores one of our most enduring taboos: assisted dying. From Avril, an 80-year-old British woman illegally importing pentobarbital, to an Australian doctor publishing suicide manuals online, Engelhart travels the world to hear the stories of those seeking a 'good death'. She raises the most uncomfortable moral questions. Should a young woman facing impending paralysis be allowed to end her life with the help of a doctor? Should we be free to die painlessly before dementia takes over our minds? Or choose death over old age? A deeply descriptive portrait of ordinary people struggling to make impossible decisions, The Inevitable sheds crucial light on what it means to thrive, live and die.