Dying by Cory Taylor


Cory Taylor is one of Australia’s celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant Me and Mr Booker (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Pacific region), and My Beautiful Enemy (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award).At the age of sixty, she is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable. As she tells us in her remarkable last book, Dying: A Memoir, she now weighs less than her neighbour’s retriever.Wr...

Details Dying

Release DateMay 16th, 2016
PublisherText Publishing
Number of pages160 pages
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Death, Cultural, Australia

Reviews Dying

  • Paul Bryant
    This year two of my close friends were diagnosed with terminal cancer. One was my fittest friend, the guy who ran regular half-marathons and swam and cycled and jogged every day. But the thing is, four or was it five of his uncles, aunts and parents died of cancer at around his age, so it looks like a genetic thing. The other friend is the guy who really should have quit smoking 20 years ago when he managed to beat lymphoma, but he didn’t, so n...
  • Marianne
    “…I will miss being around to see what happens next, how things turn out, whether my children’s lives will prove as lucky as my own. But I will not miss dying. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I will be glad when it’s over”Dying: a Memoir is Cory Taylor’s last book. Cory writes that she is sixty years old and dying of a melanoma-related brain cancer, and says: “…in this, my final book: I am making a shape for m...
  • Michael
    Cory Taylor is one of Australia's most famed authors. With two books that have won and been shortlisted for awards, she has made her own niche in our literary landscape. Know though Cory, who has been battling melanoma-related brain cancer for the last decade, is facing the reality that she will soon die. It is with this knowledge that Cory explains to us how she went from one fear and disbelief to find peace and accepting of her fate. The book i...
  • Nigel
    In brief - There is - for me - a real beauty and simplicity in this brief but powerful book.In fullCan a book about Dying be considered beautiful? If I had any doubts on that Cory Taylor has removed them. The memoir starts with the simple facts that in her fifties she is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. There are three chapters in this short book and the first was powerful for me. There is rational contemplation of suicide together with th...
  • Gill
    'Dying' by Cory Taylor3 stars/ 6 out of 10I was interested in reading this short book because I have recently read an obituary of the author.Cory Taylor spent her latter years in Queensland, Australia. The first section of the book is primarily about her experiences and treatment after diagnosis with cancer. Perhaps because such experiences vary between countries, what Taylor described did not resonate with me. I found the middle section concerni...
  • Amalia Kidd
    I couldn't put this book down and read it from start to finish in one sitting. I was joined by a glass of wine for the final leg. Cory's prose is so honest and resonants with me on a deep level. She tackles those thoughts we'd rather not discuss. Her brutal honesty and most of all her humour keep this memoir real. Since reading it I have had many occasions to recommend it to others, who for a variety of reasons, are grappling with the questions t...
  • Kkneen
    Perfectly structured, perfectly told. An unsentimental meditation on family, life and death. This is how I want to go out, having written one perfect book.
  • Kirsty
    Illness narratives are fast becoming my go-to books. I find reading about the process of dying both fascinating and humbling. From the outset, Taylor's memoir is incredibly well written. At no point is it self-pitying; rather, her tone is measured and hopeful, startling and truthful. Dying is both easy and difficult to read; the former because of its fluent prose style and the latter obviously because of its subject matter. Taylor is courageous, ...
  • Michael Livingston
    A short, clear-eyed memoir, written in the face of inoperable cancer. Sad, but not sentimental, and somehow hopeful in spite of everything.
  • M. Sarki
    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/154283...The accident of birth is just that. And so is everything that happens afterwards, or so it seems to me…Cory Taylor died at age sixty in July of 2016, but not before finishing this important book that details her life beginning to end. The fact that new treatments and medicines now extend our dying to degrees unmanageable by some and put to good use by others serves the writer well. Cory Taylor deftly, and...
  • Kirsty Dummin Smith
    This is a quick, straight forward read that shares a snippet of Cory's life, her family and her history in the face of her own death. It's not depressing or tragic, just matter of fact. Cory touches on many poignant points about life and death, and while I'm sure writing this book was somewhat of a meditation for her, it's also something that any person can relate to. After all, death finds us all, eventually.
  • Ellen
    I will not miss dying. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I will be glad when it's over.There is a kind of reverence that comes with reading passages like this and knowing they were written in the final weeks of a life. This book is extremely personal – and, at times, profound.
  • Andrew McMillen
    What do you do if you're dying slowly of a melanoma-related brain cancer? If you're a writer, like Brisbane-based Cory Taylor, you write a book about it, and all the rest of us can do is soak in the relentlessly true, beautiful and moving words that result. Structured around three long essays, Taylor writes of how her body has failed her since the initial diagnosis in 2005, just before her 50th birthday. While her once full life has since contrac...
  • Svenja
    Mit dem Thema Tod kann ich nicht besonders gut umgehen. Ich hatte gehofft, dass mir dieses Buch mehr hilft, die Sicht der Sterbenden zu begreifen.Die ersten Kapitel fand ich auch sehr gut. Die Autorin schreibt ehrlich und offen über Selbstmord und auch gegen Ende werden ihre Ängste deutlich. Leider ist der Mittelteil eine kleine Zusammenfassung ihrer Kindheit und war für mich uninteressant.
  • Kimbofo
    Reading Cory Taylor’s Dying: A Memoir may not be the most cheerful thing to do on Boxing Day, but this heartfelt, often brutally honest account of what it is to come to terms with your own death is — paradoxically — a life-affirming read.Taylor is a scriptwriter turned children’s author turned successful novelist. She’s probably best known for her two novels — Me and Mr Booker, which won the Commonwealth Book Prize for the Pacific Reg...
  • T-bone
    I read this slender volume in a single sitting while caring for someone who is soon to die. One of the many awful things about dying is how difficult people find to talk about it - especially people who were not brought up to talk about feelings and shit. Which is why books like this are so important. The author - reasonably well known (but not by me) Australian author, Cory Taylor - was also dying from cancer. Taylor first describes the fear ass...
  • Veronica
    'For what are we, if not a mind taking a body for a walk, just to see what's there? And, in the end, where do we get to, if not back to a beginning that we've never really left behind ... I am a girl and I am a dying woman. My body is my journey, the truest record of all I have done and seen, the site of all my joys and heartbreaks, of all my misapprehensions and blinding insights. If I feel the need to relive the journey it is all there written ...
  • Carolyn Mck
    I have had this on order from the library for many months but when it became available just weeks after my sister died I thought that it might prove too difficult a read for me at this time. How wrong I was! The memoir put my own grief in perspective and enabled me to find words for thoughts and feelings that had lain unexpressed. It was utterly compelling reading - honest, insightful and written so clearly to show the range of conflicting emotio...
  • Kate
    “My body is my journey, the truest record of all I have done and seen, the site of all my joys and heartbreaks, of all my misapprehensions and blinding insights. If I feel the need to relive the journey it is all there written in the runes on my body. Even my cells remember it, all that sunshine I bathed in as a child, too much as it turned out. In my beginning is my end.”I wobbled at the beginning of Cory Taylor’s memoir, Dying. She writes...
  • Giselle Nguyen
    Reflective, poignant and incredibly sharp, this is unlike any other book I've read, and such an astounding feat.
  • Patricia
    I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway! Thank you so much for sending me a copy!This book is incredibly beautiful, her reflections, her memories. I loved every page, and it left me reflecting about so many things.
  • Helen Lehndorf
    A friend who is dying lent me this book. It is a short but sharp, poignant book - Cory is calm and pragmatic in the face of her own mortality...she reflects on her family and her childhood, but mostly she slowly assimilates her own reality with a mix a grief and resignation. Powerful stuff.
  • Joshua Donellan
    One of those rare pieces of writing that makes you feel as though you have been expanded by the mere act of reading it. What a tremendous parting gift Taylor gave to us with this brief but beautiful book.
  • Teresa Comacchio
    "The problem with reverie is that you always assume you know how the unlived life turns out. And it is always a better version of the life you've actually lived. The other life is more significant and more purposeful. It is impossibly free of setbacks and mishaps... now I see the life I've lived as the only life, a singularity, saturated with its own oneness."Thank you, Cory Taylor, for such a beautiful and honest memoir. I enjoyed every page.
  • Christine
    As Shakespeare said "Out, out brief candle". Cory Taylor's book, Dying: A Memoir, is as much a celebration of life as it is an examination of the dying process. Her honest, personal reflections and candid observations about life, death and the mortal state are a reminder to live with gusto and be kind. Because, despite our best efforts to ignore the casket in the room, no one's getting out of here alive.
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    I love Taylor's novels and was saddened to hear of her death. This is a short and beautiful memoir and I was prompted to read it after seeing Taylor on the excellent ABC show You Can't Ask That (go and watch all the episodes right now, it's amazing).
  • Julie
    Heartbreaking ... Honest and bare ..can't say I 'enjoyed' it but a wonderful read in resilience and compassion.
  • Kirsten
    Profound and moving. Vale Ms Taylor. Another stunning voice, gone too soon.
  • Michaela
    Another of the Stella Prize short listed books on my reading list, Dying: A Memoir was surprisingly a very short book. A very short book that manages to share a great deal in it's 147 pages. Cory Taylor was an award winning Australian novelist, who started with TV and film writing, moved to children's book and eventually turned to novels after being diagnosed with melanoma back in 2005. This book was written in a only few weeks and was published ...