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The Household Guide to Dying (edition 2010)

by Debra Adelaide

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rabck from Mysscyn; if you skip the section about the blood sausage, which was just gross, this is an excellent book. Delia is the author of the Household Guide to xxxx series, and a columnist. She pitches the idea of The Household Guide to Dying to her publicist, as the last book she'll write as she's dying of terminal cancer. The book is intended for "what to do pre-death" and this book follows her journey in writing it - including interwoven chapters of her life as a young single mother of Sonny, who is tragically killed at age 8 & you can tell that until now, she never reconciled that loss. It's also the story of her life, relationships and family. Very well written, quite humorous at times and definitely NOT morbid at all. ( )
  nancynova | Jul 12, 2014 |
On the face of it, Delia's got it all good marriage, two great kids, dream job writing witty, practical house and garden books. But when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she is forced to view her life in an entirely new light. There are things she must do, there are wrongs to be put right, and there are mysteries from the past that demand resolution. But there is just so little time. Summoning all her strength, she returns to the tiny country town where she fled pregnant and unmarried 14 years before and comes to terms with a loss no mother should ever have to endure. She finishes writing her ultimate how-to book. And she tries, as best she can, to prepare herself and her family for the inevitable. Summary National Library of Australia

THE HOUSEHOLD GUIDE TO DYING takes a highly unpopular subject--#death--and shows how a highly controlling person--#Delia--might approach it. Examples: Delia buys a coffin--not a casket--and ha it delivered to the house BEFORE she dies for her daughters and husband to decorate; she spends days cooking to stock the freezer with family favourite dishes; definitely not NIcholas Sparks or Mitch Albom here.

Despite a slow start, THE HOUSEHOLD GUIDE TO DYING is a moving, sometimes humorous, demystifying dramatization of an event in which each one of us will eventually participate.

7.5 out of 10 Recommended to fans of Australian fiction and to readers who look for quality content in their fiction. ( )
  julie10reads | Jan 6, 2014 |
What's an advice columnist to do when she discovers she is dying? Write a book providing advice about dying, of course.

And that's what Delia does, in this little novel that's a poignant mix of clever columns and stories from Delia's difficult past along with stories about her life as a dying woman. ( )
  debnance | Nov 10, 2012 |
Read over a wet weekend, so sad, comic moments (what will Mr Lambert think of his sabotaged lawn), sympthatetic characters - an excellent book. ( )
  siri51 | Jul 1, 2012 |
This book was an excellent portrayal of one woman's attempt to deal with her oncoming death by mapping it out for other women. As Delia wrestles with the realities of a terminal cancer diagnosis, she tries desperately to keep her family life as normal as possible. When she suddenly leaves her family to drive halfway across the country in search of her past, Delia finds more and less than she had hoped.

This was not a book that I really connected with. A bit depressing. ( )
  butterflybaby | Feb 17, 2011 |
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Death, you're more successful than America, even if we don't choose to join you, we do.
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Dedicated with love to the memory of Adam Wilton and Alison McCallum
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The first thing I did this morning was visit the chickens.
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A brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia -- a modern day Mrs Beeton -- to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past. Inspired by her heroine, Isabella Beeton, Delia has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, as well as an acerbic domestic advice column. As the book opens, she is not yet forty, but has only a short time to live. She is preoccupied with how to prepare herself and her family for death, from writing exhaustive lists to teaching her young daughters how to make a perfect cup of tea. What she needs, more than anything, is a manual -- exactly the kind she is the expert at writing. Realising this could be her greatest achievement (for who could be better equipped to write The Household Guide to Dying?) she sets to work. But, in the writing, Delia is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, and the events of fourteen years previously. There is a journey she needs to make, back to the landscape of her past, and one last vital thing she needs to do.Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss, family and the place we call home.
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"On the face of it, Delias got it all good marriage, two great kids, dream job writing witty, practical house and garden books. But when shes diagnosed with terminal cancer, shes forced to view her life in an entirely new light. There are things she must do, there are wrongs to be put right, and there are mysteries from the past that demand resolution. But there is just so little time. Summoning all her strength, she returns to the tiny country town where she fled pregnant and unmarried 14 years before and comes to terms with a loss no mother should ever have to endure. She finishes writing her ultimate how-to book. And she tries, as best she can, to prepare herself and her family for the inevitable"… (more)

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