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When The Feast is Finished

Reflections on Terminal Illness
A non fiction book by

The writer Brian Aldiss provides an account of his wife's fatal illness and her death from pancreatic cancer in November 1997. The book describes how they first found out about the cancer, which was initially masked by a heart complaint. Margaret's illness is rapid: she goes from occasionally tired, to bedridden, in a matter of months. Aldiss records the kindness of friends, and the support he receives from colleagues, doctors and the Macmillan nurses who care for Margaret. He speaks about the minutiae of existence: making his wife's progressively tiny breakfast, buying a new car, visiting an old home. He portrays his wife as stoical, uncomplaining and brave, and shows how the tragedy affects his four children. While looking through some of Margaret's old diaries, he comes across some unflattering comments about himself, along with some very loving words. The experience is humbling. He and his wife visit a hospice for the terminally ill and Margaret eventually asks to be taken there.

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Hardback Editions

May 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: When the Feast is Finished
ISBN: 0-316-64835-3 / 978-0-316-64835-6 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: When the Feast is Finished (The Brian Aldiss Collection)
Author(s): Brian Aldiss
ISBN: 0-00-748260-4 / 978-0-00-748260-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: When The Feast Is Finished: A Memoir of Love and Bereavement
Author(s): Brian W Aldiss
ISBN: 0-7515-2995-8 / 978-0-7515-2995-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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December 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: When Feast is Finished
Author(s): Brian Aldiss
ISBN: 0-316-85000-4 / 978-0-7515-2995-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Time Warner International
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: When the Feast is Finished (The Brian Aldiss Collection)
Author(s): Brian Aldiss
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   

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