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The Easy Way Out

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’It is a well written poignant book that looks and life, love, death and everything in-between.’

Title: The Easy Way Out

Author: Steven Amsterdam

Publisher: Riverrun, an imprint of Quercus Editions Ltd

Reviewer: Helen Reeves, Clinical Lead for Community Palliative Care Services, St Giles Hospice

What was it like?

Written by palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam, The Easy Way Out is a fictional book that is based on the life a nurse Evan who assists people to commit suicide in his day job. At home Evan is caring for his mother Viv, who is in declining health and throughout the book we find out how Evans personal and professional life begin to entwine.

What were the highlights?

While a fictional book, The Easy Way out is well written. It captures the moral dilemmas that Evan encounters through his job and also caring for his mother. It is a darkly funny and moving book that will make the reader question their own mortality and who will be there for them at the end of their life. It is also a brave topic looking at assisted suicide and will make the reader question their own views on this.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The Easy Way out is an engaging book that makes you want to find out more about Evan, his life and how he will cope with his mother’s declining illness. 

Who should read it?

This text book is suitable for anybody. It is a well written poignant book that looks and life, love, death and everything in-between. It is a reminder to everybody the difficult choices that we all have to make and the things that may matter at the end of our life’s.

 

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