Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor was born in Queensland in 1955. She was an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who also published short fiction and children’s books. Her first novel, Me and Mr. Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Pacific Region) in 2012 and her second novel, My Beautiful Enemy, was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. She died on July 5, 2016, a couple of months after Dying: A Memoir was published in Australia.


  • Dying is bracing and beautiful, possessed of an extraordinary intellectual and moral rigor. Every medical student should read it. Every human should read it.”

    The New York Times

  • “Honest, powerful, and moving . . . A deeply personal conversation about the alchemy of death, this brave memoir reveals the intimacy of the act, where ‘we’re like the last survivors on a sinking ship, huddled together for warmth.’”

  • “This deep meditation is beautifully written and destined to be an important piece of the conversation surrounding death.”

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • “An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end. . . . There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best.”

    Kirkus, Starred Review

  • Dying is a powerful, passionate, unflinching memoir about facing death and the choices and difficulty and beauty that entails. It should be required reading for all of us.”

    —Ann Hood

  • ”This small, powerful book offers a clean engagement with life’s conclusion: with clarity and courage, the author finds words to escort us towards silence.”

    —Hilary Mantel

  • “This is a powerful, poignant and lucid last testament, at once an eloquent plea for autonomy in death, and an evocation of the joys, sorrows, and sheer unpredictability and precariousness of life. It’s a fine contribution to our much-needed dialogue with death.”

    —Margaret Drabble

  • “Cory Taylor’s book is both a precise and moving memoir about the randomness of family, and an admirable intellectual response to the randomness of life and death. We should all hope for as vivid a looking-back, and as cogent a looking-forward, when we reach the end ourselves.”

    —Julian Barnes