This Is The Life

This Is The Life

Published by Harper Collins – Blue Door

Part fiction and part memoir, this is story of Louis and his brother and Louis’ final days.

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‘Inspired by Shearer’s experiences when his own brother was dying and written with a warm touch that is at once tender and achingly funny, This Is the Life is a moving testimony to both the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of the simpler things in life, like not taking a dying man’s tea kettle away.’
– Book Browse

‘Poignant …This pensive, poetic novel humorously though sensitively expresses the complications of sibling relationships, the ambiguity of absolution, and the beauty of life.’
– Kirkus

‘…poignant and compassionate novel…The earthy humor that often peeks through provides much-needed comic relief…the brothers’ dialogue stands out as authentic and spot-on.’
– Publishers Weekly

‘…deeply felt, often funny, heart-breaking book.’
– Booklist

‘Reminiscent of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, this is a thoughtful reflection of what is truly important in life.’
– Library Journal

‘This is a lovely, touching book. The subject is a poignant one, handled with tact, insight and, most of all, with love.’
– Alexander McCall Smith