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.


‘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