By Paul McDermott
'A beautiful, uplifting story of transformation'
Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
It was Autumn when Paul McDermott stood nervously on the threshold. At 35, he felt totally unprepared to meet the woman he had come to visit. Awaiting him inside the house was Val, aged 74, a small, wrinkled, mischievous woman with a penetrating stare...and cancer.
So began Paul's forays into Val's world - a world disappearing fast. While Paul wrestled ineptly with the trials Val set him, she struggled to pass on the memories and lessons of her life, before they could be extinguished, and perhaps forgotten. Gradually, as she came to terms with her past, with herself - and also with her future - she took on a rare peace and clarity. At the same time, Paul's perceptions and personality were challenged in a way he could never have expected and will always be grateful for. Together, they created something profound and very precious between them.
Full of surprising warmth, mixed with courage and humour, this extraordinary story of an unlikely friendship becomes deeply life-affirming, not only for the two main characters on their parallel journey - but for us all.
Hardcover, in very good condition