Author(s): Marie Fleming, Sue Leonard
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Marie Fleming, who has MS, is best known in Ireland for taking a landmark case against the State to lift the ban on assisted suicide. In AN ACT OF LOVE, Marie describes her remarkable life story, from her challenging young years growing up in Donegal, as she struggled to keep her family together after her mother's departure, to becoming a mother herself whilst still a teenager, to her quest for education and self-betterment, against the odds. In this fascinating account, the perspectives of both her daughter Corinna and her husband and fulltime carer Tom are also shared, giving insight into the life of a woman who was described by the High Court President as 'humbling and inspiring' and 'one of the most remarkable witnesses to come before the courts'. AN ACT OF LOVE is a story of ambition and of life lived to the full, of sorrow and abiding love, and of coming to terms with MS, not just for the sufferer but for those around her. Full of courage and quiet dignity, it is an outstanding book for our times.