How to Die

How to Die is a book by Ray Robertson.

Ray Robertson

"'He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,' writes Montaigne in Essais, and in How to Die: A Book on Being Alive, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge. Though contemporary society avoids the subject and often values the mere continuation of existence over its quality, Robertson argues that the active and intentional consideration of death is neither morbid nor frivolous, but instead essential to our ability to fully value life. How to Die is both an absorbing excursion through some of Western literature's most compelling works on the subject of death as well as an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we'll know more about what it means to live a meaningful life." (From Biblioasis) 

Robertson has written several works of both fiction and nonfiction. His book Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His other books include the novels 1979 and Moody Food.

Interviews with Ray Robertson 

Talks to Shelagh about the novel in an onstage interview.

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust finalist: Ray Robertson

11 years ago
Duration 1:48
CBC's Paul Kennedy reads from Robertson's book Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.


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