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Saturday 26 July 2014

Marie's memoir stays top of bestsellers list

Esther Hayden

Published 12/03/2014|05:22

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AN Act of Love, the book by the late right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming, is enjoying its second week at the top of the Irish Times bestsellers list.

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An Act of Love, the book by the late right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming, is enjoying its second week at the top of the Irish Times bestsellers list.

The book, which was 15 years in the offing, recounts Marie's life detailing the struggles she faces as she tried to run a household at the tender age of 14 years after her mother left the family home. Pregnant at 16, Marie then faced another battle, to keep her first-born child, a battle which showed a streak of the courage and dignity she was to become synonymous with her during her right to die campaign.

Published by Hachette, 'An Act to Love' will be part of Marie's legacy and fittingly it was placed in the coffin with her by Tom although tragically she never got to see the final product.

The book which was started by Marie originally as a novel and was then changed to her memoirs was the work not only of Marie but of Sue Leonard, who did most of the editing ,and also Ann Reed of Arklow and Ann Walshe of Greystones, who read back Marie's words and who also did a lot of the typing.

Marie's partner, Tom Curran said they have been delighted with the positive reaction to the book. 'We think it's great. We weren't expecting it so it's fantastic to be at the top of the list not just one week but two weeks. It's just a pity that Marie wasn't here to see it. Being on the top of the list has taken us all by surprise.

'So many people have approached me telling me they have read it and people have been very positive, especially local people who said there was so much about Marie that they didn't know. It's tremendous news and Marie would be thrilled.'

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