We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You by Annie Lyons.
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You by Annie Lyons is published by One More Chapter. Publishes tomorrow (17th September) in digital and paperback formats.
Eudora Honeysett is done – with all of it. Having seen first-hand what a prolonged illness can create, the eighty-five-year-old has no intention of leaving things to chance. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland she takes her life into her own hands.
But then ten-year-old Rose arrives in a riot of colour on her doorstep. Now, as precocious Rose takes Eudora on adventures she’d never imagined she reflects on the trying times of her past and soon finds herself wondering – is she ready for death when she’s only just experienced what it’s like to truly live?
Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and sick of living. She’d like to have a control of the way that she leaves this world so books an appointment with a clinic in Switzerland to end her life. With just her cat Montgomery for company Eudora sees no reason to keep living. Quite simply she’s had enough.
After posting her application off she waits for the clinic’s decision as to whether they will grant her wish. Enter Rose a 10-year-old girl who is moved in next door with her family, from Cornwall. Rose’s sudden entrance into her life along with Stanley’s (a recently widowed neighbour) makes her question whether her decision to end her life is the right one. They slowly begin to show Eudora the beauty in life and friendship and the realisation that she is still needed and has something valuable still to offer the world. Will she go ahead with the appointment?
This book is incredible – uplifting, hilarious, sad and joyful in equal measure. The characters so likeable. I loved Eudora, she is straight-talking and stoic. There are flashbacks throughout the book to her youth and we learn the story of her family, all that she’s endured and the reason she’s ended up alone and disillusioned.
Eudora’s had such a hard life but the author balances humour (I laughed out loud at parts) and sadness (tears streaming down my face) brilliantly. The suspense of not knowing whether she’ll be granted her last wish and the complexities of the question of whether we should have a say on how we die kept me interested and I really wanted the best for her.
A beautiful story that will have you feeling all manner of emotions but ultimately will make you feel uplifted. Five stars.
After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published five books in the U.K., including the bestselling Not Quite Perfect. When not working on her novels, she teaches creative writing. She lives in south-east London with her husband and two children. Twitter @1AnnieLyons