Book Review: To Rakiura and Beyond

For me, To Rakiura and Beyond began as a sensory experience. This slim 99 page paperback looks good and feels good with its colourful cover and silky, high quality pages. Short chapters with poetic or descriptive titles are sprinkled with poems and italicised quotes in large print. A great warm up. Soon I was immersed in Sandra Turner’s cancer journey, her experiences of living with cancer rather than battling it. I was in tears at times and full of wonder at the strength of the life force in others. It was an honour to share this author’s well written story, in which she has opened her life to others. The book is especially aimed at those living with cancer, and their families and friends, but as a reflection on what is important and how to live well when life throws a curler, its appeal is much wider.

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