The Last Right

How would you like to die? This is the question Craig Schonegevel’s brave life and death challenge us to ask of ourselves and the society we live in. Is it humane to deny those who suffer from an incurable or life-threatening illness the right to a dignified death?

The Last Right is the true story of Craig Schonegevel who suffered from the extremely variable condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 1. In Craig’s case his life was mostly one of operations, pain and suffering and his brave attempts to slay the NF 1 dragon that kept on gnawing at his life and his body. His extraordinary courage in the face of this disease is to be admired and provides some relief from the anguish and sadness that pervades the book. Craig was 28 years old when he decided he had had enough, his symptoms began to worsen and the agony was too much to bear so he sought self-deliverance.

"…this story of Craig’s life and his death will not only bring meaning to his suffering, strength and determination but also open the way for others with terminal illnesses or life-threatening diseases who believe that they too have a last right to die in peace."

– Marianne Thamm

The Last Right asks the reader to put themselves in Craig’s shoes, to get to know how the disease Neurofibromatosis Type 1 affected him and finally to decide whether they would have considered making the same choice that Craig did. It is the true story of how one family, their friends and the community they live in were forced to deal with one of life’s most devastating events – the dying and death of a loved one. Each role player in Craig’s journey to self-deliverance faced monumental ethnical, moral and spiritual questions. This is as much their story as it is Craig’s.

About the author

Marianne Thamm is an award-winning writer, columnist, journalist and satirist who has authored several works of non-fiction, including the best-selling I Have Life – Alison’s Journey. Her columns have amused, stimulated and sometimes enraged readers for the past 25 years.

Parameters of Book:
Sub-title: Craig Schonegevel's struggles to live and die with dignity
Author: Marianne Thamm
ISBN: 9781431407620
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431407637
ePUB ISBN: 9781431407644
mobi file ISBN: 9781431407651
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 208pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White with image section
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: March 2013