Susana Moreira Marques is a writer and journalist. She was born in Oporto in 1976 and now lives in Lisbon, where she writes for Público and Jornal de Negócios. Between 2005 and 2010 Moreira Marques lived in London, working at the BBC World Service while also a correspondent for Portuguese newspaper Público. Her journalism has won several prizes, including the Prémio AMI – Jornalismo Contra a Indiferença and the 2012 UNESCO ‘Human Rights and Integration’ Journalism Award (Portugal). Now and at the Hour of our Death is her first book.
Praise for Susana Moreira Marques
‘The writing of Susana Moreira Marques has the quiet intensity and the transformative power of poetry. She describes, in tender detail, the dying of people and the slow dying of a remote rural community, the one superimposed on the other. She does not judge or assume but listens and imagines and tries to understand not only those who are dying but also those around them and who try to care for them. She observes that it is perhaps harder to watch the dying of someone we love than it is to die ourselves … Good doctors pay real attention to the detail of dying and this book will help them to see and hear more. Marques pays tribute to the palliative care doctor who “will hold your hand as she chases away . . . fear.” Yet she also delivers a fierce warning to the more foolish and damaging aspirations of contemporary medicine.’ Iona Heath, author of Matters of Life and Death: Key Writings
‘Moreira Marques has the ability to evoke an entire lifespan in a few words or sentences, summoning an individual through a brief experience, event or gesture … Her great achievement is to situate dying so squarely within life itself. She liberates death and dying back into the messy business of living.’ Anne Karpf, author of How to Age
- Read more about ‘one of the best books ever written about the meaning of life’s end’, Now and at the Hour of our Death, published by And Other Stories in 2015.
- Susanna Moreira Marques discusses grief and Now and the the Hour of Death for BBC World Service.