Susana Moreira Marques

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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 

More information

  • 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.


  1. Lara Pawson says:

    I received my copy of Susana’s book yesterday, and began reading it on the tube. Came home late, and continued reading it in bed. I’m already nearly half-way through, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I think it is her very delicate writing — like canapés on the page! — that I appreciate most. These tiny snapshots, as though you are looking through the small window of one of the homes, are very more-ish. Fascinated to see where we will end up. Thank you for sending me the book, And Other Stories. Delighted to be reading it. And will put up final thoughts when I’ve finished it.

  2. Lara Pawson says:

    … So I’ve finished it now. The images are staying with me, the ideas and thoughts and people that Susana brings to the page, are in my mind and I think will stay there for quite some time to come. In my mind, the sign of a good book. Very enjoyable indeed. Be great to see it translated.

  3. Jethro says:

    Just finished reading Agora e na hora da nossa morte. First of all, there are a good many things to like about the book itself: its design (beautiful, as ever, from Tinta de China); its size and layout; its unconventional format; its different registers and trust in the reader; its confidence (author and publisher) in doing something different. If only there were more books like it.

    In terms of the text, I like Lara’s suggestion of canapés, for the vignettes are indeed delicious little delicacies, and just when you’re ready for something a bit more substantial, the book changes gear and moves on to the portraits.

    As Julia says in her translator’s piece, there’s a whole range of generic registers at play, and like her I welcome the author being part of the story; there’s certainly poetry to some of the more abstract parts, but I found myself most drawn to the passages of ‘new journalism’, when we get to meet the people and places and hear their stories, but share the experience with the writer. Amen to that.


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