Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink


Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.


Profoundly moving . . . The book’s real power lies in Rentzenbrink’s skill as a writer, her ability to unearth precise and agonising details quietly, with no self-pity or drama . . . it falls into a tradition of beautifully written accounts of grief, such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking . . . Rentzenbrink offers a message of enormous hope for anybody who is going through loss, grief or trauma . . . She emerges from this unflinching memoir with dignity, strength and an enormous heart (Sunday Times)


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Event 17: Memories of Lost Loved Ones

Alexander McKenzie Stage

How do you write about the loss of someone you loved? How do you find the necessary distance between yourself as a person and as a writer? Louisa Young and Cathy Renzenbrinck will discuss the problems, challenges and rewards of writing about loss and love with Georgina Godwin. Cathy’s book The Last Act of Love was a […]