Through a beauty of description that extends to cancer itself [...] the novel becomes an attempt to absorb, assimilate, even accept, our great natural enemy. A moving, rewarding and thoughtful book
Peter Beech, Guardian
[Duffy's] knowledge, and the way he blends science so seamlessly into his story, making it not just palatable but intriguing to the lay person, makes this an important book to treasure... There are laugh-out-loud moments as we follow the unnamed narrator through his days, gaining extraordinary glimpses into the characters of all those he encounters [and] the love story at the book's core, is heart-breakingly told
Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner
One of the most interesting books I have read in years
Erik Martiny, London Magazine
From the Same Author
When Wolf’s recently-estranged wife Miriam dies from cancer, his entire world is turned upside down. Wolf and his daughter, Ruth, travel to New York from London to scatter Miriam’s ashes in the Hudson River. During the ten High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur they connect up with Miriam’s conservative Jewish family, who are adamantly against Miriam’s choice of burial. Battling the antagonism of Miriam’s Orthodox family, Wolf is also coming to terms with his own hopes to put right wrongs before it’s too late.
A tenderly written story of time, grief and memory, Ten Days delves deep into the complicated love between a father and daughter and the bonds of marriage over older family ties.