Vivian Walker is dying. This is not on her list of things to do. A darkly funny debut that proves even the most imperfect of lives is worth celebrating.
'A heartbreakingly funny, unflinching, unforgettable debut. I just loved Vivian Walker!' LIANE MORIARTY
'Will make you laugh, cry and realise that even the most ordinary life is full of extraordinary moments' MAMAMIA
Vivian Walker's life is exceptionally ordinary. Average husband, check. Darling son, check. Refrigerator in a state of permanent disarray, check. Everything is thoroughly and frustratingly routine, even being terminally ill.
In preparation for D-day, Viv has made a list of essential things to do. She doesn't expect to become spiritually enlightened or have any outlandish last-minute successes. All she wants is to finish her unfinished business.
The Very Last List of Vivian Walker will make you want to embrace humanity in all its selfishness, beauty and awkwardness.
'This novel has humour and pathos in spades - I laughed and cried' THE SATURDAY PAPER
'Compelling. Beautifully relatable. A touching story' BOOKS+PUBLISHING
'Darkly funny and will leave you uplifted. Megan Albany blends the tragedy with the humorous' WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
'A fun take on a tough topic' THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY
'A fun read that gets to the meaning of life through death' SARAH L'ESTRANGE, ABC
'Remarkably talented' WHO
'Funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, a skilfully wrought study of the difficult art of dying in our society' LIVING ARTS CANBERRA
'I cried reading this debut novel. I also laughed and despaired . . . the type of novel that you'll read quickly and that will compel you to find your family and hold them tight' READINGS
'An abundance of humour, spirit and profundity . . . an accomplished debut' BETTER READING
'Uplifting and impactful' BETTER HOMES & GARDENS
'Megan Albany has written a novel that is funny, real, and never glib; it is clear she loves all her characters' QUEENSLAND REVIEWERS COLLECTIVE
Incredible. An extraordinary telling of an ordinary mum’s life
Calling it already - Book of the Year. This is exquisite. As a mum with Stage 3 cancer I didn’t know how I’d feel about reading about terminal cancer. This book blew me away. Vivian is every mum, everywhere. You know her, are her, want to be besties with her. I snort-laughed from chapter 1, and sobbed when this book got real. Amazingly clever writing, witty turn of phrase, such relatable and loveable characters. This is dark, grim humour of the very best kind. I can’t stop raving about this book.
I don’t know how Book 2 will ever live up to this brilliant standard but can’t wait to find out.