The unforgiving minute

Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, recently wrote: “The long, slow death from dementia may be the most awful as you are slowly erased, but then again when death comes it may be just a light kiss” [1]. Before it takes your body, dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, steals away your mind and your memories – the part of you that is you – until in the end death can only be a relief. In high-income countries, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are among the top 4 causes of death, accounting for 42 deaths per 100,000 people in 2012 [2]. While these numbers are still far from the number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases, they are still substantially higher than for breast cancer (16 deaths per 100,000). Yet breast cancer has its own pink awareness ribbon (sharing it only with abdominal cancer), whereas Alzheimer’s disease is…

Book launch in Cambridge

Do you live anywhere near Cambridge (UK)? Come join us for the official book launch on November 28, to chat with the authors and pick up a copy of the book if you don’t have one yet. Even though not all of the seventeen authors will be there (the ones who’d have to travel halfway around the world will not), this might still be your only chance to see such a large number of our authors gathered in one place, so don’t miss this unique opportunity! The event takes place in the centre of Cambridge, in the Central Library. Feel free to drop in at any time between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about the anthology, the authors, or the charity, or just chat about our favourite Pratchett books. Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends! Our official Facebook event page can…

In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett