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Inheritance: Kath's manuscript completed by Inga Simpson

Kath O’Connor was a general practitioner, writer, swimmer and medical editor with essays and articles published in Eureka Street, The Australian Family Physician and the Medical Journal of Australia. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 Kath wrote this novel while living with cancer, through many treatments and their side effects. After Kath’s diagnosis, she discovered that she shared a BrCa1 gene mutation with her grandmother, who died from the same disease in 1950. In 2019, writer and Kath died from ovarian cancer while working on the final draft of Inheritance. Her partner and family, with Kath’s writing mentor, Moruya resident, Inga Simpson, completed the manuscript so that Kath’s dream of publication could be realised and this beautiful novel could be shared.

Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to WomenCan: Funding Gynaecological Cancer Research. In stock at Moruya Books. Inheritance

by Kath O’Connor A profoundly moving novel about two women in very different worlds, whose lives are shaped by a single fatal gene. In 2016, while in the early stages of IVF, Rose is shaken by the discovery that she carries a dangerous mutation of the BrCa1 gene. She begins to ask questions about her family history, and particularly her grandmother Nellie, whose early death left a hole in their family that was never quite filled. As the certainties in Rose’s life start to crumble around her, she becomes fixated on the shadowy figure of Nellie. Who really was this woman, and could her secrets reveal the way forward for the granddaughter who may share her fatal gene? Inheritance tells the stories of two similar women in very different worlds, exploring how our circumstances – and the time and society we live in – can collide with what we’ve inherited to shape our lives. It’s a breathtaking and profoundly moving exploration of love, death and the dignified beauty of a quiet life.


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