DY­ING FOR BE­GIN­NERS

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER - by Char­lie Cour­tauld, Ama­zon.

Char­lie Cour­tauld makes it clear he doesn’t “do mis­ery mem­oirs”, he’s not brave and not wise. He doesn’t deny be­ing bril­liant and funny, which is just as well, be­cause even in the midst of suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis he is daz­zlingly witty. Cour­tauld was an ec­cen­tric con­trar­ian who be­came a TV pro­ducer and jour­nal­ist. Even near the end he was cu­ri­ous about his ill­ness. He com­plains only that his head nods as if he en­thu­si­as­ti­cally agrees “with what­ever baloney has just been said – even though it’s prob­a­bly drivel. I never agree with any­one, so it’s tor­ture to give that im­pres­sion.” This col­lec­tion is play­ful and up­lift­ing. Some­day, says Char­lie, some­one will find a cure but “I’ll be long gone by then – and not in much pain”.

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