AUTHOR JENNY DISKI, DIAGNOSED WITH INOPERABLE CANCER, DIES AGED 68

The author of novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and travelogues, Diski published 18 books. Only last week, her memoir In Gratitude was published, chronicling her life since she was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in August 2014, and given “two or three years” to live by her doctor. “Under no circumstances is anyone to say that I lost a battle with cancer. Or that I bore it bravely. I am not fighting, losing, winning or bearing,” she writes in the diary which was serialised in the London Review of Books, revealing how her first reaction on learning the news was to make a Breaking Bad joke: “We’d better get cooking the meth.”

By Alison Flood; more at The Guardian, 29 April 2016