In Advice for Future Corpses (And Those Who Love Them), writer and palliative care nurse Sallie Tisdale asks what the living can learn by looking death in the eye. By turns philosophical and pragmatic, this is a “book on how to die that is also a blessedly saccharine-free guide for how to live,” according to The New York Times, which hailed it as a Top Book of 2018. Sallie shares her insights into death and dying in conversation with ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine.

Sallie Tisdale (International)

Sallie Tisdale

Sallie Tisdale is the author of nine books, most recently Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them), which The New York Times called “a wild and brilliantly deceptive book.” Her essays have appeared in Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Antioch Review, Tin House, and Tricycle, as well as many other journals. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and the James Phelan Literary Award. Sallie is the senior lay teacher at Dharma Rain Zen Center. She works part-time as a palliative care nurse.

James Valentine (Australian)

James Valentine

James Valentine has presented Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney for twenty years. At some point he's done something for all major media outlets. He's written a children's book series, JumpMan. He began life as a musician working for major Australian bands and performers such as Models, Jo Camilleri and Wendy Matthews.