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If I Should Lose You

Written by Natasha Lester


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Camille is a nurse specialising in supporting families through the difficult decision to donate the organs of their dying loved ones. Camille’s mother is a gifted but uncompromising transplant surgeon determined to make it in a man’s world until her own life falls apart. And Camille herself is a mother to Addie – five years old, critically ill and in desperate need of the very organs her mother and grandmother work with.

‘Well written and structured, this moody read will leave you thinking.’ Canberra Times

‘Through a cast of memorable characters, If I Should Lose You pitches art against life, and in the process exposes life in all its frailties. Here is a story that resonates long after reading.’ Andrea Goldsmith

‘I was captivated by this honest, beautiful story that fuses love and art with the most profound challenges of motherhood. Written with extraordinary emotional wisdom and intelligence.’ Liz Byrski

‘a profound and confronting novel worth reading.’ Weekend Courier

‘… a delicate, beautiful and captivating story.’ Subiaco Post

‘It is a subtle and sensitive work that eloquently tackles loss, love and life.’ The West Australian


Allen & Unwin Varuna Publisher Fellowship

ISBN 9781921888786 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Pages 272
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Natasha Lester

    Natasha Lester is the award-winning author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After. The Age newspaper has described her as a 'remarkable Australian talent'. Natasha’s short stories have appeared in collections such as Australian Love Stories and The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and she has been awarded fellowships at Varuna, The Writers’ Centre and grants by the Australia Council for her writing. As well as writing books, Natasha also teaches creative writing for the Australian Writers’ Centre and loves dressing up as pirates and princesses with her three children. Read more