i am here : stories from a cancer ward

johannes klabbers
scribe, australia/uk, 2016.

you can buy it in any bookshop. ask them to order it for you.
support your local bookshop!

or you can buy it online direct from the publisher or from the usual outlets. in the netherlands why not order it from athenaeum in amsterdam? or bijleveld in utrecht?

it is also available for kindle and as an ibook. you can borrow the book from you library. it will soon be available in an audio version — and you can read parts of it on google books.

i am here is about my experience of training and working as an atheist pastoral carer in a major cancer hospital in australia and my encounters with some of the people in the hospital — and the meaning of life. inevitably the ten to the power of five hundred universes and the eleven dimensions also make an appearance.1


It’s beautifully written, incredibly moving and lingering … terrible, ordinary, tragic.


here is the review from the weekend australian and here are some reviews of the book written by people affected by cancer (from macmillan uk).

you can listen to me talking about the book with jo good on bbc london and/or with tony delroy on the abc in australia.

1 ... several appearances in fact, to the point that it made the sole US reviewer on amazon want to scream :) fortunately there were plenty of amazon reviewers in other parts of the world who liked it.