Book extract: What Matters Now

In this extract from his new memoir What Matters Now, broadcaster and author Gareth O’Callaghan looks back to 2019 and the happiness he shared with his partner Paula, even as they faced into a future made torturous and uncertain by the news that O’Callaghan was suffering from a rare neurological illness called multiple system atrophy

Gareth O’Callaghan and his partner Paula Delaney who has supported him through his diagnosis. Picture: John Allen

OCTOBER 9, 2019

Sunlight filled the office. It seemed like a perfect day at last; something that had been so rare in recent times. I sat close beside her, smiling nervously while saying nothing; loving that look of disbelief in her beautiful green eyes. Only 4 per cent of the world’s population have green eyes, she would often remind me.

She concentrated on the paperwork, watching for the pencilled “x”s that our solicitor, Suzanne, had ...