We All Want Impossible Things: Tale of heartbreak and humour with a side order of morphine

Catherine Newman’s debut novel is a candid tale of lifelong friendship amid a terminal cancer diagnosis that is both hilarious and crushingly powerful

Catherine Newman: author doesn’t shy away from the reality of watching someone you love die. Picture: Lyndsay Hannah

Catherine Newman’s best friend died in a hospice in her 40s. The cooking blogger and memoir writer subsequently volunteered at her town’s hospice and has done so for over three years. Her debut novel distils these two facts into a short but devastatingly powerful and disconcertingly funny story about love and loss.

Ash and Edi have been best pals for their whole lives. When Edi is coming to the end of hers, ovarian cancer having ...