The Last Leaves Falling
And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this ...Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.
I cannot mourn, for I have lived a life of mountain air and cherry blossoms, steel, and honour. An achingly beautiful story of courage, loss and friendship.
"Deeply emotional and poignant, handling difficult themes with great sensitivity and without being sentimental. Beautifully written, heartbreaking and hopeful." The Bookseller "Very occasionally I read a book that I so utterly and completely fall in love with that when it comes to writing my review all I have is a long list of words such as; beautiful, stunning, magnificent, breath-taking, amazing, fantastic, marvellous and perfect. This is one of those books ... Read it." Luna's Little Library
Sarah Benwell lives in the picturesque city of Bath. Which is nice, but she'd much rather be off exploring deserts and jungles elsewhere. Having seen a good chunk of the world, Sarah is a keen advocate for diversity in life and on bookshelves, and she loves nothing more than acquainting herself with both.