Words for Lucy

A story of love, loss and the celebration of life


When your daughter dies, how do you navigate living?


ISBN: 9781760762209 Category:

Marion Halligan


One morning, Lucy Halligan lay on her bed with her cat and went to sleep. Soon after, her heart stopped. But her mother, writer Marion Halligan, forced hers to keep beating.

More joy than sorrow, this profoundly moving memoir celebrates Lucy’s life, weaving together everyday details and treasured events.

Words for Lucy sees Marion at the peak of her writing powers, telling the story of a mother surviving the aftershocks of death and finding the space to live.

‘A sublime book about the small joys that make up a treasured life, from a writer of unfathomable grace and stoicism.’ – Alice Pung

‘This is a gentle, intense reconstruction of a rich and potent past, a bright gift of grace in sorrow.’ – Carmel Bird

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Additional information

Weight 296 g
Dimensions 14.5 x 24.3 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 29 March 2022
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.5 x 24.3 cm
Weight 296 g


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Marion Halligan AM is an Australian writer and novelist. She has written twenty-three books, including six works of non-fiction and five short story collections, and one play. She has also served as chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian National Word Festival. She was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM), General Division, in 2006 for services to literature and for her work in promoting Australian writing.