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Saturday November 15th: Facing the Worst

Today we speak to two writers who are both concerned with living the best possible life in the face of appalling tragedy and conflict.

There seems to be an increasing pressure on all of us to make the most of every single second. We're inundated with bucket list ideas, with 100 places to go, things to do, people to meet before you die. We're encouraged to live every moment consciously, to knock ourselves out trying to reach our potential.

Our two authors today bring a new perspective to the idea of living the best life we can.

New Sydney writer, Sarah Bourne, came into the studio to talk about her novel Never Laugh at Shadows. It tells the story of a young girl who grows up in 1970s Uganda surrounded by the horrors of the Idi Amin regime.

It's an at-times confronting read which doesn't spare us from the realities of Amin's murderous dictatorship, but its central character claws her way towards a fulfilling existence and the possibility of a "good life"

And we speak to Connie Johnson about Love Your Sister, the memoir she's written with her brother Samuel about her battle with cancer and the need to provide a legacy not only for her sons but for families everywhere.

Produced by Louise Alley.

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