Lecretia's Choice: A Story of Love, Death and the Law

Lecretia's Choice: A Story of Love, Death and the Law


by Matt Vickers
27 JUL 2017

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Extent: 320pp

Format: Paperback


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A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia’s Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality.

The death she faced—slow, painful, dependent—was completely at odds with how she had lived her life. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily—but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand’s High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia’s strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her.

Lecretia’s Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.

In 2015 Matt Vickers supported his wife, Lecretia Seales, in her campaign to gain the right to choose how she died. Lecretia’s Choice is his first book.

‘This is a brave, intimate book, both agonizing and uplifting, and unflinchingly honest.’ Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner, president of PEN American Center

‘Matt Vickers asserts “stories are the most powerful force in the universe.” This is the story of his wife, Lecretia, and her extraordinary advocacy in the face of ordinary tragedy. It will help change the world.’ Barbara Coombs Lee, President of Compassion and Choices USA

‘A tragic story, heart-breaking; so beautifully written…Lecretia’s Choice was an almost un-put-downable book. Every home should have a copy, for a reminder, if nothing more, of what it is to have heart, humility and hope.’ Off the Tracks

‘A very human story... Articulate, thought provoking, honest and poignant.’ Page & Blackmore Booksellers

‘“The unwinding skein of her life was blowing free in the wind, and it tormented her.” If the case for assisted dying could be won through emotional appeals, this sentence would surely clinch it…Vickers is an assured writer who knows the importance of letting the moment speak for itself.’ Sydney Morning Herald