I was asked to help with editing a book called Lives Worth Living (find out more on Facebook). It is a collection of 15 stories written by extraordinary parents about their much-loved and extraordinary children born with life-limited conditions. Children who have left a lasting legacy in both memories and in changes to the lives left behind.

This sort of job highlights the editor’s prime task of leaving intact each author’s highly individual voice while helping the reader to follow and easily absorb the story. Clarity comes from making sure that spellings are correct and consistent and that timelines make sense. A big help as an outside eye is checking that key information is not left out; when somebody has lived the story and its telling intimately and over a long period they sometimes forget that a new reader doesn’t know the situation like they do.


It was privilege to work on this project – and few jobs require an investment in a new box of tissues.

The book’s publication was funded through Crowdfunder.co.uk and it is for sale through, and raising funds for, the charity Children’s Hospice South West (or from Southgate Publishers).