Very good and emotional read. I was drawn in by the main character and gripped by the circumstance and difficult decisions involved. Sensitively written and the stages of grief explored well.-Amazon Review
Based on fact, a powerful and heart wrenching story of Ben and his father Jack, who have the strongest of bonds, but are torn apart by the most unconventional of choices.
- ‘Pride’, puts you into the lives of Ben and Jack, their family, their work, their conflicts, and their highs and lows. But Jack is secretly facing problems, and of the severest kind. He is being subjected to the most ultimate challenge of all, and from the most ruthless opponent there is.
- ‘Dignity’, Jack faces his adversary,knowing he cannot defeat it, but maybe he can stop his foe from gaining total and absolute victory. Will Ben help when his father’s request tears him between his moral principles and his absolute love for his father? This amazing story will subject you to extremes of emotion as you journey with these remarkable people in their lives and share their ultimate crisis.
You will get involved in the current international debate on one of the most thought provoking, topical issues as presented by the characters. Pride & Dignity will provide you with the facts, you decide.
Possibly the most emotional story of the decade
About the Author
Pride & Dignity: Thought-Provoking Novel Sees Tragedy & Choice Collide, as Right-to-Die Debate Continues to Stir…
Alastair Neil’s ‘Pride & Dignity’ could just be the most tragic, contentious family drama to have been released in a decade. It’s two stories in one, following the business dealings of a doting father-and-son team who put integrity before profit, only to have their bonds tested to the limit when terminal illness strikes and assisted suicide strains everyone’s beliefs and morals. It’s a novel that looks at the wider assisted suicide movement, particularly from a standpoint of ethics and ideology. One critic wrote, “What a rollercoaster of emotions and very well written. Made me think what would I do in the same circumstances.”.
What would happen if your father was a man of class and integrity who, after falling ill and facing his own death, decided to travel to Switzerland for the ultimate self-deliverance? Could you provide unreserved support? Would it go against the morals you hold so near and dear? For the son in Alastair Neil’s new book, it’s a decision he must make today.
‘Pride & Dignity’ is split into two parts, as readers first join the father-and-son real estate team for a somewhat thrilling journey through trying to win a work contract when pitted against a fraudulent competitor, before the narrative takes a tragic and truly heart-wrenching turn.
“I wanted to write something extremely raw and frank,” explains the author. “Something that would force readers to examine the organizations that offer assisted suicide, especially from a perspective of their ethics, intentions and ideology. I hold back from pushing an opinion on them, but I do take them to emotional breaking point so they can explore this deep and contentious issue from a very vulnerable place.”
Continuing, “We look at what this decision means for the terminally ill, as well as the family members who will be left behind in its wake. I’ve actually been in close contact with one of Europe’s most famous assisted suicide clinics, and am therefore able to go into very accurate and vivid technical details about the process, the aftermath and how those using the service are treated. My goal here is to correct many of the negative portrayals published by uninformed, often agenda-driven media outlets.”
The book has received excellent reviews. Maureen Smith writes, “Great read very emotional heart rending story made me cry reliving watching my mum and dad die made me understand why it’s so important in certain circumstances people should be allowed to choose what’s best for them and why some laws should be changed to allow choice !!!!”