Hazel McHaffie

Right to Die

This heart-rending book about a young journalist who has all to live for but is dying from Motor Neurone Disease, is written with a rare understanding of the conflicts and horrors of such a death. Those who read it will understand why the law needs to be changed to allow assisted dying as an option for those whose quality of life has disintegrated and who wish to end their unbearable suffering.

Lord Joffe

This is an immensely sensitive and thoughtful book. It tackles in raw and compelling detail the deterioration caused by degenerative disease, while at the same time exploring the ethical issues surrounding assisted dying. The characters are real and attractive; their pain almost tangible. This is an astonishingly authentic-feeling insight with a highly articulate and intelligent central character.

Sheila McLean

...a fine novel that travels with courage into difficult areas: incurable disease, euthanasia, suicide, faith, loss of personhood, hope and, ultimately, the nature of love in the face of serious illness.

Journal of Palliative Care

We often talk about books being moving, but how many of them actually cause in the reader a strong emotional shift? We speak of books which make us think, but do they put such a fine focus on a subject that we come away feeling not only well-informed but having had our conscience exercised, or the working order of our moral compass checked? Hazel McHaffie’s novel Right to Die does all this and more. It’s extremely well-researched and very readable indeed, and as the issues it covers are highly topical and the questions it asks are hard ones, it’s an important book, too … this is not a bleak book by any means because its essential humanity and empathy lift it above ‘the mere facts of the case’. That spirit, coupled with a well-balanced handling of the medical, ethical and legal aspects of the subject and their careful presentation through character and plot, makes for a book that is absorbing reading and solid food for thought.

Cornflower Books

This is real life drama that’s a cut above the stories you find in weekly women’s magazines and it is hard to fault either the science or the emotions portrayed in the book … Wherever you stand on the issue, it will give you food for thought and would be an interesting title for a book club discussion, given the timeliness of the particular medical-ethical dilemmas debated.


It is well written and researched … (and) presents issues of medicine, law and ethics in a very human and readily understandable manner … The characters – especially the health professionals – in the novel are well drawn … They are seen entirely from the perspective of the patient which illustrates for health professionals how their communication and clinical skills are perceived by people they treat.

British Medical Association

Right to Die stimulates (debate on) the ethical and moral issues brought about by modern medicine and the current law.


… very well researched, with medical and legal facts sprinkled liberally, but appropriately throughout … I recommend [it] to anyone who is interested in exploring the euthanasia debate, or looking for an emotional read.

Farm Lane Books

… helps the reader understand the emotions and difficult decisions behind the disease. … Right to Die shows how ALS can affect personal and intimate relationships.

ALS Society of Canada

An admirable attempt to tackle the issue of assisted suicide through fiction.

Me and My Big Mouth


The characters, especially Adam in particular, are vividly drawn and engaging. The guilt Naomi feels about a secret betrayal makes it a gripping read … Right to Die is utterly absorbing; emotionally complex and authentic. I highly recommend it as both a moving and thought provoking book.

Institute of Medical Ethics