09/03/2010 12:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sick Lit: Books About Maladies, Illness And Recovery

Remember Sick Lit? Leader of the pack was Iris (1998), John Bayley's memoir of his wife Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Then there was C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too (1998), columnist John Diamond's account of his throat cancer. Bryan Aldiss also had a stab with his When the Feast was Finished (1999) the story of his wife Margaret's decline and death from pancreatic cancer.

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