Arts > Final choice

07 January 2016 | by D.J. Taylor

Final choice

The Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland’s lawyer sister Fiona died, aged 50, in May 2014. First diagnosed with cancer five years before, she had in the interim endured a life “consumed by medical appointments”, involving nearly 20 operations and between 70 to 80 bouts of chemotherapy. Determined to leave a memorial for her husband, Robin, and daughters, Beth and Ellie, Fiona instructed her younger brother to preside over a bespoke version of her favourite radio programme, Desert Island Discs.The result, two hours long and recorded over the space of an afternoon, was present only intermittently in How My Sister Said Goodbye (30 December). Freedland’s remit, in this absorbing feature, was to focus on circumstance, motivation and – even more important, perhap


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