We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Marie Fleming became a household name in Ireland with her trail-blazing campaign for the right to die with dignity, when she took a landmark case against the Irish State to lift the ban on assisted suicide. But behind the Multiple Sclerosis sufferer’s brave fight lay a remarkable life story known to few.
From her young years growing up in Donegal, as she struggled to keep her family together after her mother left, to her battle to keep her own baby – born when Marie was still a teenager – to her later quest for education and self-betterment against the odds, An Act of Love is an unforgettable story of ambition, of sorrow, and of life lived to the full. In it, she also describes coming to terms with MS and the ordeal of her later court case.
Completed just before Marie’s death in late 2013, most of all, this is a story of the power of abiding love.

Reviews

An unflinching account of the relentless march of a dreadful disease...compelling
Irish Mail on Sunday
Written in simple and forthright prose, [An Act of Love] depicts a formidable character who may have ultimately lost her legal battle but could count herself as a survivor in the truest sense of that word... Brave and touching
Sunday Business Post
There are books that should be written and books that need to be written and then there are books like An Act of Love, that push and fight their way out into the world against all the odds
Anne Enright, Irish Independent
Remarkable
Irish Times