Ulla-Carin Lindquist died in 2004. On publication in Sweden, Rowing without Oars became a number one bestseller. Rights have been sold in seven countries.
I have never read anything like it - its quietness, its courage, its lucidity; I found it searing, beautiful, terrifying, and, at the same time, affirming - and reassuring - Oliver SacksThe astonishing triumph of her book is that its lasting impression is not one of hospitals and the endless prodding and probing that accompanies serious illness, but of sunlight on water, children's laughter, winter flowers. - Daily MailRemarkable ... a quietly moving and direct account not just of her sadness at knowing she would leave her family, but of the joy she was able to feel when she relaxed enough to live in the moment - The TimesA remarkable account of one woman's courage when confronted with her own terminal illness - Belfast TelegraphThis is the affecting story of her final year, told in her own words. - The booksellerShowing the contrasting sides of the modern female psyche: charm and resilience but ultimately vulnerability...it's written simply, honestly and with unexpected humour. - BooksellerAstonishing ... life-affirming - Daily MailExtraordinary ... beautifully written - Scotland on Sunday