By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy and Cookies Policy for more information.
red cross sign

get in touch

Interested in reviewing one of our books?
Use this form to request a Review Copy.
Submissions will next be welcomed in February 2022.
More information on our submissions process is available here.
work with us
We welcome enquiries regarding business collaborations. For information on Permanent Vacancies and Internships/Placements, visit out About page.
Thanks for getting in touch. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
white icon of a shopping bag
Book bag

It Takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself

Out of Stock
A portrait of Kay Carmicheal witha backdrop of hills
No items found.
| translator
£ 9.99 
sorry but this book is out of stock. Please check back soon.

Kay Carmichael was an influential figure in Scottish politics as a social reformer, peace activist and policy advisor. As a result, It Takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself is a collection of her autobiographical writings. It includes her poems, speeches and articles. Some of these are from her column in New Society magazine in the 1980s. This collection reflects a courageous and unique view on a life, which keenly observes the downtrodden and effected many of the social reforms we now take for granted. Her dying was as controversial as her life. Moreover, her reflections on death are things we need to say and need to hear for ourselves and for our young. As she used to say, ‘we can only honour life through an awareness of death.’

show DetailS


‘A true gem of a book, starting from Kay's difficult childhood, right through to her death; autonomous, against the grain, brave and on her terms. A story of righteousness, fighting for the underdog, never backing down when one feels principled about injustice in the world. A wonderful read, heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure.’

- Amanda-Jane Ward, Scots Law and Assisted Dying researcher

more about this title


Kay Carmichael


about the author
After an impoverished upbringing in Glasgow’s East End, Kay Carmichael became a social worker, university teacher, wife of an MP, a member of the Scottish Office Advisory Committee for setting up Children’s Panels, a peace activist, and more.
about the artist
No items found.
No items found.
No items found.

you might also like...