Debra Adelaide’s work includes two previous novels, The Hotel Albatross and Serpent Dust, three successful collections of stories, and memoirs on the theme of mothering. She has also worked as a freelance editor and book reviewer, and a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Adelaide’s The Household Guide to Dying follows a popular household advice columnist who decides to organize her remaining months on earth – and her husband’s and children’s lives without her – in the form of a book, after learning that she will soon lose her long battle with cancer.