Wednesday 27th March, 7pm. Venue: Rossiter Books, Ross on Wye. Ticket £6
Journalist, broadcaster and documentary-maker Jenny Kleeman takes us on an adventure to meet some of the people who decide who gets to live, and who doesn’t. She will discuss The Price of Life with our bookseller, Julie.
In a series of eye-opening encounters, Jenny asks how much a human life is worth – and if life has a price, who gets to live and who is left to die in world of finite resources?
We say that life is priceless. Yet the cost of saving a life, creating a life or compensating for a life taken is routinely calculated and put into practice. In a world in love with data, it is possible to run a cost-benefit analysis on anything – including life itself. For philanthropists, judges, criminals, healthcare providers and government ministers, it’s just part of the job.
Exploring the final frontier in monetisation, Kleeman asks what we lose and what we gain by leaving the judgments that really matter up to cold, hard logic.
Jenny Kleeman is a journalist, documentary- maker and radio presenter. She writes for the Guardian, Tortoise, The Times and The Sunday Times. She has reported for BBC One’s Panorama, Channel 4’s Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making thirteen films from across the globe for Channel 4’s Unreported World. Her first book, Sex Robots and Vegan Meat (Picador) was published in 2020 to great acclaim. In September 2023, BBC Radio 4 broadcast her 6 part documentary, The Gift.