Ones to watch in 2024: Ali Millar

When we, her readers, last caught sight of Ali Millar, it was the last pages of The Last Days, her 2022 memoir about growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness in the Borders. Her mother had told her that, as Ali no longer believed in God, they could no longer see each other. In the world of Jehovah’s Witnesses, this is called “disfellowshipping” – an ugly word for an ugly practice: shunning someone completely, cutting them off, making clear that they are now effectively dead to you.

The Last Days by Ali Millar review – a rebellious Jehovah’s Witness memoir

Most people know that Jehovah’s Witnesses are obliged to spend their free time handing out a magazine called the Watchtower, that they don’t celebrate Christmas and they believe the apocalypse to be imminent, even if the precise date of the second coming does have a tendency somewhat to slip and slide. From time to time, newspapers are also apt to remind us of the fact that even in a medical emergency, members are forbidden to accept a blood transfusion from doctors, a doctrine followed on the grounds that it is God’s job, and his alone, to sustain life.