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Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love, Loss and Consolation (Paperback)Rachel Clarke (author)
Dr Rachel Clarke chronicles caring for her dying father with both professional insight and deeply personal reflection, in this thoughtful and ultimately uplifting meditation on mortality and the crucial work of the hospice.
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Novel Award 2020
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for September 2020
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Your Life in My Hands comes this vibrant, tender and deeply personal memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places.
As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable.
Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love.
And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.
Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm
'Moving, thought-provoking and so very important. I'm immeasurably grateful to have read it, and it will stay with me. In death, we learn about life. A touching and profound meditation on what it means to be human... it is a remarkable book.' - The Guardian
'Dear Life names the tension between love and risk that gives life its sweetness. It takes readers to the edge of life in supportive, wise company. Heart-wrenchingly tender.' The Observer
'She writes with a tender, lyrical beauty.' - Sunday Times
'Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness.' - The Guardian
'A magnificent, tender book.' - The Independent
'Moving . . . an honest account from the front line of death.' The Times
'An enthralling and deeply affecting book . . . It is [the] blend of the personal and professional that makes Dear Life so special.' - Daily Express
'Honest, clear-sighted and immensely wise, Clarke's book is laced with loss, yet raises a jubilant toast to life.' - Literary Review
'A heartbreaking, exhilarating read.' - The Guardian
'Arguably the most remarkable book of the year.' - The i
'An NHS doctor interweaves heartwarming stories of palliative care for patients in a hospice with memories of her beloved GP father.' - The Guardian
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