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Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss (Hardback)
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Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 30/01/2020

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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 Award 2020

From the 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
ISBN: 9781408712528
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 34 mm

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“This book is about celebrating life until the last breath....”

I have to be honest that I haven’t felt this emotional reading a book for a long time. This book left me totally in awe of her dedication, inspiration and her compassion.

It was written by a doctor who specialises in... More

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“Unexpectedly uplifting”

“Death is not the opposite of life, but part of it” Murakami
The hardest thing to get your head around is the truth of the quotation above, but if someone gets close, it's Rachel Clarke.
When she was younger... More

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“Emotionally exhausting yet heartwarmingly life affirming”

Spoken from the heart by palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke.

Be taken by the hand in her narrative experiences of death and dying both through her work and very close personal life.

To read this brings you up... More

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