Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (Paperback)Ben Watt (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 138 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
Watt is made of particularly fine stuff, possessed of a shining intelligence that allowed him to transcend his horrible circumstances. I cannot think of any book that so clearly describes the gap between sickness and health, the greatest gap that exists between human beings -- Penny Perrick * The Times *
A vivid account of what it's like to be terribly ill. The details of Watt's hospitalization are brilliantly recollected, and he writes with a songwriter's eye for the telling phrase -- Robert McCrum * Observer *
This is not so much for the music lover as for lovers of life -- Andrew Smith * The Times *
Five minutes after beginning Patient I knew I was going to be all right. Watt is such a responsible, deft writer that you feel straightaway you're in good hands. He doesn't want your sympathy - he wants to tell you something about the world. He makes you laugh. The thing is you can read this and not feel sorry for him. That's his achievement -- William Leith * Mail on Sunday *
As gripping as an airport novel and as gruelling as a horror story -- Martin Aston * Q Magazine *
Quiet elegance and ringing epiphanic lyricism. Watt's writing shares these qualities and his book is a nearly flawless telling of his unexpected and drawn-out battle with an extremely rare - and nearly fatal - illness * New Yorker *
Ben Watt's harrowing, candid account of his near death from one of the world's rarest diseases lives on in the mind - a fine testimonial to his fortitude, his powers as a writer and the NHS. * William Boyd, Sunday Times *
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