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Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (Paperback)
  • Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (Paperback)

Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 13/02/2014
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In 1992, Ben Watt, a member of the band Everything But The Girl, contracted a rare life-threatening illness that baffled doctors and required months of hospital treatment and operations. This is the story of his fight for survival and the effect it had on him and those nearest him. 'In the summer of 1992, on the eve of a trip to America, I was taken to a London hospital with bad chest pain and stomach pains. They kept me in for two and half months. I fell very ill - about as ill it is possible to be without actually dying - confronting a disease hardly anyone, not even some doctors, had heard of. People ask what was it like, and I say yes, of course it was dramatic and graphic and all that stuff, but at times it was just kind of comic and strange. It was, I suppose, my life-changing story.'

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408846605

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“A hugely important memoir in a small package.”

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“Poigniant and hilarious account of illness”

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7th July 2014
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“Just brilliant”

This is an elegant, eloquent little gem of a memoir. Part medical mystery, part human interest story.
Watt's experience is all at once inspiring and terrifying.

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