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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 04/02/2016
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016

An intimate and exquisitely written meditation on the meaning of life by a young neurosurgeon facing terminal cancer. Dr. Paul Kalanithi wrote When Breath Becomes Air in the last 22 months of his life.

The result is an inspirational account of family, medicine and literature, on publication swiftly finding an audience of booksellers moved by its gradual shift from hope to Kalanithi’s dignified acceptance of life’s end. We strongly recommend the emotional investment to read it.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
Synopsis: penguinrandomhouse.com

"When Breath becomes Air tells us what it means to live a good life, by giving us a glipse of an exceptional one." - The Financial Times  

 "Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable." - The New York Times

"A stark, fascinating, well-written and heroic memoir." - The Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847923677
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 26 mm

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“Stunning”

This is such a beautiful, heart-breaking, heartWARMING book.

The story of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon diagnosed with lung cancer just as he was completing his residency; this book is the result of him following... More

Hardback edition
28th February 2016
Helpful? Upvote 95

“Written from the heart this book is not just about dying but also about life and how live it”

For anyone who has lost loved ones to Cancer picking up When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi to read may be a difficult choice to make. But I would like you to take a few moments and read on before you decide not... More

Hardback edition
5th March 2016
Helpful? Upvote 89
Hux - Blogger, @littlehux

“A lyrical memoir on the balance of life and death; stunning”

In his sixth year into his residency as a neurosurgeon, Paul discovers he has cancer. Paul always dreamt of being both a writer and doctor, and with time moving on without him, he began his memoir.

When Breath... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
19th January 2017
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