Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love, Loss and Consolation
Rachel Clarke (Author)
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
'So very important' NIGELLA LAWSON
'Brilliantly alive' SUNDAY TIMES
'A truly wonderful book. Read it' HENRY MARSH
'Shows us the very best of human nature' ADAM KAY
'Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness' GUARDIAN
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.
Little, Brown Book Group
3 September 2020
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