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Dear Life Rachel Clarke

Dear Life By Rachel Clarke

Dear Life by Rachel Clarke


$16.99
Condition - Very Good
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Summary

A brilliant combination of lyrical memoir and guide to living and dying, comparable to Kathryn Mannix's With the End in Mind and Julia Samuel's Grief Works, from the author of Your Life in My Hands.

Dear Life Summary

Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love, Loss and Consolation by Rachel Clarke

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award

'What a remarkable book this is; tender, funny, brave, heartfelt, radiant with love and life. It brought me often to laughter and - several times - to tears. It sings with joy and kindness' Robert Macfarlane

From the Sunday Times 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.

Dear Life Reviews

This is a wonderful book. Rachel takes the worst life can throw at us and shows us the beauty in it
What a remarkable book this is; tender, funny, brave, heartfelt, radiant with love and life. It sings with joy and kindness
A truly wonderful book. Read it
A truly beautiful book about death and life and the price of love. Told by a doctor, with compassion and wisdom. I cried, but they were warm, comforting tears. It made me think about stuff I fear in a new and better way
Moving, thought-provoking and so very important. I'm immeasurably grateful to have read it, and it will stay with me. In death, we learn about life
A touching and profound meditation on what it means to be human . . . it is a remarkable book * Guardian *
Dear Life names the tension between love and risk that gives life its sweetness. It takes readers to the edge of life in supportive, wise company
Heart-wrenchingly tender * Observer *
She writes with a tender, lyrical beauty * Sunday Times *
Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness * Guardian *
A magnificent, tender book * Independent *
Moving . . . an honest account from the front line of death * The Times *
An enthralling and deeply affecting book . . . It is [the] blend of the personal and professional that makes Dear Life so special * Express *
Honest, clear-sighted and immensely wise, Clarke's book is laced with loss, yet raises a jubilant toast to life * Literary Review *
A heartbreaking, exhilarating read * Guardian *
Arguably the most remarkable book of the year * The i *
An NHS doctor interweaves heartwarming stories of palliative care for patients in a hospice with memories of her beloved GP father * Guardian *
Rachel Clarke weaves together an account of her training as a doctor who came to specialise in palliative care, the stories of her patients, and her father's death in Dear Life. I read it while coming to terms with the death of a family friend, and found it full of honesty and tender wisdom about life and the process of dying. It managed the brilliant and paradoxical feat of helping you love life a little more and fear death a little less -- Matt Haig * Guardian *
This astonishing book by Dr Clarke will make you re-evaluate your own life and priorities. This is a deeply moving read * Woman & Home *
Compassionate, heartfelt and deeply life-affirming * Mirror *

About Rachel Clarke

Before going to medical school, Dr Rachel Clarke was a television journalist and documentary maker. She now specialises in palliative medicine, caring deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible - and in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change.



Rachel is the author of three Sunday Times bestselling books. Breathtaking reveals what life was really like inside the NHS during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Dear Life, shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Biography Award and long-listed for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize, is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life. Your Life in My Hands documents life as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline.

Additional information

GOR010866829
9780349143934
0349143935
Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love, Loss and Consolation by Rachel Clarke
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
20200903
336
Long-listed for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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