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Dear Life

Dear Life 1

A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss

by Rachel Clarke
Paperback
Publication Date: 08/09/2020
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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. 

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.

ISBN:
9780349143934
9780349143934
Category:
Medicine
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
08-09-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
336
Dimensions (mm):
198x126x23mm
Weight:
0.3kg

"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

"Heart-wrenchingly tender"
Observer

"She writes with a tender, lyrical beauty"
Sunday Times

"Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness"
Guardian

Rachel Clarke

Rachel Clarke is a current NHS doctor and former television journalist who cares passionately about standing up for her patients and the NHS.

She originally read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before making current affairs documentaries about subjects as diverse as the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Al Qaeda and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She retrained as a doctor in her late twenties, graduating in 2009. She now works in palliative medicine, believing that helping patients at the end of life experience the best quality life possible is priceless. Rachel lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.

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  • Dear Life

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    For anyone who has ever or is currently involved in Palliative Care this is an extraordinarily powerful work. Not only does Dr. Clarke reflect on patients' reactions to needing palliative care, but she also touches on the does and don't of attending staff......and how little joys and relaxation of rules can mean so much to patient and family. Not for the faint hearted perhaps, but certainly a window into good palliative care, written in an easy style which everyone can involve themselves and enjoy.