Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss

Author:   Rachel Clarke
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN:  

9781408712887


Pages:   336
Publication Date:   16 January 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss


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It takes courage to love the things of this world when all of them, without fail, are fleeting, fading, no more than a spark against the darkness of deep time. Yet when everything you have been and done and meant to the world is being prised from your grasp, human connections are the vital medicine. It is other people who make the difference. Rachel Clarke grew up spellbound by her father's stories of practising medicine. Then, as a doctor herself, one who specialised in palliative medicine, she found herself contemplating all her training had taught her in the face of her own beloved father's mortality. DEAR LIFE is the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking and yet deeply uplifting story of the doctor we would all want to have by our side in a crisis. The hospice where Rachel works is, of course, a world haunted by loss and grief, but it is also teeming with life. 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. In a hospice, therefore, there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more smiles, more dignity, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. DEAR LIFE is a love letter - to a father, a profession, to life itself.

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Author:   Rachel Clarke
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint:   Little, Brown
Dimensions:   Width: 15.00cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.20cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781408712887


ISBN 10:   1408712881
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   16 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Dying is rarely easy, nor is writing about it - but Rachel Clarke does so perfectly, with neither sentimentality nor sensationalism, and instead with realism and kindness.This is a truly wonderful book. Read it -- Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm


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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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