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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.

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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 *

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