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Feb

'Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love & Loss' with Rachel Clarke

Join Dr Rachel Clarke, a specialist in palliative medicine, as she talks about Dear Life - her vibrant, tender and deeply personal new memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places.

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Saturday 15th February, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Signing
  • Talk

5.00

About the Event

Join Dr Rachel Clarke, a specialist in palliative medicine and author of Your Life in My Hands, as she talks about Dear Life - her vibrant, tender and deeply personal new memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places.

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. When her own father was diagnosed with 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.

Venue Information

Crescent Arts Centre
2-4 University Road
Belfast
BT7 1NH
United Kingdom

About the Book

Dear Life
Dear Life

Rachel Clarke

Publisher:Little, Brown Book Group

Publication date:16 Jan 2020

ISBN:9781408712528

3.97 out of 5
10 reviews
"when her beloved father received a terminal diagnosis, she had to relive all her training in the most personal way possible."
The Bookseller
"She is shrewd and witty about the medical profession"
The Independent
"Clarke is unerringly good at telling stories and Dear Life is full of them"
The Observer
"A palliative care doctor movingly describes her work"
The Times
"Clarke elucidates why people with limited time left are propelled to savour every moment of life all the more urgently"
Evening Standard
"Rachel Clarke reflects on life working in an Oxford hospital’s palliative care unit"
Daily Mail
"There are some real gems in this tender, at times challenging and almost always vibrant read"
Irish Times
"A medic’s heartbreaking personal account of the loss of her father, and of witnessing the courage of the critically ill"
The Guardian
"Clarke’s writing on her relationship with her father and his eventual death is beautiful and poignant."
The Spectator
"Deeply moving"
Woman & Home

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.