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Mar

'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.

University of Liverpool, Liverpool

Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Signing
  • Talk

Free

About the Event

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.

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. 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.

'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

The event will be compered by Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences here at the University of Liverpool.

Venue Information

University of Liverpool
Central Teaching Hub
Liverpool
L69 7ZF
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
9 reviews
"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
"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

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.