The instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller
A Guardian Book of the Year
An Evening Standard Book of the Year
An Independent Book of the Year
Netgalley's non-fiction Book of the Year
A national treasure's journey to the brink and back.
'Will I wake up?'
'There's a 50:50 chance.'
Michael Rosen wasn't feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as the nation teetered on the edge of a global pandemic.
What followed was months on the wards: six weeks in an induced coma, and many more weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved Michael's life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout Michael's stay in intensive care, a notebook lay at the end of his bed, where the nurses who cared for him wrote letters of hope and support. Embarking on the long road to recovery, Michael was soon ready to start writing about his near-death experience.
Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain's best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, doctors and wife Emma-Louise Williams, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS. Featuring original illustrations by Chris Riddell, each page celebrates the power of community, the importance of kind gestures in dark times, and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.
An astonishingly original and moving book
Harrowing, beautiful and sometimes very funny
Emotional...impossible to read without a lump in the throat
Intimate, desolate and sometimes very funny
Touching and, at times, surprisingly amusing
In this transcript from The Penguin Podcast, the beloved poet and author of Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Life, Death, and the NHS reflects on the vital role reading and writing play in understanding ourselves and others.
With a plethora of puns, ludicrous wordplay and completely ridiculous rhythms, these ten books – from the fantastic to downright hilarious – are a great introduction to verse for aspiring poets.