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A national treasure's journey to the brink and back.
'Will I wake up?'
'There's a 50:50 chance.'
In March 2020, Michael Rosen became unwell. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. What followed was months on the wards: a month in an induced coma, and weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved his life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout it all, a diary was kept at the end of Michael's bed, where his nurses wrote him letters of hope and support. And as soon as he was awake, he was ready to start writing his own story.
Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain's best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, this is a beautiful story about love, life and the NHS that celebrates the power of community and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.
© Michael Rosen 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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.