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Many Different Kinds of Love

by Michael Rosen

Biography / Autobiography Books of the Month Poetry The Real World

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Many Different Kinds of Love has the subtitle ‘A story of life, death and the NHS’. This book is a thank you to the NHS healthcare professionals and helpers who looked after Michael Rosen when he caught Covid-19 last year. These weren’t just doctors and nurses, but also speech & language therapists and physios, all working out of their own comfort zone to help on the frontline.

Michael Rosen can’t describe most of his ICU experience, as he spent 48 days in an induced coma. But this diary of his hospital stay uses a mixture of poems, drawings, diaries and letters from hospital staff, family and friends to provide an honest account of what it feels like to care for someone with severe Covid. Michael Rosen talks about not just how he felt physically during his recovery and rehab, but emotionally too – revealing his frailty and fragility. He shows warmth and gratitude for the people who saved his life, and anger towards those who deny the seriousness of the pandemic. This book is full of raw emotion – sad, honest and thought-provoking, but also uplifting, heartwarming and enlightening. A joy to read!

Victoria Goldman

Many Different Kinds of Love Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781529109450
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781473594012
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Publisher: Ebury Digital an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529109450
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Author: Michael Rosen
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Books of the Month, Poetry, The Real World,
Collections: 9 Books with the NHS at Their Heart,
Categories: Memoirs, Poetry, Diaries, letters & journals,

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen: I grew up in the London suburb of Pinner, a place my parents often wondered about. How had we landed there? My parents were teachers, politically committed (socialists), and great storytellers and readers. I was lucky to have found them. Most of my adult life, I've been a freelance writer, teacher (of sorts), journalist, performer and broadcaster. I visit schools doing my one-man show, and support Arsenal Football Club. I have often written about my life and family, but I also write occasional fantasy (usually based in a real place) and non-fiction. Things you didn't ...

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