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THE BOOK: 33 short elegantly written chapters which blend professional memoir with science and p... Read More

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THE BOOK: 33 short elegantly written chapters which blend professional memoir with science and philosophy, to provoke and enable the reader to talk openly about death. Includes a new postscript about the impact of COVID 19. 'Wonderfully enlightening ... bursting with empathy, common sense and humour.' Sue BlackTHE AUTHOR: Dr. David Jarrett has been a doctor for forty years, thirty of which as an NHS consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine (currently at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth). He has extensive experience of frailty, death and dying and the modern world's failure to confront the realities. His book is wise and often funny and he is keen to challenge the status quo.THE COMPS: All That Remains, Sue Black (HB: 22K, PB: 34K), With The End in Mind, Kathryn Mannix (HB: 19K, PB: 14K) Waiting for the Last Bus, Richard Holloway (HB: 12K, PB: 3.5K), Being Mortal, Atul Gawande (HB: 30K, PB: 132K).THE CAMPAIGN: Publication tied to Dying Matters Awareness Week (10-16 May 21). A digital ad campaign on social media via Penguin, author essays on Penguin.co.uk and marketing partnerships with e.g. Age UK, death cafes and older reading groups. Festival appearances, national media coverage and interviews opportunities.David Jarrett has been a doctor for forty years, thirty of which as an NHS consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine. He is a clinician, teacher, examiner and former medical manager with extensive experience of frailty, death and dying and the modern world’s failure to confront the realities. He has also worked in Canada, India, Africa and the USSR. He is married with two children and lives in Hampshire during the week, and in London at weekends.

AS FEATURED ON BBC RADIO 4 'Start the Week' : 'very moving - brilliant and profound'

"Brilliant - a grimly humorous yet humane account of the realities of growing old in the modern age."
- Henry Marsh

"A remarkably likeable guide to a grisly subject ... daunting, yet ultimately life-affirming" - Independent

What is a good death?
How would you choose to live your last few months?
How do we best care for the rising tide of very elderly?

This unusual and important book is a series of reflections on death in all its forms: the science of it, the medicine, the tragedy and the comedy. Dr David Jarrett draws on family stories and case histories from his thirty years of treating the old, demented and frail to try to find his own understanding of the end.

Profound, provocative, strangely funny and astonishingly compelling, it is an impassioned plea that we start talking frankly and openly about death. He writes about all the conversations that we, our parents, our children, the medical community, our government and society as a whole should be having.
And it is a call to arms for us to make radical changes to our perspective on 'the seventh age of man'.
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More praise for 33 Meditations on Death:

"This book will stay with you." - Derren Brown
"Bursting with empathy, common sense and humour." - Professor Dame Sue Black

Brilliant - a grimly humorous yet humane account of the realities of growing old in the modern age. Everybody over the age of 60 should read it and ponder their probable future.It is striking how the candour of our public discourse fails when we get on to the subject of death, a significant and puzzling failure for it is the fate we all share. David Jarrett's 33 Meditations, the fruit of forty years of professional experience with people at the end of their lives, is not only timely and important, but hugely enjoyable. One of the most memorable books I've read recently.A remarkably likeable guide to a grisly subject ... daunting, yet ultimately life-affirmingDeath doesn’t only touch the dying. This wonderfully enlightening book by a doctor who cares for the dying is a plea for all of us to consider now what a good death should look like and what we’d want for ourselves. Bursting with empathy, common sense and humour, would that we could all be so fortunate as to have the author at our bedside when the time comes.Compelling reflections on the dignity of human life, and the emotional inevitability of its end.

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Title: 33 Meditations on Death
Author: David Jarrett
SKU: BK0453237
EAN: 9781784165116
Language: English

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David Jarrett has been a doctor for forty years, thirty of which as an NHS consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine. He is a clinician, teacher, examiner and former medical manager with extensive experience of frailty, death and dying and the modern world’s failure to confront the realities. He has also worked in Canada, India, Africa and the USSR. He is married with two children and lives in Hampshire during the week, and in London at weekends.

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