Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients' own homes to deliver palliative care, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK's (possibly the world's) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients, and devised 'CBT First Aid' training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients. Kathryn has worked with many thousands of dying people, and has found their ability to deal with illness and death both fascinating and inspirational. She believes that a better public awareness about what happens as we die would reduce fear and enable people to discuss their hopes and plans with the people who matter to them.
'This gentle-hearted, engaging and intimately readable book is so full of wisdom and compassion. Everyone should read it' Nigella Lawson 'Kathryn Mannix has a gift for cutting through the noise and helping us realise what is most important. In a world that never stops talking, this book celebrates and demonstrates the curative power of listening. It is powerful, humane and wise' Julia Samuel 'This is a beautiful book ... Too often people want their friends and relations to take all the difficult talk to a therapist, there has to be more than the professional listeners who know how to have a mutually impactful beautiful, tender conversation. This is a book for everyone ... I actually feel listened to by reading it' Philippa Perry 'Kathryn Mannix is our modern-day prophet ... This is an essential book for anyone interested in themselves and their fellow humans' Greg Wise 'I adore Kathryn's writing. Always sensitive, always thoughtful, an essential read for those looking to connect' Cariad Lloyd 'Kathryn Mannix is a natural born storyteller, and there is so much wisdom, tenderness and love packed into this profoundly beautiful book ... Her words brim with grace. I loved this book so very much.' Rachel Clarke 'It's amazing that a book like this has not been written before - such is the need for it ... Intensely humane and reassuring ... Full of wisdom and compassion' Sue Stuart-Smith 'This is a beautiful book and I found almost every page taught me something in a gentle, but powerful way' Annalisa Barbieri 'The book's greatest strength is not just the information it shares, but the pure humanity it shows; the halting, fearful, imperfect conversations between people who are all doing their best and sometimes not getting it right. The gems of wisdom apply to all situations, whether someone is at the end of their life or has had a bad day at work ... Compassionate, warm and wise' The Times