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Many Different Kinds of Love

A Story of Life, Death and the NHS

Michael Rosen Chris Riddell



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Ebury Press
18 May 2021
The powerful and personal coronavirus diaries of Michael Rosen, Britain's best loved poet, full of stories of love, life and the NHS.

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.
By:   Michael Rosen
Illustrated by:   Chris Riddell
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   407g
ISBN:   9781529109450
ISBN 10:   1529109450
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   18 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world. He is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until 2009. While Laureate, he set up The Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He currently lives in London with his wife and children.

Reviews for Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Life, Death and the NHS

An astonishingly original and moving book * David Walliams * Emotional...impossible to read without a lump in the throat. * Observer * Intimate, desolate and sometimes very funny * Telegraph * Touching and, at times, surprisingly amusing. * Independent *

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