Getting Better: Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it

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Getting Better: Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it

Getting Better: Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it

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Following on from the Sunday Times bestselling Many Different Kinds of Love, Michael explores the role of trauma – from chronic illness to the loss of a child – and asks how we can learn to live again in the aftermath of tragedy. The coming decade, he argues, will be defined by this wave of powerful, fast-proliferating new technologies. In Getting Better, Rosen describes the moment he discovered a photograph of a baby boy sitting on his mother’s knee.

Named after the lager that christened her at birth, Stella's life is characterised instability and neglect. His memory is now much improved, he says, and he’s making further demands on it by learning a new language.Michael Rosen is someone that I admire greatly, his words have given me comfort over the years and made me have massive giggle fits.

The sections dealing with Rosen’s slow recovery from Covid and his confusion arising from his 40 day coma are as excellent as I thought they would be. I bought the book because of interviews with the author which focused entirely upon the autobiographical items, and these were beautifully written and, at times, very moving.When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. Exploring the roles that trauma and grief have played, Michael investigates the road to recovery, asking how we can find it within ourselves to live well again after - or even during - the darkest times of our lives. That is what Rosen, now 76, tackles in this moving memoir and guide, in which he grapples with the moments that have most affected him: confronting his mortality, understanding the legacy of the Holocaust in his family, losing a job, chronic illness, and coping with the loss of his son Eddie, aged 18, from meningitis. Walking through a cemetery one day, they encountered a woman crying at the foot of her young son’s grave and struck up a conversation.

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. The mind plays me a video of Eddie and puts over it a soundtrack I’ve created of his voice, as if I’ve written him a script, in which he says, ‘I think I’m going to die, Dad. This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here. In the dream, there was this German man coming towards me, wearing a bib and brace and standing next to a beat-up old 1950s tractor.

I loved every single word' Dr Rachel Clarke 'Just full to the brim with wisdom, truth and beautiful silliness' Cariad LloydIn our lives, terrible things may happen.

Gadsby grew up as the youngest of five children in an isolated town in Tasmania, where homosexuality was illegal until 1997. Sometimes he’s wearing clothes I’ve forgotten about, so I wake up and go, ‘Oh my God, I remember that shirt! Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. Objects in the Mirror: Thoughts on a Perfect Life from an Imperfect Person is a collection of essays that explores what it means to be alive.

He immersed himself in his subject as part of his recovery process - whether it was the holocaust, his son's illness, or his own ailments. He is tall and lanky; when he sits down at his desk it is like watching a long piece of paper fold itself into creases. Based on familiar genres-the fairy tale, fable, allegory, parable, and moral tale-and penned by a range of lesser-known and celebrated authors, including Schalom Asch, Charles Allen Clarke, Frederick James Gould, and William Morris, these stories were meant to entertain readers of all ages-and some challenged the conventional values promoted in children's literature for the middle class. In spite of this he has survived and has even learned to find joy in life in the aftermath of tragedy. I’m right at the very edge of what I understand,” he says, but in writing, in sharing, in striving for meaning, he offers readers a lifeline, and shows them they are not going through it alone.

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