Dear Life

A Doctor’s Story of Love, Loss and Consolation

Dr Rachel Clarke

Dr Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor and writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

Her book, The Sunday Times number 3 bestseller DEAR LIFE, was shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Book awards, and was long-listed for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize. It is based on her work in a hospice and explores love, loss, grief, dying and what matters at the end of life. The Costa biography judges described it as: “A beautifully written, powerfully moving book that tackles an emotive and difficult subject with professional compassion and personal insight.”

Being Mortal

Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

With the End in Mind

How to Live and Die Well

Kathryn Mannix

Kathryn Mannix wants us to be better informed and less afraid about dying. She qualified as a doctor in 1982 and became a consultant specialising in palliative medicine in 1995.

During 30 years in palliative care, Kathryn has worked in patients’ own homes, in Hospices and in busy teaching hospitals alongside palliative care specialist nurses and other colleagues, enabling people with life-limiting illnesses to make the very best of their remaining life-expectancy.

By recounting stories from the bedsides of these patients, Kathryn shares the experiences that have enabled her to see dying as something we can plan for and manage rather than something to fear and avoid discussing. Knowing that every day counts us down is not depressing, but an invitation to seize each day and live every moment as fully as possible.

Kathryn lives in the countryside with her husband and four hens. She laughs a lot. She is easily moved to tears by the extraordinary wonder of everyday life. And she’s not afraid of dying.


Hospice UK

Working for the benefit of people affected by death and dying

Marie Curie

Care and support through terminal illness

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

Chiltern Compass

We are here to help with the challenges of end of life

My Decisions

Planning ahead for your future treatment and care

Compassion in Dying

Supporting your choices


Talking About Death: I Choose Comfort Care

Hermione Elliott, Director of Living Well Dying Well