Review I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell + a note on the Wellcome Prize

A little while ago, I was contacted by the lovely people over at the Wellcome Prize. I had never heard of this particular prize before (a shame, to be honest), but after gathering some more information about it, I learned that the Wellcome Prize rewards literary works that ā€œilluminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our livesā€. Even though Iā€™m not scientifically skilled, nor do I know much (or anything, for that matter) about medicine ā€“ I do love reading and learning about it. Death, whilst macabre, is a fascinating subject because our conception of it has drastically changed over the years. When I was browsing their website, I noticed that When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi was on their 2017 shortlist. If you haven’t seen me post about that particular book before, I’ll take this opportunity once more to tell you that it’s one of my favourite books and it’s a must-read for anyone, really.

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