A very personal and moving account of how the author dealt with the deteriorating health of her parents in a society that doesn't care to discuss the inevitable path of growing old and the decisions that humans make, or are allowed to make in the face of medicine. Heart stopping at times, laugh out loud at others.
Adam Kay's hilarious and poignant diaries of the life and career of an NHS doctor. I recognised almost everything he discussed, in particular the emotional labour and burnout to exhaustion in a system ill equipped to deal with the mental health of its staff.
Finally, a book I didn't expect to enjoy:
I picked this up in a rush to read on the flight. Snobbily, I tend to avoid anything recommended by any "book club" for reasons I would struggle to explain but I had heard a lot of people saying how much they enjoyed it. I opened it on the plane and was still staring at it as the bags came round on the carousel and finished it in one sitting. What an extraordinary book - brimming over with gentle detail and a wonderful tribute to the power of kindness. Reading back what I have written just now, I can see that it doesn't do the book any justice at all. It is an amazing piece of work.