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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787331143
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

And Finally

Matters of Life and Death, from the bestselling author of DO NO HARM




From the bestselling neurosurgeon and author of Do No Harm, an unflinching and deeply personal exploration of death, life and neuroscience.

As a neurosurgeon, I lived in a world filled with fear and suffering, death and cancer. But rarely, if ever, did I think about what it would be like if what I witnessed at work every day happened to me. This book is the story of how I became a patient myself.

As a retired brain surgeon, Henry Marsh thought he understood illness, but he was unprepared for the impact of his diagnosis of advanced cancer. And Finally explores what happens when someone who has spent a lifetime on the frontline of life and death finds himself contemplating what might be his own death sentence. As he navigates the bewildering transition from doctor to patient, he is haunted by past failures and projects yet to be completed, and frustrated by the inconveniences of illness and old age. But he is also more entranced than ever by the mysteries of science and the brain, the beauty of the natural world and his love for his family. Elegiac, candid, luminous and poignant, And Finally is ultimately not so much a book about death, but a book about life and what matters in the end.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787331143
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh is one of the country's foremost neurosurgeons and the bestselling author of two volumes of medical memoir, Do No Harm and Admissions. Both books were Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers, and have been translated into over twenty languages. Do No Harm was awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Award and the PEN Ackerley Prize, and was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, Duff Cooper Prize, Wellcome Book Prize and Guardian First Book Award. He was made CBE is 2010. Since retiring from full-time work in the NHS in 2015, Henry Marsh continues to operate and lecture abroad. He is married to the anthropologist Kate Fox, and lives in London and Oxford.

Praise for And Finally

In the contemplation of death Marsh illuminates the gift of life, rendering it even more precious. And Finally has all the candour, elegance and revelation we've come to expect from Marsh. I read it straight through carried along by the force of its prose and the beauty of its ideas. It's a book to treasure and reread; I'm very grateful for it.

Gavin Francis, author of ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING and SHAPESHIFTERS

In this superb meditation on life and death, Henry Marsh tackles the matter of mortality with all his trademark wit, wisdom, grace and humility. He turns his formidable intellect and scalpel-sharp prose on himself as well as the medical profession - with marvellous results. Unflinching, profound and deeply humane, And Finally is magnificent.

Rachel Clarke, author of DEAR LIFE

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