Book of The Month for February: a tribute to the NHS and resilience

Welcome to the ninth book in our monthly feature showcasing a new book available to borrow from your library service. The books are chosen by our team.

This month, to tie-in with Valentine Day, we have chosen Michael Rosen’s “Many different kinds of love: a story of life, death and the NHS”. 

See the reviews below:

Book cover

“Through a mixture of prose poems, notes written by medical staff (“keep fighting!”) and occasional emails from his wife, Emma, Many Different Kinds of Love paints a harrowing picture of being hospitalised with Covid-19.

Through Rosen’s customarily sparse and unaffected language, it documents the days leading up to his hospitalisation, when he was bedbound and short of breath. “It feels like I can’t get enough air,” he told Emma.

Calls to 111 were made, during which he was told to stay at home and rest.

But then a GP friend came over and measured his blood oxygen levels, and instructed him to go to A&E.

In hospital, Rosen recalls a brief conversation with a doctor before he was put to sleep. Would he wake up?

“There’s a 50:50 chance,” came the reply.

-Fiona Sturges, The Guardian



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