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Dear NHS

100 Stories to Say Thank You, Edited by Adam Kay

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction, Humour
Imprint: Orion
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 9 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781398701182

Great writers, artists, entertainers and thinkers talk about their experiences of the NHS and explore what it means to them in this unique collection curated and edited by Adam Kay, with all profits going to NHS Charities Together and The Lullaby Trust.

4 stars out of 5
16 Jul 2020

"Ranging from minor embarrassing incidents to heartbreaking diagnoses, their brushes with the NHS reflect those of the general population."

The stellar cast of contributors includes Sir Paul McCartney, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Sir Michael Palin, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason and Dame Emma Thompson.

Ranging from minor embarrassing incidents to heartbreaking diagnoses, their brushes with the NHS reflect those of the general population.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
8 Jul 2020

"moments of poignance, plus some poor efforts, in a revealing collection of essays"

Literary excellence may not be the point of a book such as this, but even so some of the entries are short on effort. Ricky Gervais provides a total of 10 lines comprising a Wikipedia-style precis of his humble beginnings before noting that healthcare is why he’s happy to pay his taxes “now that I’ve got a bob or two”, while the comedian Josh Widdicombe squeezes out two short and unintelligible paragraphs about having once had an anaesthetic. Jamie Oliver takes the “will this do?” approach to the next level as he cuts and pastes his recipes for veggie chilli and rye bread scones, both of which have long been available elsewhere...Yet amid these egregious tales of swollen egos are other, more generous essays about the experience of being hospitalised, or watching loved ones in distress, or that offer broader observations about why free healthcare is worth fighting for.