Recovery by Dr Gavin Frances - hidden by book fairies in the UK - Petersfield

Recovery by Dr Gavin Frances hidden by book fairies in London and Edinburgh

The Book Fairies were proud to share copies of this book about the lost art of convalescence at hospitals and other relevant places today!

“We need time to recover, but we also need a safe space in which to do it.”

Today The Book Fairies have been sharing this short, uplifting account of hope and healing from Dr Gavin Francis by leaving copies at perfect places. We hope that readers find comfort in the book Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence, which came out just a few days ago.

About the book:

When it comes to illness, sometimes the end is just the beginning. Recovery and convalescence are words that exist at the periphery of our lives – until we are forced to contend with what they really mean.

Here, GP and writer Gavin Francis explores how – and why – we get better, revealing the many shapes recovery takes, its shifting history and the frequent failure of our modern lives to make adequate space for it.

Characterised by Francis’s beautiful prose and his view of medicine as ‘the alliance of science and kindness’, Recovery is a book about a journey that most of us never intend to make. Along the way, he unfolds a story of hope, transformation, and the everyday miracle of healing.

An uplifting account of hope and healing by the author of Adventures in Human Being.

Happy finders!

We love hearing from people who find the books we hide. Here are a couple of pics we were sent and would like to share!

Not lucky enough to spot a copy?

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