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“The reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were the first to recognise that the voice coming out our mouths was a legitimate voice for fiction and poetry.”
The 44-year-old author was presented with his prize by the Duchess of Cornwall.
He admitted it was “so surreal” to win and dedicated the award to his late father who had shaped his “literary sensibilities”.
Congratulations to Marlon James for winning the Man Booker Prize.
Part of the book’s focus is how the medical community might improve its approach to a patient’s final days, and Gawande’s readers have unsurprisingly included a number of doctors and other health care professionals.
Being Mortal has been on the bestseller list for a full year.