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Publisher's Summary

Features 75 stories narrated by their authors.

Curated and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million best seller This Is Going to Hurt), Dear NHS features household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Stephen Fry, Sir Trevor McDonald, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Ed Sheeran, David Tennant, Dame Julie Walters, Emma Watson and many, many more.

The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are, and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In Dear NHS, an amazing list of inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day - selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now.

They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.

This audiobook features readings by: Monica Ali, Pam Ayres, David Baddiel, Mary Beard, William Boyd, Frankie Boyle, Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Kathy Burke, Jimmy Carr, Candice Carty-Williams, Lauren Child, Lee Child, Bridget Christie, Emilia Clarke, Rev Richard Coles, Daisy May Cooper, Jilly Cooper, Fearne Cotton, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Victoria Derbyshire, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Anne Fine, Stephen Fry, Professor Green, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Matt Haig, The Hairy Bikers, Naomie Harris, Miranda Hart, Victoria Hislop, Nick Hornby, Sali Hughes, Konnie Huq, Marina Hyde, E L James, Jackie Kay, Lorraine Kelly, Marian Keyes, Shappi Khorsandi, Joanna Lumley, Lee Mack, Catherine Mayer, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul McCartney, Sir Trevor McDonald, Caitlin Moran, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, Sir Michael Palin, Sue Perkins, Katie Piper, Jonathan Ross, Ed Sheeran, Paul Sinha, Frank Skinner, Kate Tempest, David Tennant, Dame Emma Thompson, Sandi Toksvig, Stanley Tucci, KT Tunstall, Dame Julie Walters, Phil Wang, Emma Watson, Mark Watson, Jack Whitehall, Josh Widdicombe, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Greg Wise, Benjamin Zephaniah.

A minimum of £1 from the proceeds received by The Orion Publishing Group from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to NHS Charities Together. A minimum of £0.05 from the proceeds received by The Orion Publishing Group from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to the Lullaby Trust.

The Lullaby Trust Limited is a registered charity in the UK with charity number 262191 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

NHS Charities Together is a registered charity in the UK with charity number 1186569 (England and Wales)

©2020 Orion Publishing Group (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Dear NHS - Wow!

This was beautiful! I laughed, I cried! Everyone in the UK and beyond should listen to (or read) this and truly get an appreciation for what an amazing institution the NHS is.

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  • Jan
  • 09-07-2020

This Audiobook seems to be missing a LOT!

It's lovely, but it seems to be missing loads of stories. There are supposed to be 100. There are not. Lots of people's stories are missing from this audiobook. is there any way to fix this? I would love to hear them all in their entirety. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2021

Lovely, hilarious and harrowing.

As an ICU nurse, this was an absolute honour to listen to. Thankyou for sharing these stunning stories with us, I was with each of you in every second of listening; laughing, gasping, weeping. We are better together, and the beautiful NHS and these stories, exemplify that wholeheartedly. I would recommend this to ANYONE, because healthcare is humanity! Thankyou, again.

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  • Kathy O
  • 15-07-2020

This book should be compulsory for all MPs

This is such a brilliant book. I got it this morning and have been touched by each and every story. I truly believe that every MP from every party should be made to listen to this on repeat until they all can work together to make sure that our NHS is protected in law & financed properly forever.

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  • KB2013
  • 15-08-2020

Not the full book

This isn’t all 100 stories that are in the full printed book. Looking closely I suppose I should have worked that out from the title change and by looking through the list of contributions, but I hadn’t realised so was disappointed to not hear from some of the contributors I’d most wanted to. Book itself is fine - some good stories some boring ones. Nice to support a charity but probably not the greatest book I’ve ever listened to.

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  • C. Holloway
  • 03-08-2020

Thank you Public

As an NHS worker for 20 years, the last 4 months have been exhausting. I was relocated from an outpatient department to intensive care. And now, back in an unrecognisable outpatient setting, I'm feeling the adrenaline wane and the fatigue kick in.
I needed this book. It's been a tonic. NHS workers don't ever expect to be rich, that's not why they do it. Sure, we would like it, but the snippets in this book are what we work for.
Knowing that people appreciate the work we do is worth so much, and for every famous person in this book there are a countless number who have similar experiences and similar gratitude.
The clapping was great, the rainbow signs were great, the discounts were great, but the individual stories are even better.

Dear Public, a heartfelt thank you is worth so so much, and you've all been amazing this last 4 months. Thank you Public. Thank you.

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  • Michele Roslin
  • 13-07-2020

tear filled gratitude

a heartfelt tribute to an awesome bunch of selfless dedicated people, makes me proud to be married to an NHS worker

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  • Emma
  • 11-07-2020

Feel Good and Fabulous

loved this book. packed with interesting and feel good stories all around the NHS. just what we all need during this strange time.

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  • Michael Bolton
  • 12-07-2020

Great audio book!

If you’re feeling stuck by COVID life and in need of uplifting stories of gratitude, this is a great collection, read by all who wrote their stories.

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  • Jayke1981
  • 16-11-2020

Great audiobook

Great book, and when bought, the proceeds goes to NHS charities. That was the reason why I bought the audiobook, having bought the real book. I discovered straight away with the first story that the audio book would not match with the chapter order of the published book.

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  • Chelsea
  • 12-09-2020

Lovely!

This book is just an absolute delight and I'm so glad I got the audio version over the paper as the stories are told in the authors' voices which really adds to the effect.

The stories are funny, moving, heartbreaking and a great little tribute to the wonderfullness of the NHS.

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  • coot
  • 18-07-2020

Our NHS

Loved the laughter and felt the tears. A book with both and balanced in its construction.

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  • Robin Moore
  • 13-09-2020

Amazing book

Highly recommended, my family and I have enjoyed the stories told to us by celebrities. Its makes feel that yes they are human and humbling and you realise that how amazing the NHS are. We thank you ❤️❤️❤️ clapping goes out to you.

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