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Fantastic book, well read, honest, and insightful account of his career and how it impacted on his personal life. Would absolutely recommend.
flow of book a little disjointed at times, but overall concept okay.
a privilege to sit in with henry on this. also loved the section on the cottage renovation and the meaning of life.
Mr Marsh is clearly an extraordinary polymath with his hands, his mind and his heart. I love the way his story telling ranges from one continent to another, from culture to culture, patient to patient, agonising outcomes to miraculous cures, touching generosity to excoriating cringe-fests of past indiscretions and vanities.
It is his humanity, laid bare in heartwarming and surprising juxtaposition to his laudable achievements that makes his story so compelling.
Set next to his humanity is the joy of his insatiable curiosity and lust to create with his hands.... slashing weeds, sharpening the blade of a plane, lifting a steel beam into place with fewer tools than the Egyptians probably had at their disposal, or, planting a forest and building new windows. To feel the enthusiasm in his voice is a delight.
Oh, and I love his fulminating outbursts against The Managers and the regressive left. Love it!
Then, of course, are the all too serious existential issues that he discourses on.... something close to my heart given the instances I've twice been faced with regarding "switching off the machine". Thank you Mr Marsh for your candour and forthrightness.
I only have one beef..... I wish Mr Marsh had read his other book as well (Do No Harm).
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an interesting memoir. well told, homest and insightful, but at parts sounded like a lonely man trying to avoid dementia
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