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Michael Rosen to publish book about his near-fatal Covid-19 ordeal

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Beloved children’s author will reflect on illness that put him in intensive care for 47 days using mix of poems and nurses’ ward notes

After spending 47 days in intensive care fighting coronavirus, Michael Rosen is bringing out a book about his experiences with the illness, from the doctor who said he had a 50/50 chance of survival to the nurses who cared for him while in a coma.

The former children’s laureate, one of Britain’s most beloved authors, will publish Many Different Kinds of Love, a mix of prose poems and extracts from the notes written by nurses on his hospital ward, in March next year – 12 months after he first fell ill. The poet went home in June having lost most of the sight in his left eye and hearing in his left ear, and having to learn to walk again.

Related: Michael Rosen on his Covid-19 coma: ‘It felt like a pre-death, a nothingness’

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