Robert McCrum is literary editor of the Observer and was formerly an editor at Faber & Faber. He writes regular reviews and is the author of the critically acclaimed PG Wodehouse: A Life.
'Few of us can write in perfect health with the wit, skill, honesty and compassion that McCrum manages following a stroke' Professor Anthony Clare 'I have never read anything quite like this, a moving and unsentimental account of an encounter with the Grim Reaper. I think it should be prescribed reading for all' Beryl Bainbridge 'With its lucid heartfelt prose, My Year Off gives voice to the millions of people who suffer strokes ... More importantly, the book is a testament to the parallel trials and courage of the family members of stroke victims' New York Times Book Review 'Elevates the health-book genre to art. Here's proof a book can delight as it heals' Wall Street Journal