Win non-fiction book of the month at Waterstone’s, Lynn

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What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? What makes life worth living in the face of death?

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.

One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air, which is the non-fiction book of the month at Waterstone’s in Lynn, chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student in search of what makes avirtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

For your chance of winning a copy of the book, supplied by Waterstone’s of Norfolk Street, Lynn, just answer this question:

How long had Paul Kalanithi been training as a neurosurgeon?

Send your answer on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope with your name, address and a daytime telephone number to Waterstone’s When Breath Becomes Air, Newsdesk, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL.

You can also email your entry to and please type Waterstones When Breath Becomes Air in the subject box. The closing date for your entries is Thursday, February 2, 2017.