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providing respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life- shortening conditions

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Jane Austen’s cousin, Thomas Leigh (1726–1813), was rector at Adlestrop and lived at the Rectory (now Adlestrop House).

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In neurosurgery, the doctor’s oath to ‘do no harm’ holds a bitter irony, as all operations on the brain carry grave risks. This book is about the agonising human dilemmas behind every operation - for the patient, their families and for the surgeon. It is also a deeply personal account - an education in Marsh’s own fallibility, the limitations of medicine, the corrupting influence of power, and, above all, the universal need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.


is the product of a lifetime’s thinking and experience on the frontline of healthcare. This is the first time a neurosurgeon has written so openly about their work, revealing the frustrations of life in a busy modern NHS hospital

Come and Meet Henry Marsh,

who will be talking about his book


25 June 2015 at 11am Adlestrop House

The trustees of The Adlestrop Literary Festival are delighted to announce a lunch with Henry Marsh, Neurosurgeon and author to be held at Adlestrop House, Adlestrop, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire on Thursday 25 June 2015 at 11.00 am.

Henry Marsh

The day will start with cocktails, followed by Henry Marsh speaking about his book DO NO HARM before a sumptuous summer lunch including wine. A book stall is kindly being provided by Jaffé and Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton and Henry Marsh will be signing books after lunch.

Prior Booking Essential!



What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone’s life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing
a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong?

In this powerful, and brutally honest account, one of the country’s top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death situations he encounters daily. Henry Marsh gives a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain, and the blunt instrument that is a surgeon’s knife by comparison.

Funds raised from The Adlestrop Literary Festival will go to two local charities, Helen and Douglas House, and St Mary Magdalene Church, Adlestrop.

Tickets at £60.00 are available from Ernest Johnson, Leigh Cottage, Adlestrop, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 OUN. For more information, please telephone 01608 658617 or email