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Title Stay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy in a Mostly Healthy World  
ISBN 9789814794589
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Editions
 
Author(s)
Clara Lock
 
Specifications 130mm x 198mm / 224pp / Paperback
 
Publication Date May-2018
 
Target Audience General
Price (SGD) SGD 18.60 BUY NOW
 
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About the Book

What does it mean to be almost healthy?

For Daniel Selvakumar, it was being born with a heart defect that offered a slim chance of surviving past childhood. At 14 months old, he underwent the first of three open-heart surgeries.

Grappling with his own mortality, Daniel accepted the big and small gifts of life – a close-knit family, lasting friendships, a business launched, a first love. In his own way, he sought to leave the world a bit better, whether by helping a friend struggling with drug addiction, coaching teenagers or brightening the lives of nurses and fellow hospital patients in his last days.

Daniel’s heart was deformed by its defect as much as it was enlarged by love. He used it to make each of his 25 years count, and for the brief season that he was alive, left his mark on the hearts of friends, family and strangers, changing them forever. In one of Daniel’s final postings on social media, he outlines his approach for a life well lived – Live full, love hard, be grateful and own that shit.

Eloquent, heartrending and pensive, Stay Gold is a glowing tapestry of a memoir told through the interwoven perspectives of Daniel, his parents and the people he loved. Poised between past and present with a gaze at the future never to be, Daniel’s story asks how an almost healthy boy can find his place in a mostly healthy world, and how a single life can be meaningful when time is running out.

“This excellent book will keep you engaged,
emotional and exhilarated. Keep the Kleenex near.”
—Peh Shing Huei
SLP winner and author of When the Party Ends

“Stay Gold pays tribute to our capacity, underused by
most of us, to live full lives by being there for others.”

—Cherian George
Author of Singapore, Incomplete

About the Author


Clara Lock is a writer by profession and storyteller at heart. She has written for publications such as The Straits Times and Sports and Travel magazine, brands such as Unilever, Skyscanner and Uniqlo, and organisations such as SingHealth and the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Clara was formerly the editor of the Singapore Navy magazine, where she spent many happy days at sea. Stay Gold is her first published work
   
 
  
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