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The lost art of convalescence

Convalescence is the gradual return to health after illness or injury, a gentle process of recovery. But whereas the heroines of 18th-century novels were apt to read and rest while sipping broth in a lace nightdress, nowadays we’re expected to be back at work as soon as the acute phase of an illness has passed.

Words by Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield  is a journalist and regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines and radio. She has written four novels, had her short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has been published in various magazines.