To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
A lovely deeply moving book to read. It restores my faith in people. Brought an extra copy to give to my brother and his wife who are a psychiatrist and a gp. Thought it might resonate with them. Having a diagnosis of schizophrenia myself it was lovely to see a doctor who do clearly loved her job and the people she worked with. Most struck by the description of sitting in the death of someone, resonated so much with my recent experience of my partner's father. Thank you
This is a stunning and honest account of a junior doctor’s training experience with the NHS. The fact that she became a best-selling novelist (whose books I love) told me that it would be extraordinarily thoughtful and well-written. Absolutely worth reading - and giving to friends! My copy is now in my stash of the best books I ever read. Thank you, Joanna!
Joanna Cannon is a published novelist and the quality of the writing surpasses that of most medical memoirs. It’s very much an emotional journey rather than giving much insight into the work of a junior doctor. I found it interesting and moving but there are other, similar, books that resonated with me more.
This is another story from a junior doctor working in the NHS that makes one question the way we train and treat medical students and junior doctors in the UK. Surely there is a better way that doesn’t promote burnout, depression and suicide? A beautifully candid account with a (thankfully) happy ending.
The NHS has broken many a doctor, and I suspect that may be part of its seemingly inevitable eventual downfall. Listen to the words of Dr Jo which bring to life the realities of life as a doctor in the NHS. Beautifully and bravely written. Anyone who has worked in the NHS will know this is the truth of it, an accurate description by a brave soldier and survivor!
This is a fabulous book. I’ve read Cannon’s novels (which are also very good) and this ‘memoir’ is also a delightful read! If only all doctors were this kind & considerate. Her humility & compassion are obvious. I loved it!
I am a paediatric nurse and have the utmost respect for doctors who have the human touch. Dr Jo is a human doctor, she writes with honesty, humility and compassion. She would be my “go to” person on any ward.
A great person to spend time with and if only more doctors cared about people as much as she does. Most seem only to care about their careers, status and ticking boxes when they need to be compassionate as Joanna Cannon is.
What happens when a delicate piece of Meissen china is placed in a noisy kitchen full of earthenware plates? Yes, it is shocked, bewildered and fears it will be broken. So in the end it retreats, but leaves an indelible imprint behind. Yes, read this book, but do not be put off by a career in medicine.