Publisher: Atlantic Books
Price: £ 14.99
I think I can safely say I've never read a book set in a hospital. I don't think I've read a book where the main characters are exclusively doctors. This is somewhat strange for me now, on reflection, as I bloody love a good medical TV series...fictional obviously and not Casualty...that's shit! But Grey's Anatomy, ER, House, Green Wing, BRING IT ON!
I am delighted to say, that I was thrilled with this book. I hate to say it, but it could be easily translated in to a TV series and a highly dark and satirical one at that...but on with the book.
It's all about Malcolm, a locum registrar in a hospital in London. It's all about his trials and tribulations and what he does to try and work out what he wants and who he is, to an extent anyway. This is a very dark comedy, a very satirical look at hospitals in the UK and the running of small specialist wards. It looks at the type of people I imagine doctors to be and the many varieties of people who get drawn to the profession for the numerous reasons be they glory, status or just because they want to help people.
I loved Malcolm, but I think there will be people out there who hate him. I loved him because he is a bit like me. He is sarcastic, he doesn't really care about things as much as he should sometimes and he can't argue, it makes him uncomfortable and he has to try and make it funny. I loved his relationships with other doctors, especially Morris, the HO and Ludo. I hated the Prof! God I hated her....she is everything I despise! She is false and an impostor damn it!! I BOOO HER!!!
This is a great story that will make you laugh and it will make you feel sad and it will make you worry for the people involved. I really hope that as this book is written by a doctor, that the whole thing is drawn from real life. This is how I imagine hospitals to be behind the disinfectant and scrubs! Cracking read and defo a very different one for me!