Dr Malcolm Goldblatt has one last chance in the NHS. As the new but temporary senior registrar of a London hospital, he needs to prove to himself, and the medical establishment, that he can toe the corporate line. But this new hospital is all rather depressingly familiar - from Dr Madic's ferocious aversion to work, Dr Burton's knife-in-the-back ambition, right up to the pathologically insecure yet monstrously vain Professor Small, it is an environment of short tempers, back-biting and office politics - a place in which caring for patients seems secondary to caring for professional reputations.
As Goldblatt attempts to hold on to his job in the medical chaos of Floor Five he finds himself sinking dangerously towards a point of no return, where it feels as though self-abnegation is killing him and self-destruction seems like the only remedy....
A biting, brilliant, black tragicomedy of doctors, patients, lost hopes and last chances.
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I don't know - haven't read print version.
As a doctor myself, a little older than the author, I can completely relate to the story. Non medical readers may doubt its authenticity, but I can assure them that the story is genuine. (Current junior doctors should read & take note!) I listen to my audio books during my 40 minute walk to work and found myself repeatedly laughing out loud.
I enjoyed them all.
I've seen criticism of the print book for being too long. I can appreciate this, but in the audio version I didn't find this a problem, although the story could cope with some robust editing.
- Diana Brighouse
When the narration is done in the way ones ears like it then it is just splendid. John Telfer is such a good performer. I loved all his different accents and the way he really put himself in Goldblatt's shoes.
The book made me laugh out loud more than once.. I love the way the little old jewish lady is described and JT's jewish accent..
Just a great book. I recommend it :-)
- jane joensen