In the vein of the best 'blog books' the real life story of a hapless junior doctor, based on his columns written anonymously for the Telegraph
If you re going to be ill, it s best to avoid the first Wednesday in August. This is the day when junior doctors graduate to their first placements and begin to face having to put into practice what they have spent the last six years learning. Starting on the evening before he begins work as a doctor, this book charts Max Pemberton s touching and funny journey through his first year in the NHS. Progressing from youthful idealism to frank bewilderment, Max realises how little his job is about 'saving people' and how much of his time is taken up by signing forms and trying to figure out all the important things no one has explained yet -- for example, the crucial question of how to tell whether someone is dead or not. Along the way, Max and his fellow fledgling doctors grapple with the complicated questions of life, love, mental health and how on earth to make time to do your laundry ... All Creatures Great and Small meets Bridget Jones s Diary, this is a humorous and accessible peek into a world which you'd normally need a medical degree to witness.Max Pemberton is a doctor. He writes a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph.
Reads like Scrubs: The Blog... This diary-style account of Pemberton's first year on the wards is funny and awful in equal measure. - Observer
Very funny and frank. - Independent
Painfully funny. - Boris Johnson
Reading his absurdly funny, beautifully observed, day to day, horror stories from the wards, made me laugh and shudder - Maureen Lipman
Max Pemberton (Author)
Max Pemberton is a doctor, journalist and writer. Over the course of his medical career he has worked across a broad range of medicine, including paediatrics, mental health, surgery and geriatrics.
Max is a writer for the Daily Mail, Reader's Digest, and the Spectator. Before moving to the Mail three years ago, he was a columnist at the Daily Telegraph for 12 years. He has won several awards for his writing, including Mind Journalist of the Year, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year and awards from the Medical Journalists' Association. He has presented the BBC Radio 4 flagship health programme Inside Health and is a regular commentator on TV and radio on health and social issues. Max has also written four bestselling books for adults. The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human is his first book for children.
Chris Madden (Illustrator)
Chris Madden is a British illustrator; he currently lives in Manchester, UK with his wife and children. Since graduating from Stockport College with a degree in Design & Visual arts, his illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. Chris has a knack for bringing the human body to life on the page: other clients include The Lancet and Harvard Magazine.