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Frank's Last Call

Frank's Last Call [Kindle Edition]

Spence Kennedy
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Spence Kennedy starts work at a busy seaside ambulance station, and under the guidance of Frank, a paramedic coming up to retirement, works his way through a succession of incidents, comic and tragic. 
As well as an exploration of individual responses to pain and personal difficulty, Frank's Last Call puts the reader in the front seat of an emergency ambulance, and the front line of health care in a contemporary UK town. 

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Spence Kennedy worked in many different jobs before studying English & Drama as a mature student at Exeter University. After graduating he worked for a time in Theatre in Education, then trained as an English Teacher at secondary level. He joined the ambulance service in 2004. Frank's Last Call is his first book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inisightful, compassionate, & engaging 3 Oct 2012
By Heather
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I've followed the source blog, Siren Voices, for this book for some years now, so I was confident this would be a good read, and it was! I was so keen to read it, I had to buy a Kindle first so it's got to be the most expensive book I've ever purchased, and well worth it.

Keenly observed situations are condensed into accessible reading snippets; conveying in turn a range of emotions from both the author and and his patients. I have a mental image of Spencer itching to drop his patient off before he can scribble notes of the job such is the level of observation. Gives a great insight of the challenges and challenging individuals that the members of the ambulance service face, and made me realise that we should be ever more grateful for their continuing dedication.

I hope Spencer becomes filthy rich from his writing, but if that happens, we'd lose this unique and privileged insight. But I suspect anything he chooses to write in the future will just as excellent, so bring it on please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, wonderfully observed 31 July 2012
By Chsz
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This is an entirely engrossing book, full of gritty truth, real-life drama, humour and tragedy.

The format is a series of bite-size portaits of individual ambulance jobs, loosely grouped into themes. Each job is brilliantly described, many of them coming across almost as little scenes from a play. There is huge variety - one moment you're in the filth of a junkie house, next you're drinking tea with genteel old ladies. Tragedy one moment, laugh out loud the next.

Everything is beautifully observed, and the writing is superb. I had to force myself not to read it all though in one go. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book 17 July 2012
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A delightful collection that leaves you wanting more. Amusing one minute, unbelievably poignant the next, these glimpses into other peoples lives are written with a keen eye and a deft use of language. I sincerely hope there will be many more "installments"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True from the heart 18 Feb 2014
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very good read, good bit of humor to go with the sadness. great to read the true stories of the ambulance service, this should be in the news, not always the negetive stuff!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's last call. 19 Jan 2014
By Shadow
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Having spent more than 30 years in the service, a great read. I can see so much of my own life in this book, so many similar situations. A brilliant acount of life in the job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow going 6 Dec 2013
By Julie
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I found this novel slow and hard going! Not anything like the amusing anecdotal stories from other authors in this genre.
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Very well written and easy to read...great blog too! Sad to have finished it :-( one of the best books of this genre :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's Last Call 29 July 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and was assured by a friend that he has had some of the same experiences. It is a real eye-opener and gives more understanding of one of the most used emergency services. I have personal experiences of the efficiency, politeness and reassurance the ambulance crews dispense to the sick and needy. I was however shocked at the inconsiderate way some of the population abuse this service and the personnel. It is witty and thought provoking. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Frank's last call
I really love these types of books, but this one I just could not get into. This is the only book I have failed to read all the way through. I would NOT recommend this.
Published 11 months ago by Jen
3.0 out of 5 stars franks last call
I would have liked to know what happened to some of the people mentioned, I often thought that I was still reading about the same person then had to go back to see that that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by kathleen jeffery
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank's last call
The book was well written but I was a bit disappointed that you don't hear what happened to the patients when they arrive at hospital. Very good sense of humour throughout though.
Published 16 months ago by G. M. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
I loved the honesty with which this book was written, and the pungent humour too. I could hve wished for a bit more of the routine stuff!
Published 16 months ago by L. J. McQuillin
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's last call
I found this book entertaining, and would suggest new baby paramedics should read it. How true this is, as many student paramedic think our job is so easy sometimes.
Published 19 months ago by sue alice barnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it....
Read quite a few of these "first hand experience" books-from-blogs and tbh this one didn't do it for me. Seemed to jump around a lot to the extent I found it distracting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Penguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for any ambulance personnel
Real stories of real ambulance life. It's not all blood and guts like casualty this shows the hum drum life of the ordinary ambulance crew.
Published 20 months ago by M. Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Franks last call
An informative, entertaining and interesting book which gives a good insight to the way of life of paramedics and the range of situations they incur during a shift. Read more
Published 20 months ago by trishj08
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