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Nick Edwards
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Book Description

3 Mar 2011

The true story of an A&E doctor that became a huge word-of-mouth hit - now revised and updated.

Forget what you have seen on Casualty or Holby City, this is what it is really like to be working in A&E.

Dr Nick Edwards writes with shocking honesty about life as an A&E doctor. He lifts the lid on government targets that led to poor patient care. He reveals the level of alcohol-related injuries that often bring the service to a near standstill. He shows just how bloody hard it is to look after the people who turn up at the hospital door.

But he also shares the funny side - the unusual ‘accidents’ that result in with weird objects inserted in places they really should have ended up - and also the moving, tragic and heartbreaking.

It really is an unforgettable read.

First published in 2007 when The Friday Project was a small independent, In Stitches went on to sell over 15,000 copies in the UK, the majority of which have come in the years since then. It has proved to be a real word-of-mouth hit.

This new edition includes lots of additional material bringing Nick’s story completely up to date including plenty more suprising, alarming, moving and unforgettable moments from behind the A&E curtain.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548705
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Nick Edwards is an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Doctor working in the UK and a passionate believer in the NHS. However the reforms, political correctness and the Anglo-Saxon culture of binge drinking and fighting and the resulting A&E visits are a strain on his sanity. So, to keep up his morale, he began writing down his feelings a form of literary cathartic therapy the results of which make up his first book 'In stitches the highs and lows of life as an A&E doctor.'

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening 28 Aug 2007
Last week I was in A&E after I broke my arm. All night I saw doctors and nurses running round like blue arsed flies and still mmanaging to keep cheerfull. It was after this that I saw the book and decided to buy it.

For the lay man it is truly eye opening. Never again shall I be fulled by tv soaps again! He writes in a throughly entertaing way whilst also managing to be informative about current problems in the NHS and society at large.

Once I started I couldn't put the book down. It was a superb read from start to finnish. I learnt a lot, got upset a bit, got frustrated on his behalf, but best of all laughed allowed a bit too much for a train journey!

Best book I have read this year
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so utterly true! 22 Sep 2007
I read this book whilst on holiday recently and working in ITU myself i have to say that all that he says is absolutely true!!
To those with the sense of humor that has been crafted by years working in the NHS it is both hilarious and moving. We see many highs and lows in our job and Dr Edwards ability to laugh at himself is the key skill to get each of us through the long and sometimes harrowing days!! Many of his rants mirror both my own and my colleagues and the patients that he describes seem to be the very same that i end up caring for!! A very funny release for those of us working in the NHS and a kind reminder to those who don't that accident and emergency is NOT somewhere to go when you have a cold!! Read it and weep with both laughter and sadness!!
Really worth a look!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in stitches 6 Aug 2007
just finnished the book. It was truly excellent. For someone who has never worked in a hospital, it paints a compelling picture of what happens in AandE wards.

There are some very amusing stories as well as emotional aspects. However, the 'tounge in cheek' humor and sracstic humour provides an excellent way of telling his story. If you like me, work in the NHS, then there will be a lot you can associate with.

Does harp on a bit about the worryies of the NHS's future - but that is understandable, as it is something that should concern us all.

Overall i would say buy it as it is an excellent read. As it is a collectioon of seperate stories you can pick it up and read it without having to worry about remebering a time line narrative. If you like tom reynolds book, blood sweat and tea, you will love this book too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Nov 2007
In Stitches is the best book I have read in months. Nick Edwards manages to describe the life of doctors and nurses within the NHS hospital with humour, which can't be easy. I am sure there are more stories to tell, please publish another. Patients on the outside have no real idea what is going on inside with the politics, this book helps you to understand and sympathise with the staff who have to work within the rediculous system we now have. Thanks Nick and all your co-workers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read 28 Aug 2007
I have just finisehed in stitches. It is a fantastic book and easy to read. It is a honest and accurate account of working in A&E ( I should now I work in A&E too ) and as well as being brillantly humerous in places, it also looks at more serious issues.

For those of you who watch casualty/er and think what is really like, then buythis book. If you know what it is like to work in the NHS then buy it as you will realise that you are not the only one suffering!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 2 Sep 2007
"This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the NHS, and about A&E care in particular. The author clearly cares deeply about both and opens up the world beyond the politicians spin about our health service. Whilst doing that involves what the author calls 'rants' he/she also provides sensible and affordable solutions. Because of this, the book ought to be required reading for anyone with any responsibility for policy or strategy in the NHS. The really sad thing is that, such is the over-optimistic approach of many NHS managers, and most politicians at local as well as national level, (and the lack of real knowledge about life in the front line) that Nick Edwards could not use his/her own name for fear of the consequences!

This is a brave attempt, by a brave person, to bring about some very necessary changes. I hope that enough people will read and act on the practical suggestions in this book to make a difference".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 18 Aug 2007
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Despite being a self confessed moaner Dr.Nick Edwards obviously wouldnt want to do any other job. He gives a touching and funny account of a doctor's life in A & E.
as well as touching on some not so good Government ideas and how much time is taken up dealing with people with alcohol and drug related problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Must Read!!!!!!!!!!! 21 Oct 2007
Fantastic book, simply could not put this book down. A must for any health care professional or indeed anyone who wants to read an honest, down to earth account of what really goes on behind the scenes of an A and E department. Keep writing Nick!!! I want to read more from this talented author.
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Published 10 days ago by sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting....frustrating.....funny
One of those books you are compelled to read..mostly because it ignites a fury about the way things are...the way things should be. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. J. Knightsbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hilarious as always
Published 15 days ago by amz31
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and funny
True to life if you work in this industry, funny and light reading, a perfect holiday book, have recommended to colleagues.
Published 17 days ago by GillyBean
4.0 out of 5 stars An eyeopener
A book with a serious message but told in a humorous way. If nhs managers don't learn from this, we`'ll be saying goodbye to the nhs very soon.
Published 19 days ago by Theresa Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A good read about the highs and lows of being a Doctor and with some heartfelt observations.
Published 27 days ago by Nik
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read
The book doesn't seem to have been proof read, there are lots of mistakes which caused me to have to unravel some words Also found this very political, the author would best write... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cyprus2sum
2.0 out of 5 stars Too political
Too many axes to grind about political intervention or lack of in the NHS. Not particularly funny!
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Webster
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