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by Robin Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going to see your doctor? Read this first! You will be amazed!, 16 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Doc (Paperback)
This novel by new writer and medical doctor Robin Peterson is ground-breaking in so many different ways.
It firstly introduces Johnny, who is the most unconventional family doctor you will ever meet. Brilliant but soft-hearted, with an appetite for hard work, attractive women, and pub quiz nights, he treats many poorly patients in his busy Yorkshire practice.
When Johnny's lifelong friend Joe develops a fatal illness, his promise to look after him to the end is jeopardised by a malicious complaint. As a result of this, not only may Johnny not able to care for Joe, but his entire career may be terminated by an angry patient with a grudge.
Could he be rescued by Kate, a beautiful young American woman who has moved into the town, or will Johnny be forced to abandon Joe at his time of greatest need? As time runs out for both men, can a frantic search for evidence clear his good name?
This enjoyable tale is a million miles away from being a James Herriott type of story of grateful people doffing their caps in gratitude to the professionals. It goes much, much deeper than that, and on its way it ventures far into uncharted waters.
The first chapters establish the people and the beautiful Yorkshire setting. Stay with it, cos these are real people. If you cut them they will bleed! You will get to know some of them better than your own friends and family!
In the middle part of the book the story develops. The eight main characters really come to life. Joe Bradford is a truck driver and his loving wife Jenny works in a supermarket. They are nice people, quite unlike the other family in the story, the Hillmans, who have a more sinister side. Both families keep Johnny very busy with their medical problems.
Into the fabric of the story are weaved large, fascinating glimpses into how family doctoring operates on a day to day basis, and in parts the book is not without humour.
It then moves on to give amazing insights into how some diseases are diagnosed (you've always wondered, haven't you?!) and how healthcare teams can work together harmoniously.
This is the first novel of its type since The Citadel. The subject matter covers a large area, but it is all acted out on a very manageable and a very human scale. There is no blinding with science here! The charcters are pleasantly believeable and they paint a vivid picture of what it actually feels like to be in such a situation, whether as a nurse, a doctor, or a patient. Maybe this story will do the same for people going to the doctors as Fever Pitch did for football fans. It places you firmly in the middle of the action!
The book then moves relentlessly on towards a gripping climax which will leave you moved and breathless. It is exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure; by the time you have read the closing pages you will be left with a satisfying feeling of a story well told, many insights gained, and the accurate impression that this book gets to areas which much ordinary fiction does not reach.
It is aimed mostly at a non-medical readership who will find it satisfying, informative, and enjoyable. On top of that, healthcare professionals may well gain much pleasure from its 270 pages and may even award themselves a very gentle pat on the back, whilst at the same time asking themselves why has it taken so long for a thought-provoking contemporary story like this to be written?
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For the price of three drinks in a pub, you will be informed and entertained and you may even get the feeling that, in a small way, your life will never be quite the same again after reading it.
Go on, splash out and do it, and then, next time you go the doctors, you can look them in the eye and just, for a split second, ask yourself the very pertinent question "What would Johnny do?!".
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Wainwright Pictorial Guides To The Lakeland Fells
Wainwright Pictorial Guides To The Lakeland Fells
by Alfred Wainwright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £69.65

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique set of guidebooks for walkers., 29 July 2007
Wainwright's legacy to the fell walkers of the Lake District will be as popular in a hundred years from now as it is today, a decade after his demise. These seven wonderful books began in the 1950's as a labour of love which would take up most of Wainwright's leisure time over a period of over 12 years. He embarked on this venture without a thought of making a profit; the idea was simply to provide meticulous advice and information for walkers, set out in his own unique style. His attention to detail and gentle humour have reassured and entertained generations of walkers visiting this hallowed corner of our beautiful earth. Similarly people who are not fit enough to visit the highest mountains can relive past adventures by their own fireside on a cold winter's evening. So, my friend, feel inspired, splash out a little on these wonderful guidebooks, get out on the hills, and, as the great Wainwright himself said, watch where you are putting your feet. Your life will never be quite the same again.


Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars passions run high in american civil war love story, 30 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
this is a haunting movie which displays lots of love,
oceans of hate, and brilliant appalachian music in the
beautiful setting of the deep south. the anglo-australian cast
bring this tale of passion and revenge to life. this is a wonderful adventure and you would never know that the director
was previously a lecturer at Hull University and that it was filmed almost entirely in Romania, which these days looks more like North Carolina than the real thing itself. steel yourself
for over 2 hours of love, hope and fortitude in a glorious setting; the music adds an extra dimension to this entertaining movie.


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