- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Myriad Editions (26 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908434287
- ISBN-13: 978-1908434289
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bad Doctor, The Paperback – 26 Jun 2014
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"The territory of doctor as patient has been visited before, but Dr. Williams's iteration and its resolution are as subtle and thought provoking as the best of them, with the always worthwhile message that the roles into which humans sort themselves are as mutable as the rituals they accept and reject, and the calls for help they choose to hear or not." --The New York Times
"[The protagonist] is sympathetic and empathetic, so why is the title The Bad Doctor? Read it and find out." --The Independent
"Replete with sometimes delicate, sometimes explicit observations about the foibles of human nature and the bureaucracy of healthcare, The Bad Doctor combines wickedly black humour with subtle characterisation that never fails to engage the audience's empathy." --Broken Frontier
About the Author
Ian Williams is a physician, comics artist, printmaker, and writer. He founded the website GraphicMedicine.org and began to publish his own strips in 2007, while working in a rural general practice in Wales.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although Williams' style and voice is very much his own, the gentle humour and painful truths of this debut graphic novel reminded me of Posy Simmonds - which I mean as high praise - for, as long-term readers of The Guardian will know, she is the past mistress of wry observation, whose wit is only matched by her illustrative skill. Although Williams' drawing style is different, the illustrations with more shadow and tone (which I, personally, preferred) in The Bad Doctor have, to my mind, a Posy-like quality.
By turns both funny and tragic, The Bad Doctor made me chuckle and occasionally wince from start to finish - wince in a good way, as one does when a work of art makes us see our own faults and foibles afresh.
I've already bought it for a friend, and will doubtless buy it again for others.
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I enjoyed this book, I liked the drawings - simple, tonal line drawings they illustrated the story so well without creating too much distraction. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bita
Really enjoyed this (and it works brilliantly as a Kindle book on my ipad!)Published on 28 Feb. 2015 by Marianne
Very enjoyable. Interesting set of stories with a strong linked thread. Great illustrations that convey many words. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2015 by Blue link