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  • 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)
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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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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2017
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An insightful and witty portrayal of the ups and downs in the life of a GP . The Graphic novel format is very engaging
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Iwan James, a middle-aged GP who works in the middle of nowhere, is a hero out of step somehow with his own life. He works in a far-from idyllic setting, his patients are beset by angst and ailments - as is he - and he worries about his marriage and fantasises about a colleague. Bite-sized stories give us glimpses of different patients, the doctor's home life and childhood, and make the whole easily digestible in one sitting - perhaps deceptively so, as on closer examination there's plenty of philosophic meat on The Bad Doctor's bones.

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.

Highly recommended.
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This review is hard for me as I just want to press this book into people's hands and tell them to read it for god's sake. As a GP I can vouch for its verisimilitude - the patient vignettes are absolutely bang on and reflect the utter privilege, frustration and wonder I feel every day when I go to work. I also loved how Williams managed to weave Iwan's humanity into every page. Like his patients, Iwan is a person too, and he matters; his is a story worth telling. Also, his senior partner is a dick. We've all been there...
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This is the most humane, wonderful book. Deceptively simple in its graphic lines, it builds a story of compassion from snapshots of a doctor's patients interspersed with flashbacks that gradually reveal the personal struggle of the doctor himself. No easy answers are presented at the end, and unhappiness and struggle are addressed with open eyes, but the overwhelming conclusion is that simple kindness and human connection are a beacon of light in a world that can easily become far too lonely and dark. Heartwarming.
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This is the first graphic "novel" I have ever tackled and I wasn't really expecting to enjoy it. How wrong could I have been. This is a very special book. I work as a GP myself in an at times "hard pressed" locality. Most doctor books present an heroic or at least idealistic perspective but this one has it all - including ambivalence and at times loathing. The graphic features open up a whole new dimension. There is a sense of authenticity, of poignancy and at times transcendence. It was grand, and a little shocking, how the inner life of our "hero" is thrown open to the reader - yet isn't he a bit like us all? So many neat scenes - like when Dr Iwan's wife tackles him on his bike-buying habits. The crush on Lois is gorgeous. One of those books that I find myself thinking back to again and again. Let's have another please!
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I am fairly new to graphic novels and always worry I may not be reading them fully enough but this is a very humane, funny and poignant book. Beautifully observed and a beautiful physical object (as good to have and hold as to read) it delivers snapshots of the life or small-town GP and the steady cycle of pensioners with their grumbles, real concerns and potentially life threatening conditions who are his patients. It's a claustrophobic world which Dr Iwan James seeks to escape by bike with his friends into a landscape which he can never quite separate "from the misery and suffering of my patients." No more can he separate his past; a troubled childhood continues to haunt him as much as his patients do. But doctor of the title is essentially a good man and the book is ultimately uplifting.
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This is a wonderful book. Funny, sad and beautifully observed it rattles along and the only criticism is that it is over too soon! It really is unputdownable once you start. The characters are strong, the illustrations full of beautifully observed detail (e.g. the Betty Blue poster on the wall of Iwan's room as a student) and the patient anecdotes are true and real. The descriptions of what it's like to have OCD are powerful and illuminating. Although essential reading for any GP, this is a book that anyone would enjoy. Wonderful!
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This is a dark, funny and neurotic piece of graphic fiction. This book explores the world from a middle aged GPs point of view, the stress, pressure and responsibility of dealing with so many other people’s ailments, neuroses and illnesses. It also doesn’t help when the GP himself is afflicted with OCD and suffering from his own midlife crisis. This is a really enjoyable read that will have you laughing and leave you thinking.
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