- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 022409128X
- ISBN-13: 978-0224091282
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.8 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dirty Work Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013
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"A lot of novels are called “brave”, and they aren’t. This one is." (Lionel Shriver)
"A brilliantly intense, thought-provoking story" (Stylist)
"Gripping, well-researched and elegantly written" (Rosamund Urwin Evening Standard, Books of the Year)
"This courageous and interesting author is that unusual thing, a contemporary moralist" (Rachel Cusk Guardian)
"Bold, brave, and uncomfortable… it's a gripping read" (Observer)
A powerful, gripping novel that confronts one of the great contemporary taboos head-on. By the author of the brilliant Direct Red.See all Product description
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I found this a harrowing read and even though it is fiction it has the ring of truth because its author is herself a surgeon. As a study of how carrying out abortions affects the professionals involved it is devastating and searingly honest. Some of the images are likely to reappear in my nightmares. But this is not an anti-abortion rant dressed up as fiction - it is an absorbing novel which will almost certainly cause you to examine your own views of this always controversial subject.
Whether or not you like the narrator herself, and I didn't always like her, I wanted things to work out somehow for her and for her patient to live. Human beings make mistakes - they are not perfect - it is in how we deal with those mistakes that our level of maturity is revealed.
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