Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £5.03
includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Doctor's Wife by [Moore, Brian]
Kindle App Ad

The Doctor's Wife Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£5.03

Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Product Description

Review

'The subject - an ordinary woman seized by love for a younger man in the middle of her life - supplies just the right material for Mr Moore's tender, probing technique. It is uncanny: No other male writer, I swear (and precious few females), knows so much about women' (Sunday Telegraph)

'The novel is near perfection. The elegance and clarity of style rides in perfect harmony with the subtlety and depth of feeling. The dialogue is perfect- the author's ear sharp for the cadences of ecstasy, self-pity, love and anger. The feeling for mood and background is perfect... a novel of mature assurance and brilliant insight that must make it one of the outstanding works of fiction of the year.' (The Times)

'Nightmare images of tanks cruising down empty night streets, feverish erotic couplings with a stranger in foreign hotels; a married woman from a provincial backwater breaking out on a trip abroad; a concerned sibling observing a rebellious sister; the palpable absence of God in the central characters' lives and the notion that art and sex might replace Him... a splendidly bracing experience.' (New Statesman)

Book Description

Shortlisted for The Booker Prize

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1114 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077RMRR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very good read. It may seem dated to younger readers although the theme of unfulfilled potential and pent up frustration is timeless. Many women may identify with the main character and her wasted potential. In its time it must have been quite controversial with its subject matter and explicit sex scenes. Personally I found it hard to sympathise with the doctors wife. She had spent many years floating along as the domestic goddess letting her husband support her financially then suddenly everything was his fault. Her wrong choices and lack of ambition and drive were suddenly his fault and her mothers fault! Apparently she got married in order to leave home.
Definitely a book to be read with its era in mind. An era where appearances mattered more than anything.
Comment 28 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not a difficult book to read, but it could hardly be said to be enjoyable. It's a devastating account of the end of a marriage, written like a slow motion car crash. At the end there's not much left but misery and some emergent wisdom. Which I suppose, from my own past experiences and from those of people around me, is not far from the way it is.

The characters are not particularly likable. However, it does become more and more clear what lies behind the events being portrayed. While she remains unapproachable, it becomes more and more clear why the central character acts as she does, and even has to act as she does. But enjoyable - no!

For me, the sex was too graphic and too frequent. As another reviewer said, less can be more.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I think a lot of reviewers here have missed the point of this book which is predominantly about freedom and independence. The main protagonist Mrs Redden, Sheila, is a highly intelligent woman who has been ground down by her marriage to self important man who delights in telling her she is stupid and making her feel small. She books a second honeymoon in the South of France for herself and her husband but, as she suspected, he wriggles out of going with her and leaves her to go alone. After a stop off in Paris, to meet a friend, she meets an American man 11 years her junior and he follows her to the south of France. I am interested that so many reviewers comment on the explicit sex scenes, which I thought were tastefully done, but not on the savage rape scene later on. This books shows how much men controlled their wives in years gone by, at the time it was written women's tax returns were sent to their husbands, which is hard to believe these days. As I previously stated this book is about independence and, as such, I feel it had the right ending.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A well written story, quite refreshingly different to the normal family account of life and strife.
I did not want to end but could not put it down anyway, so a contradiction.
Well done and thank you
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a well written, multi-faceted novel that holds the reader's attention. Having lived in the south of Ireland for some years, I share an uncomfortable interest in the north. I was also in Belfast (mercifully briefly) in 1974, when the book is set, and aware of just how difficult things were. The author, from the Roman Catholic community there, handles this backdrop well and, as far as one can, dispassionately.

But all that is in a way incidental (though important). Most of the action is set in France with an American involvement. It is pleasantly dated (not least on how telephones were operated) and reminded me of another Irish book with a French backdrop, Edna O'Brien's "August is a Wicked Month". Perhaps in an earlier era "The Doctor's Wife" might also have been banned in Ireland. It has perhaps too much explicit sex.

The story is not a happy one. In fact it's quite depressing. But it's well worth reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A really good read, with some well-handled erotic passages. A good sense of period and the social and moral expectations of the time. I did not find it easy to empathise with the central character, but she was well-drawn. A hard-to-put-down story.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't say I was particularly 'taken' with any of the charactors but I am sure many people will empathise with the situation the DOctors Wife found herself in. Personally, I was VERY disappointed with the ending.
3 Comments 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This novel unfolded for me like a good detective mystery. What lies in the depths of the human heart. The time and place and details of the setting all worked effectively to draw me in and I was completely involved in the characters and the situation. Although I wanted more resolution at the end, having thought about it since I can see why the author may have made the choices he did. Human beings are not always easy to decipher and a novel that might have decided to tie up such a complicated situation too neatly could have ruined the other elements of human truth that felt very authentic throughout the rest of the novel. Peehaps Tom was the catalyst. Perhaps Sheila was ready for change anyway. Perhaps the morals of the time would've driven any sane woman over the edge. Whatever the underlying truth I found the story completely believable and will certainly be reading other titles by this prolific author - who I am ashamed to admit I had never heard of before this.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

click to open popover