Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses Paperback – 25 Jan 2018
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‘Drama and reality repeatedly intersect in unexpected ways in this powerful and revealing memoir’ (Mail on Sunday)
‘With its mix of readable science and passionate sensibility, Flesh and Blood is essentially an attempt to heal the old rift between science and art’ (Radio Times)
‘It is an artful, honest book, marked by the author’s clear-eyed examination of how his family’s lives were entwined with history’s often terrible markers’ (New Statesman)
‘Each event becomes real, in one breath fascinating with medical detail, in the next an emotional contraction. Elegant in its metaphors, this book is about memory, how it shapes us, and what we choose to pass on. If all that remains of us is the story we tell, then McGann’s narrative is an insightful, beautiful legacy’ (The Irish Times)
‘Flesh and Blood is living drama extracted like buried treasure from old documents and the hand-me-down stories of his relatives. I couldn't put it down’ (Jenny Agutter)
About the Author
Stephen McGann is an English actor, one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul and Mark. He began his professional career in 1982, starring in the West End musical Yakety Yak. He has since worked extensively in British theatre and on screen. He has portrayed Doctor Turner since the very first episode of the series. He is married to the writer Heidi Thomas.
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At times I thought McGann was trying too hard to flex his academic muscles, which led to some tortuous sentences that even on multiple readings were still opaque. Sometimes, unfortunately, these sentences were repeated throughout the book. He was on much safer ground when he kept things simple, and his emotions were honestly displayed. At such times he had me in tears.