I’m on a fantastic blog tour today! I’m reviewing Are You The F**king Doctor? By Dr Liam Farrell.
Family doctor, Irishman, musician, award-winning author, anarchist and recovering morphine addict, Liam became a columnist for the BMJ in 1994. He went on to write for many major publications, winning a series of prestigious awards; in 2005, he was the first doctor to win Columnist of the Year in the Periodical Publishers Association awards.
The book contains a selection of Liam’s best work, from his columns, blogs and short stories.Brilliantly funny, glittering with literary allusion and darkly wicked humour, this book is much more than a collection of stand-alone anecdotes and whimsical reflections, rather a compelling chronicle of the daily struggles – and personal costs – of a doctor at the coalface.
Dr Liam Farrell was a family doctor on the Irish border and is an award-winning writer and seasoned broadcaster. He was a columnist for the British Medical Journal for 20 years and currently writes for GP, the leading publication for general practitioners in the UK. He has also been a columnist for The Lancet, the Journal of General Practice, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News. He wrote the entry on sex for The Oxford Companion to the Body. On Twitter he curates #Irishmed, a weekly global ‘tweetchat’ on all medical issues.
After reading Adam Kay’s This is going to hurt last year, I was looking for something that dealt with non-fiction medical stories like Kay’s book. Nothing had quite prepared me to stumble upon Farrell’s novel- a brilliant and ambitious collection of Farrell’s articles, writing pieces, and stories from the Dr himself.
The chapters are generally split up by topic and offer a unique and real account of not just what he witnessed, but also experienced.
Although having written for many academic and medical sources, (which most are included in this novel), Farrell speaks with a warm and down to earth approach. This was good for two reasons: 1) I was interested in what he had to say and 2) I didn’t have to google every other word.
I was eagerly racing to the end as I was desperate to read all of Farrell’s work. Sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, and sometimes difficult but enlightening, his book consists of stories ranging from all sorts of topics.
I had to remind myself that Farrell is a doctor, not just a brilliant story teller. However, I think that more people after reading this book will realise doctors are people too- they are there to help and, as much as we would like them to be, they are not robots. They are not invincible. They have feelings, emotions, addictions and afflictions. Farrell’s personal story is enveloped in the book’s pages, allowing the reader to not only trust him as a writer, but also a human being.
It goes without saying that this book should be read by anyone with a career in medicine, however, those who enjoy non-fiction stories or read real life pieces would gladly devour this text. Farrell writes with such devotion, offering strong imagery- some of which will make you cry with sadness, some of which will make you cry with laughter. I believe this book should be on every book shelf.
How to get your hands on a copy:
Thank you to Anne Carter for my copy and spot on the tour! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour:
This blog tour was organised by the wonderful Anne Carter of Random Things Blog Tours- thanks for having me! I loved kicking it off!
(pics supplied by Anne Carter)
Happy reading! Lx