Two women in a room. One is bleeding to death. The other just sits back and watches. For both, there is everything to lose. Surgeons are meant to save lives, but Nancy is a special kind of surgeon. Doctors are meant to be good at reporting the truth, but Nancy's is an untellable story. A mistake made in the operating theatre changes all of this.
Summoned to explain herself to a tribunal appointed by the General Medical Council, Nancy is forced to consider what it means to be a doctor who has killed as well as cured. And to realise that her own redemption can only come through telling a tale that nobody wants to hear.
Gabriel Weston, author of the acclaimed Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story, winner of the 2010 PEN/Ackerley Prize, has written an extraordinarily moving and powerful novel about a female doctor who performs abortions.
Gabriel Weston was born in 1970. She qualified as a doctor in 2000 and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2003. Her first book,
Unsatisfactory character development, unsatisfactory length (only four chapters), unsatisfactory narrator (her voice for the sister sounded like a cartoon character), unsatisfactory topic development (the impact that the performance of abortions has on the physicians who offer the service), and a very unsatisfactory ending. I thought that I had either downloaded the book improperly or missed part two. I don't mind listening to uncomfortable topics when offered new insights or different perspectives, but this book offered neither. I rarely feel this way, but I regret the time that I spent on this book. It was not an enjoyable or an enlightening listen.
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told in the first person this isn't about a woman wanting andhaving an abortion or pro-life groups but about the surgeon who does the operation.
the book starts with an operation and then onto a four week tribunal which at the end gives their verdict on whether the surgeon keeps or looses the license to continue in the profession.
it tells about nancy's childhood, the reason why she wanted to become a doctor and later an obstetrician.
it does give you the option of ending the story with the verdict or carrying on. I carried on. it describes abortions and the true meaning of the title "dirty work".