Isolation Book Club

Updated: Mar 25

Just thought that with isolation looming for many of us, that Isolation Book Club might not be a bad idea! Here are just some suggestions, feel free to add your own!

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life - all the way to the very end.

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Daniele Ofri

A look at the emotional side of medicine – the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question “What makes a life worth living?” This book will make you cry but it is extremely emotive in a healthy way.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. The first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding others lives in their hands. Know that someone before has felt the way that you do now.

Trust me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton

the real life story of a hapless junior doctor, based on his columns written anonymously for the Telegraph.

Where Does It Hurt?: What the Junior Doctor Did Next by Max Pemberton. Into his second year of medicine, but this time Max is out of the wards and onto the streets working for Phoenix Outreach Project. Fuelled by tea and more enthusiasm than experience, he attempts to locate and treat a wide and colourful range of patients that somehow his first year on the wards didn’t prepare him for.

The Doctor Will See You Now by Max Pemberton. Affectionate accounts of Delirium, saving an A+E from shutting down and defending a friend’s honour after she’s been assaulted by an older man amongst many others.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman

A firm British favourite that explores society’s many intricacies and Britishnesses with a heavy dusting of Satire and Cynicism. This has nothing to do with medicine and will really make you smile.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. An utterly ridiculous and very British escape from real-life; escape from the planet in fact! It will make you smile and discover the reason that it’s a classic.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and Henning Koch

A grumpy, yet oh so loveable man finds his solitary (and not yet isolative) world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves next door. An exploration of human relationships that again, has nothing to do with medicine and might just make you cry.

Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds

A blog of his daily working life as an Emergency Medical Technician working for the London Ambulance Service in East London. From the tragic to the hilarious the stories give a fascinating, moving, cynical, funny and compassionate account of life in London.


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