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Life on the Front Line: Henry Marsh and John Sutherland in Discussion

What is it really like to work on the front line of Britain’s public services? What does it mean when every day might involve someone’s life in the balance? What does it cost to put the welfare of others above your own? In a frank and unflinching discussion, Henry Marsh, former NHS surgeon and author of the bestselling books Do No Harm and Admissions and John Sutherland, Metropolitan Police Officer and author of the memoir Blue, lift the veil on life beyond the blue flashing lights.

A Waterstones Exclusive Q&A with Henry Marsh

"The private healthcare system in the UK, anyway, is entirely parasitic on the NHS for the training of its staff and for bailing it out when things go wrong."

Described as ‘a book about wisdom and experience’, Henry Marsh’s extraordinary memoir, Do No Harm, paved the way for a wave of new publishing that gave medicine a human face. To mark the publication of his compassionate and unflinching second book, Admissionswe present an exclusive Q&A in which Marsh considers the changing world of modern medicine, debates around end of life care and the precarious future of the NHS. 

Heart and Soul: Stephen Westaby on Why He Wrote Fragile Lives

Professor Stephen Westaby began his extraordinary career as a hospital porter, eventually finding his ultimate calling as a heart surgeon. After 35 years on the frontline of British medicine, his memoir Fragile Lives stands as a remarkable, candid account of a life lived for the salvation of others.

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist: Do No Harm

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist: Do No Harm

Posted on 27th Apr, 2015 by Henry Marsh

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, Henry Marsh's Do No Harm explores the dilemmas of brain surgery and the relationship between doctor and patient.

Authors' Books of the Year 2014

We asked some of our favourite writers - including Karen Joy Fowler, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Susan Hill and Helen Macdonald - to tell us what books they've most loved reading this year.

What we're reading: 1st April, 2014

Our booksellers share some of their favourite books of the moment...