Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story (Paperback)
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Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands? What is it like to cut into someone else's body? What is it like to stand by, powerless, while someone dies because of the incompetence of your seniors? How do you tell a beautiful young man who seems perfectly fit that he has only a few days left to live?

Gabriel Weston worked as a surgeon in the big-city hospitals of the twenty-first century; a woman in a world dominated by Alpha males. Her world was one of disease, suffering and extraordinary pressure where a certain moral ambiguity and clinical detachment were necessary tools for survival. Startling and honest, her account combines a fierce sense of human dignity with compassion and insight, illuminating scenes of life and death the rest of us rarely glimpse.

Direct Red won the 2010 PEN/ Ackerley Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2009.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099520696
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 138 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Hard to imagine a better book, or a more original one...writes at least as well as many good novelists...funny, and honest, and beautifully done -- Claire Tomalin
Her wisdom, empathy, morality and self-awareness are very revealing... Her writing is as incisive, precise and clean as keyhole surgery * The Times *
A beautiful, haunting and upsetting book. Weston's prose is cool and elegant * Sunday Telegraph *
Direct Red is Gabriel Weston's memoir of the years she spent pursuing a surgical career... She examines these with an honesty that is both brave and uncomfortable * Guardian *
What a terrific book. Gabriel Weston's voice is so seductive; her wisdom so fresh and earned, and unimpaired by sentimentality, and yet you sense her empathy - and scintillating honesty - behind every well-turned sentence. She leaves you feeling that if push came to shove you'd want to be operated on by her -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph *

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