Walking Wounded (Hardback)Sheila Llewellyn (author)
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Set in Northfield, an understaffed military psychiatric hospital immediately before the NHS is founded, Walking Wounded is the story of a doctor and his patient.
David Reece, a young journalist-to be whose wartime experiences in Burma have come back to haunt him violently; and Daniel Carter, one of the senior psychiatrists, a man who is fighting his own battles as well as those of his patients.
This moving and impressive debut explores violence and how much harm it does to those forced to inflict it in the name of war.
It also captures the dilemmas of the medics themselves as they attempt to 'fix' their patients, each of whom raise the question of what has happened to their humanity, what can be done to help them, and what we are willing to sacrifice in the name of healing.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 219 x 148 x 26 mm
"An expertly imagined novel... Walking Wounded will engage fans of Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy. Walking Wounded will shock the reader - it is a fierce warning against medical arrogance." - Hilary Mantel
"A considerable achievement. The atmosphere of the late forties is brilliantly evoked . . . a compassionate and compelling account of post traumatic stress in veterans of the 2nd world war while bringing individual patients and their psychiatrists vividly to life." - Pat Barker
"Meticulously researched, emotionally devastating: a work of uncommon brilliance." - Ian Samson
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