Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Are You The F**king Doctor? by Dr Liam O’Farrell. Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation and for my paperback copy of the book. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about:
‘General practice is the great unknown. We stand on the cusp of the beyond. Science takes us only so far, then the maps stop in the grey areas of intuition, imagination and feelings: here be dragons. Lurching from heart-breaking tragedy to high farce, we are the Renaissance men and women of medicine; our art is intangible. Anything can walk through our door…’
Family doctor, Irishman, musician, award-winning author, anarchist and recovering morphine addict, Liam became a columnist for the BMJ in 1994. He went on to write for many major publications, winning a series of prestigious awards; in 2005, he was the first doctor to win Columnist of the Year in the Periodical Publishers Association awards. The book contains a selection of Liam’s best work, from his columns, blogs and short stories. Brilliantly funny, glittering with literary allusion and darkly wicked humour, this book is much more than a collection of stand-alone anecdotes and whimsical reflections, rather a compelling chronicle of the daily struggles – and personal costs – of a doctor at the coalface.”
Available from: Amazon UK
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in your G.P.’s head when you’re trying to explain your symptoms, then you’ll really enjoy this book. It’s full of highly amusing anecdotes that made me laugh out loud, blush and and even get a lump in my throat!
My absolute favourite anecdote is when the author and his patient end up reciting lines from an old Danny Kaye musical, The Court Jester whilst avoiding the subject of antibiotics!! I laughed out loud when the story of a mother and her teenage daughter recount how they’d been abducted by aliens and of course the Garden Party call out was truly marvellous!
The chapter about ‘The Troubles’ was heartbreaking, and full of wisdom that can only come from someone who lived and worked through it.
A wonderful collection of tales that will definitely make me look at my G.P. in a new way next time I see her.
About The Author
Dr Liam Farrell is from Rostrevor, Co Down, Ireland. He was a family doctor in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, for 20 years, and is an award-winning writer and a seasoned broadcaster. He is married to Brid, and has three children Jack, Katie, and Grace. He was a columnist for the British Medical Journal for 20 years and currently writes for GP, the leading newspaper for general practitioners in the UK. He has also been a columnist for the Lancet, the Journal of General Practice, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News. He wrote the entry on ‘Sex’ for The Oxford Companion to the Body. On Twitter he curates #Irishmed, a weekly tweetchat on all things medical, which has a global following. He also co-curates #WritersWise, a regular tweetchat for writers, with novelist Sharon Thompson. He was the medical columnist for the BBC Radio Ulster Evening Extra 1996-98; presented the series Health-Check for Ulster TV in 2002, and was medical consultant for both series of Country Practice in 2000 and 2002 for BBC Northern Ireland. His awards include Columnist of the Year at Irish Medical Media Awards 2003, Periodical Publishers Association of Great Britain 2006 and Medical Journalist’s Society, London 2011, and Advancing Health through Media at the Zenith Global Healthcare Awards 2018.He was shortlisted for the Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition in 2008.
Follow him on Twitter and on his website