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Breaking and Mending

by Joanna Cannon

Part of the Wellcome Collection Series

Biography / Autobiography Lifestyle and Health Mind & Body - books to help you be better Star Books

LoveReading View on Breaking and Mending

A thoughtful, sometimes emotionally painful, yet unforgettable medical memoir I feel everyone should read. Our expectations of our medical and emergency teams are high, we trust, we rely, we hope. When a best-selling novelist, with the most beautiful way with words, tells the story of her time as a junior doctor, you just have to sit up and listen. Each chapter begins with thoughts from different people and roles within the medical profession. Joanna Cannon opens her arms wide and lets you in to her story, her way with words ensures you can see a full and vivid picture. Heartbreakingly honest, we see how she is overstretched, twanging like elastic that is on the point of completely fraying. A number of times her words resonated so strongly, they gave me goose-bumps. She not only made me look with different eyes at our medical practitioners, she also made me think about my own thoughts and words. I don’t think I will ever forget her “we each measure words with different scales”. Breaking and Mending is one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month, and a LoveReading Star Book... I smiled, I cried, afterwards I sat and hugged it!

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Breaking and Mending Synopsis

"A few years ago, I found myself in A&E.

I had never felt so ill. I was mentally and physically broken. So fractured, I hadn't eaten properly or slept well, or even changed my expression for months. I sat in a cubicle, behind paper-thin curtains and I shook with the effort of not crying. I was an inch away from defeat... but I knew I had to carry on.

Because I wasn't the patient. I was the doctor."

In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots.

We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word. These moments, and the small sustaining acts of kindness and connection that punctuate hospital life, teach her that emotional care and mental health can be just as critical as restoring a heartbeat.

In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients - and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.

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Breaking and Mending Press Reviews

I tore through Breaking and Mending... frank, emotional and compassionate -- David Nicholls

One of the most beautiful books you will ever read -- Kate Mosse

Joanna Cannon's powerful, moving memoir of her time as a junior doctor is so good. -- Nina Stibbe

Powerful, shocking and intimate all at the same time -- John Boyne

A deeply moving, thought-provoking memoir written with true compassion and intelligence -- Nathan Filer

All doctors should read this - and patients too. Emotionally wise and beautifully written -- Jill Mansell

Praise for Joanna Cannon:

Powerful and profound - Guardian

Compassionate, thoughtful and tender - Observer

Profoundly human -- Erin Kelly Phenomenal -- Miranda Dickinson Cannon is on her way to becoming a national treasure - no one does quirky, funny and soul-searing the way she does - Emerald Street

Lovely, lovely, lovely... Sue Townsend meets Kate Atkinson meets Nina Stibbe -- Marian Keyes -

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ISBN: 9781788160575
Publication date: 26/09/2019
Publisher: Wellcome Collection an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788160575
Publication date: 26th September 2019
Author: Joanna Cannon
Publisher: Wellcome Collection an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Lifestyle & Health, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Mind & Body, Star Books,
Categories: Memoirs, Medical profession, Health systems & services,

About Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is her first novel.   Below is a Q&A with this author Borough Press’ Charlotte Cray interviews debut author Joanna Cannon about her beloved characters in The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and what it is about writing that sparks her mind and her heart.1.    Your child narrator Grace is distinct and charming, and in her best friend Tilly ...

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