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Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story


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A rare, original and humane book that will shock you, move you and stay with you long after the last page - a TOP TEN BESTSELLER in hardback

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Gabriel Weston was born in 1970. She went to Edinburgh University to read English and from there to medical school in London. She graduated as a doctor in 2000 and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2003. She now works as a part-time ENT surgeon. She lives in London with her husband and two children.


"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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