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Stitched Up


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Dr Shahed Yousaf is a GP who works in prisons, substance misuse and with the homeless community. He was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize 2016 and commended for the Faber & Faber FAB Prize 2017. Shahed won a place on to the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Mentoring scheme and the Middle Way Mentoring Project in 2019.


A raw and honest glimpse into the frightening but rewarding life of a prison GP. Stories that will curl your toes, make you laugh out loud and break your heart all at the same time. Dr Y is everything we would ever want in our own GP - caring, pragmatic, self-effacing and hugely competent. What a tour-de-force! -- Professor Dame Sue Black
Written with wit and humility this extraordinary account of life as a prison doctor is the sort of book that has you reaching for the internet halfway through a paragraph. The detail, the stories, the statistics. 'That can't be true, can it?' Yes it is. Whatever you think you know about prison, a Yousaf's memoir will open your eyes and your heart and make you wish things were different. There's laughter (bright and grim), redemption and much heart on the pages and whatever your view of locking people up, you will come away wiser and more compassionate after reading Stitched Up. -- Kit de Waal

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