Hi fellow book lovers! I read and enjoyed two books this week. The second one really gripped me and I whizzed through it in two sessions!
This is the first one…
This is the third book in Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series. I have previously read the first episode and wasn’t very impressed, but thought I would try again in the hope of improvement. Anyway, this is the blurb:
“In the usually peaceful town of Eastvale, a simmering tension has now reached breaking point. An anti-nuclear demonstration has ended in violence, leaving one policeman stabbed to death. Fired by professional outrage, Superintendent ‘Dirty Dick’ Burgess descends with vengeful fury on the inhabitants of ‘Maggie’s Farm’, an isolated house high on the daleside.
Inspector Banks is uneasy about Burgess’s handling of the investigation. But he has been warned off the case. Soon Banks realizes that the only way he can salvage his career is by beating Burgess to the killer …”
Here is my response to the book, written on the Goodreads website:A Necessary End by Peter Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is really difficult to review. Written in the 80s, it really shows its age with the awful police methods, attitudes to women, heavy smoking and drinking, and the social issues of the time. Did we really need to know the names of every glass of real ale? The actual plot and investigation are good and kept me reading. The dated background means that I do not intend to return to the series.
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I suppose I might try one of the more recently published books in the series (the most recent episode, #27, was published in 2021), just to see if there has been any change to the 1980’s sexism. But, I will only do this if I can’t find anything better to read! It’s a bit odd, but I have enjoyed the TV versions of the books. Perhaps the script writers toned everything down and concentrated on the well written plots.
For my second book of the week, I had a complete change of pace. These days, I very rarely read non-fiction as I prefer the escapism of stories: crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy etc. I just chose this book at random – This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay.
Here is the blurb:
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.
I read the book very quickly as I was glued, sometimes in shock, to the unfolding episodes. This is my first, rapid response on Goodreads. I will comment further underneath…This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Brilliant black humour, desperately heartbreaking, incredibly informative about the state of the NHS in recent times (and I am sure it has got even worse since). As someone whose life has been saved multiple times by the wonderful staff of our precious NHS, I can only pay tribute to them. I wouldn’t be here without them.
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Reading through other reviews of the book has been both interesting and enlightening. Many are very similar to my first reaction (although, generally more informative and better written). Others are far more negative, for a range of reasons. I can see some of their points. The writer has the “typical” black humour of many in the medical profession and that is OK up to a point. Most of the incidents in the book were either darkly funny or extremely sad. But some rather unpleasant things were also lurking beneath the surface. I detected prejudice towards the elderly, particularly women. I also found the gory details of horrible births and women’s anatomy very distressing. The author’s reaction to these was sometimes unpleasant and I am not surprised that many women prefer to have female practitioners for these kinds of procedures. This made me very glad that I am past the child bearing years!
Anyway, it would be interesting to know what any of you think about the book.
Having finished the book, I now have the happy task of choosing my next read! All to be revealed in next week’s Reading Roundup post.
Until then, Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,