Humour tales are what the doctor ordered
Added: (Thu Oct 01 2015)
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Two hilarious books by a recently retired doctor in Gloucestershire have had readers in stitches!
Former consultant neurologist Harvey Sagar has been delighted with the response to his two medically-themed novels and the top reviews they have earned.
Harvey, from Pitchcombe, drew on his own extensive background in healthcare to write Teddy Bear’s Triumph and DRY Out!
Both books take readers on a journey through the wards and clinics of hospitals in the company of some very unusual characters.
Teddy Bear’s Triumph is a semi-autobiographical account of the journey of a hospital doctor from childhood aspirations to practising consultant in neurology. The book relates the author’s amusing anecdotes on people and events around him as he progresses through medical education, junior doctor training and consultancy.
Readers are given an insight into the ups and downs of relationships with patients, nurses, consultants and other hospital staff and describes experiences in out-patient clinics, ward work and emergency on call.
DRY Out! tells the story of Tom, a junior hospital doctor with loss of confidence in his skills, Jane, his newly acquired staff nurse girlfriend, Miles, a dissatisfied obsessive hospital consultant, and Fiona, his barrister wife, who has doubts about her own professional role and the motives of her clerk of chambers, who come together to form a new charity devoted to medical problems linked to alcohol and plan a day of fund-raising in the hospital grounds.
Miles enlists the help of Elsie, who gave up her job in hospital catering to design competitions at holiday camps. She recruits Doreen, a portly fellow hospital domestic, and Gerry, a dubious colleague from the holiday camps. Fiona secures the services of an alcoholic, Ted, sentenced to community service, as Master of Ceremonies.
The preparatory meetings and events of the charity day are fraught with mishap for this band of characters. Despite the problems, the charity’s future seems secure and romance blossoms.
For Harvey, the books are a result of long-held ambition.
He said: “I used to share the humorous (as well as sad) experiences I had as a doctor by talking to other staff and I would often say that I should write a book about things that had happened and things people said. One day, I thought, “Well, why not just do it?”
Although new to humorous fiction, this isn’t the first time Harvey has taken up writing.
He added: “I have spent most of my working life writing medical and scientific articles and chapters and a book about Parkinson’s disease for patients and carers. I have written humorous poetry intermittently just for fun but I started to write fiction as I was approaching retirement”
For more details on Harvey’s books, you can visit Amazon and search using his name, where you will find both titles and paperback and Kindle formats. You will also find information, previews and links on his website, www.harveysagararts.com.