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Your Life in My Hands

A Junior Doctor's Story
Narrated by: Cassie Layton
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

These are the extraordinary realities of the NHS frontline. From the historic junior doctor strikes to the 'humanitarian crisis' declared by the Red Cross, the overstretched health service is on the precipice.

This is a powerful polemic on its systematic degradation, and a letter of optimism to that same health service and those who support it. It captures with tenderness, a new doctor's experiences of an NHS at breaking point.

©2017 Rachel Clarke (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"There have been many books written by young doctors...but none comes close to Clarke's." ( Sunday Times)
"From the very heart of the NHS comes this brilliant insight into the continuing crisis in the health service. Rachel Clarke writes as the accomplished journalist she once was and as the leading junior doctor she now is - writing with humanity and compassion that at times reduced me to tears." (Jon Snow, Channel 4 News)
"A powerful account of life on the NHS frontline. If only Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt could see the passion behind the people in the NHS, they might stop treating them as the enemy, and understand that without them we don't have an NHS worth the name." (Alastair Campbell)

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  • Gary Henderson
  • 25-02-2019

Dissapointed

Not what I was expecting. Three quarters of the book is political commentary - these things have to be said and people made aware of, but I personally would expect to read this in a column for a newspaper not in an audiobook.

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  • Shelley
  • 04-04-2018

Terrible narration

The narrator ruins this for me. Makes the author sound very sorry for herself and martyr like. Really over dramatised characters each with different terrible accents. Throws you a bit. Actual book was quite good. Could have enjoyed it.

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  • ScandiMama
  • 11-07-2019

Awful Narration

The narrator is poorly chosen. Feels very 'poor poor me with my upper-middle class background and great education ...and two careers... Etc etc. Some of the stories felt fake.

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  • S.A.M
  • 29-03-2018

Very Political

Rachel comes from a long line of doctors and it is very apparent that compassion and kindness is in her DNA. She also writes beautifully due in part to her first chosen profession. At first I was taken back by the political bias of this story but all I can say now is ‘thank you Rachel’. Thank you for describing to us exactly what it is like to be a junior doctor and the results of all the political messing with our beloved NHS done by various governments, particularly this one.

This should be compulsory reading for the admin staff of the NHS and every member of parliament

A timely and well written book. Brilliant

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  • Patsy
  • 08-01-2018

scary

A brave, honest, heart felt view from the front line of the NHS . An informative insight in to how those in power have little regard for our well being and will lie and spin just to fulfill the lie. Life is cheap. The NHS is in crisis and beyond . As a nation we need to make sure we don't lose it and end up being asked for our credit cards before we are treated.

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  • Fartuun
  • 02-01-2018

Beloved NHS

What a beautifully told story of true likeness of our current nhs. as a front line nurse I understand n have experienced the winter pressure beds... which to be totally honest can be very dangerous for patients. when the hospital is at capacity n yet ambulances are dropping of patient's, all so that A&E does not get charged a massive fine. This no longer safeguards the patients and defeats the purpose of NHS.

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  • Jack C
  • 31-07-2019

Terrible narrator, patronising + devoid of humour

Firstly the narrator cannot pronounce words such as telephonist and Agence France Presse, amongst countless others. Her voice has an annoying patronising tone. The writer tries to paint herself as struggling to pay herself through med school, neglecting to be honest about being married to a fighter pilot at the time. This isn't a poor single woman modestly paying her way. She's the third generation of a well to do medical family with ample support and funds. That's fine but don't paint a picture that is different from the reality of a privileged public school girl, immersed in the medical world from birth, who was fortunate enough to have husband and family to support her to become a doctor after a brief career in journalism.

The book itself is disordered and starts off with a rant against Jeremy Hunt (perfectly understandable but it's an odd place to start). She's also in palliative care, so it's incredibly bleak and sad. And as so common with books by her generation, it's woefully humourless. She has moments which could have been more light-hearted, but it's all flat, forced and fails miserably to make the book easier to get through.

I would still recommend it's read by prospective UK doctors (it's very UK centric) rather than someone in the US or European systems.

A missed opportunity in terms of a book and audiobook.

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  • Richie C
  • 30-06-2019

Enthralling story and perspective

Laughter, tears and anger throughout the book. I too work in the NHS and found this relatable and also revealing. Fascinating to hear of someone entering the medical profession later in life and the perspective it gives her.
But some glaring mis-pronunciations of words which are jarring and unnecessary.

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  • Charlotte L.
  • 26-06-2019

Gripping

I couldn't stop listening. Wonderfully touching and terrifying all at the same time. A brilliant book.

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  • fishfanatic
  • 18-06-2019

An insiders perspective.

Far too much on politics but none the less a good insight of the NHS.