A Fortunate Woman

A Fortunate Woman

Hardback Published on: 09/06/2022
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A Fortunate Woman
From Cradle to Grave
This is a deeply moving work of witness history that serves a companion piece to John Berger's original masterpiece about a rural GP: A Fortunate Man. Morl... READ MORE
Jo at Trafalgar Square
A Fortunate Woman
A beautiful and life affirming book
This is such a wonderful read. Very life affirming. Beautiful and inspiring. I loved it from the very first page. It really makes you appreciate the small ... READ MORE
James Upton
A Fortunate Woman
A compelling update of a masterpiece that enriches the original.
John Berger's 1967 biography, A Fortunate Man, is rightly recognised as a classic work of biography that preempts the current trend of medical memoirs. Sha... READ MORE
Samuel Caddick


Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022 A Fortunate Woman is a compelling, thoughtful and insightful look at the life and work of a country doctor. Funny, moving and not afraid of the dark, it will speak to readers everywhere. Polly Morland was clearing her late mother's house when she found a battered paperback fallen behind the family bookshelf. Opening it, she was astonished to see an old photograph of the remote, wooded valley in which she lives. The book was A Fortunate Man, John Berger's classic account of a country doctor working in the same valley more than half a century earlier. This chance discovery led Morland to the remarkable doctor who serves that valley community today, a woman whose own medical vocation was inspired by reading the very same book as a teenager. A Fortunate Woman tells her compelling, true story, and how the tale of the old doctor has threaded through her own life in magical ways. Working within a community she loves, she is a rarity in contemporary medicine: a modern doctor who knows her patients inside out, the lives of this ancient, wild place entwined with her own. Revisiting Berger's story after half a century of seismic change, both in our society and in the ways in which medicine is practised, A Fortunate Woman sheds light on what it means to be a doctor in today's complex and challenging world. Interweaving the doctor's story with those of her patients, reflecting on the relationship between landscape and community, and upon the wider role of medicine in society, a unique portrait of a twenty-first century family doctor emerges. Illustrated throughout with photographs by Richard Baker.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529071139
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 372g
  • Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 31 mm

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A Fortunate Woman
Uplifting and inspirational
This lovely gentle book gives an insight into the life, work and humanity of the central character, who is a country GP. The story is woven around the comm... READ MORE
Julie Stein