Breaking & Mending

Breaking & Mending: A junior doctor’s stories of compassion & burnout

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 02/07/2020
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Breaking & Mending
A tough read but very moving
Joanna Cannon has written a couple of wonderful novels featuring the very young and the elderly but many of her characters explore issues of mental health.... READ MORE
Jane Skudder


'One of the most beautiful books you will ever read' Kate Mosse In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word. These moments, and the small sustaining acts of kindness and connection that punctuate hospital life, teach her that emotional care and mental health can be just as critical as restoring a heartbeat. In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients - and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781788160582
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 124 x 16 mm

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Breaking & Mending
Heartbreakingly compulsive reading
What an emotional and extremely moving memoir this is from best selling author Dr Joanna Cannon. This describes her experiences as an older medical student... READ MORE
Celia Short
Breaking & Mending
Fascinating insight of a Doctor's life
Having read and loved Three Things about Elsie (5*) and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (4*) I was fascinated to read this memoir by Joanna Cannon. I fou... READ MORE
Dana Farren
Breaking & Mending
A big moan about the NHS...
As a big fan of medical reads at the moment, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, having just loved Hand With Care and Prison Doctor, however I was... READ MORE
Amy Waybourne
Breaking & Mending
Heart Breaking and Warm
Such a heart breaking and heart warming read, tissues may be required. Beautifully written. Please read this and take time to appreciate everything that th... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Breaking & Mending
I bought this book on the Friday and finished it on the Sunday. I could not put it down. I closed the book and I stopped for 30 minutes, I gathered mysel... READ MORE
Michaela Black
Breaking & Mending
Soul- searching
With grateful thanks to Netgalley and Serpent’s Tail for a digital copy of Breaking and Mending in return for an honest review. I was really delighted to r... READ MORE
Sally  Hughes