Not the Life Imagined

Not the Life Imagined

Paperback Published on: 10/12/2018
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A darkly humorous, thought-provoking story of Scottish medical students in the sixties, a time of changing social and sexual mores. None of the teenagers starting at Glasgow University in 1967 live the life they imagine. Beth Slater is shocked at how few female medical students there are and that some people, such as Conor Towmey, think they shouldn't be there at all. Devastated by a close friend's suicide, Beth uncovers a revealing diary and vows to find the person responsible for her death. Struggling with the pressure of exams while supporting friends though disasters, Beth charts the students' changing, often stormy, relationships over two decades in a contemporary backdrop of Free Love, the Ibrox Football Disaster, the emergence of HIV and DNA forensics. In time, indiscretions surface with dire consequences for some. In Not the Life Imagined, retired medic Anne Pettigrew has written a tale of ambition and prejudice laced with sharp observations, irony and powerful perceptions that provide a humorous and compelling insight into the complex dynamics of the NHS fifty years ago.

  • Publisher: Ringwood Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781901514704

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Not the Life Imagined
A great read, super pace, based around Glasgow and the 79’s 80’s
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unusually set in 70’s 80’s Glasgow taking in the complexity of any city and society. From the university to the shop yards ... READ MORE
Julie Hall
Not the Life Imagined
Riveting novel about Glasgow in the sixties
Not the Life Imagined goes over lots of important subjects. We follow Beth's life and as a female wanting to be a surgeon in the sixties, she faces a lot o... READ MORE
laure camail
Not the Life Imagined
A compelling read about medical students lives, loves and adventures in Glasgow in the ;ate 1960's and beyond ;interesting, entertaining and full of surprises!
"Not the life imagined" by Anne Pettigrew is a well written, imaginative story of the unravelling of life events about first year medical student days to... READ MORE
Ian Limpitlaw
Not the Life Imagined
An interesting read
I read and loved Anne's other book 'Not The Deaths Imagined'. When I heard that Anne had released another book I knew that I just had to read it as soon a... READ MORE
Amanda Oughton
Not the Life Imagined
A really enjoyable trip down memory lane
This book is so evocative of student life in the 60s - it brought back many happy and sad memories of friendships formed & lost, decisions made that shaped... READ MORE
Jean  Alcock