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Not the Life Imagined
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Not the Life Imagined (Paperback)

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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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Ringwood Publishing Publication Date: 10/12/2018 ISBN-13: 9781901514704  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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For 31 years Anne Pettigrew was a GP who also dabbled in anthropology, complementary medicine and light- hearted columns in The Herald and medical press. Born in Glasgow, she is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford. She now lives in North Ayrshire and loves travelling, gardening, food and wine. She is endlessly fascinated by women's capacity to overcome adversity, and finding no literature covering the experience of modern UK women doctors, decided to write such a novel with the help of Creative Writing tuition at Glasgow University. She has won prizes for short stories and had some published, while this first novel, Not the Life Imagined, was runner-up in the SAW Constable Silver Stag Award 2018.

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