Aoife Abbey

Seven Signs of Life
  • Seven Signs of Life

  • An insightful, tender and inspiring memoir that explores the emotional side of a doctor’s working life.

    ‘Brilliant, compelling … A hugely life-affirming book’ Mail on Sunday

    Grief. Anger. Joy. Fear. Distraction. Disgust. Hope.

    All emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. But what if this was every day? And what if your ability to manage them was the difference between life and death?

    For Aoife Abbey, a doctor in intensive care, these experiences are part of the job – from grief when you make a potentially fatal mistake to joy when the ward unexpectedly breaks into song. Seven Signs of Life is Abbey’s extraordinary account of what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.

    ‘Sensitive, honest and, yes, brave … Compulsive reading’
    Nigella Lawson

    ‘Heartfelt, honest, illuminating and wise’
    JULIA SAMUEL, author of Grief Works

RELEASED 09/01/2020

Aoife Abbey grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, before graduating in 2011 from medical school at Warwick University. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and council member at the Intensive Care Society UK. From September 2016, Aoife Abbey wrote a blog under the guise of the British Medical Association’s 'Secret Doctor’. This is her first book.