Reviews

  • "Outstanding... What marks it out is not the scale or urgency of the trauma, although I read the first chapters at such a pace that I almost had to remind myself to breathe. It is the writing. It sparks and crackles with a dark energy... The writing is not just intense, but intelligent... In Shock stands above other patient memoirs."

    James McConnachie, The Sunday Times
  • "Tense, powerful and gripping... her writing style is often nothing short of beautiful - evocative and emotional."

    Adam Kay, The Observer
  • "In Shock is both an enthralling page-turner and a haunting call to arms for the medical profession to practice with greater kindness, compassion and humility. Awdish captures beautifully how and why doctors, against our best selves, can lose sight of our patients in furious pursuit of the diagnosis, the save, the cure. Anyone – doctor or otherwise – whose life has been touched by illness will be transfixed by this deeply moving tale of catastrophic illness and everything it teaches us."

    Rachel Clarke, author of Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor's Story
  • "Awdish looks at the way we practice medicine with a combination of love and outrage. She writes beautifully about the secret, shameful feelings many doctors feel they have to hide and she shows us how we might do better. After reading this book, I feel like a different doctor."

    Gabriel Weston, author of Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story
  • "A brave, powerful memoir about what it is like to be both a doctor and a patient... There is a widsom that literally comes from suffering."

    The Times