• A brilliant, compelling account of what it is like to spend your days caring for patients "on the fringe of existence" ... A hugely life-affirming book. In between the many grim situations encountered on a daily basis, Abbey shows us moments of both joy and deep emotional connection

    Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
  • Heartfelt, honest, illuminating and wise – a wonderful book that I would urge everyone to read

    Julia Samuel, author of Grief Works
  • A powerful glimpse into the high stakes of intensive care …Above all this book is insightful about the grey areas where a doctor must go ... Some readers may be wearying of doctor memoirs. This one ... has a freshness and a sincerity that moved me. She is a gifted writer ... honest, compassionate, sensitive… [and] the doctor we would crave in our greatest need

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • A thoughtful and necessary book about a world all of us might inhabit at some point in our lives

    Rosita Boland, Irish Times

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