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Sue Carey is a driven, 20-something doctor struggling to preserve her sanity, sobriety, and humanity in the corridors of one of Cape Town's biggest public hospitals. Finding imaginative ways of saving patients is her life's work, though finding a man who wants more than a one-night stand would be nice as well. Both harrowing and hilarious, her journey of self-discovery lea ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jacana Media (first published 2008)
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Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, south-african
I think that only a South African doctor, who knows what a state hospital like Bellville Hospital aka Tygerberg is like from the inside, can really appreciate this. It's all there; the seeming futility, the endless queues of patients, the bizarre humor, the exhaustion & the friends who drag you through. ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Here's a picture of one of my favorite quotes:
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Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: south-african
I enjoyed this book. I've been curious to read it for ages, ever since I read about it on Just Up The Dose (do you know how hard it is to find a blog you used to read about 2 years ago .... ). I really enjoyed that blog :) It's also pretty cool reading a story set in Cape Town :) Respect to all my doctor-friends. I couldn't do it.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again, Kendal has delivered an accurate (terrifying), depressing, yet humorous look at the South African government hospital system. Dr Sue Carey endures over 30-hour shifts, shortages of beds, restrictions due to finances, while still trying to be a good doctor, teach her intern and med students the ropes, while still trying to have a life. Exhausting? You bet. This book made me tired to read it.

While the plot that runs through the book is simple, young doctor tries to sort out her life, i
Maresa Botha
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book tries to be witty, but comes across as somewhat sarcastic and staccato. A quick read - predictable and lacks any real depth.
Yolanda Zunde
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable. Interesting.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down.
Beautiful and heartbreaking...
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book. Happy, sad, funny. Just great.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much I'd read it again!!What a pleasant surprise to pick up this little gem in the second hand shop for only R5.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I was conflicted about this book, firstly was quite annoyed that it was marketed as chick-lit, when its actually more a drama with many gritty and disturbing details. A similar book by a male author- the "Dressing Station" was marketed very differently. The pace was good and the struggles of a health care worker in the Cape were well framed, I can imagine it is as gory as described. I was disturbed that Sue had seemed to not be exposed to the humanitarian issues of her work, this made me wonder ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Sigh. How come is it that I always seem to have a different experience from the reviewers of books? This is the South African Best Seller....and all I can respond with is 'How?!'.

The novel is basically about a young doctor's life working in government hospitals in Cape Town. This alone makes you think that it is going to be a rich, riveting and exciting book.....not so. It took me ages to finish it, mainly because every time I read it I felt tired - because this poor doctor was tired, all the t
Sep 13, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: Michelle
Shelves: adult-fiction
I bought this book in a small bookstore in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I devoured it in the two days between Cape Town and Joburg. It's a quick read for one thing. For another it gives a nice sliver of life in Cape Town. It's about a female doctor working on an inner-city Cape Town hospital. She deals with the usual stuff: work stress, diet, extra pounds, finding a decent guy, parents, friends, etc. What it doesn't deal with is racial issues but I got plenty of that in the books I checked out at ...more
Ron Irwin
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Ron by: author
A fabulous book that brings Grey's Anatomy to Cape Town. Number 3 South African novel in the country.

Sue Carey is a driven, twenty-something doctor struggling to preserve her sanity, sobriety and humanity in the corridors of one of Cape Town's biggest public hospitals. Finding imaginative ways of saving patients is her life's work. Finding a man who wants more than a one-night stand would be nice as well. Sue's journey of self-discovery is both harrowing and hilarious. The Karma Suture visits th
Saffia Manjoo
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
First, this was not porn, so hold back the judgement. Second, kudos for a very clever title. Quite entertaining, sometimes hilarious. It almost reads like the day to day diary of a doctor working in South African public hospitals. It provided a shocking insight into what the public health care system is like in this country and touched on other fundamental challenges/barriers doctors face in treating patients, especially the underprivileged. It felt a bit whiney toward the end, but still a good ...more
Sally Seymore
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Sue Carey is a 20-something doctor working in a state hospital in Cape Town. She is trying to cope with a hectic work load in circumstances not nearly ideal, but still attempting to lead a normal life. Love evades her, but she is often too tired to care. She's been called the Bridget Jones in the medical world. I loved this book. I think Rosamund has a lovely writing style and I would recommend it to especially those who like hospital stories.
Sunitha Prabhu
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
A one time read.

“Sainthood is not a prerequisite for acceptance to medical school. Perhaps it should be.”

Sue Carey is a driven, young doctor struggling to maintain her sanity and humanity at her work place. Her journey of self-discovery leads her to patients who make her weep and the men who make her weak. The drama reveals powerful lessons on pain, love, and ultimately, hope.
Sep 05, 2012 added it
Shelves: own-uk
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have been meaning to buy a copy for a while. It had perfect touches of drama, medical information (who knows how accurate) and romance - all of which I like. Also, being oginally from Cape Town myself, I loved being able to closely relate to the areas she described.
Paige Nick
It was completely different to what i was expecting. And completely different to anything else I've ever read. I thought it was very well written. A very enjoyable read. Although at times very hectic.
Stephanie Allen
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-medicine
This was a really enjoyable, easy read. Main character was incredibly likeable and, as a medical student, I enjoyed going along her young doctor journey a bit. Also enjoyed learning more about the differences between American and South African medicine.
Kate Sidley
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
An engaging book about a young doctor working crazy hours in a big public hospital in South Africa - whilst also looking for love, of course.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bought at 2nd hand bookshop in Montagu as a holiday read. Loved the pace and rhythm and general look at life, relationships and work.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked the South African setting, the play on words and the background it revealed of becoming a doctor. It is light but very enjoyable.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
interesting and real expose of our government hospitals...a first bookclub 'hit'.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Easy 'fluff-reading', but I liked the setting in which it was written.
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After studying medicine for six years and then working as a doctor for another five, Rosamund Kendal decided that the creative side of her brain needed some stimulation and enrolled for the Master's degree in creative writing at UCT. She hasn’t been able to decide whether she prefers being a freelance writer or a general practitioner, so she’s come to a compromise and does both part-time.

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