Close to Where the Heart Gives Out: A Year in the Life of an Orkney Doctor (UK Edition)

December 10, 2020
Close to Where the Heart Gives Out: A Year in the Life of an Orkney Doctor (UK Edition)

'Wind-whipped and salt-stung, Malcolm's account of island lifeis both grounding and immensely heart-warming. He is to GPs whatJames Herriot is to vets.' MATT GAW'A fascinating, funny and utterly heart-warming familyadventure. Beautifully written and completely unforgettable.'RUTH HOGAN'A mesmerising read about a personal journey, this book is allversions of love (with the island of Eday in starring role).'HANNAH PERSAUD'I love the descriptions of the landscape and everyday life.'DOLLY ALDERTON___Set in the wild and remote landscape of Eday, part ofthe Orkney archipelago, Close to Where the Heart Gives Outis the unflinchingly honest and moving tale of rural life, from theonly doctor on the island ...___In his forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow whena persistent seed that had been growing inside him started tobloom, disrupting the foundations of his life. When he saw the jobadvert, 'urgent: island doctor needed', he applied immediately.What he didn't anticipate was how much Orkney would affect hisfamily, for better or worse.In stories that range from the humorous to the deeply moving,Malcolm describes what it's like adjusting to life without modernconveniences and to the extreme - and constantly changing -weather; and what it means to be providing the best medical care tothe local population with limited resources. Which often includesthe wildlife as well ...Malcolm's journey evokes the awe that the Orkney landscape caninspire, as well as the challenges of island life and the demonsthat the dark, cold winter months can give birth to. Gripping andbeautifully written, Close to Where the Heart Gives Outreminds us of the importance of listening to our heart, as well asto the rhythms of the landscape.