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- Publisher: HQ (13 June 2019)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KL6DDVW
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- Customer Reviews: 1,365 customer ratings
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About the Author
Dr Amanda Brown is a GP at the largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. Before transferring to work in prisons, Amanda was a regular NHS GP but gave up her practice because she disliked the way the job’s focus has shifted. She went on to work at a teenage detention centre, before moving on to Wormwood Scrubs and then finally to Bronzefield where she continues to work. The Prison Doctor is her first book.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Written with both humour and deep concern for the lives of her incarcerated patients. It’s a poignant, compassionate read, giving an insight into the complicated and damaged lives of some of the offenders … a thoroughly enlightening and engaging book.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A fascinating, sometimes funny, often gruelling account of working behind bars.’ Observer
‘Not only features startling anecdotes but also the more rewarding aspects of her job – the prisoners who sent her letters of thanks, the ones for whom there remains hope.’ i newspaper
‘eye-opening … harrowing … Though so many of the tales are unbearably sad, and some details quite difficult to read without flinching, frequent moments of hope and humanity mitigate what could otherwise be a bleak look at life on the lowest rung of society’s ladder.’ The Telegraph
‘All of the highs and lows of prison life, with heart-warming honesty and anecdotes to make your sides split and your jaw drop in equal measure … Amanda has filled her book full of funny tales that both she and the inmates have had a good giggle at.’ Sunday Express S Magazine
‘An enthralling account.’ The Sun--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book can easily be read at a sitting, testifying both to its entertainment value and to the lack of any real depth of analysis. The overall effect is that it is lightweight, but still hard to put down.
Unimpressed and definitely not worth the money
The only thing I'd change is to make the book longer, or to write another one. Bravo. Sarah
After several years at Huntercombe Young Offenders Prison, Amanda moved on to the notorious Wormword Scrubs, followed by HMP Bronzefield. She surprised herself at how much she relished the work and how she was able to make a difference to the lives of those she cared for.
She is very candid about her feelings within the book and her preconceived ideas, which in the main were dispelled. She speaks of the people she looked after with compassion and of her colleagues with admiration. She gives shocking glimpses into the the lives of the prisoners (men and women), how they ended up behind bars and the desperate measures they go to in order to cope. Not a read for the faint hearted, as there are descriptions of assault, self harm and suicide attempts, but none are conveyed in a gratuitous way.
This book is a real eye-opener.
It is, at times, tragic, tear jerking, moving and sometimes even funny encountering these men, women and teenagers through the memoirs of this very compassionate prison doctor.
I got 40% through then refunded it I am so dissapointed. Here are reasons why:
- It is badly written with many exclamation points and it dosent feel like the author went into great depth about anything and just skimmed through.
- She makes it sound like she is the only GP in the UK that cares about patients and at first it was understandable but after a while she made me raise my hands up shouting that she thinks she is a mother Theresa against the world of people who dont care. It also wouldnt be so bad if it wsa here or there but every other paragraph is peppered about how as a mother she is upset by how kids are treated and 'this must be harrowing and that must be terrible' I get it.
Im not a cold heart, I get how the system does not work but feel the plight of these people could be written a lot better.
Adam Kay got his point accross with the amazing humor ended with a chapter on how things need to change and that small touch made all the difference.
If it had been written by the doctor concerned it would have been a better book.
As it is, it's an anodyne and tedious account of Amanda Brown's work in HMP Various.
Not worth buying - especially if, like me, you cannot forgive obvious grammatical and syntactical errors.
Just awful. I only got to p16 before absolutely giving up.
Take the names. Surely Jonathan and Jenny Scott aren't the real names of her patients, Jonathan being the alcoholic who threatens our doctor with a knife. Then there are various prisoners with problems who are also given names, one being Jerome Scott (a relative?). Obviously not real names, but then one wonders if David is really Amanda's husband and Rob and Charlie are really her boys. Does it matter? For me, it's a credibility issue.
Take the dialogue. Chapter 3 is a good example. The story happened in 2000, yet it's full of dramatic dialogue which must have been invented because nobody can remember in that detail what they said to someone 19 years ago. with all the gasps and hands to mouths. So what other dialogue has been invented? Again, a credibility issue.
Chapter 3, however, is very interesting. For a start, the story is unbelievable from start to finish, with policemen's hands 'hovering over their weapons'. Secondly, the writing is a joke. We have footsteps 'hurtling' down corridors, dappled sunlight 'trickling' through trees (light doesn't trickle; it goes at 186,000 miles per second), and our doctor 'drinking gulps of air' (from another chapter. Don't try it at home, by the way. it can cause all sorts of problems.)
Okay, it's creative wiring! You learn it on one of those courses. But in my view, it has got to make sense, otherwise it's just a distraction.
Finally, my sympathy to both Amanda, her agent, her ghost-writer and the publisher. I think I know what happened. There was a suicide at Bronzefield in 2016 (in the public domain). Amanda went there in August, but no mention is made of it Part 3, which is meant to cover her time there from 2016 to the present. Was the book censored??? Part 3's first chapter begins on New year's Day, must be 2017. The book must have been submitted for censorship, because on the page with all the copyright info there is a statement about Bronzefield. It obviously was not written by a publishing professional as it begins with an unrelated participle.
On this occasion curiosity about the UK prison system got the better of me and I tried to give ‘The Prison Doctor’ a chance.
In all honesty it was a struggle to get through. The tone of the author or should I say authors, was quite patronising throughout and I’m getting sick and tired of reading prison memoirs where the people featured are portrayed in a stereotypical manner. Perhaps if I hadn’t watched OITNB where the characters are quite fleshed out, my expectations for ‘The Prison Doctor’ wouldn’t have been so high.
One thing troubled me about this book. She mentions quite a few of her female patients who have harrowing backstories that were rife exploitation and abuse. I wonder if the author made any effort to contact some of the women she treated, that later went on to be released from prison, in order to get their permission to tell their stories to a wide audience. Isn’t this another example of how vulnerable women are further exploited by ‘well-meaning’ individuals in authority, often without getting paid or receiving any recognition for their contribution.
Read ‘The Prison Doctor’ if you’re a fan of prison clichés, otherwise I’d give it a miss.
Facile, cliched, narcissistic and, worst of all, really rather dull. Who on earth edited this?