This collection of new fiction, poetry, memoir and art showcases the work of doctors who are also writers, poets who have become patients and some of today’s most beloved literary voices on subjects ranging from autism to ageing. Sometimes the best medicine is a story itself.
‘His debut novel, Narcopolis – was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize – tells of a group of outsiders caught up in an underworld of opiates, sex and violence in Bombay. Part biography of that city, the novel also takes a turn into China, which is another important chapter in the story of how opium shaped the landscape and the individual lives shrouded in its smoke.’
‘In this special Edinburgh Book Festival edition of the Granta Podcast Laura Barber talks to Kapka Kassabova (Street Without a Name, Twelve Minutes of Love) and Peter Stamm (Seven Years) about the often paradoxical relationship between writing and place.’
‘I started to write plays and put them on in pub theatres. One day the dean heard about them and summoned me to his office for a few prophetic words of caution: ‘In my experience, students who write plays do not go on to become doctors.’’
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