Even At The Hospital…

…I can still somehow manage to find something bookish somewhere, even if I couldn’t find the bookshop – which is probably quite fortunate.

Can you see the bookish link spotted once again and finally snapped on my third visit to the local hospital, and second to A&E, in a week I finally managed to get a snap of a rather bookish part of the hospital? I will admit that The Converted One wasn’t too impressed when I said ‘could you just hang on a sec’ as we headed to the casualty department (The Converted One is now fine, it seems a severe sudden case of tonsillitis was blocking the airwaves but surgery has been avoided) and then spent pretty much the whole of last night there. Last week it was me dragging us both there after I took a tumble on the tube. I am worried we will soon both be fixtures in there; actually I should now touch wood as that would be awful.

I am not doing a long post today as I need to keep an eye on the invalids tonsils in case they flare up again and so will be dressed in a nursing out fit for The Converted One all day and catching up on some kip when I can and maybe trying to do some work and have no further accidents. I might start hunting for Bookish Signs more often and sharing them every now and again, or is that a bit sad?

I did wonder though if you know of any good books based around or in hospitals (Victorian ones would be amazing, but any will do) as I weirdly couldn’t think of any! I could think of lots in institutions but not hospitals, any recommendations most welcome be they fiction or non fiction?

Oh and just so you know every time I have ended up in the hospital I have had more than one book in my bag and avoided the disaster of nothing to read in a public place with nowhere to turn to!

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10 responses to “Even At The Hospital…

  1. gaskella

    I’d recommend Direct Red by Gabriel Weston about being a surgeon – a pseudo-memoir which was a brilliant read. Another that springs to mind, but which I’ve not actually read is Bodies by Jed Mercurio which was serialised on TV and was compelling if uncomfortable viewing, the Singing Detective would be easier to watch.

  2. Glad all is well, and do find more bookish signs if you can.

  3. Ernest Hemingway: “A Farewell to Arms”

  4. I can’t remember the name (wait! Kill Grief?) that Jackie reviewed that I think was about a hospital and was particularly gory. Maybe not exactly what you were looking for! I’m so sorry that the two of you have had a tough time lately, but I’d pay money to see you a nurse outfit!

  5. There’s Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time, set almost entirely in a single hospital room–although medicine is not really the subject of the book.

  6. Hope the Converted One is feeling better. I used to get tonsilitis twice a year, every year, between the ages of 19 and 29. It mysteriously stopped as soon as I hit my 30s! But I sympathise: it is a horrendous experience having those golf balls in your throat, not being able to eat, swallow or occasionally breathe! Lots of ice-cream, strepsils and Betadine sore-throat gargle can help alleviate the pain. And, if you can stand it, gargling with hot water with loads of salt in it also helps.

    In terms of hospital-based books, I can recommend Bodies by Jed Mecurio, which I read and loved in the early 2000s. I think it got turned into a drama series but I’ve never seen it.

  7. I hope he is feeling better. I always have a book with me. I sort of get jittery when I do realize I have nothing to read.

  8. Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault. It’s not all based in a hospital, but the action sort of gets going in one, and many of the books most effective scenes take place there.

  9. my wife has been at hospital a couple of times due to asthma last few months I always take a novella you can read them if your there for a long time ,le bal and stones in a landslide were to I read ,hope everything gets better soon simon ,all the best stu

  10. Bet

    I second Lija’s recommendation! Good to a Fault is going to end up on my top 10 for this year, I’m sure.

    Doesn’t Connie Willis’ Passages take place in a hospital?

    Hope The Converted One is better soon. And that you are a good nurse for him!

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