An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he has worked on.
The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon tiptoes between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. The surgeon deals in flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with a bare hand to squeeze life back into it. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart.
Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He has saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and in his astounding memoir details some of his most memorable cases: a baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years.
Wednesday 18th October 4.00pm
Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.
A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
Absolute pleasure, thanks for such an enjoyable night. I think having Tony Robinson there promoting his autobiography was a great idea...
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).