Books We Recommend

It seems strange recommending books when we all use IT so much but there are reasons. There are obviously books mentioned here that will help you with your studies towards being a GP. You would naturally choose such books but they will be grounded in medicine and science. Sheffield University suggest that medical humanities are the interface between medicine and science on one hand, and arts and social sciences on the other. The University's aim is to "locate, understand and privilege what it is to be human." You will not be able to do this well by using medical and science texts alone, so since GP is about understanding the "human condition," we have added novels that are either directly or indirectly related to medicine and science. We hope it will give you a different perspective. It is also possible it may help you to remember. For some reason, people get more connected to a text when it is in book form. This has something to do with the way you read the text and the physical senses stimulated by holding a book. Otherwise audiobooks especially if you have a bit of a commute or love walking or running can be a great way to immerse yourself.  Give it go!

This list is not comprehensive – I’d love to know wat else you’d like to add to the list and some reviews would be amazing. I have tried to categorise this list in some way, some books belong in more than one list, some defy categorisation.  All are worth reading.

Palliative Care/Ethics/Holistic Care

Non Fiction

With the end in mind - Kathryn Mannix

The other side - Kate Granger 

Late Fragments - Kate Gross

The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs

C because cowards get cancer too - John Diamond

Before I say goodbye - Ruth Picardie 

Dear life - Rachel Clarke 

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Being Mortal – Atul Gwande

The last act of love - Kathy Rentzenbrink


Non Fiction

Henry’s Demons - Patrick and Henry Cockburn

Instrumental - James Rhodes

Welcome to Biscuitland - Jessica Thom

Brain on Fire - Susanna Cahalan

Reasons to stay alive - Matt Haig

Falling into the fire - Christine Montross 

Heavy Light - Horatio Clare

Living Better - Alistair Campbell 


Anxious People - Fredrick Backman 

Larchfield - Polly Clarke


Non Fiction

The Unmapped Mind - Christian Donlan

It’s all in your head - Suzanne O’Sullivan 

The Sleeping Beauties - Suzanne O’Sullivan 

Patient - Ben Watt

The Salt Path - Raynor Wynn


Inside the O’Brians - Lisa Genova 

A boy made of blocks - Keith Stuart


Non Fiction

Mothership - Francesca Segal 

Far from the tree - Andrew Solomon


Wonder - RJ Palacio

Love, Anthony - Lisa Genova

My Name is Leon - Kit de Wall

A boy made of blocks - Keith Stuart

A monster Calls - Patrick Ness

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon


Non Fiction

My name is Why - Lemn Sissay

Instrumental - James Rhodes

The body keeps the score - Bessel van der Kolk

Just a Girl - Sammie Woodhouse

The Trauma Cleaner - Sarah Krasnostein

My Name is Leon - Kit de Wall

Rose, interrupted - Patrice Lawrence

The Star outside my window - Onjali K Rauf


Non Fiction

Love lives here - Amanda Jette Knox

The Trauma Cleaner - Sarah Krasnostein



This is how it always is - Laurie Frankel

Frailty/Older Adults/Dementia

Non Fiction

The book about getting older - Lucy Pollock 

Romany and Tom - Ben Watt


Three things about Elsie - Joanna Cannon

Elizabeth is missing - Emma Healey


Non Fiction

Ask me his name - Elle Wright

The madness of grief - Richard Coles

H is for Hawk - Helen McDonald

Option B - Sheryl Sandberg



A song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray

A monster calls - Patrick Ness

The Trick to Time - Kit de Wall

Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter

Culture and Expectation/Holistic

Non Fiction

A dutiful boy - Mohsin Zaidi 

The Spirit Catches you and you fall down - Anne Fadiman

The Salt Path - Raynor Wynn


Non Fiction

Four Feet under - Tamsen Courtney 


How to find home - Mahsuda Snaith

Understanding Yourself and other People Better

Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell 

How to fail - Elizabeth Day 

Failosophy - Elizabeth Day

The Secret Life of Doctors - Caroline Elton 

Negotiation Skills

The power of a positive no - William Ury

Getting to Yes

Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss

Other (also brilliant and worth reading but which defy categorisation)

Non Fiction

Bad pharma - Ben Goldacre 

A fortunate man - John Berger 

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 


Mend the living - Maylis de Kerangal (the film is amazing too)

The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai (especially if you loved “It’s a Sin” on TV)



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