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Title: Mistake, A [NZ book]
Authors: Shuker, Carl
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 182
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Wellington consultant surgeon Elizabeth Taylor has an enviable unblemished record, but when a small error in care leads to catastrophe, Liz and her surgical team come under huge scrutiny. The distraught family, the social media barrage, there is no end to the blaming and shaming coming Liz's way.

An impressive level of medical detail coupled with its exploration of the challenges of professional accountability and culpability delivers an intense and compelling reading experience.

This finely crafted story is enhanced by the parallel retelling of the Challenger space shuttle disaster and its reminder of the consequences of system failures.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The reader is captured instantly the NZ setting feels totally read and the pace is perfect."

"I just kept reading to the unpredictable end. I loved it!"

"While fiction, it feels very real."

"Some could be put off by the sexual lifestyle of the protagonist, but this is only a minor part."

"I didn't like the main character which affected my enjoyment of the book."

"The main woman is a fascinating, flawed character - sharp, fierce, mysterious and talented. I enjoyed her character."

"This is a finely crafted and crisply written novel."

"I think this would be a very good book to discuss, particularly because it's set in New Zealand."

"It's a short, sharp and gripping story."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Gender Issues, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon

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