The Citadel

The Citadel

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A book which inspired the creation of the NHS, The Citadel is a moving story of tragedy, triumph and redemption. With a foreword by Adam Kay, the bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt.

When newly qualified doctor Andrew Manson takes up his first post in a Welsh mining community, the young Scot brings with him a bagful of idealism and enthusiasm. Both are soon strained to the limit as Andrew discovers the reality of performing operations on a kitchen table and washing in a scullery, of unspeakable sanitation, of common infantile cholera and systemic corruption. There are no X-rays, no ambulances - nothing to combat the disease and poverty.

It isn't long before Andrew's outspoken manner wins him both friends and enemies, but he risks losing his idealism when the fashionable, greedy world of London medicine claims him, with its private clinics, wealthy, spoilt patients and huge rewards.

A classic saga by A. J. Cronin, one of the great masters of the genre.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 31mm | 338g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529015383
  • 9781529015386
  • 780,391

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Cronin was a master of melodrama * The Herald * A grand story, well told, and better balanced than anything else he has done * Kirkus * One of the most popular authors in the English speaking world * New York Times * Immensely successful, utterly ruthless * The Spectator * A.J. Cronin was perhaps the most successful novelist of the 1930s ... probably as significant a figure as J.B. Priestley * The English Historical Review *
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About A. J. Cronin

A. J. Cronin was born in Cardross, Scotland, in 1896 and studied at the University of Glasgow. In 1916 he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, and at the war's end he completed his medical studies and practised in South Wales. He was later appointed to the Ministry of Mines, studying the medical problems of the mining industry. He later moved to London and built up a successful practice in the West End. In 1931 he published his first book, Hatter's Castle, which was compared with the work of Dickens, Hardy and Balzac, winning him critical acclaim. Six years later he published The Citadel, which brought attention to the incompetence of medical practice and helped incite the establishment of the NHS. Cronin died in 1981.
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2 3% (181)
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