'A compelling eye-opener written by one who clearly knows.' Judy Nunn, bestselling author of Sanctuary
Dr Katarina 'Kitty' Holliday thought once she finished medical school and found gainful employment at one of Sydney's best teaching hospitals that her dream was just beginning. The hard years, she thought, were finally over.
But Kitty is in for a rude shock. Between trying to survive on the ward, in the operating theatre and in the emergency department without killing any of her patients or going under herself, Kitty finds herself facing situations that rock her very understanding of the vocation to which she intends to devote her life.
Going Under is a rare insight into the world of a trainee female medic that takes an unflinching look at the reality of being a doctor. It explores the big themes - life, death, power and love - through the eyes of Dr Holliday as she loses her identity and nearly her mind in the pressure-cooker world of the hospital. But it is also there that Kitty might find her own redemption and finally know herself for the first time. Darkly funny, sexy, moving and shocking, Going Under will grip you from the opening page and never let you go.
'From the first grim failed attempt to cannulate a vein, I knew Going Under was the real deal. I'm still having flashbacks to my own intern days because of it. Sonia Henry writes with a combination of heart and precision that only the best of writers, and doctors, can manage.' Nick Earls, bestselling author of Bachelor Kisses
A must read
Dr Henry’s novel is poignant and profound and leaves us with a timely reminder of the importance of kindnesses - large and small. An essential read for everyone.
Predictable story, annoying characters, poorly written.
A brutal truth
A heartbreaking insight into the pressures that crush junior doctors around the world. With a little bit of fiction thrown into a horrifying truth, Henry epitomises both the rock and the hard place that doctors face everyday.