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Reviews

  • 'Remarkable... humane and deeply moving, Jim's book questions the future of healthcare in Britain'

    Daily Mail
  • 'Deeply affecting - a personal memoir that grips, harrows, inspires and, ultimately, uplifts with its vein of deep humanity'

    Philippe Sands
  • 'One of the doctors with the most hands-on experience of Covid in the country'

    Edward Docx, New Statesman
  • 'A deeply moving and beautifully written account of what life was truly like for our frontline ICU teams during the first wave of COVID-19'

    Dr Kevin Fong
  • 'Reading Life Support, I was gripped, amazed, appalled and, ultimately, inspired. If Jim Down is as good a doctor as he is a writer, I'd definitely want him treating me'

    John O’Farrell
  • 'I can't think of a more important and compulsive book to come out of the Plague Year. Read and weep with gratitude for the NHS and doctors like Jim Down'

    Rachel Johnson
  • 'Jim Down's Life Support is essential reading for everyone who has been affected by Covid-19, which is to say everyone. Beautifully written, it combines warmth, humour and science to give a portrait of one of the most important but least understood parts of any hospital by one of the UKs pre-eminent ICU physicians'

    Dr Chris van Tulleken
  • 'Reading this, I felt humbled. Written with great clarity, as well as humour and compassion, this is an extraordinary account of life on the Covid frontline, of the expertise and the dogged, unending labour of those who attempt to keep the rest of us - however sceptical we are, however careless - alive'

    Lissa Evans, author of V for Victory
  • 'This is the struggle against COVID-19 unfolding in real time ... it is a story of how some of our most gifted and dedicated medical practitioners have been brought to the very edge of their abilities and endurance and how they came through, scarred but wiser ... above all it is a very human story about how people - medics and patients alike - found common cause in the face of a nasty speck of a disease that threatens our way of life'

    George Alagiah
  • 'An honest and engaging eye-witness account of the Covid crisis from one of London's busiest intensive care units, that demonstrates the compassion and dedication of frontline staff dealing with a terrible new disease. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand why our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic'

    Fergus Walsh, Medical Editor BBC

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