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A Mistake

A Mistake (Hardback)

By Shuker, Carl

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In medicine, a single mistake in an otherwise spotless career can determine the rest of your life--even if the mistake was not your own. Elizabeth is a gifted surgeon--the only female consultant at her hospital. But while operating on a young woman with life-threatening blood poi... read full description below.

ISBN 9781640092495
Barcode 9781640092495
Published 17 September 2019
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781640092495
ISBN-10 1640092498
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date 17 September 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Shuker, Carl
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 340g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Patients, Medical errors, Women surgeons
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 1000326

Description of this Book

In medicine, a single mistake in an otherwise spotless career can determine the rest of your life--even if the mistake was not your own. Elizabeth is a gifted surgeon--the only female consultant at her hospital. But while operating on a young woman with life-threatening blood poisoning, something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of a new scheme to publicly report surgeons' performance, her colleagues begin to close ranks, and Elizabeth's life is thrown into disarray. Tough and abrasive, Elizabeth has survived and succeeded in this most demanding, palpably sexist field. But can she survive a single mistake? A Mistake is a page-turning procedural thriller about powerful women working in challenging spheres. The novel examines how a survivor who has successfully navigated years of a culture of casual sexism and machismo finds herself suddenly in the fight of her life. When a mistake is life-threatening, who should ultimately be held responsible? Carl Shuker has produced some of the finest writing on the physicality of medical intervention, where life-changing surgery is detailed moment-by-moment in a building emergency. A Mistake daringly illustrates the startling mix of the cooly intellectual and deeply personal inherent in the life and work of a surgeon.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for A Mistake The Method Actors. Three Novellas for a Novel. The Lazy Boys. Anti Lebanon. You'd think Carl Shuker couldn't get any better, but A Mistake is the novel at its visceral and emotional best. This is the most compelling book I've read in years. It pulls you along at breakneck speed through questions of failure, exposure, and manners. Shuker reinvents the form with every novel, and A Mistake is a masterpiece that feels more like a body than a book--the life pumps and glugs and flexes inside its pages. --Pip Adam, author of The New Animals Praise for The Method Actors Brash and fearless, The Method Actors is a self-consciously postmodern challenge to our perceived reality and its fictional depiction. --New York Times Book Review A mesmerizing opus . . . a serious accomplishment. --The AV Club The Method Actors is a rich, complex, and accomplished novel. --The Georgia Straight Edgy, appealing, smart, and a lot hipper than I'll ever be. --San Diego Union Tribune Lost in Translation for the noir crowd: a carefully plotted tale of a decidedly postmodern bent. --Kirkus Reviews Kiwi novelist Shuker's debut follows a set of gaijin--young international 20-somethings who have gravitated to ultra hip, fast-forward Tokyo--as one of their number goes missing . . . Shuker's dizzying debut shimmers with authentic detail, an uncanny, otherworldly sense of place and a cast of believably hardcore hipsters. --Publishers Weekly Shuker brilliantly captures Tokyo's edgy atmosphere and the cosmic loneliness of his characters in his overlong yet probing and imaginative debut novel, which possesses the frisson of Alex Garland's The Beach and a profound moral valence. How do we distinguish between the roles people play and their authentic selves? How contrived is history? How do we live with the knowledge of horrors such as the Japanese atrocities? Shuker poses daunting questions of conscience and compassion. --Donna Seaman, Booklist A tremendous stylist and a tremendous observer . . . again and again I stopped to admire particular sentences and paragraphs. --Stephen Dobyns, author of The Church of Dead Girls This dense, ambitious, labyrinthine novel depicts the nuances of an outsider culture in a Japan so current it is slightly futuristic. An engrossing delight, richly imagined, in which cynicism and exuberance alternate in quick succession. --Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander An extraordinarily ambitious and often brilliant first novel. I envy Shuker his future. --David Markson, author of This is Not a Novel and Other Novels The Method Actors brings secrets back from scary places. It's composed of dazzle and panic and wisdom. It seems to me to inhabit a world that has continuities with those of, say, William Gibson or Thomas Pynchon, but that operates with a new intensity and seriousness. --Bill Manhire, author of Some Things to Place in a Coffin Praise for Anti Lebanon Anti Lebanon is an extremely exciting book. It seems to suggest we can go anywhere with the novel, that it can contain anything. It's masterful in its form and the story it tells is compelling, original and important. --Pip Adam, Scoop Review of Books One cannot help but be captivated by the slow, mournful mood and atmosphere of Shuker's Beirut. Combining a thriller and a horror story into a single melancholic narrative, Shuker has created a haunting and riveting account of war, loss, and exile. --Publishers Weekly

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Author's Bio

CARL SHUKER is the author of five novels, including Anti Lebanon, The Lazy Boys, Three Novellas for a Novel, and The Method Actors, which won the 2006 Prize in Modern Letters. A former editor for The British Medical Journal, one of the oldest medical journals in the world, he has lived and worked in Tokyo and London for many years, and now lives in his home country, New Zealand, with his wife and their two children.

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