24 May 2013

Review: Get Well Soon! My (Un) Brilliant Career as a Nurse | Kristy Chambers

I just finished a brilliant memoir from Australian nurse and first-time writer Kristy Chambers, entitled: Get Well Soon - My (Un) Brilliant Career as a Nurse.
Kristy has a typically down to earth personality and an Aussie sense of humour that shines through in the pages of her memoir.  In Get Well Soon!, Kristy primarily discusses her nursing career, and includes some moving accounts of looking after patients suffering from terminal illnesses or patients from the various departments she has worked in over the years.

However, sprinkled in with these sobering accounts are the funnier moments of nursing which had me snorting and laughing out loud with relish.  Her chapter called 'Shit' was quite memorable and the story called 'The Tampon' is also worth a mention.

At a mere 248 pages, I breezed through Get Well Soon! and was incredibly moved by many of the patient stories Kristy shared.  I'm so glad she achieved a healthy balance between humanity and humour and her natural down to earth writing style made her memoir so accessible.

I've been recommending Get Well Soon! widely since I turned the last page, and everyone I've talked to about it seems to want to get their hands on a copy.  You can read a free extract of Get Well Soon! yourself by clicking here.

My Rating = *****

Carpe Librum!


Ruth Barton said...

Your review intrigued me, Tracey, so I read the excerpt. Isn't it magic when you know you're going to love an author's work after the first few sentences?
Kristy Chambers' acceptance, humor and compassion shone through every word, and i can't wait to get my hands on the whole book. Just deciding how many copies to buy - Christmas presents for all my reading friends and family now sorted!
Looking forward to your interview with Kristy, Tracey.

Tracey said...

Hi Ruth, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading the extract and the news that you're off to buy copies for friends and family is just perfect!

P.S. Books under the Christmas tree make me shiver with delight.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Oh you just reminded me I need to request my library get this one in.

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Tracey said...

Fantastic Shelleyrae. There might be a bit of a queue of people wanting the book though; I waited 3 months to get my hands on a copy!