Title: Dark Circle, The
Authors: Grant, Linda
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2016
Publisher: Virago
Language: English
Description: The war is over and the times they are a-changing ... and nothing could demonstrate this more than Lenny and Miriam Lynskey's arrival at the newly commissioned NHS sanatorium in Kent, in 1949. The 19-year-old twins join a melting pot of fellow tuberculosis sufferers: aristocrats, car dealers, war heroes, merchant sea men and more. Sentenced to the harsh and primitive procedures and treatments of the time, the only glimmer of hope on the horizon is a new wonder drug, but who will be lucky enough to receive it?

With its unique setting, to its engagement with the institutionalisation and medical ethics of the time, this is both a warm and engaging novel and a fascinating slice of medical and social history.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I think this book would have wide appeal because it has so much: history, a little romance, friendships, easy to read, and it's entertaining."

"Well framed, beautifully written, great pace, good characterisation with strong, almost pungent central characters!"

"A unique, interesting and well-written story which evokes the atmosphere of post-war England."

"I'm a Linda Grant fan and this is a good modern novel."

"A look back at a disease which ravaged people but now with a miracle antibiotic, it's been relegated to an illness that many young people know nothing about."

"Interesting information about the treatment of and attitudes to TB in the 1940s and 50s."

"It covers an extremely interesting time – the NHS is introduced and class and racial distinctions are starting to break down. An informative read."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Historical, Human Rights, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, England, 2019 Titles


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