A whirlwind of wit and emotional ups and downs


“Exciting insight into the lives of a group of interesting characters, fighting their way through the pressures of medicine. Beth Slater is dynamic, intent on making a difference – against all odds. Tipping the balance are characters like Conor and Frank, with their nefarious secrets. Add to that sexual promiscuity, and you’re playing with dynamite. Anne’s novel is a whirlwind of wit and emotional ups and downs. Both serious and funny, its pages convey the absence of something very significant: sexual equality. When I recently flicked through my father’s Final Year Dinner Souvenir (he was a medical student at Glasgow University from 1941-1946), I noticed that it documents 123 male medical students and 34 female. Dad never discussed the prejudices, but strangely, had a driving passion to nurture my (female) education. Anne’s book shows exactly why. Look forward to the next novel!”

Carline Scott

Up market right of passage


“As A Glasgow University Student in Science and then Medicine 1967-74 I could identify with much of this although I didn’t (Don’t) think our relationships had such an attrition rate. The Book is well written, has a good pace and intrigue and quickly becomes compulsive as the lives intertwine. Thoroughly recommended.”

Iain McNicol



“Excellent read. Having been a student in Glasgow around the same time, this book evoked strong memories.
Enjoyed the character and plot development. Keen to read next novel by Anne Pettigrew.”

Amazon customer

Cracking read


“Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The narrative moved quickly which kept me engaged. Almost read it in one!! Liked the punchy sentences and the pace, I could really hear the characters talking. Looking forward to more from this author.”

agent horsey

Entertaining novel about the medical world set in Glasgow


This novel follows the lives of a group of friends who become medical students in Glasgow during the 1960s and shows how their careers and relationships develop over the years up to the late 1980s. Most of the story is told through the first person narrative of Beth Slater, but there are other narrative viewpoints which effectively contribute to the mystery surrounding the suicide of one of the group. This death casts a shadow over the others, in particular Beth who is determined to discover why her friend killed herself. This book also gives a clear picture of society of the time, in particular the sexual discrimination faced by the female characters.

Grace Y H Shaw

The light and dark lives of medics


This engrossing book works on several levels. We follow an intriguing intake of Glasgow University medical students who, in 1967, enter a world of academic challenge – and more available sex, booze, dope – through to their emergence as qualified medics. Guided by humour, pathos, and drama, we live through their unfolding from clever beginners to wiser discriminators about medicine, relationships, life and death. But, for the few females, there’s a constant battle against inbuilt prejudice and brazen chauvinism. Then there’s the body that should not be in the hospital incinerator, plus a rape and suicide that clouds the life of Beth, the key narrator…

F.R. Silvas

A Must Read!


I’m glad it was the holiday period when I bought this book as I couldn’t put it down! You can’t help but become involved and carried along with the moral and ethical dilemmas, emotions and challenges that the characters experience. The storylines grip you and take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you follow, question and discover shocking revelations and delightful events in equal measure. I was sorry the book came to a close! Looking forward to the author’s next book! Can thoroughly recommend!

Polly Beck

Medics with a twist


Great holiday read could not put it down. Lots of twists and turns, exciting glimpse into the naughty side of medics. Looking forward to more from this new author.

Marilyn Milne

Retired Greenock GP is unleashing the wild side of medicine in her first novel

A RETIRED Greenock GP is unleashing the wild and dark side of medicine in her first novel. Dr Anne Pettigrew has rediscovered her love of writing since hanging up her stethoscope after 31 years with the Ardgowan Practice.

Read more in the Greenock Telegraph


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