An ode to island life in all its glorious foibles' - The HeraldIn his
forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow when a persistent
seed that had been growing inside him started to bloom, disrupting the
foundations of his life. When he saw the job advert, 'urgent: island
doctor needed', he applied immediately.
What he didn't anticipate was how much Orkney would affect his family, for better or worse. In stories that range from the humorous to the deeply moving, Malcolm describes what it's like adjusting to life without modern conveniences and to the extreme - and constantly changing - weather; and what it means to be providing the best medical care to the local population with limited resources. Which often includes the wildlife as well ...
Malcolm's journey evokes the awe that the Orkney landscape can inspire, as well as the challenges of island life and the demons that the dark, cold winter months can give birth to. Gripping and beautifully written, Close to Where the Heart Gives Out reminds us of the importance of listening to our heart, as well as to the rhythms of the landscape.
Close to Where the Heart Gives Out : A Year in the Life of an Orkney Doctor - Dr Malcolm Alexander
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