TheGood Doctor
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The Good Doctor

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

When Laurence Waters arrives at his new post at a deserted rural hospital, staff physician Frank Eloff is instantly suspicious. Laurence is young, optimistic, and full of big ideas — everything Frank, hardened and embittered by years of disappointment in the “bush,” is not. The two become uneasy friends, while the rest of the staff in the dilapidated hospital view Laurence with a mixture of awe and distrust. Laurence wants to help, but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his idealism cannot last. When the crunch comes, who will make the cynical choice, and who the moral one?

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Damon
Galgut

Damon Galgut is a playwright and novelist living in Cape Town.

He was born in Pretoria in 1963 and studied drama at the University of Cape Town, writing his first novel, A Sinless Season (1984), when he was seventeen. Small Circle of Beings (1988), a collection of short stories, was followed by the novel The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (1991), the tale of a young white South African on military service who suffers a nervous breakdown, and The Quarry (1995), which was made into a film by a Belgian production company.

His novel, The Good Doctor (2003), set in post-Apartheid South Africa, explores the uneasy friendship between two very different men in a deserted, rural hospital. It won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book) and was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  It was followed by The Impostor (2008).

His latest novels are In a Strange Room (2010), shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Arctic Summer (2014), a fictionalised account of EM Forster’s relationships in wartime Alexandria and India.

Damon Galgut is a playwright and novelist living in Cape Town.

He was born in Pretoria in 1963 and studied drama at the University of Cape Town, writing his first novel, A Sinless Season (1984), when he was seventeen. Small Circle of Beings (1988), a collection of short stories, was followed by the novel The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (1991), the tale of a young white South African on military service who suffers a nervous breakdown, and The Quarry (1995), which was made into a film by a Belgian production company.

His novel, The Good Doctor (2003), set in post-Apartheid South Africa, explores the uneasy friendship between two very different men in a deserted, rural hospital. It won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book) and was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  It was followed by The Impostor (2008).

His latest novels are In a Strange Room (2010), shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Arctic Summer (2014), a fictionalised account of EM Forster’s relationships in wartime Alexandria and India.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
10/06/2023
Country
South Africa
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Atlantic Books

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