• A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman
  • A Fortunate Woman

A Fortunate Woman

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2023
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A Fortunate Woman
Outstanding Rural Revelations
A Fortunate Woman is rooted in the storied valley of John Berger’s A Fortunate Man, the classic study of charismatic rural Doctor Sassall and his patients ... READ MORE
Edward Woods
A Fortunate Woman
A thoughtful exploration of community care.
A beautifully written account of a valley GP, her patients and their stories. Interspersed throughout with photographs and details about the valley as time... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
A Fortunate Woman
Pick up this book, you will not regret it!
[The Fortunate Woman] "doesn't flinch from the reality of what medicine can and cannot achieve" I think this quote brilliantly sums up, what has been one o... READ MORE
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)
A Fortunate Woman
Beautiful book to get lost in
A beautifully told tour of the life & valleys inspired by the discovery of a copy of John Berber’s A Fortunate Man by Polly Morland in her grandmother’s ho... READ MORE
Rachel Bagshaw
A Fortunate Woman
This was exactly my cup of tea. A beautifully written portrait of a rural GP whose tender care for her patients elicits such trust, admiration and even fri... READ MORE
Chris Bedford
A Fortunate Woman
A series of serendipitous discoveries leads Polly Morland to realise that the valley she lives in is the same one featured in a book she loves, A Fortunate... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


A Fortunate Woman is a compelling, thoughtful and insightful look at the life and work of a country doctor. Funny, moving and not afraid of the dark, it will speak to readers everywhere.

Polly Morland was clearing her late mother's house when she found a battered paperback fallen behind the family bookshelf. Opening it, she was astonished to see an old photograph of the remote, wooded valley in which she lives. The book was A Fortunate Man, John Berger's classic account of a country doctor working in the same valley more than half a century earlier. This chance discovery led Morland to the remarkable doctor who serves that valley community today, a woman whose own medical vocation was inspired by reading the very same book as a teenager.

A Fortunate Woman tells her compelling, true story, and how the tale of the old doctor has threaded through her own life in magical ways. Working within a community she loves, she is a rarity in contemporary medicine: a modern doctor who knows her patients inside out, the lives of this ancient, wild place entwined with her own.

Revisiting Berger's story after half a century of seismic change, both in our society and in the ways in which medicine is practised, A Fortunate Woman sheds light on what it means to be a doctor in today's complex and challenging world. Interweaving the doctor's story with those of her patients, reflecting on the relationship between landscape and community, and upon the wider role of medicine in society, a unique portrait of a twenty-first century family doctor emerges.

Illustrated throughout with photographs by Richard Baker.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529071177
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 229g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm

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A Fortunate Woman
Best book for the month
I would say this was such a comfort read, with beautiful illustrated pictures and profoundly written. I loved this book and was my best book so far for me ... READ MORE
priyanka madia
A Fortunate Woman
An absolute joy. I loved every page.
Alex Stead
A Fortunate Woman
A fascinating view into the world of a country GP
This is a fascinating view of the life of country GP .Refreshing as in my experience a family GP is a rarity. Beautifully written and the descriptions of n... READ MORE
Stephanie Jones