Title: It’s Never Easy These Days
Author: Gareth Hollbrooke
Page Count/Review Word Count: 224
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Before I get started on this one, I think it’s important to start by telling you a little bit about the book. Hollbrooke was active in both public and private hospitals from the 1970s to the 1990s, and these are his memoirs about his time spent managing hospitals. Now, I’m not necessarily involved in the healthcare industry, but my mum is a nurse and I’m working with a client on a book about the future of healthcare, so I thought I’d give this one a go and see what I thought of it.
It turned out to be a surprisingly delightful little memoir. Sure, Hollbrooke has a more old-fashioned style of writing, but his spelling and grammar are impeccable and that’s always a plus in my book. It makes the text feel a little dense at times, especially because he writes in long paragraphs, but the stories are short and sweet and just enough to take you on little visits to his world. He also has an eye for character, so even when I didn’t understand the medicine, I understood the staff.