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The Bright Fabric of Life

by Mhairi Collie


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ISBN: 9780956527837
Published: 05 Sep 2024
Format: Hardback
Extent: 240
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Maclean Dubois
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About the Book

Thoughtful, beautifully written and brimming with tenderness, this is the story of two young women who make a life changing connection in Ethiopia. Sylvie is filled with hope and joy but her dreams are destroyed when a disastrous childbirth leaves her broken both emotionally and physically, facing rejection and isolation. Juliet is a feisty surgeon in London, about to embark on an extraordinary, rollercoaster of discovery in Africa.

This heart-wrenching, intelligent novel could be described as Gray’s Anatomy on tour to Africa: an insecure female surgeon with a complicated and evolving love life; an Ethiopian patient with a powerfully moving tragedy in her background, greatly in need of help; and an unfolding drama which brings them both together.

A compelling life-story set in Ethiopia and London, written with exceptional grace.

Published with the support of global best-selling writer Alexander McCall Smith.

Proceeds from this book go to the Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund https://www.ucif.co.uk/

The Author

Mhairi Collie

Mhairi Collie OBE is a consultant surgeon in Edinburgh. Since 2001 she has regularly undertaken surgery in sub-Saharan Africa to treat women with childbirth injuries. She initially worked for Médecins sans frontières, then co-founded the charity Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund. She is married, with two children and a very naughty springer spaniel.

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