A memoir of pain, and of how to surgically save a life

A memoir of pain, and of how to surgically save a life
Professor Jim McCaul: the surgeon’s role is to restore identities as well as faces Pic: Kirsty Anderson

Written by Professor Jim McCaul, a consultant surgeon at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and one of Britain’s leading maxillofacial surgeons, Face to Face records some of his most challenging operations

Memoir: Face to Face, By Professor Jim McCaul, Bantam Press, €21

Bestselling books of recent years, particularly those in the memoir genre, have frequently had a common theme. They’re about pain. Men’s pain, and more often women’s pain. Deep-rooted, personal, physical and emotional pain. Pain is lucrative: who’d want to hear from a writer who has lived an apparently painless life? The words used by critics to describe these books – ‘searing’ and ‘raw’,...

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