Wednesday June 3, 2020

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

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

26th August, 2018
Professor Jim McCaul: the surgeon’s role is to restore identities as well as faces Pic: Kirsty Anderson

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...

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