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The Ministry of Bodies Reviews

The Ministry of Bodies by Seamus O'Mahony

The Ministry of Bodies

Seamus O'Mahony

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1 review

Imprint: Apollo
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781838931926

Seamus O'Mahony charts the realities of life in a modern hospital.

4 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
27 Feb 2021

"wry insights from medicine’s grumpy old man"

The Ministry of Bodies has much of what we expect from O’Mahony — it’s blunt, witty, erudite, curmudgeonly — but I don’t think it’s his best book. The structure is too bitty, the case studies fragmented between chapters, reflecting his belief that he is what Julian Barnes calls an episodicist (as opposed to a narrativist) who sees no unifying theme or meaning in life, only absurdity.