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The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

The Waiting Rooms

Eve Smith

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Imprint: Orenda Books
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 9 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781913193263

Swinging from South Africa to England, a woman hunts for her birthmother in a near future in which an antibiotic crisis has decimated the population.

5 stars out of 5
10 Jul 2020

"Smith combines the excitement of a medical thriller à la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterisation and social insight"

Eve Smith’s The Waiting Rooms (Orenda, £8.99) posits a near future in which the overuse of antibiotics has resulted in many diseases being untreatable; the slightest infection can lead to death. Citizens over the age of 70 are no longer allowed new antibiotics and are shunted off to hospitals known as Waiting Rooms where death is inevitable. Kate Connelly is a nurse working with end-of-life patients in a world where stringent health precautions – personal protective equipment, face-masks and restricted social interaction – are the norm. 

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