With a trademark lightness of touch, Ian Williams provides another gentle look at the sufferings of humanity in this long-awaited follow-up to his much-acclaimed debut, The Bad Doctor.
40-year-old Lois Pritchard is a GP at the Llangandida Health Centre, as a salaried partner with Drs Robert Smith and Iwan James, and also works two days a week in the local Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic. She is currently single, despite the attentions of her many admirers, and is, by her own admission, ‘not very good with relationships’. Starting guitar lessons on her 40th birthday does not become the release she hopes from life’s vicissitudes. When her estranged mother makes a dramatic appearance on the scene, Lois must look to something far more radical to sort out her personal life.
Meanwhile, her patients’ stories provide some welcome relief: a man who regrets the Pinocchio face he had tattooed on his genitals; a prescription drug addict who plans to sue his previous doctors for failing to refuse him the drugs he demanded; a health campaigner who vows to starve herself to death if her demands are not met; and a man who resorts to desperate measures after being driven mad by his neighbours’ cats.