Polly Morland writer and documentary ma

Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller | Times No.1 Bestseller

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month, March 2023

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022

A Times Book of the Year 2022 | A New Statesman Book of the Year 2022

  • This is no rural Call the Midwife, but a superb look at one woman making a difference... Morland writes about nature and the changing landscape with such lyrical precision that her prose sometimes seems close to poetry. There has been no shortage in recent years of books about healthcare . . . With this gem, Morland has done something similar for general practice.

    The Sunday Times
  • An immersive study... Morland’s book contains a profound message for the future at a critical moment for general practice and us all.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Timely... compelling...[the] vital perspective of a single frontline clinician... A delicately drawn miniature.

    Financial Times
  • This book deepens our understanding of the life and thoughts of a modern doctor, and the modern NHS, and it expands movingly to chronicle a community and a landscape.

    The New Statesman
  • Reflective and insightful... Morland’s portrait... updates Berger’s vision of general practice in several important ways... This is a book that celebrates relationship-based medicine, and what we stand to lose if this person centred approach to general practice is deprioritised.

    The Lancet
  • Superb - beautiful, enthralling, careful, tender. It is not just a portrait of the doctor and all those she serves, but a memoir of an entire English community, timeless and revelatory. I found it deeply moral, moving, lucid, and loving.

    Laura Cumming, author of On Chapel Sands
  • Polly Morland and Richard Baker have more than done justice to the original John Berger book - and produced a work that stimulates the eye and the mind in equal measure.

    Alain de Botton
  • A beautifully written book, both moving and humbling.

    Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart and Old Baggage
  • A Fortunate Woman sets out in compelling detail the relationship-based care that will be lost forever if we do not act to support and revitalize a profession under threat. It is a vibrant and authentic portrait of the rural family doctor in these difficult contemporary times.

    Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care, The University of Oxford
  • I was consoled and compelled by this book's steady gaze on healing and caring. The writing is beautiful.

    Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater and Ghost Wall
  • A Fortunate Woman is the best book I've read about general practice for a long time. Astonishingly perceptive, it shows how a committed GP can keep human values alive in an increasingly impersonal NHS - and why we urgently need more like her.

    Professor Roger Neighbour OBE, former President, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • A compelling response to Berger's classic account...drawn with colour and respect in Morland's sensitive prose.

    The Tablet
  • All human life is here in this evocative portrayal of the challenges and joys of rural family doctoring in modern times. Enthralling and uplifting.

    James Le Fanu, author of The Rise & Fall of Modern Medicine
  • This beautifully crafted book drew me in immediately by reminding me of so many reasons why I became a general practitioner in the first place...a compelling narrative based on patient stories. I loved it.

    Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard
  • Beautifully written...

    Country Life
  • One of the best books about medicine that I have read. The patients' stories are vivid, moving, often unforgettable. Polly Morland has written with incredible sensitivity, appreciation and descriptive ability about the valley and the people who live there.

    Professor Roger Jones OBE
  • Beautifully written, beguiling, important, overlaid with kindness, quietly woven with a sense of place and a profound insight into how rural communities function. I loved this book.

    Robert Penn, author of Slow Rise and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
  • Stunning in style and content and I hope it encourages all readers to reflect on the book's key message - the importance of relationship-based care and the fact that it is under threat.

    Professor Martin Marshall, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • A really terrific book... deeply moving, engrossing and unforgettable... At a very difficult time for general practice and for the medical profession as a whole, this book comes as a most welcome affirmation of the central importance of a respectful, reciprocal relationship between doctors and patients.

    British Journal of General Practice