I love this book. I don’t normally like it when people use blogs or say newpaper articles that they have written and make it into a book (Grahamn Norton, am looking at you here), yet this book had a lot of different aspects of it that made me not only enjoy reading it, but want to read more of it. I didn’t want the book to end.
The book essentially comprised of blog posts that Tom Reynolds had posted over the course of a year, detailing (without breaking the confidentiality agreement) of the patients that he had to deal with while being an Ambulance driver in London.
We are taken right through his time, from the time waster’s; a car crash yet the victim of the wreckage has run off, to the drunks who have fallen over, to women who are about to give birth, yet the ambulance crew, once they arrive at the hospital, find they can’t get in because they need to be let in – this is in the middle of the night.
It’s a refreshing look into a life of an ambulance driver, well the job of it at least, it’s also surprising what you hear about these people saying about the rest of the ‘industry’ they belong to, yet there is such good humour here, the incidents pull your heart strings and while it is upsetting to hear a few of the tales, a lot of them do have a good ending to them. It’s not all doom and gloom in this book, but it’s a refreshing look at reality told by someone who is out there seeing it every night.
The author (although that is his pen/blog name) used to be a nurse in the A & E until he decided to be an ambulance driver. This is useful – at least I thought it was – since we get to read about how the nursing side in the A & E would have felt about certain cases that he was bringing through the doors.
The book is an interesting one, the author has balanced the blog posts really well and I am going to look out for his other books because that one was really interesting and funny.