The Family Doctor by Debra Oswald

The Pageturners Daytime August meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 August at 12.30pm to discuss The Family Doctor by Debra Oswald.  

About the book:

Paula is a dedicated suburban GP, who is devastated by the murder of a friend and her children by their estranged husband and father. Stacey and the children had been staying with her after fleeing his control, and Paula is haunted by the thought that she couldn’t protect them when they most needed it. How had she missed the warning signs? How had she failed to keep them safe?

Not long after, a patient with suspicious injuries brings her anxious young son into Paula’s surgery. The woman admits that her husband hurts her, but she’s terrified to leave for fear of escalating the violence, and defeated by the consistent failures of the law to help her.

Can Paula go against everything she believes to make sure one woman is saved, one child spared? She isn’t motivated by revenge. She’s desperately trying to prevent a tragedy . . .

A riveting, provocative novel about women’s fury, traumatic grief, new love, deep friendship, and the preciousness of life, The Family Doctor asks the questions: Should you cling to faith in a flawed system, or take control the only way you can? Can a good person justify taking a life to save a life?

About Debra Oswald:

Debra Oswald is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and author of the novels Useful (2015) and The Whole Bright Year (2018). She was creator/head writer of the first five seasons of successful TV series Offspring. Her stage plays have been performed around the world and published by Currency Press. Gary’s HouseSweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Debra has also written four plays for young audiences – DagsSkateStories in the Dark and House on Fire. Her television credits include award-winning episodes of Police RescuePalace of DreamsThe Secret Life of UsSweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written three Aussie Bites books for kids and six children’s novels, including The Redback LeftoversGetting Air and Blue Noise. Debra has been a storyteller on stage at Story Club and will perform her one-woman show, Is There Something Wrong With That Lady?, in 2021.

Reminder to RSVP

Join us for the Daytime Pageturners meeting on Wednesday 11 August. Please remember to book your place or call Jasmine at Orange City Library on 6393 8125 to RSVP. Please note the meeting is limited to 10 guests and NSW Public Health Orders about mask wearing, sanitising hands, social distancing and staying home if unwell, apply. Thank you from all the Library team.

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