The Good Doctor
- By: Andrew Iles
Shortlisted for this year's Man Booker prize, The Good Doctor is a tale of personal conscience and its outcomes. The novel tells the story of two doctors and the rural hospital in which they work. The hospital is dilapidated and ghostly, with few patients passing through its doors, and is blighted by lack of funds and the indifference of its staff. Its location is bleak: the failed and forgotten capital of a South African homeland, one of the arid and fruitless areas in which the black nations were made to live during the apartheid years.
The novel's narrator, Frank Eloff, is a self centred and underachieving doctor whose lack of motivation in his work has left him trapped in a junior position. He is tormented by the memory of his broken marriage and his part in carrying out acts of torture during his army service, and he feels that his