Title: Looking for Wonderland
Author: Jane Ainslie
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Reviewer: Jane Brown, Quality Governance Manager Clinical Support, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is a light-hearted read but as nurses, there is always a bit of dark humour which this story has. The protagonist is Alice, a 44 year old burnt out nurse who has a dysfunctional family. Essentially this is a romantic comedy about this nurse Alice.
What were the highlights?
This is book that will make you chuckle, a few cringe worthy nurse stories – you know the ones that everyone non nursing asks you about. Alice is real and she has her flaws and so have her friends –but aren’t we all try to find the way and trying to get out of the rut.
I laughed out loud reading exert from the medical ward, where Alice is working with Shanti and after handover states “can you believe we have a dead person to look after? … What a blessing, one less patient to worry about.” Then matter of fact states “shall I get on with the medications?”- In these days of overcapacity on the wards just how many times has a nurse or doctor had those thoughts? This is not meant to be malicious, this is merely relief. This is not new either, I expect I had some of these thoughts back when I trained in the early 1980s.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is essentially a funny novel with a bit of romance, well written and the reader can read this in one sitting. It has the traits of a nurse, what goes on in our minds with patients, and we need a bit of humour when the going gets tough. We are all faced with choices and this book encourages us to make those choices – we can do it if we just try.
Who should read it?
All nurses, but equally this is for all readers of Alice’s age and above.