Troubador A Little Book of Impressions

Released: 28/02/2022

ISBN: 9781803130217

eISBN: 9781800467088

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Little Book of Impressions

A Life in the Day of a Dentist


A Little Book of Impressions describes life behind the mirror, probe and drill. After his unexpected encounters with dentistry from an early age and his time as a student at Guy’s Hospital in the seventies, Gerald Feaver describes embarking on a fulfilling and rewarding career that became his great passion.

He writes of the amazing people he met over the years and how his life was enriched by hearing insights into their remarkable lives (yes, dentists do allow their patients to speak sometimes!), fascinating tales of romance, intrigue and heroism. This memoir is full of humour, interspersed with some poignant and personal moments that encapsulate the life of a dentist and patients in a variety of situations.

The perception that a visit to the dentist was something to be feared or at least endured, was an anathema to him. Gerald always wanted his patients to feel relaxed and at ease. Revealing the human side of dentistry, the care and compassion that dentists strive to achieve when treating their patients, Gerald hopes that this book may help to reduce the fear that many still have about a visit to the dentist’s chair.

The Good Life Surbiton

Wimbledon Time & Leisure 30/03/2022

South London Press, 11/02/2022

Original review posted to NetGalley:

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting book, the memoirs and anecdotes of a dentist which are both entertaining and compassionate as well as being light hearted and humorous.

It follows the life of the author from childhood, explaining how he decided on a career in dentistry through his time in dental practice until his retirement in 2018.

It is not a medical text book but more the insights of a man who has spent a long time listening to his patients and his admiration for their lives and back stories really shines through. Although it is a book about the life of a dentist, it is mostly the patients who are the stars of the show!

It reminded me of the James Herriot books which I loved as a teenager: they were not so much about the treatment of the animals as about the lives of their owners.

In fact this was such an enjoyable read that I whizzed through it in the space of a couple of hours. I thoroughly recommend A Little Book of Impressions to all who enjoy humorous and deftly written memoirs.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my advance copy.

by Annette C, Librarian

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