Troubador The Euthanasia Protocol

Released: 28/01/2015

eISBN: 9781784627478

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The Euthanasia Protocol


In this vision of the future, set after the apocalyptic religious wars, the State is managed by a series of secular Life Protocols. Drawn up by a young and idealistic civil servant called Giles, the Protocols soon become grossly misinterpreted as an end in themselves, rather than being an aid to government. Society becomes slavishly adherent to these documents, to the extent that they begin to take on pseudo-religious significance. 

Among the Protocols is one addressing the problem of an aging population, and this Euthanasia Protocol is implemented throughout the country as an income-generating, yet socially acceptable, method of age control. Giles rapidly becomes disillusioned by the way in which his concept has been abused. However, when he attempts to rectify the situation, he falls foul of the system, being condemned to a life of ignominy. As an old man who is resigned to euthanasia, can he appeal the order in time? 

Written in a gently humorous, allegorical style, yet at times stark and bitingly satirical, The Euthanasia Protocol addresses many of the issues which plague today’s society. This offers a frightening, yet wholly credible, insight into what may happen if human beings cease to think for themselves. This book will appeal to those who question the role of religion in society and are concerned about the increasing use of unyielding technology in government.

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Grahame Howard

Dr Grahame Howard was born in London in 1953 and his family moved to Norwich when he was four years old. His childhood, particularly the eccentric behaviour of his father, is recounted in his first book,'The Tales of Dod'. He returned to London to study Medicine at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, from where he graduated in 1976.

Following a series of junior doctor posts in London and Cambridge he was appointed consultant Clinical Oncologist in Edinburgh in 1986.

His subsequent career was spent at the Edinburgh Western General Hospital, specialising in prostate and testicular cancer, eventually becoming Clinical Director of the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, an examiner for the Royal College of Radiologists and assistant editor of Clinical Oncology.

His second book, 'Spoz and Friends', documents the writer's life as a medical student in the 1970s and relates with humour the faltering transition of a group of young men from schoolboys to newly qualified doctors.

In, 'The Euthanasia Protocol', the author satirises some of the most pressing problems he feels society is facing today. These include the escalation of faith-based violence, an ageing population and burgeoning rules and regulations which, along with our increasing dependency on technology, have resulted in an unquestioning, box-ticking culture.

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