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HARD LABOUR

a novel by Bill Bateman

The minute disgraced former high flying city obstetrician,
Dr. Vince Hanrahan, sees Polly Cotter dead on the labour ward floor,
he knows he’s in big trouble. Again.

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About the Author

After practicing medicine for 25 years on Victoria’s rugged southwest coast, Bill and family relocated to the big smoke and he is now a GP in an inner suburb of Melbourne.
He has always been an avid reader, especially crime and contemporary literary fiction, and a compulsive scribbler. For 15 years he wrote a fortnightly column in ‘the Australian Doctor’ magazine.
Bill’s other interests include family, footy and music. He is also seeking to master surfing, guitar playing and golf, but progress is slow because he spends way too much time on a sequel to Hard Labour.

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Hard Labour is Bill’s first novel was published on 30 January 2017.

About the Book

The minute disgraced former high flying city obstetrician, Dr. Vince Hanrahan, sees Polly Cotter dead on the labour ward floor, he knows he’s in big trouble. Again.

Vince Hanrahan, a married forty something father of teenage twins, is exiled to far off windy Warrnambool after a medical disaster at an exclusive private Melbourne hospital. One minute big shot specialist, next minute devastated figure in the Coroner’s court. Hero to zero.

He crashes professionally and personally, is all but struck off, and the Medical Board kicks him all the way down the Princes Highway to serve his sentence as a rural GP. Supervised. On notice.

Bitter and twisted and determined to be miserable, Vince rents a dump, lives off takeaways and plans to keep his head down and see out his time before returning to his family and reclaiming his position on the metro specialist pedestal. But then his young patient Polly dies in labour and unless Vince can find out how and why, the Board will come after him again. Only this time there’s no second chance.

Hard Labour is a story about a doctor who crashes and burns then seeks to redeem himself, involving themes of isolation, the travails of medical litigation, crimes to solve and a quest for personal salvation. Plus it’s funny too!

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