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Cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef is author of The Naked Surgeon and The Angina Monologues. The memoirs describe life inside the operating theatre: from emergency surgeries to operating in the Palestinian West Bank. What do you draw upon when faced with life and death situations? And what advice might a cardiac surgeon give to those going under the knife? Samer speaks with Aotearoa author of A Mistake, Carl Shuker.

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Samer Nashef

United Kingdom

Surgeon and Writer

Samer Nashef qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980 and is a consultant cardiac surgeon at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. He is a dedicated teacher and communicator and is recognised as a world-leading expert on risk and quality in surgical care. He is the author of The Naked Surgeon and a compiler of cryptic crosswords for The Guardian and the Financial Times.

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Carl Shuker

Aotearoa / New Zealand


Carl Shuker is the author of A Mistake and four other novels: Anti Lebanon, Three Novellas for a Novel, The Lazy Boys, and The Method Actors. He is principal adviser, publications at the Health Quality & Safety Commission and lives in Wellington with his wife Anna Smaill and their two children. Photo credit Ebony Lamb

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