Title: Good Doctor, The
Authors: O'Sullivan, Lance
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 251
Year: 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: It could have gone either way for Lance O'Sullivan: a fast track to underachievement and trouble or knuckling down, connecting with his Maori heritage and eventually studying medicine. The latter prevailed and from humble beginnings he has gone on to become a household name when he received the 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award. With a passion and commitment to those who are disadvantaged, particularly Maori in Northland, he exemplifies the book's subtitle 'breaking the rules, making a difference'.

Not only does this book offer an inspiring personal story but also cogent analysis of New Zealand's health related social issues, from an expert in the field.

Comments from Groups:

This book stimulated more discussion by group members than any other we have had. Everyone found it most absorbing, and we were greatly impressed by what Lance has achieved, noting too, the influence on him of his wife and family. Ashburton 024

We all enjoyed this book. All of us are full of admiration for all Lance O'Sullivan has achieved as a doctor and leader in his community. We had an excellent discussion which led us to reflect on NZ as it was in the 60s, 70s etc, and what it could become in the future with leaders like him. Waikanae 001

We all admired Lance O'Sullivan as a man, and a leader and an inspiration to us all. But the writing, sometimes not bad, and sometimes not good, was slightly irritating. The ghost writer's work of course, and not the doctor's. It is a book that we definitely recommend and we scored it between 7 1/2 and 8. Wanganui 011

An inspirational story of someone who had tremendous energy and determination to make a difference to NZ society. Waikanae 002

We were all very happy to read the book, and feel it should be essential reading for everyone in the country! Very lively discussion - we learnt a great deal from a book which is an easy read. Auckland 039

We loved Lance's ideas and aspirations but it was noticeable that he hadn't written the book, even though it's an autobiography! We found the content quite repetitive, and would have liked to hear more from his wife's perspective. Stewart Island 001

This book generated a great discussion on a wide range of topics: health, the effects of colonisation, societal and cultural issues - and also raised the political dimensions of health decisions. Mixed feelings on style in which the book was written - lots of repetition especially in the first part of the book. Wellington 047

We all loved the book, not for its literary merit, but for the story of an amazing man. A man who showed resilience, helped by the strong women in his life - his mother and wife. A man who practises what he preaches, to the benefit of people living in Kaitaia. Auckland 116

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Inspirational, Maori, Medical/Health, Popular Book with Groups, 2017 Titles, Blind Foundation book


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By: OMAR 001 2017-12-20 10:41:55
A fantastic book - we all loved it. Lance is a very inspiring person. Well written and provoked great discussion.

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