- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Riding a Crocodile: A physician's tale
Riding a Crocodile is a novel that gives you an insider’s account into life in a major teaching hospital and a chilling detective story that explores issues of life and death with contemporary relevance.
Abraham Nevski is a dedicated and eccentric professor of medicine at the Royal Prince John Hospital. He prides himself on his diagnostic skills and powers of reasoning.
On returning to work after a break he becomes aware of disturbing changes taking place in the hospital. A series of suspicious deaths then throws his world into confusion. Nevski’s inner turmoil grows and he has to confront the dangers that close in around him.
Praise for Riding a Crocodile:
It's very difficult to put this book down as it is so topical...blends mystery and drama with everyday hospital life...a rattling good murder mystery.BLUE WOLF REVIEWS
This is an unusual book: a high-camp satire spliced with a textbook of biomedical ethics...The novel asks us: who should decide what value we place on a person’s life?KAREN HITCHCOCK, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Komesaroff creates a pastiche of genres—maybe best called hospital noir—to convey the genuine expertise, utter dedication, banal complicity, occasional violence, and constant confusion of Abraham Nevski’s world.ARTHUR FRANK, AUTHOR OF AT THE WILL OF THE BODY, THE WOUNDED STORYTELLER
At once both intimate and political, Riding a Crocodile eloquently explores the complexity of biomedicine and exposes the pathos, humour, suffering, (in)dignity, conflict and love that inscribe illness, aging and death.IAN KERRIDGE, DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR VALUES, ETHICS AND LAW IN MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
...articulately examines the workings of biomedicine...It is contemporary, has some stirring moments and provides some stimulating food for thought.PS NEWS ONLINE