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A.J. Cronin was perhaps the most successful novelist of the 1930s … probably as significant a fig... Read More

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A.J. Cronin was perhaps the most successful novelist of the 1930s … probably as significant a figure as J.B. PriestleyImmensely successful, utterly ruthlessCronin was a master of melodramaOne of the most popular authors in the English speaking worldA grand story, well told, and better balanced than anything else he has doneFrom the author of The Stars Look Down and Dr Finlay's Casebook comes the gripping medical drama which influenced the foundation of the NHS, with a foreword by bestselling author Adam Kay.

A book which inspired the creation of the NHS introduced by bestseller writer, Adam Kay.

The Citadel is a moving story of tragedy, triumph and redemption. With a foreword by Adam Kay, the bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt, Twas the Nighshift Before Christmas, Kay's Anatomy and Kay's Marvellous Medicine


When newly qualified doctor Andrew Manson takes up his first post in a Welsh mining community, the young Scot brings with him a bagful of idealism and enthusiasm. Both are soon strained to the limit as Andrew discovers the reality of performing operations on a kitchen table and washing in a scullery, of unspeakable sanitation, of common infantile cholera and systemic corruption. There are no X-rays, no ambulances – nothing to combat the disease and poverty.

It isn’t long before Andrew’s outspoken manner wins him both friends and enemies, but he risks losing his idealism when the fashionable, greedy world of London medicine claims him, with its private clinics, wealthy, spoilt patients and huge rewards.

A. J. Cronin was born in Cardross, Scotland, in 1896 and studied at the University of Glasgow. In 1916 he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, and at the war’s end he completed his medical studies and practised in South Wales. He was later appointed to the Ministry of Mines, studying the medical problems of the mining industry. He later moved to London and built up a successful practice in the West End. In 1931 he published his first book, Hatter’s Castle, which was compared with the work of Dickens, Hardy and Balzac, winning him critical acclaim. Six years later he published The Citadel, which brought attention to the incompetence of medical practice and helped incite the establishment of the NHS. Cronin died in 1981.

Product Details

Title: TheCitadel
Author: A. J. CroninAdam Kay
SKU: BK0445480
EAN: 9781529015386

About Author

Born in Cardross, Scotland, AJ Cronin studied at the University of Glasgow. In 1917 he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteers Reserve, and at the war's end he completed his medical studies and practiced in South Wales. He was later appointed to the Ministry of Mines, studying the medical problems of the mining industry. He later moved to London and built up a successful practice in the West End. In 1931 he published his first book, Hatter's Castle, which was compared with the work of Dickens, Hardy and Balzac, winning him critical acclaim. Other books by A. J. Cronin include: The Citadel, Three Loves, The Green Years, Beyond This Place, The Keys of the KingdomAdam Kay is an award-winning comedian and author of the multi-million-copy bestseller This is Going to Hurt. He previously worked as a junior doctor, which is hopefully clear by now. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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