New books are true family projects
Oliver Eade, a retired Borders General Hospital consultant physician turned writer and playwright, has just published the second of two books co-written, during the Covid-19 pandemic, with two of his granddaughters living abroad.
The first book, The Zookeeper’s Daughter, is based on an idea inspired by his nine-year-old Swiss granddaughter, Lara, and illustrated by her, in colour.
It’s about a brave little girl who shares the lives of endangered wild animals and becomes determined to stop humans from destroying them. The book is dedicated to Sir David Attenborough, and Lara was overjoyed to receive a thank you letter from the renowned environmentalist.
The second book, In the Blink of an Eye, inspired by the pandemic, tells the story of medicine over the past seven thousand years, interwoven with a tale of teenage love in Edinburgh during lockdown, and is illustrated by Oliver’s eldest American granddaughter, Lucia, who is also wanting to become a doctor.
Fictionalized landmarks in the history of medicine are accompanied by relevant examples from the writer’s own clinical experiences as a hospital doctor.
The book is dedicated to Professor Jennifer Doudna whose ground-breaking work on gene-editing won her, jointly, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
In the Blink of an Eye and The Zookeeper’s Daughter is available from Mainstreet Trading, St Boswells, and online from Amazon UK.
Oliver has published 13 other novels in adult, young adult and young reader genres.