Better Reading Preview: Going Under by Sonia Henry

Better Reading Preview: Going Under by Sonia Henry

Our next Preview title is Going Under by Sonia Henry! To register your interest in being a Preview reviewer for this title, just fill out the form below. Please only enter once, and please note we have 60 copies of this book to give away:

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Publisher details

Going Under
Sonia Henry
Allen & Unwin
02 September, 2019


A darkly funny and sexy novel that blows the lid off the medical profession and life inside a hospital by a young doctor whose anonymous article about the pressures of trainee doctors went viral around the world.

Dr Katarina ‘Kitty’ Holliday thought that once she finished medical school and found gainful employment at one of Sydney’s best teaching hospitals that her dream was just beginning. The hard years, she thought, were finally over.But Kitty is in for a rude shock. Between trying to survive on the ward, in the operating theatre and in the emergency department without killing any of her patients or going under herself, Kitty finds herself facing situations that rock her very understanding of the vocation to which she intends to devote her life...Going Under is a rare insight into the world of a trainee female medic that takes an unflinching look at the reality of being a doctor. It explores the big themes—life, death, power and love—through the eyes of Dr Holliday as she loses her identity and nearly her mind in the pressure-cooker world of the hospital. But it is also there that Kitty might find her own redemption and finally know herself for the first time.

Darkly funny, sexy, moving and shocking, Going Under will grip you from the opening page and never let you go.

Sonia Henry
About the author

Sonia Henry

Sonia Henry is in her early thirties and lives and works in Sydney as a doctor. When she's not being a medic she devotes her spare time to writing and has been published in Kevin MD (America’s leading physician blog), the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Medical Students Journal, and has scientific publications in the ANZ Journal of Surgery.Her most widely read article was an anonymous piece, ‘There is something rotten inside the medical profession’, which detailed the stress of medical training and was shared more than 22,000 times and re-published widely around the world. This article led to the start of a conversation that her novel Going Under seeks to continue. Dr Brad Frankum, head of the AMA NSW, penned an open letter in response to her piece, as did many other doctors who decided that it was time to speak out.In her spare time, Sonia loves drinking wine with her friends, eating good food, and trying to save money to travel to new and fabulous places. She is a keen skier in the winter and likes Sydney for its beaches in the summer. She tried to join a gym but isn't a morning person so has replaced exercise with an extra hour of sleep.

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  1. Judy Roney says:

    I would like to register to preview :
    Going Under by Sonia Henry.

    • Better Reading says:

      Hi Judy, great to hear you’re keen to read and review this title! Please check back in here at 12:45pm today, when the expression of interest form will go live. You will need to enter via the form for your expression of interest to be counted.

  2. Judy Barclay says:

    I would like to read the book Going Under. Sounds interesting 🙂

  3. Phil says:

    Thank you sounds like a great read.

  4. Gloria White says:

    I would love to preview this book, thank you.

  5. Imogen says:

    Count me in!

  6. Nora Mutalima says:

    Would love, love,love to read this book by Sonia Henry. Previously read the articles and looking forward to reading this.

  7. billyjean says:

    Me please!!

  8. Carly Busch says:

    Yes please would love a read

  9. Keith Harkin says:

    Is this the form required for expressing an interest in reviewing? I have a friend who may be interested. Cheers!

  10. Jo-Anne Swan says:

    I would love to preview this book!

  11. Mary Irwin says:

    Would love to review this book!! I love all books but this one would be great especially to read whilst having chemo.

  12. Sue Stone says:

    I’d love to preview this book.

  13. Ewa Czaplejewicz says:

    I’d love to review this book please!!

  14. Sonya says:

    Fingers crossed

  15. Dianne says:

    I’d love to review this book

  16. Christine Gilbert says:

    I would very much like to preview the book.

  17. Julie Austin says:

    I would love to preview this book for review. Thank you.

  18. Jacinta Jesser says:

    yes please!

  19. Jacinta Jesser says:

    Pick me!

  20. Stacey Greentree says:

    Can’t find the form to fill out- sorry – have looked several times in last few hours

  21. Dr Marius O’Shea says:

    As a writer of short fiction I would like to review this or future books.

  22. Christine Beeson says:

    This sounds a little bit different.

  23. Kim Joksic says:

    I have plenty of time at the moment – not by choice.

  24. Jo says:

    Hi, have the emails been sent out to those who were successful?

  25. Nicky says:

    Would love the opportunity to review this book, sounds intriguing!

  26. Kimbalie MacKenzie says:

    The book sounds great I’d love the chance to review it!

  27. Sandie Vanderriet says:

    Having worked in hospitals for 46yrs, I would love to review this book