“This is a really interesting book written by a doctor, so someone coming out of the medical profession. Annabel Sowemimo is a black female doctor so an even more important voice to be heard. She has done an incredibly detailed study of why we have such brutal health inequalities in this country. It’s about the racist nature of some of the health care choices and structures that we have. I have spent an enormous amount of time in the healthcare system, way more than your average person, but I was not aware of the scale of the challenges that people face if they’re from certain minorities. For example, black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth. It’s so shocking.
Again, she has done this fabulous balancing act of real detail and extremely careful research, sometimes academic research, but always coupled with stories from doctors, from patients and from healthcare professionals. It’s a very important book. We’re grappling with so many issues in this country at the moment and all of these books touch on them in some way, but this one does so in spades.”
Best Politics Books of 2023, recommended by Martha Lane Fox