The Citadel

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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 enteritis. There are no X-rays, no ambulances – nothing to combat the disease and poverty.

It isn’t long before Andrew’s outspokenness and determination make him enemies – as well as winning him friends, and the love of an idealistic schoolteacher. Riches that he risks losing when the fashionable, greedy world of London medicine claims him, with its private clinics, wealthy, spoilt patients and huge rewards.

A classic saga by one of the great masters of the genre, author of The Stars Look Down and Hatter's Castle, The Citadel is a moving story of tragedy, triumph and redemption, and was influential in the creation of the NHS.

About A. J. Cronin

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 AJ Cronin include: The Citadel, Three Loves, The Green Years, Beyond This Place, The Keys of the Kingdom

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Books by A. J. Cronin

Dr Finlay's Casebook
Dr Finlay's Casebook
Grand Canary
Grand Canary
Adventures of a Black Bag
Adventures of a Black Bag
Adventures in Two Worlds
Adventures in Two Worlds
A Pocketful of Rye
A Pocketful of Rye
The Innkeeper's Wife
The Innkeeper's Wife
Crusader's Tomb
Crusader's Tomb
The Green Years
The Green Years
The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down
Beyond This Place
Beyond This Place
Gracie Lindsay
Gracie Lindsay
Lady with Carnations
Lady with Carnations
Shannon's Way
Shannon's Way
A Song of Sixpence
A Song of Sixpence
The Judas Tree
The Judas Tree
The Minstrel Boy
The Minstrel Boy
The Northern Light
The Northern Light
The Spanish Gardener
The Spanish Gardener
Three Loves
Three Loves
The Keys of the Kingdom
The Keys of the Kingdom
Hatter's Castle
Hatter's Castle