Stories of Compassion and Burnout

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Photograph of Joanna Cannon. Joanna is standing in a garden next to some yellow flowers wearing a white jacket.
Portrait of Joanna Cannon. © Image by Philippa Gedge.

What you’ll do

Hear from Joanna Cannon about her experiences of being a junior doctor on a hospital ward, as told in her powerful new memoir ‘Breaking & Mending’. Listen to stories of compassion, burnout, kindness and heartbreak, then join the conversation.

About your contributors

Photograph of Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon


Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestsellers, ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’, which was published in 15 languages, and ‘Three Things About Elsie’, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Her novels have sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. Her love of narrative had always drawn her to psychiatry, but it wasn’t until her thirties that she decided to go to back to university to study medicine. Before specialising in psychiatry, she rotated through a series of hospital jobs, from A&E to palliative care.

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Hannah Beckerman

Hannah’s website

Hannah Beckerman is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is a book critic and features writer for the Observer, the Guardian and the FT Weekend magazine, and was the book pundit on the Sara Cox Show on BBC Radio 2. She is a regular chair at festivals and events across the UK and has judged numerous book prizes. Her second novel, ‘If Only I Could Tell You’, is published by Orion.