When Ellis Douek was nine, his mother insisted that he take up embroidery, in case he became a surgeon when he grew up.
Of course she was right, for he became Consultant ENT Surgeon at Guy's Hospital in London.
The Douek parents had the unerring quality of belonging in whichever country they lived - Egypt, the Sudan, Columbia and, finally, England.
Ellis Douek's memoirs describe the hedonism of life in Egypt, the Suez Crisis which uprooted them, 1950s Bradford, and Paris.
He began his medical training in Paris where he, his sister Claudia (Claudia Roden, the cookery writer), and brother Zaki lived free of adult supervision.
His training continued in London during a time of smog, digs and landladies.
Ellis's days as an army medic provide hilarious accounts of whisky-sodden soldiers, circumcisions and bureaucratic procedures.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, 4
- Publisher: Peter Halban Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2004
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781870015875