Unfinished Business: The Dark Side: Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic by Andy Thompson

Being a paramedic must be a tough, risky and interesting job, so it’s no surprise that there are quite a few memoirs from ambulance crews out there and this is Andy Thompson’s entry about his time as a paramedic.


Thompson’s stories are quite interesting and deal with some life or death situations but I struggled to make it that far into the book. A large part of this is due to the writing style. Thompson puts a lot of detail into his writing, far too much detail in places and all it does is serve to break the flow of the stories and get a little boring.

It also hurts the book that after details of a massive car accident the next chapter is a long, dawdling account of how he joined the ambulance service. It takes far too long and isn’t that interesting.

I got about half way through and decided to bail, because I was finding it a bit of a chore and Thompson’s writing is rather flat. For an account of life in an ambulance I’d suggest checking out Tom Reynolds’s Sirens which is far more insightful and entertaining.

Verdict: Thompson has a few stories worth telling but drowns them in needless detail and lacks the skill as a writer to fully engage the reader. 4/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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