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  • Published: 7 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635951
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

Stitched Up

Stories of life and death from a prison doctor



Told from the inside out, this is a by turns harrowing, humorous and hard-hitting tale of life behind bars as a prison doctor.

Dr Shahed Yousaf is a prison doctor dedicated to tending to the medical needs of people on the margins of society. An outsider on the inside, in Stitched Up he introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters, including killers, auto-cannibals and con men. To Dr Yousaf, they are patients first and prisoners second - because any one of us could end up on the wrong side of the law. And he tells us honestly and compassionately what it's like to be their doctor in a system that's chronically overcrowded, drastically under-resourced and all too easy to ignore.

Running between emergencies - from overdoses to assaults, from cell fires to suicides, and with one hand perpetually hovering over the panic button - it's not a job for the faint-hearted. But while the system is failing, Dr Yousaf and his colleagues are doing their very best to prop it up. Sharing stories that are sometimes humorous, frequently harrowing and always hard-hitting, we discover what it's like to be locked up and that there is still hope for all those who dare to care.

  • Published: 7 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635951
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Shahed Yousaf

Dr Shahed Yousaf is a GP who works in prisons, substance misuse and with the homeless community. He was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize 2016 and commended for the Faber & Faber FAB Prize 2017. Shahed won a place on to the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Mentoring scheme and the Middle Way Mentoring Project in 2019.

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