Oh I can’t wait to write about this book, I read it in a speedy two days, as I just couldn’t put it down, it was so powerful and breath taking. ! If you buy / read only one book this year, make it be this one !

{ How to Treat People comes out on the 18th of April – TWO DAYS!!! } 

I’d not read anything like this, nothing hospital related, for a hypochondriac hospital memoirs weren’t something I gravitated towards, but Molly’s book stood out to me and I thought yeah let’s give this a go {wow, am I glad I did}. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read, so moving, made me laugh a lot, and cry my eyes out. It’s kind of made me feel a lot more comfortable with hearing about illnesses and hospitals in general .. weird right?


So a little bit about the book .. It’s split into 5 different sections all following the way a patient gets examined, which is explained in the intro ; Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Exposure. Each of these has various chapters including some incredible stories about the lives that Molly has been a part of during her time as Nurse.

Some of which are hilarious including a 70 year old man whom has just had some piercings, including a large nipple ring, and one on his penis, one of which was a little tricky to remove, I’ll let you guess which of the two. But of course, some made me cry, as people died, taking there last breaths as was the case for Anna as the registrar opened up her chest again and squeezed her heart to try and keep the blood circulating her body.

A few stories really touched me, one of which about Mary who had recently lost her husband, she had came to hospital with what she believed to be a heart attack, but in fact was broken heart syndrome {pass me a tissue}. Another of a man who had been starved of oxygen to the brain after a heart attack, and was now in a vegitave state, when hope was becoming lost he whispered his daughters name, in response to his wife telling him she had graduated.

BUT, there are so many more stories in the book, and obviously more detailed versions of what I’ve explained, each one will touch you in some way. 

Molly writes in such an incredible way that you really feel like you get to know her, within the book it also follows her life, what she has been through, and her family. About her marriage, her holidays, her childhood. How to Treat People has been written in a way that you just know she loves her job, she is so very caring for anyone she has come across, and you can feel the passion she has beyond the pages.

Molly herself explains how she at the age of 16 went through surgery on her throat, after she was diagnosed with Achalasia, which is basically a rare gastrointestinal disorder in which food wasn’t able to enter her stomach, the operation was a success and Molly ate whatever she wanted, after when she was home she remember the nurse named Star who said she wouldn’t leave her side during the operation, and she knew she’d never forget her. She also worked at a care home while at Uni studying English Lit & Creative Writing, she loved it, so wondered if she should pursue a career in nursing.

Throughout the book Molly also writes a lot about her Dad, which I loved reading, the bond between them shines through and it’s interesting to read about what he has gone through and how the NHS, and staff in the HDU {high dependency unit},
(where Molly works), looked after her dad. He’s okay in the end which I was pleased to find out, unfortunately his hat didn’t make the end of the book and is probably still stuck in France.

Within the book also shared is a lot of scientific knowledge to do with the Human body, and everything medical, I have learnt a lot to say the least, and it’s very incredibly interesting to hear about what’s progressed and how things were discovered, down to the first drawing of a heart, by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget what goes on in the NHS, when we’re just living our lives, until we end up needing support from there, but this has really reminded me how amazing anyone in the NHS is, and what they truly go through day to day to help the lives of so many people.

About the Author


Molly Case is a spoken word artist, writer and nurse born and brought up in south London. She received a First-class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from Bath Spa University and during this time spent two years as a care worker looking after people with dementia. Upon leaving Bath, Molly decided to pursue a career in nursing and is currently working at St George’s Hospital, London as a cardiac nurse specialist. In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’ at the Royal College of Nursing. The performance has now been viewed over 400,000 times. Her debut collection of poetry, Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything was published in 2015. Molly has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list.

Huge thank you to Molly! and Corinna at Viking Books ; Penguin for sending me over a copy before publication.