Book List in Order:39 titles

  • A priest is murdered in his rectory. Patrick Casey, the protagonist, is assigned this case because he attended a seminary, and he is a Catholic. The rest of the office is Jewish and Wasps. There is a court scene where a high ranking member of the c...


  • Richard Gordon's hilarious novel concerns the second coming of Florence Nightingale, determined to recon struct the NHS and the antics of Sir Lancelot Spratt as he tries to prevent the closure of his beloved St. Swithin's Hospital....


  • A few traditional institutions remain in the modern world to nurture an exclusive male chauvinism and resistance to change. The members of the old Albany Club, however, find themselves obliged to respond to the demands of modern society when they mus...


  • This witty medical mystery sees the deeply ambitions MP for Churchford join the list of Richard Gordon's private patients. Gordon is surprised when the MP pays him a visit of particular delicacy, but agrees to refer him to a psychiatrist. The referra...


  • There is the actor who confuses himself with his character, the man suffering from amnesia - and the housewife who spends all day wrestling with her washing machine. Richard Gordon hankers after early retirement. This hilarious novel relates the even...


  • 'Well, I see no reason why anyone should expect a doctor to be on call seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Considering the sort of risky life your average GP leads, it's not only inhuman but simple-minded to think that a doctor could stay sob...


  • While searching for a cure for her tubercular sister, Baby, Nancy Grange, an American heiress, and Dr. Eliot Beckett encounter the infamous Dr. Crippen, his mistress, and his overbearing, ill-fated wife Belle...


  • The arrival of the new bishop at Mitrebury and his orders for all clergy to take up jogging and a diet of boiled rice sends the men of the cloth scurrying to the Old Chapterhouse Surgery for their dose of sick notes. This added burden seems rather to...


  • Doctor Crippen’s murder of his wife, aided and abetted by his mistress Ethel Le Neve, ranks among one of the most notorious crimes of the twentieth century and has earned Crippen a place in the gruesome Chamber of Horrors. Here, Richard Gordon skil...







  • In this remarkably shrewd and witty novel, Victorian London is brought to life with a compelling authority. Richard Gordon wonderfully conveys the boisterous, often lusty panorama of life for the very poor – hard, menial work; violence; prostitutio...



  • Sir Lancelot Sprat is finding his faith in the British Health Service is taking a battering. It had already been a bad day - a call from Nairobi, a disagreement over the breakfast haddock, and a visit from Sir Lionel! All is further complicated by tw...


  • Now living in the heart of British suburbia, BR1 2AX to be precise, Richard Gordon has adopted local dress and is conversant with many of the customs - he now washes his car as often as he cleans his teeth. As the seasons progress, this comic safari ...


  • ‘She was emotional, she was vain, she was incomparable. She was a passionate cultivator of new ideas on the compost-heap of long rotted ones. She had a genius for rubbing noses into facts right in front of them. She had infinite capability and litt...


  • Jim Elgar is a young chemist struggling to find work in nineteen-thirties’ Britain. He moves instead to the scientific world in Germany and finds himself perfectly placed to undertake top-secret work for the British war effort. His ensuing role in ...


  • Dr Richard Gordon had no desire to leave the idyllic orchards and hop fields of Kent. For him the postcode BR1 2AX has the ring of the Gulag Archilpelago and is to be avoided at all costs. However after a decade living in suburbia he has come to love...


  • Heavens above! The staff of St Swithan’s hospital on strike! Sir Lancelot can hardly believe it. And when the porters and tea ladies take charge and start ordering him about, it seems that all hell will break loose – well from Sir Lancelot’s qu...


  • In 1846 there were no anaesthetics. An operation meant searing pain, hardly dulled by rum or opium, enduring only through strong men holding the patient on the table. Surgeons like Robert Liston learned to operate swiftly, to be merciful... Liston co...


  • Mrs Samantha Dougal is against nudity. The Dean of St Swithan's Hospital feigns indifference. Mrs Dougal's husband, however, is totally in favour. The jokes positively spill from this elegantly written and languorously witty tale that includes Sir L...


  • The Dean of St Swithan's Hospital Medical School is struggling to avoid hypocrisy as he writes the obituary for his fearsome sparring partner, Sir Lancelot Spratt. Yet far from being a funereal and moribund tale, Doctor on the Brain is a fast-moving,...



  • In Doctor on the Boil, Richard Gordon’s prescription in as effervescent and hilariously stimulating as ever.The work-shy Dr Grimsdyke is still at St Swithan’s – the same as ever despite the world having moved on around him. Nurses are hitching ...



  • Surgeon at Arms continues the story of the much-admired surgeon, Graham Trevose, who first appeared in The Facemaker. He is hailed for his surgical skills, but his rather unorthodox private life begins to make him enemies. In the rise and fall of th...


  • Graham Trevose is an ardent pioneer of reconstructive surgery having seen its huge benefit under the hands of a talented American surgeon. However London is not America and this new form of treatment is received with deep suspicion by orthodox medici...



  • Sir Lancelot Spratt, respected and much feared senior consultant at St Swithan’s has finally taken the plunge and retired to enjoy the quiet life. No longer able to fill his days terrorising staff and patients alike, he turns instead to a new passi...


  • Algernon Brickwood, successful publisher and proud father, is known to enjoy a spot of lunch or two. And it is over one such lunch that Teddy, his beloved son, drops his bombshell. He has been sent down from Oxford – and not only that, but he’s a...






  • Dr Grimsdyke was only too pleased to discover that he was sitting next to the luscious Lucy Squiffington on his flight home. Several hours in her company was bound to go well – in fact it went rather too well seeing as how the long-suffering Anemon...


  • In this riotously funny comedy Dr Grimsdyke's genius for disaster is given full rein. He falls in love with a model, only to find she is already married. His much-anticipated cruise is an unmitigated disaster and his role as Sir Lancelot's biographer...


  • Now Dr Grimsdyke is qualified he finds practising medicine rather less congenial than he anticipated. But the ever-selfless Grimsdyke resolves to put the desires of others (and in particular his rather career-minded cousin) before his own, and settle...


  • Recovering from the realisation that his honeymoon was not quite as he had anticipated, Simon Sparrow can at least look forward to a life of tranquillity and order as a respectable homeowner with a new wife. But that was before his old friend Dr Grim...


  • In this hilarious romantic comedy, Richard Gordon develops a headache. It takes him a while to realise he is ill ? after all he is a doctor! Dr Pennyworth diagnoses jaundice and prescribes a spell in hospital. There, he falls in love with his very ow...


  • Dr Richard Gordon’s first job after qualifying takes him to St Swithan’s where he is enrolled as Junior Casualty House Surgeon. However, some rather unfortunate incidents with Mr Justice Hopwood, as well as one of his patients inexplicably coughi...


  • When William Ebbs is taken from a creaking cargo boat and made Captain of a luxury liner, he quickly discovers that the sea holds many perils–probably the most perilous being the first night dinner, closely followed by the dangers of finding a woma...


  • Richard Gordon's life was moving rapidly towards middle-aged lethargy - or so he felt. Employed as an assistant in general practice - the medical equivalent of a poor curate - and having been 'persuaded' that marriage is as much an obligation for a y...


  • Richard Gordon’s acceptance into St Swithan’s medical school came as no surprise to anyone, least of all him – after all, he had been to public school, played first XV rugby, and his father was, let’s face it, ‘a St Swithan’s man’. Sure...