Meet The Author: Stephen McGann
Stephen McGann launches his new book: Flesh & Blood – A History Of My Family In Seven Maladies
A personal history of his family over a century and a half, as told through the medical ailments they suffered.
Stephen McGann is Doctor Turner in the BBC hit-drama series Call The Midwife. He is also a public speaker and communicator of science, having graduated from Imperial College London with a master’s degree in Science Communication.
Stephen McGann’s family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s. His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front. One would be the last man to step off the SS Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves and would testify at the inquest. This is their story.
“A living drama extracted like buried treasure from old documents and the hand-me-down stories of his relatives. I couldn’t put it down” ~ Jenny Agutter
Flesh & Blood combines McGann’s passion for genealogy with an academic interest in the social dimensions of medicine – and fuses these with a lifelong exploration of drama as a way to understand what motivates human beings to do the things they do. He looks back at scenes from his own life that were moulded by medical malady, and trace the crooked roots of each affliction through the lives of his ancestors, whose grim maladies punctuate the public documents or military records of my family tree. In this way he asks a simple, searching question: how have these maladies helped to shape the story of the person he is today?
Presented by City Books. This special evening will include a reading, Q&A and book signing.