Blog Tour – Sometimes People Die – Simon Stephenson

I do sometimes like to read books that I wouldn’t usually pick up. This book meets that description.

I am one of the lucky ones to be kicking off a three week blog tour to promote this book.

Title: Sometimes People Die

Author: Simon Stephenson

Publication Date: 1st September 2022


The year is 1999. Returning to practice after a suspension for stealing opioids, a young Scottish doctor takes the only job he can find: a post as a senior house officer in the struggling east London hospital of St Luke’s.

Amid the maelstrom of sick patients, over-worked staff and underfunded wards a darker secret soon declares itself: too many patients are dying.

My Thoughts:

To begin with, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. But I decided to persist and I am glad that I did.

I ended up warming to the young Scottish doctor who makes his way to London and the struggling hospital of St Luke’s. He has a bit of trouble finding somewhere to live, but ends up in a flat share with a colleague, George.

Then the book takes a turn as it appears that some patients, is it 14 or 43 are dying under suspicious circumstances. He is initially a suspect, but then it appears that he isn’t. Someone does say they are guilty but is there more to these cases than meets the eye.

Well worth reading and I think it is obvious that Stephenson knows a lot about medical terminology due to his turn of phrase that I appreciated.

About the Author:

Simon Stephenson originally trained as a doctor and worked in Scotland and London. He previously wrote Let Not the Waves of the Sea, a memoir about the loss of his brother in the Indian Ocean tsunami. It won Best First Book at the Scottish Book Awards, was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year.

His first novel, Set My Heart to Five was a Bookseller Book of the Month and was described by the Daily Mail as ‘Funny, original and thought-provoking.’ It has been optioned by Working Title Films to be directed by Edgar Wright from Stephenson’s screenplay.

He currently lives in Los Angeles, in a house where a famous murder took place. As a screenwriter, he originated and wrote the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Electrical Life of Louis Wain and wrote the story for Pixar’s Luca. He also contributed to everybody’s favourite film, Paddington 2.