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Friends who Write

Books by friends related to
kindness in healthcare

Meet Sharee

Sharee is the founder of Coaching for Doctors, and a Psychologist and Executive Coach. She has kindly written a blog for us, reflecting on what it’s like to be a patient following a recent procedure. 

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Sharee's new book, The Thriving Doctor


Having spent years working with doctors at various stages of their career, Sharee will be releasing her new book, 'The Thriving Doctor' imminently! Take a look at a sneak peek chapter from Sharee's book here.

Meet Michael

In this short video, Gathering of Kindness speaker and Senior Visiting Fellow of The King’s Fund, Professor Michael West CBE, talks about his new book Compassionate Leadership and the impact of compassion in health and social care settings especially.


Supplemented with helpful resources, case examples and core questions to allow for constructive discussions, the book offers a simple and effective strategy for compassionate change. 

Find out more about Michael's new book by heading to: 

Meet Chris

Hush friend Dr Christine Ball AM has written a fascinating book about Anaesthesiologist pioneer Dr Joseph Clover of the 1800s.


Christine is interviewed by Professor Paul Myles, Alfred Health and Monash University.


The Chloroformist was published by Melbourne University Press. Find out more here:

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Meet Sue

You may remember Sue Robins from Gathering of Kindness 2019, and as a speaker at our 2021 Gathering session, Kindness Across the Globe ( Sue is a Canadian author and patient storyteller, who has written a series of blogs for us.


To find out more about Sue’s upcoming book, Ducks in a Row, and to read about her first book Bird’s Eye View, head to You can also download her free course content, Little Bird.

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Meet Karen

We met patient and family storyteller Karen Klak in 2020 with news of her recently released book about their beautiful daughter, Haley. The book is titled Happy Faces Only: The stories of a little girl who lived (


In her blog, our friend Karen reflects on the theme for the 2021 Online Gathering: Community. It's a generous piece reflecting on the power of connection and the relationships that can be made in healthcare, even in the toughest of times.

Meet Lucy

For a number of years, Lucy and her husband Richard have been dear friends and key members of the Gathering of Kindness team. 


Lucy is the author and story collector behind the book Beyond the Stethoscope: Doctors’ stories of reclaiming hope, heart and healing in medicine, which was first launched at the Gathering of Kindness a few years ago.


In her blog, we reflect on how the book and it's wisdom from doctors is now more pertinent than ever before.


 You can read more about this terrific book here or by going to

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