Actor Stephen McGann to talk at Harts in Saffron Walden about his book on medicine behind Call the Midwife

PUBLISHED: 09:43 05 November 2017

Stephen McGann, Dr Turner in Call the Midwife, is speaking at Harts Books in Saffron Walden

Stephen McGann, Dr Turner in Call the Midwife, is speaking at Harts Books in Saffron Walden

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Actor Stephen McGann who plays Dr Patrick Turner in the BBC television series Call The Midwife will at Harts Books in Saffron Walden on Monday, November 20, speaking about his new book Flesh and Blood.

The book, subtitled: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies, is a history of his family over a century and a half as told through the medical ailments they suffered.

His family survived the Irish famine in the 1840s and some settled in Victorian Liverpool. Others were soldiers serving in the First World War on Gallipoli and on the Western Front. One of his ancestors was the last man to step off the Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves.

Stephen believes how health or the lack of it is central to everyone’s story. The book combines his passion for genealogy with an interest in medicine and the actor’s lifelong exploration of drama as a way to understand what motivates people to do the things they do.

Stephen, 54, is one of a family of acting brothers from Liverpool including Joe, Paul and Mark. Stephen is also a public speaker and communicator of science, having graduated from Imperial College London with a master’s degree in Science Communication. He was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2015, and published a guest essay in The journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in April 2015, discussing issues of medical accuracy and communication in Call the Midwife.

In January 2016, McGann published a companion book to Call the Midwife called Doctor Turner’s Casebook, in which he revisits key medical cases featured in the television series and discusses their historical and social contexts. The BBC screened a documentary special based on the book, titled Call The Midwife: The Casebook, in January this year.

Before Stephen’s talk on Thursday, November 9 at 6.30pm, retired midwife, Jan Menell will talk about her book, Waiting for Charlie about rural life as a midwife in Littlebury Green.

Both talks at Hart’s Books in King Street, Saffron Walden from 6.30pm. Tickets £5 from 01799 524552 or in the store.

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