Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Author Starts New Chapter to Become a Trainee Doctor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Author Starts New Chapter to Become a Trainee Doctor

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

USUALLY it's the culmination of a lifetime ambition that prompts somebody to quit their job and try to write a novel.

But for author Roopa Farooki, 41, who was nominated for an Orange Prize, it is the other way around, as she prepares to start a new career as a doctor. She has written six wellreceived novels and has a seventh, Londoners, in the pipeline as well as teaching a master's degree in creative writing at Oxford University.

But now she is putting novels on hold as she enters the third year of a medical degree at St George's, University of London. She told the Standard: "I've always wanted to be a doctor. But when I was younger I was very good at the arts and ended up going in that direction even though I never thought I'd become a writer. It was just something I did for myself and I was very lucky to be able to earn a living from it."

Ms Farooki, who has four children aged from six to 11 with her teacher husband, Phil Richards, has worked medical themes into her novels. …

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