Agent: Julian Alexander
Professor Steve Westaby is one of the UK’s leading heart surgeons. In 1966, as an eighteen year old medical student Steve hid in an operating theatre to see heart surgery for the first time. He was obsessed and stayed obsessed. During his 35-year career as a surgeon he has performed over 11,000 operations and is a pioneer of artificial heart technology. In 2004 he featured in the cutting edge BBC documentary about surgery, Your Life in Their Hands.
A Sunday Times bestseller, Fragile Lives (HarperCollins) is a powerful, important and incredibly moving book, which offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, how it feels to hold someone’s life in your hands and what it's like to work in a profession in which failure is literally a heartbeat away and the cost of that failure is death.