One of the most popular events at this year’s BridLit is on Friday 8 November at the Electric Palace at 4pm.

Dr David Nott will be in conversation with Sally Laverack about his book, War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line.

For more than twenty-five years,  Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones.

From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major hospital.

Driven by compassion and the desire to help others, and putting himself in extreme personal danger, David is now acknowledged by the world to be the most experienced trauma surgeon.

Flying into a catastrophe was not enough as  other doctors needed to learn how to treat the appalling injuries that war inflicts. Since 2015, David and his wife, Elly, have set up a foundation training doctors in the art of saving lives – those threatened by bombs and bullets.

Says Fiona Sturges in a review for The Guardian: ‘If a film about his life isn’t already in development, someone’s missing a trick.’

‘His stories of courage and compassion in the face of seemingly certain death are breathtaking.’

Tickets are still available by going to or calling Bridport TIC on 01308 424901.