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Parallel dreams, parallel journeys

1 December 2008

Parallel Journeys is an apt title for the tale of ‘genetic experiments, passion and the loss of youthful dreams’ recounted by Dr Ruth Skrine (MB ChB 1953).

Parallel Journeys is an apt title for the tale of ‘genetic experiments, passion and the loss of youthful dreams’ recounted by Dr Ruth Skrine (MB ChB 1953). In publishing her first novel at the grand old age of 79, the author proves that career choices do not have to set in stone, and that even seemingly fixed routes can lead to the most unexpected places.

As a retired doctor with a great many years’ experience in fields which include general practice, family planning and psychosexual medicine, Skrine has drawn on her vast medical background to weave tales of fiction, revealing in an interview on her website that ‘the stories that I listened to, in my chosen branch of medicine, have lingered in my mind’, contributing in turn to the development of her characters and their psychological interactions.

However, combining her newly discovered skill with her medical training was not totally straightforward. Skrine concedes that ‘my scientific training can make me too logical and detached so that I have to make a conscious effort to free my imagination in order to enter into a scene in all its detail.’

Skrine has completed three other novels to date and is currently working on her fifth, and personifies the notion that neither age nor expectation should act as barriers to our personal and professional goals.

Parallel Journeys is published by Hallmark Press International Limited.