THE vulnerability of doctors, the consequences of medical error and the toxic legacy of asbestos mining underpin the first novel from emergency physician Michelle Johnston.
Dustfall follows Dr Raymond Filigree who travels to the isolated town of Wittenoom to take charge of its small hospital – a place where no previous doctor has managed to stay longer than an eye blink.
Instead of settling into a quiet, solitary life, he discovers an asbestos mining corporation with no regard for the safety of its workers and no care for the truth.
Thirty years later, Dr Lou Fitzgerald stumbles across the abandoned Wittenoom Hospital where she discovers faded letters and barely used medical equipment and slowly the story of the hospital’s tragic past comes to her.
Johnston will be at Joondalup Library from 6pm on Tuesday, June 12 thanks to Dymocks Joondalup and the City of Joondalup.
Copies of Dustfall will be available to buy and have signed.
Cost is $4. Book at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.