Life on the Ground Floor is emergency room physician and bestselling author James Maskalyk’s gripping memoir of time spent between a resource-poor hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a trauma centre in Toronto, Canada. Reminiscent of the works of Atul Gawande and Henry Marsh, this masterfully written account reflects on the grief, laughter, tragedy and hopes common to us all during the most agonising of times. James shares his insights and experiences with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

James Maskalyk (International)

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James Maskalyk is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, and the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize-winning Life on the Ground Floor. He is an emergency-room physician, award-winning teacher and member of Médecins Sans Frontières and teaches meditation with the Consciousness Explorers Club. He currently divides his time between Toronto and Addis Ababa.

Ben Doherty (Australian)

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Ben Doherty is Immigration and Asia-Pacific Correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a three-time Walkley Award-winner, and was 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and in 2015 was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Nagaland.