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John Collee: No career, just “a life”

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1878 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1878


John Collee, 60, is a doctor, novelist, and screenwriter who was born and trained in Edinburgh. He published his first novel, Kingsley’s Touch, in 1984, then A Paper Mask (1987) and The Rig (1991). During this period he wrote a popular weekly column, “A Doctor Writes,” for the Observer. He has travelled widely as a doctor and journalist and met his wife, the Australian TV reporter Deborah Snow, on the way to Azerbaijan. They now live in Sydney, where he wrote screenplays for Master and Commander, with the Australian director Peter Weir, and Happy Feet, with a fellow ex-doctor, George Miller, who shares Collee’s belief that story telling through film is a form of global group therapy. He has three children and is an active member of …

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