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When I was concentrating on getting the A-levels I needed to get into medical school, our English teacher recommended Jane Austin, Dickens or George Eliot. I could not get into them. Aged 28, after some years as a GP, a friend recommended a contemporary novel that had just won the Booker Prize. I was blown away. I realised that I was not mature enough to make sense of literature before this. I discovered that I was Dr Lydgate in MIddlemarch; it was extraordinary to find my inner self described by a Victorian novelist.