Colin loved English at school, but he decided to study physiotherapy for job security. After a year he switched to medicine and, after completing his initial training, took a foundation year at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. After a year in Australia in Emergency Medicine, he completed his specialist anaesthesia training in Ireland.
“My sub speciality was paediatrics, so I went to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, to do paediatric cardiac anaesthesia for 18 months. I came back to start in my current post as a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist in Crumlin at the beginning of 2019.”
He decided to write a daily diary about interesting cases and events.
“After a few weeks of writing it, I decided it was suitable for public consumption”.
He wrote the book, and, failing to find an agent, sent the manuscript to some Irish publishers.
“Within a few weeks I had received five offers.”
Who is Colin Black?
Date of birth: 1984 in Derry, but moved to Dublin aged 3.
Education: St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin; University College Dublin, Physiotherapy for a year, then changed to medicine.
Family: Wife, Eabhann O’Connor, a Urologist. Daughter, Laoise, 18 months, twins due in January.
The Day Job: Paediatric Anaesthetist.
In Another Life: “I spent my teenage years trying to be a professional footballer. I’d love to play for Ireland in the world cup.”
Favourite Writers: “I read mainly non-fiction. Favourite books include, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman; Why we sleep by Matthew Walker; The Sports Gene by David Epstein”.
Second Books: “I’m thinking about writing one, but it won’t be for a long time.”
Top Tip: “If you write a little bit every day at the end of the year you will have a book.”
The Debut: Gas Man. Harper Collins Ireland: €17.59. Kindle: €8.94
Following his career path from Medical Student to Consultant status, Gas Man explains how you become an anaesthetist, what it involves, and what an anaesthetist does besides sending people to sleep and waking them up again. It also gives fascinating glimpses into childhood cardiac illnesses, and a humourous insight into how a hospital team work together and interact.
The Verdict: A comprehensive account of a fascinating side of medicine.
Published in the Irish Examiner on 18th September
© Sue J Leonard. 2021