Spare time spent writing novels

A major similarity is the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and hear their stories in their own terms and in their own language, said Dr Nick Earls, a former MO continuing medical education editor.

“Learning how different people think and speak is valuable when it comes to constructing fictional characters,” he said.

He recently finished his Word Hunters trilogy for children aged 9–12 about people who find an old dictionary that sends them back in time. He is also