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The Sun Doctor was the second novel written in 1961 by author and actor Robert Shaw.[1] It centers on Benjamin Hallidy, a British doctor working in Africa who is returning to England to receive a knighthood. However, he is tormented with feelings of remorse and guilt concerning the afflicted African tribe he was attending. He is also haunted by the early death of his father. The story is told mostly in flashback. It is based on the play Strange Providence.[2] It won the 1962 Hawthornden Prize.[3]

The Sun Doctor
First edition (UK)
AuthorRobert Shaw
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherChatto & Windus
Publication date
AwardsHawthornden Prize


  1. ^ Gilman, Richard (5 November 1961). "A Land Where the Sick Men Ruled; THE SUN DOCTOR. By Robert Shaw. 275 pp. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World. $4.50". NY Times. The New York Times Company. p. B55. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ French, John (2 March 2015). Robert Shaw: The Price of Success. Dean Street Press. p. 80. ISBN 9781910570098.
  3. ^ Díez Medrano, Juan (24 January 2010). Framing Europe: Attitudes to European Integration in Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Princeton University Press. p. 273. ISBN 9780691146508.