Nick Black

Author of The Honourable Doctor


Illustrated talk on Saturday 15 April 11.00am

Bedford Hall, Thorney


For two hundred years, James Lambert, a young doctor, has lain unrecognised in Thorney Abbey graveyard.

But he was no ordinary practitioner. He was first doctor ever to have an obituary in a medical journal.

And then he was forgotten. Until today.

So how did an Essex boy, who instigated a trial at Westminster Hall that attracted thousands, end up in Thorney?


For the first time in 192 years, the name of James Lambert was heard in the home of the oldest medical society in London.

He remains the only Fellow to have been thrown out in its 250 years.

Over fifty gathered in the Fellows Room of the beautiful Georgian building that has been the Society’s home since 1873 to hear Max Eilenberg (ex-editor at Michael Joseph and Faber & Faber) talk about the book.

This was followed by my reflections of how it came about and my first experience of fiction writing after a lifetime of non-fiction.

Maybe the start of James’s rehabilitation and the recognition he deserves.


Delighted that the The Honourable Doctor was selected as a finalist for a Page Turner Award 2022.

These annual international writing awards, established in 2020, are judged by leading literary agents and editors.