Dr. Piper will be in the Bar “Boa Vista” of the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra from 11.30am - 1.00pm on Wednesday, 24th March, 2010 to sign his new book “THE ST. PETERSBURG DECLARATION” .
It is 1868 and the Imperial Cabinet of Russia is proposing an international agreement to forbid the use of certain projectiles in time of war. In the aftermath of the bloody Crimean War, the St Petersburg Declaration is designed to establish the key ethical notion of a just balance between military and humanitarian concerns in the field of warfare.
In this entertaining, thought provoking novel, John Piper weaves a gripping vibrant fiction set in the tense months leading up to the signing of what is hoped to be a landmark declaration.
Combining rip-roaring adventure with international politics, tender romance with ethical debate, this is a novel whose issues – sadly – still resonate today.
Dr John Piper MB, BS, FRCS read Medicine at the University of London. Following postgraduate study in Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, he worked as a consultant surgeon in hospitals in England until 1977, when, disillusioned by what he saw happening in the NHS, he took the post of visiting professor of a surgery at the University of Shiraz in Iran. Following that he worked in hospitals in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ladysmith Hospital, South Africa and in 1985 created a department of surgery in the new Manapo Hospital in the Black South African Homeland of Qwaqwa on the Lesotho boarder. He has published a previous novel, Motherkillers, with the Book Guild Publishing. He now lives in Portugal with his wife, Odete.