General Interest Publications

Richard Villar has written extensively for the general interest market. His articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, the Evening Standard, British Medical Journal, Reader’s Digest, Cambridge Evening News and elsewhere. He has also written a number of books.


Knife Edge: Life as a Special Forces Surgeon

Knife Edge: Life as a Special Forces Surgeon.
ISBN-10: 0718142713
ISBN-13: 978-0718142711

Richard Villar, guest of the BBC's Hospital Watch, is a world-famous surgeon. He is also a hero. For much of his career Richard Villar has worked with the SAS, in the developing world, and amidst conflict zones that include Lebanon, Bosnia, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Central America. Knife Edge is his extraordinary true story.

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Winged Scalpel

Winged Scalpel
ISBN-10: 1781591687
ISBN-13: 978-1781591680

In this fast paced narrative, ex-SAS surgeon Richard Villar provides 'a very personal insight into the difficulties, dangers and occasional virtual impossibility of providing medical aid to disaster areas and war zones.He shares his remarkable experiences in the aftermath of three major earthquakes - Kashmir (2005), Java (2006) and Haiti (2010) - as well as in the Libyan civil war (2011).

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Never a Straight Line: Travels through Chile and Bolivia

Never a Straight Line: Travels through Chile and Bolivia
ISBN-10: 095422034X
ISBN-13: 978-0954220341

After working in more than 40 countries and having served with the British SAS, Richard Villar knows a thing or two about the world. Join him as he tells the story of his 25-day journey from Arica in Chile’s north, through Bolivia, to Chile once more, and San Pedro de Atacama. He will have you laughing, he will have you thinking, he will have you wondering. Read how holding a horse’s testicles brings good luck, the danger of being attacked with burundanga, the delight of coca tea, chance encounters with aliens, and Richard’s futile attempts to hold a conversation with a hummingbird. If this book does not have you packing your bags for Chile and Bolivia, nothing will. Join Richard, master writer and master traveller, in his journey through this remoter part of Chile and Bolivia. Never A Straight Line is simply what Richard does.

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