FRCR 2A Book Recommendations (Knowledge)

This was a very tough exam for me. When I did them they were 6 separate modules and in truth I spent the majority of my training doing them! In doing so I ended up trying every book out there. A wise person once told me that reading the same topic from different books is a great way to learn. I would tend to agree. I was given advice on contrary (find a single book that you find useful and stick to it).

I’ve split the book recommendations for 2a into 2. Knowledge and then questions.

The following books are ones that I would personally recommend and used personally to my eventual ‘success’. I would go through the books in the order that I have written them (afflinks ahead):


I found this to be a really great read. Brief where it needs to be and great diagrams. For me this book was a bit of a game changer when I came to understanding things.

Grainger & Allison’s Diagnostic Radiology Essentials 

Grainger & Allison’s Diagnostic Radiology Essentials  is a great book. DO NOT get the large one. This is like a filtered down version of the large one for normal people. Everything is laid out in a double page spread. One side is the text and the other is the imaging. Really recommend this book.

CRACK the Final FRCR PART A Exam – Modules 1, 2, 3: Volume 1 and CRACK the Final FRCR PART A Exam – Modules 1, 2, 3: Volume 1 

The CRACK the Final FRCR PART A Exam – Modules 1, 2, 3: Volume 1 and CRACK the Final FRCR PART A Exam – Modules 4, 5, 6: Volume 2 by Prometheus Lionhart. Great name and great books. He won’t go through everything under sun but the things he goes through will be relevant. He seems to have a similar way to learn as me (visual memory) and is able to put things in a that is humorous/offensive . The way these are written are the way one would go about explaining something to someone but not necessarily put down on paper for fear of offending someone. If you are easily offended, the book probably isn’t for you. If you are like me and you end up being asked to leave the party when playing ‘cards against humanity’ then this might be right up your street.