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Christina E. White "Christy book buddy" (London, England)

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Mood Mapping: Plot your way to emotional health and happiness
Mood Mapping: Plot your way to emotional health and happiness
by Liz Miller
Edition: Paperback

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book by a very brave lady - should win the Nobel, 11 Oct. 2009
Dr Liz Miller was once 'the brightest young neurosurgeon in this country'. Due to the pressures of her job, she had a breakdown. She recovered and retrained as an A&E surgeon, and again the pressure of her work drove her into mental collapse.
She comes from a medical family, I believe, and would have preferred to train as an artist. However, her parents pressurised her into medicine, although she has a first degree in Divinity.
She was eventually sectioned and admitted to the Royal Bethlem & Maudsley unit for health workers, when psychiatrists diagnosed her with bipolar disorder - a diagnosis that I believe was erroneous.
Through all her trials and tribulations Liz Miller has continued to practise patient centred medicine of the highest quality - I know this because I met her when I edited my one and only edition of Pendulum, the newsletter of the then MDF, know known as the Bipolar Association, I believe. She was a constant voice of sanity and reassurance on the phone as I struggled to cope with service users, employees of the MDF, and psychiatrists - some of whom sounded disconcertingly like their patients.
I consider myself privileged to know her. I've had her book for weeks and already it is dog-eared - leant to I do not know which friend.
Mike Sharples, professer of learning technology or something at Nottingham, once told me that many writers have manic depression. Liz is one who has been through the mill and emerged triumphant. Every writer in the world should buy this book.
And so should every politician.
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Suffer the Children (DI Staffe)
Suffer the Children (DI Staffe)
by Adam Creed
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars even the dilemma's a cliche, 1 Jun. 2009
This books follows Rebus; a detective working in the underclass, personal problems galore. It could be good but there isn't enough real creative input. The only twists are obvious - a good twist would be that the murdered paedolphile was wrongly accused and convicted, but Credd can't quite cope with that. Any investigation into serial killers as opposed to vigilante groups will tell you that serial killers don't target kiddy fiddlers - they are adequately dealt with by prison mobs and prison officers.
It's a shame, because Creed could do so much better. But studying and then teaching creative writing doesn't make a crime novelist - immersing yourself in crime and criminals is a better career path. The police procedure would've disgraced The Bill and just doesn't convince a crime aficiando.
You were lucky to get the contract, Creed, despite some stylistic talent. Try MUCH harder next time.

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