K. Thomas

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (63 of 79)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 253,693 - Total Helpful Votes: 63 of 79
4 AM Madonnas: Meditations and Reflections for Mot&hellip by Rachel Barton
The process of becoming a mother is a huge transformation in a woman's life. Suddenly she has to devote herself to caring for and nurturing another human being, and doing her very best to make sure her child turns out to be a happy but responsible adult. Her existing relationships, most notably with her partner, are profoundly affected by this transition and will never be the same again.

This beautifully-written book is rare in that it doesn't underestimate the size of the change or the affect it has on women's lives. Many books about new parenthood are about the practicalities of child-rearing, and often focus on trying to force the baby into a routine that isn't too disruptive… Read more
Doing Ethical Research by Dr Hannah Farrimond
Doing Ethical Research by Dr Hannah Farrimond
In 1971, Philip Zimbardo carried out his now notorious "prisoners and guards" experiment at Stanford University, in which students instructed to role-play prison guards became sadistic and violent towards students role-playing prisoners.

The world of social science research has changed dramatically in the 40 years since. These days, research proposals have to go before a university ethics committee, where potential ethical flaws in the design are considered carefully before being passed or rejected. Zimbardo's proposal would now probably come back stamped with a big red No.

Farrimond's excellent book serves two purposes. It acts as a guide to designing research… Read more
Five Ways To Kill A Man: 7 (DCI Lorimer) by Alex Gray
I enjoyed the book but I guessed the killer 80 pages in. The main pleasure of reading the rest of the book was seeing how Lorimer was going to get there. I'd be interested to know if anyone else had the same experience, because to my mind there are some fairly large, clunking clues from the start and I'm surprised that Gray's publisher didn't get her to take them out. But maybe I've just read too much of this kind of stuff. Of course it was all a bit implausible but I guess nobody reads crime fiction for the plausibility.