Frugal Dougal

"Frugal Dougal"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (11 of 17)
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A Life Steered by Bertha Mukodzani
A Life Steered by Bertha Mukodzani
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I ordered "A Life Steered" after reading a review of it on author Bertha Mukodzani's blog by Deswell Chitewe, who champions Zimbabwean authors.

"A Life Steered" begins with a distressing scene in which the main character's hard-drinking father finally throws her mother out of the house after many fights. From such a beginning I could not have imagined that the novel would go on to be an uplifiting testament to the strength of the human spirit - demonstrating that while our beginnings are always with us, the wings of our hopes await.

The travails of Zimbabwe are expertly understated through the course of the action and are braided with signposts non-Zimbabweans will be… Read more
Unthinkable: The Shocking Scandal of Britain's Tra&hellip by Kris Hollington
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much of "Unthinkable" is heartbreaking and distressing, hence the title of the book. This sentence sums sex trafficking in the UK up:

"They once dreamed of Prince Charming. Instead, ususally after weeks and months of grooming, taxi drivers, burger flippers and kebab cutters queue up to rape them."

Hollington spends about half his book talking about how multiple failures in the child protection system make it possible for child grooming gangs, mostly made up of Pakistanis, to access vulnerable girls in care. There are 5,000 instances of children going missing from care homes annually, which rises to 10,000 when you take into account absences of less than 24 hours… Read more
Shadows of the Mind by Steven Roy Evans
Shadows of the Mind by Steven Roy Evans
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We begin "Shadows of the Mind", Steven Roy Evans' first novel, by finding main protagonist Kerri trying to recover from a major bereavement. In seeking to escape her pain on an alien world she is confronted with a Marie-Celeste type problem that she must solve to save herself and her co-travellers.

Evans' genius, I think, lies in his rounded portrait of Kerri's nemesis Jenni, which goes to the heart of a question perennially tormenting health-workers and policy-makers: is a troubled personality formed from the inside out, or do others' reactions to the "different" - ranging from rejection to impersonal curiosity better suited to test-tubes - derail a mind from the path it might… Read more