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So the Witch Won't Eat Me: Fantasy and the Child's Fear of Infanticide (Master Work)
So the Witch Won't Eat Me: Fantasy and the Child's Fear of Infanticide (Master Work)
by Dorothy Bloch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and moving, 25 Nov. 2016
This book is a gem for anybody interested in childhood trauma. It is written with sensitivity, poignancy and feeling. Each chapter describes the inner (and outer) world of a patient whose childhood was underlain by fear of being killed. The humanity of both the patients and of Bloch is tangible.

In the first half of the book the stories are those of her child patients; in the second half, they are of those of her adult patients. Some of the adults kept journals; extracts from these journals help readers feel what life is like for those whose childhood was underlain by a barely conscious fear that they could be killed by their parents.

Bloch says that whilst working on this material, she came to realise that fantasy is the primary means by which children defend against the fear of infanticide. She uses ‘fantasy’ in a Freudian context, so in some instances it involves the creation of magical worlds, whereas in other it involves the formation of an identity that is warped and distorted by toxic shame and self-disgust.

Bloch’s roots are in the psychoanalytic (Freudian) tradition, and this book was written before we have today’s understanding of childhood trauma, thus some of the labels and concepts feel old-fashioned and misguided. But labels and concepts aside, this book reverberates with dignified and compassionate insights into the paths taken by children who grow up in emotionally (and physically) hostile environment.


The Things You Do for Love: Mothers and daughters, lovers and lies
The Things You Do for Love: Mothers and daughters, lovers and lies
by Rachel Crowther
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read - great story with layers, complexity and depth, 23 Nov. 2016
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I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, and at the same time it was layered and had depth. I cared about the characters and was drawn into both their internal lives and their external worlds – I wanted to know what had happened in their past and what was going to happen next. I stayed up to read ‘just one more chapter’ because I wanted to know how the story unfolded. I also loved the way that Crowther brought the setting to life; I could envision the colour, texture and ‘feel’ of the village in France, also of their home back in England. And at the same time, I was challenged to think about just how difficult it is for a woman to be ambitious and successful in her career, as well as a mother. I’d highly recommend this.


Skin for Skin: Death and Life for Inuit and Innu (Narrating Native Histories)
Skin for Skin: Death and Life for Inuit and Innu (Narrating Native Histories)
by Gerald M. Sider
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Socially and psychologically insightful - it had profound impact on me., 30 July 2016
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This book is socially and psychologically insightful. It offers new and original ways to think about the modern epidemic of self-destruction which is being lived (and died) by the Native peoples of Labrador: youth suicide, domestic violence, alcoholism and gas sniffing.

To create these new ways of thinking, Sider explores the history that has been lived, and which is still being lived, by the Inuit and Innu. Both peoples were displaced, disposed and exploited in such a way as to leave them no choice but to move into a state of dependence. In fact, this dependence was actively created first by fur-traders and missionaries, and later by mining, logging and hydro-electric companies, as well as by government, because it allowed these powerful institutions to manipulate the Innu and Inuit.

This book explores how Inuit and Innu people have lived and died ‘within and against’ this dependency.

I found the history described by Sider’s shocking. It was painful to read of human beings being treated in such an abusive way by other human beings. It was hard to read of the centuries of socially imposed suffering which the Innu and Inuit have had to endure. Since the 1500s, each generation has had to live with both old trauma -- inherited from previous generations, and with new trauma -- created by fresh cycles of exploitation and dehumanization.

This was my first in-depth exposure to cultural trauma – by which I mean trauma that is created because of how entire communities are treated. It was a tough read because of the dynamics it illuminates, but it was also a valuable read. It had a profound impact on me, and expanded my understanding in a very meaningful way.


Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Centennial Book)
Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Centennial Book)
by Nancy Scheper-hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly moving, intelligent and layered ethnography of the lives of women in the Brazilian shanty town, 15 May 2016
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This is a long book, and somewhat intimidating in sheer size, but don't let that put you off. It is very rewarding - and my world is bigger for having read it.

In short, this is a rich, evocative, human, empathetic and scholarly exploration of the life of women in a Brazilian shanty town. At the core of the book is the question of how mothering is effected by living under conditions of chronic scarcity and political indifference. Scheper-hughes central thesis is that 'emotional scarcity' follows from scarcity of food, of clean water, of health and of opportunites. With conditions being horrendously tough, mothering becomes infused with pragmatism. It is heart-breaking and leaves us questioning the way we have sentimentalised mother in the west (see Sarah Blaffer Hrdy's Mother Nature for an evolutioanry take on this).

However, this book is not only about mothering. It also takes us into the lives of these women in a deeply layered and holistic way so we get a glipse of the bigger context within which mothering occurs.

In particular Scheper- Huges shows us understand how these communities came into being, descrives the toxic nature of the only work available to them, and emables us to glipse the deeply embodied nature of people's lives. She also shows, how the government, instead of tackling the salient issues (like hunger, contaminated water and exploitation), has reframed the suffering of these people as an 'illness' which can be kept at bay by tranquilisers.

Highly recommended for anybody who is interested in getting an in-depth insight into the lives of others.


Atkins & Potts - Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise - 195g
Atkins & Potts - Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise - 195g
Offered by Healthy Foods Online
Price: £6.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 May 2016
Love produce but is £2.75 on the Atkins and Potts website - so this is a rip off.


Escape Fitness Deck V2.0 Workout Platform or Adjustable Bench - Black/Green
Escape Fitness Deck V2.0 Workout Platform or Adjustable Bench - Black/Green
Price: £140.40

5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!, 29 Mar. 2016
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This is great. Perfect for all kinds of weights exercises, lunges, steping and tricep dips. It is very comfortable to work on and feels solid and stable. Easy to use and to move position. Looks smart.


Gigaset SL400A Twin DECT Bluetooth Cordless Phone - Black / Silver
Gigaset SL400A Twin DECT Bluetooth Cordless Phone - Black / Silver
Offered by liGo
Price: £144.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed..., 29 Mar. 2016
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Very dissapointed with this very expensive phone.

Range is less than my older, cheaper BT phone. Wignal dissapears half way to kitchen, whereas the old BT covered the whole house.

Can't sync contacts. I spent 2 hours tying to synch contacts from Outlook, and although I could get to the place where it offered me a 'synch' option, when I clicked on that option nothing happened.

Personally I find the hand-set uncomfortable to hold.


iStorage IS-DG3-256-2000 2TB diskAshur USB 3.0 256-bit 2.5" External Hard Drive
iStorage IS-DG3-256-2000 2TB diskAshur USB 3.0 256-bit 2.5" External Hard Drive
Offered by Ebuyer UK Limited
Price: £296.81

2.0 out of 5 stars Bought two - one still working fine, the other broke..., 15 Feb. 2016
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I bought 2 of these. To start with I loved them. However, although one is still working hte other stopped working some months ago. It is a LOT of money to spend on something that lasts less than 2 years.


Perixx PERIBOARD-512II Ergonomic Split Keyboard - Natural Ergonomic Design - Bulky Size 512x264x62 mm - UK English Layout
Perixx PERIBOARD-512II Ergonomic Split Keyboard - Natural Ergonomic Design - Bulky Size 512x264x62 mm - UK English Layout
Offered by Perixx UK
Price: £49.90

5.0 out of 5 stars ... because my old one started playing up and I LOVE it. Layout is similar, 6 Feb. 2016
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Wow - I had a microsoft keyboard and bought this because my old one started playing up and I LOVE it. Layout is similar, but keys much more responsive and put a lot LESS strain on my fingers as I type. Can type faster and more smoothly. It is a revelation!


Out of Me
Out of Me
Price: £3.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly insightful, honest and moving book that explores beneath the surface, 6 April 2015
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This review is from: Out of Me (Kindle Edition)
This is a wonderful written book, and a very valuable one. Shaw begins with a brutally honest account of her post-natal depression, and she describes her time in a psychiatric unit in a powerfully disturbing and moving way. That is valuable in and of itself, but Shaw does not stop there. Rather she takes the next step and digs under the surface of her depression, to discover how the roots lay in her childhood experiences. Digging that deep is a hugely courageous thing to do. Sharing what she discovered with readers takes even more courageous. There are very few books about depression that go to this depth. This book describes a journey 'through' depression into a more conscious life, rather than a journey 'out of' depression and back to some kind of surface well-being. It is an inspiring book.


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