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The Children Act
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and thought-provoking, 24 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Children Act (Paperback)
A fascinating book that I read in one sitting! It is essentially a story of the dilemmas faced by a professional with a client when boundaries become permeable and primitive emotions are provoked. The implications are immense and the resulting soul-searching poignant. Other aspects of the story are the growing apart of an essentially loving married couple and the enormity of the effect of religious belief in a life and death situation. I hope Ian McEwan writes another book soon


The Lies Between Us
The Lies Between Us
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read, 18 Aug. 2015
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I really enjoyed this book; it held me totally enthralled on a long coach journey and kept me distracted through traffic jams and motorway chaos.

One of the astonishing features of the story was how vividly the two main periods in the book (1963 and 1987) are brought to life. In 1963 were beehive hairstyles, Butterick paper patterns and the Beatles and I for one can remember it as if it were yesterday. 1987 gave us Grange Hill, floppy discs and Maggie Thatcher. Also that year were the terrible gales and Michael Fish’s moment of infamy. All these come to life in the story. Even more than the fashions, the music, the politics and the news however, the author shows her complete awareness of the prevailing attitudes that permeated life at those times.

We meet Kathleen first in 1963; we meet her daughter Eva in 1987 and the story moves with ease between the two eras. The contrasts between the two lives are so vivid.

Although in many ways mother and daughter’s lives are almost parallel, the effects of the particular age in which each was born make their experiences and reactions to them profoundly different. To give more detail at this point would spoil the story for you so I hesitate to continue.

The book could almost be described as a piece of social history and can be enjoyed at this level. On another level it is a thoughtful, compassionate and sensitive observation of human dilemmas and tragedies and the fallout from these. As the title suggests it shows understanding of communications within families and why in some situations telling the truth is not thought to be wise.

It is a thoroughly good read with well described characters who come to life and seem as real as one’s neighbours


The Iceberg: A Memoir
The Iceberg: A Memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, poignant account, 19 May 2015
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A beautifully written, poignant account of living with a dying husband


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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 8 Mar. 2015
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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything
by Jane Hawking
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 22 Feb. 2015
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A moving and thought provoking story. Jane Hawking describes the pain and joy of her life with with Stephen. Her resilience is admirable and her ability to forgive utterly commendable.
Although the film is a masterpiece and can be enjoyed on many levels the book, as a personal and authentic testament, is more satisfyinng.


My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient
My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and helpful account of coping with illness, 15 Sept. 2014
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A moving account of a doctor's experience of coping with a life threatening disorder. We learn of his reactions to the diagnosis and treatment; the complications and side effects. He finds himself cast into the unchosen role of patient and recognises his previously accepted sense of invincibility and invulnerability as a physician. He discovers the reality of the investigations to which he has subjected his young patients.

Although at times devastated and diminished physically and emotionally by the illness he stoically and determinedly struggles to maintain control of his life by continuing to work as much as he is able....and, of vital importance to him, persisting with his running regime.

He learns how to cope with patients' reactions to his illness, making the decision to be as open as possible with them. This openness continues with his working colleagues too.

A fascinating insight into the implications of being 'on the other side' of the doctor-patient relationship and the reverberations of ill health on not only the individual but on their family, loved ones and co-workers.

It is worth reading by other doctors perhaps struggling with their own medical problems. I think they may well identify with some of Dr. Kurland's reactions and attitudes which could be helpful.


The Other Side
The Other Side
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor as Patient; Patient as Doctor, 10 Sept. 2014
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'The Other Side' and 'The Bright Side' are the heartrending account of a young doctor's experience of terminal illness. She describes vividly and poignantly the emotional and physical response to diagnosis and ongoing treatment. She is very aware of the compexity of being a patient and a doctor and is sensitive to other medical professionals' response to this.

In spite of her illness she returns to work and feels able to communicate better and make wiser decisions especially regarding end of life care. Her attitude to life is one of 'pragmatic stoicism' together with a positive enjoyment of her 'bucket list'. What an example she is!

I think these books will be enormously helpful to anyone coping with a life threatening disease.
I would recommend them also to all medical students and doctors as an eye opener to the experience of being a patient.

The proceeds of the books go to The Yorkshire Cancer Charity


A Song for Issy Bradley
A Song for Issy Bradley
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reflecting on it, 27 July 2014
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A harrowing read exploring raw grief, rigid adherence to religious belief and confusion and worry in children. Yet there is beauty in it and poignancy and plausibility in plot and personalities. A gentle and tender touch by the writer ensures a book that draws you in, is provocative and emotionally stirring, and leaves you reflecting on its depths for days after completing it. Thank you Carys Bray.


Looking For Alex
Looking For Alex
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read, 1 Mar. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It is the first adult fiction from this writer better known for her children’s stories.

The characters come alive in the script and are well drawn, believable and likeable as they come and go in this multi-layered drama.

There is a fascinating plot with lots of twists and turns and surprises along the way with intrigue and suspense and unpredictability all of which keep you turning the pages and wanting to know what happens next.

We realise that there is a mystery about Alex. Gradually the threads untangle and her story becomes clear, The implications and consequences of different relationships become evident and as secrets are revealed the pieces of the jigsaw gradually fit together to make an interesting and complete picture.

The story moves between Sheffield and London both of which the author obviously knows well and describes vividly. It also moves between the 1970s and the present day. The shifts between the two eras do not disrupt the story however but seem to connect with one another seamlessly and the atmosphere and attitudes and values of each are conveyed authentically.

There is a subtlety to the writing in that the author doesn’t explain everything. For example there is a light touch when dipping back into Alex’s childhood which for me at least works better than a detailed account of what exactly occurred. More evident are the insights we perceive regarding the effect of a troubled childhood on the development of the teenager and adult.

I’ll say no more for fear of revealing too much about the story! Do buy it, read it and enjoy.


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