My Left Foot is the life story of Christy Brown, an individual born in 1930s Ireland with Cerebral Palsy. Written as an autobiography the book depicts his memories of his early life, the struggles and breakthroughs he made growing up in a large, healthy family, his eventual realisation and reaction to the fact he was … Continue reading My Left Foot By Christy Brown
Just before Christmas I was sent a copy of 'The mindfulness guide for the frazzled' (Ruby Wax's new book) with a selection of lovely de-stressing bits and bobs and asked to review it. I was a little bit dubious to start with - I mean who is Ruby Wax to write a mindfulness guide, but … Continue reading *Do you know when it’s time to defrazzle?
The soloist started life as a series of articles written for the Los Angeles Times by journalist Steve Lopez. This incredibly inspiring true story then became a best selling book before reaching the big screen in 2008 featuring Robert Downey Jnr and Jamie Foxx. It tells the story of a meeting between Lopez and Mr … Continue reading Book Review: The Soloist by Steve Lopez
Still Alice is the story of one woman's descent into dementia through early onset Alzheimer's Disease. 50 year old Alice Howland was a renowned psychology professor at Harvard, called upon to give guest lectures and speeches in her field around the globe. A busy professional with a choc-a-block schedule, when she first started experiencing moments … Continue reading Book Review: Still Alice By Lisa Genova
'I didn't go to the wrong house,' I say quietly, steadily, the assertion making me feel like a small child. 'I'm not stupid. Elizabeth is missing.' I take a shuddering breath in the silence. 'Why don't you care? Why won't anyone do anything?' I think I'm beginning to shout, but I can't help it. 'Anything … Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey