An interesting premise, some interesting insights into Japanese culture, but ending felt rushed & characters not entirely rounded out.
I enjoyed reading this, very journalistic insights, a little bit anthropological mixed with some psychology. Interesting insights into the fact that the state provides so much support that people seem to have a lot more freedom … hence the ‘happiness factor’.
A very engrossing book, dealing with PTSD caused by the Holocaust, and a return to memories. Fairly gentle whilst dealing with a grim topic.
I enjoyed this trilogy – insights into a world when women are a scarce resource, the hope and fear of opening up after years of being enclosed, and a happy, but not soppy happy ending – life is still tough!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.