After lots of academic or cancer books, just what I needed this week – perfect mix of humour and vulnerability:
I really enjoyed this book, and read it over a few evenings. I thought it had a gentle mix of humour and vulnerability (the things I always say online encourage people to like/share), mixed in with a real dose of ‘real life’. I grew up expected to have a ‘stiff upper lip’ at funerals, but otherwise I can see so much of the ‘nurture’ for what men/women are expected to demonstrate (or not) emotionally, and thought Robert demonstrated this well, along with some insights as to how to it had impacted on him long term, and some of the ways he’s found to come to terms with it. Good to see someone using their comedy and celebrity value to put important issues in the public eye.
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) 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.