I’ve been reading some good books this month:
Along with Tea and Chemo, this is probably going to be a book I’ll recommend to a whole lot of people (undergoing treatment or friends with those who do). I’ve read this book in 2 sittings whilst trying to deal with fatigue as I’m returning to work/upping my exercise – and been thrown into a chemical menopause in 8 weeks as part of my maintenance treatment. You can tell that Deborah used to be a teacher – the book is well structured and there are take-away tips at the end of every chapter. I’ve listened to Deborah on #youmebigc podcast, and interact on Instagram – and felt like I could hear her voice coming through – especially her sense of humour and hope. I’ve turned down a few pages to return to, and I think @beyondchoc would also like her advocacy of learning what to eat that makes you feel good, rather than because someone tells you it’ll be good for you!! Highly recommended – and thankful that she’s still here to see the book launch!!!
This is one very powerful memoir written after the author is already known for fiction and cultural commentary (not that I’ve read any of those – yet).
The book is structured around varying length chapters, very personal in tone, almost as if the author is thinking out loud.
I’ve read a lot about the body positivity movement, etc and Roxane seems to come close to many of my own experiences of it – learning self care and respect even if you never love the body you’re in – finding a better way to live with it – in the face of a world that shouts that you have no right to take up so much space.
This book was put forward for the #YBCN book club, and I consumed it in one evening of insomnia! I have studied the holocaust extensively through my history A-Levels/degree, etc. and visited Auschwitz/Mauthausen so was able to picture a huge amount of this book very clearly as I was reading it.
When I was reading this book, I thought it was fiction, and was thinking it’s detail was very on-point, but at the end, it’s clear that this is drawing upon a lot of personal memories from the key character(s) – so it has all the pros/cons of a biography. I’m interested that there’s a plan for a second book on one of the other characters who I felt got a very raw deal post-war (forced to sleep regularly with an SS Officer, then convicted as a collaborator).
There’s some very interesting ethical and moral dilemmas highlighted within this book – how far would you go to keep yourself alive? How far would you go to keep the one you love alive?
Another powerful memoir, which is part faith/life exploration, but there’s a lot of travel writing in there too. Kate has been fortunate to visit many parts of the world – and then found a way to use her PR skills to change the lives of some of the world’s neediest.
I feel a lot of parallels – being a driven person, always too busy, a traveller, an enquiring mind … and of course breast cancer which really makes you stop and reassess your life.
I really enjoyed this book – another one I picked up to read a bit of, and ended up reading in 2 sessions. I can’t believe the author (was) only 25 at time of writing! She’s been through so much though so I guess that makes you more mature …
A real ‘life journey’ of coping with boarding school & uni & starting life after – with a body that keeps landing you in hospital and covers you in scars, and the potential career that emerged from that … and now as a body confidence coach – worth a follow on Instagram!
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.