To be honest, I’ve been watching a lot of Silent Witness this month, and returning to work, so less reading opportunities, but I’ve read 3 shorter books, all of which I rate highly:
Well, this book made me snort out loud several times. It’s not that long (excellent for those of us with messed up cancer brains). I can’t remember where I saw it advertised, but the title made me laugh. Sad to see that the author died in 2006 (five years after primary diagnosis) – which as someone living with bone mets = hard to see (but also see a lot amongst my (online) friends). Cancer DOES help you develop a black sense of humour and this is so on point!
Another short book that doesn’t take too long to read. I was recommended this after the last book I read (also cartoons about cancer). Both writers had metastatic cancer – so there’s a mix of reading it and nodding along in recognition of the hopes, fears, and side effects – and an extra dose of fear on recognition that this author also died last year (and was hopeful that treatment may keep everything in check for many years… it’s all so unpredictable)…
This is a short book designed to look behind the headlines into science research, written by a scientist with a passion for helping people understand what science does, and how it can help us as a society. The book has chapters on food, medicine, energy, the environment, and an overview of critical thinking – much needed in our current era in which people shout ‘fake news’. The book is very readable, chunked rather like a series of blogposts, and would work particularly well with late primary school/early secondary school level, and there are lots of links at the end of each chapter so more information can be followed up online. Writing this as #GretaThunberg is trending for #ClimateStrike, this book would be very relevant to help your child understand more.
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.