contemporary · Medical · Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Dear Nhs; 100 Stories to say Thank You Edited by Adam Kay ★★★★★

Blurb; Created and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million best seller ‘This is Going to Hurt’), ‘DEAR NHS’ features household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Kate Tempest, Lee Child, Tanni Grey Thomson, Bill Bryson, Trevor McDonald, Jack Whitehall, Michael Palin, Stanley Tucci and many, many more.

All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects and the Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.

The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In ‘DEAR NHS’, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the National Health Service has been there for them and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day – selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now.

They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.

This audiobook features readings by: Mary Beard, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Coles, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Naomie Harris, Si King, Joanna Lumley, Alexander McCall Smith, Trevor McDonald, Michael Palin, Kate Tempest, Stanley Tucci, K.T. Tunstall, Jack Whitehall, Jacqueline Wilson, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more.

A minimum of £1.61 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.08 will be paid to the Lullaby Trust.

My Review; This was amazing and it raises money for the NHS too so double win. It is a new release to tie in with the pandemic we have all and are currently experiencing. Inside contains 100 short stories from our favourite authors, celebs, musicians, chefs and comedians. These range from hilarious out of this world stories, heart breaking stories, deaths, births and honest everyday stories. We get a full range and all contain a thank you message within. There are also some beautiful poems within too. It really is a beautiful read put together by Adam Kay.

The thing that stood out to me and was mentioned a lot of time in this book is the amazement of the NHS staff and how it is all free. Just makes you go wow doesn’t it? The heart of the UK. The NHS. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me I’d give more if I could and a huge thank you to everyone working in our NHS. Keep going soldiers.

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chick-lit · Medical · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Life Lessons – J.E. Rowney ★★★★

Blurb; Life Lessons is a new adult chick-lit medical drama, with splashes of clean romance.
Expect an unputdownable emotional page-turner that will take you deep into the life lessons of a student midwife.

Violet wants to be a midwife, but she has struggled with anxiety throughout her teenage years.

With her best friend Zoe at her side, she gets a place at University and starts training for her dream job.

Can she overcome her fears and find the self-confidence to make it through her first year?

Will Zoe’s romance with their housemate spell dating disaster?

My Review; What a beautiful story. Life lessons is book one in the lessons of a student midwife series. The story focuses on Violet and her bestie Zoe, both heading off to University. Violet to become a midwife… Violet struggles with her anxiety and we see that throughout this story and how she overcomes her anxiety.

A lot of research and time has been put into this story. As a mother reading it it brought back both of my childrens births and the lovely midwife who was training, she did a brilliant job. There’s a lot to learn it’s not an easy job. But very rewarding. An interesting story, insightful. Amazing. I can’t wait to see what happens to Violet in her second year of University.

By her side the whole time is her bestie Zoe who is studying at the same Uni but a different course. They live in the same house share. There’s more of a romance story with Zoe in this book though. A brilliant read. One I won’t forget in a rush. A beautiful ending. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Medical · Non-Fiction

*BLOG TOUR* Alcoholic Doctor – Dr Anish Kurar ★★★

Blurb; Retired orthopaedic consultant Dr. Anish Kumar Kurar has worked in three countries accruing a wealth of experience managing critical conditions as well as taking fundamental steps to succeed amidst a climate of harsh reality. From scarring childhood memories during an impoverished upbringing, he has managed to climb to the top of his profession. Childhood abuse, a shift to alcohol as an insurance measure during adulthood, and the intense clinical demands of medical practice has resulted in a tough exterior; the journey from his primitive youth to an experienced consultant has been no holds barred. He has been publicly acclaimed in the media and presented with international awards from the Saudi Arabian government. Dr. Kurar proves that a little bit of grit can go a long way. This is his story.

My Review; This is a short book at only 75 pages long, a short read. The writing is also very small. I read this and it was not what I expected really. It is not similar to Adam Kays book or that genre. I would say this is more a biography. Yes, he is an alcoholic and a doctor but we dont get any stories of him working inside the hospital, more about his life, family, achievements and all the different countries and hospitals he has worked at.

It was still a good read, enlightening. Just not what I expected. There’s no chapters in this book just one story from beginning to end. However, I did read this in a day. He is a wise, clever and a thoughtful man regardless of the alcoholism. I award three stars for The Alcoholic Doctor. Still enjoyed it.

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