Medical · Non-Fiction

Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shephard ★★★★

Blurb; The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak …

As the country’s top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead.

When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right – and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

From serial killer to natural disaster, ‘perfect murder’ to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity’s darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn’t flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.

My Review; I picked this one up cause I had seen it around a lot and thought it was similar to This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. Same genre (medical), TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

This is a non fiction book with an indepth look in to the life/work of a Pathologist and I when I say indepth I mean it. Parts are very descriptive, Stomach turning. It will take you on a real life journey to many post mortems from babies to the elderly and all in between. Which may be an unpleasant and an unsuitable read for some readers.

However, it is an eye opening read, I learnt a lot from this book. It contains some of the worlds biggest terror attacks and devastating incidents. We get a good glimpse into what happens after death, how they reach verdicts and how pathologists conduct their work. It is brutally honest and fascinating. A real page turner and brilliantly written.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend to you all.

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Comedy · contemporary · Medical · Non-Fiction

This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay ★★★★★

Blurb; Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

My Review; WOW! I got this book and dropped everything to read it. This book will be going straight into my top 20 of 2018. It’s bloody brilliant. A must buy. A must read. A bestseller. Now I don’t usually read much non-fiction but after all the hype around this story I am so glad I decided to read it and also the cover appealed to me.

This book is a real eye opener to all readers about Dr’s and the NHS as a whole. It gave me a whole new found of respect for doctors and NHS workers. As a reader who has noone working for the NHS or knows anything about it at all (except having two births) I was shocked and grateful for what Dr’s really do have to go through each and every day.

Also throughout this book I learnt so much new information that I would never have known if I didn’t pick up this book. It’s good to gain some knowledge right? Parts had me laughing out loud, parts had me gagging and parts had me nearly in tears! You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions while reading this book but nevertheless you will devour it.

The book is told through diary extracts making it an easy to read book and fast paced! If I didn’t have kids I would have devoured this in one sitting. I am very impressed and loved this book! I think the population as a whole needs more awareness about the NHS and what happens technicly behind closed doors and this is exactly what Adam has done.

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend if you haven’t beat me to it already! Brilliant. Outstanding. Loved it. Thanks Adam Kay for a great read.

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