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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Non-Fiction · War

The Diary of Anne Frank – Abridged by Mirjam Pressler ★★★★★

Blurb; Anne Frank
Born in 1929 in Germany, Anne Frank spent two years of her life in astonishing circumstances: she was hidden with seven other people in a nest of rooms in Amsterdam.

The Diary of a Young Girl
Her diary tells of the life of a group of Jews waiting in fear of discovery by the Nazis. Yet within it, a tender love story slowly unfolds–from her shy avoidances of a young man named Peter to their incessant glances and fist kiss. Thus, her diary is not a lament but a song to life, no matter what the conditions, no matter what the threats.

My Review; With the 75 year anniversary of Auschwitz among us my library had a display and I chose this one to read. Now I will be the first to admit I should have read this years ago, but I am so glad I have read it now. Books like these really change your look and perspective of life. I have always been interested in Auschwitz and what happend I could read every book about it and I would still learn something new. Its horrible that this actually happened! Hard to believe.

This is Annes diary. It is told in diary segments so easy reading. Eye opening. Heart breaking. Upsetting. The ending really broke my heart and upset me. To still have her diary here is amazing. For that family to hide for as long as they did is amazing but turns out it was only borrowed time…

If like me you haven’t read it yet! I really would urge you to do so… Trust me. I think this should be a mandatory book for all to read in high school, a piece of history. Real. Raw. It’s there. I want to say I enjoyed this? But it feels wrong to do so… I devoured it in two days and even got up at 6am just to read it. There are not enough stars for book. This isn’t fiction. This happened and I can’t believe it. A must read.

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Skint Estate; A Memoir of Poverty, Motherhood & Survival – Cash Carraway ★★★★

Blurb; Cash Carraway is a single mum living in temporary accommodation. She’s been moved around the system since she left home at sixteen. She’s also been called a stain on society. And she’s caught in a poverty trap.

Skint Estate is the hard-hitting debut memoir about impoverishment, loneliness and violence – set against a grim landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows.

My Review; This isn’t my usual read as you could probably tell if you read my blog, but I saw this in the library and was interested. I’m lucky enough to have never been homeless or wonder where my next meal came from. I’m not rich but I have more than a lot of people in the UK.

I feel like I’ve read this book at the perfect time with the upcoming election and this book is real, everything in this book did happen, it’s not fiction. In fact many women and low income families face this everyday even in 2019, which is heartbreaking, disgusting and shocking.

Cash Carraway should be proud. She used her voice. She has told her story. There are thousands out there just like her. It’s an eye opening, thought provoking and hard hitting story. Well done for putting it out there. Very brave. Be proud! A well deserved four star read from me.

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