Medical · Non-Fiction · Prison story

Stitched Up: Stories of Life & Death From A Prison Doctor – Dr Shahed Yousaf ★★★★

Blurb: ‘Stories that will curl your toes, make you laugh out loud and break your heart all at the same time.’
PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK, author of All That Remains

Why would anyone want to work with thieves, murderers and rapists?

Told from the inside out, this is a harrowing, humorous and hard-hitting tale of life behind bars by a prison doctor who has seen it all. Literally.

Dr Shahed Yousaf spends his time running between emergencies – from overdoses to assaults, from cell fires to suicides – with one hand perpetually hovering over the panic button. Being a prison doctor is not for the faint-hearted.

An outsider on the inside, in Stitched Up he introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters, including killers, con men and auto-cannibals. To Dr Yousaf, they are patients first and prisoners second – because any one of us could end up on the wrong side of the law.

Dedicated to caring for people on the margins of society, he tells us honestly and compassionately what it’s like to be their doctor in a system that’s chronically overcrowded, drastically under-resourced and all too easy to ignore. But while the system is failing, he and his colleagues are doing their very best to prop it up. In stories that are frequently harrowing, sometimes humorous and always hard-hitting, we discover how difficult it is to be locked up – but that there is still hope for all those who dare to care.

My Review: I picked this up from the library one off my wishlist and I am so glad I read it. Devoured this over two days. I have always been fascinated with prisons and prison life so this gave me a brilliant inside look to being a Dr within a prison and all that he has seen and dealt with and it isn’t an easy job. One I couldn’t do. One that can change your whole life. But a job that can also save and change lives of the prisoners he deals with. I absolutely loved his story. Highly recommend. I applaud you sir. Thank you for your service. A well deserved four stars.

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Children's · Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Be More Taylor ★★★★

Blurb; What would Taylor do?

Songwriting genius, poised performer, warm-hearted friend-we’d all love to be a bit more like Taylor Swift. This brilliant guide will show you how.

Whether it is standing up for yourself and your friends, opening your heart to love, or refusing to let others write your reputation, these life lessons will help you shake off your troubles and become folklore for Swifties everywhere.

Containing advice on love, friendship, overcoming fears, being yourself, and finding creative inspiration, Be More Taylor Swift is the perfect gift for Taylor Swift fans.

My Review; This is not written by Taylor this is unofficial. But a brilliant little hardback book at just under 100 pages. An easy read full of life, relationship, friendship and career advice we can all learn from Taylor. Perfect for any little swift fans. Easy reading. Beautifully laid out and illustrated. A fab little book that could be educational and powerful for younger readers. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Bestsellers · Non-Fiction

All On The Board: Inspirational quotes from the TFL underground duo ★★★★★

Blurb; A BOOK TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY – A GIFT OF HOPE, COMFORT, POSITIVITY, OPENNESS AND LOVE FOR ANY OCCASION – INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM THE TFL UNDERGOUND DUO

Transport for London employees and dynamic masked duo, All on the Board (aka Jeremy and Ian), made it their mission to bring smiles to the faces of London commuters through writing creative messages, quotes and poems on the underground’s service information boards. ‘We were tired of looking at a board that just said “keep right” and thought can’t we do something a bit more fun?’.

Fast-forward 3 years, they’ve grown a community of 750,000+ online fans and have a plethora of celebrity supporters. Through their magical words, they’ve marked momentous occasions, celebrated countless artists, legends and heroes, raised awareness of mental health and hidden illnesses and sprinkled thousands of our daily journeys with positivity, humour and love. Their kind messages remind us all that we’re in it together and now, with their beautiful, colourful collection of quotes, stories and drawings you can add joy to your day wherever you are and however you’re feeling.

CHAPTERS INCLUDE: Positively Positive, Raising Awareness, Love, Always Remembered, Random Pleasures & Simple Treasures, Mental Health, Legends, Real Life Heroes, Occasions & Celebrations, London, In It Together

My Review; Imagine my surprise seeing this for 99p on Kindle. Now I didn’t even know these guys did a book. It’s one of those things where I see certain signs on Facebook that people have shared and relate with. A bit of good in this world. This book includes many signs tackling a whole range of topics. An easy read. Some great advice, quotes and thoughts have been put into these signs. I love how we get to know about the two guys behind it all too and how they wish to remain anonymous.

Would highly recommend. These two guys have started something which has become huge. Everyone can relate to. Loved it! A well deserved five stars from me.

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