Bestsellers · Medical · Non-Fiction

Undoctored – Adam Kay ★★★★

Blurb; Adam Kay’s secret diary from his time as a junior doctor This is Going to Hurt was the publishing phenomenon of the century. It has been read by millions, translated into 37 languages, and adapted into a major BBC television series. But that was only part of the story.

Now, Adam Kay returns and will once again have you in stitches in his painfully funny and startlingly powerful follow-up, Undoctored: The Story of a Medic Who Ran Out of Patients. In his most honest and incisive book yet, he reflects on what’s happened since hanging up his scrubs and examines a life inextricably bound up with medicine. Battered and bruised from his time on the NHS frontline, Kay looks back, moves forwards and opens up some old wounds.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, horrifying and humbling, Undoctored is the astonishing portrait of a life by one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers.

My Review; I have loved all of Adams previous books so ofcourse I had to read this, he is so honest, blunt and truthful in what he says and writes. This is a huge insight into Adams personal life and Employment life. Some very funny stories within and some alarming health scare ones. It’s also evident Adam isn’t a fan of going to hospitals himself even as a previous DR. I enjoyed every page. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · Medical · Non-Fiction

Happy From Head to Toe – Fearne Cotton ★★★★

Blurb; Fearne Cotton provides practical and engaging tools to guide children to a better understanding of themselves and their feelings.

Once again, Fearne brings her breadth of experience as a parent to this second interactive book for children aged 7+. This is full of exciting, colorful activities for your child to draw, write, imagine, and explore their way to getting to know themselves better and feeling more balanced. Fearne encourages kids to learn to process their feelings independently, with a little help from her along the way. This book provides children with the space to manage their own feelings and equip them with emotional skills that they can carry into their teenage years, and beyond.

My Review; Huge Fearne Cotton fan. I devoured all this one night. A brilliant informative read. Aimed at children but even me at 28 years old I learnt a lot from this and things I can use and pass on to my own children. Plenty of tips and tricks throughout for all body parts. Illustrated throughout and great design. Easy reading. It also includes a lot of other famous faces with their words of wisdom like Joe Wicks, Tom Daly and Tom Fletcher etc. A very useful book to have in this day and age and one I believe that should be in every school library. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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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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