Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker | Book Review

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Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker - 5/5
"Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want. Except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim - heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop - she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But foul-mouthed little Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

As Tonya fiercely resists Mummy's attempts to make her into the perfect child, Kim is demonised by the media as a 'scummy mummy', who deserves to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media's rules, Kim begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle..."

Oh my goodness, this book! What an opener! You know in Friends when Joey has to put The Shining in the freezer? That is me with Call Me Mummy.

It is mostly told from the perspectives of "Mummy" and Kim. Pregnant Kim is in a clothing store with her children, not paying much attention to them. "Mummy" keeps an eye on her, thinking that she is lucky to even have children. She instantly classes her as a bad mother.

One of Kim's children, Tonya, wanders off and "Mummy" sees an adult sized bite mark on her arm and decides that she needs to rescue her. So she takes her.

The book follows the aftermath, Kim and partner Steve's life following the abduction and the birth of their new baby. Kim is portrayed by the media as a "scummy mummy" and the internet trolls come out in full force. 

We learn about Tonya's life in this new ladies' house and having a six-year-old daughter myself, this was hard reading considering the character of Tonya is the same age.

Both Kim and "Mummy" have had troubled pasts and these are very well-developed and honestly hard to read about. 

This book really pulls at every emotion and I am just in awe at how it is written. Absolutely fantastic, but I am a little traumatised!

Friday, 26 February 2021

Damage by Caitlin Wahrer | Cover Reveal #Damage #TheDamageIsDone

I am so excited to join in with the cover reveal for Damage by Caitlin Wahrer.

Coming 8th July 2021 from Michael Joseph Books, it sounds absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait to read it.



TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when Nick badly hurt and it looks like he was the victim of sexual assault, Tony's anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony's obsession with Nick's case. She's always known Tony has a temper. But does she really know what he's capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything's a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain, and the man who hurt him doesn't deny doing it. But he says the whole thing was consensual.

Three ordinary people; one life-shattering event. When the police get involved with this family in crisis, all the cracks will start to show...

If this has intrigued you as much as it has me, you can pre-order now from Waterstones and Amazon

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley | Book Review

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The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley - 5/5
"Six strangers with one thing in common: their lives aren't always what they make them out to be.

What would happen if they told the truth instead?

Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The Authenticity Project - a small green notebook containing the truth about his life.

Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood café, Julian never expects Monica, the owner, to track him down after finding it. Or that she'll be inspired to write down her own story.

Little do they realize that such small acts of honesty hold the power to impact all those who discover the notebook and change their lives completely."

I love this novel so much! It's like a hug in a book.

A green exercise book is left at Monica's Café with The Authenticity Project written on the front of it. Upon opening, Monica sees a letter written by 79-year-old Julian Jessop who states that he has been lonely since his wife Mary died 15 years ago. The finder of the book is then encouraged to write their own message and pass the book on.

Monica can't get Julian out of her head and after learning that he is an artist, tries to get him to teach an art class in the evening at Monica's Café.

The Authenticity Project book is passed along and we meet other characters such as Hazard; a 38-year-old addict, Riley; a 30-year-old Australian gardener, Alice; a 26-year-old new mum and influencer and Lizzie; a 65-year-old nanny.

All of their stories come together in different ways and it is just a joy to read. We see each character come to terms with where they are going wrong in life while making new friendships and connections. The book changes all of their lives.

I love every single character in this book. They are developed exceptionally well and I especially love Julian and his eccentricity! I can relate to Alice a lot too.

I 100% recommend this book but maybe have tissues for the end! 

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The Tao Of Bowie by Mark Edwards | Book Review

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The Tao Of Bowie by Mark Edwards - 4/5
"Buddhism was central to David Bowie's life, but he was a wide-ranging thinker who also drew meaning from other sources including Jungian psychology, Nietzschean philosophy and Gnosticism. The Tao Of Bowie condenses these concepts - the ideas that inspired and supported Bowie throughout his life and career - into ten powerful lessons, each with a series of exercises, mediations and techniques to encourage readers to apply these learnings to their own lives.

The Tao Of Bowie will help readers understand who they really are, clarify their purpose in life, manage their emotions and cope with setbacks and change. This fresh approach to the search for spirituality and happiness unites the perennial human quest for answers with the extraordinary mind and unique career of one of the most important cultural figures of the past half-century."

This book came into my life at just the right time. I, like many others, am finding this lockdown particularly hard and I am finding that I'm having more down days than up days.

The Tao Of Bowie is essentially therapy in a book. It is partly about Bowie and partly about you. It shows us how to go on a journey of self discovery using Bowie as a gateway.

Before finding fame, Bowie was about to become a monk, following the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Bowie picked a collection of ideas from the world's greatest spiritual leaders, philosophers, scientists, psychologists and artists and lived his life by them. The author uses these to compile ten powerful life lessons. 

The book is split into ten chapters, each with a sub-chapter; how it fits with Bowie's life, the lesson we can learn and then 'Your Path' which basically puts us in the situation and gives us activities and exercises to do. It teaches us how to meditate and builds on this as the chapters go on.

My personal favourite is "Change your relationship with your thoughts". This is a chapter I will definitely refer back to. I love the advice to see your sadness as a sad child or friend. Don't push that feeling away. It (you) needs love and attention.

Whether you are a Bowie fan or not, this is a great self-help book.