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The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowlers

Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. – Opening sentence If you consider yourself a book lover, then you NEED this book. It’s a very well put-together collection of authors who used to be popular, but have drifted into obscurity over the years. Christopher Fowler, the author behind this book, spent 10 years putting this collection together; “The forgotten authors wrote the popular paperbacks that shaped our imaginations and became touchstones in out lives. They were influential and often hugely successful, were adapted for television and theatre, but still vanished from bookshelves. What happened to these writers and their novels? The project of unearthing them became a ten-year labour of love that made me new friends around the world, as the loved ones of writers got in touch and offered their stories. Soon I had over 450 authors in my files, and what had started out as a small weekly newspaper…

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

‘The last thing one settles in writing a book,’ Pascal observes, ‘is what one should put in first.’ So, having written, collected and arranged these strange tales, having selected a title and two epigraphs, I must now examine what I have done – and why. – Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks remains one of the world’s best-known neurologists, even after his death in 2015. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat is a collection of Sack’s more notable patients encountered during his career. Divided into four sections, Sacks groups these patients into four parts; Losses, Excesses, Transports and The World of the Simple. It’s a fascinating, and heartbreaking, insight into neurology and the way the brain works. I studied Psychology at A Level and have always enjoyed learning about why we are the way we are, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat captivated me at once. From the man who…

Doodle a Poodle & Colour a Cat by Hannah Rollings

Since when did adult colouring books become a thing? Well, for me, there are two reasons why I love colouring books: I still don’t consider myself as a real ‘adult’ (denial?!) I’ve always been arty and constantly doodle on every small scrap of paper available So when Michael O’Mara Books sent me two new colouring books to review, I was one happy doodler! At first I wasn’t entirely sure if this blog was the right platform to review colouring books, as I normally stick to novels. But then I realised that I am a book lover, and this is a book blog, and that there are hundreds and thousands of books outside the scope of novels. Regardless of whether they contain words or pictures, books of all kinds can bring joy and peace and entertainment. So, on with the review. Doodle a Poodle and Colour a Cat, both by Hannah Rollings, are two…

Alcatraz #1259 by William G. Baker

Hello. – Opening sentence In September 2015, after almost a year of saving money (I’m not all that good at saving money), I flew to San Francisco and spent two weeks travelling to LA with a bunch of strangers. It was awesome. I saw some amazing sights, met some amazing people, and had some amazing experiences. Whilst in San Francisco, I visited the famous Alcatraz Island, home of the now-decaying Alcatraz prison that once held some of the biggest names in American crime history (Al Capone and Whitey Bulger to name a few). I walked through the cell-block, sat on the concrete bleachers in the recreation ground and attempted to imagine what it must have like to live for days on end in the dreaded “hole”. It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like for those who lived their sentences in Alcatraz, but I remember thinking how cruel…

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