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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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