REVIEW: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

In brief: This is Adam's life as a junior doctor. Next to no sleep, unpaid overtime and missing family and friends. The good: It's also quite funny. The not-so-good: The ending is heartbreaking. Why I chose it: Enjoy a medical memoir. Year: 2017 Pages: 279 Publisher: Picador (Pan Macmillan) Setting: Hospitals of England I'm a... Continue Reading →

Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis

In brief: The story of Sarah's walk (yes, walk) from Siberia to Australia – through snow, heat, storms and interruptions you would have dreamed about. It's a unique adventure through a range of landscapes. The good: Fascinating as to how people live and the barriers overcome. The not-so-good: Some sad parts and scary parts for... Continue Reading →

Almost Sincerely by Zoe Norton Lodge

In brief: The stories of a childhood in inner-suburban Sydney will have you laughing, snorting and recognising a few familiar scenes from your own childhood. The good: Funny, witty and a perfect winter read (as in you can't move from the couch until you've finished it). The not-so-good: It wasn't quite a weekend's worth of... Continue Reading →

I, Migrant by Sami Shah

In brief: Sami Shah's story, from growing up in Pakistan to covering breaking news as a news producer and then moving to Australia as a stand-up comedian. The good: Sami writes very well, with honesty and wry satire. It's interesting and funny. The not-so-good: It was all over too quickly! Why I chose it: Interested... Continue Reading →

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

In brief: A memoir of Joanna's first job – an assistant at The Agency, a literary agency that represents J.D. Salinger. This is her year of pedal-powered Dictaphones, typewriters and letters to Jerry. The good: It has an other-worldly quality to it – a look into the past (both recent and not-so-recent). The not-so-good: It... Continue Reading →

Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

A quick rundown… Becky is a young widow, disenchanted with the tag and options available. So she sets out to join with other young widows in this sad, happy and funny memoir. Strengths: Really interesting look at the way society classifies widows and expectations of their behaviour. Weaknesses: Sometimes quite sad. Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

The Midwife’s Here! by Linda Fairley

A quick rundown… The story of how one of Britain's longest serving midwives became a nurse and midwife in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Strengths: Interesting to see how things have changed Weaknesses: Lacked the emotion seen in Jennifer Worth's stories (perhaps because it's ghost written) Why I read it: Withdrawal from Call the Midwife... Continue Reading →

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