Thoughts and Reviews, Uncategorized

From the Bookshelf to the Bedside …

The Orang-utan Librarian wrote a post about monthly TBRs, which you can read here and that is what inspired today’s post. I think it might give a look into what I’m usually reading.

I do genuinely wonder sometimes how can I read four books at once. Sometimes there seems to be so many books you just seem unable to choose one!

So I’m going to list some of the books cluttered around my bedside. There’s a few of them that are bookmarked. I do read some of one book, and then am tempted by another.

First of all, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I do love this book, with Harry going through his moody teenager stage. It is difficult to curl up with this one. It’s 765 pages, and I have a hardback copy, so I am forever smacking myself in the face with the book as my wrists get tired.

Johnny is nineteen. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic – in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last nineteen years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with.

This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism – it’s about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest sometimes comical day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.

I have ARC copies of A Normal Family, and Under the Knife (you’ll see a theme emerging here) I borrowed from the library Matron on Call by Joan Woodcock. I have been reading a lot of nursing memoirs this year.

I do love non fiction. I am a sponge of knowledge. I just want to learn everything there is.

Camera Girl is the true story of a woman fighting to save the family she loves. When the bailiff’s came knocking, Doreen discovered that her husband was an alcoholic and her family was on the brink of financial ruin. There was only one thing she could do; in order to save her children, she was going to have to walk away from them.

At the start of the sixties, the London newsroom of a national newspaper was not for the faint-hearted, nor usually, a woman. But Doreen Spooner – the first female photographer on Fleet Street – found herself back at her old newspaper – fighting for her right to be accepted in a man’s world. She went on to capture some of the most exciting times and famous faces of the 20th century.

Leaving her children and housewife role at the door each day, Doreen entered a world of political scandals, glamorous movie stars and royal indiscretions.
In the evening she’d go home to South London, cook supper and put the kids to bed. She struggled with the issues many woman face today – guilt at leaving her children, unease at outshining her husband.

Camera Girl, is a trial-blazing memoir of an ordinary woman determined to fulfil her talent and raise her family. It includes a selection of Doreen’s amazing pictures. Her story is, often funny, sometimes tragic but always inspiring.

Camera Girl is a must read. Doreen was a photographer for a national newspaper. Now this was in the fifties and sixties, so newspapers were male dominated environments, and women just made the tea. Doreen stepped back from her job to be a mum, but she finds out her husband is an alcoholic, and has racked up tons of debt, so Doreen returns to Fleet Street. It’s amazing to read about a woman succeeding despite everything.

The Collected Short Stories Jean Rhys

With writers from the past I wonder how they ever began writing, because the writing appears to have come from the streets to the page with ease. It’s dreamy.

F Scott Fitzgerald is another short story writer sprinkled with gold dust.

Then we have

Sunshine Melissa Lee – Houghton

Search Party George the Poet

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to? Do you have any recommendations?

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