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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

February 7, 2019

I've been a follower of Matt Haig's for years. Regularly trawling through his twitter feed in awe of how he dealt and continues to deal with mental illness. He's turned what is often considered a negative into a driving force for good. Both for himself and the general population. I decided I wanted to read Reasons to Stay Alive when it came out but never got around to…

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A Vindication on the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

January 21, 2019

This book is about as exciting as it sounds from the title. Don't get me wrong I understand her views and agree with a fair amount of what Mary Wollstonecraft says in this book. However, 200+ pages of very similar if not the same point reiterated in a slightly different order...which synonymous words and phrases is not fun. Also nor is the fact that this is painful to…

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

December 30, 2018

I still lack any idea what this book entailed, nor can I accurately describe it. Simply because it was chaos. Complete and utter chaos. Though I'm not entirely sure what I expected from self professed Opium induced musings. De Quincey spent most of his life addicted to Opium and its derivatives and intended to chronicle his time on the drug. It's interesting when you consider that but to…

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Hiroshima by John Hersey

December 17, 2018

I didn't think this book would grip me the way it did. I knew very little of the A-Bomb drop on Hiroshima, only that it happened if I'm honest, but Hersey's account opened my eyes. He recounted real peoples experiences from the moments before the drop, during, directly after and many years after. It's unbelievable to think that one moment could have such an impact across time. When…

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Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son by Gordon Burn

November 2, 2018

Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son is perhaps the most terrifying book I've read. It's a biographical account of the life of Peter Sutcliffe, otherwise known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Burn takes us from his childhood right up to the moment he was sentenced for his crimes. Covering everything from his jobs as a youth, his married life and his family. The detail was astounding. I can't recall how long…