Category Archives: health

Living, Thinking, Looking by Siri Hustvedt

You might be thinking that I’m a little bit obsessed with Siri Hustvedt by now, and you would probably be right. This is how I like to roll with my reading. I read a book and then it reminds me … Continue reading

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Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich (translated by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait)

“What do savages understand about lightning?” Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, a win which was greeted with a mass ‘eh’ from the West, as Alexievich was not a well-known writer in the Western literary world. … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

After reading Cure I found myself with a real appetite for reading books about medical science. I think the non-fiction books I love have distinct categories and themes: nature (of course), travel, psychology and medicine. I find the human experience … Continue reading

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Cure – a journey into the science of mind over body by Jo Marchant

I find books about health, the nature of the mind and body really fascinating, so this book by Jo Marchant was always going to be right up my street. In Cure, Marchant explores the concept of the mind influencing the … Continue reading

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