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Book Review: Walking a Tightrope by Olivia Cox-Fill

History buffs! Are you ready to step back in time in China? Here we go! Goodreads Blurb Walking a Tightrope: Memories of Wu Jeiping, personal physician to China's leaders by Olivia Cox-Fill When Dr Wu Jieping was selected by Chinese Premier Zhou En lai as his personal physician, he had little choice in the matter … Continue reading Book Review: Walking a Tightrope by Olivia Cox-Fill

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Book Review: Girl with a Gun by Diana Nammi and Karen Attwood

I'm delving into non-fiction territory again today. Usually, it is not my favourite genre, but this sure is one hell of a book. Goodreads Blurb Girl with a Gun: Love, loss and the fight for freedom in Iran by Diana Nammi and Karen Attwood. Diana Nammi became a fighter with the Peshmerga when she was … Continue reading Book Review: Girl with a Gun by Diana Nammi and Karen Attwood

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Book Review: Cerebral Palsy: A Story: Finding the Calm After the Storm by Ilana Estelle

I'm delving into to the world of non-fiction today. Are you ready to join me? Goodreads Blurb Cerebral Palsy: A Story: Finding the Calm After the Storm by Ilana Estelle Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born … Continue reading Book Review: Cerebral Palsy: A Story: Finding the Calm After the Storm by Ilana Estelle

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Book Excerpt: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner by Mariëlle S. Smith

Hello! Today I have something a bit different for you: a book excerpt. Budding writers will especially love this one! Keep scrolling to discover why and to get a sneak peek between the pages. Blurb 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner by Mariëlle S. Smith Are you ready to become the writer you … Continue reading Book Excerpt: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner by Mariëlle S. Smith

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Book Review: The Friendship Key by Winfried Sedhoff

As much as we like to think we can face this world alone, life is much better when it includes friendship. Sadly, it's not something all of us can easily achieve. Luckily, Winfried Sedhoff is here with some good advice so we can at least make a go of it. Goodreads Blurb The Friendship Key … Continue reading Book Review: The Friendship Key by Winfried Sedhoff

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Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

You may have noticed from reading Joyful Antidotes that there is a distinct lack of non-fiction reviews published. There is a simple reason for that: I don't get along with non-fiction books. I often find them tedious to read and would rather learn about a topic by watching a documentary or via a fictional story. … Continue reading Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

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Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

*Trigger Warning* This book deals with anorexia and bulimia. Blurb Not Me by Marianne Dissard French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded and toured with members of alt-Americana bands Giant Sand and Calexico. Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heartbreaking.  Equally so her first book, Not … Continue reading Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

An Author on Trial Book Review

Book Review: An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio

Imagine one of your books being banned before it was ever even published and this event having a massively negative impact on your career. This is exactly what happened to Italian author Giuseppe Jorio. Goodreads Blurb An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio In 1939, the Italian writer Giuseppe Jorio (1902 - 1995) enjoyed great … Continue reading Book Review: An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio

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Book Review: Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide by James Essinger

Any budding authors out there? Probably. Don't we all start out as book lovers? Anyway, if you're ready to take the first step into writing, I have the perfect beginners guide for you. Blurb Writing Fiction - a user-friendly guide by James Essinger draws on the author’s more than thirty years of experience as a … Continue reading Book Review: Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide by James Essinger

Book Review: Finding Blossoms in the Darkness by Simin Sarikhani

Mental health is a topic very close to my heart and it is always a pleasure reviewing books that deal with the topic. Today I bring you such a book and it is one of the most beautiful I have read in a while. Review Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is a wonderful book by … Continue reading Book Review: Finding Blossoms in the Darkness by Simin Sarikhani