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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

And Still the Music Plays

And Still the Music Plays: Stories of people with dementia  by Graham Stokes was quite a good book. It was of interest to me as it reminded me of my mum who has dementia and is in a care home. Obviously I know her story before she came into the home but those of her fellow residents I don't. The theme of this book really is that people still act rationally even when they have dementia, the main difference being that they live entirely in the now.  The author has numerous cases where he basically figures out why a resident is behaving like he is and devises a care plan to suite the needs of the resident. They are all success stories, I am sure he has a few failures as well, it would have been nice to hear those who couldn't be figured out. A good book, a bit repetitive, and a reminder that real people are still inside the shells that they appear in the home where my mum lives. 7/10


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Do Fathers Matter?

Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn was just a series of "studies" that "proved" the importance of fathers. Books that just quote dozens of studies and draw conclusions which suit the author's agenda are ten a penny. 2/10


Monday, January 14, 2019

The Available Parent

The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens by John Duffy is the latest parenting book and was pretty similar to the rest. The same comment applies: you need to keep re-reading this book to really retain the knowledge in it. It's also one of those books where the title says it all and is the thing to retain if anything. The rest is detail and too generalised to be of much specific help. 5/10


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Why Won't My Teenager Talk to Me?

Why Won't My Teenager Talk to Me? by John Coleman is the first Parenting book that I manage to complete after a couple of false starts. My daughter is 12, so she's not quite there yet. The book is a very broad subject, it's difficult to take on board a lot of it, and I doubt many people will keep this by their bedside for when they have a problem to consult. In reality what I got from it was to listen and understand more. 5/10


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dead Simple


After months spent in non-fiction I returned to the fiction shelves for a book of short stories called Dead Simple. This crime selection was quite strong and of the 8 stories 5 were good, 2 were average and only 1 was bad. 7/10

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Past the 100 mark

I passed the 100 mark with Medical Detectives: The Lives & Cases of Britain's Forensic Five by Robin Odell a book about forensic pathologists. This was about the "Big 5" British men who occupied the limelight up to about the 1970s when everything started to change once computers were introduced. It's a fairly rambling book which launches from case to case with no clear divide. Interesting enough. 5/10

Coping with dyspraxia by Daniel Goldberg is useful but mainly aimed at younger kids, and not a lot of use for 12-year-olds!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Dr Rosemary Leonard

Dr Rosemary Leonard used to be on TV and she has written a few books about her experiences as a GP. This book Doctor's Notes is the second in the series, and although I haven't read the first (every book I choose has to be by an unread author according to my own rules), I imagine this contains very much the second best set of tales. The book is very untechnical and much more on the human side, rather than portraying patients with complicated illnesses. Nearly every "illness" in this book is something silly the patient has done. There are one or two good stories, but a few duller ones. It's easy to read but nothing special. 6/10