Fatigue FreeTitle: Fatigue Free with Crohn’s and Colitis – How Diet, Mindset and Lifestyle can Increase Your Energy when Living with IBD

Author: Greg Williams

Pages: 111 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

A complete guide to naturally overcoming fatigue / increasing your energy levels when suffering with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. This book takes the reader through the necessary steps in a clear simple way, and covers a large number of areas including diet, mindset, exercise, sleep, testing, toxin exposure and more. An absolute must for anyone who suffers with inflammatory bowel disease. Written by the leading expert in naturally helping sufferers of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

The Review

I’m always sceptical about ‘quick fixes’ and the pessimistic side of me thinks that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

This is kind of how I feel about Greg Williams’ understanding of Colitis. I have Colitis and without trying to make a funny pun (but doing so anyway) it is a pain in the ass. Greg Williams’ book is pretty interesting. His reason for trying to find a better way off living with Colitis is because his wife struggled with the condition. He is a nutritionist so he merged his two worlds to write the book.

There is a lot to be learned from Fatigue Free with Crohn’s and Colitis – How Diet, Mindset and Lifestyle can Increase Your Energy when Living with IBD. Stuff that even after five years of being diagnosed I didn’t know. It also looks at the condition from the perspective of “what is the root of this problem” and not from the go to move of “how do we medicate.” That was quite refreshing.

Whilst I don’t necessarily think I am quite sold on the total concept of Fatigue Free with Crohn’s and Colitis – How Diet, Mindset and Lifestyle can Increase Your Energy when Living with IBD I definitely have a better understanding and a fresh perspective on my IBD.

I would recommend this book to anyone suffering with IBD.

Fatigue Free with Crohn’s and Colitis – How Diet, Mindset and Lifestyle can Increase Your Energy when Living with IBD by Greg Williams is available now.

For more information regarding Greg Williams (@IBDSuccess) please visit www.iamgregwilliams.com.

3 Stars

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the SeaTitle: Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea

Author: Holly Hepburn

Pages: 100 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Part Four in the brilliant new series from the bestselling author of The Star and Sixpence series. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley.

After several months in Cornwall helping her grandfather run the family business, Gina has almost forgotten what London life is like, and her boyfriend Max has most definitely noticed…. With all her energy going into the newly renovated Palace picture house and the ever-successful Ferrelli’s ice-cream business, he’s not getting much attention. To make matters worse, Gina is spending more and more time with her friend and co-renovator, Ben, and old feelings are starting to resurface.

But as Gina’s time in Cornwall draws to a close and she starts thinking about returning to life in London with Max, the cinema’s very future comes under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Will Gina stay in Polwhipple? And can she help owner Gorran save the Palace before it is too late…?

The Review

Ahh, the final part of The Picture House by the Sea series has come and gone and I have that pleasantly comfortable feeling that you can get once you have read a good book. I like to think of it as the hot water bottle feeling. I feel snug.

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea has the cinema reopening to much applause but before then there has been some dastardly plots afoot that Gina, Ben and the gang have had to try and fix but in the grand tradition of rom-com books it all works out in the end.

I am so glad I read this series. It really has been a warm hug on a cold day.

Well done, Holly Hepburn.

Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea by Holly Hepburn is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Hepburn (@HollyH_Author) please visit www.hollyhepburn.com.

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

3 Stars

The Best Minds of My GenerationTitle: The Best Minds of My Generation – A Literary History of the Beats

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Pages: 496 Pages

Publisher: Grove Atlantic/Grove Press

The Blurb

In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem “Howl,” and Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to present the history of Beat Literature in his own inimitable way. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form, complete with notes, and paints a portrait of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors, and fellow revolutionaries.

Ginsberg was seminal to the creation of a public perception of Beat writers and knew all of the major figures personally, making him uniquely qualified to be the historian of the movement. In The Best Minds of My Generation, Ginsberg shares anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs, and other writers for the first time, explains his own poetics, elucidates the importance of music to Beat writing, discusses visual influences and the cut-up method, and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. For Beat aficionados and neophytes alike, The Best Minds of My Generation is a personal yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.

The Review

I was really eager to read The Best Minds of My Generation but had been put off by an experience of reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac. This will probably shock a lot of people but I just didn’t rate it. I read it because I felt like I was supposed to have read it. But, to be perfectly honest, I just wasn’t that impressed.

Anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it and just immerse myself in the world of the Beat Writers.

I kind of wish I had chosen another book to read. That probably sounds really harsh but it is because this book, The Best Minds of My Generation, is clearly for hardcore Beat enthusiasts. It is not for someone who is tentatively dipping their toes into this genre.

My recommendation would be that anyone wanting to learn about the history of this period then look elsewhere. If you already love this genre of writing then knock yourself out.

The Best Minds of My Generation – A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg is available now.

For more information regarding Grove Atlantic (@groveatlantic) please visit www.groveatlantic.com.

2 Stars

Title: Neverwhere

Author: Neil Gaiman

Pages: 436 Pages

Publisher: Headline

The Blurb

Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of.

When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she’s on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below.

His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train.

It is strangely familiar yet utterly bizarre.


The Review

Fantasy is not my genre of choice but there is something so welcoming about the weird worlds that Neil Gaiman creates that I find myself drawn to his stories.

I had bought myself the Chris Riddell illustrated edition of Neverwhere sometime last year and I kept it by my bedside promising myself over and over that it would be my next read. Eventually, it came to pass and man was I captivated.

The story blends the old and the new; London Above and London Below. Richard – a man from Above, gets lost in the labyrinthine world of Below. As is Above self starts to fade he begins his adventure below and realises that there is more to the world than the eye can see.

Neverwhere is truly a special story that is so easy to get lost in and once again reaffirms my faith that Neil Gaiman is a master story teller.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is available now.

For more information regarding Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) please visit www.neilgaiman.com.

For more information regarding Chris Riddell (@chrisriddell50) please visit www.chrisriddell.co.uk.

For more information regarding Headline (@headlinepg) please visit www.headline.co.uk.

The FrontmanTitle: The Frontman

Author: Ron Bahar

Pages: 264 Pages

Publisher: SparkPress

The Blurb

Ron Bahar is an insecure, self-deprecating, seventeen-year-old Nebraskan striving to please his Israeli immigrant parents, Ophira and Ezekiel, while remaining true to his own dreams. During his senior year of high school, he begins to date longtime crush and non-Jewish girl Amy Andrews—a forbidden relationship he hides from his parents. But that’s not the only complicated part of Ron’s life: he’s also struggling to choose between his two passions, medicine and music. As time goes on, he becomes entangled in a compelling world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Will he do the right thing?

A fictionalized memoir of the author’s life as a young man in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Frontman is a coming-of-age tale of love and fidelity.

The Review

I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Frontman by Ron Bahar.

To begin with I was feeling a bit put out, maybe that I wasn’t the target audience. Without meaning to offend anyone, it felt that the target audience was leaning towards men but the more and more I read the more I actually started to enjoy the teenage exploits of Ron. I started to feel sorry for some of the more hapless aspects of his personality.

The Frontman really is a good, entertaining and easy read with a kick ass soundtrack to accompany it.

The Frontman by Ron Bahar is available now.

For more information regarding Ron Bahar (@RonJonBahar) please visit www.ronbahar.com.

For more information regarding SparkPress (@GoSparkPress) please visit www.gosparkpress.com.

3 Stars