Title: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Author: Ruth Hogan

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: John Murray Press

The Blurb

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha’s life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town’s lido.

Then a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl turned magician’s wife turned seventy-something roller disco fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, her past comes roaring back …

The Review

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan is the kind of book that I would describe as a warm hug. You get yourself completely involved with the intricacies of the lives of the characters and after you have turned the final page there is a nice feeling of satisfaction.

It is a multi-perspective story yet all the characters have lives that interconnect. The main character is Masha is suffering with a loss however it is through her relationships with other people that she can finally start to let go of the past. These fabulous characters show her that there is a future but also a present.

I really enjoyed reading The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. It was a heart-warming story which makes you reflect on any sadness that you are holding on to. It is the kind of book that makes you feel better – even when you didn’t feel like you were holding on to anything in particular. That is the power of Ruth Hogan’s The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan is available now.

For more information regarding Ruth Hogan (@ruthmariehogan) please visit www.ruthhogan.co.uk.

For more information regarding John Murray Press (@johnmurrays) please visit www.johnmurraypress.co.uk.

What IfTitle: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Author: Randall Munroe

Pages: 321 Pages

Publisher: John Murray

The Blurb

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

The Review

I like knowing stuff. I think that is why when I read non-fiction books I tend to lean towards titles that tell me something that I don’t know; a book with facts and figures and maybe pie charts and percentages. However, I think I bit of way more than I can chew with What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. It was just far too scientifically advanced for me.

After reading it my brain actually hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, it is written in a really witty style and Randall Munroe clearly knows his stuff but for my scientifically weak brain it was just too much to handle.

Therefore, my review is not a reflection on the knowledge or the content of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe but of my failings to understand stuff to do with science.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is available now.

For more information regarding Randall Munroe please visit his Twitter page (@xkcd)

For more information regarding John Murray (@johnmurrays) please visit www.johnmurray.co.uk.

3 Stars