Title: Life in Pieces

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

Dear 2020 – can we just start over?

Dawn O’Porter has been thinking about life. In lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard.

From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn’s daily diaries track the journey – for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

LIFE IN PIECES is a book for anyone who’s been thrown into a life they didn’t plan, or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything’s falling apart, we’ll piece it back together.

Love Dawn x

The Review

One of the things that I wish I had done was to have made a record of all the weird things that happened during lockdown. Like when I lost my sense of taste and smell or how we had a mouse and it terrorised us so much that we were held hostage by it, or how we would watch the daily briefings with shock, despair and anger at our governments handling of the whole ordeal. Alas, I did not. But Dawn O’Porter did.

In her latest release, Life in Pieces, Dawn O’Porter tells us about her lockdown and how she handles things such as the isolation, Covid-19, home schooling etc. It was such a tonic reading it and knowing that you weren’t alone in the weird lockdown feelings. 

Some of the more poignant parts of Life in Pieces came when O’Porter talked about the death of her friend Caroline Flack. Her moments of stillness allowed you to take a moment yourself and realise that in times as strange as these have been to take note of the people around you that you love.

Another wonderful piece by O’Porter.

Life in Pieces by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

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Title: Untamed

Author: Glennon Doyle

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Ebury Publishing

The Blurb

Who were you before the world told you who to be?

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

*****

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There. She. Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high but soon she realised they had come to her from within. This was the voice she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions and social conditioning. Glennon decided to let go of the world’s expectations of her and reclaim her true untamed self.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanising wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is also the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, ‘The braver we are, the luckier we get.’

The Review

Okay. Full disclosure. I didn’t know that Adele had “bigged” up this book. I bought it a long while ago as an impulse buy when I was feeling a bit needs and book buying seems to curb that feeling. I started reading it not really knowing what to expect. I thought it was fiction. I bought it because I thought the cover was pretty. Kudos to the person that designed it.

I did not know that Untamed was a memoir. I did not know that it was a book about having a positive mental attitude. I think I came to Untamed a little bit unprepared. 

Untamed is a good read. Glennon Doyle is a great writer and manages to get her point across. I did feel much more positive after reading it. I don’t really think there is much more I can say about it than that. I am glad it has found an appreciative audience and I did like it but it wasn’t a book that changed my life the way it did Adele’s.

What I will say is that certain chapters – those on race and sexuality really did leave a lasting impact. For those chapters alone Untamed is worth reading. The rest of the book is just a bonus.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle is available now.

For more information regarding Glennon Doyle (@GlennonDoyle) please visit www.untamedbooks.com.

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Title: The Little Big Things – A Young Man’s Belief that Every Day Can Be a Good Day 

Author: Henry Fraser

Pages: 192 Pages

Publisher: Seven Dials

The Blurb

The memoir of the year by Henry Fraser, motivational speaker and mouth artist with a foreword by J.K. Rowling.

Being challenged in life is inevitable, but being defeated is optional…

Henry Fraser was 17 years old when a tragic accident severed his spinal cord. Paralysed from the shoulders down, he has conquered unimaginable difficulty to embrace life and a new way of living. Through challenging adversity, he has found the opportunity to grow and inspire others.

This book combines his wisdom and insight into finding the gifts in life’s challenges, and will resonate with anyone facing an obstacle, no matter how big or small. It includes Henry’s thoughts on how to look at the right things and avoid the wrong, finding progress in whatever you do, and acknowledging and accepting the darkness when it comes. Right at the heart of Henry’s inspiring philosophy is his belief that every day is a good day.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

At the age of 17, Henry Fraser went on his first ‘lads holiday’. On this holiday his life was changed forever the he accidentally severed his spinal cord and was left paralysed.

The Little Big Things is the story of his journey of recovery from his accident. I can honestly say that this is one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read. It is an open and honest account of Fraser’s feelings during and after this life changing event.

The Little Big Things is a story full of hope. It is a book that should be given to anyone who is having a moan at the small and inconsequential things that happen to them. It will uplift you and at once remind you just how lucky you actually are.

The Little Big Things – A Young Man’s Belief that Every Day Can Be a Good Day by Henry Fraser is available now.

For more information regarding Henry Fraser (@henryfraser0) please visit www.henryfraserart.com/art/.

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Title: Happily Imperfect – Living Life Your Own Way

Author: Stacey Solomon

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Renowned and loved for her refreshing candour on everyday issues, social, domestic and intimate, Stacey Solomon reminds us how important it is to embrace ourselves; the good, bad and the ugly.

Stacey’s authenticity and her courage to say what others daren’t opens discussions on sensitive but significant topics; her lack of sex drive after having kids, her battles with anxiety, the lows of motherhood and even the importance of hairy legs.

In Happily Imperfect, be moved to tears and laughter by joining Stacey in her journey so far, as she reveals how to stay positive despite the everyday pressure to be and look perfect. Told through hilarious, sometimes moving, and always charming anecdotes, discover how to get the best out of life by being positive, not following the crowd, and trusting your gut instincts.

Covering how to navigate motherhood, deal with anxiety and prejudice, as well as the experience of getting older, Stacey has plenty of words of wisdom to share. With tips and tricks on how to apply a positive mindset within your own day-to-day life, become emotionally freer and happier with Stacey by your side.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

My love for Stacey Solomon knows no bounds. I love her Instagram feed, I love her attitude to live and I love here on Loose Women. I think she is a boss role model for just being yourself. 

Her book Happily Imperfect addresses people’s need to be perfect and how we are all perfectly imperfect. She discusses her formative years, her X Factor journey, her growth as a young girl, becoming a mother and finding love.

You get the feeling that yes, she is human and she does get down by the negative comments but she also has such a positive attitude towards life. This is the kind of book that you can read more than once because it is so positive. 

Personally, I would love Stacey Solomon to bring out a craft book. Actually, if I am wanting for anything I kind of want to be best friends with Stacey Solomon but I would settle for a craft book (hint hint) because she is boss. Happily imperfect is the perfect tonic and helps you appreciate all the good things you have.

Happily Imperfect by Stacey Solomon is available now.

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Title: Lessons I’ve Learned

Author: Davina McCall

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

With her trademark humour, warmth and honesty, Davina McCall shares her life experiences.

“I am a work in progress. There are times when I feel in control and like I know what I’m doing…and there are times (quite a few) (actually lots) when I’ve got no idea what’s going on, where to turn, what to do, how to behave, and those are the times I’ve sought help!

I have been helped by some extraordinary people. I’ve been supported and counselled through my recovery from drugs and alcohol. I’ve been hypnotised to get me through my ultimate fears. I’ve read a squibillion (that’s a lot) of fantastic self-help books and I have shared and shared with the greatest girlfriends, and family of all time. These nuggets of wisdom have, at times, literally kept me going, so I thought I’d pay it forward and she them with you…”

In this long-awaited book, Davina McCall shares the tips and wisdoms learned on her ‘work-in-progress’ journey through life.

Warm, engaging, honest and generous, this book will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Lessons I’ve Learned is the closest thing to a Davina hug and we all need one of those…

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Davina McCall has been a staple of British TV for my whole life and I have always liked her. She is enthusiastic, funny and shows herself to be. A caring and compassionate person too.

I read her autobiography Lessons I’ve Learned and got a glimpse of the lady behind the TV personality. She is so positive, honest and expressive. She doesn’t shy away, in fact she reveals all of the colourful aspects of her life. 

To say that McCall speaks with candour is an understatement. She discusses her past drug use, her difficult relationship with her mother and the heartbreaking details of her sisters final days. I will admit that I cried as Davina McAll talks about her sisters illness and the impact hat t had on her. It was utterly tear-jerking. 

If someone were to ask me if my opinion of Davina McCall has changed after reading Lessons I’ve Learned  then Would have to say not really. I already liked Davina. If anything her autobiography has endeared me to her much much more. I am so glad that I to know the person behind the personality. 

Lessons I’ve Learned by Davina McCall is available now.

For more information regarding Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) please visit her Twitter page.

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