If you read my blog, chances are you know about Brené Brown. She often pops up in my Seven Things On A Sunday series mainly because she is one of the leading voices in personal growth and development right now. If you haven’t heard of her, go find some of her talks – The Power of Vulnerability and Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count are good places to start. Let her straight talking, empathetic take on vulnerability and bravery take you by force. Her latest book Rising Strong is another brilliantly helpful piece that gets to the root of…

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When I picked Cathy Rentzenbrink’s book in the airport last week, I wondered if it was a bad idea, the sleeve sounded incredibly sad – who wants sad on a sun lounger? But this true story sounded so raw and honest that I felt compelled to keep it in my basket. Also, Matt Haig one of my favourite authors endorsed it on the back saying: “This is a book you would want to re-read, during a tough time, to make you feel less alone.” I shouldn’t have doubted my choice: I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours.…

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When I review a book I keep a notes file on my phone of my favourite quotes as I go along – things I know I’ll find useful when I come to putting hand to keyboard to try and explain why the book is worth a read. I’d wanted to get my hands on Laura Jane Williams’ Becoming ever since she announced she had a book deal and in support of her amazing achievement I even pre-ordered. Having followed her blog for years I wanted, in some small way, to show her I was somehow ‘with her’, cheering her on.…

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If you’ve read The Humans, you’ll know. You’ll know how much of an important book it is. And how everyone should read it. Probably once a year, like a herbal supplement that’ll gently keep you sane. I love Matt Haig and I love this book. Instead of writing a typical review of the book all I’ll say is this: Go buy it. Keep it and buy new copies for others. You’ll need your copy again. Here’s my favourite passage which, should I ever get married, will be a reading at the wedding. Thanks Matt, for reminding us how to be…

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I first came across Kate Gross’s book in a women’s glossy about a year ago. I remember reading her mother Jean Gross’s heart breaking account of her death but also her description of the amazing way Kate had approached her life right through to the very end. She sounded like a woman I would have wanted to have known had I ever had the privilege. The book had me at its full title: Late Fragments: Everything I want to tell you about this magnificent life. Who doesn’t want someone’s version of that? It’s hard to convey how powerful this book…

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