James's story is a difficult and painful read, it made me cry more than once. It's deeply moving. He has suffered so much abuse and cruelty, and endured such hardship, crippling panic attacks and real fear. His triumph over adversity is nothing short of miraculous, and his searing honesty and self-reflection is both poignant and encouraging. … Continue reading James Arthur – Back To The Boy
Russell Brand's RECOVERY This book is a human story of honesty, courage, kindness and triumph over adversity. Honesty with himself and how harmful his addictions had become, his courage to face his demons, and his kindness towards others since recovery, yes Russell Brand has triumphed over his own adversity. Using the 12 step programme he … Continue reading RECOVERY – Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand
One of my favourite coffee table books is my Alexander Robertson, illustrated history of Atkinson Grimshaw's paintings - from his earliest artworks of birds, fruit and flowers to his most famous moonlight paintings, dockyard scenes and cityscapes and the series of faeries. At 24 years of age John Atkinson Grimshaw gave up his job as a railway clerk with Great Northern Railway … Continue reading Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight
'THE KISS AND TELL' SATC BOOK (Accompanying the HBO series) Many of us first became addicted to SATC (Sex and the City) in the late nineties, and after 6 seasons we thought it was all over when Carrie hung up her Manolos, Charlotte found true love, and Miranda achieved a near perfect work/life balance. 'Meanwhile, across town' Samantha … Continue reading SATC – The BOOKS!
This beautiful novel is definitely one of my desert island few. I’ve loved this book since the very first time I read it many years ago when I was about 25 years old. Within its 1232 pages are everything I want in a novel; philosophy, love, compassion, intensity, depth, and triumph over adversity; the battle … Continue reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
The Neapolitan Novels Series by Elena Ferrante is a collection of 4 books, the first of which is ‘My Brilliant Friend’, Book 2 is called ‘The Story of a New Name’, Book 3 is ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’, and the final novel in the series is called ‘The Story of the Lost … Continue reading The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante