Book reviews, Mental Health, Non fiction

What Doesn’t Kill You: 15 Stories Of Survival by Elitsa Dermendzhiyska – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Contributors include Cathy Rentzenbrink, Rory Bremner, Melanie McGrath (a Mail on Sunday best British writer under thirty-five), Irenosen Okojie (a Betty Trask Prize-winning novelist) David Owen (a Carnegie Medal nominee), Lily Bailey (author of Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought) and Kate Leaver (writer for Glamour UK, Vice and the Guardian)

– Their rich and varied stories show that our struggles need not define us, and can even become the grounds for future success.

– This is the latest groundbreaking anthology from the publishers of The Good Immigrant, Repeal the 8th and Common People.

– For fans of Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail, Cathy Rentzenbrink’s A Manual For Heartache.

‘A stellar cast of writers and thinkers’ Nathan Filer

An explorer spends a decade preparing for an expedition to the South Pole; what happens when you live for a goal, but once it’s been accomplished, you discover it’s not enough? A successful broadcast journalist ends up broke, drunk and sleeping rough; what makes alcohol so hard to resist despite its ruinous consequences? A teenage girl tries to disappear by starving herself; what is this force that compels so many women to reduce their size so drastically?

In this essay collection, writers share the struggles that have shaped their lives – loss, depression, addiction, anxiety, trauma, identity and others. But as they take you on a journey to the darkest recesses of their mind, the authors grapple with challenges that haunt us all.
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MY REVIEW 

What Doesn’t Kill You is a collection of 15 essays written by a wide range of people who share the struggles with mental health they have had, and still do have as part of their lives. Edited by Elitsa Dermendzhiyska.

There are stories of depression, anxiety and panic, of ADHD, anorexia, OCD, alcoholism and more. Tales of people at their lowest ebb, at times desperate and how the authors have accepted these conditions as part of their everyday lives. These are not light reads, but full of honesty and emotion and bring a realisation that we never know what is going on with people behind their smiles!!

I found each of these essays to be incredibly moving, to read people’s inner thoughts and how they find different ways of coping and accepting their condition, it made me think of my own health issues and how I deal with it internally….Truly inspiring and thought provoking. 

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here : https://amzn.to/3dJaiz5 

 

AUTHOR DETAILS

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Elitsa Dermendzhiyska went from stock investing in Washington DC to a technology incubator in south-east Asia, then joined the rat race in London and promptly burned out while building a tax software business. To avoid actually getting therapy, she spent the next two years interviewing therapists, 

Book reviews, Thriller

Everything To Lose by Gordon Bickerstaff – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Scientists claim their new sports drug will boost the performance of every athlete in the world. The Lambeth Group send scientist, Gavin Shawlens, to investigate the claim.

The product is stolen, top athletes disappear, and the research team are unaware that their product has a dangerous side effect. Gavin must stop the sports drug launch before more people die.

When Gavin disappears – Zoe Tampsin searches frantically to find him before he becomes the next victim.

As if Zoe hasn’t got enough on her plate. Past events in Gavin’s life catch up with him. A powerful US general decides that Gavin must die to prevent exposure of a 60-year old secret capable of world-changing and power-shifting events.

The chase is on…

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MY REVIEW 

Everything To Lose is #2 in the Gavin Shawlens series and is a Lambeth Group Thriller.

Gavin is recovering from events in Book#1 ‘Deadly Secrets’ and now a new issue is on the horizon. So, he joins with SAS Officer Zoe Tamsin to investigate a new sports performance enhancing drug that claims it will improve any athlete’s performance. but at what cost?

But then athletes begin disappearing and dying Gavin has an idea of what the problem is, but then he goes missing and Zoe and her expert team have to find him before he becomes another victim…..

Everything To Lose is a fast paced, action packed thriller with great characters and a science based, twisty plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat….heart pounding stuff.

Thank you to Damppebbles Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish universities where I did research on enzymes, and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen, and took of a mightier fiction pen.

I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.

The Lambeth Group books follow the secret government investigations of agent Zoe Tampsin. A strong female protagonist with courage, determination, and guile. She is assisted by specialist consultant, Gavin Shawlens.

 

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