Buried Under Books

Category: Non-fiction


REVIEW: ‘The Prison Book Club’ by Ann Walmsley

I am always intrigued by books about books. What could possibly be better than, when closing the final pages of a book, discovering it has led you to create a list of twenty or so other books you really want to read? I also really liked the premise of this particular book, a memoir by […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’ by Philippa Perry

Parenting. It’s a daily battle – but does it have to be? In ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did)’, psychotherapist Phillipa Perry explores parent-child relationships with a view to encouraging parents to relate more effectively to their children. What’s it about? I’m going to […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida

There are many times when I’d love to know what my son is thinking. What is he thinking when he completely ignores me repeatedly calling his name? (Has he heard me or is he too absorbed in his play?) What about when he says, “Mummy…” then falls silent for a full minute, before repeating the […]

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REVIEW: ‘Remotely Controlled’ by Dr Aric Signman

How’s your relationship with the drug in your living room? I have an uneasy relationship with TV. There are a few programmes I like but I never watch it by myself, because there’s always so much else to do that I can’t justify the time. However, my husband watches it every evening, either concentrating on […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Pain of Suicide’ by Dr Jo-Ann Rowland

When a loved one takes their own life, we are stunned. Even if it was expected – and often it isn’t – we wonder how they can have taken themselves away from us. Dr Jo-Ann Rowland sought to investigate some of the whys by focusing on a specific sub-set of one community with a high […]

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REVIEW: ‘Why we Sleep’ by Matthew Walker

Sleep. We know we need it, yet most of us probably don’t get enough of it. As a society I think we’re probably pretty good at ruefully acknowledging the why we don’t get enough: maybe we had to stay up late to prepare for an important presentation the next day; maybe we work long, late […]

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REVIEW: ‘dummy’ by Matt Coyne

You know a book is good when you start reading it again by accident. I picked up ‘dummy’ to refresh my memory before committing myself to starting this review…and emerged midway through chapter two, having giggled and chuckled so much that my husband felt compelled to leave the comfort of the sofa and TV to […]

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REVIEW: ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’ by Derek and Dave Philpott

Have you ever really *listened* to the lyrics of your favourite song? If you have, do they make any sense? If they don’t, or even if there’s just room for confusion, then maybe the artist/s involved should expect to receive a letter soon: Derek and Dave Philpott are on the case and they’re determined to […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Diary of a Bookseller’ by Shaun Bythell

Meet Shaun. He loves books, discovering bookish treasures and the annual book festival in Wigtown. He does not love customers who openly browse Amazon whilst in his shop, (especially when they “whisper” to their companion that, yes, it is cheaper online,) or customers who complain about his prices, (amusingly, he raises the price of a […]

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