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Book review: Worms on Parachutes – mystical allies in my battle with cancer November 10, 2012

I have been meaning to blog for ages but life keeps getting in the way – work, part-time study, family commitments, travel and reading! My apologies readers – if I have any left!

In the end it took a very special book from a very special person to drive me to write again.

I love books and I am a huge reader, often reading more than one book at a time. Generally it’s fiction. I prefer the world of imagination  magic, discovery and wonder than the world of pampered celebrities or of real-life disturbing evil. As it’s my form of escapism from the stresses and strains of daily life, I never read what are condescendingly known as ‘Misery Memoirs’ either.

However when someone I knew, Sarah-Jane Phillips, offered me the chance to read the true story about her life and intimate struggle against her battle with two different types of cancer, in her youth and then as an adult, I was touched and resolved to read it immediately.

I was glad I did. Worms on Parachutes is a story of success and bravery through terrible adversity. Whilst it deals with struggles and familial issues as a result, during very scary and painful times, the reader is reminded throughout of the power of positive thinking.   I won’t lie, it’s a tear-jerker, but by the end you feel that even in reality, the good guys can and DO win. This is no spoiler, readers. I did say the author herself gave this to me to read. The story is not about the outcome, but about the experience Sarah went through, and how she has changed as a result.

It is an inspiring and moving personal journey fighting against a disease that sadly affects most of us, directly or indirectly.

Amazingly Sarah has written her story in order to raise money for the hospital team and the institution that got her through it all – the NHS. In Sarah’s opinion an undeservedly maligned healthcare system that we all depend upon.

Unfortunately you won’t be able to get this book in the stores yet. Sarah is still waiting on a publisher with vision and the understanding that many will want to read about the indomitable human spirit’s struggle against survival and what that teaches us. I am sure that it won’t be long before you see it on Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones. In the meantime you can hear more from Sarah-Jane Phillips herself on her Worms on Parachutes Facebook page.

I will let you know when this is available to purchase, and as always if you have been inspired by any personal memoirs or by people’s struggles, I would love to hear about them too.


Latest book news July 19, 2012

The craze for vamp related stories doesn’t seem to be dying down event through all the Shades of Grey madness.

I confess I am also partial to some vamp action! I have the latest Charlaine Harris sookie stackhouse book lined up to read and what I Iove about these books is Sookie herself and the mix of all the different ‘Supes’ , or Supernatural beings to the lay person, and the tension between them all. All very human dare I say?!

Now I hear about a series that’s being obviously going on for awhile it seems by Lynsay Sands called the Argeneau novels. Have you heard of them? The 17th in the series is coming out July 31st and is called #LadyIsAVamp. They sound interesting, though the covers I have seen make them look like trashy romance novels. Can anyone tell me if they are any good as I am thinking about buying them?

For the Argeneau fans out there there is a great contest on Lynsay’s website to help promote the book. It’s great to be able to help out authors we love, isn’t it?


What do you mean, its almost Easter 2012???! March 28, 2012

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post. I can only beg your humblest pardon and hope to post more frequently from now on.

My excuse, be it ever so poor, is that my time has been taken up with full time work, studying towards further qualifications in my personal time, learning to bake and then squeezing in as much reading as I can, interspersed with the odd bit of travel!

In the meantime I want to give my lovely niece a plug. She has started her own blog and is doing so well, she is even blogging and posting videos in another language. She has only just begun but it’s great and if you know Spanish, or want to practice it, please follow her and have conversations with her:

Hasta luego!