I’ve been struggling to find time for reading but I’ve made up for it and I’ve read three books in a fortnight – real books too, a move away from the Kindle is happening!
So, I started with Gut – the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders.
I learnt a lot and I am going to read it again because it is packed with brilliant information and facts and I’ve probably missed loads because I couldn’t put it down.
It’s about the food we eat, how we digest it, intolerances & allergies, bacteria, gut flora, stress, our immune system and poo.
Next up was Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. I’ve had this book on my to read pile for a year and I read it during a train journey from Newcastle to London. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry – did I mention I was on a packed train?
For anyone affected by mental health, this is a great read – it’s tough in places but it’s a happy, positive book of recovery from drugs and abuse, from mental crashes, it is about hope and it’s about love.
It’s written with honesty and humour, it gives an insight into trying to function with a brain that can’t think straight and it includes pregnancy with OCD which, for me, was fascinating.
We rarely talk about mental illness which such honesty so this book is refreshing with the combination of Bryony’s self deprecating, inspiring and funny stories.
And, finally, This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. This one I read in a couple of days, I started it on the train back from London with gin and a hot flush. I laughed out loud so many times I thought I was going to be kicked out of First Class for being a mad woman.
Now a comedian and writer, Adam used to be a junior doctor and this is his secret diary about his training, his work load, his life and his patients. It is heartbreaking in places – I sobbed twice – but it is written with such humour that I laughed a lot. It provides a fantastic insight into the demands on hospital doctors, I learnt a lot about medical procedures and, as he was a labour ward registrar, I found his stories fascinating and thought-provoking. But it is also a reminder of the life-saving work that many of our doctors do, the responsibilities to keep people alive and he writes in brutal honesty about when that wasn’t possible and the effect that has and why he stopped being a doctor.
I would read more of his diary entries if they were available – and maybe we need more of this to truly understand the demands within the NHS.