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Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and is the former executive editor of HuffPost UK. She has appeared on a number of judging panels including the Decibel prize for the British Book Awards.
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An eye-opening memoir revealing the stories behind living in and running a Chinese takeaway.Growing up in a Chinese takeaway in rural Wales, Angela Hui was made aware at a very young age of just how different she and her family were seen by her local community. From attacks on the shopfront (in other words, their home), to verbal abuse from custome...
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Just finished @angela_hui book Takeaway about her life growing up in a Chinese takeaway in Wales and would highly recommend. Not just because it is brilliantly written, but because it offers a glimpse into a place that is firmly part of our society but which we know little about.      source
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Isaac and the Egg
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This is the story of Isaac and the Egg, a grieving young man and his unforgettable new friend, who meet at exactly the right time.---Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams.Something screams back.And that, like everything which follows, is unforgettable.This is a book about a lot of things - grief, hope, friendship, love. It's also about what yo...
Poorna Bell
Happy publication week to @thebobpalmer - Isaac and the Egg is a brilliant book - I loved it and still think about it ❤️      source
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The Elements
A Widowhood
Kat Lister - 2021-09-09
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What does it mean to become a widow at 35?In her mid-thirties Kat Lister lost her husband to brain cancer. After five years of being a wife and one of being a carer, in love and in and out of hospitals, she became a widow.In the year following his death Kat seeks refuge in stories of grief and widowhood, but struggles to find a language that can ma...
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@KittyVine @GeorgieR30 I would suggest @Madame_George The Elements - one of the most beautiful books I have read on grief. There are a lot of grief books I can't read because it's just too painful, but this was comforting and lyrical beyond words.      source
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Conversations on Love
Lunn Natasha - 2021-07-15
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A celebration of love in all its forms, featuring conversations with: Philippa Perry on falling in love slowly * Candice Carty-Williams on friendship * Alain de Botton on the psychology of being alone * Dolly Alderton on vulnerability * Emily Nagoski on the science of sex * Diana Evans on parenthood * Lisa Taddeo on the loneliness of loss * Esther ...
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I haven’t read a non-fiction book this good in a long time, Conversations On Love by @Natashalunn is beautifully written and covers (exquisitely) the full gamut of love from beginnings to breakups, parenthood to friendships and more. I’ve underlined HEAVILY. It’s out on 15 July      source
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You Are Not the Man You Are Supposed to Be
Into the Chaos of Modern Masculinity
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@jayson_nunkoo @DrWillParry I’d recommend @MartinXRobinson book ‘You are not the man you are supposed to be’ for that      source
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Booze Control
The Mind-blowing Science of Alcohol
Professor David Nutt - 2020-01-09
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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO ALCOHOL AND YOUR HEALTH As the most harmful drug in the UK, alcohol has a profound and wide-reaching impact on our health and on society at large. Drink? is the first book of its kind, written by a scientist and rooted in 40 years of medical research and hands-on experience treating patients. Professor David Nutt cuts throug...
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Drink what you want, do what you want. But stop glorifying it when it has broken so many people. And for people wanting facts - read @ProfDavidNutt book on alcohol or this article about why alcohol is the most damaging drug out of 20 drugs studied:      source
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Just Eat It
How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food
Laura Thomas - 2019-01-10
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'Truly life-changing' - Dolly Alderton 'The only 'diet' book worth reading this new year' - Alexandra Heminsley, Grazia Just Eat It isn’t just a book. It’s part of a movement to help us take back control over our bodies. To free us from restrictive dieting, disordered eating and punishing exercise. To reject the guilt and anxiety associated with ea...
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@AmberinHuq @TheFredaLee Ah no! I am so sorry to hear this - may I recommend @laurathomasphd podcasts and book - she really changed how I think about food and guilt      source