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Thoughts: Heffalumps and Woozles
Meg John Barker's writing is always thought-provoking while being totally accessible. I love it. Here is a piece on the insights to be gleaned from A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh: Heffalumps and Conflicts
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Book review: Histories, by Sam Guglani
“The feeling passes quickly but it leaves an ache, and for a while everything that follows is filtered through it.” This is a description, from Sam Guglani’s affecting novel, Histories, of the moment a nurse sees a person rather than a patient, the emotional jolt denting hard-won defences. But it may as well be a […]
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Book review: This is Going to Hurt, by Adam Kay
There’s no point in being churlish, the disclaimer is right there in the title. Reading This is Going to Hurt is indeed painful. It will make your eyes water (an account of a patient who suffered vaginal burns from stuffing her lady garden with Christmas lights and then, of course, turning them on) and it […]
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Book review: The Mystery of Sleep: Why A Good Night’s Rest is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life by Meir Kryger
It tires me out just trying to come up with a topic that’s prompted more words than how to get a good night’s kip. Books, the best known of which is probably Ariana Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution, endless blogs, countless magazine features, a slew of opinion pieces, each telling us how to sleep better and […]
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Book review: The Old King in his Exile by Arno Geiger
Arno Geiger grew up in the house that his father built in the Austrian Alps. His grandparents were farmers, his father, August Geiger, born in 1926, the third of 10 children, may well have been a farmer too had the Anschluss and the Second World War not intervened. In 1944, aged just 17, August was […]
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Book review: Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, clicking, scrolling and watching by Adam Alter
Steve Jobs, a former editor of Wired and a founder of Twitter – each of them, while designing, disseminating or delivering new technologies, placed very strict limits on how much technology their own kids could use at home. Game designers who avoid gaming, addiction experts who wouldn’t touch the newest smartphone with a barge-pole. These […]

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