“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World” by Elif Shafak

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book of two parts. In Part 1, Tequila Leila, a Turkish prostitute has been murdered and thrown into a dumpster. It takes 10 minutes and 38 seconds for the last remnants of her consciousness to fade away. In this short amount of time, she reflects upon her time on this earth and those she shared her life with.

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“Superior” by Angela Saini

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Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Superior is an especially topical book considering the current political climate in the West. Through the election of Trump, the emergence of the alt-right, increasing nationalism and Brexit we are seeing a resurgence in discourse around race science. In this book Saini explores the past and current context of race science and dismantles some of the myths and assumptions that surround the issue of biological race and the problem of setting the benchmark of measuring humanity against white westerners.  

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“Critical” by Dr Matt Morgan

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This book is a fascinating insight into the daily life of an Intensive Care Doctor. The ups and downs, the hope and tragedy are all captured here.

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“Jailbirds” by Mim Skinner

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Although I am not teaching the subject currently, I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies teacher. By far my favourite topic to teach was Crime and the Law and I always found that resources and information relating specifically to women’s incarceration were thin on the ground. If only I’d had this book available then. Stats are one thing, but real stories and perspectives are invaluable. I have moved on from Modern Studies teaching, but I’ll be sure to recommend this book to the Modern Studies teachers in my school.

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“The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang

Thanks to Atlantic Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is apparently the second book in a series but there was no need for me to have had to read the first book in order to make sense of this one. Saying that, I’ll probably be checking out the first one soon because I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

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