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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: Brave and Compassionate Biography

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Biography

Summary: Sarah Krasnostein first meets Sandra Pankhurst at a forensic services conference, where Sandra is promoting her trauma cleaning company. The lives (and deaths) touched by Sandra through her work, from murder victims to obsessive hoarders, immediately make an impression and inspire Krasnostein to learn more.

There is one story, however, that will become the greatest fascination – one that holds all of these other disconnected and diverse lives together. It is the story of the trauma cleaner herself. Continue reading The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: Brave and Compassionate Biography

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An Improbable Life by Trevor McDonald: Astonishing Journalist’s Memoir

Rating: 3.5 stars

Category: Non-fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Synopsis: Sir Trevor McDonald’s career as a journalist began at Radio Trinidad in his home country, where he tried his hand at everything from reading the news to commentating on water polo! When he moved to London to take a job at the BBC World Service, he had no idea that he was soon to become one of the top journalists of his day.

Working for ITN and Channel 4, his reporting work has taken him from a South Africa stricken by Apartheid to Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington, and he has interviewed people as diverse as death row inmates and the dictator Saddam Hussein. Continue reading An Improbable Life by Trevor McDonald: Astonishing Journalist’s Memoir

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Most Important Lessons from It’s Not About the Burqa

I recently finished listening to the audiobook of It’s Not About the Burqa, a collection of essays by British Muslim women that is edited by Mariam Khan. A traditional, analytical review felt as though it would somehow detract from the invaluable messages that are at the core of this book. With that in mind, I am instead going to list the 5 most important lessons that I took away from reading It’s Not About the Burqa. Continue reading Most Important Lessons from It’s Not About the Burqa

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Most Important Lessons from White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

I recently finished listening to the audiobook of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. A traditional, analytical review felt as though it would somehow detract from the invaluable messages that are at the core of DiAngelo’s work. With that in mind, I am instead going to list the 5 most important lessons that I took away from reading White Fragility. Continue reading Most Important Lessons from White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

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The Bystander Effect by Catherine Sanderson: Data-Driven Moral Bravery

Rating: 2.5 stars

Category: Non-fiction

Synopsis: Most of us have heard of the bystander effect. It can be a major limitation to moral action in a variety of situations, from life-threatening emergencies to sexist comments in the workplace. But what actually is the bystander effect? How does it occur? And why is challenging it so important for communities and social justice?

In her book The Bystander Effect, Catherine Sanderson uses decades of research to answer these questions, outlining the psychological basis of the bystander effect in a way that empowers us to step up, challenge harmful behaviour, and become active ‘moral rebels’ rather than passive bystanders. Continue reading The Bystander Effect by Catherine Sanderson: Data-Driven Moral Bravery

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Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee: Equip Yourself to Challenge Prejudice

Rating: 3 stars

Category: Non-fiction

Synopsis: We’re living in a time when it can feel like we’re on completely different planets from some of the people we encounter – from bigoted grandparents to politicians on the news. In Talking Across the Divide, Justin Lee provides practical advice on bridging this seemingly uncrossable chasm.

It’s time to have some difficult but meaningful conversations, and maybe even make the world a little better in the process. Continue reading Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee: Equip Yourself to Challenge Prejudice

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The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown: Unflinching and Compassionate Insight into the Prison System

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Non-fiction, Memoir

Synopsis: After the frustrations and bureaucracy of working as a GP cause Dr Amanda Brown to impulsively walk out of her practice, she is looking for a change. Her compulsion to challenge herself and make a difference lands her where she never thought she’d end up – treating prisoners in some of Britain’s toughest criminal institutions.

The Prison Doctor is the story of the incredible people she meets, as well as a compassionate insight into the individual lives that are placed into the hands of the justice system – for better or worse. Continue reading The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown: Unflinching and Compassionate Insight into the Prison System

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The Perfection Detox by Petra Kolber: Motivational Guide for Breaking Free from Perfectionism

Rating: 3 stars

Category: Non-Fiction

Synopsis:

Petra Kolber began her career as a fitness instructor, but she soon began to notice the impact perfectionism was having on the women she coached. Now she runs perfection detox workshops built around her 21-step programme, which aims to support women in the journey towards embracing their flawed, imperfect, yet wonderfully unique selves.

The Perfection Detox is subtitled ‘Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy’ – I think we could all use some of that! Continue reading The Perfection Detox by Petra Kolber: Motivational Guide for Breaking Free from Perfectionism

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Eve Was Shamed by Helena Kennedy: Feminist Challenge to an Unjust Justice System

Rating: 4 stars

Category: Non-fiction

Synopsis:

Working as a high-level barrister at the very heart of the justice system, Helena Kennedy is well placed to examine whether this system is working for women. In her book, she draws on extensive experience working with women, both as victims and perpetrators of crime, and the challenges she has faced as one of the only QC female barristers.

Eve Was Shamed is a shocking revelation of how women remain discriminated against by the law. It is also a powerful call for change. Continue reading Eve Was Shamed by Helena Kennedy: Feminist Challenge to an Unjust Justice System

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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!

Rating: 3 stars

Category: Non-Fiction

Synopsis: From limited career progression to queueing for aaaages in the ladies’ loos, there are some struggles that women across the world have resigned themselves to. But what if it didn’t have to be like that?

In this collection of case studies covering cities, the workplace, hospitals, disaster zones and beyond, Caroline Criado Perez reveals how, in a modern society that revolves around data, women are being systematically excluded. Continue reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!