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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body - Joseph Addison

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 28 January 2022

Books were my pass to personal freedom. - Oprah Winfrey

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body - Joseph Addison

One for Sorrow – Helen Fields

I bloody loved this regardless of how utterly brutal it was. One of those books that really gets you thinking about right and wrong and how the lines are never that clear. A cacophony of emotions regarding injustice and loss. How humanity can be scary, wonderful and earth shattering, often simultaneously. Our first responders are incredible, but they are only human. Humans makes mistakes with devastating consequences.

Crabbit Chops - JM McClatchie & Jade Lawley

A children’s book nailing the repercussions of the vicious circle of anxiety.

Helping children to identify that what appears on the surface is rarely the full story. Understanding, kindness & communication is key.


5 Days Missing - Caroline Corcoran

What would make a new mother want to leave her new-born daughter and disappear for 5 days?

Sometimes we have to fight for what we think is ultimately important for our future, safety and our sanity. No matter how crazy that may make us look. But what if you’re consumed with an uncontrollable psychosis? When do we know how much to trust ourselves?

Wet Paint – Chloe Ashby

There is only so long that we can proceed aimlessly in our lives after experiencing trauma and being let down, not addressing how life is sending us wayward in an effort to deny reality. The British trope of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, being upgraded to ‘If I Keep you at arm’s length – you can’t hurt me’. Wet Paint follows the journey of 26 year old Eve stumbling her way through life, unconsciously self-sabotaging everything available to her because, well, we accept a love we think we deserve. Right?

A fantastically written and enthralling debut from Chloe Ashby.


Angry Mother Assertive Mother - Cristalle Hayes

As I have devoured this book I have been waxing lyrical about it to my friends. It is so important for mum’s to have this as motherhood and the emotions it can ignite can be isolating enough. We are all different. Use this incredibly well written book to help decipher what is making you angry/frustrated/sad. Do what you can and adapt the advice where necessary. Knowledge and understanding is key. But most importantly, you are not alone.

Me & My Shadow – Deborah Stone

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