Recent Reviews

  • For a Ruthless Critique of All that Exists

    Robert T. Tally Jr.
    Tally’s new book, For a Ruthless Critique of All That Exists: Literature in an Age of Capitalist Realism, is particularly concerned with this question of the conditions of imagination under late capitalism, the ways in which it might be kept alive in the face of market forces that conspire to deaden it.

    If we want to imagine the end of capitalism, and not merely the end of the world, we cannot dispense with the critical reading of literature. ~ Robert Scott, Los Angeles Review of Books

  • Healthy Fashion

    I am someone who definitely takes pride in my appearance. This book was on point! I always feel better when my sneakers and hat are matching. ~ Michael Pronesti, Goodreads

  • Healthy Fashion

    WOW! What a fresh, intelligent, articulate and informed writer Alyssa Couture is. So much truth to her perspective on how looking good externally can make a person feel healthier on the Inside. Thank you Ms. Couture for shedding a new light on this subject. ~ Jenna Todd, Goodreads

  • Life, Slightly

    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Thoughtful and touching, without shying away from some dark topics. A story primarily of a man trying to negotiate his feelings in a society laden down with traditional expectations of what a man should be. Life, Slightly casts a light on how damaging these constraints can be and shows that there is a better way of living. ~ Harriet Tyce, Author of Blood Orange, The Lies You Told and It Ends at Midnight

  • Life, Slightly

    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Thoughtful and touching, without shying away from some dark topics. A story primarily of a man trying to negotiate his feelings in a society laden down with traditional expectations of what a man should be. Life, Slightly casts a light on how damaging these constraints can be and shows that there is a better way of living. ~ Harriet Tyce

  • Holistic Guide To Your Health & Wellbeing Today, The

    I do believe I have just been introduced to a complete guide to support the human experience. 

    I loved how Oliver Rolfe took us on a journey of awareness and self discovery. Each chapter was cleverly built upon the next. People often can relate to their physical body but have difficulty relating to their mental, emotional and spiritual selves. I appreciated how Oliver created a solid foundation in the physical before he introduced the other pieces so integral to the human experience. 

    As a practicing Numerologist, I commonly see people who are lost and directionless, often feeling fragmented in their lives. The Holistic Guide to Your Well Being brilliantly embraces all pieces of the soul with divine perfection. We are not just one piece of the whole. We need to embrace all components to help us reach wholeness. It is so wonderful to have a "go to" resource that I would feel confident to share with my clients at any level of self awareness.

    I feel that this is a wonderful tool that I feel confident offering to my clients. It really does provide seekers a user friendly step by step journey to wholeness. This book is not at all pretentious. Oliver keeps it real and relatable by sharing some of his own personal experiences. His passion for health and well being is so obvious. I particularly enjoyed the section on Emotional Intelligence!

    I do feel my favourite part of the book was The Five Cornerstones Of A Controlled, Happy And Contented Life. This really gave me cause for reflection. I am familiar with Don Miguel Ruiz’s work but Oliver embraced it in a way I hadn't considered before. I feel this was the glue that brought the whole book together full circle. What a great way to summarise this masterpiece!

    My advice to readers would be to leave this book out where you can access it often. Don't read it and shelf it. Keep it in view so that you will resort to its wisdom over and over again. Like sand in an hourglass, there are pearls of wisdom that will continue to trickle down to feed you over time. Take time to savour the journey.

    Absolutely a 5 out of 5! ~ Ann Perry, World Renowned International Numerologist

  • Healthy Fashion

    Alyssa Couture has really sailed into uncharted waters with her new book Healthy Fashion! She explains many aspects of how we can clothe ourselves in a healthy way...Our current clothing cultures are not necessarily healthy so it suggests alternative clothing that does not harm the environment, nor the individual, but is overall Healthy! ~ Kavosh Peyrohan, Goodreads

  • Holistic Guide To Your Health & Wellbeing Today, The

    This is a noteworthy and praiseworthy effort, taking a massive, complex and sometimes controversial topic and condensing it into something more manageable for the masses. All in, a lovely lens to look through when entering the wonderful world of wellness! ~ Casey McElligott, New York Investment Banker, Wellbeing Enthusiast & Spokesperson for Women in the City

  • Dawn of the Construct

    Dawn of the Construct is Epic Sci-Fi. A MUST-READ! ~ G L Davies - Harvest: The True Story of Alien abduction, Review

  • Life, Slightly

    Nigel Jay Cooper
    5 Stars. Ahhhhhhh so good.
    A beautiful, bittersweet, very human tale about life with its ups and downs, pitfalls and everything inbetween. The main characters in the book meet on a bench and begin talking about their lives in that magnificent open and honest way you can when you’re talking to a stranger. The thing is they’re not completely strangers but that side of the story is eventually revealed and was entirely relatable. All of the characters in the book feel like astute observations of humankind, myself and people I’ve met, loved and lost and they are very real, believable and likeable.
    Difficult subjects are broached, such as suicide, sexuality and consent but delicately and sensitively handled and the author gives us true food for thought. I honestly raced through this book as the writing style really drew me in and propelled me on an emotional rollercoaster. I couldn’t wait to see which of the apparent options would be the ultimate outcome of the story and I didn’t find out until the very last page. Excellent suspenseful build up as, like the main character found, both were very plausible endings but in my heart I felt it was the right result.
    Can’t really praise this enough, a very definite recommend. ~ Helen Frost, Goodreads

  • Life, Slightly

    Nigel Jay Cooper
    The author created a complex plot with characters that are diverse yet alike, each one searching for their true identities and each one trying to find their true meaning in life.

    Fran Lewis just reviews
    FULL REVIEW: https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2022/08/29/life-slightly/ ~ Just Reviews, Review

  • Jumping sharks and dropping mics

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I have always enjoyed exploring the origins of words, popular phrases, idioms, sayings, and more. This book is a cool, or rather modern twist (literally), to looking at newer idioms, their origins, and their journeys. So rather than googling many of these, or trying to play twenty questions with my teens to sneakily get answers without appearing like a dinosaur, I now have a handy reference guide in this book!! A fun informative read perfect for word-nerds and others too! ~ Vidya Tiru (Reviewer), NetGalley

  • Lightbulb Moments in Human History

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I thought this was unique, very enjoyable, and interesting. The author has a talent for storytelling in a clear and amusing style while conveying facts in an entertaining manner. The author covers the core of each topic very well and it encouraged me to choose a few topics that intrigued me to research further. Maybe not the right choice if you're looking for something super serious, but I think it's tremendous fun. ~ Ed Bailey (Reviewer) , NetGalley

  • Life, Slightly

    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. What happens when you deny your true self in order to avoid conflict and comply with other’s expectations of you? Gavin married his college sweetheart, had a son, but hated the well-paying job he obtained from his wife’s uncle. To keep the peace at home, he let his wife make all the decisions affecting him personally and that of the family, which destroyed his own happiness. More importantly, he suppressed his feelings for a fellow male teenager he met in high school, which haunted him throughout his adult years. We learn the details of Gavin’s life when he starts a conversation with a stranger on a park bench. This woman, Jackie, is able to bring out the stories of strangers, but is deeply scarred herself. Having no family or friends, the only way she can emotionally protect herself is to avoid all self-reflection. She accomplishes this by trying to help others who she feels are more emotionally damaged than she is. "Life, Slightly" wrestles with self-sabotage, guilt, shame, and denial. This is not only a story about embracing a path of self-discovery, but also one of those who refuse to. The lives and ordeals of the supporting characters provide elements of surprise to the reader and their inner turmoil is often felt in secret. The author doesn’t fall into the trap of making this a one-sided pity-party, as Gavin eventually realizes that his early actions due to wanting to be accepted would deeply hurt others and this pain would last throughout their lives. There isn’t only one victim here. Readers who welcome realistic accounts of life, will enjoy this novel. "Life, Slightly" shows us that life is messy, but we must accept and live all of it. ~ Jacqueline Jung (Reviewer), NetGalley

  • From 50 to 500

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I found this book very thoughtful and practical hands on approach to leadership. It has a structured approach on how to lead companies from a small size to growth to 500. There should be a change in mind, strategic approach and ways of leading companies small and big. Interesting examples give opportunities to learn and reflect. ~ Darya Yegorina (Reviewer), NetGalley

  • Where Madness Lies

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. A haunting tale that took me a while to read only because I needed to process everything. Loved going from a now to before and the family ties that bind us! 10/10 recommend!! ~ Cynthia Jackson (Reviewer), NetGalley

  • God Inspired Life

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. God Inspired Life is truly inspiring. A book to remind believers about the source and power of life, written in clear language. ~ Dr J Reads (Educator/Blogger), NetGalley

  • Anti-consumerist Druid, The

    This introspective debut from Katrina, Consumed blogger Townsend details how her determination to stop “overshopping” led her to druidism. She tells of her efforts as a teen and young adult to “buy myself a sense of identity” and emulate the women she saw in magazines, leading her to make purchases she couldn’t afford. She decided to rein in her spending through a self-imposed “shopping ban” and by following the advice of Marie Kondo. Then a documentary from the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion caused her to consider how her “frivolous” spending on fast fashion and disposable trinkets increased waste and contributed to climate change, setting Townsend on a path toward anticonsumerism. Her emerging environmentalism spurred her to revisit paganism, which she had dabbled in as a teenager, and she came to enjoy the connection it offers with nature. She gravitated toward the druid tradition because of its connection to animism and conviction that everything natural is sacred. Townsend’s trajectory from skeptic to believer makes this well suited for readers who might not be sold on paganism (she discusses her fear of “being too woo-woo”), and her discussion of how her druidism intersects with sustainable causes illustrates what the tradition has to offer modern practitioners. The result is a pensive pagan outing that will appeal to nonbelievers. ~ Publishers Weekly

  • Brutish Necessity

    Lives are precious and when someone is convicted of a murder they need and should be afforded the best defense hoping that there might have been a misjudge of character. But, when racism, prejudice and a wrong assumption come into play, plus a prosecutor who rolled over the defense, and a young 19-year-old young man named Oswald Augustus Grey was sent to his death but was he guilty?
    Accused of killing Thomas Arthur Bates during a robbery at his newspapers shop. Grey felt on the number 8 bus. Picked up four days after this incident in relation to claiming he stole a gun and was pit on an identity line up where Cecilia Gibbs said he was the man she saw at the Throughout this account of events that led to the execution of Grey, the author presents a startling history about the bulk is Britain’s post war hangings conducted by Albert Pierrepoint who continued the occupation of his father and uncle Henry and Thomas. Thomas presided in 261 occasions and Henry 75 and Albert 169. Oswald Grey the subject of this book his ultimate moments entrusted to Henry Allen who acted has an assistant to Pierrepoint on several occasions and with Grey’s demise he stated officiated in some capacity in 80 executions. Continues with how some were instructed to keep prisoner’s calm. There was Hanratty convicted of murder of Michael Gregston and for the attempted murder and rape of Valerie Storie. He expands on where and when plus how long it took to complete the process of his arrest to execution. He adds the length and times of trials of others and adds that Grey’s lasted a mere five days. Nobody took up his cause and he was a Jamaican baker and reading further we learn that his world was loose and dysfunctional.

    Other trials were longer and received more attention from the public. Pages 13-14 explains more.

    The author tried sketch something of a backdrop against which Grey’s time in Birmingham was played out. Piecing together the details of his life was quite demanding and frustrating. At the time there were many seeking jobs, and most did but not Grey. Having failed to make any mark during his shortened life, he had until now , been condemned to his memory being deemed equally insignificant. The author wants to put it right.

    He goes on to explain the issues faced by PM Tony Blair and his poor judgments affecting his opinions about the labour movement and page 53 it’s elaborated.

    He goes on to talk about his own family namely his father, positions in government and more and how it affected his childhood.

    The author requested to see the files on Grey but was turned down when asked to see the court papers that resided in the National Archive at Kew, and you won’t believe the frustration and fact he was denied and why. The request was denied, and it was claimed difficult to imagine that the mental health of ant surviving family members, who had already experiences shame and trauma some 60 years ago. The haphazard and sometimes lurid material available about Grey’s crime , his demise if Bates , access to official material could provide reliable and convincing accounts to counteract the prevailing inaccuracies. Finally, all will be revealed, relatives of Grey or his father have become untraceable. It’s more about a forgotten Black life and the notes covering what happened in the few hours it took to dispense justice to a Black boy in Birmingham at the same time remain unreachable. The author in Chapter 6 talks in detail about his arrest, trial and conviction and why a bewildered Oswald never had a chance. He details exactly why racism and prejudice are factors and initial reports of the murder along with the significance of the 8 buses. The entire incident, arrest and lack of hope and compassion for this unfortunate young man plus an attorney who tried to get the conviction reversed shows the poor judgment of all involved the fact he was living on National Assistance and the prosecution reveled in his role as he entertained the court by dissecting Grey’s chaotic claim about his movements and actions on the afternoon of June 2. You hear his voice, but the recounting is disjointed and difficult to believe yet Grey seems confused, and someone came forward to defend him but somehow that was negated. Read pages 63-66 the trial, the summations , and the conviction.

    shop[. Four other people said he was not seen at the shop. Who lied?

    Why did he confess? Did he understand what was happening and was he coerced by the police? Grey said he had given the gun to his friend called the Mover who returned it at 10 PM on June 2, after murder. However, his friend said this was not rue and had two people say they were with him from ten in the morning until ten at night. Dolores Kennedy and his sister Barbara. He claimed it was two other people his father and someone named Phyllis Shields at the time of the murder on Church Street. However, they could not be sure of the times and the owners of the café where grey said he handed over the gun to mover said he was not there that day. The result was he was sentenced to death, but author Jon Berry chronicles the time and places and events that led up to his death sentence and explains the prejudice and racism of the times in Lea Bank, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    This book is about a boy whose life has been forgotten. Indifferent officialdom , careless record keeping, and wanton rescuing colluded in maintaining this shameful invisibility. It recounts how sone came from the Caribbean and exercised the same right as someone moving from Newcastle to London. It explains the poor judgment of the Home Secretary, Theresa May and migration status and issues.

    Finally, the author relates his conversations with Charlie Williams a tireless fighter in a range of anti-racist causes. They discussed death in custody, and he relates a current episode, the facts of which turn out to be familiar to Charlie. Going back to Oswald Grey and comparing it to George Floyd whose public execution at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman made an impact in millions and still does. They reflect on the moment on the grim irony that although a young Black Man in Birmingham may not risk a state sponsored death carried out with chilling rituals that echo past centuries, he may as the author states, be fatally endangered when encountering premises built for his ostensible protection. Other cases are sited but in conclusion the author relates and reminds us that every life matters and more that a Black boy killed in Birmingham is soon fades from our memory. As every Brunei of a certain she that he spoke to, the horrific and awful tale of Oswald Grey was unknown to Bishop Joe who just arrived from Jamaica in 1968z he guessed about Grey’s short life and the picture painted us dispiriting. A young Black boy was the victim of an egregious injustice. He was confused, short of money and prospects living in a dingy bedsit, is it entirely plausible that he went into the shop owned by Thomas Bates on that evening in June 1962 shakily pointing a stolen pistol that changed the lives of two families? Was he so desperate for a few quid? He was not robbing the Deadwood stagecoach or was he the people’s champion and the book does not claim him as such.

    This book is, not an attempt to rescue a hero, but merely to save the memory is a boy who walked the same streets and the author, caught the same buses, and who at least deserves the respect, recognition, and more importantly to remember him and his unhappy existence and all that it prompts all of us to reflect on.

    Oswald Augustus Grey: Your Life Matters.

    I agree and hope others will read and reflect on the times, the unfairness, and racism and provide some heartfelt outpouring for him and others. You the reader decide: was he wrongly accused? Why didn’t anyone become his champion? This is a brat book to enlighten everyone about what happens when a 20-year-old Jamaican immigrant is executed and 19 when the crime took place. Author Jon Berry creates a powerful book questioning whether justice or injustice took place and how both blended.

    Brutish Necessity straightforward, hard hitting and powerful. ~ Fran Lewis - Just Reviews, https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2022/09/17/brutish-necessity-2/

  • God Inspired Life

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Godfrey Kesari reminds us that A God Inspired Life is to love everything we have. It also reminds us to put our trust in God and give God our heart. We need to love him with all our mind, and how do we do that? We do that by allowing God to be part of all we think. We are to love him with our soul, as well with all your strength. Living a God Inspired Life is about building a relationship with God. We need to remember too that we belong to God for now and eternity. We are reminded too that living a God Inspired Life also reminds us that neither cast systems or race matters, what matters is our relationship with Christ. We are reminded too that prayer is at the heart of discernment, that prayer is simply talking to God and listening to him. Praying to God allows us to be focused. Equally important in living a God inspired life is reading the Bible, and discerning the word. Many live a self-inspired life. Many others live an others-inspired life. If we live a self-inspired or others-inspired life, we could underdo things. It is equally possible that we overdo things and get burnt out. A God-inspired life is not only the best way to live, but it is also the only way to live as God intends us to live. Life is a struggle. We can get confused about our purpose, passion and perception. There is so much distraction in this world. We can get muddled up. Life can become messy. Well, nothing can revitalise our life than a renewed vision -- a vision to live for God in Christ. If you feel you are not living the life you are meant to live, this book is for you. I give God Inspired Life five out of five stars!
    ~ Michelle Kidwell (Reviewer), NetGalley