Rosie’s #Bookreview of Medical Fiction THE PORTER: RETRIBUTION IN LOCKDOWN by Rachel Parsonage

The Porter: Retribution in LockdownThe Porter: Retribution in Lockdown by Rachel Parsonage

3.5 stars

The Porter: Retribution in Lockdown is a medical story and part of The Lockdown series of books.

This story is set in Wales and features Dave, a hospital porter. The first part of the book introduces us to Dave and his brother Ken and walks the reader through Dave’s tough childhood, which featured neglect and a short time in care; those early years shaped the lives of both brothers.

The second part of the book is set in current times as Dave starts a new job as a hospital porter just as the world faces the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s at his new job that Dave is reacquainted with a couple of nasty characters from his childhood; his carefully controlled fears and anxiety bubble to the surface. Now with a stable family life behind him, will Dave be able to move on from his past horrors?

The author works in the NHS and has used her knowledge of the medical industry to accurately illustrate much of the book. Writing about the pandemic keeps this story current and will no doubt be useful to readers in years to come as a reminder of how the first six months of the virus in the UK affected us all. It is an easy read, with no surprises; the prologue sets up the ending of the book which avid readers will be quick to spot. A solid debut novel.

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On the 23rd March 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the pandemic threat of COVID-19. After experiencing back problems, Dave Williams has exchanged working as a builder for a job as a porter in a local hospital. Dave is enjoying his job. He has lived a happy life for the past thirty years with his wife and family. His childhood, however, was not so happy.
Dave suddenly finds himself confronted with the demons of his past – he and his brother Ken were in care in the eighties, subject to a system unfit for purpose. When faced with the main perpetrator of the harm caused to them, Dave, unrecognisable in his protective equipment, finds revenge easy to execute.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Memoir 10 10 10: My 10 year journey from suicide attempt to ultra-marathon runner by Laura Bird

10 10 10: My 10 year journey from suicide attempt to ultra marathon runner10 10 10: My 10 year journey from suicide attempt to ultra marathon runner by Laura Bird

4 stars

10 10 10: My 10 year journey from suicide attempt to ultra-marathon runner is the inspiring memoir of Laura Bird.

Aged eighteen, Laura attempted suicide after a culmination of events from a challenging childhood. While recovering in hospital, Laura took her psychological well-being into her own hands and decided that as she was offered another chance in life, she would take it.

Laura’s recovery wasn’t without its hardships and pain, but through it all Laura began building her own mental strengths. She went on to push both the barriers of her physical and psychological abilities while taking on some amazing tasks: marathons, triathlons, ironman, SAS: Who Dares Wins reality TV show and a mammoth ten marathons in ten days.

Throughout the book Laura speaks candidly about her own journey through mental health and talks about how she now deals with everyday life issues. I was very interested in her ten year turn around and how she is driven to keep on trying while accepting that we all need to fail at things so that we can learn valuable lessons.

A very interesting and moving story to read, and one that I would happily recommend to a wide reading audience.

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Fighting for her life after a suicide attempt, Laura ‘Birdy’ Bird ended her turbulent adolescence physically and psychologically broken.

Fast forward 10 years and she has run 10 marathons in 10 days to raise money for the people who saved her life.

Join Birdy on her moving and motivational 10-year journey from learning how to walk again, through the challenges of training for an Ironman, to taking on the brutal Directing Staff as a recruit on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins. Culminating in taking on the biggest

ultra-marathon running challenge she has ever faced.

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