Three Books to Consider…

Over the past few months I’ve been happy to receive three newly-published books: A Star is Born by Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance; Amnesia Nights by Quinton Skinner and Today Just Like Yesterday by Richard Kirby.

A Star is Born is a beautiful coffee-table book dedicated to the making of the Judy Garland film of the same name. It also covers what happened in her life during and after that time period and is written with great warmth by her daughter, Lorna Luft.

I absolutely loved this book and was thrilled to see so many photographs. I’m not sure how many photos there are in total, but I’d say probably hundreds!

I don’t know that much about Judy Garland, but I’ve always thought of her quite fondly (and of course I was a huge Wizard of Oz fan as a kid!). She was deeply misunderstood, just as Marilyn was, and I believe they recognised that in each other, as Judy spoke about her on several occasions.

I don’t believe you’ve got to be a die-hard Judy Garland fan to enjoy this book. Personally I think that if you love Hollywood, history, films, musicals or just a damn-good-read, then this book is for you. It is published by Running Press and available from all good book shops.

Amnesia Nights is a thriller about a man called John Wright, who has not seen his fiancée Iris for over three years. The trouble is, the last time he saw Iris was during a fit of rage in their apartment, and he now doesn’t know if she was left dead or alive. With that in mind, John spends his days living on a small fortune he stole from Iris’ father and wondering if he’ll ever be arrested for her murder. But is Iris really dead, and if so, did John murder her?

This book goes from the present to the past and back again, as John desperately tries to figure out what went on in his life. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read this winter, then Amnesia Nights is for you! It is published by Fentum Press and priced at £8.99.

Today Just Like Yesterday is a clever book written by Richard Kirby. Several years ago, Kirby was diagnosed with dysthymia (a chronic but mild form of depression). As he approached his 50th birthday, he decided to undertake 100 mental, physical and emotional challenges, in order to raise awareness of the condition. These challenges are all chronicled in the book and each one written in Richard’s friendly and comfortable style.

I really enjoyed this book. The way it is written means that you can dip in and out, whenever you have a spare moment. I love the idea of giving yourself challenges to work on over a period of time, because as a worrier/anxiety sufferer myself, I always find I’m so much brighter and worry-free when I’m working towards something. It’s when I’m doing nothing that the worries strike, so Richard’s book is very inspiring in that regard. I really hope it will inspire others to do challenges because honestly, staying busy and focused really is the best way – in my experience anyway.

Today Just Like Yesterday is published by Trigger, and I should just say that if you check out their website – – they have a host of books dedicated to mental health, including depression and anxiety. They are doing an excellent job in spreading the word about mental health, and I fully applaud their efforts. Please don’t suffer in silence!

Until next time,

Michelle x



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