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Dunx

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Ooh ever read M. R. James?
Then I presume you've heard of Charles Dickens. The work of his I think you may find interesting is 'Sketches by Boz.; Written in the early 1800s. It's Dickens' own notes about characters he met in London's poor areas. It's really a collection of historically correct short stories.
 

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The only thing I've read by Ray Bradbury Is Fahrenheit 451 and I really enjoyed it.
 

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No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
 

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The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen
 

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George Washington Carver Biog by Kramer (on order) last book i actually read was The Heuristic Triangle by DP MacTaighain
 

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Remind Me Who I Am, Again (by Linda Grant).............not really my thing but as i love second hand bookshops i picked it up for a whole quid. After 2 or 3 pages i was hooked and im sure this will allow to navigate the arena of chat with a little more patience and due diligence(thats a complete lie btw). The comment on the book by the Independent was "Grants account of her mothers dementia takes us on that descent into darkness, further and further from the light of the recognizable..."
 

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Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus

author/s: Sarah Gilbert (Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University) and Catherine Green (Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics, Oxford University)

''On 1 January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen before. Less than 12 months later, vaccination was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from Covid-19.

In Vaxxers, we hear directly from Professor Gilbert and her colleague Dr Catherine Green as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the cutting-edge science and sheer hard work behind it.

This is their story of fighting a pandemic as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Sarah and Cath share the heart-stopping moments in the eye of the storm; they separate fact from fiction; they explain how they made a highly effective vaccine in record time with the eyes of the world watching; and they give us hope for the future.

Vaxxers invites us into the lab to find out how science will save us from this pandemic, and how we can prepare for the inevitable next one
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Life Support: Diary of an ICU Doctor on the Frontline of the Covid Crisis

author: Dr Jim Down. ICL, London

''One of the doctors with the most hands-on experience of COVID in the country.' (Edward Docx, New Statesman)

A powerful, moving account of an intensive care doctor's life on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a doctor running the intensive care unit at one of London's top hospitals, Jim Down has spent his life working as healthcare's last resort, where the unexpected is always around the corner and life and death decisions are an everyday occurrence.

But nothing had prepared Jim and his team for the events of spring 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic descended. In Life Support, he tells the extraordinary month-by-month story of how as the nation came to a standstill, he and his colleagues donned PPE, received an unprecedented influx of patients, transformed their hospital and ultimately faced down the biggest challenge in the history of the NHS.

The pandemic raised impossible questions for Jim: how do you fight a new disease? How do you go home at night to your wife and young children when you've spent all day around highly infectious patients? How do you tell a mother that her healthy young son has died, only days after falling ill?

With warmth, honesty and humour, this book is a gripping, moving testament to the everyday heroism of the NHS staff in a global crisis and an unforgettable insight into what was really happening in the wards as we clapped on our doorsteps.'' - A
 

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Duty of Care: One Doctor's Story of the Covid-19 Crisis

author: Dr Dominic Pimenta

''The first book to tell the full story of the COVID-19 pandemic, from an NHS doctor working inside hospitals to save lives and combat the virus on the front line. This audiobook features additional questions and answers with the author, Dr Dominic Pimenta, providing even further expert insights.

On the eighth of February, Dr Dominic Pimenta encountered his first suspected case of coronavirus. Within a week, he began wearing a mask on the tube and within a month, he was moved over to the Intensive Care Unit to help fight the virus.

Duty of Care is the first book to tell the full story of the COVID-19 pandemic from someone on the front line, working in one of the NHS's hardest hit areas. From the initial whispers coming out of China and the collective hesitation to class this as a pandemic to full lockdown and the continued battle to treat whoever came through the doors, Dr Pimenta tells the heroic stories of how the entire system shifted to tackle this outbreak and how, ultimately, the staff managed to save lives.

This incredible account captures the shock and surprise, the panic and power of an unprecedented time, and how, at this moment of despair, human generosity and kindness prevailed.''
 

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I've been reading The curious case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald. I picked it up in the local charity shop (where else!?). Now I've seen the movie with Brad Pitt and I thought it was an original screenplay, didn't realise it was based on a book.
 

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I've just started The Liverpool Matchgirl by Lyn Andrews. I don't normally go for modern fiction but it is set in the past, and I was struggling to find a third book in the charity shop, so i picked this up. Why do I need to buy 3 books? glad you asked, so I'll tell you... The books are 3 for £1, amazing value I think you'll agree, but the proviso is - it's buy 1 get 2 free. So if you only buy 1 book it's still £1. Now here's the rub, if you only buy 2 books - it's £2! this is madness! :rolleyes:
 

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not so much a book but my favourite second hand bookshop, a book collector/readers wet dream, strongly recommend if your in that part of the world to spend a few hours roaming through this place. Its the land of light brown duffel coats and stripey scarves. If you put into YT "Abandoned Train Station Is Now A Book Shop! | Barter Books Alnwick" youll get a short video of the place.

 
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