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Seven Signs of Life- Aoife Abbey


‘Seven Signs of Life’ is the memoir of an intensive care doctor. Aoife Abbey is the former BMC @TheSecretDr and this book has also been sold under the name ‘The Secret Doctor’


I’ve read a lot of medical memoirs, but this one is different. There is medicine in there, but it’s not the main focus of the book. The main focus is on the emotions that come from working with people who are seriously ill.

Each chapter is named after a different emotion, and includes stories which illustrate that emotion. She talks about the good and bad of working in intensive care.

When medical procedures are included they are described in a way which is easy to understand, and different health conditions are described in footnotes.

Abbey is clearly a reader and I appreciated her frequent references to books. Each chapter started with a quote, and there were mentions of books throughout

There was a lot of discussion of the language used around health and how it can be helpful, or not which really got me thinking.

This would probably be an ideal book for people wanting to dip their fingers into medical memoirs, it’s not generally very graphic, it’s fairly short, and easy to read.

It wasn't really what I expected, but I enjoyed it all the same

Score: 🐦🐦🐦🐦/🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦

Originally tweeted by Lucybird (@lucybirdbooks) on 30/07/2020.

Buy it:

Kindle (£4.99)

Paperback (£6.99)

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Deals of the Moment- June 2020

Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but the money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

See all the books in the deals here

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

Do you remember when this was super popular a few years ago? If you missed it then you can read it for cheap now. It’s taken from the view of black maids in white households (who are not nice). It is a good book, although maybe when you consider context a little problematic. So maybe not the best to read if you want to understand black history.

Buy it for just £0.99

Adults- Emma Jane Unsworth

I was surprised this is so cheap because it’s relatively new and not out in paperback yet. I read it a few months ago and suggested it for my bookgroup, but we decided not to read it at the time due to the price.

It’s the story of Jenny, who seems rather vapid and self-obsessed to start with, but once you get to know more of her story you realise what hides behind it, and that maybe her self-obsession isn’t quite that. A very good read but it takes some getting into.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

I’m not the worlds biggest YA fan in general, but I enjoy a dystopian novel, and this is the start of a very good series.

‘The Hunger Games’ are ‘games’ set up by the elite as part of controlling the population. Each district has two young tributes every year, only one tribute will come out alive.

Buy here (only £2.49) 

How to be Famous- Caitlin Moran

I really enjoyed the first book in this series How to Build a Girl, as soon as I saw this was on offer I bought it. It continues the story of Johanna, young music journalist and her (mis)adventures in the Britpop scene.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Closed Circle- Jonathan Coe

Another one I bought immediately on seeing it. This is the follow-up to ‘The Rotter’s Club’. Set during the time of the ‘War on Terror’ it will be interesting to see the view of terrorism now vs. how it was during the time of the IRA (The Rotter’s Club is set around the Birmingham bombings)

Buy it…here (only £0.99)

Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

‘Attachments’ is the story of an IT tech who falls in love with a woman through reading her e-mails. I can’t remember much about it except that I enjoyed it and it was an easy read. 

Buy it…here (Only £0.99)

Seven Signs of Life- Aoife Abbey

A medical memoir focusing around an intensive care doctor. Also pretty glad this one is written by a woman, as they generally seem to be written by men.

Buy it...here (only £0.99)

The Lake House- Kate Morton

As usual for Kate Morton half historical novel half mystery. Lots of intrigue. This one focuses on the disappearance of a baby, and the secrets which surround it.

Buy it…here (only £0.99)

Also, quick mention Room is cheap again, this seems to happen every few months so I’m not bothering to go into a big song and dance, but you can get it for 99p if you want!

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