Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Walker encourages the reader to feel empowered to protect their sleep and health. This is a science and evidence backed book about why humans sleep in the first place, even though sleeping is such a strange concept, and why sleep is so important to human survival and longevity. This book is a must-read.

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Book Review: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

This is a powerful read which will leave the reader with a lot of thoughts to ponder on the reality of the British Empire and why things are the way they are today in Britain and in India. This book was born out of a debate in the Oxford Union in 2015, where Tharoor argued that “Britain Owes Reparations to Her Former Colonies”.

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Top three non-fiction books about refugees that everyone should read

These are my top three non-fiction books about refugees that everyone should read. Here, I recommend three books, all written by women, who share a real, first-hand perspective of the refugee experience.

Book Review: A Woman of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail

This book would be very suited to someone who wants to read a book about female empowerment, or is interested in medical memoirs, FGM, or international aid. Overall, this book has two particular strong points. Firstly, her story is inspiring as a strong-willed woman who relentlessly pursues what she wants, fighting against societal norms and the many barriers in her way. Secondly, it is a story of caring for others with compassion and kindness, a true story of humanity.

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Book Review: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

The book is a collection of first person stories of Syrians who have shared their experiences at different stages of the Syrian revolution. This book would be interesting to anyone who cares about human rights, the refugee crisis, the Middle East, and forced human migration. It is accessible to all audiences.

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(Reblog from @BuckysBookReviews): Sathnam Sanghera, Empireland (2021)

We may know well Britain’s impact on the world. We have all heard about how, given that it covered a quarter of the globe at its peak, the sun never set on the British Empire. Through empire, Britain spread its language, its customs, and its philosophies. It also spread fear, hatred, and death. While thisContinue reading “(Reblog from @BuckysBookReviews): Sathnam Sanghera, Empireland (2021)”

Book Review: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

This book would be of particular interest to those interested in American politics, in Obama’s early career, and in some of America’s social and political areas of concern. Regardless of political leaning, it is interesting to see Obama’s perspectives on politics being formed at the earlier stages of his political career, as well as his growth before presidency.

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Book Review: The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

Nayeri fled Iran with her mother and brother when she was eight years old. In Iran, her mother was a doctor and they fled their relatively comfortable livelihoods in order to protect their lives. She spent some time in refugee camps in Italy, where she describes how stories became the backbone of their existence.

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Book Review: Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss by Rachel Clarke

This book is a must read for everyone. Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor, who worked as a journalist before retraining as a doctor. She shares her personal and professional journey with the reader through this transition and her eventual specialisation in palliative care.

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Book Review: An Autobiography by Gandhi

The book overall follows Gandhi’s journey during his search for truth. Gandhi wrote the majority of his autobiography in prison, when the British authorities at the time put him on trial for delivering speeches encouraging people to rebel against the authorities. This book is multifaceted and thus it could be approached from different angles.

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