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A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hanson

“101 stories to open the heart and restore faith in human nature”

The book offers exactly what it says, a companion book similar to Character Building (previously reviewed on this site).  I wouldn’t like to attempt to read the whole book from cover to cover but, dip in and dip out of it over a period of time. A selection of inspirational short stories  split into various chapters under the headings of on love, parenting, live your dreams, on death & dying etc., The book is perfect as a gift for anyone who is going through/gone through a difficult time in their life.   Of the stories read to date I have taken comfort and inspiration from them.

A very thoughtful gift - thanks Lynnette!

Reviewed by Gillian Harrison

Chicken Soup for a Woman’s Soul

 I bought "Chicken Soup for a woman’s soul" in the airport and read it on the train from Brussels to Liege - I was sobbing quietly most of the way as the stories were so moving. They tell of peoples triumphs over often very great adversity.

There are 2 about BC and one of them looked like I could have written it - Ramona's Touch.

A lady had had a mastectomy and was going for a checkup. She had a very carefully chosen out fit of a camisole topped by a casual open front shirt - a mixture of ease to get in/out of and also easy access for the medical staff. She had tried to get a casual look- but really it was very carefully selected.

The nurse she was allotted was one she had seen before from a distance and had seen laughing and so she didn’t think her suitable. The nurse asked her about her wound and as she replied the nurse asked her gently if she had touched it yet. The lady burst into tears and the nurse put her hand gently on the wound and then helped the lady to put her own hand on. She helped her to accept her (new) body a little.

This is me. I spent months not looking, getting dressed in the dark with my eyes shut (quite a skill with a bad arm and buttons to negotiate), and not touching either. I really associated with the lady's problem.

Reviewed by: Name Supplied

Character Building

A moving selection of inspirational short stories and poems. The book is perfect as a gift for anyone who is going through/gone through surgery/treatment for Cancer or any other illness and requires a little inspiration and hope. If you have been there many of the stories and poems you can relate to - even manage a smile or two. Gives the reader a feeling that they are definitely not alone. On the downside the layout of the book is a little clumsy looking although the big print will appeal to people with reading difficulties/poor eyesight. For every book purchased a donation is made to a cancer charity so you would also be supporting a good cause.

Reviewed by Gillian Harrison

All Woman – Life after Breast Cancer

Tania Farrell Yelland

Metro £9.99


Part I is a collection of 30 inspiring stories by women who have survived Breast Cancer. The women in the book vary in age between 24 and 61 years of age when diagnosed.

The book isn’t busting with Medical Information, although Part II does deal with the technical side in brief!  It is a book, which anyone diagnosed with Breast Cancer, could relate to one or more/all or in part of the stories.  All of the women who have contributed to the book offer tips for surviving treatments, book recommendations (which vary from Harry Potter to Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book), a statement which best describes their feelings and their story.

 I feel the title encourages people to purchase the book after they have completed their treatment (as I did) which is why I was a little disappointed as some the information could have been of some assistance to me during my “journey” it also offers hope to people who are struggling with diagnosis and proof that in many cases Breast Cancer is no longer a death sentence.

It is worth a read even if it is only to assure you that you are not alone!

All Tania Farrell Yellands royalties from the sales of the book are being donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Reviewed by: G.Harrison

Breast Cancer a Guide for Every Woman

Michael Baum, Christobel Saunders and Sheena Meredith

Oxford Medical Publications

ISBN 0 19 262752 X

The book charts all areas of Breast Cancer from diagnosis to recovery. Not an easy book to read but, is a good source of reference, and I have found myself picking it up many times during the time of diagnosis and in particular prior to my surgery to assist me in knowing what questions to ask.  Thankfully, it isn’t full of frightening statistics that are difficult to understand!

Unfortunately, I don’t know where to purchase the book from or what price it is, as I was loaned this book.

Reviewed By: Gillian Harrison

“The not so Scary Breast Cancer Book”

I went on when I was diagnosed and got a brilliant book “the not so scary Breast Cancer Book” its American, written by two sisters who both had Breast Cancer - it is a really gentle read. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Carene Young

“Bent not Broken”

Lauren Roche

I  purchased this book from  The book is not associated with Breast Cancer. 

Lauren Roche is from New Zealand and the book charts her extraordinary life, that of an abused child, stowaway, drug user, prostitute and today a Doctor. She was determined to be famous all through her life - she encountered many terrible experiences before finally realising her dream to become a Doctor. Well worth a read and is written in a unique style, get yourself a copy of this book from and you feel like you have been a part of Lauren’s extraordinary journey.

There is a follow up to this book due to be released early in 2002.

Reviewed by: Gillian Harrison

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