I received a free copy of this book as it won or was nominated for a prize and the publisher was asking on Twitter if anyone wanted a copy to review. As I want to review more books for my blog (good thing I am at a book festival) I was like yeah, I’d like a copy please.
Plus is has a wonderfully pretty cover.
The book is by Harry Karlinsky who is Canadian psychiatrist and new novelist. It is clear in the book that the author has great knowledge of psychology and has used his research skills greatly to try understand the person that is Thomas Darwin (the son of Charles Darwin).
The easiest way to describe this book would be to say that is is a little strange but it is based on actual findings so this makes it equally as interesting. The story revolves around Thomas growing up in the Darwin household where his interest in intimate objects (mainly cutlery) began and his progression to Oxford where his interest evolved to be an obsession. There are parallels to research Thomas carried out on the cutlery with his Dad’s research into evolution but most interesting is the psychology behind Thomas’s erratic behaviour.
It is not a terribly big book and therefore does not take long to read so I would say if you fancy reading something a little out of the ordinary you should grab yourself a copy of this and try it out.
Nail posts are something I haven’t done in a while and I made my nails pretty for my friends birthday night out and this is the first time my nails have looked not too bad in a while. I cut them all last week because they were tearing and now although shorter they look so much better. Does anyone know anything good for nails that tear and peal?
Here I used Teal by Accessorize which is a great thick polish. I highly recommend trying out their polishes; they have some unusual colours also £4.00 each. On top of the teal I used Models Own Hed Kandi Ibiza Mix which I have previously reviewed here: http://razzledazzleandrocknroll.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/models-own-hed-kandi-ibiza-mix-on.html
I love the combination of these two polishes. The colours in the glitter work well with the green tones in the teal polish but what I did notice is the top coat of the glitter changed the teal colour slightly more green than usual. It was still nice though. What colours have you used with Ibiza Mix? I have noticed it has been making the rounds on the blogsphere. I am sad that I have discovered this great combo at the end of summer but next summer this will definitely be my staple nails.
I picked up Sparkle since I am a big fan of vanilla –
Prostitution is such an ugly word, well in my opinion it is but I don’t like the harshness of hooker either, however I do like floozy. So I am going to refer to prostitutes as floozy’s – sounds almost like an exotic flower, eh? They are certainly exotic…well some of them. Books about prostitutes seem to have almost overtook the craze of reading about abused children in the last five year or so but why? Well, just like child abuse it’s taboo. It is not something the normal person speaks of and prostitution is easier to read about than a child being sat on an oven (yes I read it). I also appear to have fallen into the craze of reading about prostitution but I would like to make clear I only ever read A Child Called It once and I can’t say I enjoyed it nearly as much as books about prostitutes…sorry floozy’s. I don’t know what that say’s about my personality but I’d also like to say that is it the psychology behind being a floozy that intrigues me. I am in no way a prude but I know I do not have the personality to be in that line of work. Simply getting changed at the gym is enough to make me blush never mind getting paid to take my clothing off for a purpose. It intrigues me to see what makes these people different from me in that aspect.
I realised a couple of weeks ago that I have an array of different books that tell different stories about floozism and I felt it would be interesting to explore and review. Considering how much I read I do not write nearly enough book reviews.
1. Belle De Jour – The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl.
It’s a best seller so chances are you have already read this one but if not here is the low down on my favourite book about a floozy. As the title tells you the book is set in London which brings the story home (literally for me) and gives it an essence of realness. The book is in fact based on the life of Dr Brooke Magnanti; however the important thing is that it feels real. Just because someone has wrote a book and claims it is real does not mean to say that it feels real to the reader but with this it does. It has been highly criticised for glamorising prostitution and giving an unfair review of the job but there are people out there that work at the high end side being an escort rather than a street prostitute and in my opinion being an escort is so much safer. Well as safe as it can be. It gives a good insight into the etiquette involved in being an escort. I had no idea there were so many guidelines in place – very interesting. The book is very graphic at times but also tantalising and it did shock me in parts; so those of you who are a little prudish might want to stay back from this one. The reason I love it is the shock factor though but it is not all sex; the book also deals with real life problems and shows that at times the life of a prostitute is not all that different.
2. Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. John Cleland.
The fact that this book is wrote by a man makes me question it a little but the information in the book does seem to be fairly accurate which leads to the question: how did he know that? It is a penguin popular classic and it is certainly enjoyable. It gives a good insight into how old school brothers functioned and how poverty often lead girls into this career through lack of being able to do much else for money in some situations. It was the first English prose pornography and the first pornography taking the form of a novel – therefore it is also one of the most prosecuted books in history. Compared to the modern day equivalent such as 50 Shades of repetitive nonsense (I haven’t actually read it but the reviews gave me a laugh) it is a greatly written book and I am proud to have it on my book shelf. Plus isn’t the cover gorgeous?
3. Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl – Tracy Quan
The name Paulo Coelho might be ringing a bell – he’s the Brazilian author of the world famous The Alchemist – so a credible writer to say the least. When I started reading this book I had no idea it was about prostitution. I picked it up a library sale and I haven’t ever read anything by Coelho so I dived in without reading the blurb. In saying that though the essence of the book is not prostitution. The story does deal with prostitution and how a naive girl can find herself having to take this path but the essence of the book is finding yourself and exploring what life throws at you. It is an inspirational book about adventure and I highly recommend it; especially if you have a tendency to find yourself a little lost.
As you can see it comes in an almost coffin shaped bottle and has the ghoulish font saying Vampire Blood and naturally its red to mimic blood muhahaha.
The gel reminds a bit of frog spawn with the little black bits in it (which I do not know what they are) they disappear when you rub the gel into your hands. The gel smells beautiful though. This one is plum scented and it lingers for a long time afterwards. It is a lot nicer than your typical hand gels.
It makes me happy putting it on my hands!
Is anyone else excited for Halloween? What’s your plans?
The hot cloth cleanse and polish has been my favourite skin care product for a couple of years now and I have been yearning to try the toner and the moisturiser that complete the Liz Earle skin care regime. I decided I would chance my luck and e-mail Liz Earle customer service and ask if they had any samples that I could review and boy was I in luck.