Author – Joanna Cannon and others. Joanna has complied this free book of various authors including Fern Britton, Janet Ellis and Mr Kipling. It was published to coincide with the release of this years exam results, for students to have the benefits of others experiences. However I think it is beneficial to everyone.
Joanna’s first book, The Trouble of Goats and Sheep won great praise. Winning the 2016 BAMB reader aware, being longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize and shortlisted for the Bookseller Industry awards 2017.
Joanna trained as a doctor and specialised as a psychiatrist before writing this book. Her second book Three Things About Elsie came out in January 2018, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick and was longlisted for The Woman’s Prize for Fiction 2018. The first chapter is included in this book.
Publisher – HarperCollins
Pages – 82
The Blurb –
If you could send a message to your younger self, what three things would you want to tell them? This inspiring, moving and frequently hilarious collection includes advice from – among others – authors, journalists, clergy, nurses and doctors; and their words will offer both solace and entertainment to readers at any milestone in life, from exam results and educational choices to love, health, friendship and careers.
I read this book mainly because it is by Joanna Cannon, she is now on my list of I must read everything they do. Click to read my review of The Trouble With Goats And Sheep, her first novel.
My thoughts – Firstly I would highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter how old, your gender or position in life, it offers something for everyone. Secondly grab some tissues. This book made me cry, a lot, not because its sad but because its poignant and inspirational.
It’s only a short read, I read it in half an hour, but it will stay with me much longer. I read it while my daughter was getting her nails done, and I sat there trying to hide the tears. I read it again before I reviewed it and I have never highlighted a book so much. This book is going to be a go to when I need reassurance, guidance and a pick me up.
All the contributors to the book have each written a letter to their previous selves, some are long some are short. What they all had in common is a lot of their lessons are very similar. We are all much more alike than we think. All our hang ups and anxieties that we think are unique to us aren’t.
If you are looking for a book that will make you cry and laugh and provide some great insight, read this. It’s free and something quite wonderful.
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This book counts towards my British Book Challenge
In keeping with the book I thought I would share my own:
Three Things I’d Tell My Younger Self
- When you are younger, you ask yourself over and over whether being bullied is part of a test. Whether it serves a purpose? With hind sight it makes you resilient, life will throw a great deal of crap at you, and you will cope. Writing this now, there is no stronger person I know, so I know its tough but you survive, not unscathed, but more warriorlike.
- Know your self worth now. You sell yourself short so many times and accept far less than you deserve. Don’t love the wrong people, note to self, no-one has been right so far. Stick to tea and cats.
- The computer course at college is the wrong decision, go into sixth form and go to university. Learn as much as you can and if possible read more. This longing to learn never leaves and I so wish you’d gone to university.