Saturday, October 3, 2009

Show Me 5 Saturday

Hosted by Alipet813 at That's A Novel Idea

A brief description of a book you have read or reviewed during the week.

Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.

1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week

2 Words that describe the book

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it
5 Stars or less for your rating?

1.All in the Mind***** by Alastair Campbell (297 pages) UK 2008

2.Psychological fiction

3.Dr.Martin Sturrock, a dedicated psychiatrist whose
patients include Emily, a traumatized burns victim, Arta, a Kosovan refugee recovering from a rape, David Temple, a long term depressive, and others.

4.Likes: An inside look at the mind of a psychiatrist who worries about whether
he's doing his best for his patients; what he really thinks and feels about them while he battles or ignores his own personal problems. A revealing of the strangely dependent relationship between a psychiatrist and his patients. Written in easy to understand language and told with compassion, the story made me weep, a rare event for me.

Dislikes: A boring cover that looks like a photograph taken forty years ago. Since the story happens in the present day I found it misleading. My copy is the first one shown. I found the second cover online, which isn't so bad, but the book deserves better.

5.Five stars. The best novel I've read in a
month. Highly recommended.


  1. That cover would never entice me to pick up the book either.

  2. I like psychological fiction. Sounds good to me!

  3. Hi!

    I saw your Friday Find comment, and thought I'd come and look, and noticed this fun meme. Very interesting. You are right about the cover, looks a bit misleading, but the actual book sounds like one I would love!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey, just wanted to say...

    I'm so pleased to discover you and your blog. I would like to show my appreciation for all your hard work with your wonderful site, by awarding you this!


  5. I have been slow reading 'Arrow of God' by Chinua Achebe. I hope to finish soon. Nice challenge here.

  6. I agree with you...I wouldn't pick up the book based on either one of those covers.

  7. I have to read this one. I love psychological novels and reading about people with deep psychological issues. I do agree with you though on the cover, it does not look appealing at all.

  8. I'm off to my library website right now to see if this is available ...sounds like a book I'd love!

  9. This sounds really good! I want to read it myself. Of course, my TBR list is so long it will be forever before i get to it.



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