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On Friday 21 April, our IH book club was restarted, with Steve Rose chairing. We had several fascinating conversations which ranged from the strange world of mushrooms and fungi; to the importance of art and fiction as a way to help understand real world impact of political decisions. We all came along with some recommendations of what we have read, watched, or listened to. We also had some thought-provoking input about representation and new insights into health and wellbeing. Check out our recommendations below, we hope you enjoy them. Thank you to everyone that came along, please keep an eye out for our next meeting.

Recommendations as follows:

Naturebang – Podcast on BBC SoundsSteveObservations of nature and how we can use biomimicry.
Entangled Life book by Merlin SheldrakeKatherineHow life is one big system connecting for example people to plants to fungi.
In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms Book by Doug BierendTheoMore on the fascinating world of fungi.
‘A Pale View of a Hill’ book by Kazuo IshiguroMikeHow fiction is a powerful way to understand historical events from a personal and emotive perspective.
Later by Stephen KingBethanyA smaller crime read by Stephen King.
Beating Endo: A Patient’s Treatment Plan for Endometriosis by Dr Iris Kerin Orbuch & Dr Amy SteinBethanyInteresting book on Endometriosis by two Doctors who also have the condition. Includes several useful resources.
Have I Told You This Already? Stories I Don’t Want to Forget to Remember Book/Audio Book by Lauren GrahamBethanyExperience and look behind the scenes in Hollywood. The audiobook is narrated by Lauren Graham.
5 Relationship Model book by Petruska ClarksonDebbieNot a great read but a necessary part of study!
Sophie Ellis-Bextor Spinning Plates PodcastMelPodcast that brings academia and pop culture together for getting through real life.
Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar Book by Jessie InchauspéMelAll about needing to avoid spikes in Glucose that impacts on many aspects of health.
Huberman Lab Podcast Dr Andrew HubermanMelThis podcast covers so many topic areas from Mental Health to Hormone imbalances.
Go Love Yourself Podcast Lauren SmithLisaImportance of positive representation, looking at plus-sized bodies, and so much more.
Dr’s Kitchen PodcastDebbieWellbeing, Nutrition & Healthy Eating Podcast