We had a small but perfectly formed book and more club, in September. Here are the details of the titles that came up. Plus some other fun recommendations from our IH team.
By Barbara Kingsolver, this is a modern take on David Copperfield from Midwest America. An honest and at times brutal story following a boy Deman Copperhead as he navigates a world of poverty and social disadvantage. A real insight into what modern inequality looks like and the failings of ‘the state system’
By Simon Sinek, ‘Start with why’ is predicated on the position that our sense of purpose, whether personally or professionally, is the key to success. This fits with our approach to recognizing purpose as a key part of resilience.
By Abi Daré, this book is a coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl Nigerian girl who struggles through harmful traditions and poverty. The book has lots of speech which is written in colloquial Nigerian accents. It takes a while to get used to it then it is really powerful to be able to listen through that authentic voice.
Other reading recommendations included:
Besides our own IH podcast ‘Movement is Life’, BBC Inside Health, The Mel Robbins Podcast, Why are so many children refusing to go to school?, Uncanny, The Lovecraft Investigations, Titting About, Liza Tarbuck.
Have you tried the NHS Couch to 5K? It is a handy app to note down any exercise you may do. You can set goals, analyse your fitness, measure progress and gain kudos from others! Join challenges or plan new adventures.
Available on Netflix, Blue zones are places in the world that have the highest proportion of centenarians. Dab Buettner has studied these places and shares and discusses the factors that influence people’s healthy longevity. An example is in Okinawa, Japan they have minimal furniture and no sofas! so regularly are using core strength and are more active. Other examples illustrate the importance of purposeful rest.
Join us next time for more recommendations!