• 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    A Gift To Remember by Melissa Hill

    I received a free copy of A Gift To Remember by Melissa Hill from the lovely people at Simon and Schuster. It came in a lovely gift bag Unopened gift bag. The gift bag has the same the dark blue design on it as the cover Opened gift bag with the book next to it. Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital…

  • 2013,  access,  attitudes,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  medical model,  personal,  perspective,  social model,  Uncategorized

    Quick and Dirty #Disability Theory

    I posted on Facebook earlier this afternoon that I’d given someone a spur of the moment elevator pitch length explanation of the social and medical models of disability and they’d understood it without my needing to clarify any further. This was, and is, a win. Especially because I really believe they actually understood it and didn’t just say so to shut me up. Then one of my friends posted that she doesn’t speak disability. And apparently I have blog entries on here dating back to 2006 but have never defined the models. Despite having both a social and a medical model category on here. So here goes. This will be…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Gracie’s War by Elaine Everest

    I received a copy of Gracie’s War by Elaine Everest to review. Do our actions and decisions mark us and stay with us for the rest of our lives? Gracie has her life before her as the dark clouds of the Second World War gather. Though she and her family cope well with the stresses on the home front, Gracie’s transformation to adulthood is swifter and more brutal than she could have ever imagined. Gracie meets Tony, who arouses such feelings in her that she has never experienced before – not with Joe her regular beau who considers her his girl. Then, one night, one mistake, and she realises she…