Author: Joanne Roberts
Publication date: 23rd September 2014
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Confessions of a Guide Dog is a brilliant insight into life with a guide dog - and it's from his perspective! Or pawspective. No? Alright then... in all seriousness, this book is inspiring, humorous and full of raw honesty. It was such an interesting read and made me think about things I'd never properly given the time of day. Even better, this book was written for a good cause.
Did you know that each guide dog costs £50,000? That covers research, breeding, owner support, food, vet bills, and training. Despite that, the charity receives no government funding, so Roberts is donating 25% of the book's royalties to Guide Dogs for the Blind in the hopes that she can raise enough money to sponsor another guide dog. If you'd prefer to donate a different way, you can...
- Donate by post: cheques should be made out to 'Guide Dogs' and posted to 'Uska Appeal, Guide Dogs, Hillfields, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7 3YG'.
- Donate by phone: Call 0870 240 6993 and say that you want to donate to the Uska Appeal.
- Donate online: via the website.
It's a brilliant book, and seeing how much of a difference Uska made to Roberts' life was completely heartwarming. It's not much, but I wanted to highlight the charity aspect. It's a great cause, and a great book.
Author: Keren David
Published by: Atom
Publication date: 4th August 2016
Genres: YA Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
It's that time of year again where we're treated to a new book by one of my favourite authors, Keren David! Her latest novel, Cuckoo, is entirely made up of transcripts and comments from YouTube videos filmed by Jake, our protagonist. He was a member of the nation's most-loved family in the nation's most-loved TV soap, until the show was cancelled for reasons that aren't immediately obvious.
You'll probably either love or hate the format. Personally, I think it's edgy, original, and ensures the pacing is spot-on. The addition of YouTube comments means minor characters get to have their say, which was really interesting - who was telling the truth about why the show went off air? I also love that it shows a side of acting that most people don't consider. Someone might be on TV every night but that doesn't mean they're rich... it's unstable and unpredictable.
As with all of David's books, I absolutely recommend this.