T’is the season for books it seems.
I have six books I’d like to tell you about – including one of my own:
- 366 Days of Me and M.E.
- Violently Beautiful
- Creative For A Second
- The State of Me
- Life Disrupted
- Aurora Blues
366 Days of Me and M.E.
I just printed my first Blurb book (print on demand) of my year long daily self portrait project. It’s called 366 Days With Me and ME and I made it available to buy just in case it captured interest. Read more on my art blog post.
Available from Blurb
Tanya, aka RockstarVanity from Momentary Solutions has a beautiful Blurb book now available of her wonderful photography. Tanya is a freelance photographer who juggles her professional and personal commitments with life with ME. The book is called Violently Beautiful and you can read more about it on her blog.
Available from Blurb
Creative For A Second
A collection of creative works from people with ME all beautifully presented in this open publication available to view online. It’s called Creative For A Second and you can see the book and find out more on the official web site.
“Creative For A Second was born when artist and CFS/ME sufferer Kirrily Anderson began to notice the large amount of creativity amongst the CFS/ME community.
Seeing an opportunity to highlight this creativity and spread awareness, Kirrily began to contact fellow creative sufferers and after much interest decided to collate people’s artwork and experiences and put it all together in a book.”
Available online at the official web site www.creativeforasecond.com
The State of Me
NMJ (Nasim Marie Jafry) of Velo-Gubbed Legs has her debut novel published this month. It’s called The State of Me and draws on the author’s own experience of life with ME. The central character is a 20 year old student struck down by a mystery illness which leaves her debilitated and bed-ridden.
“She is eventually diagnosed with M.E, a cruel illness that she must learn to live with over the next decade. All of her relationships are tested and changed by her condition, but Helen s story is so much more than an account of her suffering. Far from it.
The State of Me explores the loneliness and chaos of one of the most misunderstood illnesses of our time, but also celebrates the importance of family, friendships, and sexual love.”
Read more about the novel and the author on her blog.
Laurie Edwards is a writer, tutor and blogger who tries to balance life with multiple chronic illnesses (PCD, bronchiectasis, celiac disease, etc). She has just had her book published Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties. ISBN 0802716490.
Read more from Laurie Edwards on her blog.
Finally I’d like to mention the novel by my friend Nick Scott Donald called Aurora Blues. I helped out with some of the proofing and the cover design. ISBN 190621042X
“Angels and acrimony; lust and loathing; joy and jealousy. These are all uncovered when Eve – a young woman on the verge of despair – is inspired by a powerful recurring dream to return to her old home-town to find her one true love. But it soon becomes clear that Eve’s old friends and neighbours are yearning for love as much as she is. Mother Nature and Fate are warriors in a powerful struggle between angels and demons, in a town where potent emotion simmers beneath sweetness and civility. But which side will win the struggle? “