I hope your Saturday is going well, and that this week has been kind. Today I bring you some reviews, and I hope you are ready.
“Surviving Me“, written by Jo Johnson, is a Women’s fiction novel, published on November 14th 2019 by Unbound Digital.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jo Johnson for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.
Deceit has a certain allure when your life doesn’t match up to the ideal of what it means to be a modern man.
Tom’s lost his job and now he’s been labelled ‘spermless’. He doesn’t exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.
All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family’s future out of the water.
If they can’t be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.
This book tackles hard issues such as male depression, dysfunctional families and degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.
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I’m very excited that my debut novel ‘Surviving Me’ is due to be published on the 14 November. The novel is about male minds and what pushes a regular man to the edge. The novel combines all the themes I can write about with authenticity.
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. I worked in the NHS until 2008 when i left to write and explore new projects.
I now work as an independent clinical psychologist in West Sussex.
~ Jo Johnson
Jo speaks and writes for several national neurology charities including Headway and the MS Trust. Client and family related publications include, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes” and “Shrinking the Smirch”.
In the last few years Jo has been offering psychological intervention using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT) which is the most up to date version of CBT. She is now using THE ACT model in a range of organisations such as the police to help employees protect their minds in order to avoid symptoms of stress and work related burnout.
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Personally, I decided this year to try and read more books out of my comfort zone, books that talk about topics that I haven’t read a lot about, or read books that make me think about the world, life and us as a global society with different cultures, political views and religions. When I read the blurb of this novel, I realized I hadn’t read many books that talked about male depression, so I was intrigued. I had to join in and I had to learn more about it.
Depression is a subject that is close to my family, not just because of the women in my family (including me) that are dealing with it, but also men. Yes, I have a big family, and I counting my second and third cousins in the mix, nevertheless this book got me thinking about everyone I know and that has to deal with all the issues talked about in this story.
I’m not a man, and I don’t pretend to know what it’s like, but I try to empathize and understand their point of view, just like I want others to understand and respect mine. With this novel as we follow Tom, we are taken into a journey. We end up explore the male view on these issues.
I could talk about the personal experiences I have with talking to family members or what I have watch during my 25 years in this Earth, but that’s not really the point. What made me love about this book was that it openly talked about things that I know a lot of times are silenced, are deemed unimportant and untrue. And I have seen that happened. I do believe this book could teach a lot of people about these issues.
It’s a beautifully written novel, with characters that are complex and that could be real life people. We care for them, we want the best for them, and that connection makes the storytelling even more powerful. We get to feel as though we are a part fo the book, and it was an emotional and insightful reading.
Overall, it was the kind of book I needed to read. It was thought-provoking, it was brilliantly created, with a plot that had multiple ‘obstacles’ that are talked about and that open our eyes to the society represented in the pages of this novel. Do I recommend it? Sure, if you want to read a book that has all the characteristic this one has, in terms of: mental health and suicidal ideation, infertility, neurological disease, Faith… Then go for it.
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