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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. One Year of Ugly sounds like a tremendous debut. Congrats to Ms. MacKenzie!

    1. Olga Nunez Miret says:

      Thanks, Priscilla! It sure is! Keep safe and have a great week!

  2. A great review of this book, Olga. I must be honest and admit that I don’t want to read about refugees or illegal immigrants right now. We have millions of people from the failed state Zimbabwe in our country at the moment and now, with the lockdown, people can’t do the piece work and day-to-day jobs they were doing so we have a huge social crisis. It is very worrying.

    1. Yes, I understand, Robbie. The lockdown is affecting everybody, but some people’s uncertain circumstances make it even more difficult for them and for the countries hosting them. It is not an easy subject, that’s for sure.
      Take lots of care, Robbie and keep safe.

  3. I was very impressed by this insightful passge about illegal immigrants.

    “Our immigrant story is as classic and unchanging as any Hans Christian Andersen fairytale —the tale of the illegal refugees who risked it all to live like cockroaches, hiding in the dank cracks of an unknown society where they hope no one will find them, antennae forever twitching, listening for the heavy boot of National Security, only to discover that the strange new place they call home has all the ugliness of the world they left behind, except worse, because here you’re stripped of rights, dignity, personhood.”

    That is timeless, and could apply to almost any country in the world.
    If the rest of the book is up to that standard, I would like to read it, I’m sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. The book is very insightful and although it uses humour (pretty dark), its observations are very sharp. I’d recommend you check it out once it is published (in a couple of days) and see what you think. Knowing your sense of humour, I think you’d appreciate it but it’s early days for this book. Have a great week!

  4. Great review, Olga! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be checking out this book and author.

    1. Thanks, Lucia. I think you’ll find it interesting, and it’s worth exploring. Its official publication date is the 14th of May, so not long to go. Thanks and keep safe!

  5. It seems to have darkness along with the “dark” humor… but it sounds mostly entertaining. Thanks for your truly mindful review, Olga. I really enjoyed your insights. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, there are some awful things going on in the novel, but also some quite wonderful happenings and some truly unforgettable characters. Keep well and always keep smiling. Big hugs!

  6. dgkaye says:

    Wow that sounds like a great read. Adding this one Olga. And have you been out yet? Please stay safe. <3

    1. Olga Nunez Miret says:

      Thanks, Debby. It is a great book although it won’t suit everyone. We’re now allowed to go out for walks and exercise, and we are moving out of lockdown, but very slowly. Treading carefully. Thanks for asking and keep safe!

      1. dgkaye says:

        I read that Olga, that’s why I’m reminding you to be safe and stay masked. This mysterious virus is so unpredictable! Stay safe and take in some new life! <3

        1. Thanks, Debby. Here, in Barcelona, we haven’t gone past stage 0 (some shops are open but only at a third of capacity, and we cannot meet with people at home or outside unless we already live together), and yes, we’re trying to be both patient and safe. You take care, although I know you will. Be prepared is your motto, not only the Scouts! Have a great week!

          1. dgkaye says:

            So true Olga, great slogan for the times. We are also at stage 0 being overly cautious. Still only essential shops open. No restaurants, only takeout. Our numbers are dropping and thankfully Canada is managing well and behaving. Maybe in 2 more weeks I can cut my hair and fix my broken nails LOL 🙂 Happy week to you too <3

          2. There’s such a lot of people here that it’s difficult to keep the distance and not everybody seems to follow instructions, but we’ll remain vigilant. I’m sure your hair and your fingernails will be able to enjoy the treat soon! ♥

          3. dgkaye says:

            It’s beyond a treat – a necessity, lol. Yes, I know some places are difficult distance, that’s where wearing a mask becomes essential for our protection. <3

          4. Indeed. Now they’ve made it compulsory here in Spain in public areas and outdoors where it’s not possible to keep the safety distance. 🙂

          5. dgkaye says:

            As it should be everywhere! 🙂

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