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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. This was a sensitive and thoughtful review, Olga. I’m sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. She will be sorely missed, and the way she faced her illness was an inspiration to all. Stay safe and let’s hope 2022 proves a bit kinder.

  2. Mary’s death is a tragic loss to our blogging community, and she will be deeply missed by everyone who ever knew her. I have this book, and many of her others, and they are a wonderful legacy of an interesting life, well-lived.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, we are lucky to have met her, even if it was ‘only’ as a part of the blogging community, that she brightened up with her presence. We have her books to remember she was an extraordinary woman, and as you say, she lived a fascinating life. Take care, Pete, and let’s hope 2022 brings us better news.

  3. alexcraigie says:

    A lovely review of a book I love. Mary was a brave and compassionate woman who touched so many lives both here and in Afghanistan. xx

    1. So true, Alex. Thanks for the comment, and all the best for 2022. Stay safe.

  4. A lovely review of a book I have still to read…Mary was a kind hearted woman who supported me and my daughters through their journey with the Big C which is still ongoing … she thought of them and not herself…I will miss her very much as will her family..x

    1. Thanks, Carol. You are right. Mary always thought of helping others first, and she was courageous until the very end. I’m sorry to hear about your daughters, and I wish you all strength and good health for the future. Let’s hope 2022 brings us plenty of good news, for a change. Stay safe and love to all your family.

      1. Thank you , Olga it has been a worrying year for our family and I pray that 2022 will be a better year …Wishing you all the best for the forthcoming New Year 🙂 x

        1. Best wishes, Carol. You all deserve a better year. ♥

  5. It’s a lovely post, Olga. I’m glad you went ahead with the review.
    Mary had one of the greatest book titles of all time with this one. I just love it.
    Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I finished reading it some time after reading what she anticipated would be her last post, and I knew she would never get to read the review, but then it seemed a good way to remember her and her work.
      I agree with you about the title. And the stories behind the actual title are as good, if not better, than the title itself.
      Stay safe and let’s hope for some good news in 2022. Big hugs!

  6. dgkaye says:

    A wonderful review for Mary’s book, which is getting pushed up on my reader. And a heartfelt tribute to Mary. She was a warrior woman through her awful demise. Certainly a grand year of loss for many this year Olga. I know Mary would be humbled by this post. May she rest in peace now. Thank you, and wishing you a new year filled with goodness and good health. <3 xx

    1. Thanks, Debby. Warrior woman is a wonderful definition and it suited Mary, judging by what I got to know of her. Yes, it has been a hard year for many, and nobody knows it better than you, dear Debby. Let’s hope the new year brings us some brightness and better news. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book. The subject matter and Mary’s sense of humour will connect with you for sure. Stay safe.

      1. dgkaye says:

        I look forward to reading it Olga. And you too, stay safe in your neck of the woods! <3

        1. Thanks, Debby! ♥

  7. Hi Olga, what a beautiful review and so timely with Mary’s tragic passing and also the news about Afghanistan recently. Thank you for this. Toni xx

    1. Thanks, Toni. I thought about Mary when I heard about the situation in Afghanistan (I know many of us did), and when she posted about that book, I knew I had to read it. It was a good way to remember how many things she had done for others as well. I hope 2022 is a good year for you and your family, Toni. Take care.

  8. Hi Olga, this is a lovely review of Mary’s book and I’m sure she would have loved it. I am also very saddened by Mary’s passing which is why I avoided this post until now.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Yes, I understand that. I had programmed it before her passing, but after reading her last post I didn’t think she’d get to read it. The only consolation is that we have plenty to remember her by, but her family must be devastated. Stay safe and let’s hope 2022 brings us some good news for a change. All the best to you and your family.

      1. Thank you, Olga. I hope 2022 is off to a good start for you. I am back to the war trenches, oops, I mean work, tomorrow.

        1. I know what you mean. I’ve been busy helping with local seasonal events on behalf of the radio station, but I’m back to my teaching tomorrow as well. Take care!

  9. Darlene says:

    A wonderful review of Mary’s book, Olga. Mary was a special friend to so many of us. I too love her writing. I just finished Donkey Boy and was blown away with her heartfelt short stories. I must read this one as well.

    1. Thanks, Darlene. Yes, I think she holds a special place in all of our hearts, and I must catch up on the rest of her books as well, so thanks for mentioning Donkey Boy. It’s on my list. Take care and fingers crossed for a better 2022.

    1. Thanks, Sally. Such a loss to her family and the whole community. She will not be forgotten by the many people whose lives she touched. Stay safe.

  10. Like you Olga I had read No More Mulberries and loved it, Burnt Macaroni was on my kindle for a while and I read it just after the events in Afghanistan started. I’m sure we know more about the country from Mary’s books and blogs than from anywhere else. So sad to lose such a great writer and blogger.

    1. Thanks, Janet. I couldn’t agree more. She really shared in the lives of the people, and particularly the women, in Afghanistan, and it is quite different from reading a newspaper article. We will miss her insights, her stories, and her courage. I hope 2022 brings you some good news. They seem to be in short supply at the moment. Keep safe.

  11. barbtaub says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely review and remembrance of Mary.

    1. Thanks, Barb. We all miss her so much. Let’s hope 2022 brings us some good news for a change. ♥

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