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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. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic reviews Olga. You are toppling my TBR with your reviews. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby! I’m sure I don’t need to tell you mine is busting at the seams! Have a great weekend!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Lol, we are gluttons for the written word! Happy weekend to you too! <3

        1. That we are, indeed! ♥

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  2. Good morning Olga…..Oh my goodness…Wear and Tear is a must read for me. I am currently in the middle of reading ‘Bearskins’ by Annie Proulx, but as soon as I finish ‘ Wear and Tear’ will be my next book. Once again thank you so much for a superb review….one that has most definitely wetted my appetite.
    ‘Underground Airlines’ also appeals….especially as I have just seen a series of three documentaries on BBC about the international refugee crisis…’Exodus’ – I highly recommend.
    I wish you a lovely weekend, surrounded with magical hummingbirds. Janet:)x

    1. Thanks, Janet. I thought you would appreciate Wear and Tear. I had requested it a long while back because I felt it would be a good read but I only got it very recently. I hope the paper version comes with pictures, although I’m sure many of them will be traceable and it’s an enjoyable read anyway.
      I must check ‘Exodus’. After Underground Airlines I read an speculative fiction book called ‘The Long Way Home’ that I’ll share soon and is a Southern writers take on similar themes…

      1. Wear & Tear is available through Amazon on 1st August….I have ordered. I will be very interested to hear what your feelings are about Exodus….Personally, I think the series is brilliant….and I do hope receives a wide audience. Janet

        1. I hope I can catch up with it when I’m back in the UK. (I hope it won’t be long but my mother’s blood pressure is playing up a bit).
          I noticed there seemed to have been some change in the date of publication but I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Fascinating for sure. I’ve just finished another book called The Art of Exile that is another fascinating read. I’ll share the review soon…
          Have a magical weekend.

          1. I will be thinking of you with your Mother….Janet. x

          2. Thanks. Hopefully it won’t be anything…♥

  3. Great reviews, Olga! Wear and Tear is on my list. I love reading a good memoir, immerse myself in the era, and learn new things.
    Underground Airlines is a thriller, which is not my kind of book, but I am intrigued with the review 🙂 I will have a look.

    1. Thanks, Inese. Wear and Tear I’d recommend to anyone. Tracy Tynan is very engaging and somebody I’d love to meet in real life. As I was telling Janet I’ve read a book by a Southern writer that is quite interesting, and today I finished one that I’ve really loved on something completely different. So I’ll keep them coming.

      1. That is wonderful! Your reviews help me with my reading list a lot 🙂

  4. I was born two months before Tracy Tynan in the same year, so also brought up in London in the 50s and 60s. I was aware of her father, and of his reputation as a critic, wit, and writer. However, our lives across London could not have been more different, despite being the same age, and living in the same city. I might read this one day, if only to see how the ‘other half’ lived!
    ‘Underground Airlines’ appears to be a very interesting idea, but one that hasn’t quite worked.
    Thanks, Olga, an unusual pairing this Friday.
    Have a great weekend. Let’s hope that the sun stays out in England.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. What a marvelous contrast in reading material, Olga. I always need variety, so I’m pleased to have two such different novels in one post. Tynan’s book sounds wonderful. I know I’m a middle-aged fat woman, and I usually go with my own personal style rather than that of the DC drab around me… But I have always loved pretty things (even though my upbringing was far away from such). So the concept is particularly intriguing to me.
    Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend my friend. Huge hugs.

    1. Thanks Teagan. To be honest and as I say in the review, although I thought Tynan’s book sounded interesting, I didn’t think I would relate to it personally (I’m far from stylish and these days I don’t really care too much, as long as what I wear is clean and not scandalous or falling to pieces) but she’s quite wonderful, without trying to be.

  6. Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life Hardcover is a book I think I’d enjoy. I love a well written memoir occasionally. Since I do not read thrillers, Underground Airlines would not be a book I’d enjoy. Both were terrific reviews, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I’m not sure why but Wear and Tear was love at first sight from the moment I read the description and saw the cover. And it was better than I imagined. I’m trying to read books in genres I don’t often read but they have to be pretty special with so many books around. Have a great weekend!

      1. Thanks, Olga. You too.

  7. Hi Olga! It’s difficult not to want to read a book that you review because you always make them read fascinating. Thank you for bringing us all these book every week. 😀 xx

    1. Thanks so much, Vashti. I’ve always wanted to have a bookshop but perhaps that’s the best next thing while the time comes. Have a fabulous weekend full of stories!

  8. Great reviews, Olga. Now I want to read them, also! <3

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks, Colleen. I have the same problem with your reviews!

      1. Ha, Ha! I love that, Olga! So many books, so little time! Hugs! <3

        1. If somebody would have told me when I was a child that I’d have too many books to read… It would have been my dream come true! Have a great week!

          1. Me, too! Books were definitely my best friends. 😀 Have a great week! <3

          2. And you too! Good luck with your editing and enjoy your reading! ♥

  9. Hi Olga! I love the premise of Wear and Tear. How creative is that? ‘Underground Airlines’ reads very interesting too. That’s a book for ‘Thinkers’. Thanks for always introducing us to rare books we would probably never read if it wasn’t for your reviews. Well done!

    1. Thanks, Vashti! I always discover interesting books through Net Galley. Not the only place, though. 🙂

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