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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.

Comments (15)

  1. dgkaye says:

    Sounds like a fascinating read Olga. Thanks, I’m bookmarking on my TBR. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. It’s an extraordinary story and one I wasn’t familiar with. Have a great weekend!

  2. This does sound like such a fascinating book…it will definitely go on my list. Hope you have a lovely weekend…and that all is well…sending magical hummers…Janet:)x

    1. Thank you, Janet. Yes, a great read and the story behind it fascinating too. Thanks! Wishing you lots of magic too!

  3. Great to hear someone talk positively about ‘Freaks’. A much maligned and misunderstood film, in my opinion.
    The book sounds very interesting, with some parallels to ‘The Elephant Man’ perhaps. I have a feeling it will do very well indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. You do have a point, I hadn’t thought about the Elephant Man, although the fact that Julia was a woman made it even more difficult for her (if that’s possible).
      You’re right about Freaks. It deserves better and I think it will be reevaluated at some point and rediscovered. Have a great weekend.

  4. I probably would not have heard of Julia Pastrana had it not been for a play about her a few years ago. The book sounds riveting, no matter your minor caveats. Thank you for the introduction. It’s gone on my list!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. The play must have been fascinating. It is riveting indeed. Have a great weekend!

  5. It sounds like an amazing book, Olga. Once again you’ve told me all the important things I would want to know.
    Your thoughts about the general topic echo my own. This is a particularly beautifully written review. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. It’s one of those books that stay with us long after we read them. Big hugs.

  6. Outstanding review, Olga. Moved me deeply. Thank you for bringing this wonderful book to our attention. I’ve added it to my TBR.

    1. Thanks, Tina. It’s a sad story but full of wonder too, and it’s fitting that Julia is remembered so fittingly. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it (I know how long our TBR lists are!) Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. […] Olga has found a fascinating book for us to read and her review certainly piqued my curiosity. The book is about a woman whose genetic mutations led to a life of exploitation. I do recommend that you read the review of Orphans of the Carnival, and I shall be buying the book to read on my next Amazon run: http://authortranslatorolga.com/2016/09/09/bookreview-orphans-of-the-carnival-by-carol-birch-carolbi… […]

  8. paulandruss says:

    Olga this book sounds fascinating and right up my street. To be honest you had me with your spot on description of Todd Browning’s much maligned Freaks, which I thought, as you said, sensitively portrayed the intimate lives of of probably one most famous groups of unique performers of the time and the prejudices they faced from the outside world- much as the heroine of this book does. You have a unique gift to bring a book alive, pique curiosity and irresistibly draw the reader into the world of the book you speak about. I an enjoying your reviews so much

    1. Thanks very much, Paul. This is a very special book and it does highlight issues that many of us would much rather forget. You are very kind and I’m pleased if I can help readers find interesting books.

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