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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. Genre distinctions are becoming extremely difficult. 🙂 At least for me.

    1. I agree, Tess. There are books that fall easily into a category and some that… not so much. But personally, I’m quite fond of quirky books that don’t seem too comfortable anywhere. Thanks for the comment, Tess.

  2. I’ve seen this book about and wondered about reading it, thanks Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. A lot of people seemed far more enthusiastic than me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good read but didn’t blow me away.

  3. This is an interesting one, because I must admit to finding Graham Norton very amusing and I like him. Given my bias – I will pick this book up….and I always enjoy stories, yarns about small Irish villages, towns….Thank you, Olga for bringing this to my attention. Hoping, if you are in Barcelona that it is a lot warmer than in the UK right now….I have woken to bright skies and a very hard frost, which I do enjoy. Have a lovely day and week ahead – Janet:)x

    1. Thanks, Janet. The temperatures have gone down here too (yes, still in Barcelona, at least until later in the month, waiting on some feedback from my mother’s doctors appointments, although everything seems stable) but not as much (I have the computer still set to the weather back there, and it was below zero tonight. Here it’s around 14 or 15 during the day, but it was snowing in Madrid yesterday). The book is a perfectly pleasant read, although I didn’t find it as funny as some people seem too (perhaps I felt the loneliness and sadness of the characters more keenly than it was intended). Have a great week.

      1. I will be thinking about you and your Mother and hope that all goes well. Very cold here indeed…and so Barcelona, although cold sounds pretty good:)x

        1. Thanks, Janet! I’ll keep you posted (it’s sunny!)

      2. Wow, snow in Madrid? I hope your mom gets a good report/feedback from the doctors. Stay warm. 🙂
        Thanks for your statement about the “humor” in the book, because from other reviews, I would have been expecting a larger focus on that. All things considered, I’d probably think the book was sadder than most found it. Thanks for another mindful review, Olga. Huge hugs.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sure it will be OK, but I also hope there will be news about the other cataract operation soon. Madrid is inland and it tends to get more extreme weather (here the Mediterranean coast keeps the worst of the weather at bay, usually). Good job we’re not having the book fair outside in Madrid in December (as it had been discussed). It’s been moved to March/April. From the author’s note, I think he also felt the same about the book, but perhaps reader where expecting the book to be funny due to Graham Norton’s persona on TV and they saw more humour than I did. Keep well!

  4. When a TV personality writes a book, it is often guaranteed a ready audience of exisiting fans that will look forward to reading it. I can take or leave Graham Norton myself, though his witty attacks on some celebrities that appear on his show can be a joy at times. I am however left asking myself if this book would have been so well-received if the author was an ‘unknown’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I know what you mean. I kept thinking exactly the same as I read the book. It’s not badly written, but I honestly wonder if a traditional publisher would have agreed to publish such a book from somebody unknown, as I doubt it would be deemed “commercial” without the name of the author.

  5. Well, I never! Good for him. Thanks, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I think you would enjoy it. I hope you’re all right.

  6. I don’t know this writer but thanks for the intro. I think the Kindle price is a little high…

    1. It’s probably high because he’s well-known over here as a comedian and interviewer. Not that I agree it should be so.

      1. Yes, I think that’s usually the case. I’ve just seen Donald Trump’s book reduced in price, but it was still around £5.

    2. He’s a big TV personality, but I suspect not so much in your neck of the woods (although he’s had big guests). Yes, as she’s a celebrity here the novel would be more expensive than yours or mine, that’s for sure. Here a video… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKvj6_T5R9E Thanks, Noelle!

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