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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. Albert Einstein is such a rich subject for the imagination. There are such great stories about him and about Mark Twain in particular. It must be fun to write them. Thanks for another mindful review, Olga. Have a wonderful weekend. Huge hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, he’s one of those bigger than life characters that fire up people’s imagination, no matter what their walk of life might be. I agree Mark Twain is another one. Perhaps it’s the crazy looking white hair… I hope you last NaNoWriMo weekend allows you to catch up on a lot of writing. (And may Mark Twain inspire you. With your choice of story I’m sure he’s looking over your shoulder ;))

  2. dgkaye says:

    You do have some of the best reviews Olga. Another fascinating read to bookmark. I may have to stay away from here as your reviews are bad for my reader’s wasitline, LOL. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I know what you mean. I’m heading to your blog so I’m taking my reading life in my own hands!

      1. dgkaye says:

        LOL Olga! 🙂

        1. Enjoy your weekend (I think I’ve acquired 2 or 3 more books since we last exchanged messages. No hope!)

          1. dgkaye says:

            Lol, don’t even get me started! 🙂

          2. I’ve also finished another book but I’ll never catch up! 😉

          3. dgkaye says:

            You’re way ahead of me 🙂

          4. We’ll keep going.

          5. dgkaye says:


  3. Wow, that is a great review, Olga. What a wonderful support for the author. I am also amazed how you can afford the time.

    1. Thanks, Erika. Being an author myself, and an avid reader, I know how important reviews are, and I’m pleased if I can bring any books I’ve enjoyed to the attention of readers. And of course, books that are not exactly what I like deserve readers too, so I try and describe the book to help others with different tastes to mine. My schedule these days revolves around computer time and reading mostly (and reading might mean reading in small chunks and use the word to speech facility when I’m doing chores or things that I can do and pay attention to what I’m listening to at the same time). I don’t know how you can fit in so many posts even when you’re busy, Erika! Have a lovely weekend.

      1. Haha…. I think we all have our ‘secrets’ or ways adjusted to our personal circumstances in order to put as much within 24 hours as we love to do About 4 weeks ago I started scheduling all my posts for that following period until Dec 5 (including Twitter and Facebook that were about 80 posts). So it was simply a matter of organizing That’s why I can make it since I am mostly only around for the comments these days have a lovely weekend, Olga

        1. No matter how we do it, you still had to dedicate them time when you programmed them. (I also programme my posts, usually a week in advance, unless I’m posting somebody else’s content and then it depends on when I get it, and I have the posts linked everywhere, but I share in Triberr and you’re expected to share other people’s posts so they share yours…)

          1. That is actually true… lol. Whenever, the posts need time to be written. Since I am working my second job I am dedicating the weekends to writing and scheduling my posts for the week. I am happy about that scheduling option. That way we are free for unexpected or sadditional post

          2. Yes, it’s true. I also find it helps to know that if something comes up at least you have some room to manoeuvre. I hope you have a great weekend.

          3. Yes, right. The more prepared and organized you are the better you can deal with additional things ☺

      2. Btw. The only posts I have not scheduled are my song posts

        1. It must be refreshing to share something live every day… ♥

          1. That is very nice. I am glad about the pre-schedule option but still love to post spontaneously

  4. Good morning Olga…Excellent review on a book that I feel sure I will enjoy. It’s a subject I know quite a bit about myself….the struggle of women in what is a still a man’s world in many ways. Over my lifetime, there have been huge improvements, but we still have a long way to go. I digress:) Thank you…and hope you enjoy a lovely weekend….filled with magic. Janet. x

    1. Thanks, Janet. When I read about the book I knew I had to read it. It’s a subject that I’m always drawn to, one that can be sad at times (yes, we’ve come a long way but I agree there’s a long way to go yet), but joyful at others, as when I discover another woman hidden from history but who fought the good fight and should be remembered. Have a lovely weekend too. 🙂

      1. Thank you Olga….Here’s to all the women who have done amazing things throughout history:) Today, Sunday I hang loose and relax – hope yours goes well…janet. 🙂

        1. Thanks, Janet. Indeed. I have several meetings today, so relaxing probably will be a bit tricky. Have a great weekend.

  5. I enjoyed your review, Olga, and am fascinated with this subject. <3 🙂
    I read another review which chopped and diced the writing of this story. We tend to forget women 'back then' didn't have the wiggle room we do today. Also, if Einstein did mistreat, 'break' his wife's spirit– who was shy, though she could be stubborn–I'm in her corner. She may have become demoralized after his treatment and given up on herself in the day's man's world. Imagining she would never marry because of her dysplasia and then being pursued by this fellow student must have given her hope, only to end up disappointed. Just my thinking.

    1. Thanks, Tess. The story as it’s told and during the period it covers makes sense (indeed, the character of the book overhears her parents saying she has no chance to get married due to her physical problems). She is smitten by Einstein, and you’re right, she’s not only fascinated because a man pays her attention but also because of his ideas and the fact that he facilitates her entry into the world of discussing her ideas with other men. The main problems come if one thinks this is a biography or an accurate account. I enjoyed the beginning of the novel more than the part after she marries Einstein. Somehow the two women don’t seem to match. From somebody who has overcome so many difficulties, she indeed becomes a broken woman. And of course, Einstein also seems completely different. If he was so open to her and her cooperation, was it all just a pretence? It’s possible but… This is one where each person will have to read and decide.

  6. Something unusual, to look at the life of a very famous man, from the viewpoint of his wife and collaborator.
    I wish Marie much success with her new book.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I guess it offers an interesting perspective from the more personal and private point of view. We can’t help but be curious about how the figures we only know publicly are behind closed doors, although these days it is much more difficult to keep both parts of life separate. Have a great weekend.

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