I have written a number of book reviews. However, I don’t receive requests from publishers very often. And, the fact that Sue Chambers’ book; the Magical Sense pertained to Multiple Sclerosis was especially fiting.
The alliterative nature of the title was not lost on me. Albeit, I didn’t spot the alliteration right away. The cognitive loss of MS is something that I tend to take for granted these days.
Some time ago I was invited to review this book by the publisher. Part of their promotional campaign I think. I read the book and found it enjoyable and, in many places, enlightening.
See the review I submitted and come to your own conclusion. Of course, if you wish to purchase the book, I have provided links for you.
Sue Chambers comes through her writing as an intelligent, good-humoured lady. She has clearly kept a very detailed diary over the years, which has allowed her to relate her experience with such faithful precision.
As someone with Multiple Sclerosis, I can relate to much of what she writes about and, as always, it makes me feel comforted knowing others feel as I do.
This is not a work of greate literary brilliance. It is a story she tell from the heart and manages to inject a sense of humour. However, she is clearly in pain and her honesty is refreshing.
Over the years, Sue has tried many treatments and has travelled as far as Canada to receive at least one. Some of these I am familiar with and some I have never heard of.
Unfortunately, while some of these treatments have helped her in the short-term. You are left with the impression that her condition always slips back.
From a purely selfish point of view, the best thing about this book is that my wife read it. Perhaps it is a female communication thing, but after reading the book my wife suddenly understood what having MS is like. I have spent years trying to explain it, and overnight Sue has done it. A BIG thank you Sue.
The Magical Sense has been a thought-provoking, often enlightening, thoroughly enjoyable read. One I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
Some time after publishing this review. I find the need to curate this post after a previous site fell victim to hacker infiltration.
Or, it may have been unexpected Penguin activity. You will nee to be active in the field of SEO to understand that reference. It’s a Google algorithm thing.
Additionally, my own MS journey has now advanced to the point where I am struggling to concentrate on Blog writing. Making the book writing of Sue Chambers a much more astounding achievement.
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