Book and DVD reviews

MS books and DVDs, reviewed by people affected by MS. 

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Why are You Pretending to be Normal?

Written by Dr Phil Friend OBE and Dave Rees (2013)

Foreword by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE         

Review by: Elizabeth Burns

At first I thought this would be another treatise on the power of positive thinking, but it isn’t: it is more about positive doing. The authors work hard to provide tools for people with ‘impairments’ to avoid disabling themselves and use many examples of how others cause us to be disabled.



Written by: Pearson, C. & Pearson, U. (2009) 

Review by: Christine Howdon

 “Falling” is the story of Clint and Ursula Pearson, told in their own words.

Men as Caregivers

Men as Caregivers

Edited by: Betty J. Kramer and Edward H. Thompson j

Review by: Elizabeth Burns

Before you buy or borrow Men As Caregivers, you should know that it is primarily a text book that would slot well into any sociology or psychology study programme. Each section is referenced extremely well and this could cause a casual reader to dismiss the book as not being suitable for them.

Keeping Balance by Katherine Cuthbert

Review by Anne Rampton, MS Society volunteer

This fascinating book's author is a psychologist and has multiple sclerosis. Like most people with MS, the illness crept up on her and eventually became a major part of her life; but being a feisty lady, is trying her utmost to stay active.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the layout. It is printed in short paragraphs that, visually, do not overwhelm the reader. There is a good index, and at the end of each chapter there are notes and references.

Awkward Bitch by Marlo Donato Parmelee

Review by Liz Burns

If you are short on time today I will make this easy for you; there is no need to read past the next four words:

This book is great.

Assuming some of you are still reading, the author, whose name I will shorten to Marlo, is a New York woman; as the book opens she is living in Long Island and playing in Manhatten. She is single and carefree.

Multiple Sclerosis: Smiling and Hurting by Dorothy M. Mitchell

Review by Susan Lambert

This book was written when the author was 73 years of age and is very much an autobiography rather than a book exploring life with MS.  Although there are several nods towards the author’s eventual diagnosis at the age of 37, any real mention of it does not appear until the final quarter of the book. In this respect, the title is misleading. 

Multiple Sclerosis – The Essential Guide

Review by Anne Rampton

This book on Multiple Sclerosis is written by Leonie Martin, who has MS, which means that she has a complete understanding of the challenges that people face with this puzzling disease and what they need to know.

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