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Part coming-of-age story, part wilderness survival epic. I found The Rising of the Son to be an exciting read that took me by surprise and made me think. The prologue hints at something life-threatening having taken place. The tension was built, I was intrigued and so I read on. Told from multiple perspectives, Jonno and his dad, James, attempt to climb Mount Casharaqu without a guide. It doesn’t go quite to plan and they are put in a situation where they are struggling for survival and in need of rescue. The Rising of the Son looks at themes of identity, grief, loss, acceptance, love, masculinity, tourism and growing up. Putting it all in a list that seems like a lot, but the use of different perspectives, from Jonno and James in Peru to Macie and Mum back home, taxi drivers and villagers help this book deliver on a number of different levels in a way that seems authentic. I like Jonno, I was endeared by his confusion and struggle to work out where he was in life and what it means to grow up and be a man. Throughout it seemed that everyone was looking for, or missing something. It would be a good read for fans of literary fiction as well as those interested in survival stories as it looked past the tension of a hiking expedition gone wrong to comment on the human condition. I was intrigued by the “outside” perspectives of the airport worker, the taxi driver in Lemur, and the villagers. I think that the author effectively raises a valid point about the real impact of tourism and tourists, even in countries that rely on this industry. The author, Giles Dawnay has extensive experience working in the expedition travel industry and his knowledge from living and working alongside local people create a second side to this book that stops you in your tracks and makes you think deeply about how you travel. All this while also enjoying the story of the expedition. As an occasional and admittedly fairly ignorant tourist myself, I know these narratives will ensure that this multifaceted book will stay with me for many years to come. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Since becoming a Junior Doctor, I have been given so much material on a daily basis to write about. Days and nights in hospital are teeming with life, meaning, joy and sadness. So much of what it is to be human is played out in these corridors at an intensity that is very hard to describe to those who do not experience it firsthand. Rarely a day goes by where some profound truth about human nature or oneself is revealed through either incredible or tragic experience. The uncertainties of ill health, the joy of helping someone recover, the deafeningly silence when news is received that was not expected. Then there are the interactions between professional and patient, colleague and colleague. These for me are endlessly fascinating, observing in others (and myself) how we all cope with the relentless and often unforgiving, ever shifting sands of hospital life. Set in the format of a medical admissions booklet, this collection looks to explore the various challenges for both doctor and patient alike.
(Black and White version) A selection of ideas, images, experiments and thoughts; inspired by travels to some incredible countries and cultures. Now at the age of 33, having recently completed a Medical Degree and started life as a Junior Doctor, this is Giles Dawnay's first attempt at publishing a book of Poetry.
A selection of ideas, images, experiments and thoughts; inspired by travels to some incredible countries and cultures. Now at the age of 33, having recently completed a Medical Degree and started life as a Junior Doctor, this is Giles Dawnay's first attempt at publishing a book of Poetry.