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Victoria Goldman - Editorial Expert

About Victoria Goldman

Victoria Goldman has always had a passion for reading and writing, with a childhood dream of becoming a crime fiction author. She gained a Biomedical Science BSc degree, planning to follow this with a PhD in Forensics, but then became sidetracked, realising she loved writing too much to spend the rest of her life in a lab. She gained an MSc in Science Communication instead, and became a freelance health journalist and editor, specialising in consumer health. 

Twenty-five years on, as well being Freelance Health Editor for Bupa, Victoria contributes to various consumer and pharmacy magazines on a monthly basis. She is the author of a book on children’s allergies and, over the years, has contributed to (and edited) other health and science books for adults and children.

Victoria has recently updated the bestselling baby health book Your Baby: Week by Week by Dr Caroline Fertleman & Simone Cave for Ebury/Vermilion (Penguin Random House UK). She is represented for non-fiction (health) by the Barbara Levy Literary Agency.

In her spare time, Victoria runs a successful books website called Off-the-Shelf Books and can often be found tweeting her book love (@VictoriaGoldma2). She is also writing crime fiction, still intending to fulfil her childhood dream. She is married with two teenage sons and loves relaxing at the end of a busy day by diving into a good book.

http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

 

Latest Reviews By Victoria Goldman

You Are Positively Awesome
You are Positively Awesome is a book that’s designed to be noticed, from the bright colourful illustrations that cheered me up instantly, the short snappy wording that made me think about my own needs and the self-empowering messages that left me glowing inside. This book could have been written just for me as, like many, I struggle with self-confidence and self-belief at times. It’s important to remember that so many other people – often people we least expect – do feel the same way too. Stacie Swift has written a clear, concise guide to taking care ... View Full Review
The Gilded Cage
The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg is an intriguing psychological thriller and disturbing domestic noir. Faye seems to have it all – the perfect husband, the perfect daughter, the perfect house, the perfect life... Yet she’s spent much of her life running away from her very dark past. The book shows that no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and who people really are. The book is set in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its beautiful vivid descriptions. I felt as though I could see the characters and their surroundings. The narrative makes astute ... View Full Review
The Gilded Cage
The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg is an intriguing psychological thriller and disturbing domestic noir. Faye seems to have it all – the perfect husband, the perfect daughter, the perfect house, the perfect life... Yet she’s spent much of her life running away from her very dark past. The book shows that no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and who people really are.   The book is set in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its beautiful vivid descriptions are perfect for audiobook – I felt as though I could see the characters and their ... View Full Review
Pretty Unhealthy
Pretty Unhealthy is written in a personal and chatty style to educate, inform and entertain. When heart surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp was diagnosed with high blood pressure, she began to look more closely at not just her own lifestyle but what being healthy really means. In modern society, health and beauty have become intertwined, with people’s looks and size being (falsely) seen as an indication of their overall physical and mental health. This book wades through the barrage of health information reaching us on a daily basis via books, websites, blogs, social media posts and magazines/newspapers. How ... View Full Review
The Angel of Evil
The Angel of Evil is the fourth book in The Great Devil War series and yet again I raced through it. It’s filled with the same tongue-in-cheek humour as the previous books, but feels much darker. Before I go on, I must stress that it’s essential that you read books one to three in this series first, to understand the concept of Lucifer’s Kingdom, immerse yourself in the cleverly-constructed setting and to follow Philip’s journey into Hell. It feels like there’s less new world building in The Angel of Evil ... View Full Review
Girl Behind Dark Glasses
A Girl Behind Dark Glasses took me on an emotional journey, reading about a teenage girl trapped in her body, barely able to move or communicate, drifting in and out of consciousness.  Most people have heard of M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) but don’t realise how severe it can be. Jessica Taylor-Bearman was struck down by an unusually severe form of M.E. at the age of 15, the disease impacting on every aspect of her life. In her book, she writes from the heart about what was going on inside her mind as she lay motionless in hospital, ... View Full Review
The Wrongful Death
The Wrongful Death is the third book in the Great Devil War series – and yet again I raced through it. I don’t think it could be read easily as a standalone, and I would recommend reading the previous books before anyone dives into this one. Philip is back in Hell, this time searching for the school bully, Sam, who shouldn’t be there (yet). This book goes ‘beyond’ Hell though, as Philip (with his friend Satina) journeys into Heaven and also Hades, providing a contrast between all of the ‘after-life’ worlds. The ... View Full Review
The Die of Death
The Die of Death is the second in The Great Devil War series and picks up where the first book – The Devil’s Apprentice – ended. Philip isn’t quite as ‘good’ as he was in the first book, as life with the Devil has made its mark – with more than just two tiny bumps on his head. This time, Philip has been brought back to the underworld by Death himself, as someone has stolen the ‘Die of Death’. Yet again, this is a dark and humorous read. It reminds me ... View Full Review
Happiness for Beginners
After a brief introduction by Carole Matthews into the book’s background, narrator Emma Powell introduces us to the main character Molly Baker – an ex-teacher who now runs a farm for children with specific needs. Or in Molly’s own words, the farm is open to ‘bewildered, damaged and troubled animals and humans’. The book is written (and therefore narrated) in the first person. I felt as though I was listening to a good friend chatting about her life – her run-down farm, her difficult childhood and her lovable animals. It all seemed very personal, ... View Full Review
A Guide to Uni Life
As the parent of a son who intends to go to university later this year, A Guide to Uni Life is a welcome read – and a reminder of my own university days. The book covers all of the excitement and enthusiasm, fears and worries of any new student as they venture into the unknown, often living away from home for the first time. This book covers pretty much everything a student will need – and want – to know, from what to pack before they go and how to make the most of freshers’ week to managing finances, ... View Full Review
Your Baby Skin to Skin
Your Baby Skin to Skin is a reassuring common-sense companion for new parents. There’s no such thing as ‘normal baby behaviour’ and no baby is going to fit in exactly with your expectations from before they’re born. In Your Baby Skin to Skin, midwife Rachel Fitz-Desorgher teaches you how to trust your baby’s instincts – and yours – from your baby’s birth and throughout their first year. The book explores your baby’s basic needs – food, comfort, love, care, sleep etc. – and how these vary and develop ... View Full Review
Babies and Toddlers for Men From Newborn to Nursery
Babies & Toddlers for Men offers a fantastic ‘hands-on’ approach to parenthood, written by a journalist dad, covering the good, the bad and the demanding.    This practical guide takes new dads on an emotional rollercoaster journey, from the moment of their baby’s birth to having an inquisitive chatty toddler roaming around. Through nappies, sleep deprivation and feeding choices to teething, crawling and walking, playing and first aid, there isn’t much (if anything) this book doesn’t cover.   While this is a ‘man’s guide’ to fatherhood, it&... View Full Review