’This is a truly inspiring book by this author’
Title: My Life in England
Author: Ntsoaki Mary Mosoeunyane
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing CO
Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager, Clinical Support, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is a truly inspiring book by this author, although the title states my life in England it is a journey across continents to search for a good life. The author had a difficult upbringing, born in Lesotho, having been brought up by her mother as her father was murdered. The author tackles racial prejudices and equality. The reader would think this will be a depressing read. On the contrary, this is inspiring and positive. This is an easy to read well written book.
What were the highlights?
The one thing that really stood out for me as a reader was the question of discrimination – why do people do it? Being brought up in the late sixties and seventies I experienced politically in correct sayings, television programmes, which made fun of ethnic people and people who clearly thought other had taken jobs away from British people.
Reading through examples of what people say shocked me but more so am I like that? In a way it is similar to what goes on when someone is bullied – this quite often will be ignored as the establishment does not want to rock the boat.
The author argues that British people ignore as they are fearful of the unknown, is that learnt or inherent from our parents. In this day and age if a certain religion is even a little bit associated with terrorism, people then think everyone in that religion is a terrorist- this is dreadful to think the public have such narrow views on life. The author also argues that people do these things without thinking.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is well written by an academic from health science education and is referenced. I found the bibliography of interest for further reading. I am familiar with Tony Sewel writing Keep on moving: the windrush Legacy also which I urge readers to read and reflect.
The author states in relation to life itself- “life, unfortunately, does not come with a formula. You learn as you go along” this is so true for all aspects of life.
There were no weaknesses in this book.
Who should read it?
This is a book that must be on every student nurse and doctor reading list. I urge all health professionals and the general public. This is an eye opener for all of us in Britain but also an inspiring read.
my life in england