My dear friend and respected colleague Olga Nunez Miret has released a new book:
20 Things I’ve Learned from My Patients. A Psychiatrist’s Pearls of Wisdom to Help You Thrive
By Dr. Olga Núñez Miret
This truly is a lovely little book, short and less ‘psychiatric’ than the title implies. Olga has created twenty short chapters that deal with all-day pearls of wisdom that teach the values of patience, empathy and many other desirable qualities.
Each chapter is introduced by a stunning graphic and later replicated in Spanish, so you can practice your language skills, too.
I found the chapters moving and insightful, enjoyed reading about Olga’s background and life and I could easily see myself in many of the chapters.
While these reflections aren’t ground breaking, they are certainly relevant for everyone, very well-put, nicely wrapped and enjoyable to read. A wonderful read that will make you think, remind you of things you may have once known but conveniently put to the back of your mind, and one that will leave you feel warm and smiling.
The description is, of course, bilingual as well:
Over the years that I have worked as a psychiatrist, writer, and blogger, I’ve collected common-sense advice and thoughts that I have passed on and shared with many (patients, friends, and readers). As people don’t have much time to read and enjoy images and quotes, I decided to publish twenty of the things I have learned over the years, illustrating each one of them with a picture and a quote. And as I know many people who want to improve their Spanish but don’t dare to take on a long book, I decided to publish it as a bilingual edition, English-Spanish. I don’t claim to have found the meaning of life, but I hope you enjoy this little book.
Durante mis años como psiquiatra, escritora y bloguera, he acumulado consejos y reflexiones de sentido común que he compartido con mucha gente, incluyendo pacientes, amigos y lectores. Como sé que la gente no tiene mucho tiempo para leer hoy en día, y les gusta compartir imágenes y citas, decidí publicar veinte de las cosas que he aprendido durante mi carrera, ilustrando cada una de ellas con una imagen y una cita. Conozco a muchas personas que quieren mejorar su inglés pero no se atreven a enfrentarse a un libro largo, así que decidí publicarlo en versión bilingüe, en inglés y español. No pretendo haber descubierto el sentido de la vida, pero espero que disfrutéis de este librito.
Here my dedication, so you understand what the subtitle refers to.
To my friend Iman, who is great at delivering accurate insights in a few words, and to Rose Upton, Sister at the A&E Department at Eastbourne DGH when I started training in Psychiatry. Her disparaging comments about her nurses’ pearls of wisdom, which Iman feedback to me at the time, have remained with me to this day. I suspect mine wouldn’t deserve a kinder opinion from her either.
And a couple of the images I’ve used (all royalty free from Unsplash, including the one I’ve used for the cover):
It is really short and, well, if you’ve read the description you know everything you need to know.
If you fancy a copy, let me know. They looked OK when I checked but images can be tricky (I’ll talk about that at some point).
It will become available in many other places, but so far you can find it here:
Thanks so much to all of you for reading and remember to like, share, comment, click and REVIEW!
Those of you who follow my blog will know that this has been a bit of weird year, with new things (becoming an instructor at the University of the People), other things ending (volunteering at Penistone FM), pet sitting, weddings, and plans to move back to Spain. I’ve also been translating and proofreading translations of books and I’ve written a book that I’m not sure will see the light (at least not in its current form).
After writing that book I felt at a bit of an impasse and I’ve worked on other projects but I’m not sure which one I want to work on next (perhaps there are too many things going on). In the meantime, I’ve also been looking at some of the things I had written but not published. And after rereading a short file with some common sense advice, I wondered if it might make a tiny little book, with some quotes and pictures. And then, thinking about how many people I know who want to practice their Spanish (or their English), I thought I would try a bilingual edition. (Teaching English composition at the University of the People has made me think about language proficiency).
So here is my little book…