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REVIEW | Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

The first time that I read ‘Rivers of London I had every intention of writing a proper review however I got so caught up in consuming the next book and then the next one things became a bit of a mish-mash – basically the review was a bit shit. My continuous love for London seems to have intertwined me with this particularly magical series of books.

As you can imagine by the title Rivers of London is based in London from the heart right to the outskirts. From Morden to High Barnet and Ealing to Epping this books has got you covered for a plethora of places that once you have finished reading will having you writing an endless list of spots to visit and contemplate the meaning of life itself, or at least chill and grab a coffee or cocktail. The character of London is shown in an exemplary manner throughout the book and as the age old saying goes ‘The devil really is in the detail’ Ben Aaronovitch is one author that really does my beautiful city justice and makes me even prouder of the city I live in.

One thing that I found even better about this particular book was that it was easy to remember the characters names both main and sideline and I felt that I was really a part of the story. My brain was in a constant frenzy of ‘who has done what, when, where and how?’ – with the added bit of mystery it was still incredibly fun to read. As I am not into spoilers I will give you brief overview of the main characters that I particularly liked and the others you will just have to read the book for yourselves!

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From the top then . . . 

Police Constable (PC) Peter Grant

Fresh of the probationary list Peter is allocated to the Case Progression Unit and understandably  – as this particular department is known as the one where police men and women who are shit at their job are placed – is pissed off with this particular allocation as in himself he knows that there is so much more to him. That particular allocation however does not last very long as Peter very early on in the book runs into the seemingly affable ghost of Nicholas Wallpenny. Wallpenny is a failed actor from the 18th Century who in the end turns out to be something entirely different from his original appearance – he is an extremely dodgy character that opens up towards the end (keep reading!). As Peter is the central character of the story alongside his ‘guv’nor’ Inspector Thomas Nightingale there is plenty I could say but I suspect it would spoil the story so apart from the fact that he was born in the University College London Hospital (where I trained and qualified as a nurse!!!) to a jazz legend father and particularly strict Nigerian mother I’ll leave it at that. You will better acquainted with PC Grants antics as you continue to read.

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Thomas Nightingale

Nightingale is PC Grant’s boss, mentor and the second protagonist of this book. Nightingale is one of the last (or that actual last) remaining magical practitioners in London and lives at The Folly. On whatever record (if there even is one!) Nightingale is supposedly born in 1900 (not around about during that actual year) so having seen off two world wars you could say that he is a pretty experienced police officer and magical presence. Up until the 70’s where he was in his 70’s Nightingale was ageing just like any other human being however something happened to switch it up and give him a serious case of the Benjamin Button’s over a very slow period of time (click here for reference). Known as one of the most powerful wizards in Europe in the 60’s he is held in extremely high esteem by those in the wizarding world only to be questioned by Peter if he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry much to his dislike!

A seemingly serious individual with a soft spot for his new apprentice and the life that he seems to have injected into his world both professional and personal. Despite being incredibly old school Nightingale’s characters get’s better the further you get in the book (and series!) – an extremely debonair individual that does it without any actual effort.

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Police Constable (PC) Leslie May

Described as a short and impossibly perky individual Leslie worked alongside Peter during their probationary period and is the object of Peter’s affection for quite some time. Leslie has a rough period that lasts for most of the first book. She is physically maimed as part of the awful plot of the dreadful Henry Pyke (this is one that I will not tell you about and just leave it at – you have to read it!). There is not much else that I can say about Leslie without giving away a lot of the story so that’s pretty much that!

There are so many more interesting characters in this book and in the series as a whole and if you like me enjoy the prospect of there being a complete other world within our world then this book (and series) is DEFINITELY one that you need to get stuck into and quickly.

Mr Ben Aaronovitch is currently writing the next instalment in the series (you can keep up to date with is progress on his Twitter HERE!)  and I’m sure it will be just as wonderful as the rest so hop to it and get stuck in.

 

This book is available in the following formats

Paperback

Audio

Kindle

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To truly ‘Flourish‘ is to grow and develop.

Personally growth and development are the two things that I feel that I would like to put my all into over the next year. It has taken me many years to be comfortable in myself and stop feeling the need to compare myself to others. I keep a very small friendship group as I find it incredibly hard to trust people and let them in.

To truly grow and develop I believe that it is something that needs to be not only emotional but also physically and mentally. It may seem like two small components in life but to do them both on such an epic (on a personal level!) scale is something that is not only daunting but extremely exciting.

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There are so many parts of my self that I am looking forward to exploring and either improving, eradicating or just enjoying. Like many of you out there I love a good list so it’s time guys – let’s break out a list and see where it goes!

Monthly Attitude

When you think of “monthly attitude” what is the first thing that comes to mind?! Well, let me tell you during my ‘time’ I am far from a dream-boat and closer to true definition of a complete and utter wanker (Urban Dictionary point 2!). Yep, I admit it – when I am on my period I don’t just see red I can be vile.

So, what am I going to do about it? In the effort to stop acting out I am going to look more into myself and spend a little more time alone. I figure that if I spend the time pampering myself and feeling good from within I won’t be such a vile human on the outside. I’ll let you know how I get on – I’m sure it will be on Insta or at least Twitter!

Caring

Contrary to the belief I would have put in you that I can be totally and utterly vile (see above!) for the rest of the month and my life I am actually a very caring person. I care hard and fast and have very little time for those that don’t give a shit. I am fiercely loyal and loving and those that are close to me know what I am like. To the naked eye (general public) I may come across as crass with a general disdain for people with a devil-may-care attitude but that is not farther from the truth.

Two of my closest friends recently alerted me to the fact that I tend to attract people who ‘need help’. Whether that help is emotionally, physically or mentally I seem to be the one that most people lean on.

Now, I don’t want to stop caring but right now I feel incredibly drained so I think for my own good I need to stop putting my all into others and think more about me. Of course I will continue to care for those that are in my life and of course those that I choose to care about but the time has come for me to take a step back and let people get the hell on with whatever they are going to do – even if I can see them on the path to ruin (that sounds a lot more dramatic than the way I mean it!).

***Blimey this post is getting VERY introspective isn’t it!***

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Nothing But The Truth

Telling someone how it is isn’t something that has to be a nasty experience. With many years experience of not holding back that doesn’t make me a bitch (although I am self-confessed!) it is just easier to tell someone the truth instead of instilling false hope and then losing a potential friendship because a little white lie grows into something that neither of you can handle in the end. My friendships are based on respect and those that are closest to me know that I won’t lie to them about my feelings and thoughts. This is something that I will most definitely not change about myself – if anything I will continue to be this way and encourage others to do so if they so wish.

The truth may hurt but if told from the get go is like a plaster (band-aid for the Americans!) – if ripped off hurts a little but then the pain is gone. Concealing a lie is not only hard work but also hurts a lot more when found out as the distrust will eat away at you.

The list is of course ongoing but for now I think that is more than enough!

What is on your word for the year?

Check out Elizabeth’s awesome post & it may help you choose your word
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There is a great downloadable list and plenty of space to help you mull things over. Although I was encouraged by this list mine came to me in a moment of inspiration on the toilet!

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How does the song go . . . It Must Be Love, Love, Lurvvvvve!

Do you show your significant other how much you love them every day?
Or do you wait until Valentine’s Day?

Surely there is more to a relationship that showing your love on only one particular day – am I right?

At this current moment in time I am loving myself and I have to tell you there is no better feeling that making myself happy. This year I have devoted to establishing the word ‘Flourish’ in my life and that is something that I fully intend to do. Whethere I flourish alone, with friends or even into a new relationship right about now I have no idea and I am LOVING that particular feeling of the unknown. I have never in my life been less scared and more excited about the unknown prospects of life ahead.

You all know just as well as I do that there are certain pressures out there on woman of a ‘certain age’ (Over 30!) to crack on and settle down, have a family and get themselves off the proverbial shelf. Well do you know what . . . FUCK THAT SHIT! I will settle down with who I please, when I please and procreate if I so wish.

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Now, with that in mind let’s talk a little about ‘Self Love‘ and how you can achieve it EVERY SINGLE DAY with just the smallest change to your daily habits. Over the past month I have not blogged and in the time that I would normally spend worrying about what I should post and how I should take a particular picture to fit in with my ‘theme’ (that doesn’t exist!) I instead took some time to just think about myself (that and I had no fucking idea what to do with myself or this blog!). It was so nice to just light a candle, snuggle up and watch a bit of TV. I have fallen in love with my insta again and even took a trip to Amsterdam!

As a little homage to self love and of course myself the following photos are dedicated to loving yourself (in particular MYSELF!)

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What do you do to show yourself a little/lot of love?!

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This time is forever more going to be a time of year that is that little bit darker for me than the rest. With dad passing things got dark very quickly last year and I was most definitely not looking forward to this Christmas but as the year passed things got that little bit easier.

There have definitely been dark days and happy times in our household.

Then on the 14th December the shade came again. I cannot mention the name of the person but they were incredibly special because they helped a lot of people in ways that some do not even know yet. This person was one that made everyones day a little brighter without even saying a word – a smile, a hand to hold and even just a wink.

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This person made you aim for the best and forget about the worst. With all of the insignificant little things in the world that people make a big deal out of perspective was something that this individual could make you pick out with a fine tooth comb. They will be missed most of all by their family but also by the entire medical and nursing team on our unit/theatres.

Darker times seem to be coming thick and fast the older I get but with that in mind I will persevere and hope for the best in 2018. This may or may not be my last post of 2017 but for now it feels like things have been rounded up as I am loving Insta, Twitter but the blog is really taking it out of me. Let’s see shall we!

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As much as the festive cheer can play a part in bringing people together it can also be an extremely lonely time for those that have either lost someone, never had anyone or even has that special someone who they are going through a difficult time with. For some Festive Love may be the last thing on their minds.

This post is just a little reminder to all of us that everyone deals with emotions in different ways and one of the most scary thoughts can sometimes be loneliness. Dealing with loneliness can be very hard and sometimes people do not like to admit it. With that in mind I am most definitely going to be a more mindful with regards to those around me at this time of year and even in my work life where my dear patients and relatives are stuck in hospital at what is meant to be one of the most wonderful times of the year.

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If this has struck a chord with you I would love it if you could share it as a message to all out there to just share the love. Copy and paste it if you like. Just link back so I can see how far a little bit of love can go.

Share some Festive Love now!

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