I wrote this review in 2008 long before there were plans to make this into the hugely successful TV series that was recently broadcast on BBC 1: This is a true gem of a book and I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you have no experience of midwifery or childbirth. It is beautifully written with a poignancy that is, at times, utterly heartbreaking. As a midwife and mother I could relate to every story but it is the honesty and clarity of detail that shines through every page.
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The Compleat Traveller: In Review: Knopf MapGuide: New York. When I travelled to New York in the spring of 2008, for the start of my two month stay, I had several ‘indispensable’ guide books in my suitcase, but it didn’t take long before one small book proved to be the most indispensable of all. The New York “MapGuide” is compact, filled with information, illustrated with large, fold-out, easy to read maps, and which just as importantly, are very lightweight.