This is a first for me! My blog has never been the sort for book or product reviews but here is a book I just HAD to tell you about. THE book that's causing a buzz within the IBD community>
They say 'don't judge a book by its cover'...well this time it's totally fine to do so, for the content matches the outstanding cover artwork done by the talented Hannah Walker.
What is it? What's it about?!
'From the inside out' was compiled by the brilliant Matthew Williamson (an IBD'er himself) who gathered up a handful of IBD'ers and pilfered their stories all revolving around IBD, their journeys and the #GetYourBellyOut campaign (I joke he asked sweetly). Within you will find a plethora of blogs, stories and poems all whopped together to create something truly unique.
I won't tell a lie, I was super keen to get my hands on a copy of said book...mainly because my story features within it mwahaha. On a serious note I was super looking forward to hearing IBD 'from the inside out'. It is rather rare to come across those who fight a daily battle with either Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis that are willing to throw open the doors and tell you an honest account of their journey with IBD. Thank's to the #GetYourBellyOut campaign people have in recent months become more comfortable with sharing their stories which has been a joy to see. Whereas others battling the same illness find comfort in knowing they are not alone in these battles so what better way than to feature these stories within one book.
Not one who likes reading? Not to worry, the paperback book arrived with large print so no need to don those spectacles. If you are a grammar nazi...nope not the book for you as this book contains its raw charm with the odd blooper thrown in for good measure. Not good with numbers? That's totally fine...for the page numbers have magically vanished and accidentally been left out of the book! Do take caution as there are a few F' words thrown in there but again...totally in-keeping with the cheeky monkeys who reside around the campaign, never backwards in coming forwards as they say. Ha - whoops! Though it all just add's to the books charm. I don't think it will go down as one of the all time greats BUT I don't feel that's what the book intended to be! The book is a raw account of peoples honesty...bloopers and all :) The #GetYourBellyOut campaign have always done things a little whacky and out of the ordinary so this book by Matthew reflects the campaign well. Full of character, charm and a few chuckles thrown in for good measure.
What better way to spend the afternoon than lazing about with a nice cup of tea and the chance to lose yourself in other peoples realities. As it turns out the book already has an army of supporters, none more so than my darling Fergie who has been glued to it since it arrived!
Could this book become one of the best sellers? You never know! From the buzz surrounding it and the supportive IBD community sales are going incredibly well. Matthew has kindly decided that 50% of all royalties from the book sales will be donated towards the #GetYourBellyOut campaigns fundraising total. Every penny raised by the campaign will be in aid of the national 'Crohn's and Colitis UK' charity who support those tackling a daily battle with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
How can I get my hands on a copy of this sensation I hear you ask...
If from the UK you may purchase your copy through Amazon.co.uk (available on Kindle & paper back)> Click here!
If from elsewhere on the globe you may purchase your copy through Amazon.com (available on Kindle & paper back)> Click here!