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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

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The Dukan Diet

Pierre Dukan
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Pierre Dukan
Hodder & Stoughton

The Plant-Powered Diet

Sharon Palmer
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Sharon Palmer

Harness the power of plants to lead a long and healthy life - whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater. Eat more whole plants. This simple recommendation is at the heart of a building consensus: the healthiest diet is a plant-based diet. Plants have spent millions of years evolving their defences against disease. Now, studies indicate that by eating whole, minimally processed plant foods, humans too can gain protection against everyday illness, diabetes, obesity, depression, mental decline, heart disease, and even cancer. In The Plant-Powered Diet, registered dietician Sharon Palmer marshals the most up-to-date findings in nutrition to explain both why you should fill more of your plate with whole-plant foods and how to do so, whether you're a vegetarian vegan or a committed omnivore. Here is: Essential information on the healthiest plant foods - whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and even herbs, spices, chocolate, coffee, tea, and wine Advice for navigating the supermarket, kitchen, restaurant menus, on-the-go meals, exercise, and more A 14-day meal plan, plus daily action alerts to get you started And 75 original plant-based recipes for every meal - all with complete nutritional data. The Plant-Powered Diet is not a diet you'll go 'on' today and 'off' tomorrow. It is a simple, satisfying, and thoroughly delicious way of eating that can not only last your lifetime - but lengthen it.

Teach Yourself

Take Control of Your Menopause: Teach Yourself

Janet Wright
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Janet Wright

Teach Yourself - the world's leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started.* Offers the very latest advice on both complementary and traditional therapies, including natural therapy and HRT* Gives you not only advice on coping with symptoms, but how to prevent them* Explains clearly exactly how your body is changing* Plenty of practical suggestions for nutrition, fitness and coping with emotional ups and downs* One of the few really objective guides that just tells you what you need to know* Written by an experienced health writer who'll explain all the issues in the clearest manner possible so you can make a choice that works for you.Teach Yourself Your Menopause will give you a clear and steady path through the maze of conflicting information, offering a comprehensive guide to the years immediately before, during and after the menopause and treating it not as a disease but as another stage in your life. It will explain what exactly is happening in your body, and help you understand the physical, mental and emotional impacts, signs and symptoms of these changes. It will offer you support as you face the end of your fertile years, realistic advice for contraceptive choices, and insight into your sexuality at this stage. You will receive the latest guidance on what treatment you should and shouldn't seek for any difficult symptoms (from traditional medicine and natural alternatives alike) and practical tips on lifestyle choices such as fitness, nutrition, and mind and mood, in this comprehensive and supportive guide to making the period both during and after the menopause as satisfying and fulfilled as possible.

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Be Your Best At Marathon Running

Tim Rogers
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Calgary Avansino

Calgary Avansino is a journalist and healthy living advocate. Born in California, Calgary now lives and works in London and writes a wellness column for Vogue, where she is a contributing editor. She also writes a healthy living column for The Sunday Times Style magazine. A mum of three, Calgary has a big social media following and is well-known for being at the cutting edge of health, well-being and lifestyle trends. Her own website, www.calgaryavansino.com has become a mecca for anyone interested in reading about and learning about enhancing their health.

Chi-San Wan

Chi San-Wan and Natali Stajcic are passionate about finding balance in their lives and about eating wholesome, natural food that is delicious, nourishing and enables you to live well and feel good. The East London duo founded The Pressery in 2014 after becoming disenchanted by the lack of natural non-dairy products available on the market, so they began making their own fresh almond milk at home, soon finding stockists and fans across London and beyond. After a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, they launched their long-life almond milk in 2016, which is distributed across the UK. Fans of The Pressery's almond drinks include XXX XXX and XXXX.

David Perlmutter

Dr David Perlmutter is president of the Perlmutter Health Centre in Naples, Florida, and the co-founder and president of The Perlmutter Brain Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award. A frequent lecturer, he writes a blog at VanguardNeurologist.com and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. His previous books include Grain Brain and The Grain Brain Cookbook.

Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan has been cooking since age four when he flipped his first pancake! Inspired by a family of passionate foodies, cooking and eating hearty home cooked food has always been a way of life. Donal is the author of seven cookbooks; Fresh was named as one of Good Food magazine's Top 10 cookbooks of the year. He's the host of Saturday Kitchen, star of cookery shows on RTE and The Food Network, and has his own hit YouTube channel. Donal was born and raised in Dublin and is currently living in LA.

Dr Pierre Dukan

Dr Pierre Dukan has been a medical doctor specializing in nutrition since 1973. The author of many works on diet and nutrition, including the bestselling The Dukan Diet, he regularly writes in the press and appears on television.

Ella Mills (Woodward)

Ella Woodward is the author of must-read food blog www.deliciouslyella.com. She has created a hugely successful app to accompany the blog, opened her own deli in central London and launched her own line of energy balls. Ella's debut book Deliciously Ella was a number 1 bestseller when it was first published in January 2015, becoming the fastest selling debut cookery book since records began. It was also named as Amazon's biggest selling book of 2015. She was awarded a prestigious Observer Food Monthly award for Best Food Blog 2015. Her follow-up book, Deliciously Ella Every Day has been another hit bestseller. Ella discovered her passion for plant-based recipes after being diagnosed with a rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS). She couldn't walk down the street, slept for 16 hours a day and was in chronic pain most of the time. Conventional medicine failed to help her, so she decided to completely overhaul her diet and overnight the self-confessed 'sugar-monster' gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar and all processed food. The results were incredible. Though initially far from confident in the kitchen, Ella started blogging about her new approach to food and posting recipes, and quickly amassed a huge online following.

Helen Russell

Helen Russell is a journalist and the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly and Leap Year. Formerly editor of MarieClaire.co.uk, she now lives in Denmark and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph and features for The Times, The Observer, Grazia, The Wall Street Journal and the Independent.

Joe Cross

Joe Cross' personal story of transformation was chronicled in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which has been seen by more than 20 million people worldwide. The incredible response to screenings of the film inspired Joe to create Reboot with Joe, making the tools, information and support available to enable anyone to reclaim their wellbeing. His second film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 charts the next stage of Joe's journey of health. He is the author of The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet and The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Recipe Book, and spends time between Australia and the US, always with a juice in hand.

Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman, MD, is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and founder and director of The Ultra-Wellness Center. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Eat Fat, Get Thin, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, and The Blood Sugar Solution.

Mike Mcinnes

Mike McInnes studied pharmacy at Heriot-Watt College. Mike has worked as a pharmacist but focuses his attention on sports nutri­tion, researching the specifics of energy partition and selection during exercise. His research led him to believe that honey could be the Gold Standard fuel for forward provisioning the brain, via the liver, during exercise and stocking up for recovery. Mike lives in Edinburgh with his wife Theresa. They have four children: Christine, Stuart, Graham and Janet and three grand­children: Oskar, Rob and Isla, all of whom love honey

Natali Stajcic

Chi San-Wan and Natali Stajcic are passionate about finding balance in their lives and about eating wholesome, natural food that is delicious, nourishing and enables you to live well and feel good. The East London duo founded The Pressery in 2014 after becoming disenchanted by the lack of natural non-dairy products available on the market, so they began making their own fresh almond milk at home, soon finding stockists and fans across London and beyond. After a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, they launched their long-life almond milk in 2016, which is distributed across the UK. Fans of The Pressery's almond drinks include XXX XXX and XXXX.

Paul Jenner

Paul Jenner is a writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle subjects. He lives with his partner, three horses, two dogs and two sheep, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, where, when he's not working, he enjoys hiking, riding, cycling, sailing, swimming, diving and snowboarding. His other books include Teach Yourself Living Longer, Living Well and Teach Yourself Happiness.

Pierre Dukan

Dr Pierre Dukan has been a medical doctor specializing in nutrition since 1973. The author of many works on diet and nutrition, including the bestselling The Dukan Diet, he regularly writes in the press and appears on television.

Sean Wilson

Sean Wilson played Martin Platt on Coronation Street for over twenty years. After a year working in a Michelin-starred kitchen, Sean set up The Saddleworth Cheese Co (www.saddleworthcheese.co.uk) and was soon winning awards for his cheese.

Simon Majumdar

Simon Majumdar lives in London. He is the author of EAT MY GLOBE and EATING FOR BRITAIN and the co-founder of 'Dos Hermanos' - one of the UK's most widely read food blogs. He is a regular contributor to The Times Online and was voted one of London's most influential people by the Evening Standard.

Thomasina Miers

When Thomasina Miers first arrived in Mexico aged eighteen, she fell so in love with its food that she went back to live there, opening up a cocktail bar in Mexico City and using her free time to travel the country and cook with some of Mexico's top chefs. After returning to London and winning BBC2's MasterChef in 2005, Thomasina opened the Mexican street food cantina, Wahaca. She is the co-editor of Soup Kitchen and the author of Cook, Wild Gourmets, Mexican Food Made Simple, Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home and Chilli Notes. Tommi lives in London wiht her husband and two daughters.