Where Does It Hurt? – a memoir of life with chronic pain by Tim Atkinson #authorguestpost @dotterel

Where Does It Hurt? written and self-published by Tim Atkinson is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tim’s first-hand account of what it’s like to live with chronic pain has been called “A very special book that occupies a category all of its own”;  “A chronic pain-thriller-page-turner” and “A thoroughly fabulous book that I could not put down!” Someone also cheekily suggested that ‘Where Does it Hurt?’ was “Like Geoff Dyer, but with something important and interesting to say”! What it does say is how strange pain can be, how little understood it is and how the opioids taken to kill it might actually be making it worse. But that’s not all. The more you understand how the brain processes pain the more you realise that other things you take for granted aren’t as straightforward as they seem… and that pain can even be a pleasure for some people.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon: 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0956286933/

I am delighted to share a guest post from the author, Tim Atkinson, to tell us a little about his book:

‘Where Does It Hurt?’ is a book about pain: my own long-term pain, the pain that comes with swollen, damaged and deformed joints. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis and although I’m something of a medical ostrich, I’ve been inspired to write this book by what I’ve discovered, by the people I’ve met and by some exciting new ideas about pain.
Pain protects us from harm; that’s what it’s for — to tell you to take your hand out of the fire. But chronic pain – the so-called ‘silent epidemic’ that affects over two fifths of the UK population – is almost always counter-productive. Pain like this is something our bodies learn to feel, and the feelings can continue long after the initial cause has passed. Phantom limb pain is the obvious example. Some patients feel all sorts of sensations – including pain – from limbs they no longer have, and that’s just one of many strange facts about pain I’ve discovered – facts that have helped me come to terms with my own pain and begin to develop strategies to help me cope. Because knowledge is power and there’s nothing worse than feeling helpless in the face of pain. Understanding your pain and what it means can help you deal with it. Our brains ‘learn’ to feel pain and can just as easily unlearn it, too. It’s a habit we can break; it isn’t easy, but it can be done. And it’s done by doing something, anything (almost) as long as it’s something we believe can help. In fact it’s possible to train your mind to do what pain- killing drugs do all the time, making the unbearable, bearable or even invisible. In talking to a number of experts across a range of disciplines and trying alternative remedies from yoga to acupuncture, I come to the conclusion that the key to managing chronic pain isn’t necessary what you do as much as doing something; it’s about taking back control. I’m sharing my own journey of discovery in the hope that it’ll help others understand pain better and perhaps approach it in a new way. After all, as Morgan Harper Nichols says: “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed, your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”

About the Author

Tim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives with his wife and family in Lincolnshire. Having studied philosophy at the University of Hull he worked at a variety of jobs including filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He has taught philosophy at a boys’ grammar school and psychology at a girls’ high school and is now a full-time writer. For the past five years he has been researching and writing a book about the aftermath of World War One called The Glorious Dead. A special hardback subscription edition of this book was published by Unbound in November 2018 after which the trade edition was released to the general public

Website: https://www.timatkinson.info/

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Twitter: @dotterel

The Glorious Dead by Tim Atkinson blogtour book review

 

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The Glorious Dead written by Tim Atkinson, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

To buy link:  Waterstones – https://bit.ly/2yWylID

Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2SK1E9H

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What happened when the Great War ended and the guns stopped firing? Who cleared the battlefields and buried the dead? It’s 1918 and the war may be over but Lance-Corporal Jack Patterson and the men of his platoon are still knee-deep in Flanders mud, searching the battlefields for the remains of comrades killed in action. But duty isn’t all that’s keeping Jack in Flanders. For one there is Katia, the daughter of a local publican, with whom he has struck up a romance. And then there is something else, a secret that lies buried in Jack’s past, one he hopes isn’t about to be dug up…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tim Atkinson’s novel: The Glorious Dead.

In August this year I felt very privileged to go on a visit to Flanders Field, near Ypres, Belgium.  Flanders Field was a major battle site during the First World War 1914-1918 and now it is home to many WWI War Cemeteries, Commemorative monuments and historical areas of interest.  I visited many of the war grave cemeteries including Essex Farm and Tyne Cot and the whole visit completely moved me.  When I was invited to read and review this novel by Tim Atkinson I had no hesitation in accepting.

The author, Tim Atkinson, has undertaken vast research with this book which is based on fact surrounding the men who had been employed by the War Graves Commission.  Men that had witnessed the daily grind of war, a war that had taken the lives of so many of their comrades but had spared them to now search the land to find the remains of the men who had lost their lives, to identify them in order for them to be reburied with dignity at one of the many war graves in an around Ypres.

Reading through the pages of The Glorious Dead I felt like I was reliving my visit to the cemeteries but this time I was visiting back in 1918.  Tim Atkinson has written a raw, honest interpretation of a time back in 1918 and 1919 to a task that was so brutally painful and gritty and was also very dangerous with the debris of ammunitions still lying around.  Interspersed between the horrors of the remains of the war Tim Atkinson has woven humour, camaraderie and romance within the storyline.  At times the story is very difficult to read and you are wracked with emotion but these glimpses of humanity and life still going on give the story hints of warmth.

I was completely enthralled by this novel, it was very poignant with it’s raw account of events, it had touches of mystery and of unjust.  You could feel a sense of belonging to the time and to the place and you could also understand why so many men and women found life very difficult after the war.  A story of war that is not always told.

I’d like to share a quote from the novel which particularly resonated with me:

lives made heavy by the weight of Flanders mud that still sticks to them like clay.

About the Author

Tim Atkinson Author PictureTim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He studied philosophy at the University of Hull and has worked variously as a filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives in Lincolnshire.

 

Website:  https://www.timatkinson.info/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/dotterel

I’d also like to share a few of the photos I took during my visit to Flanders Fields in the summer.