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A Grief Unobserved - a review by the Child Bereavement Charity

Helping parents and carers with early childhood bereavement. The Review " This book charts the journey of a woman, through her childhood, into adolescence and finally adulthood after being bereaved by the death of her mother when very young.  Her early life is described as “a childhood of silence”, surrounded by adults who never talked about her mother’s death or offered any explanation as to what happened. The book describes the resultant emotional scars which this girl carried with her into adult life and the therapeutic process she embarked on to try to deal with them. It illustrates well the importance of adults being honest with young children when someone dies and the resultant damage to a child’s ability to make some sense of what has happened if an explanation is not given. A Grief Unobserved would be a helpful read for anyone who works with bereaved adults. It offers some insight into how childhood grief that is ignored can result in an adulthood blighted by th

How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatload - For nonfiction books

How do you write good back blurb? "Back cover copy is like the packaging on a box of food or the cover of a magazine at the supermarket checkout counter. The vendor has only a few seconds to stop you in your tracks, attract your attention and compel you to make a purchase. You can also consider back cover copy to be similar to a movie trailer or preview: just two minutes that give you the plot line. Based on the trailer, you will decide whether to see the movie, or not. The same holds with your book. Your design/layout, graphics AND verbiage must entice readers and make them hungry for more." Read full article: How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatload - The Savvy Book Marketer

Ray’s amazing journey - in print, set for book launch

A NEW book charting a 70-year old runner’s mental and physical journey through life, as he sets himself almost impossible challenges, is out this month. Me and My Shadow is the story of Ray Matthews, a local man described by publishers Pneuma Springs as “truly exceptional”. Source: Ray’s amazing journey - in print - News - Goole Courier

A sensitive and insightful new book on helping children cope with bereavement

A Grief Unobserved By Maggie Kindred There is a wonderful book by C S Lewis in which he describes the process of coming to terms with his bereavement - the 'grief observed' which most adults will experience at some time in their lives… this book is about the grief not observed, that of very young children. It is for parents, carers, and professionals who work with them. Very often the remaining parent, close relatives and well-meaning friends, are understandably so involved with their own grief that they try to sweep the child's problem under the carpet. They can regard apparent lack of reaction in the child with relief, rather than as a danger signal. “This book is essentially practical - it is meant to make 'therapy' an everyday concept, so avoids jargon and theoretical language where possible.” says Author Maggie Kindred. Find out more “Insightful and sensitive” … Genre: Family & Relationships: Death, Grief,

A stirring true story of triumph and recovery from breast cancer

Mammograms Save Lives By Avril Dalziel Saunders Avril was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2011. After a mammogram she was called back to receive the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She felt well, had no symptoms, had never smoked, ate a healthy diet and exercised regularly, so how could this be? There was no explanation, it can happen to anyone! Author Avril Dalziel Saunders says ‘…I want to inspire and encourage these women as well as women all over the world to have regular checks. …my profit from the book sales will go to Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurses. I am shouting this out loud…‘MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES!’… Find out more “Inspiring and triumphant” … Genre: Coping with illness and specific conditions ISBN: 978-1-907728-36-5 Publication Date: 23 February 2012 Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback Book Size: 203 x 127 mm 70pp

'From Coconuts to Condors' - Candid reviews

A unforgettable trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia Book Reviews "David and Valerie Astill clearly have a gift for making friends... and were privileged to attend a number of local ceremonies and events such as the candomble in Salvador de Bahia, an important religious ceremony in honour of the gods, which very few tourists have experienced…Valerie Astill’s descriptions of adventures, landscapes, costumes and local customs are detailed and picturesque. Her book also includes many photographs, sadly only in black and white." Joan Stephens, Leicester Mercury ---------- "A nice travelogue, honest and lightly written. It’s warts and all, “The entrance and archway dating back to the 16th century had obviously been used more recently as a public convenience. It smelt dreadful…” If you want an insight into travel through Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, this will give you what you’re after." Paul Bondsfield, Explore Worldwide Ltd ---------- "As a fellow traveller to the

The real rip-off culture? Part One

An article covering the story of campaigner Steve Perry , author of  ' When Payday Loans Go Wrong' . By: Chris Skinner Source: Financial Services Club Blog Date: August 05, 2011 " Further to my write-up about Wonga the other day, I have been contacted by author and campaigner Steve Perry, who has been on the wrong side of the payday loans industry. Now don’t get me wrong. I am NOT against payday loans firms or their operations (I actually admire Wonga's technology ops). I AM against the uncapped interest these firms charge on their vulnerable customers. However, this also needs to be qualified in terms of who are 'vulnerable customers' and who actually charges 'rip-off' rates and how. For example, Wonga have also contacted me to put their side of the story and made clear that they do not target 'vulnerable' people with 'rip-off' rates. Read Monday's blog to see what their take on the world is, particularly as my original pie

A Long Journey Back - a battle for Rob's life

The true-life story of Rob Pownall’s near fatal head injury and the battle to regain his life Author: Chris R. Pownall This is the real life account of a remarkable young man who suffered a near fatal head injury and describes his astounding battle to regain his life. Rob Pownall was just eighteen when he had an unfortunate accident, which was to dramatically change his life. Following life saving surgery he lay in a coma for several days before waking up only to find himself completely paralysed and unable to speak. The story is told by Rob’s father Chris R. Pownall, author of ‘Funny How Things Work Out’ and ‘Onwards and Upwards’. …Find out more… This book is intended to be an inspiration to others who might find themselves in a similar situation, and need something to give them hope. “True-life account of a journey back from the brink of death” … ..

When Payday Loans Go Wrong - The full story!

The tragic story of how one payday loan spiralled into a shocking sixty payday loans and financial ruin Author: Steve Perry ‘How did it ever come to this? On a cold November night I gaze out through my bedroom window to the descending mist, there is evil in the air, I can feel it tearing at my heart. My body trembles, a cold and sickening sweat drips down my forehead; my breathing is heavy and my mind erratic. My world is crumbling around me, my future, once bright and full of hope has descended into ruin. It was just one payday loan, just one … how did it ever come to this?’ Never before had the word suicide entered the mind of Steve Perry, yet after over 60 payday loans within 18 months it consumed him and led him to the very brink... …Find out more… An inspiring story of hope to those who are in payday hell! “Heart-rending story of the cost of irresponsible lending and borrowing” … ..

Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time

A well researched, entertaining and chilling exposé of the ‘real’ Jack the Ripper Author : Peter Hodgson Over a century ago a series of shocking mutilation murders took place in a squalid, overcrowded district of Victorian London. Five women fell victim to a man driven by rage and violent fantasy. The newspapers of the day gave him a chilling nickname, a name that evokes images of gas-lit foggy streets and a top-hatted sinister figure carrying a Gladstone bag. From the outset, the murderer attained almost mythical status merely by virtue of his name and his uncanny ability to avoid detection. This book compares the fiction with the reality of those ghastly events, and clearly shows how the real killer has been transformed into a creature of the mind–the ‘other’ Jack the Ripper… …Find out more…  Author Peter Hodgson says : “…the reader is presented with an insight into the 'career' of this iconic criminal, and I offer a plausible solution to his identity.” “Bone chilling re

Two Dachshunds at Troy - A dog’s tale

A dog’s tale about the author and his two miniature dachshunds on their travels and adventures. By Jeremy Lousada ISBN: 978-1-907728-20-4 This delightful light-hearted book is the true story of a love affair. A love affair between the author and his two miniature dachshunds, one with which anyone who has ever loved a dog will empathise. They were born in Africa and travelled widely there. They were quite possibly the first dogs ever to cross Europe, solely by water from the North Sea to the Black Sea. They swam in the great lakes of Africa, in seven seas, chased baboons in Africa, rabbits in the High Jura on the European watershed, and lizards in the ruins of Troy. Sometimes they enjoyed it, sometimes they found it confusing, sometimes, as in a Turkish winter, they distinctly disapproved. It was an adventurous life... Find out more An entertaining, light-hearted and charming dog’s tale “Cannily delightful tale” … .

Call Me Valentine

Derek Rosser’s exciting collection of true-life stories and childhood adventures from the inter-war years. Born in the year 1930, the year the airship R101 made its final disastrous voyage – life was exciting but very different to that experienced by today’s youngsters and teenagers. I am sure that we enjoyed life rather more than our modern counterparts. Not the joys of violent video games and computers – but rather the simpler pleasures that come from exercising the imagination. As an only child, with the aid of half a dozen lead soldiers and a toy fort (made by my father from scrap timber) I conquered India and extended the boundaries of the Empire. …Find out more “…I have attempted, in this book, to give the reader an insight into the life and emotions of a boy born in the inter war years. The facts are a true reflection of those formative years...” says Derek Rosser. “Exciting true-life childhood tales from the inter-war years” …

Losing My Religion - The Radical Message of the Kingdom

A bold and fundamental message about the Kingdom of God–skilfully tackled and powerfully delivered.   This book arises from twenty five years of study and a passion to see people grasp the extent and significance of the Kingdom of God and to apply it in their own lives. This message is not an addendum to the gospel but is in fact the gospel. “…From the provocative title through to the last page I challenge and inform the reader's understanding of the Kingdom of God and its implications in the here and now. This is not just a theological diatribe, but a reasoned and gritty analysis of what the kingdom of God actually is and how it affects our lifestyle, values and hopes” says Richard Bradbury. Find out more A pertinent topic for all Christians. "A central and pertinent topic, skilfully tackled with insight" …

Wild Strawberries - Exhilarating true-life story of a war-time evacuee

War-time evacuee Derek Smith recounts his wild and exhilarating evacuee stories in a new book. This is the true story of a nine year old boy who, at the height of the Birmingham blitz, is transported from his ‘all mod cons’ big city home to the safety of a house in a remote south Staffordshire hamlet, a mile and a half from nowhere, where he finds himself living in domestic and sanitary conditions that have remained unaltered for over a thousand years – the culture shock to end all culture shocks. “…Writing this book was at times a strange experience, so intense were the memories that I often felt that I was that nine year old boy again. It was while in the country I was turned from city fool–into a country boy at heart” says author Derek Smith. Find out more. A poignant story of a young Brummie evacuated to the wild country-side during the Birmingham blitz “Exhilarating true-life story of a war-time evacuee” ...

To Boldly Go - Where so many have gone before.

Amazing voyages of a nautical nature A daring adventure of one man’s attempt to sail solo round the world. After a working life at sea of some thirty-five years one might think it would be time to swallow the anchor, as the saying goes, and retire to a peaceful existence on shore. However, in the case of this writer such an existence by nature was not to be. To misquote a saying; you can take a sailor away from the sea, but you can't take the sea from a sailor, and the pull to return to the water is forever strong. 'I want to go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and the sky,' as John Masefield wrote in his poem Sea Fever. This book relates the further experiences of a nautical nature for the author after retiring as a captain of VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers). …Find out more… A daring and immersing true-life sea adventure … .

A collection of hilarious and not so hilarious yarns to make you laugh and cringe

Onwards and Upwards by Chris R. Pownall "An engaging sequel to his hilarious memoirs." This book is a sequel to Chris Pownall’s hilarious autobiography entitled “Funny How Things Work Out”. “Onwards and Upwards” comes highly recommended for those interested in social history and anyone keen to know how life was in the mid 20th century in comparison to the present day. Readers will be amazed at the diversity of subjects covered in this book and some of the stories will undoubtedly bring back memories to those of a certain age, whilst younger readers will hopefully appreciate the opportunities that Chris has experienced and relished throughout his happy and fulfilling life. …Find out more… visit book web page “Hilarious yarns that will make you laugh and cringe” … .

Same same, but different’ An incredible travel experience.

Sally Wootton releases a lively account of her incredible travel experiences to the most exciting places in the world - enlivened with breathtaking photos. ‘Same same, but different’ is an account of some of the most wonderful travel experiences in Greenland, Australia, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Colombia; enlivened with breathtaking colour photos. This book isn’t intended as a travel guide, or a novel, but is a way of sharing amazing experiences with others – those who have travelled and those who have yet to. But also to hopefully inspire those who’ve ever heard themselves say, ‘I’d love to travel’, but never thought they’d be able to, to realise that it is possible, if you really want it enough. “There is a beautiful world out there...what are you waiting for?” Find out more… Same same, but different  A breathtaking account of amazing travel experiences to the most exciting places in the world. …

Born To Survive. The fox hunting debate goes on...

A Reflection by Grahame Howard, author of 'The Wishing Book' Series. October 2010 Her footsteps resounded on the concrete path as she made her way to the back door. Overhead, the moon hung in the sky like some large floodlight, illuminating the countryside around. With breath almost frozen to her lips she reached out for the door handle as she fumbled with her key. “Was that a sound?” she thought as she glanced to her right and looked into the partly shaded face of a sitting fox.  This was the sight that greeted my youngest daughter as she returned home one night from a disco. To say she entered the back door rather quickly would not be far from the truth. In fact, to say she catapulted herself in the door would be a more appropriate statement! Ever since we had moved into our house I had longed for this to happen to me. I had seen badgers and the odd hedgehog. We had even had a herd of heifers in the yard, but still the fox eluded my gaze. There is something about the fo

Never Mind Where the Ball Went - Witty Golf Stories

A superb collection of hilarious golfing stories based on years of adventures on golf courses around the world. Have you ever thought of throwing your clubs with a bit of draw? Or deliberately playing slowly to rattle the opposition? Have you used the well-timed tactless remark to gain advantage? This book tells you how such behaviour rebounds on the club golfer. The author Forbes Abercrombie is a retired surgeon who took up golf in his early twenties, getting down to a single figure handicap at his best. There is something for everyone in this volume. A word of warning though; this is not recommended bedtime reading, as you will have finished the book before you can put it down! Find out more… Never Mind Where the Ball Went other Golf Stories Delightfully entertaining golfing stories based on real life adventures. … witty stories for the discerning golfer …….

A truly magical book: The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination

Grahame Howard launches the sequel to The Wishing Book 2, a fantasy fiction novel for children 7-11 years old. A magical book which makes all wishes come true is at the heart of these fascinating and action-packed adventures to Mars. A gut wrenching, nail-biting and terrifying adventure, laden with intrigue and twists around every corner – an experience the children will never forget…!              ...... Publisher ..A thrilling hair raising adventure full of suspense and intrigue                  .... Find out more: The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination . .