Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Rosser

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Our Guest is Derek Rosser * Enjoy the interview. Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'A Reluctant Recruit'? I am a retired systems analyst having spent 42 years in the aerospace industry. My book is the story of my adventures and experiences as a National Serviceman in the Royal Air Force between 1954 and 1956. Q2. You have written about a period in history that is about 60 years ago, how can you be so sure that your recollection of those days is accurate? Each chapter is based on fact but perhaps embroidered a bit to add a touch of humour. I have always been blessed with a retentive memory. Q3. Why did you leave it until the age of eighty to write your first book? As a family man, during my working life my free time was devoted to my family. For well over forty of those years I was busy earning a crust and there was little time for reminiscence. Another po

Just like old times after a visit to Rose Cottage

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled 'Just like old times after a visit to Rose Cottage'. STANDING before the little house now brought back floods of memories. They had always called her Aunty Rose, despite the fact that there was no family connection. She had been a friend of his mother and, during the long school summer holidays, James and Harry had spent many happy hours in and around the cottage. In those days it had a whitewashed exterior with green window frames and doors, a white 'picket' fence enclosing a small but well-stocked front garden and a thatched roof surrounding a red brick chimney stack from which emanated a constant thin stream of pale blue smoke. This was always the sure sign Rose was at home and usually cooking or baking something tasty. There was a rear garden which formed the 'working' part of the property and this supplied Rose's needs for the v

Book Savvy Spotlight on Chris R. Pownall

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Our Guest is Chris R. Pownall * Enjoy the interview. Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Onwards and Upwards'? I am a 67-year-old retired industry-marketing director, residing in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. I have been married to my wife Pat for 42 years. We have two children and four grandchildren. I grew up in the Cheshire village of Bosley and following an engineering apprenticeship and a brief spell in the Merchant Navy, I joined the James Walker Group as a technical sales representative, this was the beginning of a forty-year career. My second book 'Onwards and Upwards' is a sequel to my memoirs 'Funny How Things Work Out', containing more humour from various facets of my life, it also includes other subjects and my opinions about modern day life compared with 60 years ago. Travel is very important to me, therefore I've includ

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” … ..

Threads of Deceit

Enthralling crime thriller – set in the textile industry Author: Neal James James Poynter is a young man out for revenge. Set up for a crime which he did not commit, and by someone whom he felt he could trust implicitly, his sole focus becomes one of retribution against his former employers. His future at Brodsworth Textiles disintegrated one Friday evening prior to his wedding, when conscientiousness overtook him and he returned to the factory after work to rectify an error in his paperwork. What he discovered that night changed his life forever and set off a chain of events which sent him spiralling downwards, and out of a job which had promised so much. …Find out more…    A plot so intricately woven, that the forces of law and order in several countries are thwarted at every turn. “A deftly woven detective thriller” … ..