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Book Savvy Spotlight on Richard Bradbury

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Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Our Guest is Richard Bradbury * Enjoy the interview. Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Losing my Religion'? I am married with four grown up children and have had a lifelong passion to make the Bible accessible to everyone. I am a Christian and my faith is a very important and central part of my life. C.S. Lewis said, 'Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important'. My beliefs are the foundation upon which my reality is framed. When bad things happen in my life God helps me through the hard times and I trust in his goodness to see me through the future. My new book 'Losing my Religion - The Radical Message of the Kingdom' examines the main theme of Jesus' teaching - the Kingdom. I attempt to explore it from new perspectives, applying it to life in the 21

A Cut Above The Rest - Victims are easy meat for hooded killer

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The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled: 'A Cut Above The Rest' We ought to warn readers, however, that despite being an exciting tale, it is rather graphic. THE body, or what remained of it, had been found by a dog walker out for an early morning stroll. He had parked his car close to Derbyshire's Mapperley Reservoir in Shipley Country Park and let his Jack Russell terrier out of the back of the vehicle, watching her disappear on one of her customary forages around Shipley Lane. Having seen the dog stop abruptly, sniffing the air, ears erect, he was surprised when she vanished into the trees to the right, instead of following their customary course left, and up to the wooded area encompassing the remains of what had been the Miller-Mundy estate. "WHERE'S the body?" DS Fletcher crushed the stub of the cigarette beneath his shoe after the disapproving look from one of the

Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Rosser

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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

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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

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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

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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” …publishedbestsellers.com ..