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We're lucky enough to be able to work with some incredibly talented and genuinely lovely writers along their journey. Many become friends over time and we stay in touch with all previous clients, offering help whenever we can. Here's a selection of some of our current and previous authors who selected Literally PR to boost awareness of their book(s) and build their author brand and profile.
Abiola Bello is a 30-year-old author who was born and raised in London, where she still lives and works. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight - she fought monsters and dragons on a daily basis – and experienced her first taste of ‘being published’ after winning a school poetry competition at the age of 12. Seeing her words in print fuelled a passion for writing that remains to this day. Abiola Bello first began writing the Emily Knight saga shortly afterwards (still only 12 years old!) with the intention of filling the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist. This gap, 18 years later, remains in the publishing world despite continued calls for more BAME background authors and diversity within characters and plotlines.
Abiola Bello is regularly called to talk at literary events and within the media, she has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few. Her latest novel, Emily Knight I Am…Awakened was Carnegie nominated in 2019 and is currently a London’s BIG Read Finalist (2019).
Category: Short Stories, Anthology, Children, YA, Teens
Esther Ramsay-Jones lectures on ‘Death, Dying and Bereavement’ at the Open University. She has presented her work at various locations around the world and her papers have been published in academic journals and anthologies. She practises as a specialist psychotherapist in palliative care, working with people with long-term conditions and their families. Esther also works in a counselling service for older adults, presenting with a range of difficulties and does some tutoring on London-based counselling courses.
She is the mother to two young children, who in some ways were the catalyst for her doctoral research and subsequent writing on care and dependency. She has worked at the coal-face of frontline care for older people, and those with dementia, and has direct experience of the impact of dementia and terminal illness.
Beyond her work and home life, Esther loves to travel, to write, to swim, run, do yoga and enjoy time with family and good friends.
Category: Dementia, Caring, Health, Family, Death, Psychotherapy
Hafsa Lodi is an American journalist who has been covering fashion in the Middle East for the past decade. She was born in New York City, and at the age of 14 relocated to the United Arab Emirates with her family, where she attended Dubai American Academy while interning after school with one of the region’s leading publishing houses, ITP.
After completing her undergraduate studies at the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto, Hafsa moved to London for a year, where she earned her master’s degree in Islamic Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies. The relationships between religion, culture and modernity have always fascinated Hafsa, who covered topics like honour killings in Canada’s South Asian communities, the use of DNA evidence in rape cases in Pakistan and the industrialization of the Holy city of Makkah, before turning to the fashion journalism beat. While living in Dubai, Hafsa has written for The National newspaper, Luxury Magazine, Mojeh Magazine, Velvet Magazine, Savoir Flair and Vogue India, in addition to working as an online fashion editor for one of the Middle East’s largest luxury retailers, Boutique 1. She is a freelance stylist, and also has a part-time clothing line, creating whimsical maxi-cardigans and kaftans during Ramadan, and statement hand-embellished sweatshirts for the winter seasons
Category: Fashion, Culture, Photography
Erudite, edgy and elegant, Georgia Varjas is a passionate, multi-skilled artist with a unique talent for creating provocative prose that stimulates reflection and change.
Georgia is a speaker, writer and performer.
With a lifelong passion for music and words, Georgia made the stage her professional home as a saxophonist, playwright, performance poet and speaker, touring Europe with bands and winning Poetry Slam Contests in both the UK and US.
Georgia's love of language and feisty, charismatic personality are the perfect catalysts for her writing, which unapologetically illuminates current affairs and injustice in a way that arouses a desire to step up, stand out and create transformation.
Georgia was born in North London and now lives in Murcia, Spain, but regularly returns to England.
Category: Practical/motivational, self help, mind/body/spirit, non-fiction current affairs
Nicknamed “Gym Boy” by friends when he was 19 due to his dedication to training and personal fitness development at University, Neill now has over 20 years of knowledge balancing, unbalancing and rebalancing strength, fitness and health with a demanding, challenging career and personal life.
A qualified Personal Trainer and entrepreneur at his core, Neill has built a career in new ventures, creative technology and corporate start-up, including working with major organisations including Virgin Money, Warner Bros, and Shanghai Media Group.
Through this journey Neill has had to find ways to optimise fitness and nutrition techniques to fit in progression and recovery alongside demanding (mostly sedentary) work hours and pressures. Now a founder and Director at boutique consultancy, Bigger Brother, Neill wrote The Lean Exec during his time at Virgin Money to share his fitness challenges, mistakes, learnings and solutions - to help other people with busy careers and family lives, cut to the benefits faster and find the balance they want to achieve with fitness, strength and health alongside their everyday life.
Category: Health, Fitness, Business
John-Paul Davies is an experienced and accredited psycho-therapist and counsellor running busy private practices in both London and Surrey. He specialises in working with adults experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, stress management, depression, addictions and compulsions, co-dependence, lack of meaning and purpose, narcissism, issues around sex and sexuality, and lack of self-esteem and confidence. Prior to training as a therapist, John-Paul worked as a solicitor in large private practices in the City of London for over 10 years.
Distilling and integrating psychotherapeutic and psychological theories and neuroscience, as well as the lessons John-Paul learned in his own personal journey from stressed City solicitor to contented psychotherapist, this book is the result of years of working successfully with a wide range of clients. Finding A Balanced Connection isn’t a psychotherapy book as such; it’s what John-Paul wished he’d known decades ago and wants you to know now...
Category: Self-Help, Psychology, Motivational
The pharmaceutical industry is in meltdown. We constantly hear of eye watering drug prices, shortages, litigation over damaging side effects, dodgy marketing practices, economic adulteration, consent decrees, counterfeiting, patent games, price gouging, and much, much more... How can this be right? The short answer is, it's not.
But, how did it get to this? What can be done about it? This book answers those questions. Pharma got in this state because pharmaceutical companies were seduced by science, twice. Firstly, by the myth that is penicillin, and secondly, by a battle between two stomach ulcer drugs in the 1980s. Those seductions led the industry to believe the route to riches lay in patenting molecules, and clever sales and marketing. The result is what we see today, marketing muscle-pushing brands on healthcare professionals, and patent law suits between already rich pharma behemoths arguing over their share of the spoils.
Whilst this is not the first time this has been said - there are so many books knocking the industry - none offer a solution to the problems.... Until now; and it is a very simple solution. We should stop believing medicines are different to all other products on sale in the market, because they are not. Yes, science is an important component in bringing a medicine to the world, but it takes a healthy dose of engineering skills to get them there too, and the application of those skills is sadly lacking in pharma. The system for producing and supplying a medicine to market should be no different to an aero-engine, automobile or silicon chip.
There is no sign of pharma getting this message any time soon. So, this book is for them, and anyone else with an interest in radical transformation in pharma.
Category: Non-Fiction, Medicine, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals
Sara was diagnosed with HER2 positive and oestrogen positive primary breast cancer in October 2016 at the age of forty-two. Not ever expecting to be diagnosed with breast cancer and having to deal with the impact that cancer can have on an already busy life (one involving a juggling motherhood, working and everything else that a forty-something year old woman has to fit in her life) Sara decided to use her experience to help others who were going through the same thing.
Towards the end of her treatment, Sara set up her website, www.tickingoffbreastcancer.com, and wrote this book of the same name. With the book and the website, Sara has created something that will support and encourage others throughout their breast cancer treatment and beyond.
Sara lives in Hertfordshire with her husband of fifteen years, their two children and a dog who likes to eat socks. Sara works part-time in London as an insurance lawyer but now spends a lot of her time writing. She writes for her website and for various cancer charities and organisations.
Category: Health, Illness, Non-Fiction
Allie Cashel BA is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and the co-founder and president of Suffering the Silence. Since starting work with STS, Allie has been invited to speak at events around the US and beyond, ranging from private fundraisers, to medical schools, to bookstores and support groups. Highlights include: an appearance on Good Day NY (Fox5), a presentation at a United States Congressional Forum and her facilitation of workshops on disability, inclusion and storytelling around the country. Allie is a member of the Young Leaders Council of the Global Lyme Alliance.
Category: Health, Medicine, Illness, Non-Fiction
Dr Bernard Raxlen MD specialises in neuropsychiatry and neurocognitive complications. Over the past 30 years, he has successfully treated over 6500 cases of tick-borne disease and today over 90% of his practice is devoted to chronic Lyme disease (CLD) and co-infections. He was an original member and co-founder of AIMS (Academy for Integrated Medical Studies) and served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Omega Institute. He is founding member and secretary of the board of governors of ILADS (the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) and is serving as the chairman of its Ethics Committee. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the Turn the Corner Foundation, and has been a featured speaker in more than 40 workshops over the years on topics ranging from psychiatry, drug abuse, psychoneuroimmunology and tick-borne diseases as well as on US national television (ABC, NBC, Fox, Discovery) discussing medical concerns pertaining to TBD and Lyme disease.
Category: Health, Medicine, Illness, Non-Fiction
Jerry Bradley started writing when his wife of 29 years, Irene, became seriously ill. Jerry became her full-time carer until she lost her battle with dementia three years later, in 2015. At first, Jerry started writing because he was determined to have a log of his memories, his experiences, his thoughts and his life stories. If he ever became ill like his wife, Jerry wanted to be able to read a book about his life, every day, to try to keep the memories alive. The Candy Man started, as most novels do, as a small idea that turned into a huge story. This is not a tale of romance or dementia, it’s a gritty, adult insight into the underbelly of drugs, addiction, crime and gangs – something that still takes some of Jerry and his late wife, Irene’s, friends by surprise!
Jerry continues to fuel his passion for writing and storytelling, and tends to write most at night, into the early hours, but he still finds time for his family and friends, martial arts, keeping fit and playing golf. Jerry lives in Lindfield, Sussex.
Category: Fiction, Crime, Gangster
Lotte Moore is the best-selling author of Lotte’s War, which reached number one in the charts after its release on Remembrance Day 2016. Lotte dedicates her time, free of charge, every week, to read her stories to children in pre-schools and primary schools, and she’s particularly busy around World Book Day and Remembrance Day. She has travelled throughout the United Kingdom and her World War Two presentation plus rationing table (showing the children how little food was allocated per person during the War) are hugely popular with children and teachers.
Lotte Moore’s other illustrated children’s stories include The Invisible Elephant, The Dinosaur Who Ate A Piano and The Teaspoon Family. As a child, Lotte lived in Kent with her parents who enjoyed entertaining, political debate and literary discussion with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, H E Bates, W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. Lotte married her loyal husband Chris (who continues to support Lotte by typing out her hand-written stories) and has two grown-up daughters who now have their own children.
Category: Young Readers, Children's Picture Book
Barbara Angela Kealy is a passionate storyteller and throughout her life people have often told her she should write a book to capture her entertaining stories and fascinating experiences. At long last, she has now accomplished this, publishing Double Deception in 2018 and now embarking on her second edition in 2019. She lives and works in London.
Category: Fiction, Showbusiness, Entertainment
Nikki Vallance is a writer and coach who works with others to unlock their writing talents. She runs coaching programs and one to one sessions to help aspiring writers achieve their goals.
She began writing ‘Pivotal’ nine years ago, whilst still working in her recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with her own coach. She has given talks and presentations on her writing process and career.
‘Pivotal’ looks at the multiple paths a life may take at the crossroads of each significant decision. Nikki is fascinated by what makes us who we are and how much control we have over our destiny, and interviewed a number of hypnotherapists in researching the book.
Nikki is married with her own blended family of five children. Although a beginner, she’s a big fan of Argentine Tango, which she hopes to dance in Buenos Aires one day.
Category: Women's Fiction, Relationships, Fiction
Keith Carter was born in Scotland to a Dutch mother and British father. He read Economics at Cambridge, taking a First in 1981 when he was elected a Scholar - too late to enjoy the privilege of walking on the grass. He worked as an investment banker before going straight and running a small pharmaceutical company. He is now a writer and business consultant and lives in East London with his daughters. He enjoys travel, politics and economics, reading and writing, languages, music, the English Lake District, sailing of all kinds and meals with family and friends. Keith suffered a spinal cord injury in March 2018 and since rides a wheelchair.
Category: Literary Fiction
Anne Richter, born in 1973 in Jena, Germany, studied Romance and English Languages and Literature in Jena, Oxford and Bologna. Between 2005 and 2008 she received several writers’ grants. In 2009, she took part in the Writers’ Prose Workshop at the Literary Colloquium in Berlin, and in 2011 was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In 2012, she published the short story collection Fight like Men.
In 2014, she published the poetry pamphlet Marble and Moss. She lives with her daughter in Heidelberg, where she works as an author and languages teacher. She is currently working on her second novel, for which she received a writers’ residency grant in 2015. Douglas Irving is Scottish. He studied German and Spanish at Aberdeen University. In 2014 he completed a Masters in Translation at Glasgow University. His first translation, Crossing: A Love Story by Anna Seghers was published in 2016 in the US to positive reviews.
His translation of Anna Seghers’ last work published in her lifetime, Three Women from Haiti, is set to follow.
Category: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu, 31, was born in Lagos, Nigeria where she lived until the age of 15, when she moved to England to study her A-levels in Bristol and on to Imperial College London, where she graduated with a Master of Engineering degree. Following the birth of her daughter 18 months ago, Vese began to explore her passion for building confidence in children.
Vese loves writing and sees it as an avenue to uplift, encourage and challenge young people. Her goal is to empower the next generation to love and believe in themselves. This has led her to the launching of Philly & Friends, a contemporary children's brand with the purpose of helping underprivileged children around the world. She is a founding member of the Aghoghovbia Foundation, set up to empower the girl child and Inspiring Role Models, a social enterprise dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams.
Vese lives with her husband, 18 month old and newborn babies, in Essex.
Category: Children's, Picture Books, Self-Esteem
Whilst he started his career in advertising, today Dexter Moscow is a Keynote Speaker, Influencing Skills Coach and TV Presenter. A passion for people and a desire for results led Dexter to the role of senior trainer at QVC, where he coached business owners on how to successfully sell their products to an invisible audience.
Roles ranging from Sales Director to Equity Partner; Head of Training to Business Owner taught Dexter many valuable lessons. Leading him to understand his client’s problems enabling Dexter to help them deliver business-winning pitches, presentations and control their prospecting conversations. This and myriad training methodologies that have been put to the test over decades inform Dexter's unique approach to coaching helping others to gain the most when communicating with colleagues, teams, clients and customers.
Dexter today works with a diverse range of high-level clients and his first book, Stand Up & Sell, shows people how to become more persuasive and influential, when it really matters.
Dexter is married with two children, and grandchildren, and lives in London.
Category: Business, Sales, Entrepreneur, Personal Development, Skills
As well as designing shoes, developing her brand 'Mary Smith', live singing, mentoring young women and telling stories to her nieces and nephews, Mary Obozua has now added 'Author' to her list. Mary grew up as part of a large family without a TV in sight. She credits this upbringing to stimulating her creative side, as she was encouraged to create stories to entertain her younger siblings whilst babysitting. Inspired by watching the humorous relationship between her younger sister and her best friends, 'The Wonderful Life of Daisy and Ewe’ was born - 'Stars of Paradise' is the first book in the series. She promises the series to bring girl power, a multicultural cast, mystery and fun packed adventures.
Mary continues to passionately tell stories and write, whilst juggling the day to day running of business… plus everything else in-between. Mary works in Birmingham and recently made the move from London to the Midlands to be closer to her fashion business.
Category: Children's, Young Readers
Bryony Supper, the creator of Pasta Kidz, trained as a professional actress at the Drama Studio, Ealing. From there she went playing a series of comedy roles and has a wide range of experience from the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ to stand-up comedy and children’s television – Bryony was a regular on Tyne Tees´ Gimmee Five with Ant and Dec, writing all her own material.
For the past three years, Bryony has been working on her series of 25 children's books, The Pasta Kidz and Pasta Petz adventure stories.
In Book 1 she created a Pastaball for her characters to play with, and is proud to say it has been made into an actual game! This will be played for the first time in a primary school in Kent, using a real Pastaball which was made for her by Gilbert!
An East Midlands-born project, Bryony is partnered with When You Wish Upon a Star charity, Nottingham Forest FC, and more. Her Pasta Language has been a great hit in local schools and ultimately, Bryony's aim is to raise money to help children with life-threatening illnesses.
Category: Children's, Picture Books
Theo Michaels was born in London but comes from a large Greek Cypriot family. After competing in BBC television’s MasterChef UK in 2014, he opened his first pop-up restaurant which was a sell-out success and he has continued to cook professionally. He has written three cookbooks, writes a weekly food column and has appeared numerous times on ITV’s This Morning, The Food Network and Sky TV. He can also occasionally be heard telling bad jokes about good food on BBC Radio.
Category: Cookery, Recipes, Greece, Cyprus
MSc, FCIPD, FISMA, MABP, MBANT, Dip ION (Distinction)
Susan is a business psychologist, a nutritional therapist, a trainer, a consultant and a coach, as well as a public speaker and the author of the best-selling books “How to have an outstanding career” and “How to Prevent Burnout”.
She has worked extensively in the Information Technology, Management Consultancy, Finance, Legal and Charity sectors and has designed and delivered major change management projects and management, leadership and wellbeing programmes for numerous private and public sector organisations across the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia. In tandem with consulting work, Susan ran a nutritional therapy clinic for executives experiencing burnout.
Susan brings a blended mind and body approach to her work. She believes passionately that everyone deserves to work in ways that foster their resilience, performance and careers.
Susan has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London, a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (Distinction) from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is registered with The Nutritional Therapy Council.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the International Stress Management Association. She is also a Principal Member of the Association for Business Psychology and a Member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and is registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council. She is a past Chair of the Trustees of the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK) and is the co-author of “The Manager’s Role in Stress Prevention.”
Category: Self-Help, Nutrition, Energy, Psychology, Sleep, Health
Carolyn Shanti is the author of ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’. A new novel based on the true story of her own childhood, where she was brought up in a wealthy and privileged family in England. Carolyn spent her childhood years in a secluded and idyllic mansion, surrounded by acres of private property. It was also a place of dark shadows and sexual secrets.
Her father, a prominent businessman in the fashion industry was a member of a notorious occult society. As a young child, Carolyn suffered ritual sexual abuse and was raped, not only by her own father, but members of the society. She was ‘groomed’ and mind control techniques were used to work against her remembering the abuse or the perpetrators of these acts of violence.
It was on a trip to India in 2013, that Carolyn started to have memories of the abuse; she was so unwell that she sought the help of Dr Rajan Sankaran, a renowned holistic physician, homeopath, and international speaker. In gratitude for his help, she has dedicated her book to him. For four years she was under his care at his clinic in Mumbai and has now almost completed her healing and is back living in the UK. It has been a long and arduous journey.
In ‘Trap, Prey, Lust', Carolyn has narrated her own story of childhood abuse in the form of fiction. Her wish in publishing this book is to demonstrate the seriousness of the issues that we face in the sexual abuse of women and children, the cults and secret societies that support these crimes, and the cultures that often condone these practices.
Lynn Crilly became a counsellor when one of her beautiful daughters fell into the evil trap of Anorexia Nervosa and OCD, at the age of 13. Lynn explored every avenue and source of help, but they were not right for her daughter or them as a family.
Watching her daughter disappear before her eyes, and the huge impact it was having on the rest of her family, especially her twin sister, Lynn felt she had no option but to educate herself and learn as much as she could about eating disorders and mental illness. Some years on, a lot of hard work, determination and many tears shed, and with the unconditional support from close family, friends, our GP and their school, their beautiful girl is now recovered, enjoying life to the full and Lynn's family are stronger than ever together.
With her new found knowledge, personal experience and most of all her passion and love; Lynn has been able to use her gift to help others.
Lynn Crilly lives in Surrey with her husband and their twin daughters. Through using her unique and very effective form of counselling she has now established herself as one of the country's leading private therapists, working with people from all walks of life, ages and genders. She is admired for her passion and understanding - something she attributes to the strength and loyalty of her family and friends, with whom she spends as much time as possible.
Category: Health, Mental Health, Self-Help, Family
Annette Byford grew up in Germany where she taught at a secondary school before going on to study psychology and train as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in the UK. For the past 25 years, she has worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice and as a lecturer and supervisor in various settings (university, NHS and the voluntary sector). She is a chartered counselling psychologist and a senior practitioner on the Register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy. She has recently published a paper in the British Journal of Psychotherapy on bilingualism in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (Lost and Gained in Translation: the impact of bilingual clients’ choice of language in psychotherapy BJP vol 31:3, 2015).
She lives in Southampton, is married with has two adult children, including a daughter who got married a couple of years ago.
Category: Cultural studies, Psychology, Weddings, Families, Relationships
How a Fat Middle-Aged Man Lost 31 Kilos and Reversed Type 2 Diabetes
"When I first got my type 2 diagnosis I was told it was a ‘lifelong’ condition and I’d probably be on the pills for life. I assumed it was a progressive illness with no chance of remission – so what was the point of doing anything about it? But after several years of just taking the pills I rebelled and became my own lab-rat. Over five months I dropped 31 kg (a quarter of my body weight) in an attempt to get rid of the internal fat that was compromising my natural insulin function. And it worked! No more meds. Normal blood glucose scores, normal blood pressure, normal total cholesterol levels and normal triglyceride scores.
"I did it by completely ignoring the public health dietary advice that encourages us to eat plenty of starchy carbohydrates and low-fat foods. The five principles that dominated my approach to dealing with my diagnosis were to:
Cut out as many carbohydrates as possible – that means no potatoes, cereals, pasta, biscuits, cakes, bread or rice at all for the entire period of the diet.
Get rid of all refined sugars
Limit daily calorie intake in the short-term through portion control.
Increase average daily water consumption...
and moderately increase my levels of daily physical activity.
This is the story of a journey to recovery. If you want to understand how to combat this disease – and change your lifestyle for good – CONQUER TYPE 2 DIABETES reveals the key steps to follow. The book includes a simple, straightforward action plan, a host of tips and tricks for managing a weight-loss regime and 40 delicious, low-carb recipes for food lovers.
Category: Health, Fitness, Food, Recipes
Claire Handscombe is a British writer who grew up in London, Brussels, and Suffolk. After she finished high school, she took a year out to work for a church in Guernsey, then went on to Cambridge, where she studied French and Spanish at King’s College.
Though she wrote prolifically as a child, she did so in French, her mother tongue. After she moved back to the UK at the age of 12, she found herself increasingly thinking in English, and with her gradual loss of French came the loss of writing as a creative outlet.
When, by chance, in her late twenties, she started watching The West Wing on a friend’s computer, she fell in love with the series, and Aaron Sorkin’s mastery of language sparked a visceral love of English in her and reignited her desire to write. It also reawakened her political zeal and made her curious to visit the USA in general and Washington, DC, in particular. She was able to do in 2009, and she was enchanted by the city and became determined to move there – which she did, in 2012, when she began an MFA in Creative Writing at American University. She has lived there since then, having been deemed an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” by the Government and awarded the relevant visa after finishing her studies.
She remains an avid fan of The West Wing and an active member of its community of devotees. She has met any of the cast, self-published an anthology in 2016 entitled Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives, and helped organise the first ever gathering of fans of the show, The West Wing Weekend, which took place in the DC area in 2018.
To date, she has written five novels, of which Unscripted is the third, and the first to be published. She was recently longlisted for the Bath Novel Award for another. Her journalism, poetry, and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Bustle, Writing Magazine, and the Washington Post. She writes regularly for Book Riot, a major publishing website in the USA, and hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing.
Category: Women's Fiction
Richard is passionate about travel and wildlife having visited all seven continents and some 40-plus countries. His interest in wildlife started on a week-long trip on a cabin cruiser in Alaska’s Inside Passage surrounded by humpback and orca whales. Since that first trip he has, amongst other things, trekked in China in search of pandas, sat with mountain gorillas, camped out in the Canadian tundra watching polar bears, helped save a wounded water buffalo in Swaziland and visited nomadic reindeer herders in Russian’s Chukotka Peninsula.
He has had a wide-ranging career, working both here in the UK and in Hong Kong, and is naturally curious about the world. He has worked across telecommunications, broadcasting, digital video effects and publishing. He has founded and run businesses and acted as a Non Exec, and as a mentor, in fields as diverse as travel, 3D imaging and medical devices.
He has worked on projects for Hollywood feature films and was involved in the legacy aspects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A keen traveler and wildlife enthusiast, he helped found pioneering travel company Discovery Initiatives, and since 2000 he has been a shareholder and Non-Executive Director of specialist luxury travel operator Steppes Group. In 2010 he produced the First TOFT Tiger Tourism Awards in Delhi - the event is now an established feature in the tiger conservation calendar - and a year later, in 2011, Richard helped set up citizen science site ‘Tiger Nation’.
He wrote the first Tigeropolis book in 2015, inspired by his first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild. The second book was published the following year. The audio book of Tigeropolis is narrated by Richard E Grant and Belle Media produced a tie-in Tigeropolis video game, available on Apple TV and iTunes. Richard also found time to write a lively comic strip series for Hull City football club (‘Tigers’), based on his Tigeropolis characters.
In 2017 he co-wrote the first of a picture book series with business partner Kay Hutchison. The Adventures of Captain Bobo is set on the Clyde and has proved popular in Scotland.
He is a voting member of BAFTA and a member of the Society of Author.
Category: Children's, Animals, Conservation, Middle Grade
Mick Timpson is a senior meditation and yoga teacher. He is a writer, university lecturer, award-winning artist and architect. Mick is the founder and CEO of beanddo, a company focused on delivering modern meditation training to help people, communities, organisations and businesses thrive. He has designed the beanddo programmes and leads many of the courses.
Mick has taught design and led teaching studios in many schools of architecture. He has also managed a number of commercial architecture studios, including his own practice. He is an experienced speaker on the subjects of architecture, creativity and wellbeing. Mick has also taught yoga, meditation and wellbeing to countless students. The origin of beanddo can be traced back to when Mick realised that he had been talking about the same thing to each audience – how a simple change of perspective allied with a knowing stillness and presence can empower one’s innate sense of wellbeing and joy, flow, creativity and happiness. One can, with practice, learn to Make Happy Work.
Category: Self-help, meditation, yoga, health, wellbeing, mindfulness
Angela Johnson AKA Mrs Bun the Baker has baked for as long as she can remember. As she got older she would make her own recipe books with favourite recipes, which she still has, and her house at University always smelt of baking! Growing up in a family that loved baking, she decided to continue her love of food by studying, food and catering at University. Angela then became a teacher and worked at secondary schools for nearly 20 years as a teacher of food technology, having attained outstanding GCSE grades through her teaching.
Five years ago, Angela established her award-winning cooking school in South Oxfordshire to teach cooking skills to all. In cooking classes children get to “Make, Bake and Take home” all their goodies, gaining confidence and inspiring them to bake at home. Mrs Bun the Baker works with schools, nurseries, charities, communities, garden centres, food festivals and her own independent classes for toddlers, children, teens and families.
Category: Cooking, Recipes, Children's Interests, Family
Ex-Special Forces, John-Paul Jordan is an author and recovery consultant. His first book was a self-help guide inspired by his own incredible experiences – How To Stop Taking Drugs in 30 Days: A Simple and Daring Plan – which launched in September 2017 as an eBook. John-Paul is a former Legionnaire with the French Foreign Legion, after which he joined the British Armed Forces, serving in operations in Afghanistan where he awarded for his actions in combat. Following his military service, John-Paul worked for international media organisation in warzones clandestinely moving journalists in and out of some of the world most dangerous hotspots, before heading up logistics for a mining company in Afghanistan and training local forces.
John-Paul also assisted Primark, the international retail giant, in the disaster relief operations in the aftermath of the biggest modern-day industrial accident Dhaka Bangladesh, when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed. His personal injuries from war took their toll with the effects of physical injury and non-visible injuries, PTSD. As part of his own recovery he wrote about his experience to share his story with others and liberate himself from the stigma of PTSD and mental health issues – or what he terms non-visible injuries… because that’s what they are: an injury to be treated like any other.
He has met some incredible people from all walks of life – veterans and non-veterans alike – and one thing he is sure of is that you don’t have to have been to war to be at war.
John-Paul’s mission is to help everyone facing an inner challenge to find their way to freedom. To start the conversation. Remove the stigma and live in the solution not the problem. He has been working closely with the charity Mind, including advising on the set of a national television programme, sharing his experiences of injuries from war.
Category: Memoir, Military, History, War
James, a life-loving farmer’s son from Northern Ireland, who lives in Peckham, London had a successful global business, travelling the world for clients in the food world. A winner of many global awards, James wrote and presented cooking books for clients including AGA, Rangemaster and China Food TV. James was honoured for his work in 2012 by Farmers’ Weekly magazine when named ‘an ambassador for British Food’. He is the first ever Westerner to receive the Chinese TV and Radio award (Chinese equivalent to a BAFTA) for his TV series. At the height of his television career in China, James’ programme attracted more than 100 million viewers.
All of this, and more, fell by the wayside when, at the age of 35, James suffered a severe depressive episode. Confined to his bed for a year, James struggled with anxiety, panic attacks and constant sadness. During this time, James learnt to knit and together with Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP, James learnt to rebuild his life and mind through knitting. ‘Knit and Nibble’ is James’ new book which won the gourmand World Cookbook Award for the most innovative cookbook in the world. Now aged 40, James is the picture of health and vitality and credits it all to the mindful benefits of knitting.
Category: Health and wellbeing, Knitting, Crafts, Food, Recipes, Cookery, Mental health
Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP is a senior consultant general physician in a large London teaching hospital. He has a specialist interest in the use of mindfulness-based interventions in the complementary management of chronic medical illness. He focuses on improving patients’ symptoms and wellbeing by teaching bespoke mindfulness-based strategies.
Dr Ernst trained at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and qualified in 1993. He worked as a trainee Doctor in the UK from 1994 to 2005 and subsequently as a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician. He has extensive experience in the management of chronic medical illness and “blackouts and funny turns.” Dr Ernst lives with his partner James McIntosh and together they have developed the mindful concept of “knititation” together, which is introduced in their new book, ‘Knit and Nibble’.
Category: Health and wellbeing, Knitting, Crafts, Food, Recipes, Cookery, Mental health
Philip Beicken was born in Galway, Ireland but moved to England when he was 6 months old. He lives in West Sussex with his wife and two children and spends most of time clearing up the mess made by the growing number of animals his daughter adopts. Included in that list are three kittens named Molly, Marley and Bear, who like nothing more than chasing every leaf, butterfly and frog in the garden.
Even at an early age, Philip enjoyed creating fast paced, light-hearted stories filled with heroes, heroines and villains. His love of all sports, especially tennis and badminton, keeps him active for large spells during the week. When he's not writing, he runs his own business as a 360 videographer, which has enabled him to film in the USA and Europe.
Category: Middle Grade, Juvenile Fiction
Iida van der Byl-Knoefel was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis at the age of 33. She was told that it was a chronic disease and that she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life; however, she was able to reverse the symptoms of the condition with a plant-based diet through the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been drug and pain free since August 2015.
Iida collected the recipes that helped her heal from the condition and the result is the cookbook 'A Kitchen Fairytale'. She inspires others to cook more plant-based through her social media channels, with a worldwide following.
She was also able to have a drug and pain free pregnancy and had a baby boy in August 2017, and has been breastfeeding him all along, since she is not on any medication. Iida lives in Surrey with her family.
Category: Cookery & Recipes, Health, Nutrition, Vegetarian & Vegan
Dr Sarah Myhill MB BS qualified in medicine (with Honors) from Middlesex Hospital Medical School in England in 1981 and has since focused tirelessly on identifying and treating the underlying causes of health problems, especially the ‘diseases of civilisation’ with which we are beset in the West. She has worked in the NHS since 1981 and full time private practice since 2000.
For 17 years Dr Myhill was the Hon. Secretary of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, which focuses on the causes of disease and treating through diet, supplements and avoiding toxic stress. She helps to run and lectures at the Society’s training courses and also lectures regularly on organophosphate poisoning, the problems of silicone, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Craig Robinson MA took a first in Mathematics at Oxford University in England in 1985. He then joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, after which he worked as a lecturer in the private sector, and also in The City of London, primarily in Financial Sector Regulation roles. Craig first met Sarah in 2001, as a patient for the treatment of his CFS, and they have since developed a professional working relationship.
Category: Health, healthcare, popular medicine
Kim Rix is a professional photographer and gemmologist (GIA). Based in London where she lives with her husband, Kim travels extensively and has gathered a vast amount of the best local knowledge from her world-wide contacts. Buying Gemstones and Jewels in Sri Lanka is Kim’s first book. Groups interested in arranging speaking engagements may contact the author via her website: www.gemstonedetective.com.
Category: Reference Guide, Travel, Jewellery, Hobbies
Stephanie Nimmo is a writer, journalist, campaigner and blogger.
Steph was born in Wales but has lived in London since 1990.
For nearly 10 years her blog Was this in the Plan? has shone a light on the world of disability, palliative care and end of life planning as she openly shares the details of her life caring for a life limited child, her husband’s diagnosis with terminal cancer and the death of both her husband and daughter just 13 months apart.
Her book Was this in the Plan? was published by Hashtag Press last year, it’s a memoir about living and dying well.
She speaks regularly on the importance of having open conversations around death and dying in order to be able to focus on making the most of our finite time.
Steph has written for the BMJ, Marie Claire, The Guardian, The Pool, The Independent and Mumsnet and works closely with the Palliative Care team at Great Ormond Street to train medical professionals. She is also involved with the work of the children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives campaigning to raise awareness of the the importance of well funded paediatric palliative care.
When not writing and campaigning Steph escapes from the challenges of parenting three teenagers by running marathons and swimming in lakes.
Category: Children's, Parenting, Family, Health, Picture Book
David Freed is a successful dad blogger who writes about sharing parenting on his blog Dad's Turn: Raising Little Bear (www.Dads-Turn.co.uk). A social scientist by background, he was one of the first dads in the UK to take half a year of Shared Parental Leave, sharing responsibility for his son equally with his wife. Whilst doing so, he developed first-hand experience of how great it can be being the lead parent, but how despite some small progress in recent years, he is still out of place as a dad in a week-day world of mums. He now works part-time to look after his son during the week.
Category: Families & Parenting, Fatherhood, Gender Equality, Politics
James Millar is a father and went part-time in 2014 whilst a Westminster journalist. He's blogged about that experience and the way people treated him at the time - the suspicion that he lacked ambition because he was taking time to look after his child. James has been a journalist for more than 20 years and published 'The Gender Agenda' with his partner in summer 2017. Dads Don't Babysit grew out of that book.
He says: "One of the surprising lessons I learned from that book was that boys/men are a big part of squaring the feminist circle and achieving equality. The book focused on the ways children are gendered by society and by books, TV shows etc, and that has fed into the new book, looking at where boys get their role models from i.e. lots of fathers of television are useless such as Homer Simpson!"
Category: Families & Parenting, Fatherhood, Gender Equality, Politics
Growing up on a farm belonging to a religious order of Cistercian nuns, Clare Hogan was raised in an intensely religious household with her parents and siblings. She was educated at a strict Catholic school where fear, guilt and humiliation were part of the curriculum and from an early age was on medication for anxiety and behavioural issues.
At the age of nine her father died, prompting a catalogue of traumatic experiences including her mother’s relationship with an older woman who disliked and resented the children. At the age of 15, Clare was admitted to a psychiatric hospital where she stayed for over three years. At 18 she realised that formal education was her only hope and within a year (at the hospital) she passed O Levels, started singing lessons and successfully auditioned for the Winchester College of Art and Music. From there she went on to study at The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where she enjoyed a life of freedom, independence and growth. This was disrupted during her first year when her mother died suddenly. She had to return to the farm in Dorset and became the legal guardian to her younger brother.
Eventually, they both returned to Manchester so that she could complete her degree. These were challenging years during which she was usually in therapy, on medication and highly anxious about the future. After graduating from the RNCM, Clare went on to do postgraduate research in music analysis and psychology. Having received many years of mostly Jungian psychotherapy, and having been drawn to Buddhism and metaphysical law since adolescence, she later began the systematic application of alchemical principles and thought which, together with a meditation practice and the acceptance that personal responsibility for causes provides the only control that there can be for effects, transformation was a welcome inevitability.
Clare teaches at the University of Salford in England at Masters and undergraduate level. Her subject is primarily the Psychology of Performance. She also teaches meditation, counsels students with anxiety issues and teaches individual vocal technique.
Category: Mental Health, Anxiety, Performance, Artists, Drama, Psychology
Neeta Oza is a Yoga and Pilates instructor, blogger, and all-round health, fitness and wellbeing lover.
In her mid-20s, Neeta volunteered for MIND, and to give back from her amazing experience, decided to give 50% of every book purchased back to the charity.
She also vowed at 25 years old during a Saturday night Chinese meal with friends, to stay in the best physical shape once she reached 40; and ever since has been trying to stay in the best mental shape too.
A fourteen-minute Law of Attraction YouTube clip changed her life for the better in 2016; led her to viewing multiple motivational speakers, and also led her to writing this book: My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual is due for release by Hashtag Press in January 2019
Category: Self-Help, Health, Mind, Body, Spirit
Angela Dyson ditched her London life and downsized her home to move to the sticks in Surrey, to follow her dream to become a professional author. She loves to write but to pay the bills (Angela soon discovered that utility companies, bank managers and landlords aren’t known for their generosity and understanding natures,) she had to squeeze the writing in with working for a living. Some of the jobs to which she only gave half her attention have included working for a recording studio and a record label, running a building maintenance company where pretty much the only upside was getting to boss a lot of men about all day, doing a bit of plus size modelling (strictly clothes on) and, for one memorable summer, making a living reading palms on a Greek Island.
Category: Chick Lit, Thriller
Zhou Erliu was born in Shanghai at the end of 1929 and was educated at Nankai University, Tianjin. He was director of the Centre for Sociological Research and Development Studies of China, vice president of Beijing University, cultural counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in the UK and an adviser, as well as a researcher, at the Zhou Enlai Study Centre, Nankai University. He also held posts at director level in the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the cultural ministry and the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. After China’s reform and opening–up to the outside world, Erliu published several books on social science and various other articles. In the 1980s, he was chief editor of A Study on Urban-Rural Coordinated Development, which was a key research topic for China’s philosophical and social science studies during the Seventh Five-Year Plan.
Category: China, Chinese History, Political History, Social History, Biography
Jessica Taylor-Bearman was born in March 1991, at Maidstone Hospital in England. She grew up in Rochester and Canterbury, Kent, where she attended Rochester Grammar School for Girls. At the age of 15, she became acutely unwell with an illness called M.E. She was continuously hospitalised from 2006 to 2010, suffering with the most severe form of the condition. This included her being bedridden, unable to move, speak, eat and more. She began to write in her mind, and when finally able to speak again, she began to write through her audio diary 'Bug'. In 2009, Jessica began to teach herself to paint through the movement of laughter. She realised that through balancing a paintbrush in her hand, laughter caused it to move, creating a new form of art that she called a 'Laugh-O-Gram'. Her first collection was exhibited in the Canterbury Art Festival 2009. All her pieces have been exhibited since then. In 2010, whilst still in hospital, she founded a charity called Share a Star, to help seriously unwell youngsters. It is now a registered charity that she continues to run. Since she left hospital, Jessica's journey with severe M.E. has continued to be very challenging. She is currently still mostly bedridden, twelve years after it began. She writes a blog called The World of One Room and made a YouTube video of the same name that has reached tens of thousands of people in multiple countries. In 2017 she married her soulmate Samuel and walked down the aisle. They live together in Kent.
Category: Memoir, Health
Annie Boate is a highly qualified corporate coach and former teacher who’s shaken up the coaching profession. Her background includes various school leadership roles, working with young offenders and successfully coaching everyone from top executives in large international companies to outstanding headteachers and some of the most challenging learners.
As a full-time professional coach in schools, Annie’s expertise is second to none, and her knowledge and enthusiasm instantly mark her out as being different. Spend a few minutes with her and you’ll leave buzzing with practical, down-to-earth tools and ideas to use immediately. Annie spent 18 years learning from some of the best coaches in the world, developing a new, clever way of coaching for busy people in schools. This unique coaching system has been tested worldwide by new and experienced coaches, school leaders, teachers and support staff, and is proven to consistently out-perform all other models. Annie’s work has been show-cased on television and is frequently described as “life-changing” and “transformational.
Category: Education, Schools, Teaching, Coaching
Introducing the Everlief Child Psychology team of authors:
1. Anxiety - Dr Susan Wimshurst, clinical psychologist
2. Friendships and bullying - Dr Liz Dawes, clinical psychologist
3. Confidence and self-esteem - Nicola Gorringe, clinical psychologist
4. Anger and frustration - Dr Jennifer Swanston, clinical psychologist
5. Academic stress - Dr Katherine Hodson, clinical psychologist
6. Concentration and motivation - Dr Lucy Russell, clinical psychologist
7. Mike Russell is the co-owner and MD of Everlief
The authors are clinical psychologists with a combined total of 80 years’ experience working in the NHS and independently with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Each author is a parent, with children ranging in age from newborn to 18. A major part of their work is regularly visiting and liaising with schools to develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by children in schools, and their teachers.
Category: Parenting, Psychology, Self-Help, Education, Child Development
Dr Nat Tanoh comes from Ghana but grew up, as a child, in exile in England, due to his parents’ opposition to the installation of a one-party state. Today he divides his time between his home in London and Ghana. He has a rich history of involvement in student and workers movements, which originally emerged from struggles against the institutionalisation of military rule in Ghana. Dr Nat has since worked as a consultant on Development projects in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa. He also continues to uphold a passion for democratic social development. The Day of the Orphan is Dr Nat Tanoh’s debut novel.
Category: Fiction, General Fiction
Craig Robinson MA took a first in Mathematics at Oxford University in 1985. He then joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, after which he worked as a lecturer in the private sector, and also in The City of London, primarily in Financial Sector Regulation roles. Craig first met Sarah in 2001, as a patient for the treatment of his CFS, and since then they have developed a professional working relationship, where he helps with the maintenance of www.drmyhill.co.uk, the moderating of Dr Myhill’s Facebook groups and other ad hoc projects, as well as with the editing and writing of her books.
Category: Health, Food and Drink, Nutrition
Dr Sarah Myhill MB BS qualified in medicine (with Honours) from Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1981 and has since focused tirelessly on identifying and treating the underlying causes of health problems, especially the ‘diseases of civilisation’ with which we are beset in the West. She has worked in the NHS since 1981 and full time private practice sine 2000. For 17 years was the Hon. Secretary of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, which focuses on the causes of disease and treating through diet, supplements and avoiding toxic stress. She helps to run and lectures at the Society’s training courses and also lectures regularly on organophosphate poisoning, the problems of silicone, and CFS.
Category: Health, Food and Drink, Nutrition
James began working in a local fish restaurant Sankey's in Tunbridge Wells, here his passion for working in kitchen's was born. He then went onto train at West Kent College whilst continuing to work at Sankey's and develop his knowledge skills further. From there went on to work in a number of prestigious venues and cook alongside some famous names in the culinary world. These include working for the Roux brothers, cooking alongside Albert Roux serving at the Chelsea Flower Show, and working at Michelin-starred restaurant Thackery's in Tunbridge Wells for a number of years.
James then moved onto working for an award winning gastro pub company in Kent, Whiting and Hammond. Here he was head chef of The Little Brown Jug, and then The Chaser Inn the company's flagship pub. Then in 2012 he took on the role of executive chef, overseeing the food offer in each of the nine sites. In this role James was able to develop the food offering across the group, work with suppliers to ensure the best, fresh local produced was being used and still use his skills in the kitchens to train new chefs.
James's passion lies in using great seasonal produce and using unfamiliar cuts to create new and exciting dishes. His love of teaching has stretched from becoming a head chef then executive chef, to today where he enjoys sharing not only his skills but his wealth of culinary knowledge gathered over the years.
Category: Chef, Cookbook in development
Bryony Hill was born and educated in Sussex and, after a year at Brighton Art College, she lived in France, returning to London in 1975 where she met her future husband, ex-professional footballer and television legend Jimmy Hill. In 1985, they moved back to her home county where she learned to garden in earnest, the vegetable plot taking priority. There remained one wish and, when she eventually convinced Jimmy that a few chickens had to join their family, their rural idyll was complete. Grow Happy, Cook Happy, Be Happy is Bryony’s seventh book in which she gets to combine her passion for photography with developing recipes and cooking what she has grown for friends and family.
Category: Cookery, Food, Gardening
Fleur Brown has more than 25 years of experience as a practising nutritional therapist and runs a busy clinic in England. Fleur studied at the renowned Institute For Optimum Nutrition in London under Patrick Holford. A member of the British Association for Applied Nutritional and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Nutrition Therapy Council (NTC), Fleur is also a senior associate of The Royal Society of Medicine in London and a member of The Institute For Functional Medicine in the United States (www.functionalmedicine.org).
Category: Health, Nutrition, Family
Dr Tony Ortega is a first generation Cuban American gay man. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, life coach, and author who has been in practice since 1992, currently serving the LGBTQ population in his private practice located in Brooklyn, New York.
Tony (along with his teaching partner, John Davisi) is the co-creator of the movement, RawSexySpiritual: Spirituality for Gay Men (www.rawsexyspiritual.com). Tony combines cognitive behavioural techniques along with active coaching and metaphysical principles in his work with clients. Additionally, Tony provides spiritual life coaching for individuals seeking a different way to live. He works with his clients within these three principles: Rewrite Your Story, Find Your Voice, and Live Authentically.
Category: Self-Help, Relationships, Psychology, LGBTQ
Tessa Levy was born in the in the East End of London, as the youngest of six children in a Jewish family; Russian immigrants to England before the Second World War. Experiencing two life-changing traumas at a young age had a profound effect on Tessa. In 1939, escaping the hardships of war-torn London, her strict family upbringing, and seeking meaning in her life, she travels alone to America at the age of 17, grasping the opportunity of a life me and leaping into the unknown. Her American cousins take Tessa under their wings while she struggles with the palpable cultural differences and finds a huge appreciation of the glamour of New York – proving a stark contrast to the badly bombed East End of London. But as the seasons pass, the young girl sheds her puppy fat and English reserve, to blossom into a stunning young woman with an infectious passion for life, and an interest in the world of beautiful antiques. Finding her identity in America, and making a success of the unknown, she falls head over heels in love for the first time, with an unsuitable, but wonderfully romantic, non-Jewish boy. She ultimately must leave him, putting the expectations of her family before her own emotions.
Category: Fictional Memoir, Romance, Family
Kent-based Beverley Jarvis is the original domestic goddess, having written more than twenty-three cookbooks over the past forty-five years for leading publishers such as Headline, Octopus, Penguin and BBC Books, including the UK’s first microwave cookery book. Beverley originally trained in Croydon in the swinging sixties and was a presenter on BBC Pebble Mill at One at a time when microwave cookery was first introduced to home cooks. She is now a cookery teacher, regularly hosting ‘cook-ins’ from her beautiful home in Ashford, and continues to produce incredible cookbooks.
Category: Food, Cookery, Recipes
Julia Keys has a professional background in nursing, counselling and psychotherapy; her specialist subjects include dealing with relationships, mental health issues and eating disorders. Julia was a school counsellor for five years, helping 11 to 18-year-old girls with myriad concerns, many of which related to their parent’s relationship issues. Julia is skilled in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. She has also worked at a specialist woman’s centre where referrals came from all walks of life. Julia has lived most of her married life to TV presenter Richard Keys in the public eye and has dealt with many personal crises in the gaze of the newspapers and media. She knows all too well how hard it can be to present yourself externally to the world, while struggling immensely, internally. She also knows how frightening and lonely it can feel when you have been betrayed.
Category: Self-Help, Relationships, Marriage, Divorce, Infidelity
Jacqui is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. She has extensive experience in: safeguarding; patient safety; and as an advocate working in the NHS as a senior manager. In 2014, she became Deputy Chief Executive at the Patients Association, a high profile ‘patient voice’ charity.
Jacqui has dealt with many situations where the client’s personal relationship had been strained, broken down or challenged. That experience influenced the individual’s physical and mental wellbeing and ultimately, their recovery.
While working at the Patients Association, Jacqui acted as an advocate for people when things had gone wrong during a patient’s care. Many of those people did not know who to trust, which often resulted in high levels of stress, leading to serious health issues and crippling low self-esteem. Jacqui quickly realised that it doesn’t matter what status you have in society, if you feel alone and lack confidence, it can adversely affect the life decisions you make.
Jacqui has published reports into the failings of the health service and has written many patient stories. She is passionate about supporting women to be the best they can be and above all, to make sure they know where to turn for help. She wants women to talk about their experiences, support each other and to no longer suffer in silence. Jacqui is also aware of the devastating impact caring for relatives with dementia can have on relationships within a family and the strain it places on a marriage/partnership.
Category: Self-Help, Relationships, Marriage, Divorce, Infidelity
Lotte Moore is the best-selling author of Lotte’s War, which reached number one in the charts after its release on Remembrance Day 2016. Perhaps best known for her children's books, Lotte is looking forward to publishing her first novel, In The Fast Lane, under the Hashtag Press banner in May 2018. Lotte has written more than 25 published books but only started writing aged 70. Now aged 82, Lotte has written a story that will resonate with every parent who has struggled with juggling family life, parental responsibilities, work and career, children and a social life in today's fast-paced world.
Lotte dedicates her time, freely, every week, to read her stories to children in pre-schools and primary schools, and she’s always particularly busy around World Book Day (1st March). Having grown up during World War Two, she has seen and experienced a lot in life, and continues to build fictional characters and worlds that reflect what is happening right now...
As a child, Lotte lived in Kent with her parents who enjoyed entertaining, political debate and literary discussion with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, H E Bates, W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. She was often lonely and turned to writing (stories, diary, poems and letters) to express her feelings of isolation. In her early teens, her commitment turned to ballet, point shoes replaced the pen. She was selected by the Royal Ballet School to dance in the Opera Ballet. When rejected for growing ‘too tall’ Lotte turned to acting and intermittently to writing. She finally married aged 38 to her loyal husband Chris (who continues to support Lotte by typing out her hand-written stories). Lotte became immersed in her stepchildren and then her own two girls. When her daughters left home she describes “empty years” filled by illness and family problems, and she turned to writing once again.
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family, Relationships
The Lil' Author Skool is a not for profit organisation. It was founded in 2016 by London born children's/YA author A. Bello, who wrote her debut novel 'Emily Knight I am...' at aged 12! The Lil' Author Skool is passionate about encouraging young people to read and write and want to give them as many free and affordable opportunities. The Lil' Author Skool is part of The Author School (GB Entrepreneur Awards Finalists 2016) and help young writers aged 5-21 years old. The little BIG Book Competition started in 2016 and The Originals is their first book.
A. Bello is a 29-year-old author who was born and raised in London, where she still lives and works. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight - she fought monsters and dragons on a daily basis – and experienced her first taste of ‘being published’ after winning a school poetry competition at the age of 12. Seeing her words in print fuelled a passion for writing that remains to this day. A. Bello first began writing the Emily Knight saga shortly afterwards (still only 12 years old!) with the intention of filling the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist. This gap, nearly 18 years later, remains in the publishing world despite continued calls for more BAME background authors and diversity within characters and plotlines.
A. Bello is regularly called to talk at literary events and within the media, she has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.
Category: Short Stories, Young Writers, Fiction
Michael Hyams is at the centre of the mushroom world, based in Covent Garden Market, sourcing them, providing them to markets and restaurants, and sampling the results at home, in cafés and in the dishes of Michelin-starred chefs. A chef de partie, recipe developer and food stylist, Liz O’Keefe works regularly with Michael and holds supper clubs.
Category: Food, Cookery
Tracing her family back to 1369 through the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina is the youngest member of a large Anglo-Italian family of colourful gourmets. Educated in Italy, Valentina brought her qualifications for teaching and cooking from Rome to London in 1976, where she built up her reputation until the publication of the first of more than 30 award-winning cookery books in 1984 – Perfect Pasta.
Since 2001 Cucina Valentina has been offering culinary adventures in Italy and across Europe with Valentina at the helm.
Valentina is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, a tremendous raconteur, and passionate about sharing her food philosophy, techniques, stories, and experiences both with food and its intricate history, plus solid and unique kitchen techniques.
Also a regular face at food festivals in the UK, Valentina stills finds time to host bespoke cookery courses and undertake private catering commissions, plus various radio, TV, newspaper, and personal appearances, Valentina is as busy now as she has ever been.
As proud President of the London chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Valentina is actively committed to strengthening the position of professional women in the world of food, beverage and hospitality, and uses her wealth of experience to mentor young women who dream of a career within it. She also finds the time to contribute regularly to Reveal Italy’s website, sharing insights and recipes of the vast culinary delights of regional Italy.
Category: Food, Cookery, Italian
This is the first full-length novel by David Impey. He originally graduated in Chemistry and, afterwards, worked in high-tech industry either on the marketing/commercial side or in advertising.
David has helped write for campaigns with a heavy emphasis on demystifying supposedly obscure areas of science that affect everybody on a day-to-day basis and has won a number of awards for his work.
His first published work was an April Fool’s article in a yachting magazine and, since then, David has been a frequent columnist, contributor to industry journals and on-line blogs as well as setting up and editing some others. He also developed a TV series that finally saw the light of day in the US.
When he’s not writing, David is an avid musician, awful cricketer and lives near Oxford with his wife and insane dog.
Category: Mystery/Suspense/Conspiracy Thriller
Christian Darkin is the London-based author of the best-selling 'Act Normal' chapter books written with five to eight year olds in mind, and for older readers, his credits include two young adult novels: 'The Skull' (published by Bloomsbury) and a detective technothriller, '@thelogician'. Christian has also written six non-fiction books, two science documentaries, a Doctor Who spinoff film starring the sixth Doctor, and articles for dozens of magazines and most of the national newspapers. His illustration work can be found in hundreds of children's books but also in grown-up titles such as the scientific journal, Nature. Christian also works as an animator, recently creating an entire popular series for BBC's CBeebies as well as special effects for film and television. When not writing, or looking after his two sons, Christian can be found travelling around the country visiting schools and appearing at literary festivals. His eighth story, Act Normal and Don't Tell Anyone About the Present Machine, is his eagerly anticipated book released in time for the Christmas rush!
Category: Children's, Fiction, Humour, Science, Coding
Lotte Moore is the best-selling author of Lotte’s War, which reached number one in the charts after its release on Remembrance Day 2016. Lotte has written more than 25 published books but only started writing aged 70. Now aged 81, Lotte is looking forward to releasing her latest story book, School Scooter Fun, for children, inspired by the children (and sometimes the adults!) who zoom past her house in London every day heading to school.
Lotte dedicates her time, freely, every week, to read her stories to children in pre-schools and primary schools, and she’s particularly busy around World Book Day (1st March). She has travelled throughout the United Kingdom and her World War Two presentation plus rationing table (showing the children how little food was allocated per person during the War) are hugely popular with children and teachers.
Lotte Moore’s other illustrated children’s stories include The Invisible Elephant, The Dinosaur Who Ate A Piano and The Teaspoon Family. As a child, Lotte lived in Kent with her parents who enjoyed entertaining, political debate and literary discussion with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, H E Bates, W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. She was often lonely and turned to writing (stories, diary, poems and letters) to express her feelings of isolation. In her early teens her commitment turned to ballet, point shoes replaced the pen. She was selected by the Royal Ballet School to dance in the Opera Ballet. When rejected for growing ‘too tall’ Lotte turned to acting and intermittently to writing. She finally married aged 38 to her loyal husband Chris (who continues to support Lotte by typing out her hand-written stories). Lotte became immersed in her stepchildren and then her own two girls. When her daughters left home she describes “empty years” filled by illness and family problems, and she turned to writing once again.
Category: Children's Picture Book
For 14 years Edd Williams has helped people get jobs. He's worked with global corporations and tiny SMEs, he has spoken to CEOs and graduate trainees. He has found engineers in South Korea and nuclear scientists who speak French to work in Norway on contracts. He's spoken to literally thousands of people to understand what they are looking for in a job or what they are looking for in an employee. He's coached them through interviews, to actively listen, to mirror body language, to ask the right questions, to be confident but not arrogant, the right way to shake hands, how to close the deal. Edd has studied, edited and written over 100,000 CVs: 25-30 CVs a day, 260 days a year for over 14 years stacks up. So, when a teacher who's moved directly from university into teaching tells students how to write their CV or what an employer is looking for it makes him kind of angry. At best it's irresponsible at worst it's negligent.
Edd knows what's required to get a job in the current market and what employers actually need from their employees. What they value, look for, what excites and interests them, what makes a candidate stand out. By working backwards from an end point it's possible to set navigable goals to achieve the desired result. This is what he has been helping people with every day.
For the last three years Edd has also worked as an academic consultant, with students, holding workshops and seminars to explore their options, decision-making, personal statement writing, professional comportment, interviewing, networking, internships, work experience and using those experiences to identify career paths.
Category: School, Education, Careers, Personal Development
How can you pack for the journey of a lifetime? George Baxter has settled for a comfortable life, content as the years unfold predictably - until Win, his wife of twenty-six years, dies. With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business is at the heart of the village and all sorts pass through the doors, each person in search of their own little piece of history. When George meets local widow Sylvia Newsome, he imagines a different kind of future. But life has more revelations to offer him. Over the course of an English summer George uncovers some unexpected mysteries from his past, which could shape his tomorrows...
A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver, a bestselling author under a different name, is a life-affirming second novel about second chances at love.
Category: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Having moved around a lot as a Forces child, Anita Cassidy moved to London on graduating and worked in newspaper advertising sales and management for ten years before having her family. Interested in food and personal development, she wrote a weekly blog whilst raising her family before discovering NaNoWriMo in 2012. Appetite was first written in two consecutive Novembers and has since been edited and reshaped over the years. Fascinated by the intersection between ourselves and our social and cultural environment as well as neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, Anita loves to let these subjects inform her writing.
Anita is a writer, a relationship radical, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. She is also a lover of old books, new music and (mostly) clean food. Whilst she understands the limitations of labels, she separated from her husband in 2016 and identifies as bi-sexual, polyamorous and is engaged with the BDSM scene in London. Anita lives in London and Kent. Above all else, Anita is curious about everything: about life, about learning and about love.
Caroline Garnham is the leading expert in the world of trusts and succession for the super-rich. She was head of the City law firm Simmons & Simmons private client team for fifteen years, Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Taxation, nominated top 5 private client lawyers, proposed and drafted legislation for the Bahamas, which became law as The Executive Entity Act 2011 and pioneered an area of law Family Governance.
Her book for the Super Rich is not about law, tax or trusts, it is about human beings who happen to be rich. With money comes the burden of responsibility; what to invest in, who and how to make donations; charity or children, and how and on what to spend it. Most people think of money in terms of winning the lottery, paying off the mortgage and preparing for old age or misadventure – but what do you if you have too much money?
Caroline has also written another book, Winning Business From Private Clients, about how to win new clients – if the target market does not want to be contacted. Caroline spotted a gap in business training relating to how to win business and build trusted relationships with the Super-Rich…
Category: Personal Finance, Finance, Law, Business
Ex-Special Forces, John-Paul Jordan is an author and recovery consultant. His first book is a self-help guide inspired by his own incredible experiences – How To Stop Taking Drugs in 30 Days: A Simple and Daring Plan – launched in September 2017 as an eBook. His passion project, however, is his memoir that is currently in the final stages of editing: Joys of War.
John-Paul is a former Legionnaire with the French Foreign Legion, after which he joined the British armed forces, serving in operations in Afghanistan where he awarded for his actions in combat. Following his military service, John-Paul worked for international media organisation in warzones clandestinely moving journalists in and out of some of the world most dangerous hotspots, before heading up logistics for a mining company in Afghanistan and training local forces.
His personal injuries from war took their toll with the effects of physical injury and non-visible injuries, PTSD. As part of his own recovery he wrote about his experience to share his story with others and liberate himself from the stigma of PTSD and mental health issues – or what he terms non-visible injuries … because that’s what they are: an injury to be treated like any other.
He has met some incredible people from all walks of life – veterans and non-veterans alike – and one thing he is sure of is that you don’t have to have been to war to be at war. John-Paul’s mission is to help veterans and non-veterans alike to find their way to freedom. To start the conversation. Remove the stigma and live in the solution not the problem. More recently he has been working closely with the charity Mind, including advising on the set of a national television programme, sharing his experiences of injuries from war.
Category: Recovery, Addiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Drugs
Theo Michaels’ cooking first gained recognition when he wowed the judges on Masterchef in 2014. Theo is now a sought-after pop-up chef, and has appeared regularly on television and radio – including repeat visits to ITV This Morning with Microwave Mug Meals (his other bestselling book!).
Theo was born in London (a while ago), lived in America for five years and has eaten his way around most of the planet with a backpack. He is now married with three children and no way will his wife backpack again. After reaching the semi-finals for Masterchef 2014, Theo quit his city job of 15 years to follow his passion and work fulltime in ‘food’. He's never looked back.
Theo is now an accomplished private chef (currently booked six months in advance), runs a successful pop-up restaurant with more than 700 on the waiting list and is known for cooking ‘elegant village food’ inspired by the flavours of Cyprus and his travels. Theo has appeared on ITV's This Morning, BBC Breakfast News, Sky TV, The Food Network, is a regular on BBC 3CR Weekend Kitchen show and is regularly spotted cooking at food festivals.
In Theo’s words he has full Greek blood but is born and (mostly) bred in the UK. Theo’s inspiration for food varies from his roots, his travels to cooking for his family and his love of anything cooked over charcoal.
Category: Recipes, Family, Cookery
In 1998, at the age of 20, Clarissa Foster lost her mum (44) to ovarian cancer. During Clarissa's final year studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Human Biology at Nottingham Trent University, she became aware that harmful mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes mean that a woman's lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer is greatly increased.
Over the years, she had discussed with various GPs the possibility of being tested for a BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation as she suspected her mum might have carried a harmful mutation. However, Clarissa was not eligible for testing under the current National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as there has only been one relative with cancer within my family. She took the decision to pay privately for the testing around the age of 40, as it is at this age that an increase in the numbers of these cancers is seen. However, in 2012, aged 34, Clarissa was told she had a 50:50 chance of being a carrier as her sister had paid for testing and was found to carry a harmful BRCA2 mutation. Clarissa's GP referred her to a Geneticist and the blood test was done in the first meeting. Four weeks later, in March 2013, Clarissa was found to also carry a harmful BRCA2 gene mutation. She was given statistics such as a 45-85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and 10-30% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.
Finding out she carried this harmful mutation was tough, but she had considered this possibility since her teenage years and had time to prepare herself. Also, being a Human Biologist helped her to approach her journey in a logical manner and aided her understanding of the scientific literature.
A few weeks after finding out she was a carrier, Angelina Jolie bravely shared with the world her decision to undergo a risk-reducing mastectomy, due to a mutation in her BRCA1 gene.
After many appointments and expert opinions, Clarissa underwent a risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes) which resulted in a surgically-induced menopause.
Three months later, in February 2014, she underwent a bilateral, nipple-sparing mastectomy, with immediate reconstruction with implants and two weeks after surgery, her surgeon advised she start HRT.
Clarissa Foster is a qualified Human Biology teacher at FE level and an experienced writer for the pharmaceutical industry. She is also a health blogger and an 'expert patient' in relation to the BRCA mutation. To produce Understanding BRCA Clarissa worked with Consultant Gynaecological Oncolgist, Alasdair Drake and Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Michael Taylor. Clarissa lives in Middlesex with her husband and two children.
Category: Health, Medicine, Cancer, Oncology,
Zena is an international executive coach, with a rare cocktail of entrepreneurial, headhunting, organisational psychology and coaching experience. She started and ran her own recruitment business and became fascinated with why some of her candidates were more motivated, confident and successful than others. To figure that out, she sold her business, completed a Masters in Career Management and Counselling and undertook further post-graduate coaching training. She now helps ambitious people to achieve career goals they didn’t know they had, or were capable of until they worked with her. Brought up in Ireland, Zena coaches people from many different cultures and backgrounds, from actors to actuaries and mum returners to MBAs, coaching on the Executive MBA programme at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Zena has a wealth of experience and a respected reputation amongst recruiters and headhunters, who send candidates to her to be ‘Zenafied.’ Her recruitment business recruited other recruiters – so not only was she a recruiter - she was a recruiter’s recruiter. This gave her unique inside knowledge of how recruitment consultants evaluate CVs and why some candidates make it through filtering processes and others don’t. She comes from the sharpest end of the recruitment business and demystifies the black arts of this industry. Her dissertation provided unique insights into how recruiters, HR professional and employers evaluate the personal statements on CVs and she draws on this in her first book, Mind Flip. Zena is a regular media contributor on career and workplace issues (BBC London: Careers Agony Aunt with Jeni Barnett; LBC; BBC 5 Live; BBC Berkshire; Sky News; Radio 4 Today Programme; BBC One Breakfast; The Guardian; The Financial Times; High50; Cosmopolitan; and Vice). She is passionate about raising the confidence and ambition of people at work and is a popular, inspirational speaker at conferences and events. Zena is a non-executive director and trustee of Quo Vadis Trust, a social housing charity that supports people with mental ill health. Zena lives in London.
Category: Careers, Recruitment, Job Interviews, Promotion, Business, Non-Fiction, Lifestyle
Andy’s interest in Israel was sparked by an article in the Observer newspaper in August 1963 which said anyone could volunteer to take part in a massive archaeological dig at Masada, Herod’s fortress-palace by the Dead Sea. Andy went out for a fortnight, and has been back six times since, in 1975, 1990, 1996, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
Having a German Jewish father and a Christian mother, and having studied history at Oxford, his interest in the Holy Land came naturally. His Christian faith led equally naturally to study of the Bible, particularly the links between the Old Testament and the New Testament. He read theology at Durham University and in 1984 was ordained as deacon then priest in the Church of England. He spent 31 years in parishes in south London, and co-led a parish pilgrimage to Israel in 1996.
Since retiring in 2015 he has become engrossed in writing. In April 2017 he published “Bible in Brief”, a six month exploration of the Bible with an accompanying website www.bibleinbrief.org; “Discovering Psalms as Prayer”, drawing on his experience in South India; and “The Book of Job for Public Performance”, with a foreword by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. He is developing another book about his former parish in south London.
He has an innate curiosity which loves questions rather than quick answers and values journeying over arrival. Come and explore Jerusalem with him!
Category: Religion, Non-Fiction, Christianity, Travel
For over 35 years, Laurence Mitchell has travelled the world in his quest to become a world authority in Antiques specialising in Meissen Porcelain. His encyclopaedic knowledge is the result of myriad visits to leading museums worldwide, with highlights including opening the Kathy Gilmeister Collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacremento and filming the priceless Meissen displayed at the Ceil Higgins Art Gallery in Bedford. Laurence has been a consultant to HSBC High Net Worth Insurance Underwriting and is the Author of The Meissen Collector’s Catalogue, 2004.
Laurence was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum in 2002 and set out to find out as much as possible about mentoring and autism. In 2008, he attended the National Autistic Society’s Conference, Research Autism’s Symposium in London, and the College of Psychiatrists’ conference on Aspergers in York. Laurence has travelled to the US, attended the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR), the leading conference for autism research in Chicago and Philadelphia, where he was guided by the world's leading scientists on myriad aspects of Autism.
At this point Laurence decided to devote all his energy to the creation of www.lifewithoutlabels.co.uk, a supportive online resource. More recently, Laurence has been a speaker at the Autism Show in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Laurence is now collaborating with the charity www.artistic-uk.org who are responsible for painting the beautiful Aspie and Me book cover and all future commissions.
Category: Psychological Thriller, Fiction, Health & Lifestyle
Susan Scott lives in Surrey with her family and travels the world on business. She is a business psychologist, nutritional therapist, trainer, consultant and coach, as well as a public speaker and an author. Susan is a Fellow and Member of many professional organisations, runs two successful companies and has years of experience developing and running consulting and training programmes for private and public sector companies in the UK, across Europe, in the USA and Australasia on change, leadership and wellbeing as well as providing personal coaching support for individuals. Susan is also privileged to have been Chair of the International Stress Management Association.
Susan Scott says: "Inside every one of us is potential but this crazy, highly pressured world can often make it hard to achieve success. I see my role as inspiring and energising people to do just that. My strongest core values are PASSION, KNOWLEDGE and HEALTH. I bring a highly energised, knowledgeable and blended mind-body approach to my work. I’m practical and realistic but I’m also, and very importantly, business focused. I’ve worked with so many companies – I get business – I’m certainly not a stuffy psychologist!"
Category: Self Help, Stress Management, Wellbeing, Careers, Nutrition, Health & Lifestyle
Ewan Briscoe is a father and grandfather, but his impact on families and young people extends way further than his family network. Ewan is dedicated to the advancement of young children in his community, for which he has been awarded the Metropolitan Police Commendation Award. His services are sought after for self-defence courses on a wide level, by sports and TV personalities, and business men and women for motivational speaking and mentoring. He is soon to begin working alongside the Metropolitan Police to utilise his self-defence and mentoring expertise to redirect young offenders towards a positive lifestyle – teaching them to be masters of themselves – not victims of their circumstance.
Category: Personal Development, Martial Arts, Health & Fitness, Parenting
An established Hampshire-based journalist and author, John Leete turned to the subject of modern History for light relief and became hooked. He is best known as the author of the highly acclaimed book The New Forest At War. John has written miles of words on many subjects every year as a freelance, including contributing to various history magazines, and still manages to produce the occasional book. John is part of the team behind Homefronthistory.com, a voluntary and not-for-profit UK social enterprise that is a much-loved resource for historians, educators, the media, museums, and everyone interested in WW2. John is a renal transplant patient and wrote his original New Forest title to help him through dialysis and transplantation. Thankfully, he got well again and hooked on writing books.
Category: History, Wartime, Local History
Christine Ingall was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Initially, she trained to be a teacher and was awarded a B.Ed. from Manchester University. She worked as a civil servant for 35 years, most recently in the development and implementation of policy and programmes, to support the unemployed and unskilled. Christine never expected to live a single, solo occupant life for more than 30 years, or that it could be so much fun and pass so quickly. Now retired, she lives ‘a charmed life’ in Leamington Spa, and actively pursues her interest in the theatre through her membership of The Criterion Theatre in Coventry, where she also teaches drama, and her love of singing through her membership of a local branch of The Rock Choir. She is thrilled to have actually finished and published a book at last, and pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be a work of non-fiction.
Category: Self Help, Health, Family, Lifestyle, Divorce, Retirement Planning, Ageing, Bereavement
Bob Ryan ARPS FRSA is an international educator who has spent many years exploring the way we make decisions and judgements. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Gloucestershire and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Manchester Business School. Bob is passionate about different forms of photography and has developed robust methods of learning how to both create great images and how to assess them. John Fishback, Director of Education Services for the Photographic Society of America, commented that Bob is “in the top 10% of imaging analysts”.
Category: Photography, Hobbies, Art
J Merrill Forrest lives in Wiltshire with her Greek husband and crossbreed dog. They also spend time at their home in Greece, and while Jane is not a psychic or medium herself, she is fascinated by this world and has many friends who are. Flight of the Kingfisher was borne from the loss of her brother, at just 30, in 1984. After his death, Jane began to notice strange happenings in her house, and a work colleague suggested she visited a medium, and the rest is history…
Following the immense success of Flight of the Kingfisher, The Waiting Gate was snapped up by publisher Hashtag Press. While the book is eagerly anticipated by fans of Flight of the Kingfisher, The Waiting Gate powerfully stands up as a story worth reading in its own right (although be prepared to want to read all of J Merrill Forrest's books once you've enjoyed one!)
Category: Fiction, Women's Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal
With a love of writing and a joy of working with children as an early years educator of over 15 years, Stacey Turner was inspired to create a book to help settle her eldest daughter into nursery during a very difficult transitioning time. Stacey is well placed to create such a book with all her years of teaching experience settling other children, so as soon as she recognised her daughter needed support, she put pen to paper and the result is what we see before us today in the hope it will help and support other children and parents. Stacey’s very nurturing approach stems from a deeper understanding of the early years and how important it is to meet social and emotional needs of our children. Originally from Melbourne, Stacey lives in London with her husband and daughters. The book series, My Tiny Book, was born in June 2012 and Stacey continues to write and develop other stories which help children through various tricky stages. The stories are often inspired by her own daughters and can usually be found at the art table in her kitchen creating with her girls.
Category: Children's picture book, Family, Parenting
Tony Weekes is coming at the world of the NHS and mental health care from a different perspective. He is not a professional in the field of mental health, but he has for many years witnessed the mental suffering of close family members. He is dedicated to trying to ease their suffering, trying and sometimes failing to surmount the problems caused by the current care system's serious lack of funding and the resulting lack of cohesion.
Tony grew up in East London, the son of a consultant surgeon and a nurse. Following his education to degree level, he has worked in sales, administration and office management in an extremely busy business environment. The combination of his upbringing, life and work experience has helped him see the good in every situation with a problem-solving mindset.
The pain and suffering he has witnessed family members go through has, at times, been overwhelming. For several years he has devoted all his energy, enthusiasm and determination into generating solutions for the problems they have faced. The result of this devotion is Tony's vision of how the stigma of mental health problems can be dismantled, how effective ongoing treatment can be made accessible and how socio-economic empowerment for sufferers can be provided.
"The biggest lesson I have learnt is that the role of the family in securing treatment for someone suffering mental ill health is second only to the acknowledgement of the person suffering," explains Tony.
Unity is a not-for-profit company seeking to revolutionise mental health care in the United Kingdom through education, recognition and intervention. The NHS is a world leader, Unity will also make mental health care here world-renowned.
Category: Mental Health, Campaigning, Healthcare, Family, Health, Society
Helen Matthews is the author of debut novel ‘After Leaving the Village’, winner of the Winchester Writers’ Festival prize for opening pages of a novel. Born in Cardiff, she read English at the University of Liverpool. After travelling, she worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management but fled corporate life to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.
Helen has been awarded prizes for short stories and published in the literary journal Artificium. As a freelancer, she writes content for websites and business magazines and has, in the past, been published in The Guardian and had columns broadcast on BBC radio.
She is married with two grown-up children and lives in Hampshire.
Category: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Ann McCracken is an author, a scientist, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and was the Vice President of the International Stress Management Association. Her work for ISMA has seen her organise National Stress Awareness Day for a number of years, present at conferences in the UK and India, and her work continues with the association in the form of training and workshops.
Category: Self Help, Stress Management, Health, Lifestyle
Martin Caswell grew up in the coastal village of Boscastle in Cornwall. Aged 23, he went to London to train with British School of Motoring (BSM) to become a qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor. The plan, back in August 1974, was to teach for a couple of years. One of the schools he worked for was a 'Driver Education Centre' that had an off-road circuit to teach under-17s car control so by the time they reached 17 they had great car control. We also used to teach skid-control to motor-racing students from the Brands Hatch Motor Racing Stables, IAM groups, London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police, and even anti-hijack techniques to the American Embassy staff. This involved reversing onto a skid-pan at high speed and spinning the car around 180 degrees then speeding off in the opposite direction. He also used to race saloon cars (Shellsport Ford Escort Mexicos) at Brands Hatch too. Martin moved to Belfast in the late 1970s and taught there for around 18 months. Then returned to BSM Kensington High Street, London and started his own driving school 'Acclaim Motor School' in 1981. Within two years he had four cars on the road covering the London area. When he met his wife he moved out of London and moved his driving school to Berkshire. The rest, as they say, is history!
Category: Learning to Drive, Education, Motoring
Glenn Armstrong is also known as The Millionaire Maker, who is a multi-millionaire himself. He decided from an early age that the run-of-the-mill 9-5 was not for him and left a job in rocket science (honestly) to set up his own video rental empire. This set him on his way to becoming a millionaire aged 29. He then lost it all, but learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. Glenn is now in his 50s and is a property multi-millionaire, mentor, teacher and advisor. He has more than 60 developments in the UK at any given time and has written a book to share his secrets to success, a recipe that has helped him achieve his dreams. While property is his passion, teaching is his true love. Glenn regularly runs masterclasses and courses to help others become successful by following his specific advice, learning from the mistakes he's made as well as the right moves.
Category: Business, Entrepreneur, Property, Investment, Personal Finance
Alero Ayida-Otobo describes herself as a Transformation Strategist with invaluable understanding of sector-wide reforms in Africa. Her close friends call her "the Original Reformer". She is passionate about reforming educational and health systems and transforming individuals and institutions. A graduate of Oxford University, Bartlett School of Architecture and Town Planning, University of London and the London Business School, Alero's purpose is to "create wealth in Africa through the development of Human Potential". In the summer of 2016, Alero decided to segue into writing. During a sabbatical in California, she completed her first book "Reformers Arise", published by Panoma Press in June 2017.
Category: Society, Leadership, Reform, Politics, Africa
BCR Fegan is an Australian author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.
Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books
As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.
Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.
Category: Children's picture book, Fairytale
Christian Darkin is the London-based author of the best-selling 'Act Normal' chapter books written with five to eight year olds in mind, and for older readers, his credits include two young adult novels: 'The Skull' (published by Bloomsbury) and a detective technothriller, '@thelogician'. Christian has also written six non-fiction books, two science documentaries, a Doctor Who spinoff film starring the sixth Doctor, and articles for dozens of magazines and most of the national newspapers. His illustration work can be found in hundreds of children's books but also in grown-up titles such as the scientific journal, Nature. Christian also works as an animator, recently creating an entire popular series for BBC's CBeebies as well as special effects for film and television.
Category: Children's Fiction
Multi-award winning international speaker, author and transformation mindset coach, Dr Ava Eagle Brown is in a class of her own. Ava’s powerful story of her journey from poverty and abuse to fleeing Jamaica and establishing a new life in the United Kingdom is told in her two autobiographical books, Bamboo and Fern and The Mango Girl. Her story is being optioned into a Hollywood feature film. She was nominated as a finalist in the Women 4 Africa (Author) and Diva of Colour awards (Author) in 2015 for her work. Ava is determined to help others tell their story - her 'Get your Book Out Of Your Gut' program has helped many write their inspiring life stories. Her journey has also inspired the creation of the popular Awakening your Life’s Purpose, Skyrocket your Self-Esteem and Leap into Significance programs which offer new insights and mind blowing calls to action to help people to conquer some of life’s biggest issues. Her passion for caring for the types of communities that she left remains strong. She writes a column for a Caribbean magazine and contributes to The Jamaican Gleaner, Be Magazine published in West Africa and The Children Hope Newspaper. Her articles have been featured The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Voice Online.
Category: Biography, Inspiration
Karen Braysher lives in Sussex and runs a successful hairdressing business. The process of writing – with the help of a ghostwriter – her life story had a much bigger impact on her than she ever thought possible. For the first time, Karen read the official documents (school, social care, council, medical) detailing the extreme violence she suffered at home, proving what her mother and two elder siblings continue to deny to this day. Sharing her life story is a brave move, but it’s also cathartic; an outpouring of a life tarnished by confusion regarding her sexuality, bipolar and dyslexia which were undiagnosed until well into her adulthood, failed education, physical and emotional abuse by her parents, abortions and suicide attempts. Yet, Karen is still standing, stronger than ever, and more aware now than ever before about who she is and where she has come from. Her story offers captivating insight into life in the 1970s and 1980s when thalidomide babies were hidden away in care centres, when there was little awareness of mental health and a lack of understanding and regulation regarding childhood abuse. This is a story for survivors.
Category: Biography, Social & Health, Mental Health
Emily Knight is back! A. Bello’s eagerly anticipated second book in the Emily Knight series is due for release in September 2017, following rave reviews for the debut novel – first published in 2012. The series is written for 10 to 15 year olds with a female black protagonist who isn’t poor, or from the ghetto, or struggling…she’s rich, she’s famous, she’s talented, and she’s finding out who she really is and facing her fears as a warrior.
Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It's the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all.
Category: Children's/YA, Fantasy Fiction
Stephanie Nimmo is a London-based writer, mother, music-lover, carer, widow, bereaved parent, runner and all-round plate spinner. She's still trying to have a life, despite life's unexpected twists and turns. Steph started writing about her life caring for her youngest daughter who had a rare genetic condition as a way of documenting what was happening but also in order to share an insight into a world and a life that she previously knew nothing about. The blog grew and grew in popularity and is now read by tens of thousands of people around the world: www.wasthisintheplan.co.uk. As her family’s life became more and more complicated Stephanie's blog was not only therapeutic, but it also helped educate a wider audience on the realities of life caring not only for a complex child but a terminally ill husband.
Stephanie Nimmo's experiences have shown her to possess an incredible resilience she never knew she had, it has shaped her and she believes that we are all shaped by what happens to us. "We can’t choose our life’s path, much as we try, the unexpected will always happen, but it’s how we respond to it that makes the difference. I decided to write my book after my husband passed away as I not only wanted to share our story but also share that we should take nothing for granted in life. I really have had to seize the day and I hope that my book will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and how they choose to respond to what happens to them."
Category: Memoir, Family, Health, Bereavement, Parenting
Susan Scott is a business psychologist, nutritional therapist, trainer, consultant and coach, as well as a public speaker and an author. Susan believes that everyone - Young Professionals in particular - deserve to work in ways that foster their resilience, performance and careers. She is a Fellow and Member of many professional organisations, runs two successful companies and has years of experience developing and running consulting and training programmes for private and public sector companies in the UK, across Europe, in the USA and Australasia on change, leadership and wellbeing as well as providing personal coaching support for individuals. Susan is also privileged to have been Chair of the International Stress Management Association. However, what seems like an accomplished career has had more than its fair share of blips along the way, including a complete derailment only five years in. Despite these blips, Susan has managed to accomplish a lot because behind everything she does, Susan is brimming over with a passion to constantly learn with a strong desire to create work places that allow people to thrive and succeed – she believes everyone in the workplace should be allowed that opportunity.
Inside every one of us is potential but this crazy, highly pressured world can often make it hard to achieve success – Susan's role is to inspire and energise people to do just that.
Susan brings a highly energised, knowledgeable and blended mind-body approach to her work. She's practical and realistic but also, and very importantly, business focused. She has worked with so many companies – she gets business – and is certainly not a stuffy psychologist disjointed from the world of business.
Category: Careers, Professional Development, Psychology
Andrew Osborne Roland was born in 1945. His father was a doctor and agnostic Jew. His mother was a Quaker and politically active, particularly supporting African independence. Baptised at the age of 8, Andrew was active in church throughout his teenage years. He studied Modern History at Merton College, Oxford and developed an adult Christian faith there. After a spell teaching history and R.E. he studied for the Diploma in Personnel Management and became a Personnel Officer (now Human Resources), principally at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College. While living at Earls Court Andrew shared in a remarkable spiritual revival at St Jude’s, which included helping at a late night evangelistic coffee bar, the One Way Inn, for 18 months. He spent two years in a large charismatic community, Post Green, and soon after trained for the Anglican ministry at the University of Durham, where he obtained a degree in Theology. He then spent three years as curate in Streatham and six years in charge of a church in Kingston on Thames. Andrew was then vicar of All Saints, Hackbridge & Beddington Corner for 21 years until he retired in 2015. While there the community centre was totally refurbished, and the church upgraded with a toilet and kitchenette. He also introduced a monthly prayer using the music of Taize, a monthly supper and Bible discussion, a monthly men’s breakfast, and an all-age service that works incredibly well. Andrew now lives in Earls Court once more, worshipping locally and enjoying all the benefits of South Kensington including St Augustine’s Church, Cine Lumiere, The V & A Museum (for writing), the Goethe Institut, Royal College of Music and the Proms!
Category: Religion, Christianity, Spirituality, Drama
On 16th July until 6th August 2017, the world is set to go football-crazy! The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Finals will take place in the Netherlands, and as a self-confessed sports fanatic, Wendy Temple’s new novel, Defensive Mindset, is to be released just before this important football championship kicks off. Wendy played hockey and volleyball competitively in Scotland, and now plays five-a-side football for leisure – a passion that has translated into her latest romantic fiction novel.
A passionate Scot, Wendy grew up in East Edinburgh. As a child it was her dream to live on the historic Royal Mile, which she did for a number of years before returning to the seaside a few years ago. With an academic background in Community Education; Healthcare and Physical Education, Wendy is a passionate advocate of keeping access to further education and healthcare free for all, and PE lessons accessible to all schoolchildren.
Category: Romance, Fiction, Women's Football, LGBT
Andrea Bramhall wrote her first novel at the age of six and three-quarters. It was seven pages long and held together with a pink ribbon. Her Gran still has it in the attic. Since then she has progressed a little bit and now has a number of published works held together with glue, not ribbons, an Alice B. Lavender certificate, and a Lambda Literary award cluttering up her book shelves.
She studied music and all things arty at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2002 with a BA in contemporary arts. She is certain it will prove useful someday…maybe.
When she isn’t busy running a campsite in the Lake District, Bramhall can be found hunched over her laptop scribbling down the stories that won’t let her sleep. She also loves reading, walking the dogs up mountains while taking a few thousand photos, scuba diving while taking a few thousand photos, swimming, kayaking, playing the saxophone, or cycling.
Category: Mystery, LGBT
This is Chris Stringman's first book. His subject is gambling. He's not a teacher writing about teaching. Instead, he's a teacher writing about gambling. What credentials does he have for this polemic role? Well, in effect, he became a professional gambler for five years; he devoted more of his attention to it than to the day job. By professional he means that it was his de facto profession although he admits he wasn’t any good at it! There are many delusional gamblers out there just like he was. Win Lose Repeat offers discussion and explanation of gambling options: financial spreadbetting (his choice), poker, casinos, bookies, bingo, the lottery, amusement arcades and modern-day fruit machines. Both online and on the high street. Chris looks at how and why we gamble...and how to stop gambling. This is a memoir as much as anything - his life from the age of 11 to the day he gave up gambling for good. This is a book for gamblers and their families - they need to understand who they are and what they are doing and why. They need this book to help them recognise their own behaviour, realise how they are manipulated, containing suggestions about how to change.
Category: Biography, Health, Addiction, Gambling, Internet
Lee Winter has worked as a newspaper journalist in almost every state in Australia for the past 28 years. In that time she has covered everything from courts, police, news, television, features, been a humor columnist and sub-editor, and of late, a newspaper glossy magazine’s deputy editor. She has won national awards for her writing and was three times an Australian state Sub-Editor of The Year for her clever headlines. When her newspaper was sold and laid off most of the staff in November 2016, she made the decision to test the waters as a full-time writer. Prior to that she has written two books for Ylva, the Goldie-winning, Lambda finalist The Red Files, a newspaper-based mystery; and the Australian underworld crime noir Requiem For Immortals, also a Lambda finalist (finalist in Lesbian Myster category winners will be announced in New York in June 2017). . When the idea of a superheroes collection came up, Lee jumped at the chance to write a novella (Shattered) about a disaffected superheroine on the run and the woman sent to track her down. This blew out to an almost-novel at just under 70,000 words!
Category: Lesbian, Fantasy
Tola Okogwu is a British blogger and founder of the hair and beauty blog, My Long Hair Journey (MLHJ). Tola holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has written for several beauty publications including Black Beauty and Hair Magazine.
Through her blog, and wider writing, she is an active participant and voice in the natural hair movement and seeks to inspire, educate and empower young girls of colour to take ownership of who they are and everything that makes them unique.
Tola is passionate about parenthood, the role of fathers. and strongly believes that there should be a big boost in the resources for parents that are available freely and widely. An avid reader, Tola enjoys spending time with her family and friends around her home in Kent where she lives with her husband and daughter.
'Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists' is Tola’s first children’s picture book and was inspired by the relationship between her husband and daughter. It is the first in a series of books, which are designed to challenge some of the perceptions and preconceptions of skin and hair colour, relationships between fathers and their children, bullying, friendships, relationships and grief.
Category: Children's Books > Fiction
Kieran O’Connor brings together two ends of a spectrum; the precision of a chartered design engineer and the fluidity of a martial arts and fitness expert. Several pivotal moments in his life led him to blending western science and eastern wisdom. In his later years, his curiosity about the workings of the mind/body connection took him to all corners of the earth. His journey began with a desire to escape the discomfort, confusion and frustration of working harder only to feel like he was going backwards despite all his best efforts.
As he stripped back his thinking to the most basic concepts and principles that linked both east and west, the simple effectiveness of leverage became more apparent. As he ‘learned how to learn’ Kieran experienced a fundamental shift in his mindset and found his life changing, he was enjoying each day to the full more frequently. It’s not about learning anything new; it’s more about remembering what we already intuitively know when we align our mindset with our true inner nature. Kieran lives in Falkirk, Scotland.
Category: Self Improvement, Psychology, Hypnosis, Business
As one of Britain’s top comediennes, Angie has successfully harnessed the power of laughter to create inspiring and thought provoking productions. From stage to radio to TV to the written page Angie is a proven hit with a multicultural audience – male, female, young and old alike. She is equally at home with quick-fire comedy, acutely observed character sketches and solid acting performances.
Angie’s TV appearances include the BBC’s The Real McCoy, ITV’s Loose Women and Channel 4’s Get Up, Stand Up, and she has also presented The Saturday Morning Show on Choice FM. Angie also created the all-women panel TV show Ladies Talk on Vox Africa Network.
As a sought after keynote speaker Angie has graced the stage locally, nationally and internationally with schools, colleges and universities, business platforms, churches. An international mix of companies including UNESCO, America, Barclay Bank, Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch have been inspired by her words, wit and wisdom.
As an entrepreneur, Angie’s aim is to inspire others to achieve against the odds and for two and a half years she ran the Angie Le Mar School of Expression fuelled by the desire to show young people, not just showbusiness, but the business behind it.
‘Straight to Audience Productions’ was founded in 2001 to build on Angie’s reputation as a performer and writer and also on her expertise in direction, production and marketing, to serve the growing international market for vibrant, top quality entertainment.
Angie is a Mum of three in her early 50s and lives in London with her husband.
Category: Self-Help, Showbusiness, Autobiography
Sarah Mathilde Callaway lives in fair Verona, the city perhaps best know for inspiring the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Sarah spends her days taking care of the Lamberti Tower in Verona, the iconic 12th century monument that overlooks the northern Italian city and is the third most visited attraction (after Juliet’s House and the Verona Arena). And she spends her evenings immersed in her passion for writing.
Her love of storytelling and writing began at the age of just 13, when she would draft her own versions of English, Russian and French literature on an old typewriter. She has a degree in writing and, in Italy, is affectionately known as the ‘Writer in the City of Love’.
Sarah adores writing romance, pen in hand and heart afire, while watching the wind ruffling the treetops surrounded by people living out their own love stories in the city that inspired the world’s greatest ever love story. Sarah is in an unusual position: she is one of very few Italian indie authors to have her book, The Tulip Garden, translated into English and released internationally. She has also written historical and contemporary novels in Italian – so there are plenty more novels ready for translation! Sarah is a member of EWWA (European Writing Women Association) and a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America).
Category: Romantic fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Italy
Natalie Savvides is married to a wonderful man and lives in South West London with their two children under four. She works from home, mostly writing and being a Mum, and has written diaries since the age of 13, documenting almost every thought, feeling and experience since then. Natalie is a self-confessed ‘observer and contemplator of life’. Her ultimate goal has always been to find true love and harmony. She has strived for what she calls ‘perfection’ for many years believing it to be the key to happiness. This has often been incredibly draining, even debilitating, but time taught her that perfection is neither the answer, nor entirely possible.
Natalie is regularly called upon for advice both within her own network in London but also further afield via her social media platform and blog, and now specialises in supporting women and teenage girls in their pursuit of happiness. “I don’t judge and I believe that the way I have lived my life until now, and what I have learnt, put me in a credible position to write the book and to help people live a happy, fulfilling life”.
Category: Memoir, Biography, Self-Help, Women's Interest
Leading international lesbian fiction publisher Ylva Publishing has signed British agency Literally PR Ltd (LitPR) to support the launch of myriad titles due for release in 2017. Ylva Publishing, based near Frankfurt in Germany, is globally renowned as a publisher of quality women’s literature with a focus on lesbian fiction. The company works with authors from around the world and at the end of 2016 opened a new imprint, Queer Pack, that gives a home to the amazing stories that struggle to find a platform, be they about characters who are trans, non-binary, genderfluid, asexual, pansexual, bisexual — the list goes on!
Ylva is a woman-owned, women-run publisher, directed and founded by Astrid Ohletz, that seeks out stories about strong female characters who are lesbian or bisexual. The company, founded in 2011, publishes romance and erotica, mystery, paranormal, YA and historical fiction. Lesbian fiction is defined as novels with lesbian or bisexual women as the main character(s) and it is a fast growing publishing genre that holds strong appeal beyond gender and sexuality boundaries.
Category: Lesbian Fiction
Adam Strong is a corporate productivity authority, entrepreneur, athlete, coach, speaker and trainer. Regularly called upon by the press for editorial comment and commissions, he has featured in the BBC, The Guardian, People Management, HR Grapevine and Global Woman magazines. Adam is also a regular on the inspirational speaking circuit and enjoys speaking at business events and conferences. He creates and implements bespoke productivity enhancement programmes for businesses that want to see increased profitability, more engaged employees and a healthier workforce.
His clients know him for using his experience as a former elite athlete to create high performing work cultures. Adam’s clients can expect their businesses to be more productive and profitable, and to fulfill employees' potential both in their professional and personal lives.
Adam loves helping people, it’s in his DNA, and his mission is to solve the productivity crisis that affects not just businesses but entire economies.
Adam lives in Windsor, Berkshire. His passions include travel, scuba diving, sport, and anything to do with the sea plus ‐ most important of all ‐ spending time with his children.
Category: Business, Management, Leadership, Health
Paul Thomas lives and breathes cheese…he makes cheese, judges cheese, teaches cheesemaking, works as a cheese inspector and is now the author of a cheesemaking book! As head cheesemaker at Lyburn Farm (Salisbury), Paul Thomas created award-winning new cheeses, before setting up Thimble Cheesemakers in 2013 with his wife, Hannah Roche, to produce the soft raw-milk cheeses Little Anne and Dorothy. Paul also provides technical support to many cheese manufacturers all over Europe, and runs popular cheesemaking courses at the School of Artisan Food in Nottingham and the River Cottage Cookery School. Paul graduated with a Biochemistry degree from the University of Dundee in 1999. He’s worked closely with the technical committee of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association and has written widely on the science and history of cheesemaking. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Paul lives in the New Forest in Hampshire but travels widely as part of his job.
Category: Food, Cooking, Cheese & Dairy
Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing - he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 - they've never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline.
Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a 'normal' holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today.
Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It's a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!
When he's not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking.
As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
In 1993, Tal Araim opened a Hawaiian restaurant and successfully ran it for 20 years. Observing his clients taught him a great deal about couples. Something did not sit well. Most seemed to have far more fun with others than with each other. Valentine’s Day was a depressing display of boredom and censorship of thought. Tal was determined this would not happen to him.
He was married in 1999 out of what he thought was real love. The confidence in love lasting the test of time was short lived. Tal fell in love in 2009 and realised that what he had with his wife is what society considers love. It was a comfortable illusion and what’s more, the vast majority of couples around them were going through the same situation.
The affair lasted two years; it hurt Tal, his wife, their daughters, the woman with whom he had the affair, her husband and our extended families. What was shocking to most of their friends was the fact that they were an unhappy couple. What was shocking to Tal was that it lasted two years without either spouse noticing. Can two people really live such separate lives mentally where as long as the chores and functions are being executed, the rest is irrelevant?
On the face of it, they were the ideal couple. Their interactions were full of humour, affection, respect and understanding. However, it lacked nudity of thought. They edited their minds in order to minimise potential friction, something that is not only commonplace, but sadly it is highly encouraged. Depression followed after the end of the affair. To get out of depression, questions needed to be answered and so the research began.
After 30 years which included many relationships, a marriage, two children, an affair, a near divorce, clinical depression, drugs, alcohol, therapy, recovery, and research, Tal decided to channel these experiences and knowledge into giving seminars, taking part in countless debates, creating the first Compass4Couples Centre and, finally, in writing a book.
"The Coupledom Trap is my gift to my daughters so that, hopefully, they will one day live in a world that discourages lovelessness and encourages honesty and love." - Tal Araim
Category: Self-Help, Relationships, Love, Marriage, Dating
Talita Ferreira is an entrepreneur, business owner and experienced executive who has chosen to step away from her career in corporate business to establish the UK’s first Academy of Authentic Change. She has written her first book to share her experiences of working with thousands of leaders and teams in multiple industries during her business life and to reveal her insights and learning from these encounters. Talita worked as a Chief Financial Officer, Chartered Director, Chartered Accountant and Consultant within globally established brands such as BMW, KPMG and Investec Bank and also has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce Law (Cum Laude) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She was nominated for the Business Leader of the Year 2016 awards, for the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK. She is married and lives in Hampshire with her husband and eight-year-old daughter.
Category: Self-development, Business, Personal Growth
Some are born with silver spoons in their mouths. Michael Forester was born with a pen in his hand. Of course, it was immediately pinched by his big brother who put it on a shelf too high for him to reach. He got his own back though. He nicked his brother’s abacus and hid behind the sofa with it. By the time he was 30 he was finally tall enough to reach the shelf, and took down the pen. This induced a bout of split personality disorder in which he oscillated between pillaging the stock market and writing books teaching others how to make incalculably vast sums of money (one was called Going for Growth and the other, How to Make More Profit). Unfortunately, they didn’t make incalculably vast sums of money themselves…
The millennium year saw a complete volte-face in which he determined to devote his life to poetry, fiction and life writing. The first result was If It Wasn’t For That Dog, about his first year with his beloved hearing dog, Matt. (Michael has been severely deafened from the age of 30). Short stories followed on subjects ranging from goblins and dryads to inter-racial love in a racist age, marital breakdown to bureaucracy, nursery rhymes to Alzheimer’s disease. Not far behind came poetry from haiku to epic fantasy poems and New Age mind-body-spirit writings on subjects as diverse as self-worth and the nature of physical death. Now at the venerable age of 60 (deep respect, master, deep respect) Michael divides his time between Tenerife and the UK. He numbers dryads and angels amongst his closet friends. His children look on aghast as he squanders their inheritance on such profligacies as A4 printing paper and laser toner cartridges.They need have no concern. He plans to leave them the pen.
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories
James Mellor is a freelance writer and cartoonist. James launched James Mellor Creative in 2012 to help people turn their ideas into usable, engaging and memorable content. The business is built around his three areas of expertise – research, writing and cartoon illustration – deployed either independently or in combination. In these areas, he has worked with large institutions, SMEs, startups and individuals to get their unique messages across in print, online and via social media.
Those who follow @jamesdfmellor on Twitter will be aware that historical figures and events often creep into his cartoon commentaries of the day’s events and his illustrations are popular with teachers as resources for history lessons. There are rumours that his pictures are popular with their students too.
A History graduate from the University of York, James has always possessed a passion for the past. Drawn From History is James’ first book and has allowed him to fully deploy his professional cartooning ability in his favourite setting, viewing Britain’s past with a sharp, sideways slant.
James lives in Rushden with his wife Rachel and a small, sociopathic cat.
Category: Humour, History, Cartoon
Gia Campari, David Glassman, Michael Jeans, Patrick McHugh, David Peregrine-Jones, David Shannon and Benjamin Taylor bring combined experience from across a wide range of business sectors to solve your professional problems! The 99 Essential Business Questions will provide you with the answers you're looking for - but it only contains questions and scenarios, ideas and strategies. This is not a straightforward question and answer book. The right questions, and your answers, provide you with the insight to take the right decisions and act in a way that goes beyond the blatantly obvious.
The book came about as a result of conversations at the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, a livery company of the City of London. The seven authors are seasoned management consultants with collective experience of more than 200 years of professional practice. The book grew from their desire to capture their experiences of insightful questioning and package it in a way that is accessible and informative, helpful and practical for practising managers today.
Category: Business, Leadership, Management
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. has had a long, successful career that has been fuelled by two professional passions: psychoanalysis and holistic health. As a psychoanalyst, she has authored eight books including The Dark Side of Love. She has hosted her own television talk show and featured on countless American talk shows to voice her expert opinion.
Jane explored her passion for holistic health when she founded and directed three holistic spa/wellness centers, including La Casa Spa and Wellness Center, the oldest wellness center in NYC.
And when working with cancer patients as an oncological psychologist, Dr. Goldberg has combined her psychoanalytic work with her passion for holistic health. She has worked with a wide range of cancer patients who have achieved dramatic and statistic defying results, through commitment to sound principles of health as well as an interest in the exploration of their mental, emotional and psychological states.
Dr. Goldberg is a prolific blogger, writing on her own blog, Musings From 20th Street, as well as writing for Huffington Post, GreenMedInfo, TheTruthAboutCancer, NaturalNews, HealthNutNews, and Epoch Times.
Category: Memoir, psychology
Tola Okogwu is a British blogger and founder of the hair blog, My Long Hair Journey (MLHJ). With a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, she has written for several beauty publications, including Black Beauty and Hair Magazine. Tola is an active participant and voice in the natural hair movement and seeks to inspire, educate and empower young girls of colour to take ownership of who they are and everything that makes them unique. Tola is passionate about parenthood and strongly believes that resources for parents should be freely and widely available. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Kent with her husband and daughter and seems to spend a large part of her day trying to find words that rhyme. 'Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists' is Tola’s first children’s picture book and was inspired by the relationship between her husband and daughter. This is the first in a series of books challenges our perceptions of skin and hair colour, relationships between fathers and their children, bullying, friendships, relationships and grief.
Category: Pre-school, Children, Picture Book
Born in London, England, Sienna moved to the States with her parents aged five. Now aged 39, she lives in Texas and is a mother of two. Since early childhood, she’s learned to balance different cultures and influences, and this is apparent within her stories. Her love of reading started at a very young age with “Beezus and Ramona.” By the time she entered high school, a girlfriend introduced her to Bertrice Small and Jude Deveraux (much to the horror of the nuns at her Catholic school), and an avid romance reader was born. Writing was her childhood aspiration, but Sienna’s loving parents encouraged her to seek a ‘real job’. So, she placed her secret passion on hold and went on to receive two Bachelor’s degrees and two Masters. After a successful career as a management consultant and following the completion of her husband’s medical degree, she became a stay at home mum and rekindled her passion for story writing. Sienna has a deep-rooted love for travel and planning vacations years in advance. Her goal is to visit all seven continents in the next 10 years. When she is not writing, travelling, or reading, she spends her time with her husband and two children. Sienna writes sexy romance, some with a lot of heat and spice and others with a dashing of fantasy. Her characters represent strong women of different cultures and backgrounds, who seek love through unique circumstances.
Category: Romantic Fiction, Erotic Fiction
George Edmunds is a bit of a polymath with an eclectic career. He has an Engineering background, was a design draughtsman, sales manager and later on owned his own business. A large portion of his career was spent as a diving instructor, a wreck diver, and a underwater detector. He has dived a number of high profile locations including Blackbeard’s ship ‘Queen Ann’s Revenge’.
The first of George’s books was published in 1979. Called ‘The Gower Coast’ it was spread over three editions and was a nonfiction book that collected history created from shipwreck research. His second was called ‘KIDD the search for his treasure’ and was released in 1996. It was recognised as the definitive work on the Scottish pirate and ignores the mythology and hearsay to tell the complete and true story.
As well as his insightful books George appeared on ITV’s ‘Find a Fortune’ in 2000 where he discussed Kidd’s charts and the chance of anyone finding his fabled treasure. He appeared on the history channel, Yesterday, in The Hunt for Pirate Treasure’ during 2012 and is set to join a cruise to lecturing on the search for treasure in 2017.
George lives with his partner, Julia, in Weymouth.
Category: Non-Fiction, Mystery
Originally trained as an illustrator and designer at Saint Martins School of Art and Middlesex University, KS Turner turned to fiction when she saw the limitless possibilities of connectivity that fiction offered.
Before her shift in career she worked as a fashion designer for major high-street brands, a graphic designer for musicians, and a product designer for corporations as well as dabbling with designing technology, sustainable energy, and textiles.
A vivid series of dreams were the inspiration for the Chronicles of Fate and Choice books. Kate initially tried illustrating her dreams, but found the medium too limiting for the story she had seen, so began writing. At first she didn’t have any intention of writing novels, but the books soon started to come together into a three-piece set.
Category: Fantasy epic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Fiction
George Wallace, The eBay Guy, comes from Fife in Scotland. George joined the Royal Air Force after being kicked out of school at 15 without sitting any of his exams. George now boasts an Honours Degree in Electricity and Electronics and is a Chartered Engineer by day and eBay entrepreneur by night.
George Wallace is one of many people who earns a decent living online, from home, alongside his day job. He is known as ‘The eBay Guy’ because he has successfully mastered the process of generating income by buying, selling and sourcing on eBay. George has customers around the world, ranks as one of the top sellers in the UK out of 210,000 other eBay business accounts, and has almost 25,000 positive feedbacks to his name. He regularly shares his secrets at conferences and events, and has written four books on the subject. The latest, ‘How to earn £50,000 a year part-time’, was published by Filament Publishing in spring 2016 and is inspiring a new generation of fledgling eBay entrepreneurs.
In the UK there were just 800,000 people working at home in 2005. By 2015 this had grown to 4,218,699! Work Wise estimates that a further 1.8 million people would like to work from home – which is where George Wallace steps in!
Category: Entrepreneur, Sales & Marketing, Digital Lifestyle
For more than a decade Mary was a ward sister in a London teaching hospital before she had her first child. Each of Mary’s children had health problems but learning about food intolerance and modifying their diets made a huge difference, and sparked a career-changing interest in how eating patterns can affect health.
During her practice as a registered food intolerance specialist Mary has developed a special interest in child behaviour problems, especially hyperactivity and disability. In the mid 1990s Mary started work as a food intolerance specialist by buying a franchise in a UK-wide food intolerance testing business.
Mary developed the skills to use the new technology her business relied on and gradually became an expert, amassing experience that allowed her to give increasing detailed and accurate advice. Eventually Mary sold her franchise, and she now works for herself, is reliant on word of mouth recommendations of her clients. She is constantly busy and booked out weeks in advance. From a 'fad' to one of the most talked about areas of health, Mary has survived the constant changes and attention given to food intolerances, and has a lot to talk about!
Her mode of work means she has time to follow up with clients to find out what improvement they have experienced. The data she has amassed has become an invaluable, original and unique resource, linking foods to symptoms, and the expertise she gained from it is displayed in detail in her book.
Elevation Book Publishing currently have three books by Lonz Cook in their catalogue and are looking for new clients.
A life long lover of all things legal Simon Michael was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1978. Since then he has spent many years prosecuting and defending criminal cases and in doing so has dealt with a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy.
He is an avid story teller, and has been all his life. In 1989 he published his first novel and after a further 25 years’ legal experience he now has sufficient plots based on real cases for another dozen legal thrillers. The Brief was the first in a series of Charles Holborne adventures.
Simon still practises law countrywide but now works only part-time. He lives with his wife and youngest child in Bedfordshire and is a founder member of the Ampthill Literary Festival.
Adam Jukes is one of the world's leading clinical researchers on men's abuse of women. He is the co-ordinator of The Men’s Centre in London, an organisation whose primary concern is to stop men from abusing women and children. Adam is the author of titles including Why Men Hate Women, Men Who Batter Women, and Is There A Cure For Masculinity? He has also published widely in academic journals and teaches on many forensic psychotherapy training programmes. He is regularly asked to provide expert comment at conferences and in the media regarding men’s violence and abusiveness to women and children.
Category: Relationship psychology, Psychology of success and failure
Elyssa Campbell-Barr has been writing about childcare and education for more than 15 years. She was editor of Who Minds?, the National Childminding Association magazine, from 1999–2006, and editor of The Teacher magazine from 2006–2014. She has written about childcare and early education for many other organisations and publications, including Ofsted, Sure Start, Nursery World, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey), and NetMums. As the working mother of a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, she has very recent and relevant experience of the book’s topics.
Category: Parenting, Education, Family
Caroline Jones is the powerhouse behind the headline-hitting, homespun fundraising campaign, Knickers Model's Own. Heartbroken but determined after the loss of her Mum, Caroline chose to focus on Cancer Research UK following her Mum’s many years of dedication as a volunteer at their local shop.
Caroline regularly speaks publicly about fundraising and motivation. She is married with three children and lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
“Determination won the day,” says Caroline. “There were many days when negative thoughts would creep in and I thought I couldn't see the challenge through. Family, friends and the support of Cancer Research UK got me through as well as my own motivation, which I have only just discovered about myself!”
Category: Fashion, Photography, Lifestyle, Charity
Emmanuel Gobillot has been described as ‘the first leadership guru for the digital generation’ and ‘the freshest voice in leadership today’. He has worked with organisations ranging from Astra Zeneca and Zurich Financial Services to Google and The United Nations.
Emmanuel is the founder of a boutique consultancy dedicated to leadership and collaboration. Prior to starting his own firm, he was Director of FMCG Consulting and Director of Leadership Services at HayGroup.
For over 15 years, he has delivered results based on his mantra: ‘there must be a better way and together we will find it’. Now he divides his time between researching and writing as well as speaking and consulting with some of the most successful international companies.
Emmanuel has written a number of books including Kogan Page’s UK and US bestsellers ‘The Connected Leader’, ‘Leadershift’ and ‘Follow The Leader’. For his new title he has teamed up with Urbane Publications to publish ‘Disciplined Collaboration - four steps to collaborative success’ in 2016.
A French National, Emmanuel moved to the UK in 1985. He holds an International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic, a Master of Arts with Honours from St Andrews University and a Diploma in Management Science from the Nottingham Trent University.
Category: Non-Fiction, Leadership, Management
Laurie Marsh is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs but you’ve never heard of him until now. Here for the first time is the incredible tale of one of the world’s leading philanthropists; from the streets of Lambeth to glamour of LA, it’s a compelling true story of rags to riches, and sharing those riches with others. Laurie has developed and operated hotels, theatres in London and New York, a 150 screen cinema chain, film production, produced over 75 films and founded an international distribution company. He sold the conglomerate business in 1997 and then embarked on multi-million pound philanthropic ventures which are ongoing to this day. Laurie, now aged 86, lives with his wife in London.
Category: Memoir, Business
AK Michaels is an indie author success story who only came to writing later in life after a career in the finance industry. Despite only writing for just over two and a half years she has almost 30 books under her belt and recently gained New York Times bestseller status - appealing to the huge demand in the US and UK for paranormal romantic fiction. AK Michaels, who lives in Scotland, says: "I love writing with paranormal beings as it lets my imagination go wherever it wants with no constraints of mere humans".
Category: Paranormal romance
Kent-based Kathy Carter is an experienced writer and published author. She is Mum to a young son and when he was an infant she used baby signing including British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL), as well as simplified signing languages, to bridge the gap between speechlessness and communication. Kathy has written two further children’s fiction titles for Sirenia Books, due for release in 2016.
Illustrator Maureen Carter, sharing the same surname but not a relation to Kathy, is a widely-published illustrator and artist, renowned for her exquisite watercolour creations. Maureen studied illustration at the Cambridge College of Art, now Ruskin Anglia University. She teaches art for the Adult Education Service and organises her own painting and illustrating workshops locally in Kent.
Category: Children's Book, Illustrated Book
Amanda Minaker was born and raised in Waverly, New York. Despite fantastic teachers and decent grades, she spurned higher education and completed her GED.
Amanda needed to take a journey to find herself. She moved to Elk Rapids, Michigan in 1997.
Life altered immeasurably once she enrolled in her first college class at Northwestern Michigan College. She never looked back. She now holds a Master of Education from Lesley University and is currently completing a Master of Art, English/Creative Writing. Amanda completed a BFA in Photography from Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art) and loves to learn.
Mrs Minaker teaches her students to love learning and most of all, to love reading. In November of 2013, she completed her first novel, Nora Waite, and went on to be a Winner of the National Novel Writing Month 2013 Challenge.
Amanda, her husband and their three girls and a menagerie of pets live on their self-proclaimed suburban mini-farm outside Boston. She is currently working on a follow-up novel.
Born in a small village in Northamptonshire Ann Bennett read Law at Girton College, Cambridge and the College of Law in London, qualified and practised as a solicitor.
Ann worked in the city until she got married in 1990 and started to work in Legal Aid firms until her first son was born in 1992.
Ann has written passionately all her life and has finished numerous short stories and three full-length novels that have never seen the light of day.
In 2011 she became a keen contributor to YouWriteOn (a peer review site for writers) and receiving feedback from other writers helped her finish The Pomelo Tree, the book that eventually became Bamboo Heart
Ann’s father had inspired her interest in South East Asia during WWII. He had been a prisoner of war on the Thailand Burma Railway, and the idea for Bamboo Heart and a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy came from researching his wartime experiences. The research took Ann to Asia, and she has returned to many times since. She now lives in Farnham, Surrey with her husband and three sons. She works in London as a lawyer.
Naomi Richards is known as The Kids Coach. She provides coaching for children on issues such as self-esteem and confidence building.
Naomi was the first life coach for children in the UK and has been coaching since 2004. She works extensively in the UK as well as coaching internationally, running unique workshops for children in schools, writing about the world of children and parenting in the press and gives motivational talks.
Naomi is the Author of ’The Parent’s Toolkit’ published by Random House in 2012 and has been recognised as a Remarkable Woman in an initiative backed by Nokia.
Julia Hague has helped Naomi bring this remarkable book to market. She is a lifelong writer who relocated to Cornwall last year to concentrate on her writing after a career of working in schools.
After being picked on at school and college Julia knows what it’s like to battle against low self esteem and so this book is her attempt to give people a toolbox to help support themselves. In her own words “If I can help just one child to feel different or to cope, or to stop bullying others themselves, then my job is done.”
Category: Parental, Children self-help
Bianca is an accomplished business woman, award-winning entrepreneur, workshop facilitator and public speaker. Tenacious and ambitious, Bianca’s business skills put her firmly on the map in 2014 when she took the runner-up prize on the BBC television series, The Apprentice. The hugely popular show, in which candidates compete in front of millions of viewers each week to go into business partnership with multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Sugar, was a fabulous platform for Bianca Miller, which she has continued to build upon. The show’s final aired to 7.4 million UK viewers. Two years prior to The Apprentice, Bianca founded The Be Group, a hugely successful enterprise built on the premise that everyone should have access to services that advance their career development and build their personal brand. In November 2015, and without Alan Sugar’s investment, she launched Bianca Miller London, a revolutionary new hosiery concept changing the way retailers position ‘nude’ tights for women of all colours. With interest from major national retailers and extensive media coverage of the launch, the business is set for success in 2016.
Category: Business, Personal Branding, Style, Careers, Entrepreneur, Women
Lotte Moore is an 80-year-old writer on a mission. Her myriad children’s stories (including The Invisible Elephant, The Dinosaur Who Ate A Piano and The Teaspoon Family) are enjoyed by primary school boys and girls around the country, particularly when they get a visit from Lotte, during which she inspires the children with her readings, and wartime stories of rationing and bombings. Lotte has written and published more than 16 books and new releases, including her autobiography Snippets of a Lifetime (due for re-release in early 2016). Despite writing stories since her childhood, Lotte only blossomed as a writer in her 70s. She was born into a literary family. Her father, John Pudney, wrote poetry (including the popular WW2 poem ‘For Johnny’), novels and biographies. Her grandfather, Sir Alan Herbert, was a prolific writer, satirist and librettist.
Category: Children's Books, Novels, Short Stories, Poems, Autobiography
Derrick Errol Evans, better know as Mr Motivator, is a Jamaican-born British exercise instructor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s through appearances on the UK breakfast television show GMTV, where he dressed in tight, colourful spandex outfits. He released a number of fitness and workout videos in the 1990s.
In addition to his media, motivational and fitness work, Evans and his family own and operate H'Evans Scent, an ecotourism resort, and PaintSplat, Jamaica's first paintball operation. Mr Motivator appeared at 2010 Bestival on the Isle of Wight as a special guest on the main stage. Evans returned to GMTV in 2009 as part of their new keep-fit campaign. This led to Evans meeting the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in promotion of the NHS Change4Life campaign.
Currently Mr Motivator lives in Jamaica, and travels all over the globe coaching individuals and groups to make the world a fitter, healthier place.
Category: Autobiography, Celebrity, Motivation, Fitness
Jackie Mannell is a working mother of two sons, with an extraordinary tale to tell. Her life is laid bare in her book - My Journey To Self-Healing - for two reasons: she hopes her life experiences will resonate with everyone to understand that their biography becomes their biology and she also wants to inspire people to take control of their emotional and physical wellbeing, as she did. Since healing her heart naturally, she has become an ETF Master Practitioner, a Meta- Health Consultant and continues her work as an Energy Therapist.
Jackie works to help people become empowered, to see their confidence soar and their self-worth return and, when she's able, reduce physical symptoms in quite a dramatic way during her Energy therapy.
Jackie readily admits she's a work in progress, continually learning and embracing whatever life gives to her and she lives with an infectious passion. Nutrition, meditation/visualisation and gentle exercise keep her in good health and she feels, approaching 50 years old, renewed, re-energised, younger, healthier and happier than she's ever been.
Category: Memoir, Self-Help, Alternative Health
Originally educated in the USA, Oxford and London, Simon Hardman Lea now lives and works in Suffolk, UK and his other job is as a hospital based eye surgeon: www.shleyesurgeon.com. The Sins of Soldiers is a captivating tale of love, loss and the First World War. It will particularly appeal to those interested in the period and the human impact that occurred as a result of war.
Category: Historic Fiction, First World War
Robert Vallier comes from a distinguished musical family and spent much of his life in music management. He created the Into Space! series of lectures and books (which he published) for his close friend the late Sir Patrick Moore. Robert raised three children as a single parent and holds a private pilot’s licence. He shares his love of flying by taking disabled or unwell children and their parents on charity flights. Robert also supported a convoy 51⁄2 tons of books to schools in South Africa as catalogued working libraries. After a recent operation that went wrong Robert was left with permanent, severe backache. He lives in Sussex, England but plans to relocate to LA in 2016. Spider 2-3 is his first novel.
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Action
Jamie Crawley is a natural academic. He studied Philosophy and Economics at Oxford which is where he developed his interest for the belief structures that encompass peoples lives.
Jamie has continued to studying history and religion for 40 years when he has not been working on understanding human behaviour for marketing. During his career Jamie spent 20 years heading up his own company as well as developing Boost bars for Cadbury, Dettox for Reckitt and Colman and Solo paint for Crown.
Jamie gave up work to write and move to China to support his wife. He speaks Chinese, Greek and French.
Before arriving at Winteringham Fields in 2005, Colin enjoyed a well-travelled, eclectic career including spells at the two-Michelin starred Domaines Haut de Loire in France and as banqueting manager for the UAE royal family. Self-taught and passionate about sourcing locally, Colin’s career has gone from strength to strength. He’s a regular face on the television circuit, including his stellar achievements on the Great British Menu in both 2012 and 2014. Colin and his wife Bex have three daughters, one of whom was born just a few days after taking over Winteringham Fields. Earlier this year, Colin opened the Hope & Anchor in North Lincolnshire with a strong focus on seasonal, local, delicious meals in a family-friendly, welcoming pub environment.
Jane Biran was born in London but was evacuated as an infant to north-east Lancashire. She was educated at a local grammar school before studying at Liverpool University and then London School of Economics.
Jane has had a number of different careers including trainee fashion buyer, and time in public relations, journalism and as a professional fundraiser for various international charities.
She has three children from her first marriage and currently lives in Jerusalem with her second husband, Israel’s former Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. Since retiring, Jane has concentrated on writing fiction while continuing to work in a voluntary capacity for a number of cultural institutions.
Triskele Books has published 17 titles, and will launch four more on November 28th at their annual Christmas celebration in London. The four books are (first two are historical fiction, the second two are crime fiction):
1. The Better of Two Men by JD Smith
2. Blood Rose Angel by Liza Perrat
3. Human Rites by JJ Marsh
4. False Lights by Gillian Hamer
Triskele Books is an author collective with the motto: going it alone, together. Their ethos is to combine top quality writing, professional presentation alongside a strong sense of time and place. There are currently five members across three countries and two time zones. Triskele Books represents the third way of publishing: indie speed, freedom plus big house standards. While supporting each other they support and cultivate other writers via the Indie Author Fair and collaboration at various other networking events.
The idea for JJ Marsh's crime series was born out of a desire to write an intelligent crime novel in which there were more roles for women than ‘dead prostitute’. The decision to self-publish was triggered by two things: an agent turning her down because her work was ‘too cerebral’, and the death of her grandmother. She’d always been a huge champion of JJ's writing but didn’t live to see her book published. However, she left a little money in her will which JJ used to put her first book out there. She would have approved.
Category: Fiction, Crime
Liza was born in Tasmania but mainly grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years.
When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for over twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator for a company in Lyon, and as a novelist.
Since completing a creative writing course, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France.
Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel Series. The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013, and the third, Blood Rose Angel, will be published in November, 2015.
She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse.
Category: French Historical Fiction
Catriona Troth was born in Scotland and grew up largely in Canada (apart from one year when she spent 14 months travelling to 14 countries with her parents, accompanied by 14 pieces of luggage). At 17, she came back to the UK for a year, and ended up staying.
She studied applied maths at Warwick University, and after more than twenty years spent writing technical reports at work and fiction on the commuter train, made the shift into freelance writing. She now writes a regular column for Words with Jam literary magazine, researches and writes articles for the website Quakers in the World and reviews books for Book Muse UK.
She is very proud to be a member of the Triskele Books author collective. As part of the collective, she has organised two Indie Author Fairs – pop-up bookshops that allow indie authors to interact directly with readers. The first was at the Chorleywood Literary Festival in 2014, the second was at Foyles in London and was part of the Indie Author Fringe Festival of the London Book Fair.
Her writing explores themes of identity and childhood memory – something which grew out of her own early sense of dislocation. Travelling such a lot as a child – she went to ten different schools on three continents – she was something of a foreigner wherever she lived.
She has now lived in the Chilterns longer than she has ever lived in anywhere, a fact that still comes as a surprise.
Category: Contemporary fiction & YA fiction
Born in the industrial Midlands, Gillian's heart has always yearned for the wilds of North Wales and the pull of the ocean. A Company Director for twenty years, she has written obsessively for over a decade, predominantly in the crime genre. She has completed six full length novels and numerous short stories.
After completing a creative writing course, she decided to take her writing to the next level and sought representation. Three literary agents later, she changed direction and founded Triskele Books with JJ Marsh and has now self-published successfully through their author collective. She is a columnist for Words with Jam literary magazine, a regular theatre goer and avid reader across genres.
She splits her time between Birmingham and a remote cottage on Anglesey where she finds her inspiration and takes long walks on deserted beaches with her Jack Russell, Maysie.
Books to date – The Charter (2012) Closure (2013) Complicit (2013)
Crimson Shore (2014) False Lights (2015) – Book 1 & 2 The Gold Detectives Series
Category: Crime fiction
JD Smith has been a writer and researcher focusing on the life of Zenobia for more than 10 years. JD has written and published four novels, the first of which (Tristan and Iseult) became one of four finalists for the Historical Novel Society Book of the Year Award 2015. She is also an avid fan of historical film, television, books and pretty much anything that is from the past. JD is also an award-winning book cover designer. She loves books, both the physical and the words contained within. "I'd like to think it was no surprise that I ended up immersing myself in the world of book design rather than marketing materials for corporate companies, but in many ways it was. I am the editor of the writers’ ezine Words with JAM and the readers’ review site Bookmuse."
Category: Historical Fiction
Emily Benet is a half-Spanish half-Welsh writer who now lives in Mallorca. She has always had a huge passion for writing that originally was expressed through blogs but this turned to book writing when Salt Publishing noticed her blogs and commissioned her first book, Shop Girl Diaries.
After the success of SGD Emily was picked up by Harper Collins, who published her rom-com The Temp and will publish her third book, #PleaseRetweet.
When she’s not writing Emily uses the experience she built up running a blog to run social media workshops, as well as speaking at literary festivals and lecturing at universities.
Emily writes for See Mallorca and Her guidebook Blogging for Beginners is available online.
Liam has lived all over the world, enjoyed many careers and called a lot of countries his home. He left his native Germany to study in the USA, returning to Germany briefly before leaving for art school in Switzerland. He then became a SCUBA instructor in the Maldives, which led to working in Belgium on the world’s largest water show. He then lived in Macau, Hong-Kong, Canada before returning to Zurich, where he now lives.
Liam was propelled on his near constant travels by his quest to understand himself, the world around him and the cultures that he interacted with along the way. And now…? Well now, he says: “I am dreaming of becoming a full-time author one of these days. I am dreaming of giving TED talks and other talks in the future, of sharing my positive outlook on life without being patronising, know-it-all, political, or esoteric. Maybe I can even make a very, very tiny bit of difference in a few people’s life.”
Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author, award-winning TEDx speaker and acclaimed story performer of Chinese-Malaysian heritage, now living in London. Her first novel The Flame Tree topped the Malaysian bestseller charts and was closely followed by Mindgame, possibly the first - and only - Malaysian lesbian thriller (both published by Hodder & Stoughton, now re-issued by Monsoon). She is the co-author of International Communications Strategy, which was nominated for the FT Goldman Sachs Book Award. Her TEDx talk Rebel Heart: How Small Acts of Rebellion Can Create Powerful Change was described as “electrifying” and “one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event”.
Bridget Hargreave’s first son was born in 2009 and she developed postnatal depression almost immediately after. It happened again after her second son was born in 2011, despite her best efforts to stop it in its tracks.Bridget was lucky to be quickly diagnosed, and supported through medical and therapeutic means, as well as by the help of friends and family. But the situation left her feeling that there could - and should - be so much more help made available for people in her position.
Whilst pregnant with her second child, Bridget started to write about how she was feeling. She continued writing, sporadically, up until 2015 when she was contracted to write a full length book for Free Association Books.
When she isn’t writing and researching for her next book, Bridget Hargreave is a freelance communications consultant specialising in working with charities. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons.
Category: Memoir, Health, Family
Wendy is already well known as a singer, composer and librettist, having performed in venues all over the world. She is the composer and lyricist of the musicals Scheherezade and Goddesses, has fronted Jazz bands in Honolulu, Kauai and Seattle, and accompanied Charles Aznavour in jazz clubs in Sydney and Hawaii. Now she has written her first magical novel which will be published on September 1st by Linen Press and which has already attracted rave reviews.
Prior to discovering a passion for composition for musical theatre, Wendy performed as a cabaret artist in Sydney, London, India, Hong Kong, Israel, Spain and Greece. She has a passion for traveling and in exotic places she explores her own spiritual nature, later translating her quest into lyrics and music.
Unique in the field of musical theatre, Wendy composed the score and wrote the lyrics and the book of Scheherezade. Wendy is the only woman in the world to have achieved this. The Music Man was also created entirely by one person, but that one person was a man. The world of musical theatre has been a man's world ... until now!
This is the career Wendy gave up after doing a three year creative writing course in Seattle. “Writing opened up a Pandora’s Box of opportunities that singing and acting didn’t offer. I can express myself in my own words - not Cole Porter’s - and finding the right words has become a calling.”
Catch The Moon, Mary is Wendy’s debut novel which Linen Press instantly pulled out of the slush pile, beguiled by it’ page-turning plot and the lyrical, soaring prose.
Wendy Waters lives in Mount Tambourine, Queensland, Australia. She has one daughter.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
Dr Paul Ballman has a huge wealth of experience in coaching and consulting with some of the most senior leaders in the business world. He studied at LSE before completing his doctorate in psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London.
In 1998 he co-founded The Development Alliance and went on to join YSC the same year. In the 17 years that he worked at YSC he set up their online business, opened the Sydney office, oversaw the development of the Asia Pacific region and eventually assumed responsibility for all 17 global offices, becoming co-CEO in 2013. Throughout this time he acted as an assessor, coach and consultant to the top levels of a range of clients in different sectors including Financial Services, FMCG, Retail, Pharmaceuticals and Mining.
In 2015 Paul decided to leave YSC and return to telecommunications, where he first started and became Head of Leadership Development with Vodafone UK.
Deborah Jay has always loved travelling, meeting people from different walks of life and backgrounds, learning languages and history. After fifteen years as a lawyer, when her practice took her to France, Italy and Russia, Deborah took an MA in Technical and Specialised Translation in Portuguese, French and Italian, working as a reader for the William Heinemann imprint of Random House for three years. Thereafter, Deborah taught A-level history at the Royal School, Hampstead and immersed herself in the Napoleonic period. She recently obtained an MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction from the University of East Anglia. Deborah has written various specialist legal guides, and has always been an avid writer, mostly of short stories, which friends have enjoyed, but which she never sought to publish. Deborah adores reading, and her discovery, while pregnant, of Marie-Louise inspired her to embark on a new career as an author: "I have loved every moment of a project which has allowed me to indulge all my passions!"
Category: Historical, Dramatised Biography
A British ex-pat now living in Australia (he admits he opted for Sydney for its sunshine and cricket), AJ Roberts was 30 when he wrote 42 Days and secured an agent and publishing interest at the time but the time (and offer) didn’t feel right. He pulled out and left the book to languish for almost a decade. Now, thanks to the evolution of the publishing industry, he’s now able to close this chapter – and publish the book in an honest, authentic manner true to his heart – enabling him to move on to his next story.
AJ has always been paid to write; in 2002 he was a jobbing freelancer with copywriting contracts that always took precedence over his hopes to write a novel. When AJ’s third child was born three months prematurely, and died six weeks later, AJ found the motivation to write.
Category: Fictionalised Memoir, Contemporary Fiction
Charlie Maclean is like the many young Londoners toiling the 9-5 with their fair share of rocky emotional and financial life experiences. These experiences inform this gritty, sexy, romance that will keep you stimulated and entertained, while leaving you with that ‘slightly altered feeling’ your favourite books bestow upon you. Unforgettable’s irresistible premise and high concept combined with its universal themes of love, loss, fate and ultimately redemption, make it an addictive read. It will appeal to all of us questioning our mortality, the corporate treadmill, whether love at first sight exists and if there’s just one soul mate for each of us...
Category: Literary Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Aideen grew up in Birmingham in a Catholic family with two older sisters and a younger brother, all raised by loving Irish parents. Her childhood was idyllic and full of opportunities but when it came to going to school Aideen realised just how many of these opportunities had been fought for, tooth and nail, by her parents. Her Cerebral Palsy meant a mainstream education didn’t come easily but her parents’ conviction and her natural academic ability lead her through primary and secondary school in mainstream education and finally into a gown and mortar board at her University graduation.
After leaving University, and a few false starts, Aideen met her future husband, established herself as a equality trainer, walked down the aisle and saw two pink lines materialise declaring the start of her life as a mother.
Dr Kevin Clarke is a board member of the Schwules Museum Berlin and has been extensively involved in both writing and publishing about the LBGT community.
In his career he has curated blockbuster exhibitions on LGBT topics (and a few straighter projects too), from music, to porn to queer comics.
Kevin appears regularly on TV and radio to discuss gay issues.
Catherine Smith is a mum to two daughters (now aged three and six) and struggled with sleep deprivation when the little ones were younger. Recognising the need for practical help for other parents suffering from lack of sleep, and with the aim of supporting children's charity 'Rosie's Rainbow Fund', Catherine wrote The Sparkly Sleepy-Time Wand when her eldest was just three years old. "I originally wrote this story for my own children to help them feel secure and safe at night-time, and to help me get some sleep! It worked...so I decided to share it with other parents, grandparents and carers."
Category: Children's book, Audio book, Children's gift
The Studio: A Psychoanalytic Legacy, published in September 2015 by Free Association Books, is a unique and exciting work, referencing Freud and other psychoanalytic writers to examine a difficult past - loss, trauma and the complexities of life are addressed and explored. Each chapter takes a painting as its focus, holding it up to the light as the author's engagement with each work is interwoven with memoir and her thoughts on the psychoanalytic processes which inform her life.
Category: Memoir, Literature, Art History, Psychoanalysis
Meze Publishing are specialists in producing cookbooks providing a creative and professional publishing service – and most importantly – they structure the deal so that writers receive the maximum benefit. Meze also has excellent contacts with book distributors and retailers and a track record of negotiating favourable rates in order to ensure their authors get the best possible return on their investment.
Category: Cook books
Daisy White is one of those wonder people who seem to manage everything with an ease that leaves us mere mortals gasping for air. She manages a boutique book store in Horsham, has written two other novels and contributed short stories to collections, advised others on their pop up dreams, won business awards, been invited to speak at Number 10 Downing Street and all that was AFTER a career as a member of cabin crew for major airlines.
Daisy's new novel Taming Tigers, is published by Ice and Fire, the YA division of Melange Books (US). Daisy lives with her husband and children in Brighton on the south coast of England where she can often be found hunting for vintage hats and cute pieces of china.
Life on Planet WWF is a business memoir with a difference. Chiew Chong veered off his corporate ladder to find success, passion and meaning at the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). He led the charity as Financial Director for two decades and this light hearted, memoir is a reflection on those dramatic, tumultuous and fascinating years.
John Uttley was born in Lancashire and never quite got over it.
His novel, Where's Sailor Jack is a touching, funny and interesting book that encapsulates one of the most interesting and changing periods of British history.
Category: Family drama
Wolfe Cotto lives in London but his identity remains unknown and he likes it that way. Describing himself as 'reclusive', the author lives with his partner, the children have flown the nest, and with more time to write, the Vampires of London series was born. By day, Wolfe will often be found writing and researching, devouring more and more about his home City of London. By night, Wolfe will most likely go for a stroll around the town, people-watching while enjoying a coffee in a local cafe, or enjoying the spectacular views of London in the twilight. From the myriad media references included in No Rest For The Wicked, Wolfe's passion for film and literature is clear. "I was born in the early 1960s, the first generation to grow up watching televion. I enjoyed Interview with the Vampire, and loved Bram Stoker's Dracula and Withnail and I."
Category: Horror / Fantasy Fiction
Elizabeth Bourne left England as a young woman and now divides her time between California and Canada. Travel is still an important priority but she also enjoys participating in family life with her two daughters and her grandchildren. The seed to write was planted many years ago but it was not until recently, when Bourne had the uninterrupted time to devote to it, that she decided to fulfill her long-time ambition to be a writer. This is her debut novel.
Category: Historical fiction, Romance
More Life, Please! is a unique new self-development text that will give you six easy steps to ‘getting more’ from your life.
A groundbreaking new self-development text that shows you how you can truly achieve well-being and performance optimisation. This is an essential read for anyone who needs to maximise their performance, manage pressure and achieve very specific outcomes while managing their wellbeing. From business leaders, athletes and educators to students, healthcare professionals, military personnel and anyone else in high-pressure, high-performance environments.
Category: Self-Help, Communication
Challenging themes that haunt the Berkoff canon are ever-present in this startling novel: his luxurious verbosity; his counterpoint of crude street patter and elegiac proclamation; sex wars; class wars; dislocation and abandonment of love in a thankless and unyielding world. This is a powerful, divisive and brutally honest novel that will inspire, enrage and provoke – and live on long after the final word.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
Jane (J Merrill Forrest) lives in a small Wiltshire village with her Greek husband and crossbreed dog. She has an English degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Jane has a deep and abiding interest in all things paranormal, which is reflected in most of her writing. ‘Flight of the Kingfisher’ is her second novel and has taken 30 years to write. The idea came to her after her brother died in 1984. The book has had many, many re-writes and finally came together as a finished piece of work in 2014.
Category: Fiction, Paranormal
"I was speechless as a child for no apparent reason and unable to connect with others or life in a normal fashion. Doctors agreed that I was not autistic, just highly sensitive, and no rational cause was ever found for my silent state. Locked in my inner world, I became an avid people-watcher with a growing fascination for how humans relate. This has never waned. My first hesitant words tumbled out at six and I remained verbally challenged and petrified of speaking in public for the next 20 years or so. School was difficult – to say the least – and there was no “How to Relate and Communicate” class on the curriculum to assist my progress. Finally, at 29, when speaking live on BBC Television to millions of viewers about the unusual water birth of my son, Benjaya, I realised that at least I had cracked the challenge of speaking to an audience!" -- Finding The Words: My Story (an extract from the introduction to Heart of Relating: Communication Beyond Ego by Carmella B'Hahn).
Category: Self-Help, Personal Development
'Makkah to Madinah' is the culmination of more than a decade's worth of research, field expeditions and analysis by Dr Abdullah Alkadi. Photographs included in this beautiful, design-led book, were taken along the journey by internationally renowned photographers including Peter Sanders.
Category: Ethnography, photography
He's Captured My Heart is Karen Frances' debut novel. A story of tragedy, pain, sexual attraction, lust and complicated emotions set in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Lomond, Scotland.
Category: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Royce Leville is an award-winning independent author. He has a distinct style of writing that he uses to tell the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. His short stories centre around single characters and have gained wider interest with Mikelis being developed for film and Willard being interpreted as a TV show. His short stories are published by Rippple, a groundbreaking independent publisher.
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories
Jane Huxley's published novels include Morgan's Castle, For the Love of Penny Whistler ("Glitter and gutter...lovelorn, war-torn. A compelling read." Simon Cowell) and Summer Night, Winter Moon ("A thrilling, cleverly constructed story of love distorted by jealousy". Dame Beryl Bainbridge).
Huxley lives and works in New York, London, and the South of France. She is married to an American physician and has two daughters.
Category: Fiction, Thriller
Sarah and her classmates go on a class trip to the City of Moon. It is a beautiful city watered by springs and surrounded by gardens, however Sarah wanders off and gets lost from her classmates.
Will Sarah find her way back? Will her teacher find her?
Find out how Sarah's cleverness will save her.
Part of the proceeds will be used to further help orphans around the world.
Category: Children's book, Audio book
On May 7th 2015 it will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the LUSITANIA in only eighteen minutes after being struck by a German torpedo. Greg Taylor is an expert in this historic event that has inspired mystery, intrigue and debate over the past century and continues to hit headlines.
PRESS NOTICE - OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY (Guest-list only please):
November 25th 2014 from 6.30pm to 10pm.
Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD.
Category: Historical Fiction
Reconnecting With The Heart explains how emotional health is as important to wellbeing as physical and mental health. Accessible and practical, the book guides you through the whole range of emotions, clarifying the frequent confusion between anger and aggression, sorrow and depression. By reading and sharing in the activities and illustrations, you can learn how increased discernment and confidence, and the abandonment of fear, will help you cope with emotions in every aspect of your daily life without blame.
Category: Psychology, Emotions, Feelings, Relationships, Self-Help
Sonja Lewis is a freelance journalist (having worked on The Albany Herald in the US for two years) and is available for editorial commissions, as well as interview. Sonja has plenty of experience writing for print and online, but also being interviewed for TV and radio stations.
Category: Short stories, Fiction, Women's, Family
On November 9th it will be the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 28-mile (45 km) barrier dividing Germany's capital was built in 1961 to prevent East Berliners fleeing to the West. But as Communism in the Soviet Republic and Eastern Europe began to crumble, pressure mounted on the East German authorities to open the Berlin border. The Wall was finally breached by jubilant Berliners on 9 November 1989, unifying a city that had been divided for over 30 years. The Leipzig Affair by Fiona Rintoul begins in 1985, when East Germany is in the grip of communism. Fiona Rintoul has dedicated many years to researching and writing this story and is an expert commentator on 1980s Germany and the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Will Ottley grew up in rural Suffolk, England. He has travelled extensively and his experiences found expression in Mountain Garden, a book that he had always wanted to read. He lives in London and now writes full time.
Will studied at university in Bristol, becoming a Chartered Surveyor in the corporate world and a successful property investor. As a karate black belt, pilot, and yoga teacher, he has broad interests, with a passion for skiing, fencing, and Argentinian Tango.
Will is currently working on his next book Whitemane, the next installment in the series.
Ciaran O'Connor works a tremendous amount with games in counselling and psychotherapy. Many of his clients will talk about their gaming worlds and from there he wil work outward to the rest of their lives. He began to write and talk to other therapists about these ideas and increasingly found that whenever he mentioned them, they would immediately leap to the idea of addiction and video game violence. From here, he found out that there really isn't much information out there about gaming addiction that is of a balanced and nuanced attitude. Games are either considered great for you, staving off ageing and improving cognitive skills or they are treated like the devil. "I decided to tackle the biggest area of contention: addiction, and create a book that gave a realistic picture that remained favourable towards both gamers and gaming. I wanted to see a pro-gaming approach to video game addiction," says Ciaran O'Connor.
“Depression lies. It tells you that it is permanent and necessary and central to your creativity and individuality. But there is no circumstance or situation so tragic that it cannot hold within it a kernel of humour.” – Dylan Brody
Category: Mental health, Humour
Sophia Ledingham is a psychologist who splits her time between London and Dubai. Much of her focus has been on improving relationships, whether it’s in top-tier corporations or with couples and families. Something of a globetrotter, Sophia scans the restaurant scene for Date Night venues wherever she is. Sophia has been with her husband, who appears in the book as ‘Himself’, for 16 years.
Category: Psychology, Relationships, Self-Help
DANSON ENOGIOMWAN UBEBE was born in Nigeria in 1945. He obtained a teaching degree in 1970, and then his Well Engineering certificate in 1973. He taught briefly before working with Shell and retired, after 33 years, in 2004. Danson now writes Christian books and lives with his wife and family in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He published Return to God with Matador in March 2013.
Olivia Spencer studied at a top London all-girls day school, attended Durham University (BA Philosophy 2.1) and trained as a chartered accountant (ACA qualified 2008). She then got married in 2009, left her job as auditor to have her first child in 2010 and worked freelance from home.
Her second child was born 2011. She lives with her husband, who is a teacher.
Currently still freelancing, Olivia is also doing an MA in English with the Open University and juggling life with two little ones.
Category: Parenting / Mental Health
A Bello created a gripping tale with her debut YA fantasy fiction, starring Emily Knight, who is far from ordinary and she hates it. Amassing a huge following, the author has taken the bold move to launch a 'pop up' book during August 2014. 'Rose' will explore why Neci, the baddie in her book Emily Knight I Am, became hateful. Rose will only be available for one month, with one chapter published and taken down every week over four weeks, before forever disappearing from the Internet. Grab your 'Emily Knight' fix while you can!
Category: YA Fiction
"Discovering what unites us as humans across cultural boundaries is key to my future plans. An example of human interconnection is the experience of emotion. I have always maintained an interest in the impact of emotion on the way we think, act and communicate which has been integral to everything I have taught: the assertiveness and sexuality programmes I designed many years ago both included an emphasis on honest expression of our emotions." -- Dr Anne Dickson
Category: Psychology / Self-Help
THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION OF THE CARNATIONS: In the early hours of 25 April 1974, the Carnation Revolution began in Lisbon. The military forces overwhelmed the government, sparking spontaneous demonstrations in the street, in which civilians ran out to mingle with the soldiers, despite orders to stay inside. Peacekeeping citizens, inspiring the name “Carnation Revolution” to describe this event in Portuguese history, put carnations from the flower market of Lisbon into the gun barrels of the soldiers. Author Christopher Lowery lived through the Revolution of the Carnations until he was forced to flee Portugal with his family in 1975. The Angolan Clan is his debut thriller and the first book in the African Diamonds series. It is influenced and inspired by Lowery’s personal experiences and early memories of life during the revolution.
Category: Crime Thriller Fiction
Yang-May Ooi's TEDx talk Rebel Heart: How Small Acts of Rebellion Can Create Powerful Change was described as “electrifying” and “one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event”. Through her intimate and personal coming out story, the talk addressed universal themes of living with courage and authenticity. The talk created a unique moment in the history of TEDx events when the 250+ audience rose to their feet and together shouted out an iconic phrase from the talk, “F*** the Labels!”. Monsoon Books is re-releasing her best-sellers: The Flame Tree and Mindgame in the UK in October 2014.
Category: Thriller, Fiction / One woman solo live show
Lee Brown, and his girlfriend, lost their mothers during the writing of 'A Very British Afterlife'. His girlfriend commented that reading the book helped her picture her mother in a happier place. Death and comedy don't tend to go hand-in-hand, which makes this debut novel an incredible accomplishment. With scenes that will make you laugh out loud, while question what really is ahead of us, and why we take so many everyday things for granted, this is a funny but poignant story about one man's journey into the unknown.
Category: Fiction, Humour, Medicine, Healthcare
Sibylle Berg is an exceptionally original and interesting writer with a passion for stories bursting with hyperrealism and black humour. She is a guiding figure for all outsiders, underdogs, transgender people and anyone who quite simply doesn’t feel like that ‘fit in’. Her stories are written with a humour that is “not often understood in Germany” and her love of non-conformity challenges those who love tradition and conventionality.
Themes: The wretched cuteness of people, the examination of happiness, the possibility of love (particularly in respect of the central character of "Thank You For This Life" - Toto.)
Category: Modern & contemporary fiction
Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a first-time mum and author of the UK's first Indian baby food cookbook - 'Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook'. Her latest book, due for release in September 2014, contains more than 65 recipes from babies to toddlers and school age children, as well as ideas for the whole family. Described as the 'Asian answer to Annabel Karmel' (Asian Image, Aug 2012), Zainab is passionate about sharing her aromatic, flavourful recipes with other parents
Category: Cookery, Family Meals, Baby food, Toddler
Sarah Bramley is on a bold mission to not only increase coverage, attention and representation of lesbian relationships inthe media, but also to herald a new genre within women's fiction - focused on relationships between women. Having taken the brave move to buy back the rights to her book, Sarah worked further on the story adding detail to many scenes without any restrictions. Working with Matador, the second edition of Chelsea Wives & Their Mistresses is laid bare for all to read...
Category: Contemporary fiction
Mary Hamer is a regular on the literary festival scene and is frequently invited to talk about the incredible depths of research that went into the creation of Kipling & Trix. Mary's fifth book but first novel, Kipling & Trix shot to critical acclaim very quickly (including The Virginia Prize for Fiction) and remains the only novel that tells the true and compelling story of two lives that were full of incident, even tragedy, moving between continents and momentous world events. Kipling & Trix is the only fictionalised treatment of this famous writer's entire life, and the only work of any kind that tells the story of his sister, Trix, alongside that of Rudyard.
Category: Literary Fiction
David Williams is a chartered surveyor and has been at the same firm since 1982 where he started in the marketing department ‘prepping’ the advertisements for Country Life. Educated intermittently at Harrow School, he went straight to work, and is immersed in assisting Argent LLP in the delivery of the stunning King’s Cross development, where for example, Google have acquired their new UK Headquarters. A trustee of The Caerhays Estate in Cornwall, run by his brother Charles Williams, David lives in London and has many passions including common sense, good fun, Cornwall, lateral thinking and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Category: Humorous Poetry
Tamim Sadikali says: “Dear Infidel is a novel about the spectrum of British Muslim experiences. It is a story of love, hate, longing and sexual dysfunction, all sifted through the fallout from the war on terror.”
Category: Contemporary Fiction, British Muslim Interest
“Nasser Hashmi is the ultimate ‘Insider Observer’, creating a fictional thriller inspired by explosive media headlines, celebrity-obsessed red tops & phone hacking revelations."
Category: Political Thriller Fiction
Sonja Lewis was born in Georgia, United States and has been living in London for many years. A journalist by trade, author of The Barrenness and more recently The Blindsided Prophet, Sonja is known as 'The Expat Writer' thanks to her popular blog and Huffington Post articles.
Category: Women's Fiction
Homegrown on British bangers and mash, Gavin Morse moved to France during his adolescence for the steak-frites. Living in Alsace, eastern France, he had the Vosges Mountains as his playground. Gavin was soon hiking and mountain biking at every opportunity.
Category: Travel, humour, fiction, France
RJJ Hall had often dreamt about writing a novel but only managed an occasional first draft of a short story. However, as the prospect of retirement beckoned, the desire to write grew stronger. And when he discovered a compelling story he couldn't wait to start writing.
Restoring a house in Umbria made Richard brutally aware of the war in Italy. He began to read extensively about the period and learnt about the re-opening of the San Carlo theatre in Naples and the misery of the fighting at Monte Cassino.
The Theatres of War author explains: "Both stories moved me intensely and these feelings were heightened by the contrast between events that happened only 50 miles apart. For a long time this disparity simmered at the back of my mind. Then, unbidden, came the idea of a young woman linked to two soldiers: one fighting at Cassino; the other running a theatre in Naples.
"I felt connected with this story in many different ways and became determined to write it as a novel. After six years (and extensive research and many drafts) it was published."
Category: Historical fiction, Romance, War, Italy
On Tuesday 18th September 2012, I posted a status on Facebook. I was on the 07:51 train into London and everyone around me was asleep. The status read: "Maybe I’m in the minority here, but it really annoys me when commuters sleep on trains, especially on the morning leg. They’ve just had a whole night’s sleep! You can get so much done on your commute – it’s criminal to sleep through it."
Some of my friends totally disagreed. Well, I say friends, but this was Facebook, so it’s probably more accurate to say that some people I barely knew disagreed. Apparently I was wrong to assume people had enjoyed a whole night’s sleep, and there were doubtless many factors contributing to why they were sleeping. Many things could be responsible for their tiredness, such as work stress or restless children.
I then decided to list all of the things which could be done during their nap time. "You could pay some bills, research a recipe, get in touch with an old friend, catch up on the news, do some online shopping, enter a competition or even do some creative writing," I asserted.
By the time I’d got to the last two, I had run out of ideas and my brain was clearly running on empty. It was for this reason and this reason only that I then followed it up with the perhaps foolhardy promise: ".....In fact, I’ll prove how much time you’re wasting by sleeping – I’m going to write something on every commute for a year!"
And just like that, ‘As They Slept – A Year in the Life of a London Commuter’ was born. A challenge laid down to myself – to prove to all of those narcoleptic commuters just what could be done in those lost sleepy hours.
Category: Humour, Real life, Commuting
My earliest memories – apart from crashing a car when I was two-and-a-half – are of scrambling around the mountains and stony bondu on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It was a slow and sleepy place to live back then, and I chiefly remember lying on the hot stones of ruined Greek, Roman, and crusader buildings watching geckos lick their eyeballs to the sound of dozy cicadas.
Twenty years later, I went to Oxford and the Sorbonne to specialise in researching the knights of the crusades – the people who had built the castles I remembered so well.
My first book, Knights of the Cloister, is what came out of that time. It’s a history textbook on the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller – the most iconic of all the crusaders. When the research was finished, I went to London and became a barrister (court room attorney) – quickly getting thrown into everything from murder and terrorism to kidnapping and international contract killing. I gave it up in the end, but I wouldn’t swap those years for anything. It was an enormous privilege being permitted to defend people whose freedom was on the line.
Since then I’ve done a lot of things. A series of coincidences brought me to live and work in the Middle East. It was here, looking out over the azure waters of the Persian Gulf that my first thriller novel was born. The Sword of Moses is a fast-paced story of international espionage, ancient cryptic clues, biblical archaeology, violence, and – of course – the Knights Templar. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!
Category: Adventure, Thriller, History, Religion, Espionage, Secret Societies
SJ Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. He has written a newspaper column on computers and been published in several magazines. He currently has four published novels and lives on the island of Bermuda.
The new title, The Legionnaire: Vendetta of Shadows, is eagerly anticipated by the growing number of Legionnaire fans around the world and is available in Kindle format from November.
SJ Parkinson’s other published work, Predation, competed against 64 titles over the month and attracted more than 1,000 votes.
Category: Mystery, Adventure (Trilogy), Sci-Fi Thriller (Predation)
John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new interests and demands. A best-selling author, columnist, speaker and social strategist, his books have appeared on “best of” lists at Fast Company, Inc., and The Week Magazine. His research, writing and interviews have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, NPR, Forbes and many others. As Chief Insights Officer at Young & Rubicam he oversees the world’s largest database of brands and consumer behavior and studies social change and its impact on business, society and the economy. John’s TED talk ‘The Post-Crisis Consumer’ has been viewed more than 387,000 times.
Category: Business, Lifestyle, Global, Fact, Family, Gender
The Judith Gold Trilogy has received rave reviews from in and out of London’s Theatreland due to its curious leading lady (the elderly, loud-mouthed, rather eccentric Judith Gold) and its humorous insight into the colourful world of theatre. Following successful publication as paperbacks, a place in the finals of The People’s Book Prize, support from well-known actors and encouragement from fans, the publisher, Puck Books, is now introducing the trilogy as e-books to reach an even wider audience.
Category: Fiction, Theatre, Drama, Musicals, Humour, Arts, Plays
Mother and daughter duo, Jennifer Foxx and Anji Foxx, have created the Mr Hendrix adventure picture books for pre-school and early years children together, borne from a passion for their Pomeranian puppy, called Hendrix, and creative writing.
Anji is a lyricist and songwriter/producer and has played tracks in a number of American television series. Alongside creating the Mr Hendrix stories and building the brand and character for license, Anji is currently working on the music for a film.
Category: Children's books, picture books, pre-school books
Waxman’s new book, published by Springer on September 30 2013, is a humorous, part-fictional tale (many of the character’s names have not been changed to save blushes).
His first novel, The Fifth Gospel, is the ultimate conspiracy theory story. His second novel, The Elephant In The Room, started life as a conversation between the writer JG Ballard and his doctor. Waxman was his doctor.
Category: Fiction, Humour, Medicine, Healthcare
Professor Griffiths uses his extensive medical experience and real patient stories to demonstrate how cytomegalovirus has avoided detection and treatment for so long. He introduces you to CMV, an intelligent virus that evolved millions of years ago intending to infect everyone on the planet during childhood, spreading silently throughout the world whilst remaining unrecognised.This book brings medical virology to life and is dedicated to those who have encountered The Stealth Virus and have declared war upon it.
Category: Fact, Medical, Health, BioScience
When Edinburgh couple Lynn Michell and Stefan Gregory and their 23-year-old son, Louis, set out to sail across the Atlantic on their 48ft Cardinal yacht, they knew not to expect plain sailing all the way. But they didn’t expect a weeklong ordeal off the coast of New England, which would test them all to their limits before their journey was well begun. And things became worse still as the punishing conditions threatened to cause a relapse of the chronic ME from which Louis and Lynn had both suffered.
Category: Various fiction, memoirs, family relationships
This guide has been written for people with little or no prior knowledge of WW1 and is an ideal introduction to what can be a very complicated and daunting subject. Written in an engaging way, this is more like a chat down the pub rather than a heavy historical text, and with short, sharp chapters it is easy to dive in and out without having to re-read previous pages to remember where you left off last time your were reading!
Category: Non-Fiction, Military History, History
“My father’s life was cut short even though he led the supposed ‘healthy lifestyle’ and my health took a dramatic fall with a cancer scare, so I questioned ‘What is it we are doing wrong? This was the catalyst of ‘The Book’. We are getting a lot wrong and I am driven with the need to act now to help turn things around for our children and future generations.”
Category: Non-Fiction, Health, Wellbeing, Self-Help, Nutrition, Psychology
Essex-born Julia Wurz ran the Press Office for the Benetton Formula 1 Team, which became Renault F1. Dedication above and beyond the call of duty led her to marry her colleague, the Austrian race driver Alex Wurz, and to make the tough decision to move from the Cotswolds to Monaco. Her first-hand experience of this fast-paced, glamorous life inspired her to write F1 novel SuperEgo.
Category: Fiction, Motorsport, Formula One
From periods of glittering success to near total derailment due to an unrelenting passion for her career, Heels of Steel unveils the truth behind a woman’s climb to success in the male dominated world of the City. You are invited to follow her journey as she scales (and slips up and down) the corporate ladder, digging her heels in as to avoid being absorbed by the politics and alpha male behaviour still prevalent in so many corporate environments.
Category: Non-Fiction, Business, Autobiography
Leicester-based Imran Siddiq, author of Disconnect, Disassemble and Disrupt, made a list of things he wanted to accomplish if he survived an operation to remove a brain tumour: writing a successful novel was one of the items on his ‘bucket list’. Disconnect, the first book in The Divided Worlds Trilogy, quickly attracted a loyal fan base since publication in January.
Category: Sci-Fi with Romance, YA Fiction
Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, this is the first book in the trilogy. When The Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. This seductive and thrilling novel will appeal to adult readers of romantic suspense and to those seeking 'more than' Fifty Shades of Grey.
Category: Fiction, Romantic Business Thriller
Built on years of the New Zealand-based Hudson family’s favourite pre-diagnosis recipes, some passed down through generations, Vanessa and her mother, Mary, have added their magic touch to create an internationally award-winning book packed full of recipes suitable for the millions of coeliacs around the world.
Category: Non-Fiction, Cookery, Health
Danny King is an award-winning and BAFTA-nominated writer of novels and screenplays. His 13th book is Infidelity For Beginners. The book's 'hero', Static Caravan magazine editor, Andrew Nolan, is an ordinary guy in a safe and ordinary life, but like millions of others he daydreams about adventure and escape without realising the consequences.
A Modern Military Mother - Tales from the Domestic Frontline is a compilation of blog posts from amodernmilitarymother.com about the life, reflections and rants of this military wife. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes crazy, this is a quick and easy read. A literary light snack.
Category: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Family Relationship, Humour
"I want every female breadwinner to not feel isolated, but stand tall and celebrate their situation. This is book is based on real life and provides a practical framework for female breadwinners to be successful. The women reading it can practically tailor it to their own situation. Being the female breadwinner is the trigger, catalyst and cause for many complex issues that women have to manage. I believes these must be addressed for their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing."
Category: Non-Fiction, Business, Women
Despite having a disability, Amanda Sington-Williams is very widely travelled and she has lived in Japan, Spain and Australia. Having twice visited Sri Lanka and talked to many survivors about the 2004 tsunami, I decided to use this setting and use personal experiences as someone with a disability to create a psychological thriller. Just Two Weeks won the IPR Agents Pick in 2014 and is being released as a second edition on January 31st 2015. Amanda has an MA in Creative Writing and Authorship from Sussex University and mentor new novel writers.
Category: Psychological Thriller
For over 35 years, Laurence Mitchell has travelled the world in his quest to become a world authority in Antiques specialising in Meissen Porcelain. His encyclopaedic knowledge is the result of myriad visits to leading…
Caroline Jones is the powerhouse behind the headline-hitting, homespun fundraising campaign, Knickers Model's Own. Heartbroken but determined after the loss of her Mum, Caroline chose to focus on Cancer Research UK following…
Fleur Brown has more than 25 years of experience as a practising nutritional therapist and runs a busy clinic in England. Fleur studied at the renowned Institute For Optimum Nutrition in London under Patrick Holford. A member…
Charlie Maclean is like the many young Londoners toiling the 9-5 with their fair share of rocky emotional and financial life experiences. These experiences inform this gritty, sexy, romance that will keep you stimulated…
A British ex-pat now living in Australia (he admits he opted for Sydney for its sunshine and cricket), AJ Roberts was 30 when he wrote 42 Days and secured an agent and publishing interest at the time but the time (and offer…
Bryony Supper, the creator of Pasta Kidz, trained as a professional actress at the Drama Studio, Ealing. From there she went playing a series of comedy roles and has a wide range of experience from the ‘Rocky…
Carolyn Shanti is the author of ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’. A new novel based on the true story of her own childhood, where she was brought up in a wealthy and privileged family in England. Carolyn spent her childhood…
Challenging themes that haunt the Berkoff canon are ever-present in this startling novel: his luxurious verbosity; his counterpoint of crude street patter and elegiac proclamation; sex wars; class wars; dislocation and abandonment…
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. has had a long, successful career that has been fuelled by two professional passions: psychoanalysis and holistic health. As a psychoanalyst, she has authored eight books including The Dark Side of…
For more than a decade Mary was a ward sister in a London teaching hospital before she had her first child. Each of Mary’s children had health problems but learning about food intolerance and modifying their diets…
Jane (J Merrill Forrest) lives in a small Wiltshire village with her Greek husband and crossbreed dog. She has…
Bianca is an accomplished business woman, award-winning entrepreneur, workshop facilitator and public speaker. Tenacious and ambitious, Bianca’s business skills put her firmly on the map in 2014 when she took the runner…
Dr Paul Ballman has a huge wealth of experience in coaching and consulting with some of the most senior leaders in the business world. He studied at LSE before completing his doctorate in psychology at Birkbeck College,…
A life long lover of all things legal Simon Michael was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1978. Since then he has spent many years prosecuting and defending criminal cases and in doing so…
Lotte Moore is the best-selling author of Lotte’s War, which reached number one in the charts after its release on Remembrance Day 2016. Lotte dedicates her time, free of charge, every week, to read her stories to…
George Wallace, The eBay Guy, comes from Fife in Scotland. George joined the Royal Air Force after being kicked out of school at 15 without sitting any of his exams. George now boasts an Honours Degree in Electricity and…
More Life, Please! is a unique new self-development text that will give you six easy steps to ‘getting more’ from your life.
His first published work was an April Fool’s article in a yachting magazine and, since then, David has been a frequent columnist, contributor to industry journals and on-line blogs as well as setting up and editing…
Martin Caswell grew up in the coastal village of Boscastle in Cornwall. Aged 23, he went to London to train with British School of Motoring (BSM) to become a qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor. The plan, back…
James began working in a local fish restaurant Sankey's in Tunbridge Wells, here his passion for working in kitchen's was born. He then went onto train at West Kent College whilst continuing to work at Sankey'…
The Lil' Author Skool is a not for profit organisation. It was founded in 2016 by London born children's/YA author A. Bello, who wrote her debut novel 'Emily Knight I am...' at aged 12! The Lil' Author…
Some are born with silver spoons in their mouths. Michael Forester was born with a pen in his hand. Of course, it was immediately pinched by his big brother who put it on a shelf too high for him to reach. He got his own…
Sara was diagnosed with HER2 positive and oestrogen positive primary breast cancer in October 2016 at the age of forty-two. Not ever expecting to be diagnosed with breast cancer and having to deal with the impact that cancer…
Tinks Food was set up by London-based Julia Boddy, a Mum of three who loves to cook, but also likes to take a break from the kitchen and to watch her kids enjoy healthy and delicious food that someone else has cooked…
'Makkah to Madinah' is the culmination of more than a decade's worth of research, field expeditions and analysis by Dr Abdullah Alkadi. Photographs included in this beautiful, design-led book, were taken along…
Jessica Taylor-Bearman was born in March 1991, at Maidstone Hospital in England. She grew up in Rochester and Canterbury, Kent, where she attended Rochester Grammar School for Girls. At the age of 15, she became acutely…
Theo Michaels’ cooking first gained recognition when he wowed the judges on Masterchef in 2014. Theo is now a sought-after pop-up chef, and has appeared regularly on television and radio – including repeat visits…
Kim Rix is a professional photographer and gemmologist (GIA). Based in London where she lives with her husband, Kim travels extensively and has gathered a vast amount of the best local knowledge from her world-wide…
Mother and daughter duo, Jennifer Foxx and Anji Foxx, have created the Mr Hendrix adventure picture books for pre-school and early years children together, borne from a passion for their Pomeranian puppy, called Hendrix,…
Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing…
For 14 years Edd Williams has helped people get jobs. He's worked with global corporations and tiny SMEs, he has spoken to CEOs and graduate trainees. He has found engineers in South Korea and nuclear…
Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP is a senior consultant general physician in a large London teaching hospital. He has a specialist interest in the use of mindfulness-based interventions in the complementary management of chronic…
Yang-May Ooi's TEDx talk Rebel Heart: How Small Acts of Rebellion Can Create Powerful Change was described as “electrifying” and “one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event”. Through…
In 1993, Tal Araim opened a Hawaiian restaurant and successfully ran it for 20 years. Observing his clients taught him a great deal about couples. Something did not sit well. Most seemed to have far more fun with others…
Christine Ingall was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Initially, she trained to be a teacher and was awarded a B.Ed. from Manchester University. She worked as a civil servant for 35 years, most recently in the development…
James, a life-loving farmer’s son from Northern Ireland, who lives in Peckham, London had a successful global business, travelling the world for clients in the food world. A winner of many global awards, James wrote…
Helen Matthews is the author of debut novel ‘After Leaving the Village’, winner of the Winchester Writers’ Festival prize for opening pages of a novel. Born in Cardiff, she read English at the University…
Daisy White is one of those wonder people who seem to manage everything with an ease that leaves us mere mortals gasping for air. She manages a boutique book store in Horsham, has written two other novels and contributed…
Having moved around a lot as a Forces child, Anita Cassidy moved to London on graduating and worked in newspaper advertising sales and management for ten years before having her family. Interested in food and personal…
Adam Strong is a corporate productivity authority, entrepreneur, athlete, coach, speaker and trainer. Regularly called upon by the press for editorial comment and commissions, he has featured in the BBC, The Guardian, People…
Royce Leville is an award-winning independent author. He has a distinct style of writing that he uses to tell the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. His short stories centre around single characters and have…
SJ Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. He has…
On 16th July until 6th August 2017, the world is set to go football-crazy! The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Finals will take place in the Netherlands, and as a self-confessed sports fanatic, Wendy Temple’s new novel…
Sarah Bramley is on a bold mission to not only increase coverage, attention and representation of lesbian relationships inthe media, but also to herald a new genre within women's fiction - focused on relationships between…
Tony Weekes is coming at the world of the NHS and mental health care from a different perspective. He is not a professional in the field of mental health, but he has for many years witnessed the mental suffering of close…
Kent-based Beverley Jarvis is the original domestic goddess, having written more than twenty-three cookbooks over the past forty-five years for leading publishers such as Headline, Octopus, Penguin and BBC Books, including…
In 1998, at the age of 20, Clarissa Foster lost her mum (44) to ovarian cancer. During Clarissa's final year studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Human Biology at Nottingham Trent University,…
James Mellor is a freelance writer and cartoonist. James launched James Mellor Creative in 2012 to help people turn their ideas into usable, engaging and memorable content. The business is built around his three…
Angela Johnson AKA Mrs Bun the Baker has baked for as long as she can remember. As she got older she would make her own recipe books with favourite recipes, which she still has, and her house at University…
Robert Vallier comes from a distinguished musical family and spent much of his life in music management. He created the Into Space! series of lectures and books (which he published) for his close friend the late Sir Patrick…
Originally educated in the USA, Oxford and London, Simon Hardman Lea now lives and works in Suffolk, UK and his other job is as a hospital based eye surgeon: www.shleyesurgeon.com…
J Merrill Forrest lives in Wiltshire with her Greek husband and crossbreed dog. They also spend time at their home in Greece, and while Jane is not a psychic or medium herself, she is fascinated by this world and has…
As one of Britain’s top comediennes, Angie has successfully harnessed the power of laughter to create inspiring and thought provoking productions. From stage to radio to TV to the written page Angie is a proven hit…
Whilst he started his career in advertising, today Dexter Moscow is a Keynote Speaker, Influencing Skills Coach and TV Presenter. A passion for people and a desire for results led Dexter to the role of senior trainer…
Christian Darkin is the London-based author of the best-selling 'Act Normal' chapter books written with five to eight year olds in mind, and for older readers, his credits include two young adult novels: …
George Edmunds is a bit of a polymath with an eclectic career. He has an Engineering background, was a design draughtsman, sales manager and later on owned his own business. A large portion of his career was spent…
Homegrown on British bangers and mash, Gavin Morse moved to France during his adolescence for the steak-frites. Living in Alsace, eastern France, he had the Vosges Mountains as his playground. Gavin was soon hiking and mountain…
Craig Robinson MA took a first in Mathematics at Oxford University in 1985. He then joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, after which he worked as a lecturer in the private sector, and…
Sibylle Berg is an exceptionally original and interesting writer with a passion for stories bursting with hyperrealism and black humour. She is a guiding figure for all outsiders, underdogs, transgender people and anyone…
Iida van der Byl-Knoefel was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis at the age of 33. She was told that it was a chronic disease and that she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life; however, she was able…
"Discovering what unites us as humans across cultural boundaries is key to my future plans. An example of human interconnection is the experience of emotion. I have always maintained an interest in the impact of emotion…
My earliest memories – apart from crashing a car when I was two-and-a-half – are of scrambling around the mountains and stony bondu on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It was a slow and sleepy place…
Before her shift in career she worked as a fashion designer for major high-street brands, a graphic designer for musicians, and a product designer for corporations as well as dabbling with designing technology, sustainable…
Emmanuel Gobillot has been described as ‘the first leadership guru for the digital generation’ and ‘the freshest voice in leadership today’. He has worked with organisations…
Kent-based Kathy Carter is an experienced writer and published author. She is Mum to a young son and when he was an infant she used baby signing including British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL), as…
The Studio: A Psychoanalytic Legacy, published in September 2015 by Free Association Books, is a unique and exciting wo