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      A Solitary Confinement

      by Robin Sheppard

      Robin Sheppard had always seemed like a lucky guy! Proud father of two sons in their late teens, Sam the eldest (the musical one) and Charlie (the artistic one); still good friends with his first wife Georgina known always as George and partnered by the effervescent and indomitable Suzanne known by all as Suzi; when his hitherto contented life took a different turn. He had bounded through 50 years of an unfettered existence working in places that didn't feel like any factory or office you might know. A universe largely comprising five star hotels set in manicured gardens, with fine wines, fabulous foie gras, and outrageous flower arrangements, speckled with well heeled customers in which the anticipation of their needs was paramount. After growing up in Bath he had become an hotelier who delighted in operating some of the very best of Britain's hotels, winning hotel of the year prizes along the way, before founding with some like minded chums, his own specialist hotel operating group. Ending up in London he presided over an empire of a dozen or so glamorous hotels which featured architecture of the grade one variety, decadent décor, period fixtures in capability parkland surroundings, and food of the highest standard. His was an untroubled workplace. Taking time out along the way to invent the truly iconic, deep blue, skittle shaped, Ty-Nant mineral water business and then a niche adult soft drinks business he became an entrepreneur without ever knowing it and a role model for many a novice hotel student along the way. Then things changed. A Solitary Confinement is the inspirational story of Robin's encounter with Guillain-Barre syndrome. "It's a great read, sad and funny. The piquancy of the humour sits right up there with Tony Hancock in the Blood Donor when he asked for a badge to be inscribed, 'nothing pretentious, just they gave that others might live'......" Andrew Mourant, 'The Independent' "Magnificent, he ought to change jobs, retire somewhere gorgeous and just carry on writing ..." Dominic Walsh, 'The Times'

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      Become A Key Person Of Influence

      by Daniel Priestley

      Every industry has Key People of Influence. Their names come up in conversation...for all the right reasons. They attract opportunities...the right sort. They earn more money...and it isn't a struggle. Key People of Influence also have more fun. They get invited on trips away, people buy them dinner, they are treated with respect and others listen when they speak. You may think it takes years, or even decades, to become a Key Person of Influence - as this book shows, nothing could be further from the truth! "Becoming a Key People of Influence" in your industry starts today!

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      August 2018

      A Dedicated Life

      Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child

      by David Lawrence, Jr., Jeb Bush

      #1 Amazon New Release! ─ Leveling the playing field for all our young childrenWhat are you going to do for the rest of your life? For David Lawrence Jr., a brilliant newspaper editor and publisher with a distinguished, three-decade-long journalism career who retired in 1999 at the age of 56, the answer in his words was to dedicate his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”The Children’s Movement of Florida: As recounted in his autobiography, David Lawrence Jr., a life-long champion of children, became a leading national advocate for children and was instrumental in founding The Children’s Movement of Florida. The Children’s Movement of Florida is a national leader in early childhood development, care and education, with the goal of making Florida the best state in the nation for young children. The Movement is focused on making Florida’s children, especially in their early years, the No. 1 priority for state investment.Early child development: “This special book is the story of a good man who has lived an impressive, fascinating, full life dedicated to his family, his profession, his faith and his service to others, especially the youngest and most vulnerable among us. How he describes the passion, persistence and skills of civic engagement to accomplish these building blocks to success is worth the price of the book. To cement and broaden those achievements, Dave created a movement that has converted aspiration to reality and has, is, and will enrich the lives of thousands of the youngest Floridians. He has brought life to the truism of Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Jeb Bush, Florida’s 43rd governor from 1999 to 2007 and 2016 presidential candidateAn autobiography: "Reading David Lawrence’s autobiography, you will learn a lot – from disemboweling chickens on an upstate New York farm, to the evolution of Miami from Miami Vice to a culturally and economically international city, to the travails of contemporary journalism. Reading this book is like listening to an old friend telling engaging stories while encouraging you to join the conversation. Dave’s successful career in journalism is a story of the roller coaster of the American newspaper from the halcyon days of post-World War II to the dramatic changes and decline of today. For more than 40 years, Dave was a journalist, rising from co-editor of his high school newspaper to editor or publisher of several of America’s most distinguished newspapers. At each, he inspired the highest standards of journalism built upon a deep immersion into the communities these newspapers served. But the most lasting impression you’ll have will be of a highly principled man applying his talents and values in a transitioning America. Ultimately, he elects to transfer his lifelong fascination with journalism to civic advocacy for early childhood learning." Bob Graham, Florida’s 38th governor from 1979 to 1987, U.S. senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005, and presidential candidate in 2003.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2012

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      by Philip Briggs

      Little known to the outside world, Somaliland has much to offer the truly intrepid traveller. This pioneering guidebook introduces one of the world’s least chartered travel destinations. Author Philip Briggs covers everything from the low-key capital Hargeisa and mediaeval port of Berbera to peerless rock art sites such as Las Geel, and the scenery and wildlife of the Daallo Escarpment, towering 2,000m high above the pristine reefs of the Gulf of Aden. Somaliland’s ruined cities and historical ports date back 5,000 years and have links with ancient Egypt and Axum in northern Ethiopia, as well as the Ottoman and British Empires. This guide offers background and practical information to every accessible corner of the country with the only real maps in existence of its capital and other large towns, and a section on wildlife. _x000D_ _x000D_

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      June 2014

      All the Light We Cannot See

      by Anthony Doerr

      Overview WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

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      July 2017

      Still I Rise

      The Persistence of Phenomenal Women

      by Marlene Wagman-Geller

      #1 New Release on Amazon! — Who are the great women leaders in history? Who are the women heroes who personify "girl power"?Intrepid women heroes: When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invictus. The inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invictus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include:Madame C. J. Walker - first female American millionaireAung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s first lady of freedomBetty Shabazz - civil rights activistNellie Sachs - Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipientSelma Lagerlof - first woman Nobel LaureateFannie Lou Hamer - American voting rights activistBessie Coleman - first African-American female pilotWilma Rudolph - first woman to win three gold medalsSonia Sotomayor - first Hispanic Supreme Court justiceWangari Maathai - Nobel Prize winnerWinnifred Mandela - freedom fighterLois Wilson - founder of Al-AnonRoxanne Quimby - co-founder of Burt’s Bees

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      July 2017

      The Book of Awesome Women

      Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts

      by Becca Anderson, ,

      #1 New Release on Amazon! ─ Super women. Who are some of the most awesome women in history?"The Book of Awesome Women shares stories and triumphs that are not often mentioned in mainstream history and is something you absolutely need to check out....Reading this book filled me with happiness and I just felt so amazed by what the women within this book have accomplished." The Book of Awesome Women Book Review from @kleffnotes, TheNerdyGirlExpress, December 11, 2017Sheroes: Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ? sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.Super women as female role models: From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.Successful women: Some of the super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women:Dian FosseyMartina NavratilovaSojourner TruthIndira GhandiAretha FranklinMargaret MeadCoretta Scott KingGeorgia O'KeeffeJackie Joyner-KerseeJoan BaezEleanor RooseveltCoco ChanelAnita HillNobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathaiand many moreNow is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

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      December 1899

      The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music

      The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights

      by Dean Alger

      Lonnie Johnson (1894–1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B. B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father’s band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter’s famous “Savoy Blues” with the Hot Five. He is perhaps best known for his 12-string guitar solos and his ground-breaking recordings with the white guitarist Eddie Lang in the late 1920s. After World War II he began playing rhythm and blues and continued to record and tour until his death. This is the first full-length work on Johnson. Dean Alger answers many biographical mysteries, including how many members of Johnson’s large family were left after the epidemic. It also places Johnson and his musical contemporaries in the context of American race relations and argues for the importance of music in the fight for civil rights. Finally, Alger analyzes Johnson’s major recordings in terms of technique and style. Distribution of an accompanying music CD will be coordinated with the release of this book.

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      August 2006

      Death on Small Wings

      Memoirs of a Presidential Pilot

      by Neville Atkinson

      In 1972 Neville Atkinson left a career as a night fighter pilot in the Royal Navy to take up a position as personal pilot to The President of Libya, Col Gadaffi. During the next ten years his role was to fly The President, Government Ministers and many world dignitaries around the Middle East and Africa. During the course of these flights his relaxed conversations and perceptive observation of his passengers gave him a rare insight into their personalities, and the politics and happenings of the time. The turmoil of the Middle East meant almost constant uncertainty and danger. His Falcon 20 executive jet was fired on by anti-aircraft guns as he came into land in South Yemen; in Egypt the terrifying experience of surviving six SAM II missiles fired at the plane while conveying the Libyan Prime Minister to Egypt during the Arab-Israeli war. The crew was forced into taking Carlos The Jackal and his three fellow terrorists from Algiers to Mogadishu in Somalia after they had kidnapped the OPEC conference in Vienna - a thoroughly unnerving and obnoxious ordeal. The author recalls his experience with the factual eye and pertinent observations of a professional, which fills a gap in our knowledge of the Middle East during the 1970s.

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