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David Lester - Author

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Books by David Lester

Suicide as a Dramatic Performance

Suicide as a Dramatic Performance

Author: David Lester Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2015

Each suicide is as unique as the individuals involved, especially if one examines the nature of the act and to what extent these acts can be viewed as a theatrical performance. Focusing on the dramatic aspects of suicide may seem tangential to the physical and mental pain experienced by those who try to kill themselves, but dramatic aspects often provide important clues for understanding the mental state of suicidal individuals. David Lester and Steven Stack investigate what happens in the weeks, days and hours before a suicide when the suicidal individual must make decisions and formulate the script for his or her suicidal act. The editors argue that these choices may help us understand and prevent other suicides and stimulate new and innovative research in this important area. Through twenty-five substantive chapters, including both quantitative and qualitative analyses, this book offers insights into suicide as a dramatic act, with chapters on the intended audience, the suicide note, the location and method chosen, and cultural scripts, including suicide-by-cop, sati, seppuku, and duels. The contributors to this volume argue that psychological, social, and cultural factors influence these choices and that the decisions made by the individual are important for understanding the mental state of the person choosing to die by suicide.

How They Started Digital

How They Started Digital

Author: David Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2012

How did Twitter get so big? Which company's idea originated because the founder was forgetful? And which digital start-up's website was worth over $1 billion dollars in just 16 months? Discover what it is that make entrepreneurs succeed with these fascinating and inspirational profiles that reveal how an idea became a profitable digital business. Whether you're simply fascinated by how digital businesses are started, or you're an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to find out how others have gone about starting their own business, How They Started Digital is for you. The result is a book which has far more detail about how people turned ideas into digital startup businesses than any other book on the market, other than a specific biography all about one business. How They Started is the result of a substantial amount of research, involving extensive discussions with the founders of each digital business, and several times we include detailed information we had to work hard to persuade the founders to give us! Based on a deep understanding of business and the questions that entrepreneurs ask gained from ten years running www.startups.co.uk, author and serial entrepreneur David Lester has ensured that there are good answers to these questions in the businesses profiled in How They Started Digital. A jargon-free, easily readable series of stories of the greatest digital entrepreneurs of today, each business profile in How They Started Digital reveals: * What that one important idea was * How they chose their name * Where the funding came from and how they got it * How they overcame any obstacles to success If you're fascinated by digital businesses or have ambitions to be the next James Caan, How They Started will give you inspiration and an insight into the business ingenuity of digital startups and entrepreneurs. Most of these businesses have revolutionised our commercial and social landscape. All of them started with just a really good idea. Find out how that good idea turned into a great one.

How They Started - Pocket Edition

How They Started - Pocket Edition

Author: David Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2011

What famous pizzeria sold slices out of windows for just 10p? Which entrepreneurs started out making their own smoothie recipes without any experience? Which successful bed company founder funded his start-up using a loan for a kitchen refurbishment? This inspiring pocket sized edition of How They Started Pocket Edition discovers how successful brands got where they are today. If you need encouragement, inspiration or are just curious about building a successful business this pocket edition will show you how one small idea can become a big brand. With success stories from retail and restaurants to manufacturing, How They Started Pocket Edition relives the humble beginnings of Dyson, GU, Dreams and many more companies through interviews with the founders on how they built their companies and how they overcame adversity. The book answers questions including: * What that one important idea was * How they chose their name * Where the funding came from and how they got it * How they overcame any obstacles to success If you're fascinated by business or have ambitions to be the next James Caan this pocket edition is packed with insight into big name brands and How They Started. Find out how a good idea turned into a great one.

How They Started in Tough Times

How They Started in Tough Times

Author: David Lester Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2010

Do you dream of starting a business, but are too nervous to take the leap during economic uncertainty? It seems even more risky and difficult than normal. But How They Started in Tough Times may surprise you by revealing that many big businesses did just that - names such as Tesco, Argos, Foxtons, Burger King, Penguin, Oakley and Microsoft. But how did they start-up? How They Started in Tough Times profiles 25 business founders who started successful businesses during a tough economic climate- and thrived. They tell why they took that first step, the unique challenges they faced and how they grew and became established. The exceptional business stories in How They Started in Tough Times will provide inspiration how to: Come up with the initial idea for a businessSpot new opportunitiesSecure funds from a bank or investorTake advantage of lack of competitionUse persistence and hard work to succeed in spite of the oddsPacked with inspirational stories and sound business advice, the stories within How They Started in Tough Times will give even the most cautious entrepreneur the confidence to start their business in tough times.

How They Started How 30 Good Ideas Became Great Businesses

How They Started How 30 Good Ideas Became Great Businesses

Author: David Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2007

Lots of us have ideas we think would make great businesses. Most of us never do anything with those ideas. But for those that do, a world of opportunity awaits them. This book is about 30 people like you. They all had an idea, and went on to start a business. From Innocent to Cobra to Dreams to Dyson, we reveal how some of the biggest household names businesses got of the ground, and those very first steps taken by their founders. Answering questions such as: What happened first? How did they choose the name? How much did it cost to set up? Where did they find suppliers? How did they get their first customers? What problems did they run into?

The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism

The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism

Author: David Lester Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2007

Is There Life After Death? An Examination of the Empirical Evidence

Is There Life After Death? An Examination of the Empirical Evidence

Author: David Lester Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2005

People have believed in the existence of life after death throughout human history and in all regions of the world. Mere belief, however, does not make it true. What is the empirical evidence for life after death? Has any significant research been conducted, and if so, what conclusions does it suggest? In fact there exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival. An extensive bibliography lists hundreds of studies of life-after-death phenomena.

Cambridge The Complete Guide

Cambridge The Complete Guide

Author: David Lester Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 01/09/1998

Serial Killers The Insatiable Passion

Serial Killers The Insatiable Passion

Author: David Lester Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/1995

Suicide and the Unconscious

Suicide and the Unconscious

Author: David Lester Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/1977

This text explores the role of the unconscious in suicidal behaviour. Case studies and examples of dreams and suicide notes are provided, and the assessment and treatment of suicidal patients are discussed in detail.

Is There Life After Death?

Is There Life After Death?

Author: David Lester Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

People have believed in the existence of life after death throughout human history and in all regions of the world. Mere belief, however, does not make it true. What is the empirical evidence for life after death? Has any significant research been conducted, and if so, what conclusions does it suggest? In fact there exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival. An extensive bibliography lists hundreds of studies of life-after-death phenomena.