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A young woman's descent into the hellish world of domestic violence and her courageous escape. The charity Women's Aid estimates 1.3 million women in the UK experience some sort of domestic abuse every year. Aged 16, this author entered a world of drugs, crime and violence. And so began this teenager's descent into hell. As her partner became more violent, she became more isolated from friends and family and lost any confidence she had in herself and any sense of self-worth. This is a common pattern in domestic violence victims. But somehow LC Gordon mustered strength, courage and dignity to survive her horrific ordeal, when the people she loved betrayed her.
In this enlightening new autobiography, Keith A. Elliott, MBE, shares his extensive career in policing and demonstrates how he grew from a working class background to a long policing career, uniquely in London's West End where he was introduced to many elevated members of society, culminating in the award of an MBE. On leaving the police the he also uniquely set up and ran a consultancy to the film industry making a contribution to over 75 films including the 'Harry Potter' series, 'V' for Vendetta' using persuasive ability to ensure that film directors and assistant directors and crew abided by the agreements negotiated with the authorities in London and the counties by the author. A Life of Power and Persuasion offers readers an insight into how the author experienced and witnessed an incredible social transformation of British society, in particular how the police shrank from being a force reflecting the seismic change from the past to a shadow of their former self in the present day. Many of the issues covered in the book still resonate in contemporary society as Keith examines and exposes with frankness the failings of policing past and present, the impact of other agencies and individuals and the impact of the relationship between senior police management and front line officers.
Abused by her father, deemed unworthy of the love of her mother, ashamed of her upbringing, living in an environment that few survive, and nowhere to turn but within, The Mango Girl determined her life wasn't going to end the way it began. From a young age, Dr. Ava Brown learned the lessons of perseverance and survival. The Mango Girl is the courageous story of growing up in one of the poorest areas of Jamaica. Determination and courage gave rise to Ava's belief that she was destined for more than her community could offer. The expected and ingrained recreational activities of sex, raising babies, and going to the farm were not enough for this young girl. She forged a very different path than the one expected of her. Her adolescent years were dominated by the dark shadows of incest, homelessness, violence, and sexual abuse. Ava's life took an entirely different path when she was held and raped at gunpoint in front of her 3-year-old daughter which finally pushed her to flee her home country to save her sanity. Resilience and love for her native country allowed Ava to see all her harsh and disappointing experiences as mere stepping stones to becoming a strong and self-reliant woman.
The hysterical, shocking and incredibly intimate memoir from one of the most original and unique comedians alive today. Hello! I'm Brian Limond, aka Limmy. You might know me from Limmy's Show. Or you might not know me at all. Don't worry if you don't. They asked me to write a book about mental health, because I sometimes talk about my mental health in tweets and interviews, like suicidal thoughts and anxiety, and what I've done to try and deal with it. I said to them, oh, I don't know if I could fill a whole book with just that. But how's about I write a general autobiography type of thing, and all the mental health stuff will naturally appear along the way? I could talk about growing up and slashing my wrist and taking acid all the time and getting done for car theft and feeling like a mad freak that would never amount to anything. And then how I made my own sketch show. I directed it and everything. Plus I'm a dad. I'm an adult. But I still feel like that mad freak from years ago. I still feel like chucking it all away, for a laugh. I asked them if they wanted me to write about all that, plus some other stuff. Like being an alky. And my sexual problems. Stuff like that. They said aye. So here it is.
Dan Jarvis is an MP and a Mayor, but this is not a book about politics. This is a book about service and family - specifically his time serving in the elite Parachute Regiment, and the tragic death of his wife Caroline. Dan used to be a soldier, and although soldiering provides the backdrop to some of the book, what it is really about is love, life and death - and all the stuff that goes in between. It is about making decisions when under extreme pressure, about keeping calm, keeping going and keeping a smile on your face - well, most of the time, anyway. Specifically, it is about the two biggest challenges Dan faced and the way he tried to cope with them - taking on the Taliban in Afghanistan, and losing his wife to cancer at a tragically young age. For a long time Dan did not feel ready or able to talk about it, but ten years on, he now wants to tell the story. From the mortal danger and nerve-tangling fear of night-fighting in Helmand province to the aching heartache of bereavement, this is a unique and compelling memoir by a man of courage and character. Though it has been a hard book for Dan to write, it is a gripping and inspiring one to read.
Although Dan Jarvis is MP for Barnsley Central and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, this is not a book about politics. He used to be a soldier, and though parts of this book are about soldiering, mostly it is about life, and death - about tough times and how to get through them. The first challenge was leading soldiers under the most demanding conditions. I have used the time since I returned from the most testing part of my Army service in southern Afghanistan to reflect on what happened in Helmand. To try and make some sense of it all. They really were the best and the worst of times: hard as these experiences were, in one sense, I was reasonably well prepared for it by years of training at Sandhurst and with my regiment, and by many other deployments overseas. But it came at a tough time for my family and I. My wife Caroline had been treated for cancer and a set of circumstances dictated that I arrived in Afghanistan woefully underprepared for the test I was to face. The second challenge was the trauma that comes from coping with a bereavement. Based on my experiences I have reflected long and hard about how grief can consume you when a loved one is tragically lost. About how you have to come to terms with losing your partner and get on with living your life. In this book I talk about my early years in the Army, about meeting Caroline and our life together. I describe what happened to us as a family, the horrors I faced in Afghanistan, followed by the pain of bereavement and how somehow, I made it through to the other side. The account I give is how it was. No fluff. No varnish, the good, the bad and the very ugly - the highs and the lows. Some of it uncomfortable, some of it some painful, but all of it just as it was. I want to share what I've learned about endurance, about the power of the human spirit, about fortitude, resilience and survival. About never ever giving up, whatever comes your way, and about how to find ways to cope with the pressure.
'One thing I've known about Bob from the very beginning is that he possesses a wisdom that is unusual, even in cats. In the decade since we met he's grown even wiser in my eyes. This book is a collection of the insights I've gained during my years with Bob.' In the spring of 2007, busker James Bowen came across an injured ginger tom cat in the hallway of his shelter in north London. What he didn't know was that this would be the start of a friendship that would turn both their lives around, and lead to A Street Cat Named Bob, the international bestseller that tells the story of their friendship. The Little Book of Bob is a collection of the wisdom James has learnt from Bob throughout the years, as they go through thick and thin together. From the power of friendship to staying calm and finding the joys in a simple life, let Bob be your guide on how to navigate the ins and outs of life like a wise street cat.
A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and beyond, The Stonemason is his very personal history of how Britain was built - from the inside out. Stone by different stone, culture by different culture, Andrew Ziminski (with his faithful whippet in tow) takes us on an unforgettable journey by river, road and sea through our countryside showing how the making of Britain's buildings offers an unexpected and new version of our island story. 'My school history lessons were focused around flat pages of facts, events and royal personalities, but for me it was the material aspects of the past, the tangible remnants left behind that were thrilling, and that it was these buildings and places, and learning how they worked, that really brought the past alive.'
Andrew Ziminski is a stonemason living and working in what was ancient Wessex. He has three decades of hands-on experience with the tangible history of this country, including raising stones at Stonehenge, the restoration of roman ruins in the City of Bath and work to save some of our most important medieval churches and cathedrals. But there's nothing dusty about this stonemason. The Stonemason begins with Andrew three hundred feet up Salisbury Cathedral, where he and his workmates are heaving new stone panels into place, taunted by the hoppy notes rising from the nearby brewery, and bombarded with debris by the nimbyish resident jackdaws. His work gives him a fascinating perspective on British history, nature and architecture. Offering a unique account of life as a craftsman and of working on some of this country's great monuments, The Stonemason is both a celebration of man's close relationship with stone, this greatest of natural materials, and a reminder of the value of 'made by hand' and 'made to last.'
Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women's March, shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country. On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, nineteen-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. She saw in the mirror the woman she was growing to be-a young Muslim American woman unapologetic in her faith and her activism, who would discover her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11. Now heralded for her award-winning leadership of the Women's March on Washington, in We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders Linda Sarsour offers a poignant story of community and family. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned, where Linda learned the real meaning of intersectionality, to protests in the streets of Washington, DC, Linda's experience as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find one's voice and use it for the good of others. We follow Linda as she learns the tenets of successful community organizing, and through decades of fighting for racial, economic, gender, and social justice as she becomes one of the most recognized activists in the nation. We also see her honoring her grandmother's dying wish, protecting her children, building resilient friendships, and mentoring others even as she loses her first mentor in a tragic accident. Throughout, she inspires readers to take action as she reaffirms that we are not here to be bystanders. In his foreword to the book, Harry Belafonte writes of Linda, While we may not have made it to the Promised Land, my peers and I, my brothers and sisters in liberation can rest easy that the future is in the hands of leaders like Linda Sarsour. I have often said to Linda that she embodies the principle and purpose of another great Muslim leader, brother Malcolm X. This is her story.
Meet Vicki. Diagnosed with a rare eye condition aged four, she embarked on a rollercoaster journey of life with a disability. Vis-Ability introduces readers to Vicki in her early years. Following her diagnosis, readers witness her heartbreaking decision to have a prosthetic eye fitted at the tender age of thirteen. As her story continues, Vicki faces further problems with her remaining eye, dealing with chronic pain and a rare genetic eye disease. Describing the difficulties that she encountered at school and as she entered adulthood, Vis-Ability strives to raise awareness of vision impairment. The book contains advice on how to deal with a visual disability, as well as the variety of options on offer to those who are visually impaired. It is a story of positivity in the face of adversity and making the most of every opportunity.
'A profound meditation on a problem many of us will face; worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal' Kirkus As the American born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine's impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life's temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine - a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care. Interweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.