The Finch in My Brain
By Martino Sclavi
'Raw, brave, heart-lifting.' STEF PENNY, author of UNDER THE POLE STAR'Whenever I see Martino I am reminded of how little I know about life and death compared to him. How we don't know what is within us or what may lie on the other side. I hope it's as magical and beautiful as this book.' RUSSELL BRANDWhen film producer Martino Sclavi began experiencing intense headaches, he attributed them to his frenetic lifestyle. As it turned out, he had grade 4 brain cancer and was given 18 months to live. After undergoing brain surgery - while awake - Martino found he had lost the ability to recognise words. His response was to close his eyes and begin to move his fingers across the keyboard to write this, an account of life before diagnosis and since. Defying all predictions Martino is still very much alive, words read out to him by the monotone of a computerised voice he calls Alex. But he must now live in a new way. This book - that he has written but cannot read - charts the effects of his experience: on his relationship with his young son, his marriage, his work and with himself. In the wake of his illness, everything must be reconfigured and Martino is made to question the habits, dreams and beliefs of his old life and confront the present. What he finds is strange and beautiful. Searching for the words between life and death, Sclavi shows that with determination and a subtle, persistent sense of humour, it is possible to change the story of our lives.
By Ranulph Fiennes
Explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes explores the concept of fear, and shows us through his own experiences how we can push our boundaries in everyday life.Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.In FEAR, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions.With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.
Fighting on the Home Front
By Kate Adie
'History at its most celebratory' Daily Telegraph'Adie uses her journalistic eye for personal stories and natural compassion to create a book definitely worthy of her heroines' Big Issue'Fascinating, very readable . . . provides a complete wartime women's history' Discover Your History* * * * * *Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year.IN 1914 THE WORLD CHANGED forever. When World War One broke out and a generation of men went off to fight, bestselling author and From Our Own Correspondent presenter Kate Adie shows how women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives.Now a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles - from transport to policing, munitions to sport, entertainment, even politics. They had finally become citizens, a recognised part of the war machine, acquiring their own rights and often an independent income.The former BBC Chief News Correspondent charts the seismic move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and through unique first-hand research shows just how momentous the achievements of those pioneering women were.This is history at its best - a vivid, compelling account of the women who helped win the war as well as a revealing assessment of their legacy for women's lives today.
From the Heart
By Kym Marsh
KYM MARSH is one of our most-loved stars, but her life has been a rollercoaster ride through love, laughter and tears.Now Kym's ready to tell her full story for the first time, describing her difficult childhood growing up on a council estate in Wigan, and struggling at school with bullying and an eating disorder.She describes falling in love at 17 and finding herself pregnant while still a teenager. By the time she was 21, she was a single mum with two very young children, David and Emily, and it was a real struggle to make ends meet.But Kym had always dreamt of performing and even though the odds were stacked against her, she was determined to make her dream a reality. One day she auditioned for a new TV show called Popstars and her life changed forever.Kym now stars in the nation's favourite soap, Coronation Street. But her life off-screen hasn't been easy. She reflects on her marriage to Jack Ryder and how hard she tried to make it work. Kym found new love with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas and after tragically losing their first baby Archie in 2009, the couple were over the moon to welcome little Polly Lomas into the world earlier this year.Entertaining, funny and incredibly honest, From the Heart is a fantastic read all about how sometimes the best things happen in life when you refuse to give up hope.
The Fight of my Life
By Barbara Clark
Barbara Clark is a former nurse, foster carer and mother of two children, one with special needs, and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in February 2005. During her treatment, she found that there was a drug existing, Herceptin, that would double survival chances for her particular form of cancer from 14%. However, it wasn't available on the NHS and therefore, for Barbara, unaffordable. In the midst of aggressive chemotherapy, Barbara, incredibly, found the strength to fight not just the NHS but the government, and to win the right to be prescribed the drug on the NHS, not just for herself but for thousands of other women. THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE will tell the story behind those headlines. It will tell how she first found her cancer, and what it was that gave her the will to battle on and take on, not just the disease but the authorities who were prepared to let her die for want of a drug. Barbara's reasons for living are her three children, two of whom she fosters and who have special needs: their stories and how they dealt with her cancer will also be central to this an amazing, uplifting, inspiring book. Herceptin has treated Barbara's cancer, but it doesn't guarantee a complete cure - rather, it buys her more time to care for the people who are most precious to her, to help other women and to pursue what she calls her 'passion for life'. THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE is the story of an extraordinary woman and of great human courage in the face of despair.
By Phil Craig, Tim Clayton
Seventy years ago, as Hitler's army continued its relentless advance across Europe, Britain - a country ill-prepared for war - faced its darkest hour.Acclaimed as 'Brilliant' by the Daily Mail and 'Compelling' by the Telegraph, Finest Hour recreates the terror, tragedy and triumph of the Battle of Britain through the testimony of the very men and women who were there. Taken from the diaries, letters and memoirs of those who survived it - and those who lost their lives - Finest Hour creates a powerful and incisive account of the events of 1940. Containing individual accounts of love and loss by these witnesses of war, the book also contains a provocative analysis of the conflicts and the politics of the period, and questions some cherished national myths. Cutting through the nostalgic haze, Finest Hour enables readers to experience a time when a nation's darkest hour became its finest.
By Ruth Dee
Imagine what it would be like if your thoughts weren't the only ones in your head.Ruth has lived with other people in her head since she was four years old. She splintered off into different selves when her grandfather began sexually abusing her. It was her way of coping with the dreadful things she endured at home. The worse things got, the more personalities Ruth created in order to try to escape her life.Ruth eventually left home and after years of hard work, Ruth came to terms with her past and now helps others suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. Fractured is the story of a life torn apart by abuse and a remarkable woman who pieced herself back together again.
A Friend Like Henry
By Nuala Gardner
This is the inspiring account of a family's struggle to break into their son's autistic world - and how a beautiful retreiver dog made the real difference.Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn't right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word 'autism' for the first time. Scared but determined that Dale should live a fulfilling life, Nuala describes her despair at her son's condition, her struggle to prevent Dale being excluded from a 'normal' education and her sense of hopeless isolation. Dale's autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground.But the Gardner's lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying 'I love you', Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today.This is a heartrending and fascinating account of how one devoted and talented dog helped a little boy conquer his autism.
Fit For Fertility
By Michael Dooley
One in six couples have problems conceiving and many more suffer the pain of miscarriage, which FIT FOR FERTILITY also addresses. Much of the advice they're given is misleading or negative and IVF is often presented as the only option. In fact, it's been shown that an integrated approach to fertility treatment achieved the same success rates as IVF, without medical intervention, worry and expense. This is Michael's approach and is based on his hugely successful Fit for Fertility programme that combines changes to lifestyle, good nutrition and complementary therapies. FIT FOR FERTILITY will allow the reader to self diagnose and tailor their programme according to their needs. It is infused with Michael's up-beat philosophy and builds on his inspiring work to promise a genuine chance of success.
By Stephen Lundin And Carr Hagerm
The phenomenal bestseller FISH! has sold more than one million copies worldwide and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Now, with the FISH! Omnibus, readers can enjoy the wisdom of FISH! and its sequels FISH! TALES and FISH! STICKS in one book. FISH! is a powerful parable that will help you love the work you do - even if you can't always do work that you love. In this engaging metaphor, a fictional manager transforms a chronically unenthusiastic department into an effective team by applying ingeniously simple lessons learnt from Pike Place Fish, a wildly successful local fishmonger. The parable addresses today's most pressing work issues and offers easy to grasp, profound wisdom - the hallmark of a business classic. With FISH! TALES, readers can learn how people from four real-life businesses boosted morale and improved results by implementing the FISH! principles. Here are specific and tested techniques that can be put to use immediately in any kind of business or organisation - even at home. FISH! TALES features dozens of success stories, and it details a twelve-week programme with specific steps and action plans to help you find greater fulfilment - while inspiring those around you to do the same. In FISH! STICKS, the authors teach you how to create your own vision for your business - and to keep it alive and renewed through the tough and changing times, such as turnover in management and staff. FISH! STICKS will show you sustainable ways to establish an invigorating management style that really works.
The Fish Finger Years
By Fiona Gibson
If you have an embarrassing child who bursts into friends' houses announcing 'It stinks in here' or shouts 'why is that man so fat?' on the bus (and not a spooky child who replaces felt-tip lids and enjoys dusting) then this book is for you.Self-confessed imperfect mum Fiona Gibson blends her own hilarious tales of raising three children with anecdotes and nuggets of advice from 300 fellow parents who admit they too get things wrong occasionally. Stories and tips cover a huge range of parenting dilemmas, from 'what to do if your child has a screaming, plank-rigid wobbler in M&S, and everyone's giving you Bad Parent looks' and 'how to handle a foul-mouthed monster obsessed with the toilet parts of horses' to 'sex: should you make the effort or just not bother?'.Above all, this funny, refreshingly honest look at being a real-life mum will come as a welcome reminder that yours is not the only family who can't go to Ikea without tears, tantrums and the threat of divorce...
By Brandon Bays
Freedom to live, love and succeed on your own terms comes from learning how to trust that grace will provide for you. This grace is to be found within ourselves and encompasses peace of mind, an ability to be fully present in the moment, and an awareness of the power and possibilities present in the infinite.Bestselling author Brandon Bays leads you on this challenging journey with daily meditations and contemplations to draw you ever deeper into an awareness of this awesome power. As your awareness grows, your own wisdom will reveal itself and you will be able to live in the deep peace of freedom.
The Fiona Harrold Series: Get Motivated
By Mike Blissett
GET MOTIVATED is your guide to making life work the best way it possibly can for you. Why is it that some people simply coast through life, seemingly oblivious to failure, whilst others struggle and feel overwhelmed by the very thought of creating the life they always dreamed of? The answer could be in the planning, the doing, the getting up and going - in the direction that's right for you.With GET MOTIVATED, you'll be able to develop your personal game plan. By examining what you want, what motivates and moves you, your dreams, goals and ambitions, even the long-forgotten pipe dreams of childhood, you will be able to put together a step-by-step approach to creating the life you want.
Fish! For Life
By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
The internationally acclaimed business bestseller FISH! and follow ups FISH! TALES and FISH! STICKS have been a massive global success - with over a million copies sold in the States and over 400,000 copies in the UK. Now, for the first time, we're shown how to put the unique FISH! Philosophy into action in all areas of our lives, ranging from losing weight to improving our personal finances.Using the same easy-to-read parable format used in the original FISH! title, this is a both a true follow-up to that book (featuring two of the original characters) and a stand-alone work that can be read on its own. Through its unfolding story, we witness the many challenges encountered by a newly created family as they start building a life together - working parents, growing family, school tension, economic stress, and weight gain - and just how they are overcome. From this appealing metaphor we can obtain accessible wisdom and applicable insights which can be applied for achieving happiness and wellbeing in our own lives.
By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
The phenomenal international bestseller FISH! told the story of a fictional company that transformed itself by applying lessons learned from Seattle's Pike Place Fish Market. The follow-up FISH! TALES told of real-life companies that boosted morale and improved results by implementing these same principles. Now, following the huge success of these motivational titles, comes the latest inspiring addition to the series: FISH! STICKS. In this new, stimulating volume, the authors teach us how to effect change in our business and make it stick through tough and changing times such as turnover in management and staff. With the appealing, readable style which makes the FISH philosophy so accessible, FISH! STICKS shows us how to keep our work vital, alive and fresh, while maintaining those innovations that really work for your company.
By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
This inspiring follow up to FISH! offers exciting case-studies of how companies are applying the fish philosophy to meet their unique goals and needs. FISH TALES features four real-life stories of the fish principle in action - to help you 'reel' in new possibilities in the workplace - and four short chapters, also from actual organisations, on the four principles of the FISH! philosophy. Using a short, easy-to-read format, it effectively communicates a message that applies to every kind of business. These stimulating examples of re-energised companies are perfect for those wanting to dive deeper into the FISH! philosophy and create that amazing environment in their own workplace.
By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
An updated edition of this title is available (ISBN 9781444792805)Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team.Seattle's Pike Place Fish is a world famous market that is wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and great customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the Pike Place, our manager discovers how to energise and transform her workplace.Addressing today's most pressing work issues with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message, FISH! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound.
By Rhonda Britten
So many of us are held back by fear - in every aspect of our lives.Hugely inspirational writer and speaker Rhonda Britten goes beyond Susan Jeffers' classic FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY to show us how to banish fear entirely. Describing how she herself overcame the personal tragedy of her father's murder of her mother, she explains the 3 key steps involved in reversing fortunes and making a success of our lives. First unblock potential, then dismantle self-defeating habits, and finally re-channel negative self-talk to turn your losses into wins and problems into possibilities.Both motivating and practical, Rhonda Britten includes case histories and exercises to help us identify, transform and move beyond our fears to a new life of physical, spiritual and emotional freedom.