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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Teach Yourself

Coaching In A Week

Matt Somers
Authors:
Matt Somers

Coaching just got easierIn recent years the idea of coaching and the role of coach have made the journey from the sports field, via Human Resources, to become part of everyday managerial life. The terms 'coach' and 'coaching' have become common, even trendy, but both are widely misunderstood. If you ask anyone to define the word 'coach', you will get a wide variety of responses.By using coaching, we can tap into the huge reserves of talent and potential that lie dormant in most people. As managers, we can develop people without having to rely on passing on our own skills and knowledge, which may already be out of date. Using our skills in coaching, we can help our people access their ability without needing more than a basic grasp of the technicalities of their role.This book aims to give you enough knowledge and appreciation of coaching that you can begin to develop your own approach. Each of the seven chapters in Coaching In A Week covers a different aspect of coaching:- Sunday: What is coaching?- Monday: The manager as coach- Tuesday: The key principles of coaching- Wednesday: The coaching ARROW, part 1- Thursday: The coaching ARROW, part 2- Friday: Coaching in context- Saturday: Coaching in organizations

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Appraisals In A Week

Di Kamp
Authors:
Di Kamp
Teach Yourself

Change Management In A Week

Mike Bourne
Authors:
Mike Bourne

Change management just got easierIf an organization does not change in response to the environment in which it is operating, it will ultimately fail. Just as people have to change and adapt according to their circumstances, so do organizations. No one can deny that managing change is a difficult and sometimes painful task. It is complex and can be emotionally draining, involving a range of skills from project planning through to influencing those likely to be affected and ensuring that the appropriate actions happen. Difficult though it is, the ability to manage change is one of the critical skills needed by a manager. Anyone who wants to progress up the career ladder must be adept at instigating and managing change. This book concentrates on implementing change and ensuring that it happens. It is designed to help managers overseeing the whole change and those who are managing part of the process and trying to keep it on track. It will also interest people caught up in the change process, helping them to understand why certain things are happening to them. Over this week-long course you will cover:- Sunday: Why change is necessary- Monday: Unfreezing: creating the impetus for change- Tuesday: Moving: The change roller-coaster- Wednesday: Refreezing: making the change stick- Thursday: Tools for analysing resistance to change - Friday: Examples of change projects- Saturday: Making change happen

Intercultural Press

Speaking of India

Craig Storti
Authors:
Craig Storti
Teach Yourself

Job Hunting in 4 Weeks

Hilton Catt, Patricia Scudamore, David McWhir, Mo Shapiro, Alison Straw
Authors:
Hilton Catt, Patricia Scudamore, David McWhir, Mo Shapiro, Alison Straw

Job Hunting In 4 Weeks is a comprehensive guide to finding and getting your perfect job giving you everything you need to know in one place. Made up of four bestselling books in one, this book delivers a complete course in job hunting. From crafting the perfect CV and finding the job of your dreams, to writing a great cover letter and winning at interview you'll discover all the tools, techniques and strategies you need to get your job hunting right.This book introduces you to the main themes and ideas of job hunting, giving you a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, together with practical and thought-provoking exercises. Whether you choose to work through it like a 4 week course or dip in and out, Job Hunting In 4 Weeks is your fastest route to success:Week 1: CVs In A WeekWeek 2: Searching For Jobs In A WeekWeek 3: Successful Cover Letters In A WeekWeek 4: Succeeding At Interviews In A WeekABOUT THE SERIESIn A Week books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From negotiating and content marketing to finance and social media, the In A Week series covers the business topics that really matter and that will help you make a difference today. Written in straightforward English, each book is structured as a seven-day course so that with just a little work each day, you will quickly master the subject. In a fast-changing world, this series enables readers not just to get up to speed, but to get ahead.

John Murray Learning

The Big 100

Jeremy Kourdi
Authors:
Jeremy Kourdi
John Murray

Good Ideas

Michael Rosen
Authors:
Michael Rosen

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more.Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.

Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Women Who Brand

Catherine Kaputa
Authors:
Catherine Kaputa

Today self-branding is not an option-it's something women need to master. Ofter what's holding women back from career success is that we don't brand ourselves as well as men do. Women Who Brand is about what happens when women take charge of their personal brands and performance success. It's about what happens when women start thinking and acting more confidently, more creatively and more strategically about themselves and their abilities.

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Secrets of Resilient People

John Lees
Authors:
John Lees
John Murray Learning

Sales for Non-Salespeople

Robert Ashton
Authors:
Robert Ashton
John Murray

Acts of Omission

Terry Stiastny
Authors:
Terry Stiastny

Winner of the Paddy Power Political Novel of the YearIn 1998 the gilt is starting to come off a new era.Mark Lucas, the recently appointed foreign minister, is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Elected on a platform of transparency, he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don't want him to return it to the Germans, despite their entreaties.Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a dawning realisation that his computer is lost and, with it, the only copy of that disk.When the disk is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people's lives . . .Acts of Omission plunges the reader into a virtuoso recreation of late-nineties Britain. Suspenseful, exquisitely constructed and thought-provokingly topical, it is a novel about what happens when state secrets become public, and the human cost of those secrets.

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Secrets of Success at Work

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland
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The Management Coach: Teach Yourself

Rus Slater
Authors:
Rus Slater
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Living the 80/20 Way

Richard Koch
Authors:
Richard Koch
Teach Yourself

Managing Difficult People in a Week

David Cotton
Authors:
David Cotton
Teach Yourself

Run a Successful Charity: Teach Yourself

Claire Gillman, Nick Marr
Authors:
Claire Gillman, Nick Marr

Running a charity is a unique and exciting challenge. All you need is drive, passion - and this book.Teach Yourself: Running a Charity is the complete practical guide for anyone who is involved with setting up or running a charity. So whether you are a worker or colunteer in the third sector, a charity trustee, or are considering starting a charity yourself, this book will tell you everything you need to know, right from the beginning. It includes bang-up-to-date advice on charity registration and governance, proven tips for fund-raising and publicity, and practical insight into the day-to-day and strategic challenges of running a charity. Nick Marr, the author, is a well-known charity leader who has been there and done it for over 25 years. His coauthor, Claire Gillman, is a writer and editor who has had 15 non-fiction books published, and is highly respected for her ability to provide useful information in a readable and motivating way.

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How to Tame Technology and Get Your Life Back: Teach Yourself

Kevin Duncan
Authors:
Kevin Duncan

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a curse when it overwhelms us. If your phone, computer or other devices are beginning to rule your life, then you need help.We don't have to be ruled by our machines. It's time for us humans to fight back. 'How to Tame Technology' tells you exactly what to do, practical tips and simple things that you can do to regain control. Take the test and find out just how addicted you are - then learn how to cure yourself.'I can't talk now, I'm on the phone'For those of us suffering from technological overload, it's time to pause and think. Author and Plain English commentator Kevin Duncan has trained and advised some of the UK's top companies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Shell, in how to cope with all this. This thought-provoking book grapples with just how addicted we have become to technology and offers a set of ideas to help wean us off our technological drugs and lead a more fulfilling life. It looks briefly at how we got here, tests you on how serious your condition is and then offers real solutions, including rapid sequential tasking (v multitasking), communicating concisely, using the best method of communication for the job, all while retaining your sense of humour and enthusiasm.'Every page is a prompt to imagine things differently. A handbook for these challenging times ahead.'Mark Earls, author of Herd'He does for business what Nike does for sport.' Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide'Anyone who owns a mobile should have this on their shelf.' Robert Ashton, author The Life Plan

Sceptre

The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions

Rolf Dobelli
Authors:
Rolf Dobelli
Teach Yourself

Decision Making In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser
Teach Yourself

Planning Your Career In A Week

Wendy Hirsh, Charles Jackson
Authors:
Wendy Hirsh, Charles Jackson

The ability to plan your career is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Wendy Hirsh and Charles Jackson, leading experts on career planning, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order work your way to where you want to be.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!