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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.

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The Crypto Book

Siam Kidd
Authors:
Siam Kidd
Hodder & Stoughton

Yes She Can

Ruth Davidson
Authors:
Ruth Davidson

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson gleans life lessons learned by inspirational women from around the world in a personal and inspirational book.In Ruth Davidson's YES SHE CAN we meet world-beating women from fields as diverse as science, politics, the military, business and sport. They share their own journeys to the top - whether that's becoming Prime Minister, winning an Olympic gold medal or teaching male special forces how to fight. They share the bad times too, the challenges faced and difficulties to hurdle, explaining what they've learned along the way. We also see the author's own path as she tracks the societal shifts that have seen women advance - and discuss how far we've still got to go. Revealing, inspiring, informing, YES SHE CAN takes personal stories and deftly weaves them into an equalities manifesto for the modern age, a timely rallying call to make the life lessons of this book a reality for generations to come.(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Start Now. Get Perfect Later.

Rob Moore
Authors:
Rob Moore
Coronet

Quiet Girls Can Run the World

Rebecca Holman
Authors:
Rebecca Holman
Teach Yourself

The Ultimate Self Care Book

Clara Seeger, Stephen Evans-Howe, Patrick Forsyth, Dena Michelli
Authors:
Clara Seeger, Stephen Evans-Howe, Patrick Forsyth, Dena Michelli
John Murray Learning

Money

Rob Moore
Authors:
Rob Moore

Do you want to get to the stage - soon - where you are truly financially independent, able to use your money in the way you'd like, and be completely confident in your ability to take care of yourself and your family? That is a universal desire, but many of us regard wealth and financial independence as a goal which we'll likely never achieve - there are just too many bills that need paying and there is a widespread belief that the money game is rigged. Even people who win the lottery or inherit money often seem to wind up losing it. The evidence suggests you can't win a game that you don't understand - even if you start out winning - because you never understood the game in the first place.So how can you win with money? How can you create independent wealth and hold on to it? This inspiring book by self-made multi-millionaire Rob Moore explains the rules of the game, shares simple tricks for managing money better, details how to create a plan for an ambitious future, and shows you the very best way to become a millionaire - to think and behave like one!

John Murray Learning

Leadership

Andy Cope
Authors:
Andy Cope
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Defining You

Fiona Murden
Authors:
Fiona Murden

*Take the online psychometric test and receive a full professional report*Have you ever wondered what a profiling session would tell you about yourself? Fiona Murden helps some of the most successful people in the world to understand their behaviour and improve their performance. Here she guides you through the professional profiling assessment process in private, to help you discover your strengths, understand what really drives you and learn which environments will help you to excel. Step by step you will build your unique personal profile. Take a psychometric test, run a 360 assessment, draw up your early years timeline and enjoy some valuable self-reflection. Fiona then expertly - and sensitively - coaches you through interpreting your results and taking your next steps to fulfil your potential.Our behaviour is at the core of what we do. This is your ultimate self-awareness toolkit to help you understand both your own and other's behaviour and to positively influence it. Along the way you may even start to sleep better, think more clearly and have good moods more often.Defining You opens a window into the elite process of psychological profiling and presents a clear path to improving your effectiveness with immediate actions and tangible tips.

John Murray

That's What She Said

Joanne Lipman
Authors:
Joanne Lipman

A FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE MONTH'Urgently needed' Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of THE POWER OF HABIT and SMARTER'Attention, good guys: this book is for you' Adam Grant, bestselling author of ORIGINALS and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg 'I know what you're thinking: 'Not another career guide-cum-manifesto, telling us to "woman up" and demand more money.' But that isn't what Lipman says. Instead, she uses data, reams of it, to expose how the system is rigged against women. She then calls for men to join the fight to make the workplace more equal' SUNDAY TIMES STYLE MAGAZINEWomen spend their working lives adapting to an environment set up for men, by men: from altering the way they speak to changing the clothes they wear to power posing. But still the gender gap persists. And once you see it - women being overlooked, interrupted, their ideas credited to men - it's impossible to ignore. But it needn't be this way.Diving deep into the wide range of government initiatives, corporate experiments and social science research Joanne Lipman offers fascinating new revelations about the way men and women work culled from the Enron scandal, from brain research, from transgender scientists and from Iceland's campaign to 'feminise' an entire nation. Packed with fascinating and entertaining examples - from the woman behind the success of Tupperware to how Google reinvented its hiring process - WIN WIN is a rallying cry to both men and women to finally take real steps towards closing the gender gap.Published in the US as THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.

Teach Yourself

Be More Confident

Paul Jenner
Authors:
Paul Jenner

Self-confidence is a crucial ingredient in your personal skill-set; whether you need to demonstrate your aptitude at work or feel calmer and less anxious in social situations, being able to express yourself with confidence and appear at ease is well within your reach.Be More Confident brings the social networking strategies of the business and professional world to your personal life, helping you to overcome shyness, win friends and make an impact in every social situation. It uses proven techniques, interactive tools, case studies and motivational advice to help you communicate better, and relate to others in a natural way. If you've always been a little shy, it will give you practical help on everything from body language to great conversation openers. Covering work, home, relationships, social media and every other area of your daily routine, this practical, outcome-focused book will help you you feel better not only about yourself, but about the way in which you talk to people, make friends, and make an impression.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

Hodder & Stoughton

Growing Pains

Dr Mike Shooter
Authors:
Dr Mike Shooter
Teach Yourself

Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity

Imi Lo
Authors:
Imi Lo

Do you feel you experience life more vividly than others?Do people sometimes describe you as emotionally intense or oversensitive? Do your emotions soar high and plunge so quickly that you feel you can't keep up? This book is for you. Learn how to cope with intense feelings, and discover how to use your sensitivity, empathy and intelligence to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity will give you in-depth information about this trait, as well as practical exercises and strategies to help with your daily struggles.It will help you come to new ways of thinking about your past, thrive in your current life, and create exciting possibilities for the future. Written in a friendly and compassionate tone, the chapters will answer questions raised by many emotionally intense individuals:Is there something wrong with me? How does this trait explain my life experiences so far? What can I do right now to better my life and to fulfil my potential? You will learn to:- Understand what it means to live with emotional sensitivity and intense feelings- Debunk the myths and stereotypes about this trait - Let go of old emotional baggage and limiting mindsets- Develop real resilience and find peace within life's ups and downs- Navigate challenging social and family situations - Build healthy and fulfilling intimate relationships- Find your unique calling and liberate your creative potential

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Who Says You Can’t? You Do

Daniel Chidiac
Authors:
Daniel Chidiac

THE WORD OF MOUTH PHENOMENON THAT'S CHANGING LIVES AROUND THE WORLDDo you want to change your life? Well, who says you can't? Would you be surprised to learn that the only person stopping you achieving what you want in life is yourself? Why do you think there are so few people living their dream and millions of others slipping further away from theirs with every day that passes? Daniel Chidiac's writing has touched millions of people worldwide and helps to transform thousands of lives daily. By opening Who Says You Can't? You Do, you embark on a psychological and emotional journey that will unlock your true potential. This challenging and extraordinarily rewarding book is the ultimate guide to discovering the fulfilment you have been searching for your whole life.Who Says You Can't? You Do is a psychological and emotional journey that will help you overcome your self-doubts and unlock your true potential through 7 steps that cover self-discovery, energy, achievement, relationships and physical health. 'Who Says You Can't? You Do is the ultimate book for personal growth. It helps you find clarity within yourself regardless of where you are in life' Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Superbowl champion XLVII'Who Says You Can't? You Do offers clear and actionable steps for developing a winner's mental state and ultimately to live a fuller and more successful life. I highly recommend this book!' Natalie Eva Marie, WWE Pro-Wrestler/Actress

Sceptre

The Art of the Good Life

Rolf Dobelli
Authors:
Rolf Dobelli
John Murray Learning

Happiness

Andy Cope, Andy Whittaker, Shonette Bason-Wood
Authors:
Andy Cope, Andy Whittaker, Shonette Bason-Wood

Happiness, calm and enlightenment need not be elusive concepts which we hear of in theory but are never able to capture. This funny, practical book by Andy Cope, the Dr of Happiness, will show you how to transform your thinking, change gear and find a fresh new perspective that will leave you better focused on the things that matter, healthier and a great deal happier.ABOUT THIS SERIESLittle Books are accessible and engaging books with a focus on personal development and business topics, delivering quick, outcome-focused results, ideal for self-improvement junkies, commuters, or business readers.

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Confidence 2.0

Rob Yeung
Authors:
Rob Yeung

Teach Yourself

Beat Low Self-Esteem With CBT

Christine Wilding, Stephen Palmer
Authors:
Christine Wilding, Stephen Palmer

A TOOLKIT FOR IMPROVING YOUR SELF ESTEEM WITH CBTHealthy self esteem does not mean thinking you are the best at everything - it means being comfortable with yourself even when you are not. It is accepting yourself, with all your strengths and weaknesses, while still taking opportunities for self-development. Having healthy self esteem means you are well equipped to cope with the challenges life throws at you and perform to your full potential.Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT will provide you with the skills you need to overcome a lack of self-esteem, making it easier for you to deal with tough times and leaving you a happier and more confident person. A complete program for changing your idea of yourself, it works on every aspect of your self-confidence, providing exercises to accompany each stage and short-term 'personal assignments' that will give you long-term benefits and lasting results.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

Two Roads

Cheer Up Love

Susan Calman
Authors:
Susan Calman
Coronet

The No Spend Year

Michelle McGagh
Authors:
Michelle McGagh

Personal finance journalist, Michelle McGagh, takes on a challenge to not spend money for a whole year in an engaging narrative that combines personal experience with accessible advice on money so you can learn to spend less and live more. Michelle McGagh has been writing about money for over a decade but she was spending with abandon and ignoring bank statements. Just because she wasn't in serious debt, apart from her massive London mortgage, she thought she was in control. She wasn't. Michelle's took a radical approach and set herself a challenge to not spend anything for an entire year. She paid her bills and she has a minimal budget for her weekly groceries but otherwise Michelle spent no money at all. She found creative ways to live have a social life and to travel for free. She has saved money but more importantly she is happier. Her relationship with money, with things, with time, with others has changed for the better.The No Spend Year is Michelle's honestly written and personal account of her challenge. But it is more than that, it is also a tool for life. There are top tips for your own finances including easy to understand advice on interest, mortgages, savings , pensions and spending less to help you live a more financially secure life.

Hodder Paperbacks

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Richard Carlson
Authors:
Richard Carlson

So many of us would like to live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way, and be able to let go of our problems. This is the book that can show you how to stop letting the little things in life drive you crazy. Dr Richard Carlson teaches us, in his gentle and encouraging style, simple strategies for living a more fulfilled and peaceful life. We can all learn to put things in perspective, and by making the small daily changes he suggests, including surrendering to the fact that sometimes life isn't fair, and asking yourself, 'Will this matter a year from now?', Dr Richard can help everyone to see the bigger picture.Repackaged to inspire and guide a new generation, this is a Mind, Body and Spirit classic.