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The Life I Won-bookcover

By: A. J. King

The Life I Won

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A gripping tale of strength, resilience and of how life can be devastating yet beautiful at the same time.

She was born to a working-class family in Manchester. Her father was her inspiration. She idolised this charismatic man, and he told her every day that she was special. Emulating her beloved father’s work ethic, Mandy worked on a market stall at thirteen years old, then went off to university at eighteen, always working to help financially. From nothing and nowhere she built a successful career in an unexpected place. She was admired, respected and had made it.

Then her world literally fell apart and life took her on a journey from abundance to rock bottom. There were lessons to be learned on this rocky road and if she wanted to stay alive, it was her duty to learn them.

Facing relentless challenges, losing people she loved and every penny she had, many would have given up. But not this woman, because her dad had told her she was special.

Heart-breaking, enlightening and ultimately uplifting, The Life I Won tells a story of success despite adversity. It will teach you that if you have the right attitude, you can play the game of life and win, no matter how bad it seems.

A. J. King is 57 years old and an artist, coach and author living in Scotland. In 2009 she experienced a series of unfortunate events that would test the strongest person. She survived and learned lessons that would set her up for a dramatic turnaround. Making her story into a work of fiction was the only way she could tell it.

This is the first of two books that will share her story of losing everything only to eventually find her holy grail.

Her artwork depicts women and their power and her website showcases all of her creative works and her powerful new signature coaching programme ‘The Creative Business Academy.’

Find her at

Customer Reviews
7 reviews
7 reviews
  • Inspirational and Humbling

    I’ve read many books about the journeys of several people, but this really struck a chord.
    It’s a perfect example of picking yourself up and staying determined whatever life throws at you.
    I read it in a day as I needed to know where they were heading.
    I won’t give it away, but I’m sure you’ll get a few surprises.

  • Deborah Britton

    This is a 'can't put down read.
    It had me gripped from start to finish.
    I took so much inspiration from this book and can't wait to hear what came next!!

  • Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale

    Thank you for such an empowering book. I need the next one! It is inspiring, realistic, and hopeful. The chapters are impressively structured and leave you wanting to know more. Very well done and keep shining. Thank you.

  • Rie Pearson

    An inspirational story of courage and determination.
    I could not put this down.
    A roller coaster of a ride through so many emotions. Just so good to read!
    Highly recommended.

  • Lucy Sheffield

    Mandy's book had me in tears. I couldn't put it down! It blew my mind to read all about the challenges Mandy has faced through her life's journey. It is an incredible book, written from the heart. I love how Mandy sees life and how despite the battles she faced along the way she knew she was going to win the life she deserved. Mandy writes in such a way that shows us we all have the capacity to win in life, no matter what we are going through. I love how she explains that it all starts with gratitude, even when we are at rock bottom and left with nothing. There is so much hope and Mandy captures and shares this throughout the book. It was such a great read, the best thing I've read in a long time. Thank you :)

  • Danielle Smith

    What an inspiration! After hearing Mandy do a money mindset talk I purchased this book and absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down. It was so inspirational and left me wanting to know what happened next. I read it in two days! I highly recommend it for anyone needing a hit of motivation. Mandy's talk and book kick-started my personal development journey and have resulted in an amazing turnaround of my second business and manifesting a house! You won't want to miss giving this a read!

  • Bec Sheffield

    I LOVED this book. I was moved to tears, and laughter, throughout as I walked alongside Mandy on her courageous journey. It is a book filled with hope and promise. I couldn't put it down

    as I had to know what would Mandy do next? An honest book, that shows just what is possible when we choose to "win at life". Your story is inspirational - thank you for sharing. I can't wait for the next instalment

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