A true story of hope, belief, failure, need and greed – one person’s struggle with addiction and their road to redemption.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live on the ‘other side’ or longed to change your life? In To Live a Life, the author offers an unflinching tale of experimenting with drugs and alcohol in pursuit of getting ‘out there’… only to discover once immersed, there seems no way back.
This raw memoir leads readers on a turbulent journey of addiction battling emotion, clinging to life, and ultimately seeking survival. Travel the so-called ‘rocky road’ of substance abuse leading to utter dependence...when you’d do ‘anything’ to ‘get on,’ followed by the agonizing revelation you’d now give anything to “get off.
More than an addiction story, this is a universal testament to the human capacity for change and the power of community in bettering our lives when we’ve lost our way. There is always hope if we want it badly enough.
The Importance of Being Me: A Trans Reality is an essential guide for anyone navigating the complexities of gender identity. Whether you’re a parent of a child questioning their gender, a teenager contemplating a transition, or someone seeking clarity on the gender/sex debate, this book offers valuable insights. It delves into the experiences of those who have journeyed through ‘Transing’ or, as the author terms it, authenticating their true selves. This book is a vital resource for understanding and embracing the nuances of gender identity.
One day, amidst my growing complaints to my mother about my father’s lifestyle, he found it necessary to have a heart-to-heart with me. While planting a tree in our garden, he shared a profound insight: “In society, there are only two kinds of people; lambs and wolves. Lambs are perpetually preyed upon and killed, whereas wolves hunt and advance.” He then posed a stark question: “Do you wish to be a lamb or a wolf?” Initially bewildered by his abrupt query, I pondered before responding, “Perhaps something in-between.” His reply was swift and certain, “There is no middle ground, only these two. Show mercy and you’ll be devoured in this world.”
This conversation was a turning point in understanding my father’s complex character - his occasional harshness and rudeness, juxtaposed with moments of thoughtfulness. He maintained his gentle treatment of others, revealing a nuanced perspective of the constant struggle and conflict in human interactions.
This book is my endeavour to document the events and experiences I have personally witnessed. It serves as a tapestry of social history, reflecting the intricate dance between the ‘lambs’ and ‘wolves’ of our society. My purpose in writing this book is only to record the events and things that I’ve witnessed with my own eyes.
Embark on a captivating journey through time and place as you delve into the pages of Jade Eye: My Shipping Years in COSCO Shanghai (1968-1987). Li, a Chinese sailor, offers a candid and unfiltered glimpse into his married life, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking cities of Wuxi and Shanghai, China. Through Li’s seafaring adventures, this compelling narrative unravels the profound transformations China underwent from 1968 to 1987, providing readers with an authentic window into the heart of the real China.
Beyond its exploration of China’s metamorphosis, Jade Eye offers a unique perspective on the transient historical landscapes of the countries Li visited during his voyages. For young readers, it offers a fresh angle on their own nation’s history during that brief but pivotal era, while adults will find themselves transported back in time, reminiscing about their own lives during those unforgettable years.
Prepare to be enthralled and enlightened as you immerse yourself in the pages of Jade Eye. Li’s heartfelt storytelling will both delight and captivate you, offering a vivid and unforgettable portrayal of his extraordinary life experiences and the profound insights he passionately shares with readers.
Old, grumpy, and cynical, this man in his 70s complains about being riddled with incurable diseases which he describes using a lot of profanity, but in such a way that you can’t help yourself but laugh and feel sorry for him at the same time. He could be your Dad, your Grandad or perhaps you some day and this touches something in the reader.
He claims he is trying to reach out to fellow sufferers of the many diseases but he openly admits that this is only because he wants them to buy his book. He promises that if you buy his book he won’t waste his profits on any good causes other than giving himself one final celebration or blow out as he says.
He thinks he is a Senior Citizen Influencer and he shamelessly pokes fun at everyone on the planet whom he describes as little hamsters so busy running around in the wheel chasing a lost cause, until they can’t.
He is also disparaging about ‘do gooders’ and those who would try to save the planet, but there is a hint of ‘tongue in cheek’ in all he says, or is there?
Between the lines there is a serious side where he describes the suffering and indignities brought about by many of the conditions that he and millions of others endure. This book is not to everyone’s taste but everyone should read it.
Journey with Trevor, a dedicated pharmacy technician, and his wife Mo as they navigate the challenges and wonders of life in military hospitals. From the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, to the tense atmosphere of Cyprus during the Turkish invasion, their path is always unpredictable.
Venture to Nepal, where they spend two enriching years at the recruiting base for the esteemed Brigade of Gurkhas. Then travel with them through Germany, London, Southampton, and Aldershot.
Experience the heartache they endure when leaving their children, Jason and Justin, behind in England, offset by the precious moments they share during school holidays.
With each of their 21 relocations, delve into the fabric of their lives, experiencing the challenges and joys that come with constantly setting up a new home in different corners of the world. Embark on this global adventure, witnessing the resilience of a family always on the move.
My cold, soaked, naked body was exposed, and I immediately knew I was in danger. As my lip began to quiver and involuntarily protrude, I became drenched with an overwhelming, instant yearning for my mum. Yet no sound would escape my mouth, so I stood there cornered like a mouse surrounded by the steal of a trap set to spring at any moment just waiting to secure me in its unforgiving clutches. My startled, fearful eyes only minutely reflecting the implosion that had just been detonated within my inner sanctum. I was rigid with fear as my body stiffened; my mind silent offering no guidance to navigate its way to a place of safety. I was defenceless, weak, alone and oh how his salivation seemed to intensify. This was one of those acute moments in time where the lens ultimately sharpens its focus and the shutter snaps rapidly. The question is: had you orchestrated this moment to quench your sordid desires and are you about to make the most heinous decision that will manifest into a lifetime of Blame, Shame & Guilt? I close my eyes and silently pray that I will be spared the torment.
Life Blood, written by a renowned leukaemia physician, tells unforgettable stories of his leukaemia patients’ battles to be cured but also uniquely describes the stresses that doctors face when looking after extremely ill young people during an extraordinary time in their lives.
In reflecting on his long and illustrious career, Professor Marks’ memoir offers frank descriptions of his own medical family, some personal experiences of ill-health and his relationships with colleagues and patients in the NHS. Partly written during the Covid pandemic and as he approached retirement, Life Blood offers highly informed and compassionate views on modern medicine, from a pivotal point in both the author’s own professional life and the history of healthcare.
Uniquely, through these real-life stories, we enter the world of the leukaemia patient, to understand what it is like to be diagnosed and treated for a life-threatening yet frequently curable cancer. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia or ALL was the first cancer to be consistently cured in children and is a model for much of modern cancer therapy given that more than half of us will develop cancer in our lifetime. Looking to the future we read of Nitya, whose treatment-refractory leukaemia was cured by CAR T cells, a modern immunotherapy using genetically modified white blood cells, which is now being adapted to treat breast, lung and colon cancer.
In Memoir - A New Season, Wanting Proof and Get A Life!, journey through the captivating life of Odette, a young woman coming of age in 1960s Napier, New Zealand. Initially enthralled by the era’s fashion, Odette finds her priorities quickly shifting when she takes a job as a shorthand typist in an insurance office at seventeen. A once-harmonious workplace transforms into a labyrinth of emotional complexities.
Married by the age of twenty-two, Odette steps into a new season of life filled with both trials and triumphs. This memoir is not just a catalogue of challenges she faces, but a testament to her resilience and adaptability. With each new chapter of her life, from her fashion-obsessed teenage years to the demands of marriage, Odette learns invaluable lessons about what truly matters.
What do you do when your dream falls apart? Faced with an unplanned gap year after a setback in his veterinary pursuits, David finds himself at a crossroads. Chiropody, while not his initial passion, offers him a new direction. Yet, as he delves deeper, David finds himself on the forefront of an emerging surgical field, one that challenges the conventions of the medical world. Amidst growing opposition and skepticism, many ask: Shouldn’t only medical doctors operate?
This is the true tale of the birth of podiatry and one man’s unwavering determination. Supported by his wife and driven by a vision, David’s journey from 1978-86 captures the spirit of an era and the challenges of pioneering change against all odds.
Surviving Smoking Mirrors: My Reflection is a candid chronicle of Alliey’s tumultuous relationship with Josh, tracing its journey from the beginning to its bitter end, and the myriad challenges she faced along the way. Following the collapse of their marriage, Alliey finds herself entangled in a complex property settlement while enduring ongoing gaslighting and abuse from Josh. Concurrently, Josh plunges into a hedonistic lifestyle.
Amidst these trials, Alliey’s son, Camden, begins to show worrying injuries following visits with Josh, adding to her mounting concerns. As Alliey grapples with supporting Camden, her own battle with anorexia spirals dangerously out of control, threatening to cost her everything. This story is a raw and unflinching exploration of the struggles faced in the aftermath of a tumultuous relationship, highlighting the resilience and determination needed to persevere through adversity.