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From Headlines to Hard Times Hardcover – 5 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; First Edition 2nd Impression edition (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546848
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A year ago, I watched Saving Ed Mitchell on ITV, and to be honest didn't think he had much chance of survival. But this enjoyable and easy to read book kept me riveted. It's actually a really good story, some quite funny bits and in the end, I felt uplifted. There's a good balance and a lot of wisdom. I reckon this is a book not only for those having alcohol problems or recovering from them, but for anyone who wants an honest insight into how an obviously intelligent and successful person can be brought to such a low level -- and bounce back...albeit with a lot of luck. This book is about being a recovering human being.
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A book full of hope in these hard times, as this is, should appeal to and help many readers. It's a strong story and a cautionary tale with amusing and interesting anecdotes from decades working as a globetrotting journalist but also warnings of how easy it can be to lose control. Ed's book makes it frighteningly clear how many of us might risk sliding down the slippery slope to alcoholism and overwhelming debt through a series of small, almost imperceptible steps.

However, he describes his decline from being a well-known broadcaster without self-pity and admits his lion's share of the blame. After good turns from others helped him get himself out of the mire, he is keen to encourage others. He emphasises that alcoholics need help, not nagging, in order to learn to be, and love to be, sober. He offers no miracle cures and maintains the questioning approach of the journalist to what works for some people and what might work for others.

Ed stresses that really wanting to change is the key, changing thinking and behaviour. But above all his joy at regaining his freedom comes through strongly - "freedom from all mental constraints and that awful sense of something (alcohol) controlling and limiting me".

Ed notes that many of us have other negative patterns of thought and behaviour from which we should seek to recover, like alcoholics who are strong enough to admit their problems and do something about them. I'll drink to that! I'll also admit to a bias as I worked with Ed some 30 years ago. But we had had little contact since then and none for many years until recently, when we met for a meal and a fruit juice. He wasn't phased by others drinking alcohol around us and urged me to do likewise if I wanted to. As he says at the end of the book, "I wanted to live more than I needed to drink." Read this good news story!
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This isn't normally the kind of book I'd either buy or read, but like others I found the documentary Saving Ed Mitchell absolutely fascinating to watch. Until recently my own job involved regional homelessness policy and it was a real eye opener to read first hand about Ed's experiences navigating through the homelessness system. Unfortunately, the statutory and third sector services weren't shown in the greatest light here!

This is a great read, strangely uplifting and thought provoking. The underlying message of hope and not giving up clearly shone through.

I had to laugh when I opened the package though. Amazon had thoughtfully included a £40 off voucher for Virgin wines...the irony I am sure would not have been lost on Ed!
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This is a very frank account of how alcohol can bring down an intelligent, career and family orientated individual and shows his struggle and fight back against it.I think it will bring hope and inspiration to individuals who either are on the way down or like Ed have taken the decision to reverse the decline. He clearly shows the insidious nature of over indulgence in alcohol and how it grew to be the most important thing in his life and the terrible consequences of that. Ed demonstrates that in time, there is only one route that it goes but it can be defeated even if it is one day at a time.
It is an amazing personal account and very readable and will be used as a huge encouragement for individuals who are caught or have been caught in the trap of addiction.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book interesting and enjoyed his style of writing
however I could not fully understand the homeless bit. The authors mother had a house and garage surely he could have used these facilities to
ensure his safekeeping. Understandably he felt he did not want to burden her with his addiction but how many homeless people have this option.
Good book happy that he was able to come through it and wish him all the
best for the future.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for some 'poolside' reading whilst away on holiday. Have to say that I wasn't dissapointed. The book is easy to read, and keeps the readers interest throughout. Would like to see Ed Mitchell's documentary as a result of reading this. Would recommend....definitely worth a look.
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I read this book in one session. Felt encouraged, uplifted and entertained. Ed makes it clear how it's possible to slip gradually into addiction. It would be great to read a sequel to find out how he's been getting on. Part two please!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful and inspiring book. Beautifully written and with great humour. As a recovering alcoholic myself, I could identify with so much of it. It must have Ed Mitchell taken great courage to have written this. I am grateful that he did.
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