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Rieker Toulouse Womens Black Leather Ankle Boots 5 / 38 Black/Patent
Rieker Toulouse Womens Black Leather Ankle Boots 5 / 38 Black/Patent

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Oct. 2015
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smart, comfy and stylish.


How To Write Your Book Without The Fuss: The definitive guide to planning, writing and publishing your business or self-help book
How To Write Your Book Without The Fuss: The definitive guide to planning, writing and publishing your business or self-help book
Price: £2.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and truly motivating., 19 Oct. 2015
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I absolutely love this book. Having published my first self-help book five years ago, I needed clarity about how to produce something much better this time round. This book guides you clearly through the steps you need to take to firm up and test your ideas and to produce a book that genuinely serves your readers. I'm not done yet, but I am so excited at the speed with which I'm getting clear, and really feeling motivated, at last, to get moving. Thank you.


Dig for the Story in Your Soul: #StoryWisdom to help you author an authentic life
Dig for the Story in Your Soul: #StoryWisdom to help you author an authentic life
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure chest of storytelling wisdom, 14 Sept. 2015
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Imagine a treasure chest of things that make your heart sing. If you've sat on your story for fear that no-one will be interested, then this book is your story-telling treasure chest. Full of nuggets of wisdom written with a clarity and focus that belie the depth in each page. The book is presented in 52 short chapters that could be read over a year. I am too greedy a reader for that, and I've found that it richly rewards dipping in to any title that catches the eye.

There is encouragement in every page. Beverley Glick believes that everyone's story can make a difference in the world if we learn how to tell it authentically. She brings the soul of a story-teller and the incisiveness of a journalist to a book that I know will be my companion over the coming months and years.


A Toynbee to Remember
A Toynbee to Remember
by Joy Travers
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Labour of Love, 10 Dec. 2013
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Joy Travers' book traces the life of her grandfather, Will Toynbee, a pioneer of the labour movement, through the dark days of WW1 and beyond. The core of this meticulously researched work consists of 500 family letters from the period, documenting the values, principles, experiences and sheer humanity of Will, his wife Lizzie, his son Stan, and his daughters, Dorothy and Marjorie.

The book is at the same time an intimate story and a vivid social history. It traces Will's political and campaigning activities, Stan's experience at the front line, and Lizzie's strong stand for temperence and moral rectitude which sometimes led to conflict with her son.

The letters, lovingly brought to life by Joy Travers, ultimately speak for themselves. There are rare insights into how lives were affected, for example by the daily visits from Zeppelins, some of which were destroyed in front of their eyes. This is a fascinating book full of character.


The Wolf Project
The Wolf Project
by Wendy Mason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the first page, 6 Mar. 2013
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I read "The Wolf Project" almost at one sitting. It hooked me from the first page and was hard to put down. Wendy Mason has created real, rounded characters, a well-described backdrop both in London and in Washington DC, and a story that keeps you engaged and turning the pages right to the end. It's the perfect antidote to a chilly day, especially if you can add a warm fire and a glass of wine to the mix.

Like a previous reviewer, I'm hoping we'll hear more about Liz and Jet. I so wanted more of what emerged in the last few pages...


Bullied by the Boss: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Workplace Bullying
Bullied by the Boss: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Workplace Bullying
by Eva James
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Living proof that you can survive bullying at work, 6 Feb. 2012
This book is a comprehensive and hugely supportive 'tough love' guide that will help you deal with being bullied at work. And Eva James knows exactly what she's talking about.

A legal secretary as well as an author, Eva was targeted by a particularly vicious psychological bully. At the time, she documented her experiences in her blog, revealing both appalling suffering and a sharp and intelligent mind. Eva has now turned her experience into a well-researched book both documenting her experience and giving sound advice and support to people whose working lives are a misery because of workplace bullying.

You can take charge of your life if you're the target of workplace bullying, and 'Bullied by the Boss' will show you how.


The Business You Were Born to Create
The Business You Were Born to Create
by Nick Williams
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Business for the Soul, 11 Mar. 2011
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I read Nick Williams' first book while I was still doing a daily four-hour commute. Something must have stuck, because I did eventually stop that madness and set up on my own.

'The Business You Were Born To Create' is a joyful read. It comes in bite-sized bits, but don't be fooled into thinking it is in any way shallow. It has taken a lot of work and re-work to distil the wisdom of 20 years' practise into nuggets that you can return to again and again, each time finding something new in them.

As you work through each section, you'll find inspiration and support to craft a business that speaks to your passion and your talents, and to make it work for you. The book also recognises you as being the heart of your business, and encourages you to take care of that precious asset.

A great read and a big inspiration.


Choosing To Be : Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master
Choosing To Be : Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master
by Kat Tansey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation with delight, 16 Nov. 2010
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Kat Tansey's book is so refreshing. She takes us on her journey from depression to mastering meditation, not superficially but always with a delightful and light touch.

While she is learning to meditate, Tansey is accompanied, guided and encouraged by her Maine coon cat, Poohbear Degoonacoon - a wise soul as are many mature cats. Into the mix, to add spice and freshness and to embody Buddha Nature, comes Catzenbear, a kitten with endless curiosity and a lot to learn. The two cats are the perfect foil for the serious meditation practices the book has to teach.

As Tansey finds her level as a meditator, she shows us the five Hindrances to meditation defined by Buddhist teachers: the Hindrances of Clinging, Anger, Sleepiness, Restlessness and Doubt. And finally we learn what she has learned about Buddha Mind, ending with a little poem that sums it all up - "The Four Noble Truths in a Nutshell".

I love this book. It hides nothing, teaches much and remains readable and delightful along the way.


More Time to Think: A Way of Being in the World
More Time to Think: A Way of Being in the World
by Nancy Kline
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite space for creativity, 14 Sept. 2010
There are some books that are fundamental to the way I work, and this is one of them. The positive effect of using Nancy Kline's Thinking Environment(TM) as an approach to working with others is profound.

If you've sat through business meetings at which everyone is vying for their turn, and where the loudest hold sway and interruption is the norm, or listened with growing despair to the conflicting advice of well-meaning friends, you'll really appreciate the power of the Thinking Environment(TM).

Nancy Kline's aim is to improve radically the quality of our thinking, by creating an environment of deep attentiveness. Her book describes how, in a respectful thinking partnership, limiting assumptions can be challenged by the use of incisive questions. I've used her original book, Time to Think, since it first appeared.

In "More Time to Think", Nancy Kline expands her philosophy in the light of 10 years more profound thought since her first book appeared. The model has been refined, and is more exquisite. A whole new world can be created in the thinker's mind from the question "What do you want to think about and what are your thoughts?" It works, it really does.


Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change
Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change
by Chris Johnstone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger and better, 8 Sept. 2010
I've long been a fan of Chris Johnstone's 'Find Your Power'. It's the most wonderful toolkit for anyone who needs to build resilience in an unfriendly world.

Some of my books bristle with those handly little post-it page markers which remind me of aha moments and memorable passages. This is one of them. Chris Johnstone was a junior doctor in the UK when that meant working 48 hours without a break, and 100 hour working weeks. He became a leading figure in the campaign to change junior doctors' working conditions. It took courage and determination - two attributes he encourages in his readers. He now specialises in treating addiction and teaching positive psychology.

Johnstone is a firm advocate of taking small steps. From multiple angles, he encourages his reader to move from a defeated, stuck place to one in which they take control of their future, one step and one insight at a time.

The book is very much for people who want to recover from setbacks and to find and use their own power for positive results. The first part is called "The power to begin", the second part is "the power to move through blocks" and the third part is "the power to keep yourself going".

In the new edition, Johnstone brings his thinking up to date, and applies it also to living sustainably.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: This book is invaluable: realistic, optimistic, and full of precious insights, clear illustrations and real examples. I really do recommend it.


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