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A Colourful Conundrum
A Colourful Conundrum
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 18 Feb. 2015
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Superb message. Well written. Beautifully brought to life. Requires full colour so not suitable for my doddery black & white Kindle but perfect for iPad. Loved it


Anger in the Office: Transforming Work Rage Into Positive Action
Anger in the Office: Transforming Work Rage Into Positive Action
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5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy?, 25 Aug. 2014
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I like the style and content

This book is written as a story, setting the scene with a scenario that many people will find familiar. Working long hours, logging onto work emails when you get home, trying to maintain relationships outside of work and doing all of the above averagely

The book is a tour through lots of self-help themes, nicely disguised as a plausible story. In the same way that 'The Office' worked because we could all recognise the situations and people as vaguely familiar, you will be all too familiar with some of the situations in this book

'Self-help' at its creative best


The Grunts all at Sea
The Grunts all at Sea
by Philip Ardagh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My hero!, 29 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Grunts all at Sea (Paperback)
The bearded author is a bit of a hero of mine. Yes, yes, I know he's a bit scary in real life but there's no doubting his genius. I resisted reading 'The Grunts' series on account of:

1) I didn't think I had time in my busy schedule, and

2) I'm 47

I am now very aware that 'The Grunts' is compulsory reading. It is a priority in my busy schedule because it makes me grin and makes me go 'wow!'

The Grunts series also makes me wish I could write with such originality. And that I'd gone to a posh school where I'd learned to write proper, like what Mr Ardagh does

I'll stick to what I'm best at while Mr Ardagh will undoubtedly stick to what he's best at, which is creating imaginative, funny, quirky and genius works of literature for 'children' of all ages

Thank you - and more please x


Never Mind The Inspectors
Never Mind The Inspectors
by Tait Coles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Punk rocks, 28 May 2014
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Teaching in the olden days v learning in the new days. For the latter, this book makes perfect sense. Loads of passion and energy, plus a whole load of courage. Be brave people, be brave


The Naked Leader
The Naked Leader
by David Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: The Naked Leader (Paperback)
Just browsing. To my horror, I found that 'Naked Leader' has only got 8 reviews? How can this be? Unless people like me, who absolutely love the book and think David Taylor's work is up there with the best on the planet, have become complacent. Maybe we think the book is sooooo good that everyone else will leave 5 star reviews?

And then I noticed that one of the reviews warranted just 2 stars? What? How? Helloooo?

In short, this one one of the books that kick-started my life. Sounds a bit dramatic. Because it was. There I was, chugging along nicely, doing just 'fine' when David's books (starting with this one) rattled my cage. And all of a sudden 'fine' seemed rather insipid. The very simple messages written in very simple English were just what I needed. I was an academic. And now I'm not. I was bumbling along. And now I'm not. I wasn't setting goals. And now I am!

Thank you Sir David


Stop Talking, Start Doing: : A Kick in the Pants in Six Parts
Stop Talking, Start Doing: : A Kick in the Pants in Six Parts
by Shaa Wasmund
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's supposed to be simple!, 17 Nov. 2013
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I write books. And I know how important reviews are to the author! I know that 1-star reviews hurt like hell

And I know how difficult it is to distill everything you know down to the simplest components and write a book that gives nuggets of wisdom that, if applied, will have a big impact on your life

I read this book and loved it. It's designed be to simple. That's the whole point! To provide a semi-humorous, easily accessible reminder of some key principles

So when I browsed the 1-star reviews I was amazed to find miserable people who think it's time well spent to trash others work and to criticise this lovey little book for achieving exactly what it set out to do!

I don't know how far you can miss a point by? This book is fun, I promise. Treat it as such and you will enjoy it

Andy x
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Certified NLP Practitioner & NLP Coach Support
Certified NLP Practitioner & NLP Coach Support
by Steve Kay
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars easy listening, 19 Sept. 2013
First of all, I have to declare an interest. I know Steve and admire his training repertoire. And it's also worth knowing that I am not particularly into NLP. So the prospect of settling down and listening to 15 hours of NLP wasn't filling me with joy

Luckily I had a round trip to Glasgow in my diary so I downloaded the discs to my iPod and hit the M6...

And I learned loads! In 15 hours of learning there are always going to be stodgy bits, bit all-in-all the learning is well articulated and (almost) simple. Sheila and Steve have worked hard to de-bunk some of the nonsense so the NLP phraseology is explained with a nice bedside manner. They also give some good examples of how the various NLP concepts translate to real life

There's nice interplay between Sheila and Steve and bags of enthusiasm. I would say that I learned more on my trip to Glasgow than on my NLP Practitioner course (and, no, I didn't do my course with Sheila or Steve)

Nice one


Fit, Fifty and Fired Up
Fit, Fifty and Fired Up
by Nigel Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another belter, 12 Aug. 2013
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I'm a big fan of Nigel's work. Having read all his books I'd say this one is even better than the rest. It's very funny. But it's also very true. Sure, the stories might be embellished for humorous effect (then again, they might not be?) but they also make you think about work, life, relationships and priorities.

This is self-help at its best. The messages seep in effortlessly. Nothing to remember. No mnemonics or '10 steps to brilliance'. Just one man's reflection on happiness

An effortless and rewarding read


Amazing Ageing
Amazing Ageing
by David Buswell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well said that man, 27 July 2013
This review is from: Amazing Ageing (Paperback)
I've read plenty of books that have loads of interesting information but fail to engage me. Thankfully David has a style that keeps the pages turning. I am inherently interested in the subject he writes about. I'd never heard of 'pyschosynthesis' but now I've been introduced to it, I'm keen to know more.

The 4 cornerstones of 'choice', 'letting go', 'acceptance' and 'gratitude' resonate with what I already believe, so they were easy for me to go with. But the strength of this book is the spirituality bit. I'm a non-religious person and for a long time 'spirituality' turned me off. And, from the tone of the writing, I think it turned David off too. I love the fact that being spiritual and being religious don't have to be the same thing. Once again, tuning into your better self is something that fascinates me.

As a society we are better connected than ever before. At least in terms of social media! Yet loneliness, particularly among the older generation, is on the increase. We have thousands of virtual friends but we don't know who lives next door. Intuitively, that doesn't feel right. And, as we grow older, we can become stuck in routines and ways of thinking that allow the world to close in around us.

As the book suggests, we can't stop the outward ageing process (although loads of people try!). Maybe the solution is to accept the outward ageing process, but maintain our inner glow. This book is all about your inner glow

Nice one David


Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It
Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It
by Richard Gerver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling with it, 15 July 2013
I will come clean...I know Richard. I love his messages and I like his style. He has bigger thoughts than I'm capable of (and a much bigger ego!)

So it's no surprise that I loved his first book. And you won't fall off your chair to find out this one went down well too

'Change', you see, is part and parcel of life. I have an inkling that in 500 years, when we're all long gone, historians will look back at this period of history and marvel at what we went through. And Richard captures this feeling very well. Too many organisations still see 'change' as an 'initiative' or a 'project' whereas it's just what we do.

Richard's book is semi-autobiographical, so we get an insight into the awesome changes he made in his time as a head teacher. So, although he doesn't ram the message down the reader's throat, the subconscious message is clear - that Richard isn't talking about 'change' as a theoretical concept. He's actually at the forefront of it.

In the current economic climate, many people are worn down by change. If you need a fresh perspective or a pick-me-up, this is the book for you


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