The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, True Story:
Growing up in a mentally abusive household was never fun, but then I married a Walter Mitty character who took me to Africa and into some ridiculous and dangerous situations! To survive, I worked 24/7. I taught children, ran the worst riding school in the world, bred pet animals, announced on radio, lived on a boat and brought up two children of my own. On the lighter side, I hosted a royal occasion, met heads of state, interviewed Nelson Mandela and shook hands with Prince Charles. Much to my amazement I 'fell' into the media, first writing for radio and television, then directing, and eventually I ran my own video production company and won several awards. However, throughout all this, my mother lurked in the background, always there to remind me what a failure I was. The only thing that saved me from admittance to the nearest mental home was an unfailing sense of humour.
Lorilyn Roberts' hopes of motherhood came to a devastating end when her husband left her for his pregnant girlfriend. Eight years later, Children of Dreams reveals God's restoration of her dreams through the international adoption of her two daughters. Written as creative nonfiction, an analogy is drawn between the physical adoption of children and God's spiritual adoption as recounted in the Bible. Ms. Roberts skillfully weaves in her own back‑story while telling about her adventures in Nepal and Vietnam, filled with political intrigue.
Scriptural insights and reflections interspersed throughout the book show Lorilyn's reliance upon her heavenly Father when all hope seemed lost. The reader will enjoy the vivid descriptions as well as a window into the plight of those struggling to survive where basic necessities may not be available. The adventure includes meeting a future Prime Minister, a missing baby, and many other surprises.
The medical mystery in Children of Dreams was featured on Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me," in the episode of "Shapeshifters."
Ms. Roberts' appearance on the show was to inform adopting families about certain medical conditions endemic in developing countries.
What if you woke up one day only to find out that everything has changed forever?
Elena knows what she wants from life, she has her whole world charted out and is engaged to be married to Alex, but when she takes a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful southern charm of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, her whole world is rocked and rolled when she meets handsome Chris. No one told her she may have to make a choice, but now, faced with the inevitable reality, she realizes that her final destination is not nearly as important as her endless Journey to the Ocean.
Praise for Lena Mikado
WRITER'S PERSONAL STORY STRANGER THAN FICTION
"ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- As a girl growing up in Voronezh, Russia, Lena Mikado loved the Southern classic novel, "Gone with the Wind." Of course, she was reading it in her native language - Russian..."
"Amidst the humor, very poignant and philosophical moments." - My Sweet Delirium
"You will laugh like you did with Bridget Jones, you will cry like you did with Eat, Pray, Love. It will stay in your heart forever." - Bookworm and Coffee
PLEASE NOTE: The Paperback, printed edition of this book is available ONLY from the author's personal website: www.vigaboland.com
"NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER" won a GOLD MEDAL in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards.
Trapped in a web of deceit & confusion spun by her father from the age of 11, the author shares her true story of incest in the hopes that by coming out from under years of sexual abuse, other victims will be encouraged to do the same. This is an important, no-holds-barred book complete with graphic scenes and language because "that’s the way it happened and that’s how it must be told. Victims’own voices are the best weapons against child sexual abuse." This 291-page story comes with a "trigger warning advisory" as it details the mental, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on the author by her biological father. Victims of similar abuse need to realize this story could cause flashbacks of their own as they identify with scenes and language that mirror their own experiences. Those who have never suffered sexual abuse may be shocked by what the author's father put her through and the utter control he had of all areas of her life until she finally got away.
This book will frighten and enlighten readers as to what goes on behind the closed doors of too many homes and is rarely talked about or acknowledged, or worse yet, is even denied by family members who know it is going on.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?
1) Those who truly care about children’s welfare and wants to know the truth about what can and does go on in thousands of families worldwide. These readers want to understand how incest affects children as they grow into adulthood and what the long-lasting effects of incest can be like.
2) Those who are in denial and refuse to believe this kind of child sexual abuse actually occurs at the hands of fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles and other close family relatives
WHO SHOULDN’T READ THIS BOOK?
1) Those who think incest is an acceptable and enjoyable activity between family members
2) Those who think this is another “Fifty Shades of Gray” and are looking for sexual stimulation via books
3) Those who are still very raw in their own healing and recovery from incest and could be easily triggered by the graphic scenes and language
4) Those victims looking for a book on healing or how to recover from childhood sexual abuse. This is a story only. Those seeking help in healing should consult a therapist, join a self-help group or purchase one of the many excellent books available for healing purposes, such as THE COURAGE TO HEAL
NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER contains actual photos from the family archives and is enhanced with poems by the author set against beautiful colour graphics. Reviewers have called this book "honestly unforgettable", and more than one reader has said "I couldn't put the book down!" Read NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER and find out why one reviewer said "Viga makes me believe survival is possible for any injustice that we experience in our life. What a great read!"
Lucinda 'fell' into writing by chance, moving from radio to television, to running her own production company in South Africa. She lifts the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes in the media, often hilarious and not at all glamorous. She spent more time on rubbish dumps than in banqueting halls, although she got to meet many famous people.
You can see yourself going down a road when you come to a crossing. One road has a sign saying “True Story of Dracula (Hardcover)” the other has “True Story of Dracula (Kindle)”. You cannot make up your mind which one to take. The hardcover version is meant for the ones who really want the experience to go along. Whereas the Kindle edition is for the ones who really do not care about the attributes but value the text, how it has been written and whether it is a good story. The hardcover version has a lot more graphical images than does the Kindle. The graphical effects that are applied to the hardcover version make you want to continue. On the Kindle it has no aura.
Comments by reviewers:
Great book that is entertaining and it was sometimes hard to put it away. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in history, Dracula or interested in reading a good book. Anrijs
I really love this little story…… Last night I read it and now I want to say to everyone that this is a great story. Thank you MARTIN. Virginia
Dracula certainly the most chilling terrifying book ever written; it's really the best horror story in my eyes. shirley
You may have seen every Dracula movie ever made, but you do not know the real Count Dracula until such time as you have read this book. Of course, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the general plot line, but I assure you there is a wealth of rich material buried throughout the text that is sure to excite, intrigue, and surprise you. Michael Ryan
This book is a very good read and the author wants to make it feel like you are there experiencing it together with the characters. nene
While writing this book I placed most emphasis under writing a good story. The book is good at holding the reader engaged and at times it can be rather entertaining. It starts with an introduction to the story of Dracula, followed by the pre-story of Dracula and then the story of Dracula. Then we can begin with the actual plot line of the book.
It is a manuscript ready to be made into a movie after buying the rights from me. If you plan to make a movie and thereby buy the rights for it get in touch with me first. Since I have all the personas, drawings and pictures of all the things I have described in the book.
At the end of the book you should have two questions. First what happens next? Second why did he choose to end it off like that?
The book is written as a manuscript.
From Karolina Robinson, Winner of the Centre of Excellence Awards 2017 - Creative Writing...
On one of those magically white winters nights, my mother took me in her arms and shut the doors behind her.
We left my drunken father in the name of a better life. And the name of that better life was Tom, a local gangster with the face of the devil himself.
The next thing I saw was my mother’s bloody face bashed into the ground and teeth scattered around her lifeless body.
I looked at him and thought to myself - PLEASE, DON'T KILL ME.
"The intensity, the drama and harsh reality will leave you gasping."
This story has haunted me all of my life, through the daily flashbacks and nightmares.
It has taken me some time to build up the courage to let this story out of my heart.
And now, with every single word I can live free.
- Karolina -
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "Women's Fiction", "Drama'' and "New Adult & College Romance''True life story - dramatic and emotional˃˃˃ The book includes different facets of life, such as love, drugs, loss, despair and hope.What if early on your life changed drastically several times? What if you were betrayed more than once? Would you have the courage to fall in love again? How do you choose if you love two men at the same time? Will you be able to leave the past behind?These are the questions Annika asks herself in the novel Highfall.Annika falls down many times but never gives up and always gets back on her feet. Her life is one long roller-coaster with the unexpected at every turn. As a result she turns from unassuming teenager into a strong woman.Scroll up and grab a copy today.
When the government of their country hates their ideas enough to kill them, how will they survive?
Anna suffered the loss of her family due to persecution in Germany, and moved to Amsterdam, unaware that this Dutch city is a hornet’s nest of Anabaptist heretics. She has stepped right into it, plunging ever deeper into the very trouble she sought to avoid. In 1531, fourteen years after Martin Luther penned his famous 95 theses, Europe is still seething and in turmoil. The powerful state attacks anyone who won't submit to their decrees, but even they cannot stop the storm from raging. Not when the nation is waging war against them for corruption and suppression.More despised even than the warring Protestants are the Anabaptists, who somehow seem threatening to the ruling powers. The state-church can’t tolerate these people, who claim God reveals His truth to them, and they intend to obey Him before men. They also refuse to swear the oath or bear arms, further infuriating the authorities.But worst of all, and what brings persecution crashing down upon the Anabaptists’ heads, is their refusal to baptize their infants. When Anna finds out her friends, Maeyken and Adriaen, have secretly joined this cult, she is unwillingly swept along with them in the upheaval. She knows she must either report her friends and their new baby or risk execution herself.Why do the Anabaptists cling to their faith, even unto death? Will she ever understand them, or will she keep running to avoid finding the answer?A perfect read for anyone who loves a suspenseful and fast-paced story, with the added bonus of learning about little known, but intriguing facts of history.
In seventeenth-century London, thirteen years after the plague and twelve years after the Great Fire, the restoration of King Charles II has dulled the memory of Cromwell's puritan rule, yet fear and suspicion are rife. Religious turmoil is rarely far from tipping the scales into hysteria.
Elizabeth Cellier, a bold and outspoken midwife, regularly visits Newgate Prison to distribute alms to victims of religious persecution. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby, a debtor, whom she enlists to gather information about crimes against prisoners, so she might involve herself in petitioning the king in their name.
"Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort.'
With these whispered words Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the infamous Popish Plot and soon not even the fearful warnings of her husband, Pierre, can loosen her bond with it.
This is the incredible true story of one woman ahead of her time and her fight against prejudice and injustice.
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also. Mathew 6:21 (NLT) This is not a book about how God wants you to be rich, nor is it a book about the "money secrets" of the Bible. This is the true story of how one woman's journey to learn about Biblically Responsible Investing transformed her life and opened her heart to Jesus. As an author and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Cassandra Laymon researched the principles of biblically-based investing, and learned that she was unknowingly profiting from business practices that directly opposed her Christian faith. Do you know what companies you are invested in and what business practices you are profiting from? In this book Cassandra shares why it is important to know what you own, how to find out the truth, how you can align your faith and your investments and make your money matter.
A reflection of events that happened to a young man in his mid-twenties over numerous visits to Thailand between 1996 and 2002. A path towards self discovery and the discovery of his surroundings, with many comical events and complicated relationships that finds our man becoming quite close to insanity. A mature read as the awareness of sexuality of himself and others becomes apparent. A transformation from a nice young man as his eyes are forced open to see and experience some unbelievable episodes. My accounts as I recall all of the things that happened to me between these dates.
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In this short story collection, Gary Troia shares his adventures, travels and memoirs from his life.
"Excellent! A collection of short stories about: depression, alcoholism and drug use. Very compelling reading. I read this short story collection all in one go." (Maria, Goodreads.)
"Gary manages to take the mundanities of life and elevate them to brilliance. in this short story collection" (Sara Fell)
"Author, Gary cements growing reputation...A Bricklayer's Tales touches on real-life experiences in the building trade." ( Salina Patel, Hounslow Cronicle)
Anyone who has ever done building work for brutal wage slavery and wondered if they were going mad, will recognise the life of Ray Dennis, (Troia's alter ego) which evokes a vision of mind-numbing, soul-destroying workplaces and workmates. His is the voice of discord for the marginally employed, the creatively frustrated working Joe, who turns to a life of drink and drugs to elevate the monotony of life.Few have brought this world to life with such despair, black humour and indifference as Gary Troia. He paints a beautifully sad portrait of a truly messed up person with potential, struggling to keep his messed up mind from drowning in cheap wine and self-loathing. Ray's spirit is trapped in a world of endless grey mundanity.
A Bricklayer's Tales is the ultimate "I hate this job" story, written as a collection of short stories and memoirs, each one containing a snapshot of the life of Ray. Troia captures the tedium of working in a low paid, menial job and living hand to mouth. This book of short stories is sad and questions the reader to ask questions about their own life. This book achieves clarity without trying.Ray has three expensive hobbies: drinking, drugs, and running away. Without the income that Bricklaying provides, he would not be able to maintain his chosen lifestyle, so he compromises his principles and continues with his trade. A collection of short stories and memoirs that include:
Angel Dust, the peculiar story of a man whose new life in America leads to conversations with Ancient Greek philosophers
Advert In The Art Shop Window, will a new building job in Spain be the start of a new life?
Return Ticket, handcuffed and ready for deportation. A sad departure from the States
Peyote, hippies, LSD and an idyllic refuge
A Bricklayer's Tale, the story of a disillusioned, alcoholic bricklayer
˃˃˃ A collection short stories and memoirs of British dark humour.
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Viga Boland, author of the Gold Medal winning book, "No Tears for my Father" was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her biological father for 14 years. She told no-one, including her husband, about the abuse until she was 65.
When true love afforded her a chance to escape her father, despite flashbacks and insecurities, she relied on the strengths born of her struggles and pain to embrace her new life. However, in keeping silent about the abuse for over 40 years of marriage, Viga indirectly also made her husband a victim of her narcissistic father. Yet, her husband stood strong beside her all the way: that's true love.
"Learning to Love Myself" is a memoir of rebirth and recovery from abuse. The reader will see how abuse continues to interfere with everyday living, decision-making, and healing. But at the same time, the reader will confirm the oft-spoken adage: through love, all things are possible and that without loving oneself, we cannot love others, making full healing impossible.
More unbelievable tales from behind the camera lens, as Lucinda and her ‘rainbow crew’ travel across South Africa. They meet Mandela, endure a terrifying helicopter ride and empathize with the forlorn Bushmen. There are riots, an abandoned patient, a ram with an identity crisis and a house that disappears. Their stories are both hilarious and heartbreaking, revealing the truth about what goes on behind the scenes in the media. This book proves that propaganda is alive and well on television screens across the world.
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "U.K. Short Stories"The short story ''Stars'' features in Paulo Coelho's blog.''Emotional Moments'' features 23 short stories. Each of them represents its unique shape of emotion. Each of them tries to reach your soul.Stories reflect life in different shades of colors. All of them evoke feelings or provoke thoughts. Some even do both at the same time.Scroll up and grab a copy today.
Immaturity, simmering anger, and years of therapy - budding defense attorney, Benjamin Scales owes it all to his mother.
She dragged him through hell while clawing her way to the top of the sexist, male-dominated legal profession, sacrificing everything to build a life for herself and her son - a bizarre and broken life, but a life. Under her ferocious veneer, Carter Scales is a shattered and lonely woman.
They haven’t spoken in years, but when she is caught in flagrante delicto with her star client, the leader of the notorious Salucci Crime Family, Carter turns to the one person she thinks should always have her back.
But why should he help her?
Gratitude for Happiness: How to exercise your gratitude muscles
This book is written to be used at any stage of your gratitude journey.
Our gratitude muscles are like any muscle in that if they haven’t been used for a while they may need warming up.
This book provides you a process to help you flex those muscles and build a gratitude habit of building on your happiness.
The issue that most of us have is that we focus more on what we haven’t got than what we have got. In a difficult financial climate, it can seem that we are struggling and have little to be grateful for.
The sixty sections and over four hundred and ninety genuine gratitude statements provided here cover a wide spectrum of your life, including finance, relationships, and even basic shelter.
In order to obtain the most benefits from Gratitude, you should express emotions for the things that you are grateful for.
Just reading a book isn’t going to provide you the benefits you seek so this book provides you an exercise at the end of each section.
Whether prefer to progress steadily or are a binge reading type of person, this book suggests three optional timeframes to develop your habit.
It is widely accepted that gratitude is one of the secret sauces that successful people use regularly for their happiness.
Read this book, work through the exercises, express your emotions for even the smallest gratitude’s and you’ll be amazed by the results.
England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. But in this darkest of days, three lives intertwine, changing their destinies and those of many more.
Dr Archibald McIndoe, a New Zealand plastic surgeon with unorthodox methods, is on a mission to treat and rehabilitate badly burned airmen – their bodies and souls. With the camaraderie and support of the Guinea Pig Club, his boys battle to overcome disfigurement, pain, and prejudice to learn to live again.
John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and doubt stalk him on the ground and in the air, and he’s torn between his duty and his conscience.
Shy, decent and sensible Stella Charlton’s future seems certain until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she falls head over heels for the handsome airman. But when he survives a crash, she realises her own battle has only just begun.
Based on a true story, "The Beauty Shop" is a moving tale of love, compassion, and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.
Middle-aged, married man with three children, Pete Dawson, an East London pawnbroker, finds himself living a predictable and quite often boring life.
Over time, an opportunity for change arises when his young work colleague, Sabrina becomes the object of his affection. It is a feeling which is clearly mutual.
But Pete starts to realise something is not quite as it should be...
Pre-war Bradford, 1937.
Fragile and disgraced Rose stands pregnant with the child of her own forceful father.
Rose’s daughter Lucy, born into a world of deception, develops into a voluptuous young girl without moral standards, but grounded by life’s events blossoms into a rare flower.
The consequences of wrongdoings ultimately fall on innocent victims.
This is the story of children born into a web of depravity, of love, understanding and self-sacrifice.
Her life in chaos after the termination of a 30 year marriage, this adventurous woman chucks it all and escapes to France to find some meaning to the second half of her life. Not knowing a soul or the language, and step by divinely-led (sometimes comical, but always-challenging) step, she re-shapes her life's course despite a letter from home which threatens to disrupt her journey. Not wanting a frivolous life on the Cote d'Azure, she moves to Paris. What she encounters there, after a serendipitous phone call and a chance meeting with an American business man, is far more then her wildest imaginings. She delves into her past to find her tomorrow. Finally, what she sees on television beckons her home. A story of friendship, betrayal, and discovery of self.
"An extraordinary narrative"
"Beautifully told - stays with you long after the last page is sadly turned."
"Carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects"
A true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War
Minny leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation. She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride's Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history.
Some comments on 'The Bride's Trunk'
“An extraordinary narrative, pieced together from original documents, about a couple who were determined not to let war defeat them. 70 years ago the British government passed a law allowing British men to marry German women, but little thought was given to the life that those German women would find, in the aftermath of the second world war. This heart-warming tale brings alive childhood and adolescence in pre-war Germany, followed by a new life in the old enemy country."
Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and journalist
“Scant attention has been paid to the 10,000 or so German women who married British soldiers at the end of the Second World War. In this often moving account, Ingrid Dixon traces the story of her own parents, one a former secretary for the German police, the other a British soldier from the Intelligence Corps, both of whom were caught up in the chaotic last months of the Third Reich and its immediate aftermath. Their story is carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects, including the old trunk which survived the vicissitudes of war to carry the bride’s worldly possessions to her new home in Liverpool.”
Professor Peter Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations, which really evokes time and place and is a sensitive treatment of the conflicting feelings associated with war.”
Dr Philip Towle, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
A collection of eight short stories depicting the many trials of human emotions. There is the blush of first love, set in the Caribbean. A miracle of human goodness. The strength of the mind and what it can achieve when pressed. The thin line that separate reality from fiction. The plight of the old at the hand of their caregiver, and the intensity of love when all our senses are engaged..
Life under communism is cruel and inhumane. Commit the smallest political infraction, and the secret police will arrest you. The only ray of hope is the West, but getting out from communism is difficult. Communist countries have a “Berlin Wall” around them. It is a crime to escape by crossing the border illegally, and anyone caught is beaten and imprisoned, sometimes even shot. I was eighteen, and I was living in hell. However, I would rather have died than keep living as a communist slave. This is my story of what happened and how I reached freedom.
"Mr. Sandru has the ability to translate the complex into simple one simple truth ... liberty is the most valuable asset any individual has, hold on to it with your life!" By Kathi Herman Photography
"A dream for freedom, a daring escape, and lessons to learn...
This is the fourth excellent book I've read by Mr. Sandru. I loved this book as it painted a very clear picture of what life is like under communism. While he writes in a style that keeps you wanting to read more, he also has you stopping to think..." by Julie Blaskie
Victus Antonius Claudian, sadist and rake seeks fame and fortune from his new mentor the Praetorian Commander and Ruler of Rome, Sejanus. With his only sister Porcia, he plans to alleviate himself in Rome’s society through a well-placed marriage.
The Civilis menfolk consist of a Senator, Lictus, his only son Artorius, Primus Pila of the 1st Century 1st Cohort of the 2nd Augusta Legion, and two grandsons Cassius andMarcus.
Fate or fortune brings Cassius and Porcia together with an inevitable consequence. On the same day as Victus is sent north by his mentor Sejanus to raise support amongst the Northern Legions for his cause, to become Caesar, he finds his sister is pregnant. In his search for the father of his sister’s child he takes revenge on him and is protected by his mentor.
The Civilis’ turn to Tiberius for justice, as does the senate against Sejanus’ rule. Sejanus is denounced by Tiberius, who demands that the Senate sentence Sejanus.
Victus’ world implodes. He has his fortune, but now he is a hunted man and the only way back out of his exile is to remove the Civilis family and friends.
The Pet Healer Project is a collection of profiles of internationally known animal healers. From energy healing (Reiki) to small, subtle manipulations and movements (Feldenkrais), these healers work on all animals from alligators to zebras, motivated by one deeply held belief, that life--all life--is precious, that our pets are our families, and that healing is always, always possible. For fifteen years, Sandy has written several books on healers of people; it was only after Charley, her Brussels Griffon, was attacked by a coyote and had to undergo multiple surgeries, that Sandy, fearing Charley would suffer lasting after-effects, began to look into the possibility of healers for animals. To her surprise, not only did they exist, they were extraordinary people: some with degrees in science and medicine, some teachers and best-selling authors. You will meet a former architectural engineer who put her talents to the structure of animals; another who invented the Healing Touch for AnimalsTM and has taught over 8,000 students from around the world; and a South African interspecies communicator with a message about ways to restore a deep relationship with all life. Sandy reached across the pond to the English countryside to world famous healers, one the founder of a sanctuary for former show and racing horses, another who has published books and teaches courses in animal healing.Fourteen healers in all, each of whom fights for the lives of animals not only out of a sense of duty, but because love and compassion of animals inspire in each of us a profound sense of humanity. The Pet Healer Project is a collection of their amazing and often miraculous stories.
In this short story collection, Gary Troia shares his adventures, travels and memoirs from his life.
Anyone who has ever done building work for brutal wage slavery and wondered if they were going mad, will recognise the life of Ray Dennis, (Troia's alter ego) which evokes a vision of mind-numbing, soul-destroying workplaces and workmates. His is the voice of discord for the marginally employed, the creatively frustrated working Joe, who turns to a life of drink and drugs to elevate the monotony of life.
Few have brought this world to life with such despair, black humour and indifference as Gary Troia. He paints a beautifully sad portrait of a truly messed up person with potential, struggling to keep his messed up mind from drowning in cheap wine and self-loathing. Ray's spirit is trapped in a world of endless grey mundanity.
English Yarns and Beyond is the ultimate "I hate this job" story, written in short stories and memoirs, each one containing a snapshot of the life of Ray. Troia captures the tedium of working in a low paid, menial job and living hand to mouth. This short story book is book is sad and questions the reader to ask questions about their own life. This book of short stories and memoirs achieves clarity without trying.
Ray has three expensive hobbies: drinking, drugs, and running away. Without the income that Bricklaying provides, he would not be able to maintain his chosen lifestyle, so he compromises his principles and continues with his trade.
A collection of short stories that include:
The Cuckoo's Egg- Boyhood antics lead to tragedy.No Comb on the Cock- Gypsies, champion fighting cocks, and career choices.
My Best Mates Head- Did a weekend of boozing save Ray from certain death?
The Shetland Isles- A trip to sunny Benidorm, a chance meeting with some Glaswegians, and a cold, miserable job in Lerwick.
Pointing a House in Islington- Too much alcohol and cocaine don't mix well on building sites!
When I Joined a Cult- Sober dating as Ray discovers religion.
A Week in the Life of Ray Dennis- With the prospect of no money for food or alcohol this Christmas, Ray has to find work quickly.
Teaching Other People- The grass is always greener-the escape from bricklaying.
Steak, Egg and Intensive Care- A harmless dinner leads to hospitalisation.
When a father physically, mentally and sexually abuses his daughter from ages 11-23, why does her mother do nothing?
Has the mother enabled this situation? Did she want this to happen? Why didn't she step in and help her daughter? What kind of mother does nothing"
Or, did this mother even know?
These are the questions readers of Viga Boland's first memoir, "No Tears for my Father" were asking after reading the graphic details of her true story of incest. It was an ugly secret Viga Boland had kept hidden for over 45 years. She told no-one, including her husband, until she was 65.
Now, in "Voice from an Urn", Viga addresses her readers' questions through her mother's own words. Find out why her mother did nothing as together they fill in the blanks about those tension-filled years of secrecy.
This is Part 3 of the story begun in "No Tears for my Father", a return to the horror of those years after the oasis offered in Part 2, "Learning to Love Myself", Viga's memoir of recovery and rebirth.
"Voice from an Urn" is another gripping true story by Viga Boland, written for BOTH victims of incest: the children and their mothers. But it is also a story of unspoken love between a mother and child.
This first loosely autobiographical book in The Mug Trilogy tells the story of Jersey-born Mug, a troubled girl from a recently broken home. It covers her experiences as a sixteen-year-old girl at the Isle of Wight Music Festival in 1970, the same year that she follows a guru. It describes her tumultuous years as an art student in Coventry, where vegetarian Mug finds herself living next door to an abattoir and railway shunting yard with David, a fellow art student. Dramatic events follow on from the evening they meet at a student party, when Mug attempts to save David from attempting a very public drunken suicide attempt.
A young man coming of age as he undergoes basic military training. Stories drawn from real-world experience, with the anti-hero transforming from awkward teenager to young adult as he tries to outwit those in authority. These eight short stories are hilarious, serious, whimsical, and entertaining, providing insights into a young man's search for identity and independence within a military system designed for conformity and control.
For the first time ever, this collection of short stories by Gary Troia brings together, in chronological order stories and memoirs from Spanish Yarns and Beyond, English Yarns and Beyond and A Bricklayer’s Tales into one complete volume.
"Excellent! A collection of short stories about depression, alcoholism and drug use. Very compelling reading. I read this short story collection all in one go." (Maria, Goodreads.)A Bricklayer's Tales is the ultimate "I hate this job" story, written as a collection of short stories and memoirs, each one revealing a snapshot in the life of Ray. Troia captures the tedium of working in a low paid, menial job and living hand to mouth. This book of short stories is sad and questions the reader to ask questions about their own life. This book achieves clarity without trying.
Ray has three expensive hobbies: drinking, drugs, and running away. Without the income that Bricklaying provides, he would not be able to maintain his chosen lifestyle, so he compromises his principles and continues with his trade.
A collection of short stories and memoirs that include:
The Cuckoo's Egg. Boyhood antics lead to tragedy.
My Grandfather's Shed. The making of an English key
No Comb on the Cock. Gypsies, champion fighting cocks, and career choices.
What I Did In My Summer Holidays In 1000 Words. Could having an idea ever be considered a criminal act?
My Best Mate’s Head. Did a weekend of boozing save Ray from certain death?
The Shetland Isles. A trip to sunny Benidorm, a chance meeting with some Glaswegians, and a cold, miserable job in Lerwick.
Pointing a House in Islington. Too much alcohol and cocaine don't mix well on building sites!
Angel Dust. The peculiar story of a man whose new life in America leads to conversations with Ancient Greek philosophers
Peyote. Hippies, LSD and an idyllic refuge
Return Ticket. Handcuffed and ready for deportation. A sad departure from the States
When I Joined a Cult. Sober dating as Ray discovers religion.
Bilbao. How very, very English!
Teaching Other People. The grass is always greener-the escape from bricklaying.
A Week in the Life of Ray Dennis. With the prospect of no money for food or alcohol this Christmas, Ray has to find work quickly.
Catania. A meeting with a Sicilian fox, some Neapolitans, and a man with a camel haired coat.
Advert In The Art Shop Window. Will a new building job in Spain be the start of a new life?
Gaudi. A flight to Barcelona for a kebab, and a look at the Sagrada Familia.
The Day My Soul Left Me. "To be or not to be? That is the question"
How Not to Travel to The Alhambra. Hung-over, the wrong fuel, the car breaks down. Will they ever make it to Granada?
The Road To Ronda. A terrifying drive to Ronda, was it worth it?
Poking A Carob Tree. A new home and new neighbours, just in time for Christmas.
Spain Reborn.No more commuting to London. Lets celebrate!
Home From Home. A parallel world where the Spanish have taken over Weymouth.
Three Common Carp.An epic battle with a whale and marlin it is not.
Mrs. McClintock. An absurd farce in which a Glaswegian couple retire to Spain
Steak, Egg and Intensive Care. A harmless dinner leads to hospitalisation.
The Unchangeable Chameleon. Can a leopard change it's spots?
A Bricklayer's Tale. The story of a disillusioned, alcoholic bricklayer
A collection short stories and memoirs of British dark humour.
Gary Troia is a writer, he has also been a bricklayer, a teacher, a philosophy student and a sufferer of several disorders, including: manic depression, alcoholism, fear of flying and a dislike of most people.
After Gary announces that he will no longer fly, his wife, Poppo books a coach holiday to Lake Como. One week later, with the newly acquired kittens dropped off at the cattery, Gary and Poppo embark on a twenty-four hour coach journey to Italy.
Gary always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. It spurred him on. For a while, his strategy worked. But soon the energy of raw emotion would dissipate, and he would be back where he started. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving gangsters, the ICF, deportation from the States, Christian cults and the AA - Gary stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: inspirational books. He spent years reading them before having a quiet revolution. Gary’s life was not transformed into a thing of beauty, but he did gain a passion for daily reflection and meditation. While the book itself is a narrative account of a journey to Lake Como, The coach to Como is ultimately the story of survival, recovery and evolution. The book is well crafted, with various threads being skilfully interwoven to give a colourful but incredibly honest account of the journey Gary has undertaken since he came to terms with his ego, his internal struggles with life, loneliness, rebelliousness and self-destructive behaviour.
A heartwarming autobiographical memoir told by an Akita- Chow mix dog named Rusty. He tells his story from his early days with his mother, through his hardship times to being adopted into a loving home.
He explains how he was judged because of his breeds and reflects on how the actions of all humans helped shape his behavior. He talks about how the bond between dog and human needs strengthening so that less dogs end up at the shelter and he reminds us why these beautiful animals come into our life.
Two warnings to return home, drive Artorius Civilis northward. Torn between duty and family he must resolve the Legate-less 2nd Augusta before he can return to Rome. Lost in a snowstorm it leads him to a chance meeting and an unknown prophesy he must fulfil.
The purge of Sejanus’ supporters continues and with only the Civilis family left to identify him, Victus Claudian must eradicate them all. An informant, an ambush, a final meeting in a snowy forest, Artorius is the first step, but in Genua, Naomi hides a growing secret.
Abandoned with only his spatha, Artorius faces a life or death scenario as wolves smell his blood. A two-legged wolf becomes his saviour, changing his life forever.
Marcus and Tia’s love flourishes as they raise the family estate from slaves to a village. With the New Year, the annual plague crawls like a snake from the poisonous Tiberis exacting death on all it touches.
Out of duty and honour, Artorius’ friends seek the truth of his final days. A last resort leads to a small hut where a seer and her daughter, the Wolf Queen, live, therein lay the answers and many new questions. Power and greed will lead one to betray Artorius’ family, but another will offer her life in that betrayal, to win what she seeks.
Two sons, born of two families, from two worlds on a collision course, where survival is paramount. Lainth the Etruscan goddess of death picks her subjects.
A true story told in pictures to help your child understand their Hospital visit.
This book is based on a young child's real experiences. It contains a story, a Hospital checklist (what to take), useful games & tips to keep your child (and you) as stress-free as possible.
In his late fifties Doctor X realised that he was in the ‘death zone,’ and didn’t want to go out feet up, sitting in front of the TV in the UK – he wanted to continue to live a life. Journey with him on his five-year love and hate affair with China, seeking out a new life, and enjoying strange encounters - boldly going where no English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher has gone before.
Doctor X gives us his unexpurgated insight into an ESL teacher’s life in China. What it’s really like in the high schools of China. He outs the unprofessional, and drunken behaviour of the riff raff that wash up professing to be teachers but are really professional bar flies. He also provides crucial hints, and tips for the new teacher thinking about giving China a go.
He writes frankly about his relationship with some of the women that were just ships that passed in the night. From Little Yellow, and the ladyboys of Bangkok to meeting E - his eventual life partner. This erotilogue will show you a China hidden from the tourist – the bathhouses, and the pink curtained massage parlours. Doctor X does not regret one moment of it - it has been an experience worth living – one moment close to death, the next in the arms of random women.
And to think Doctor X could be back home in Britain stacking shelves in Tesco.
Time To Take Back My Life is a personal account by Michelle Peacock, a beautiful young teenager who describes her inspirational journey to overcome a rare form of cervical cancer. From diagnosis at eleven years old, the book documents Michelle’s six-year ordeal of endless treatments and operations, until her untimely death just three days after her seventeenth birthday, on 27 February 2013.
Michelle tells her story in a fresh and direct style, giving account of the highs and lows of living with cancer, her reasons for remaining positive and her many coping strategies.
In recognition of her strength, courage and fortitude, Michelle was awarded a “Spirit of the Community Award” by Pramerica Ireland. This award scheme seeks to recognise and encourage young people to be active citizens in their local community.
The book portrays Michelle’s remarkable determination to maintain and carry herself with the utmost dignity; always ready to face the world with a smile, until the end, revealing her true passion for life, to Live-Laugh-Love.
Copyright © 2013 Michelle Peacock Foundation
The words in this loosely autobiographical second book in the Mug Trilogy were triggered by the entanglement between Mug, a recently divorced, disinherited, temporarily sex-obsessed woman and Michael. Her Gordian knot was a complex, mendacious, Scottish baggage handler who destiny threw her way late one night in early 2004. She was an honest, too trusting, troubled woman in her late forties. He was an enigma eleven years her junior who was hiding many shocking secrets. Mug's original plan was to write about their unusual story as a present to give to him for Christmas. Little did she know that her gift would almost kill him. She had wanted the opportunity to describe in her book her life prior to their meeting, because it shaped how she felt about him, why she tolerated what others might deem unacceptable. The purpose of Mug's book was to drastically change into a desperate effort to make sense of unfolding bizarre events and to help them both deal with the aftermath.
Based on a True Story - in 1960s Italy where honour, respect and the judgement of others are the cornerstones of life, Diana’s youth is lived in fear. When she marries Marco, Diana endures overriding hatred from her mother-in-law. A torrid affair, devastating revelations from her husband and her generous nature cause great suffering. To unravel her daughter’s mysterious death becomes Diana’s only reason for living, but the truth is double sided - and Diana’s attempt to end it all marks the start of a glimmer of light.
A man wakes to find himself in a train carriage, unable to speak or interact with his fellow passengers. He has no recollection of his past, no memory to speak of, but can somehow still engage with other passengers - the thoughts of whom he believes he can hear.
There comes a realisation, both personal and spiritual, surrounding the man’s personality that points to broader significance in terms of human identity and the nature of self.
The aftermath of Mug’s time whirling in The Lying Scotsman’s vortex. This third book in the loosely autobiographical Mug Trilogy documents her epic struggles to achieve a positive outcome in her turbulent relationships with men, family, work and life in general. Who will be Mug's final straw?
We all lie once in a while…
Let’s just be honest here for a second. We lie about our past relationships, weight, age, partners, I mean sometimes we lie for no reason whatsoever. It’s just our way to “posh” things up, ’cos let’s agree, nobody ever lied to make it worse for themselves. We always try to get something out of it.
Edward Lee made up a lie to save his relationship with his wife. A story which grabbed the attention of the whole of the United Kingdom back in the noughties.
Now, where are the boundaries of lying? And how can one measure the lie? ’Cos when it came to Edward, his was a massive pile of bullshit that, surprisingly, saved his marriage.
An exciting story from the popular author of novels set in an African environment.
Five children, but only one destiny. They have nobody, and Kenyan street-life is hard. Danger. Darkness. Drugs. Hunger. But there is still hope.
Hana Hindráková creates characters that are not only memorable, but unforgettable. This author’s ability to give birth in print to living, breathing souls is exceptional. Nobody´s Children is a real page-turner.
The novel is based on the author’s thorough knowledge of various typical Kenyan environments. The reader gets to know, in a highly readable and exciting way, the reality of the various layers of current Kenyan society. It’s one of the few books that truly (albeit with authorial licence) explores the complexity of Kenyan society.
Religious unrest reigns in 16th century England.
Expert midwife, Margory, has lost no babies or mothers in childbirth so gossip accuses her of witchcraft.
Even she isn’t sure whether she has special powers.
All Margory wants is a man to love who loves her and children of her own.
And that’s what she intends to have, whatever the cost.
A TRUE to LIFE PERIOD NOVEL of a YOUNG WOMAN’S TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY
All over the world, the 99% are slowly awakening to their enslavement by the 1% Power Elite. The internet has empowered ordinary people with more freedom to exchange information than ever before. The worldwide web could be described as a ‘get out of jail card’ from the constant barrage of misinformation and outright state propaganda that spews forth from the mainstream media on a daily basis. As the gap between the ultra-rich and the poor ever widens; as corporations increasingly dictate their agendas to governments who in turn clamp-down even further on their citizens basic human rights and privacy – then no wonder the world looks to be spiralling downwards into a state of total chaos. That’s how things look on the surface at least; but within these pages I’ll present the case that the global turmoil we experience every day is actually being controlled by unseen hands. This book also highlights positive activism; focussing on the concept of ‘Citizens Not Slaves’ as a growing global idea open to anyone who wishes to embrace it. Each chapter details a multitude of social-political problems; including brief historical outlines of how and why they happened. I also put forth possible solutions to those problems as well. It doesn’t have to be read ‘cover to cover’ – feel free to delve in at any chapter and read it in any order that works for you. If you’re already well versed in a particular historical background, simply skip that part and move on to any part that tweaks your interest. Simply take what you like from this book and disregard the rest. I hope the contents might also inspire you to do your own research on any topic within or lead you on to investigate something related and at the end of the day, draw your own conclusions. Throughout the following pages, I hope to convince you that we can be either free ‘citizens’ [pro-active] or ‘slaves’ [passive] by our own choosing. I will also be putting forth that ‘democratic-meritocracy’ is the best political model for the future that fills all the seismic gaps in the aftermath, left by every underground call for revolution. Seán Gearárd McCloskey "This heartfelt work discusses how the 99% has been kept down by the 1% “Global Power Elite,” looking at historical examples primarily in Great Britain and Scotland, and how the 99% might change the future to level the playing field..." - The Book Review Directory [www.bookreviewdirectory.com]
Walk tells the story of a nightmarish scramble along the wild coastline of South Africa by the survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor on 5 August 1782. Having decided to walk to the Cape of Good Hope, beginning at Lambasi in northern Pondoland, the few survivors ended up in the dune deserts not far from what we now know as
Walk takes the reader, step by step, day by day, on young William Hubberly’s horrific trek. While indisputably fiction, Walk sails a good deal closer to the historical truth than most nonfiction you will read and is a haunting parable on the meeting of Europe and Africa.
In July 1940, a desperately weakened Britain licks her wounds after the humiliating retreat from Dunkirk. How can the fight be taken to the enemy? New Prime Minister Winston Churchill orders the creation of the Special Operations Executive, to 'set Europe ablaze' through subversion and sabotage. But this most secret of agencies must be kept secure.Guardians of Churchill's Secret Army tells the mostly unknown human stories of the men who were brought into SOE, straight from Intelligence Corps training, to do just that. They were junior in rank, but far from ordinary people. They were Australian, Anglo-French, Canadian, Scandinavian, East European and British. They had been schoolteachers, journalists, artists, ship brokers, racehorse trainers and international businessmen. Each spoke several languages.These men stood alongside courageous agents in training: encouraged them, assessed their character, and tried to teach them the caution and suspicion that might just keep them alive, deep in enemy territory. But they did much more. Many became agents themselves and displayed great bravery. All played a crucial role in the global effort to undermine the enemy. We find them not only in the Baker Street Headquarters of SOE, but also in night parachute drops, in paramilitary training in the remotest depths of Scotland and in undercover agent training in isolated English country houses. We follow them to occupied France, to Malaya and Thailand under threat of Japanese invasion, to Italy and Germany as they play their part in the collapse of the Axis regimes. As we do so, we find a world of heroism and commitment so different from our own experience that it is scarcely believable. "A terrific and moving read", Dr Philip Towle, University of Cambridge
A humorous memoir of 4-5 years in a Catholic Girls High School located in Toronto, Ontario during the early 1960's. If you attended any of the Loretto College Schools anywhere in North America during the early 60's, you will enjoy recalling the discomfort of wearing dark serge uniforms with stiff plastic collars and cuffs in an era when the Pope declared the "Twist" sinful and the threat of nuclear war with Russia seemed imminent. What were you doing the day President Kennedy was assassinated? And how did you feel when the Beatles burst on the scene? For the author, Viga Boland, her friends and teachers were a welcome escape from the abusive home she wrote about in her first memoir, "No Tears for my Father". Readers of the other 3 books in this series will enjoy this lighthearted remembrance where the nuns did their best to help students become proud "ladies of Loretto".
Nomen est omen, and everyone has a place in this society. Cain is somebody and still a nobody. How is your value measured and what do you value? Cain f’s it up, then he gets back in the saddle. He loves and he hates. Sometimes he masturbates, when he’s not too busy reading his Bible. He loves Led Zeppelin and adores Jimmy Page. He’s searching for his wings.
CAIN is a book for everyone. It’s for those who are searching for themselves and also for those who have a clear understanding of their place in this world, but have the perverse need to peep into someone’s soul and violate their privacy.
An Anthology of tantalising short stories selected from the Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition, 2017. Featuring: A Tale of a Mouse: Andy Hamilton, The Last Love of the Sea Captain: Tamara Artvin, A Gap Year for Grandma: Mary Charnley, Trevor Colbourne: Wild Geese, Sandra Kirley: Everything Must Go, Tiffany Williams: Mirella, Emma J Myatt: Your Lifejacket is Under Your Seat, Julia Brilleman: Rubber Dominoes, Pauline Whittle: Doomed, MartinHone: The Soul as a Shadow and a Reflection, E C Hayles: The Model, NickAdigu Burke: Many a Silent Wish, Grant Hulbert: Creatures of Myth - The Story of Jared McKay, Paula St. Paul: Hand Across The Water, Sally Wood: Evelyn, Mike Waugh: Prey, Andrea Rose Lyttle: The Ambit, Tim Cove: Homo Erectus, Shayna Marks: It's Not What It Seems, Liam Lennon: Memoirs About a Girl, Fizza Fatima: Fablo's Bar, Hilary Slade: The Life and Times of Lewis Ancer, Aviv Salinas: Counter Revolution, Shelley Crowley: The One Who Wasn't, Tom Nicolson: A Grand Opportunity, David Readings: A Spitfire Called Lola, Lee Wadmore: Happy Crying, Ken Hawes: Look Further than the Cover, Tim Ewins: A Little, Lost, E.L. Spink: Escobar's Last Breakfast, Ron Morton: The Sinkers' Skirmish
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The devoted Holy Father, Richard Mikutavic comes face to face with his passion for antique collectables when local
criminals become interested in his possessions.
The details of the investigation that followed THE CRIME THAT SHOCKED THE COUNTRY were later introduced into the FBI’s Art Crime Division officer training program.
DISCOVER WHO WAS THE ACTUAL CRIMINAL ALL ALONG
The idyllic relationship between Dorian and Iva is darkened by the news of Iva's terminal illness.
A few months later Dorian's whole family goes missing and it brings the locals to whisper: ‘How could anybody be so unlucky?’
But it’s not long before the police realise that sometimes the word 'unlucky' means 'guilty'.
Learn how to play the Retirement Game and create your own "Game Plan" for success! Just as you make care plans for patients each and every day, this resource guide helps you to create a plan for your future: covering everything from leisure to family issues, finances to emergency planning. In your career you've given endless time and energy to your job. Now, you deserve a simple and sensible plan for your future! That future depends on your willingness to start planning today so that you won't be caught by surprise when it's time to retire. Written by a Certified Retirement Coach with financial services industry and healthcare experience, The Retirement Game for Nurses is an easy to read, practical guide to helping you reach all of your retirement goals.
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