Author: David Willmott
Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
DescriptionLife for some is torture and suffering. David has suffered. This book is about David's recovery and documents his rise from a life of addiction to sleeping pills (diazepam), intense depression and suicide attempts. David has been in and out of hospital, experiences that would have ruined a lesser person but that have only served to make him stronger. Anybody who has experience of mental illness will find resonance in this book, it is emotional and dark but ultimately it's a tale of recovery. About the AuthorDavid Wilmott was born in 1956, to a catholic family. One of seven children, he grew up in Bedfordshire. At the age of thirteen David left school to train as a priest in St. Albans. David was an exceptional footballer and was expected to become a professional but instead he opted to take up the hippy lifestyle.David became addicted to amphetamine at an early age and was admitted to an institution at the age of 16 after overdosing, David subsequently spent much of his teens in and out of hospitals as he battled his addiction. During this time David almost died from Hepatitis B and suffered many overdoses. Having conquered his addictions in his twenties, David worked in various sales positions before setting up his own business, a recording studio, in an old hat factory in Luton! After the eventual failure of his business (due to a series of burglaries) and his divorce David suffered a breakdown and became addicted to prescription tranquilisers. He eventually moved to live with his parents in Kendal where, after one suicide attempt, he met his second wife. His second marriage also ended in divorce under the strain of his depression.David now lives next-door to his wife and six of his eight children. Currently David is unable to work, has no appetite or energy and suffers from extreme mood swings. David has lost all faith in adults and as he puts it 'society's (post Thatcher) shallow and sad vested interests and general greed for all things' he hopes his book will help people to understand that life is not all about attainment and fulfilment through greed, thus helping to right some of society's wrongs. ReviewIt is a very, very wonderful book. It is still so painful and personal (and I am in awe of your courage in publishing it), it is probably one of the most moving things I have ever read. I am more than a little impressed with how you manage to cope with all the things you do. And what comes over more than anything is the vast amount of love you have inside and are able to give. This is - very obviously - your love for your family (children first and most, quite rightly), but also your love for friends, colleagues and unempowered humanity generally. I always thought you were one of the good guys, and now I know it. Through all your misery of depression and associated problems (not to mention your poor arse, of course) there shines a huge and dazzling light of wit, charm, intellect, compassion, generosity and understanding. These are all facets of a person I value most highly and I am gobsmacked by your ability (yeah, I know it's often stretched beyond breaking) to keep hold of them. Yes - you do! It is a privilege to know you. Thank you for the book. Do another. - By Tony Cooke, local health worker
The Diary of a Lifetime
Author: Gyles Brandreth
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This is a diary packed with famous names and extraordinary stories. It is also rich in incidental detail and wonderful observation, providing both a compelling record of five remarkable decades and a revealing, often hilarious and sometimes moving account of Gyles Brandreth's unusual life -- as a child living in London in the 'swinging' sixties, as a jumper-wearing TV presenter, as an MP and government whip, and as a royal biographer who has enjoyed unique access to the Queen and her family. Something Sensational to Read on the Train takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride from the era of Dixon of Dock Green to the age of The X Factor, from the end of the farthing to the arrival of the euro, from the Britain of Harold Macmillan and the Notting Hill race riots to the world of Barack Obama and Lewis Hamilton. With a cast list that runs from Richard Nixon and Richard Branson to Gordon Brown and David Cameron -- and includes princes, presidents and pop stars, as well as three archbishops and any number of actresses -- this is a book for anyone interested in contemporary history, politics and entertainment, royalty, gossip and life itself.
The Heroic Figure in Children's Popular Culture
Author: Dudley Jones,Tony Watkins
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This book addresses a variety of issues through the examination of heroic figures in children's popular literature, comics, film, and television.
Author: Cullen Bunn
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
The Micronauts have encountered many strange allies and enemies since they became stranded on Earth, a planet of giants, but perhaps none have been as unexpected as those awaiting them here. As we explore the origins of the various Micronauts, the team encounters a future version ofÉ themselves? Are they friend or foe?
Proceedings, Constitution, List of Active Members, and Addresses. Pub. by Order of the Board of Directors
Author: American Institute of Instruction
List of members included in each volume, beginning with 1891.
Category: Congregational churches
Vols. for 1868-1878 include: Annual report of the New-Hampshire Missionary Society; vols. for 1879-1880 include: Annual report of the New-Hampshire Home Missionary Society.
Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing. This year's volume includes Ian R. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Gregory Benford and many other talented authors of SF, as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.
Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results: Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as: "On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company. "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be. "Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction. The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Eleanor Arnason Chris Beckett Michael Blumlein Michael Cassutt Brenda W. Clough Paul Di Filippo Andy Duncan Carolyn Ives Gilman Jim Grimsley Simon Ings James Patrick Kelly Leigh Kennedy Nancy Kress Ian R. MacLeod Ken MacLeod Paul J. McAuley Maureen F. McHugh Robert Reed Alastair Reynolds Geoff Ryman William Sanders Dan Simmons Allen M. Steele Charles Stross Michael Swanwick Howard Waldrop Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.