Inspirational Books

I love biographies and find this sort of story inspirational. I love the evidence of the strength we find within ourselves when we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. I love getting an insight into other people’s characters and a reminder that life serves up challenges as a matter of course.

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In Praise of the Library

Today was one of my library days.  With no coaching clients in my appointment calendar and a lot of internet stuff to get through, working in the library is a great option for me. Though lots of people use the library’s computers and internet connection, I simply carry in my own laptop and mobile modem.  […]

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Expecting Adam

What do Harvard University, angels and Downs Syndrome babies have in common? These are the three themes of Expecting Adam, one of the best books I suspect I’ll ever read.  Written by Martha Beck this is the true story of a couple of professional Harvard academics whose lives revolve round theses, seminars and keeping up […]

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Get Big Fast – The Amazon Story

I’ve been reading Robert Spector’s book, Amazon.com – Get Big Fast, the story of Jeff Bezos and his world famous internet book store.  Though the reviews of the book (on Amazon!) are not that good I thought it was brilliant, so compelling that I actually enjoyed my 4am unscheduled wake-ups as an opportunity to switch […]

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Lonely Hearts

"Reflections from a Woman Alone" is the book Corinne Edwards wrote after the death of her husband but, as she says, it’s less a book about being bereaved (he’d been ill for many years and her grief was spent) than about what it’s like to be a single woman. The book is sub-titled "A Light-Hearted […]

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Maria’s Gift

Much as I’m growing fond of that morose Swedish cop, Kurt Wallender, I have had to put down Henning Mankell’s "The White Lioness" for the time being. The young mother and estate agent we meet on page 1 is dead by page 6 and a few pages further on, an amputated black-skinned finger is discovered […]

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The Attractor Factor

Staying with my parents last week for a few days, my mum approached me one morning with a soft grey fleece top in her hands and asked me if I’d like it. Just as I was looking delighted with my unexpected sartorial windfall she added by way of clarification: "I took it out of the […]

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