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  • SilverWood Books - The New Me
    about their future but they should not be dwelt on too much Never forget to live Life is about those who walk beside you during good times and bad I am surrounded by all kinds of people young and old big and small with family and friends ranging from farmers to lawyers but it was only when being pounded by a storm that I truly learnt what we were all made of An emotive insight into the true story of Hugh s journey back to life after a birthday celebration that went badly wrong In an unimaginable situation faced with the prospect of living life as a bed bound ghost like figure of his former self Hugh reveals how his life was utterly transformed What propels this chronicle of recovery is the personal daily diaries written during and after Hugh s nearly fatal brain injury They expose the reflections of family members throughout the good and the bad times and will take the reader on a journey filled with raw emotion For months there seemed to be no way back from this near death experience It was impossible to know it but despite everyday adversity and against professional opinion Hugh pulled through Life would resume but to what extent Hugh Smith is a freelance non fiction writer ebook author and real life expressionist He was born in 1984 and has experienced a full education that has taken him to a BSc in Geography He has written of his life threatening brain injury in his first book The New Me My Journey Back From Traumatic Brain Injury It is a true reflection of how he overcame a near death experience The aim of the book is to help others and give inspiration Hugh is a competent middle distance runner and horse

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781324318/the-new-me (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Sastrugi
    36 gave up every modern comfort and started cycling from London to New York via the Arctic Circle After crossing the barren volcanic deserts of Iceland only Greenland and its vast polar icecap stood in the way of him reaching North America This is the story of how Jonathon crossed the Greenland icecap with no previous polar training his serendipitous meeting with three Irish adventurers that would change his life forever and how he confirmed his place in history as a member of the first Irish team to ski to the South Pole Join him on his arduous six month adventure across two of the coldest and most remote places on earth This book contains scenes of mild peril extreme cold and hunger incredible landscapes intense friendships and copious amounts of self discovery with a few crevasses and helicopter rescues thrown in for good measure In 2007 Jonathon Bradshaw at the age of 36 gave up every modern comfort he had accumulated over his life and started cycling from London to New York via the Arctic Circle After crossing the barren volcanic deserts of Iceland only Greenland and its vast polar icecap stood in his way before he could reach North America This is the story of how Jonathon crossed the Greenland icecap with no previous training his serendipitous meeting with three Irish explorers that would change his life forever and his place in history as a member of the first Irish team to ski to the South Pole in January 2008 Jonathon lives in Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills with his wife Natasha and two children Anna and Charlie He has yet to complete his cycle journey from Northern Canada to New York Find out more about Jonathon and Sastrugi here A captivating tale of a

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781324424/sastrugi (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - His Own Executioner
    the best known English novelists of the Second World War generation few writers so tangibly convey the excitement and terror of Blitz era Britain Little wonder that Balchin s books among them Mine Own Executioner and The Small Back Room were seized upon by film makers of the calibre of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Never previously the subject of a biography Balchin was not only a brilliant novelist and BAFTA winning screenwriter he was also largely responsible for the success of Black Magic chocolates Yet his alcoholism and tormented love life ensured that his writing became increasingly uneven Like Patrick Hamilton before him Balchin drifted into obscurity but his compelling novels continue to be rediscovered by a new generation of fans including Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and best selling author Philippa Gregory Derek Collett s groundbreaking biography fills an important gap in the history of twentieth century fiction Derek Collett was born on the western fringes of London in 1965 He was brought up in Oxfordshire and still lives in the county today Educated at his local comprehensive and at Southampton University he obtained a degree in Chemistry and has worked in scientific technical and medical publishing for almost 30 years latterly in a freelance capacity Derek read his first Nigel Balchin novel The Small Back Room in 1991 and has been obsessively reading and re reading the author s works ever since In recent years he has used his love of Balchin s fiction as the springboard to launch a new career for himself as a literary writer and His Own Executioner The Life of Nigel Balchin represents the first significant fruit of those labours Nigel Balchin looked like a film star designed the Black Magic box and wrote some of the greatest novels of the Forties

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781323915/his-own-executioner (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Saving One More
    knowing there are many good people doing good things for dogs in a world that at times seems cruelly madly awful for them keeps me compos mentis I am awestruck by the efforts of many and dumbstruck by the slack minds and actions of those who keep the puppy business booming The three dogs dozed in the cool shade of the river bank under the brilliant blue skies of an August afternoon in south west France Just months earlier one had been trapped in the hell of a puppy farm nursing her final litter of puppies Happily for Twinkle she escaped the misery and cruelty of that life to join her two sisters and live the life she could have always had if only fate had been kinder One sister Susie Belle knew only too well what she had suffered having endured much the same for years Both had once been nothing more than breeding machines in puppy farms experiencing shocking abuse and neglect This book explores the dark dirty world of commercial dog breeding It is an industry that is based on greed and cruelty It is also the moving story of how two dogs survived human wickedness and

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781323984/saving-one-more (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Saviour of the Free World
    successful as it was if the Battle of Britain had been lost and the Royal Air Force as an effective fighting force had been eliminated by the Nazi Luftwaffe This book is about the Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine the engine that powered all the leading aircraft used by the Allies during World War II including the Spitfire Hurricane Mosquito Mustang and Lancaster Our story begins with the development of the Merlin from its earliest stage in the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost car to its triumph in the Battle of Britain and throughout the war We also tell of the production workers engineers managers designers and pilots who by their efforts and sacrifice helped realise the potential of the Merlin and thereby make the world safe for democracy The Merlin engine saved the world from descent into a dark tyranny that would have shattered all the liberties that we hold dear today This is a story concerned with nothing less than the preservation of freedom Mike Low recently left Rolls Royce plc having spent a working lifetime involved in the manufacture of aero engines and other power plants for use in the Marine and Nuclear sectors It was from this

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781323953/saviour-of-the-free-world (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Food Waste Philosophy
    on certain things If I m able to do that then my mission is fulfilled a book that is useful to have in the kitchen and out and provides a good read Food Waste Philosophy is a unique book that deals with food in a way no other book has Disclosing the truth behind food and how our food affects our lives Shane Jordan documents his relationship with food from childhood to the present day He discusses his thoughts on food waste education sustainability and environmental issues In addition he shares anecdotes and stories of his own experiences and his philosophy on cooking and creativity This reflective book allows you to see things from a different perspective and question your assumptions and the views you hold Food Waste Philosophy will transform your way of thinking by allowing you to question everything you thought was correct Find out more here Shane Jordan is a vegetarian chef and education practitioner from Bristol Apart from his interest in recycling and environmental issues Shane specialises in creating imaginative meals from surplus food He began cooking seriously when he was asked to prepare vegetarian cuisine for the Harbourside Market in Bristol The success of his cooking prompted him to cook professionally in cafés and for events and banquets throughout the South West Shane is also using his culinary skills to cook meals for homeless shelters and raise money for charitable organizations His interest in food waste started when he was first introduced to the registered charity FoodCycle After learning about food waste issues Shane decided to find a way to reduce waste by creating meals from vegetable and fruit skins From this point Shane started to take an interest in sustainability and environmental issues becoming knowledgeable about this subject and working with environmental groups and

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781320426/food-waste-philosophy (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - My Friend Ruby
    of Ruby was a new experience for me as well as the family She soon had us well trained Throughout her lifetime she showed just what a special dog she was reassuring me during especially difficult times supporting my bungling efforts persuading me to accept new challenges and not to be afraid and encouraging me to make the most of every opportunity So it was she changed my life and in the process became my friend Ruby belongs to the select band of dogs whose presence has a profound effect on those around her Her Kennel Club name Another Diamond was most apposite What a bonus to have been the recipient of a forever friendship it was unexpected but wonderful I owe so much to my friend Ruby Anna Chelmicka had a dog as a child It was a German Sheppard given to her father as payment for a job Needless to say this did not please her mother but Anna grew up liking dogs and enjoying their company and she came to realise she had a perceptive awareness of their needs and wants She anticipated that when she had her own place a dog would become an integral part of her life This did not happen She travelled extensively spending time in Australia and Canada Eventually she got married returned to Bristol settled down and had two daughters Raising a family and teaching full time in a primary school precluded any possibility of having a dog despite the repeated requests from her children It was not until the younger girl was old enough to take equal responsibility that Anna was coerced into getting a dog So when shortly afterwards she retired after thirty years teaching a dog was an important part of the family In her retirement Anna has

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781323526/my-friend-ruby (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Too Fast A Life
    a fair epitaph I thought about that for a while and replied I think F words would be more appropriate He looked at me a bit old fashioned and asked Like what I thought for a minute and then suggested Funny fiery flawed and far far too fast MIKE HAWTHORN BRITAIN S FIRST WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION was internationally famous by the time of his death The dashing young Englishman had just won an epic battle for the title against Stirling Moss in a classic last race duel similar to that between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda in 1976 and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014 However back in the 1950s Formula 1 was a quasi amateur sport in which prizes were modest the risk of death unimaginably high and where there was scant reporting of the drivers off track activities Mike s penchant for fast driving was matched by an appetite for pretty girls beer aeroplanes and practical jokes all of which got him into a great many scrapes What usually got him out was his charm In this re telling of Mike s story Too Fast A Life endeavours to paint an unbiased picture of a troubled young man focusing more on feelings than feeler gauges and uniquely questions whether his life could have ended differently Martin spent over thirty years in various businesses before pursuing a passion for writing After selling a company in 2008 Martin gained an MA in Creative Writing from Chichester University in 2011 He has always lived and worked in West Sussex and now resides in a small downland village not far from Goodwood motor racing circuit Martin enjoys many interests including unsurprisingly motor cars but values friendships above all He lives with his three cars two cats and one lovely long

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/product/9781781323199/too-fast-a-life (2016-02-16)
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