Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success — Benjamin Hardy, PhD

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On my journey to becoming a better writer, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Benjamin Hardy who gave a presentation at a writers’ workshop I was attending last November — and he kindly gave away some proof copies of his new book Willpower Doesn’t Work (WPDW). Since then I’ve been applying some of its strategies and the early …

Book Review: High and Low – How I Hiked Away From Depression Across Scotland by Keith Foskett

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‘Dark clouds had formed overnight, obscuring the summit of Beinn Aird da Loch, and a fierce wind roared. Now the bothy walls screamed in surrender. Rain rattled the roof and water cascaded down.’ With all of Keith Foskett’s travel adventure books, you feel like you’re walking beside him. He’s brutally honest about the places he passes through, the people he …

10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Want To Quit Corporate Life

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“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” — Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying I recently met up with some ex-work colleagues for Christmas drinks. They’re successful investment professionals working in the ‘City’, London’s equivalent of Wall Street. It’s always fun catching up and …

Book Review: The Walk (The Walk Series) by Richard Paul Evans

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‘We are all on a walk. Perhaps not as literal as mine, but a walk all the same.’ This declaration from The Walk encapsulates what the book is all about, and why I found it so inspiring. Alan Christoffersen is living the American dream – he’s a self-made man running his own advertising agency, married to his childhood sweetheart and …

Snippet Time: from Candyfloss Guitar – The Black Sheep

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One afternoon Diego took a break on a stone wall next to a pastured field with a flock of sheep huddled together and began writing a mental list of the pros and cons of being a farmhand. Just as Diego was figuring that if he went to Pedro’s straight away and gave up drinking for a while, it wouldn’t be …

SHORT STORY TIME: The Dolphin and the Moons of Time

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By Stephen Marriott Bartolome swam across the coral and nudged Whitefinn playfully. But Whitefinn didn’t react as he usually did with his childlike smile, summersault out of the water or race off after a fishing boat. Whitefinn’s mouth remained closed and his small eyes barely gave Bartolome a second glance. “What’s wrong?” asked Bartolome. Whitefinn remained silent as he struggled to …

The Perfect Hostel for the Weary Pilgrim

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I close my eyes and I am there on the Camino again: Resting my weary legs and at peace looking forward to the adventures ahead. Life on the Camino de Santiago is very simple; you walk, you eat, you sleep and you walk… So sometimes when urban life feels too much I reflect and imagine I’m back on that road. …

The London Book Fair: The Author’s Yellow Brick Road?

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“The folks at Kindle seem to be the only people who want to help me!” exclaimed an endearing voice in the crowd. The man from Lincoln had a story to tell. He was in the audience at the ‘Write stuff’, the final event at Author HQ, at this years London Book Fair (LBF). It’s a Dragon’s Den style forum where …