Tuesday, 28 June 2011

New diet book, endorsed by Jessica Biel, promotes probiotic nutrition for weight loss and optimal health

Fatigue, headaches, mood swings, weight gain, allergies, joint and muscle pain, inflammation: these are just some of the signs that indicate you may unknowingly be suffering from a ‘silent invader’ –Yeast/Candida.

The resulting imbalance can be a key factor in numerous health problems including chronic fatigue, food allergies, skin disorders, obesity, depression, digestive disorders, and other immune-related diseases. In The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity (Hay House, 1st Aug 2011/£12.99), author Donna Gates reveals a groundbreaking programme for recovering your health with probiotic nutrition and simple dietary transitions that can profoundly impact your well-being.

“Health begins in the digestive tract, rampant use of antibiotics and sugar addiction has led to an epidemic known as Candidiasis or an overgrowth of yeast in the body,” explains Gates. “My program is designed to support imbalances in the system with a probiotic rich diet and supplements to improve your inner ecology.” Body Ecology™ emphasises food and detoxification as the foundation for wellness. The resulting benefits are: greater energy, improved digestion, greater focus, a stronger immune system, weight loss and much more.”

Donna Gates is a leading expert in digestive health and has helped hundreds of thousands heal and improve their health. Dealing with her own health issues and frustrated with conventional medicine, she embarked on a long course of study into many different healing concepts, including ancient Chinese medicine, macrobiotics, raw foods, and mega-supplement therapy. Incorporating the most beneficial components of each concept resulted in the Body Ecology system of healing.

In the book, Donna reveals how to restore and maintain the ‘inner ecology’ your body needs to function properly, and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living. She emphasises simple yet important dietary transitions that can profoundly impact how you feel such as:

• Drastically reducing your intake of carbohydrates and sugars
• The addition of cultured/fermented foods, such as kefir, to your diet
• Changing the quality of fats and oils you consume

The Body Ecology Diet is endorsed by many doctors, nutrition experts and even celebrities tout the benefits. According to actress Jessica Biel, “Body Ecology emphasizes the importance of what we put into our bodies and teaches a way of eating that makes me feel like I am in control of my health and in tune with my body’s intuitive needs. Cultured vegetables and coconut kefir have become essentials, not only in my home, but whenever I travel.”

In her book, Gates shows you, step-by-step, how to eat your way to better health and well-being deliciously, easily, and inexpensively. In this book, you will learn:

• Basic eating principles to help you gain mastery over every health challenge you may encounter
• How to create ideal digestive balance
• Effective cleansing and detoxification methods to restore your system's harmony and support your liver
• How to conquer sugar cravings
• Tips for strengthening your immune system
• Easy meal planning with dozens of delectable recipes, an array of menus, and detailed shopping lists
• Strategies for dining out

The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
Published by Hay House, 1st August 2011, £12.99 pb and as an e-book.

In October 2011, Donna Gates will release The Baby Boomer Diet (Hay House) which incorporates the main principles of the Body Ecology philosophy for anti-aging and longevity.

Monday, 27 June 2011

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We Live Forever - The Story Of The Woman With X-Ray Eyes

by Anne Owen and Peter Valentine

Reading 'We Live Forever' is said to be like watching the trees grow green in springtime. It lifts the spirit, and it lifts our awareness of the world beyond the senses.

'We Live Forever - The story of the Woman with X-Ray Eyes' is the fast-moving story of a highly gifted remote viewer Anne Owen who has been the subject of a great many press articles. Anne's remarkable X-Ray vision and extra-sensory experiences have had a remarkable impact on her life. At the age of twelve her remote viewing allowed her to avert a serious accident to the car in which she is travelling with her father.

This remarkable tale also describes Anne's development in aura seeing and the book includes instructions for everyone on how to achieve this for themselves. The story leads on to Anne's UFO experiences and she describes her involvement with a UFO crash, a Man in Black, and a young UFO abductee.

Next her interest in reincarnation develops, followed by a dramatic telepathic first meeting with her husband-to-be. Finding him to be her match in many areas of remote viewing, her husband Peter recounts his own development finally achieving his goal of finding documented proof of a former lifetime of his. Together they describe case-histories of people's former lives, showing the influence these can have upon us all.

Anne's exceptional ability to communicate with the discarnate is illustrated through case histories. A detailed analysis follows of how her astonishing X-Ray vision functions inside people's bodies with descriptions of the healing of many ailments including an African skin disease the cure for which was unknown to medical science.

Her clients have ranged from princesses and Heads of State to Ronnie Kray of Gangland fame. Finding herself at one of these parties which involved the plotting of a military coup to overthrow a Far-Eastern government, Anne warned the people involved saying if you go through with this there will be blood on your doorstep. Her advice was ignored and some weeks later television coverage showed images on the screen of the same man lying assassinated on the pathway in front of his house.

This amazing story goes on to cover some fascinating case-histories of crimes solved by this means, and the rescuing of three men trapped four decks down underwater in a sunken ferry (the "Herald of Free Enterprise") by remote viewing which was reported in the national press.

Anne relates stories of her involvement with some of her extremely wealthy high-flying clients, explaining how people can discover some of their own former lives; ending with a literally out-of-this-world perspective on the foundation of Western religion as some see it.

An extract from We Live Forever - The Story of the Woman with X-Ray Eyes by Anne Owen and Peter Valentine is available to read at

Imprint:Bright Pen
Published:Apr 11th 2011
ISBN (Paperback editions):0755213327
ISBN-13 (Paperback editions):9780755213320

Available to buy in paperback (£7.99) from; and

Would You Like To See Your Name In A Best Selling Novel?

Would you like to see your name in a best selling novel? Are you looking for an original gift? Then keep on reading!.....

Children's Hospice South West's Friends on the Roseland are holding a unique auction giving you the chance to name a character in one of Amanda Brookfield's books! The popular author will write the winner's selected name into a forthcoming piece of fiction in return for a contribution to CHSW's appeal to build a children's hospice in Cornwall.

Sallie Eden, member of Children's Hospice South West's Friends on the Roseland fundraising group, explains:

"We are so thrilled that Amanda Brookfield has so generously agreed to help our fundraising efforts. Here's how it works; the person making the highest bid will get to name a character in one of Amanda's forthcoming books. The money from the winning bid will go directly to Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal, so whether you want to see your own name in print or want to buy it as a gift, why not make a bid?"

Children's Hospice South West is the only organisation in the region providing specialist hospice care for families with life-limited children. The charity's homely hospices - Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and eventually Little Harbour in Cornwall - offer families the rare opportunity for a break in a comforting and fun environment. The specially trained care team support the whole family during the life of the child, throughout bereavement, and beyond - for as long as they need it.

Author, Amanda Brookfield, whose works include 'Alice Alone', 'Life Begins', and 'Before I knew you', says:

"I can't think of a charity I would rather support. I am lucky enough to have two healthy strapping sons of my own, but fifteen years ago my five year old niece, Lucy, died after complications following an operation on her heart. The shock of that loss is with all my family still. She was the dearest, bravest little girl and not a day goes by when we do not treasure her memory."

To take part in this special auction, please e-mail your bid and contact details to Sallie Eden at before the closing date of Friday 1st July. Bidding starts at £100. The highest bidder can choose to have a character named after them, a friend, or a loved one (terms and conditions apply). For further details please contact Sallie on 07777678621.

To find out more about Children's Hospice South West, the progress of the Precious Lives Appeal to build Little Harbour, and the many different ways in which you can help, please visit or phone 01872 261166.

Watergate Exposed

How the President of the United States & the Watergate burglars were set up - as told to Douglas Caddy, original attorney for the Watergate Seven. Disclosing new factual material about the Watergate incident, this provocative exposé of the famed break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 reveals that the burglars were set up and explains how our historical consciousness has been altered to obscure the truth.

Written by a confidential informant, this never-before-told story rewrites the accepted truth of the scandal that rocked the political world and the entire nation while taking readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of a major criminal investigation.

Drilling to the core of the political nightmare, shocking acts of manipulation and deceit are uncovered as new light is shed on the players and puppet masters behind the event that led to the only presidential resignation in U.S. History.

Robert Merritt is a confidential informant for the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division. He has also worked for the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, the ATF, the Manhattan District Attorney, and the U.S. Attorney for New York City. He lives in New York City.

Douglas Caddy, LLD, is an attorney, the cofounder of Young Americans for Freedom, and served as the criminal lawyer for the burglars in the Watergate break-in.

193629611X (9781936296118) £16.99 Trine Day

Boy Behind The Gate: How His Dream Of Sailing Around The World Became A Six-Year Odyssey Of Adventure, Fear, Discovery & Love

Follow the global sailing adventures of 'Julia' and her crew as they discover the world and themselves. With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe.

The namesake boy behind the gate is a passionate romantic who, since childhood, yearned to discover what's out there... How do some people overcome fears and insecurities to manifest their dreams?

What are the characteristics that allow them to completely transform their lives from one of stability to one of uncertainty and adventure?

Don't we all entertain ideas of reinventing ourselves, of having a chance to do it differently and by our own rules? Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In "The Boy Behind the Gate" the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

A native of California native, Larry Jacobson grew up on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean sailing, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. He is also a noted expert in the corporate marketing world, he was president of one of the premier incentive travel companies.

An avid sailor, he has over 50,000 blue water miles to his name. Larry is a motivational speaker and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also welcomes feedback and new friends.

0982878796 (9780982878798) £23.50 Buoy Press

Haynes Manuals Hit the Information Super Highway

The Revered DIY Automotive and Motorcycle Repair Books Will Be Enhanced on the Web.

Haynes Publishing, the worldwide leader in the supply of repair and maintenance information for DIY mechanics, announced recently that it is making significant steps into the electronic arena. The company has begun demonstrating an electronic version of the iconic Haynes Manual to its major retail accounts in the United States , a first for the traditional print publishing company.

Representing a major shift for the publishing company, Haynes’ Online Manuals will have the ability to reach a larger customer base.  This is good news for the aspiring DIYer on a budget who would rather maintain and repair his or her own vehicle versus paying for a mechanic.

“We have been closely watching developments regarding potential electronic delivery of our information for quite a long time. In fact we demonstrated a CD based product in Las Vegas over a decade ago,” said J Haynes, Chairman of the Haynes Publishing Group.  “Since the acquisition of Vivid Holding BV three years ago, we have been experimenting with various initiatives where their expertise with electronic technology can be applied to Haynes products. We now believe we have something that is so exciting that we are ready to make it available online. We believe that Haynes MOL (Manuals Online) can become as successful as the traditional Haynes Manual, which has sold over 150 million copies around the world.”

The company plans to demonstrate and test the product in the U.S. market before refining it for introduction across the globe. The intention is that customers will be able to click through from websites operated by Haynes’ auto parts store retail accounts and order a subscription to the electronic product. The company believes they have been able to add much value to the electronic version of the famous DIY product.

Haynes intends to make this product available through its traditional auto parts store retail account base as well as through its own website.

“With this new product we have been able to incorporate a great deal of material that it is not possible to provide in a printed product. The electronic product includes all of the information in the print version but also includes audio and video clips demonstrating various DIY procedures,” said Eric Oakley, Haynes Group CEO. 

“The Brake Pad video and the Rust Repair video, for example, really do an excellent job in getting across to our end-user customers how straightforward these tasks really are. The nature of the web has also encouraged us to incorporate color pictures and color wiring diagrams as well as hyperlinks, definitions and a keyword search function. This product enables us to provide a lot more help to our customers.”

This move illustrates the benefits that are increasingly flowing from the acquisition of Vivid Holding BV three years ago. Vivid, who provide technical data to professional mechanics throughout Europe , have never produced a product in a printed form. As a result, they bring an extra dimension to the Haynes Group. “The cooperation that we have seen between the Haynes Editorial Team and our Vivid Technicians has been excellent and together they have produced a very exciting product which can mark the beginning of a new era in the Haynes story,” said Alex Kwarts MD of Vivid Holding.

Once the initial prototype demonstrations are complete, Haynes intends to convert the top 50 selling manuals to the electronic format and will make them available for sale by subscription in the U.S. by autumn 2011. They will then add further coverage as the conversion process continues. The traditional printed product line will continue to be marketed aggressively with an ongoing programme of updates and new titles.

Just Help Yourself, The Common Sense Way

What do Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Colonel Sanders all have in common?

In his new book, Just Help Yourself, Tom Lucas, a celebrity sports psychologist and motivational speaker who has helped change the lives of many top sporting professionals and business leaders, highlights the fact that these world famous icons never gave up on achieving their dreams despite facing numerous set-backs and challenges.

"Albert Einstein", says Tom, "did not speak until the age of four, did not read until he was seven, and was described by one of his teachers as 'mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams'. Not only that, but he was expelled from one college and refused entry to another!"

"Thomas Edison made 10,000 attempts before successfully developing the electric light and when asked what is was like to fail so many times he replied, 'I did not fail, I simply discovered thousands of ways that wouldn't produce light'".

"Similarly, Colonel Sanders visited nearly 500 restaurants in an attempt to sell his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe, and was aged 65 when he finally succeeded".

Tom is a firm believer that whatever talents, skills or interests a person has, they owe it to themselves to use them to the fullest, continually working on them to enable them to flourish.

Every day Tom encounters people who haven't managed to find a way to bring their fullest potential to the fore. Offering an alternative approach to dealing with life's stressful times, Tom uses a technique called Common Sense Psychology (CSP) which focuses on understanding that the real solutions to problems lie within us, not in external sources, and, with a little common sense, can be uncovered.

Using tips that Tom has finely tuned during his career working with top sporting professionals and business owners, Just Help Yourself is full of practical advice to help you take those initial steps to recognising that you, and only you, have the power to change the situation that you find yourself in.

With a foreword from the former England Captain Terry Butcher, Tom's book is packed full of common sense advice for building confidence, belief and self-esteem, eating nutritionally balanced foods, and the importance of taking time out.

Tom makes it crystal clear that it's not the destination, but the journey that is the key to success. Einstein, Edison and Colonel Sanders could have given up after each of their set backs but they carried on, confidently and with determined self-belief. What would our world today be like if they hadn't?

And their story could be your story; what would the world miss out on if you don't make the effort to achieve your fullest potential within your lifetime?

To discover Tom's common sense guide to dealing with life's ups and downs and achieving the life of your dreams, pick up a copy of Just Help Yourself from,
Amazon and all good bookstores. Published by the HotHive priced £8.99. Tom runs Head to Head Sports & Business Consultancy -

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Britons Take to Books on National Reading Group Day

Reading groups celebrate first annual event today, Saturday 25th June.

Avid readers around the country will be flocking to their local independent bookshops for discussion groups, author events and lunches, to celebrate National Reading Group Day, (NRGD), today, Saturday 25th June.

The day is part of Independent Booksellers Week (IBW) and demonstrates what the ‘indies’ do best - creating and supporting their local community. Reading groups have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, encouraged by local independent bookshops who host, and in many cases run, local reading groups. Many are well-established, while others are being launched on NRGD itself.

As well as author-led talks and discussion groups, activities include competitions and even a world record attempt.

A visit by Dawn French to a reading group is being offered as first prize in a major national competition, launched tomorrow, Saturday. The competition is open to all reading groups in the UK who are invited to enter by explaining, in 30 words or less, why Dawn should come to their reading group. The competition celebrates the paperback publication this month of Dawn’s No.1 bestseller, A Tiny Bit Marvellous. More information is available at

More unusual initiatives include the launch of a world record attempt for the largest ever reading group. The attempt by The Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green, London, takes place on 30th July and will be made by joining people nationwide using social networking sites, a website forum, Skype and video links. An online discussion will take place from 4pm–8pm, with a central forum set up for people to share their views.

In addition, a new series of The TV Book Club Summer Read starts this weekend on More4, giving reading groups the opportunity to read along with the series. The programme is offering the chance for a reading group to watch filming on 19th July – more information is available at

• National Reading Group Day is part of Independent Booksellers Week, an annual celebration of the ‘the indies’ around the country, run by The Booksellers Association.

• The Booksellers Association is working in partnership with The Reading Agency’s Reading Groups for Everyone initiative, a central database and resource on reading groups.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Self-Published “Business Cook Book” to be Stocked at Waterstones

Self-published book ‘Business Cookery: Tried and tested recipes for business success’ is to be stocked at Waterstones.

Hot on the heels of best-selling Kindle authors John Locke, Louise Voss and Mark Edwards two UK authors are using their business experience to self-publish and promote their own paperback and e-book.

The quirky novel/business book hybrid is selling well on Amazon (both in paperback and on Kindle) and now Waterstones have agreed to stock the title in their high street stores. It’s also available online from Blackwells, WHSmith and Foyles.

Entrepreneurs Hannah McNamara and Patrick White decided to go down the route of self-publishing, even though McNamara had worked with a publisher on her first book, ‘Niche Marketing for Coaches’.

McNamara says, “Many authors don’t realise the amount of marketing publishers expect you to do for your own book. They assume that their job is just to write a good book and the publishers will take care of making it sell.

“My experience first time around taught me that there were so many aspects of publishing a book we could easily handle ourselves and be in complete control of. Most self-published authors focus on e-books but it was important for us to be published in print as well and be stocked in book stores. As business people we’re always focused on the profit margin, so doing it ourselves means that we could make publishing a book very profitable. It’s also been a lot of fun!”

This emphasis on making a profit is very apt given the topic of their book. Business Cookery uses cookery analogies to teach business principles and it’s already receiving acclaim from entrepreneurs and foodies alike.

‘Secret Millionaire’ property investor Caroline Marsh says, “I heartily endorse Business Cookery, Clear, easy-to-read. I like the stories that guide you through the fundamentals on how to start, run and manage a successful business. Follow the recipe and make a great pie!”

Sejal Sukhadwala of describes the book as “a modern classic, this unique tome gives business and personal development advice via cookery-themed storytelling, recipes and food analogies.”

For a limited time, the authors are making the first 2 chapters available free from

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Represent yourself in court . New books tells you how

The cuts in legal aid announced by the Government in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will force more and more people to represent themselves, often reluctantly, in complex, serious and potentially life-changing court proceedings, says the author of new book on the subject. Those now falling outside the legal aid scheme could include someone accused of domestic violence in the midst of a family dispute, perhaps over contact with children, claims Lucy Reed.

Lucy Reed, a practising family law barrister and author of a recently published book aimed at helping litigants in person in family proceedings, claims: “The exclusion of many family cases from the scope of legal aid will force more people to have to represent themselves in court. This will include people trying to respond to serious allegations of physical violence or sexual abuse against a former partner or child, and where the decisions being taken could have a lifelong impact on their relationship with their children.”

Even more worryingly, Lucy adds that “A parent making an allegation of abuse will be able to obtain legal aid, but the parent on the receiving end will not, even though the allegations may not be true.

“This could lead to “inequality of arms” where one party is forced to fall back on doing it themselves while the other side in the dispute has access to the knowledge, resources and experience of a qualified legal representative.

The changes were announced in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill published yesterday.

Lucy Reed has written a book called: Family Courts without a Lawyer: A Handbook for Litigants in Person which is published by Bath Publishing. An associated website, is now on line. The site contains working documents and resources referred to in the book


- A litigant in person is the term used for those representing their case in court without the assistance of a qualified legal representative.

- The author, Lucy Reed, is a barrister at St John's Chambers in Bristol. She is also the author of the well known family law blog,

- Bath Publishing are legal publishers, in print and online, who have been providing information to family lawyers and others working in family justice since 2005. They founded, developed, managed and subsequently sold (in 2010) a leading online resource for the industry,

Details about the book:
Family Courts without a Lawyer: A Handbook for Litigants in Person
Price: £29.00
336 pages
Website: Readers also have access to updates, useful documents and other resources on the accompanying website,

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A long and healthy life? A new book might challenge what you know

We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Project exposes what really impacts our lifespan - including friends, family, personality and work.

This is the first time the general public has shown the findings of this incredible, decade-spanning study that began in the early 1920s

Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight Decade Study

By Howard S. Friedman, PhD and Leslie R. Martin, PhD

Published by Hay House, 4th July 2011, £10.99 pb

Gathering new information and using modern statistics to study participants across eight decades, Dr Howard Friedman and Dr Leslie Martin bust myths about achieving health and long life. For example:
- People do not die from working long hours at a challenging job – many who worked the hardest lived the longest
- Getting and staying married is not the magic ticket to long life, especially if you're a woman
- It's not the happy-go-lucky ones who thrive – it's the prudent and persistent who flourish through the years.

With questionnaires that help you determine where you are heading on the longevity spectrum and advice about how to stay healthy, this book changes the conversation about living a long, healthy life.

Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California in Riverside, California. For three decades, Professor Friedman has studied personality predictors of longevity, developing a scientific understanding of the 'disease-prone personality' and the 'self-healing personality.' Leslie R. Martin is Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University in California.


The Longevity Project proves that most of the truisms about health and longevity are inaccurate; and even when they are true, it’s not for the reasons we expect!

Here are just a few of the longevity myths busted in this book:

• ‘You’ll worry yourself sick’: In reality worriers live longer; a healthy dose of concern about the future makes people more likely to be diligent about their health, which translates into years.

• ‘Look on the bright side’ It turns out that overly-optimistic people tend to put themselves in harm’s way—they just don’t see risks as clearly as people who are prone to caution/pessimism.

• Do you resolve every year to exercise more? Vigorous exercise can be detrimental to longevity. If you’re not a gym bunny, don’t sweat it—partaking in physical activities that you enjoy like gardening or walking actually are more beneficial to your health than high-impact exercise.

• ‘You’ll work yourself to death’: Hard workers actually live longer, even those with stressful jobs; being engaged and motivated keeps you alive.

• Married people live longer: Those in happy marriages do often live longer, but those whose marriages end in divorce actually have shorter life spans.

• Early education ensures higher level of achievement: Many children who are pushed into schooling before they’re prepared actually do not excel academically. In fact, drop-out levels are often higher in children who are put into school too early.

What do the experts say about this book?

‘The Longevity Project uses one of the most famous studies in psychology to answer the question of who lives longest - and why. The answers will surprise you. This is an important and deeply fascinating book.’
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point

‘The content of this book will prove fascinating, not only to social, behavioral, and clinical scientists and practitioners and their students, but to the general reading public as well. The writing is crystal clear as it compels us to go on reading because we know that there will be an illuminating vignette as an example, or another fascinating finding, just around the corner, on the next page.’
Robert Rosenthal, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside and Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Harvard University

‘Incredibly, no one until now has chronicled and interpreted the findings from the monumental almost century-long longevity project for the general public. Is living a long life associated with being married, daily jogs, having a pet, or faith in God? At last, with lucid prose and rigorous yet crystal clear analysis, Professor Friedman and Professor Martin have succeeded beautifully.’
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph. D., professor of psychology at the University of California/Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

‘Want to live longer? You’ve probably heard the common advice (don’t work so hard, think positive thoughts, eat your broccoli, etc.) As the fascinating analysis in The Longevity Project shows, much of this advice is wrong. Based on one of the longest-running longitudinal studies ever conducted, The Longevity Project describes, in its lively and accessible pages, the personality traits most common to those who lived long lives – and how to shape them in yourself. It’s a great read for anyone interested in the burgeoning research on psychology and health.’
Jean M. Twenge, author of Generation Me

‘A compelling and objective assessment of character traits associated with longevity. Only a handful of studies in this field last long enough to give meaningful results, and even fewer remain significant after their primary investigators have passed away. Friedman and Martin have resurrected a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions. I learned a lot from this book.’
Andrew Weil, M.D.

(EDITOR: So a lot of what we think we know might not be wrong, but actually be detrimental to our well-being? This is fascinating stuff.)

To find out more about this book visit 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

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New book reveals a startling new truth about Stonehenge

At 4:52 on June 21st 2011 the sun will creep over the horizon, then the revered Heel stone of Stonehenge, watched in ore by 10,000 common spectators and Druids alike. Little do they know they have turned up prematurely at Britain's most ancient prehistoric historical event.

For Stonehenge was ORIGINALLY built NOT to observe the midsummer solstice sunrise as commonly believed, but more significantly the midsummer SUNSET and MOON SET occurring some 17 hours later in the opposite direction!

In a new book ‘The Stonehenge Enigma’ launched this month, Archaeologist Robert John Langdon, states in great detail that the true purpose of Stonehenge was to pay homage to the dead and departing spirits leaving to the next world and NOT to worship the sun and rebirth as currently thought.

This revolutionary book proves that archaeologists have only scratched the surface of the historic significance of this world heritage site and have also grossly miscalculated and underestimated the age of the structure, which accepted carbon dating evidence found in the visitor's Car Park has shown it is 5,000 years older than the experts currently claim and was therefore built around 8,000 BC, making it the oldest prehistoric monument in the world.

In this ancient landscape, Stonehenge was constructed not on the grassy plain that we see today, but on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the river Avon, which had swelled out of proportion, directly after the last Ice Age. This excess of water was created when the two miles of ice that covered our land for over 15,000 years finally melted, flooding the entire landscape, leaving not the Britain we know today but a series of smaller islands and gigantic waterways.

'The Stonehenge Enigma' is dubbed by some as the most controversial archaeological book ever written. It contains over forty pieces of scientific evidence, like carbon dating, to support Langdon's hypothesis that over 10,000 years ago there was a great 'lost' civilisation that lived and traded on this network of rivers and flood plains.

This 'advanced' civilisation, did not roam the land as the hunter-gatherers history erroneously portrays, but in fact lived on reed boats that could not only navigate the internal waterways of ancient Britain, but also travel the 'known world' to trade.

These boats were the method used to transport the huge Bluestones from the Preseli mountains in Wales to the site at Stonehenge, negating the need to 'drag' them across Salisbury plain. The most compelling evidence for the existence of this 'lost civilisation' is found at the end of the book where written evidence from one of the worlds most famous ancient philosophers, identifies this civilisation.

'The Stonehenge Enigma' not only rewrites British history and the understanding of the development of our society, but moreover, rewrites the history of the world as Langdon proves this civilisation was the 'birth place' of our civilisation which has yet to be recognised by historians or archaeologists.

The full article can be found on Robert Langdon's blog site

Book extracts and pictures can be found at:

(EDITOR: PLEASE NOTE: You may order this book -and many other books reviewed at That's Books- via the Amazon search box toward the top right of this site. Thank you.)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Do YOU struggle with staff, colleagues? There might be a reason! And there's a solution, too

Managers who are technically and functionally competent might not be getting the best results out of their staff. So says a top business consultant.

Many managers who lack important communication skills are struggling to build rapport with staff, which in turn is impacting on business results. Recent internal research by Google looking at the top eight management skills in the eyes of employees, saw 'technical skills' languishing at number eight.

Managers who demonstrated a genuine interest in their employees, who communicate well, and conveyed a clear vision and goals were held in higher regard by employees and produced superior results than those with purely technical skills.

Experienced executive coach and consultant Gill Graves of Iridium HRD Consulting Limited based in Northamptonshire, believes the recent research by Google confirms management communication skills and the ability to build rapport with staff leads to significant improvements in organisational performance through better employee engagement.

Gill points out: "This research highlights the need for highly professional technical and functional managers to hone their communication skills.

"Managers require a range of skills - providing feedback, coaching, listening, building rapport, setting goals, handling meetings and asking questions.

"At a time when many organisations are trying to do more with less, a low cost solution for enhancing productivity is to equip managers with the so-called 'soft skills' they need to become highly effective."

Gill's book, 'Presenting Yourself With IMPACT at work' provides a toolbox of techniques, hints and tips for people who are looking to kick start or further their careers through better communication and presentation.

Andrew Brodie, Head of HR at Faccenda Group says the book provides "an excellent framework for any business leader or manager interested in improving their ability to deliver key messages and engage people effectively".

Gill Graves is an experienced executive coach and consultant in leadership and team development and a recognised leader in the field of business communications. She works with professionals in organisations both large and small including Vodafone, the Open University, BAE Systems and the NHS. Visit for more details.

'Presenting Yourself with Impact at Work' by Gill Graves is available for £12 at

Monday, 6 June 2011

Make this Father's Day one he will remember and treasure

Father’s Day is 19th June and why not make it an extra special one this year with a personalised gift journal created by you for your Father at the from you to me website?

The award-winning gift journal publisher, fromyoutome has introduced some clever intuitive on line software at their on line shop, which will let you personalise your gift journal in four simple steps.

You can make your gift journal unique to your Dad by selecting the title of your book and them choosing images of your Father, and all the things that remind you of him.

Once this is completed, the journal is passed back to you, to be read, shared and treasured.

You'll also be able to tailor questions for you and your Dad with the aim of receiving back some real insights into his life, and his hopes for the future.

“With many people looking for ways to tell their life story and pass on personal experiences to their loved ones, from you to me gift journals can actually make it happen – so this Father’s Day can be the day you finally start that trip down memory lane with him,” explained a spokesman.

It costs £19.99 plus delivery. To start to create yours visit

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

New book offers advice on returning to work after maternity leave

A new book from women’s coach Jessica Chivers offers advice on returning to work after maternity leave and how to strike the right balance as a working mum, from childcare to getting a grip on guilt.

Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work

By Jessica Chivers

Published 6th June 2011, £10.99 PB

More and more mothers return to work after children, yet the journey is not always straightforward or easy– there are emotional and practical difficulties to overcome, not least the perennial question of how to manage both home and work successfully.

While the seemingly perfect celebrity mums in glossy magazines may make juggling family life with a career look effortless, the reality is that reaching equilibrium when you return to work without going insane requires support and some excellent advice!

Mothers Work! dissects and discusses the burning issues playing on working mums’ minds, with a warm, encouraging voice that nudges women to be proactive and gently draws mums away from the pressure of perfection. Jessica shows us that ‘it’s good to be good enough’ and explains how to do it. This book will help you to:

• know your ideal work scenario
• keep in touch and ask for what you want
• see your family as a team
• find childcare that fits your family
• get a grip on guilt
• go for ‘good enough’ at home
• get organised for a smooth return
• do what it takes to thrive

Filled with the voices of real working mums (Jessica surveyed 200 working mums), this book is a practical and positive read that encourages women to enjoy their work, helps them make a smooth return to work and ditch the guilt along the way.

Jessica Chivers, The Thinking Woman’s Coach, works with women from all backgrounds to help them achieve what’s important to them. She helps organisations retain and develop female talent and has worked with companies such as Barclays, M&S and the BBC.

With a business background, many years experience of coaching women in career transitions and her own experience of being a working mother, Jessica is well placed to guide women through the process of making a smooth return to work after having children. Jessica was recently selected as one of Stylist magazine’s top 20 ‘Ladies Who Tweet’, she lives in St Albans with her husband Nick and two children, Monty (4) and Artemis (2).

The 8 Mantras of the Working Mum:
Mantra #1: Know your ideal work scenario
Mantra #2: Keep in touch and ask for what you want
Mantra #3: See your family as a team
Mantra #4: Find childcare that fits your family
Mantra #5: Get a grip on guilt
Mantra #6: Go for ‘good enough’ at home
Mantra #7: Prepare for a smooth return
Mantra #8: Do what it takes to thrive

‘Jessica Chivers has done working mothers everywhere a favour by helping them get in touch with their G-spot. We’re talking guilt (what were YOU talking about?) If you’re thinking of returning to work, or are already there but tired of feeling frazzled, this book can help you get a grip.’ Justine Roberts, Founder, Mumsnet

‘Jessica Chivers is the perfect ally for a new mother who is pondering whether and how to go back to work. Her chatty style, empathy and wealth of anecdotes make this an easy read as well as a rich source of valuable advice.’
Octavius Black, CEO The Mind Gym

‘Just the ticket for those facing the perennial motherhood question of how to make work, work’
Allison Mitchell, author of Time Management for Manic Mums

‘Smart, warm and incredibly well-researched. This is THE book employers should be giving all their women returners’ Karen Pine, author of Sheconomics.