Stories of Cancer and Hope

Kevin Donaghy

Publisher: Swan & Horn

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Compiled by an extraordinary writer, Kevin Donaghy, who himself is living with an incurable and life-limiting melanoma diagnosis, each storyteller highlights the issues, emotions and reality of having, or being affected by, a wide range of cancers. Contributions come from all over the UK and feature inspirational stories of everyday people, from the ultramarathon runner who urges people to live life to the fullest and the nurse who supported her patients through treatment, to the partners, parents and siblings who remember the loved ones they’ve lost to the disease.

The book has been created with the help of Kevin’s friends and family, and all contributors are happy to support of Maggie’s cancer charity, with at least £1 from the sale of each book being donated to help those living with cancer and their families. Maggie’s Chief Executive, Dame Laura Lee, said of the book: “The Stories of Cancer and Hope book is brilliantly honest, uplifting and very much in line with the support we offer at our 24 centres across the UK. We have been delighted to have the books in our centres and to share them with those who visit us. We are also very grateful that this updated version will now also help us support those people at possibly the hardest time of their lives.”

Praise for the book

“This is a brilliant book - full of hope.” - Dr Liz O'Riordan, retired breast surgeon and author

“Cancer is a lonely place, and finding a book like this can make you feel less alone.” - Dr Anisha Patel, NHS GP, TV doctor, bowel cancer survivor and author

Stories of Hope and Cancer is an incredible book, full of tales like ours that share the dark moments but also the light, and hopefully it can provide support and reassurance when it's needed the most.” – Nicola Nuttall, brain cancer campaigner, author and contributor of the story about her daughter, Laura.


The Birds, the Bees, and the Elephant in the Room: Talking to Your Kids About Sex & Other Sensitive Topics

Rachel Coler Mulholland

Publisher: Union Square Co. Released: 25.07.2024

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"Where did I come from?" Ah, the joys of parenting, where every day brings a new adventure in awkward conversations about sex. Eventually, all parents will face their children’s uncomfortable questions about the birds and the bees. And starting these conversations early is crucial. But how do you navigate such tough topics? Enter The Birds, the Bees, and the Elephant in the Room by Rachel Coler Mulholland, known as Shug to her 1 million TikTok followers. In this witty yet oh-so-helpful book, Rachel takes parents on a wild ride through the murky waters of sex ed conversations with their kids, empowering them to confidently approach these intimidating but essential discussions.


The Focus Fix

Chris Griffiths and Caragh Medlicott

Publisher: Kogan Page Released: 03.07.2024

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With focus and a clear mind, we can achieve almost anything. But we are constantly subjected to a deluge of distractions, from endless notification pings to anxiety and self-doubt.

The Focus Fix explores how you can reset your mindset in order to reclaim your focus and achieve incredible results. In this fascinating book, leading creativity expert Chris Griffiths and journalist Caragh Medlicott unearth scientific studies and inspiring case studies to offer practical and proven techniques that will allow you to dispel distractions and maintain your focus.

This book also uncover the numerous benefits of sustained focus: you can achieve more by doing less, improve your mental wellbeing and boost your creativity. Don't get distracted - maximize your potential and discover the antidote to burnout with The Focus Fix.


The Circular Business Revolution

Julia Binder and Manuel Braun

Publisher: Pearson Released: 20.06.2024

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Focusing on five archetypal business models and packed with over 100 case studies of circular innovation from across the world, The Circular Business Revolution offers a practical, proactive approach to implementing profitable sustainable business opportunities – highlighting the trends to watch, the pitfalls to avoid, and the checks to do to ensure your company’s progress is aligned with its long-term growth strategy. It also reveals what signals for change leaders should be watching out for so they don’t find themselves left behind in the competition.

With topical discussions and analysis on the impact of greenhushing, new ESG reporting measures, and how organisational structures can limit your progress, it’s the perfect toolkit for leaders looking to revolutionise their business in a way that’s good for their profits, people, and the environment.

Advanced praise for the book

Practical, actionable, and written to deliver results. Binder and Braun’s how-to guide for business leaders looking to embrace sustainable business models and a regenerative mindset is both timely and valuable.” Paul Polman, business leader, campaigner, and co-author of Net Positive

“The circular business models described in this book have been a source of inspiration for us on our circularity journey. As one of the major topics of the future, circularity certainly needs to be on every business leader’s agenda.” Judith Wiese, Managing Board Member of Siemens AG and Chief People and Sustainability Office


Re-writing Your Leadership Code

Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The 9-5 routine has become more complicated for business leaders, with 74% saying that the number of decisions they make every day has risen over the past five years. Leaders are having to rely on their instincts to cope with the increased pressure and workload. But by running on automatic, we risk bringing unreliable traits and subconscious biases to the surface.

Written by leadership expert Nik Kinley and organisational psychologist Shlomo Ben-Hur, this new book draws upon decades of research and proven neurological and psychological mechanisms to show how our past experiences shape our adult tendencies and why early experiences of stress, conflict and friendship can create blind spots for our leadership patterns.

From how we act in meetings and manage conflict to whether we respect our boss and can handle change, our childhood plays a pivotal part in how we lead our teams and organisations when under pressure. By understanding these triggers and traits, managers can be more aware of when they’re running on automatic and ensure their actions are intentional, relevant, and effective.


I’m Never Drinking Again: How to Stop Drinking So Much and Change Your Relationship with Alcohol

Dominic McGregor

Publisher: Capstone Released: 23.05.2024

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After co-founding the marketing agency Social Chain with friend and fellow university drop out Steven Bartlett, and growing it to a US$300 million turnover business with 750 staff in offices around the world, Dom was flying high as one of the UK’s most exciting and in-demand entrepreneurs. But behind the scenes, he was battling alcohol addiction and sabotaging everything in his life – from relationships, health, finances, and ultimately his career.

Sharing the lessons he’s learnt seven years on from his last drink, the book recalls the highs and lows of his journey to sobriety and what advice he’d give to anyone looking to change their relationship with alcohol. It also interrogates how ingrained drinking is in our society – and what we can do to change this for the better. From tackling stereotypes around sobriety being boring to examining how peer pressure and party culture has normalised unhealthy behaviours, I’m Never Drinking Again questions how we’ve got to this point and what we can do to rectify it.


Breakthrough: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Mental Health Recovery

Dr Ahmed Hankir

Publisher: Capstone Released: 18.04.2024

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In Breakthrough: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Mental Health Recovery, Dr. Ahmed Hankir delivers a unique and powerful insight into mental health recovery by tracing his own personal journey from impoverished and shunned psychiatric patient to award-winning consultant psychiatrist.

With extraordinary candour, Ahmed reveals the obstacles that nearly shattered his dreams of being a doctor – from the financial pressures to the discrimination he faced at the hands of his peers and educators – and the bullying, racism, and harassment he experienced throughout medical school, post-graduate specialisation and whilst working in the NHS.

The book also recalls his journey to recover from episodes of severe psychological distress and suicidal thoughts whilst at university, and how these experiences have shaped his career focus in psychiatry and suicide prevention. From experiencing a breakdown/breakthrough at medical school to winning the World Health Organisation’s Director General Award for Global Health in honour of his work campaigning for mental health destigmatisation and humanization of persons living with a mental health condition, Dr Hankir’s story of recovery is an inspirational tale of resilience and hope amidst adversity and disadvantage.

Ahmed is a well-known mental health advocate who uses his lived experiences to educate, support and dignify others, with over 100k followers on both Twitter/X and Tik Tok. As a proud British Muslim, he is also an expert on challenging Islamophobia and mental health related stigma in the Muslim community.

Advanced praise for the book

"An honest, engaging and most of all, hopeful book." Adam Kay, BAFTA-winning, multi-million-bestselling author, TV writer and performer.

"Warm, funny and devastatingly honest. An incredibly insightful story full of hope and resilience." Dr Amir Khan, Sunday Times Bestselling Author and Resident Doctor for ITV's Lorraine and Good Morning Britain

"Breakthrough is a toolkit for turning hopelessness into success, sadness into deep joy and stigmatization into fuel for positively transforming others' lives. Please, please, please read this inspirational book - it will change your life." Professor Ged Byrne MBE, Consultant Surgeon and Director of Global Health, NHS England

Breakthrough: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Mental Health Recovery by Dr Ahmed Hankir is published on 18 April, priced at £14.99.


Be The Change: A Healing and Empowering Handbook for Women

Jennifer Soran Boon

Released: 05.04.2024

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In her new book Be The Change: A Healing and Empowering Handbook for Women, Inner Wisdom Coach, Jennifer Soran Boon, says many women are caught up in the hum drum of their busyness, work and lives with no space or time to look within, to hear what their inner voice is guiding them towards.

In Be the Change Jennifer offers compassionate support and guidance to help bring readers back to their own soul voice and ignite female change agents to create the ripples of change for a brighter future for all.


The Art of Being Brilliant

Andy Cope

Publisher: Capstone Released: 25.04.2024

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In a world where there's a lot of talk about ‘living your best life’ and being your ‘best self’, The Art of Being Brilliant actually shows you how. From an author who is an expert in the science of happiness and positive psychology, this book is fun, non-patronising, and grounded in proven principles and practices. Since the publication of the first edition, this book has filled readers to the brim with happiness, positivity, wellbeing and, most importantly, success! This new edition has been updated to address modern issues such as screen time, social media, anxiety, resilience and relationships.

Dr Andy Cope brings the knowhow, his writing partner Andy Whittaker provides the humour, and award-winning illustrator Amy Bradley brings this new edition to life. This book is crammed full of good advice, instructive case studies, inspiring quotes, and important questions to make you think about your work, relationships, and life. It shows you that success and happiness aren't about dramatic change―they're about finding out what really works for you and doing more of it!

  • Gain inspiration through rich illustrations, inspiring quotes, and a truly fun read
  • Rock up in life as your best self
  • Learn to foster positivity and bring about success in every aspect of your life
  • Find out how academic knowledge from psychology and beyond can propel you forward

The Art of Being Brilliant
is THE go-to book to help you feel brilliant.


No Silver Bullet: Bursting the bubble of the organisational quick fix

Steve Hearsum

Released: 29.03.2024

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Organisations and those that lead them face many challenges. The more complex they are, the greater the need to find someone – anyone – who can offer a solution, and preferably a guaranteed, quick one. This is the myth of fixability, the idea that there can be a Silver Bullet for complex problems. The market for them is underpinned by a mixture of shame and anxiety, and a resultant collusion between the buyers and sellers of quick fixes.

In No Silver Bullet, Steve Hearsum lays out the false hopes of Silver Bullets, the psychological reasons why they exist and persist and their sources (poor business education, the thought leadership industry, the veneration of methodologies, and clever packaging of ideas to name a few). He explores why both leaders and those that sell them solutions are drawn to the idea of Silver Bullets and why they often fall short over time.

Without offering Silver Bullets of his own, Steve explains how buyers and sellers are engaged in a futile dance and offers some practical suggestions on how better to respond. For those that buy (leaders, managers, executive teams) and those that sell to them (consultants, solution providers, business schools, thought leaders and gurus), this book is a timely provocation in an age where binary either/or thinking is the order of the day, and nuance is eschewed in favour of certainty, when the challenges we face require a more thoughtful and integrative approach.


Our Planet Powered by AI

Mark Minevich

Publisher: Wiley Released: 24.10.2023

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Exhilarating advancements in AI are transforming every aspect of human life at supersonic speed. The world is shifting dramatically to a place where digital companies and digital enterprises have incredible amounts of power. In these extraordinary times, we must ensure these pioneering technologies—and the companies behind them—enhance human life, not overtake it.

In Our Planet Powered By AI, world-renowned AI strategist Mark Minevich reveals how leaders can harness the power of AI to hyper-enhance their businesses while creating positive societal impact.

The book shares thought-provoking analysis, fascinating real-world insights, and emerging trends from world-leading companies and experts. Packed with practical advice and guidance, it sets out how businesses—from tech giants to SMEs—can take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities offered by new technologies.

To ensure AI capabilities are harnessed ethically, we must develop them with transparency, fairness, reliability, privacy, and safety. Minevich explores how a company’s leadership and culture are fundamental to sustainable, human-centric AI-fuelled transformation.

Our Planet Powered By AI is an inspiring, highly practical roadmap to a better future, enabling businesses to implement groundbreaking artificial intelligence technologies to transform their businesses and the planet.


The Glass Cliff

Sophie Williams

Publisher: Macmillan Business Released: 07.03.2024

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Inspired by author Sophie Williams’ viral TED talk on the same subject, this book is the first commercial exploration of the social phenomenon known as the Glass Cliff – a shocking pattern of hidden bias against women in the workplace.

Based on nearly two decades of global research, the Glass Cliff is a proven phenomenon where women are frequently appointed to leadership positions in struggling businesses, restricting their chances of success from the outset.

But it doesn’t need to be this way. Not all is lost. By understanding the Glass Cliff, and by telling one another about it, we can affect the conversation, we can empower one another to overcome societal bias and, ultimately, we can change the world


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