The new book is a departure from the bulk of what I've published before, in that it's not overtly equality related (although then it sort of turns out that it is when you might not expect). Above all, it's about a developing friendship -- a real one -- this isn't fiction. It's also about the things that can scare us, and dealing with them. It reveals some stuff that I've been reluctant to talk about until now. In short, I think you'll enjoy it.
Readers in the UK enjoyed offers like this when the books were first published but it wasn't possible at that time to extend the same kind of discounts to the US. This promotion was set up before the amazing news from the Supreme Court but it's a great pleasure to offer a deal like this at such a historic time. It continues until midnight PST on July 5th -- so this is a great way to decide your Independence holiday reading.
Pressing Matters charts a period when trans activism was just getting underway on both sides of the Atlantic. It was a time when, thanks to the new medium of email and then the World Wide Web, we collaborated frequently. Any information we had -- and any advances we made -- were to our mutual benefit. This is the unique insider account of a tiny under-resourced part time campaign run by a handful of Brits from their bedrooms. It changed the law in several ways and each advance raised the bar for our associates around the world.
Both books have been well received in the UK. You can read the reviews on the Amazon UK site. And this is a one-off celebratory opportunity for people in the US to pick up an eBook bargain. Tell your friends!
I think you'll enjoy "Life by Satellite" because it is full of real people and real emotions. It covers a time before I became a visible and vocal trans campaigner. It's about a life lived in that strange place "stealth". It's about exposing vulnerabilities and neuroses which many people have, but which I needed to grow out of in order to move on and grow. Some of it now hugely embarrasses me, but I've kept it true and real so people can know. It's about bereavement and spite. But it's also unselfconsciously funny, because it's about two women from very different backgrounds just getting to know each other and become closer friends. In short, it's LIFE ... but it involves Satellites.
Life by Satellite is available right now from Amazon and Smashwords in Kindle and ePub formats. The latter will reach iBooks and other online stores next week.
University Challenge has been running on British TV for 53 years and usually consists of a big competition between teams of students from most of the the country's Universities. The Christmas special maintains the format but there are fewer teams (in this case 14); the teams are picked by the producers; and the competitors are graduate alumni of their institutions, considered to be notable in some ways.
The appeal of UC is that whilst the format is simple, the questions are devilishly difficult to answer under pressure. The producers say that the best of teams typically only get about half of the answers right. People watching at home enjoy watching teams struggle and are ecstatic when they themselves know an answer to a question that foxes the players.
Personally, I was terrified at first by the invitation to take part. Then I decided that it would be fun, whether we got anywhere or not. And my team mates were lovely people to work with.
Nature loves diversity ... humans struggle with it.
My unique proposition used to be that I combined the solid experience of over 30 years of successful business and IT consultancy at a senior level with over 20 equally successful years learning my craft in the Equality and Diversity field. The combination is an E&D expert with all the disciplines that business managers want from a consultant providing them with advice.
I've been a successful public speaker; I produced the world's first regular E&D-themed Podcast "Just Plain Sense"; I was appointed as an advisor for the Department of Health; I chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for three successive years; I amassed a great deal of experience applying equality principles to the health economy, and people generally STILL pay attention when I've got something to say. My widely praised books reflect that experience and viewpoint.
Views expressed here are those of myself and my former company Plain Sense Ltd. They are not represented to be the views of any of my professional clients except where expressly stated