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    Not “Just an Admin!”

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    Not “Just an Admin!” – Peggy Vasquez (Turning Point International, £15) This book takes you through the author’s personal and professional life, from starting out in her career to her current role as a chief executive assistant. The section on the power of partnerships is written in an easy-to-digest manner and the author covers all […]

    My Fight to the Top

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    My Fight to the Top – Michelle Mone (Blink Publishing, £14.99) This book is a moving and gritty autobiography. Michelle describes in detail her humble beginnings in the West End of Glasgow, where she gained her stripes in sales, right up to the creation of Ultimo, which is now one of the most recognised fashion […]

    Wool

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    Wool – Hugh Howey (Arrow, £10.99) The size of this title is daunting, but it’s actually three books in one. Originally self-published as an e-book, it was understandably picked up for a hard copy edition and became a best-seller. It takes place in an underground bunker called a silo, where humanity continues to survive after the […]

    Managing the Matrix

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    Managing the Matrix – Dawn Metcalfe (Wiley, £18.99) This book is about how to thrive and survive if you’re employed at a “matrix” organisation. Put simply, if you work for a large firm with multiple bosses and different workflows you are operating in the matrix. It can pull you in many directions with lots of contradictory […]

    Instant Motivation

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    Instant Motivation – Chantal Burns (Pearson, £12.99) The surprising truth about this book is that the title doesn’t match the subject matter. This is not to say it isn’t good; it is and I found it interesting, informative and thought provoking. It’s more for those interested in how your mind works. Burns draws on her 15 […]

    The Anti-Ageing of Harmony Richards

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    The Anti-Ageing of Harmony Richards – Fiona Jane Collins (Self-published, £1.99 Kindle edition) I can only manage to read a book from the “chick lit” genre when the mercury is nudging 40 and there is white sand between my toes. So it was with a heavy heart that I set out to read this book over […]

    How to Deal with Difficult People

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    How To Deal With Difficult People: smart tactics for overcoming the problem people in your life – Gill Hasson (Wiley, £10.99) As a person who hates confrontation, I thought this would be a good read and I wasn’t disappointed. The definition of a “difficult” person is hard to narrow down, so the author spends the first […]

    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender (Windmill Books, £6.99) There is an age-old adage that food cooked with love tastes better. Rose Edelstein, a seemingly normal girl discovers her “gift” at the tender age of nine – the ability to taste the feelings of the people who make the food she eats. From […]

    Not Just an Admin

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    Not Just An Admin – Peggy Vasquez (Turning Point International, £12.99) This book takes you through the author Peggy’s personal and professional life, from starting out in her career to her current role as a chief executive assistant. The section on the power of partnerships is written in an easy-to-digest manner and the author covers all […]

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (Bloomsbury, £5.99) It was only after reading this book that I had an insight, an understanding as to why our military forces were stationed in Afghanistan. This is a brutal and uncomfortable read. It’s the story of two particular Afghan women whose lives are unquestionably far removed from the […]