'I've already had my nine lives on the bike...' Danny MacAskill lives on the edge. The cyclist is legendary for his YouTube viral videos like 'The Ridge': nerve-jangling blurs of stunts and speed over towering buildings and mountain peaks. His life is one of thrills, bloody spills and millions of online hits. It hasn't been an easy ride. Fear, stress and the 'what if?' factor circle every trailblazing trick, which require imagination, daredevil techniques and movie-making smarts. He has spent his life pushing the extremes; somehow, he's still around to tell the tale. In this unflinching memoir of mayhem, Danny shares his anarchic childhood on the Isle of Skye and early days as a street trials rider, takes us behind the scenes of his training and videos, and reveals what it takes to go beyond the next level - both mentally and physically. Join Danny for a nerve-shredding ride. Just be sure to bring a crash helmet.
DescriptionRiding the Edge is about the author's struggles through life in dealing with his bipolar disease coupled with attention deficit disorder. There is humor and sadness to the book but it is a life truly lived on the edge. About the AuthorKevin Young, born in 1963, has lived with bipolar disease all his life but was not diagnosed as such until 2009. How bipolar affected his life can be both sad and humorous. Learning to live with the disease without going over the edge is the hardest part.
Racheal Baughan suffered from the illness BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder), a powerful and destructive condition that causes you to see a completely distorted reflection of yourself: the person in front of the mirror might be extremely good looking, but their state of mind dictates that they see a flawed and deformed image. Despite a loving and caring family, Racheal developed acute anxieties about her appearance and in her early teens took to wearing excessive make-up which, for her, acted like a mask. Then at thirteen she experienced a life-shattering tragedy. Slipping into a deep depression, Racheal began to spend hours alone and became increasingly distressed about the distorted reflection of her face. She began to inhale aerosols, self-harm and eventually developed anorexia and bulimia. Desperate to find out the cause of her daughter's problem, her mother encouraged her to participate in a television discussion show. An expert on the show was the one to identify Racheal's condition as BDD and for Racheal this was to be the turning point of her life.Racheal is now a strong, happy and confident young woman and although a recovery from severe BDD may never be complete, Racheal has truly moved on with her life. In 2004 Racheal's mother entered her in the Miss England contest and when Racheal became a finalist she had accepted the most daunting test of her recovery.This is a compelling book that is heart-rending and inspiring in equal measure and offers hope to anyone battling to overcome similar difficulties. Racheal has recently made a very successful debut as host and compere for the Miss Limo competition and is currently taking part in filming for two television programmes that will increase public awareness of BDD. A full publicity campaign is being planned with media coverage to include newspapers, magazines and television.
On The Edge of the Pack Book two of the On The Edge series Olivia Mayors journey continues as she becomes part of the mythical world. After meeting CliffMarks enemyin On The Edge of the Forest, Olivia is positive that she is going to meet her death. She finds Cliff to save Mark, but the unexpected happens. Rather than the monster she is expecting, Cliff seems to be kind, but that does not fool Olivia. She is wary when he makes her a deal: become his and hell stop trying to kill Mark as well as all the other wolves. Under the circumstances, Olivia has no choice but to accept. Just as she accepts, the unexpected happens and Olivia becomes the very thing that she always thought was mythical: a werewolf. Struggling with the new feelings and emotions in her body, Olivia is faced with many more obstacles and challenges. Danger lurks around every corner from the consequences of marrying Mark, to child bearing and wolf hunts. Time after time, her family is endangered. When a wolf hunt starts unexpectedly, they leave their spacious home and move deeply into the forest of Pinecrossing where Olivia learns of a horrible truth: her brother died. Attending her brothers funeral in Idaho has consequences, but then again, doesnt everything? This is where Olivias journey really begins as, after his funeral, she begins to tell all of her family members good-bye. When she intends to do this with her sister, a secret is unraveled that will yet again forever change Olivias world: Cliff. He was back again, taunting Olivia. Playing games was a favorite of his, and Olivia prepared herself in every way possible to fight him to protect her family. Along the way truths are uncovered about her past. Truth about how exactly much her parents knew about this life; about the genes she carried. She also learns another family secret that will leave many questions answered, while others arise. Every day, trouble gets closer and closer. After Olivias sister, Christine, is threatened, Olivia is faced with yet another choice. She can either become a monsterCliffsand have no contact what-so-ever with her family, or she can sit back and watch as one by one, her family is murdered. Is she strong enough to save her family? Or is she selfish enough to put them in danger?
James was only five years old and travelling home to Devon after holiday with his family in Scotland in 1986, when tragedy struck. The car was involved in a serious accident just outside Bristol, leaving him fighting for survival on life support. When he emerged from his coma, doctors discovered that he was seriously brain damaged, leaving the left side paralysed. Within the blink of an eye James had been transformed from a gregarious, fun-loving little boy into a rag doll. But with a lot of loving support, he began the long and difficult road to recovery. His attitude was inspirational, and for years he threw himself into rehabilitation. As James grew up he began to feel misunderstood and not able to reach the level of normality he so yearned for. He felt that there was no longer any point to his life. When James asked his doctor for help, the reality of his situation suddenly struck. Suicide would be the ultimate failure. This is the story of James' life and how he fought tooth and nail to stay alive. It is both his autobiography and a guide to personal development. Since making the conscious decision not to give up hope, James has gone on to travel the world and teach English abroad. James is open and honest about the things in which he has found great solace during his darkest hours, and he credits the teachings of Kabbalah, an increasingly popular form of Jewish mysticism, for helping him refocus his life. The singer Madonna, a long term exponent of the spiritual teaching, has been an inspirational figure for James. James is now a picture of good health; despite continued weakness in his left side and a limp, he walks confidently and with a purpose.
Life contains innumerable mysteries, but none is more striking than when two young people begin questioning the possibility of the concept of predestination. How else, they eventually reason, would they, total strangers, find themselves boarding the same bus for a three-day journey, and sitting next to each other during the entire trip while headed to the same destination? Most young people, in their development, do not begin to consider very many profound mysteries of life, until they have accumulated certain profound life experiences after becoming mature adults. These two young people are forced to deal with these questions while in a state of innocence. In the end, perhaps an answer to certain mysteries will be resolved as a result of their exchanges and conclusions.
Every individual has a passion for a particular profession/work which, in many cases, is unexplored. Through this book, The Professional Edge "For a Fantastic Career & Life, I am facilitating the process of realizing one's true passion and also, sharing a mechanism to engineer/re-engineer one's life in sync with his/her passion. It is an Excellent Workbook for one and all seeking a "Fantastic" Career & Life. It has been written purely out of my personal experience. The exercises mentioned in the book are thought provoking and motivates one to Introspect as to where one stands presently and where one aspires to ascent in his/her Career & Life. This book is especially very useful for Students & Budding Professionals. It will help them to know & explore them "self", understand their skill gaps, work to bridge the skill gaps, build supreme confidence & competency and there by, be a professional par excellence.
A Rolling Stone Top 10 Best Music Books of the Year “That’s what I’m talking about…Of all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envy—made me want to be Billy Idol for five minutes….He’s a genuine romantic, writing in a kind of overheated journalese about his London punk rock roots…and then falling head over heels for America” (James Parker, The New York Times Book Review). An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon. Now, in his New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, “refreshingly honest” (Daily News, New York) account of his journey to fame—from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled—delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career. A survivor’s tale at its heart, this sometimes chilling and always riveting account of one man’s creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. With it, Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers. “I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I’ve put it all down, every bit from the heart. I’m going on out a limb here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol
Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby: Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again. Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.