In 1991 David Owen published Time to Declare, following it four years later with Balkan Odyssey. This edition distills the best from both books to provide a gripping autobiographical account. It covers his childhood and student years; his time as a young doctor and his election to Parliament; his appointment as a junior minister and then as the youngest ever Foreign Secretary; his audacious attempt to 'break the mould' of two-party politics with the formation of the SDP; and his tireless striving as European negotiator to bring peace to the former Yugoslavia. Revised and updated, this book reminds us that David Owen was one of the most compelling and controversial figures in twentieth century British politics and it is a fitting addition to the Politico's Great Statesmen Series.
How many of us have ever had a great dream? Be it as basic as clearing a competitive examination or making a mark in any field of your choice. We all have had great dreams at some point in our life and while pursuing it had to make sacrifices and suffer setbacks, emotional and material, be it skipping parties because you have an early class the next day, failing romances aggravating your insecurities or just the fear of leaving your comfort zone because you yearn for something more. Those of us who have dreamt know the price of it. The time it takes, the patience it requires and the sacrifices made in the journey. And for many of us who dream the pain of failure is all too familiar to not forget. How many of us can say that even after all the hardships and frustrations we have not given up and have been true to our dream? When life has thrown failure in our faces, how many of us have managed the strength to play our second innings?
Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. Second Innings, is his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind, in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is 'Fred' - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is 'Andrew' - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing, even more than success: to be himself. If you enjoyed Do You Know What?, you'll enjoy this memoir of Freddie's sporting career.
About the BookThe pages within this book are about a journey through life, learning and a panorama of experiences of an individual in the often tumultuous environment of living. The chapters deal with the ever-changing fortunes of life with its inevitable ups and downs, and the flexibility, persistence and moulding of one's perceptions along with an adaptive mental attitude required to deal with them and emerge victorious in the end.An absorbing recount of life and its lessons set in the typically service background of a determined individual, wife and mother who never gave up, but overcame all odds to finally emerge as a successful professional and transformational coach.About the AuthorChitra Sen is a proficient Teacher, Trainer, Counselor, Motivational Speaker and a Transformational Coach, also associated with NGO Samadhan for the cause of prevention of suicide.She has been in the field of training and counseling for more than 40 yrs in various schools, colleges and institutions. Having interacted with various age groups, she has developed an acute insight into the psychology of mental perceptions and perspectives.Having travelled extensively, she has developed the ability to deal and interact with people from various parts of the world with different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, guiding, grooming, counseling and empowering people to lead a happy and successful life.A keen observer, she is committed to lifelong learning, having an insatiable zest for life in her quest to create new ways to spread joy all around her.
In the author's own words this book is about his second innings, post the year 2008. In a no-holds-barred manner, which is characteristic of Shanti Bhushan, the author traces his early life and formative years, his life in court, and deals with some of the famous cases and issues like the Anna Hazare movement, formation of the AAP, Sanjay Dutt's trial, the story behind the Emergency and several such moments of national significance.
Maldon – A History is the story of Maldon, which is the second oldest town in Essex, from pre-historic times until the present day. It has information on Bronze and Iron Age Maldon, Roman Maldon , Anglo-Saxon Maldon including the Battle of Maldon, Medieval Maldon including the granting of the first charter of the borough in 1171 by King Henry 2, its monastic institutions, Maldon’s port and its involvement in wars, Maldon at the time of the reformation, its involvement in the civil war, its Parliamentary representation, the town in the 18th and early centuries including the building of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, the dissolution and subsequent reinstatement of the town’s charter, the Napoleonic Wars, the building of the two railways to the town in the 19th century and their closure in the 20th century, the rise of municipal institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries, Maldon’s police force and abolition and subsuming into the Essex County Police force, industrial developments including its iron foundries and salt works, Maldon during the two world wars and the abolition of the borough in 1974. Also included is the parish of Heybridge which subsequently became a part of the borough as well as the hamlet of Beeleigh. It was researched using previously published works and contemporary documents.
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