Village Life 2020 by Anne Vickers

Village Life 2020 by Anne Vickers

Price: Paperback £8.95

ISBN: 978-1-8383868-0-1

This true account of one of the most tumultuous years in human history may have been written by Anne Vickers but it is the story of every one of us who lived through the year 2020. Anne gives a personal account of life in the Yorkshire village and surrounding areas where she lives during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. She details the highs and lows she experienced.  She tells the inspirational tale of a young boy’s magnificent fund-raising achievement, of her anguish at not being able to visit her elderly sick mother living in a care home, and how her friends and the community helped to support each other during this difficult time.

Fractured Society: Causes, Effects and Resolutions by Hugh Roberts

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £9.95, Kindle £4.99

ISBN: 978-1-8382223-2-1

Fractured Society: Causes, Effects and Resolutions by Hugh Roberts      

Scanning across recent decades, Fractured Society: Causes, Effects and Resolutions looks at how human relations have been coming apart psychologically, a situation summarised by a failure to understand each other.

Young people seem more stressed than previous generations, while politics are now more polarised than for a long time past. Wherever you look, at gender relations, the working environment, responses to traumatic events and how people relate – positively and negatively – to their sense of place, there are profound strains on how we interact with each other. But maybe all is not lost! Hugh Roberts examines how every situation can look better in context, applying lessons learned from many years working internationally with different cultures and value systems. He proposes a fresh approach to relationship building, based on empathy and understanding of individual agendas.

CV19 has brought communities a renewed sense of collective purpose with digital communication proving vital in sustaining relationships. However, the Internet needs to take its rightful place in, rather than take over, the slow re-building of mutual trust.

Fractured Society: Causes, Effects and Resolutions delivers an upbeat message advocating a better-connected world created through encouraging us to adopt a positive, empathetic approach to one another, replacing an approach shrouded in fear and mistrust of forming new acquaintances.

After graduating from the Universities of Oxford and Wales, author Hugh Roberts spent over forty-five years in planning, design and development consultancy for new towns and urban, industrial and regional infrastructure. He worked for some of the largest built environment consultancies in UK, the US and Australia and lived and worked in a wide range of countries throughout all six continents.

Following a series of professional journal publications, for example, in the Middle East Economic Digest, he wrote An Urban Profile of the Middle East published in 1979 (Croom Helm). They were taken over by Routledge/ Taylor & Francis who published it again in 2016. In 2017, he wrote Journeys with Open Eyes: Seeking Empathy with Strangers (i2i Publishing), a travelogue and biography of the projects and people with whom he interacted with across multiple working and domestic cultures worldwide. The book is partly serious commentary on trends in urban development, but also anecdotal about bizarre situations – some mundane, others hilarious and a few even life-threatening – encountered through a long and varied career. Fractured Society: Causes, Effects and Resolutions is Hugh Roberts’ third.

Where Do You Draw the Line by Louis Harding

Non-Fiction

Price: Paperback £8.95

ISBN: 978-1-9162285-2-8

Where Do You Draw the Line by Louis Harding

Author Louis Harding had been on the reality TV circuit for years. He’d kissed girls on cue, playing along with sun, sea and sound engineers. But he’d never been involved with anything that sent him five-thousand miles across the globe to look into the world of cocaine.

The white stuff was just a party drug to the Manchester likely lad until Louis and three other presenters took on the mission of tracking down Colombian drug barons, hitmen and fixers to find out how ‘coke’ makes it from the jungle to the streets.

Suddenly the party is over, with battle lines and white lines both being drawn. Under the lights and on camera, Louis Harding is about to get more action than he ever expected…