Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Sky's the Limit by Janie Millman - **BLOG TOUR!**

When Sky Walker (yes, as in Star Wars) and Gail Scott meet on a flight to Morocco, Sky’s still reeling from the shock of learning that her husband is not only in love with, but is leaving her for, her beloved male best friend, Nick. Gail, on the other hand, is on a mission to find her young son’s Moroccan father, Tariq... who doesn’t even know of his existence. 

As the new friends arrive at the Riad Fontaine in Marrakech, Sky remains hurt and angry - not least because Nick has followed her there, in a perhaps misguided attempt to sort things out. Gail is understandably anxious and wondering if she’s doing the right thing in seeking out Tariq, with no idea what she may find or what reception she will get. Then there’s Beatrice, the riad’s French owner, and her winemaker ex-husband Philippe, also in residence.

As the story - and the characters - move from Marrakech back to the UK and then to Philippe’s chateau in Bordeaux, relationships are formed, ended, renewed and healed.

We meet a delightfully diverse cast of characters both in Morocco and France - not least, the entirely adorable Emmie and a pet piglet named Sausage - as well as a couple of, shall we say, not-so-delightful ones! (Looking at you, Celine...)

I loved both settings - Morocco and France - which emerged very clearly, the sights and sounds jumping off the page. It's no surprise to learn that the author, Janie, lives in France - and has presumably spent time in Marrakech too -  as both are atmospherically and believably conveyed. Indeed by the time I finished the book my wanderlust had definitely been stirred.

While the story generally flowed very well, the fact that Sky’s parts of the story are told in first person and the others in third meant that the sometimes rapid changes from one to the other could occasionally feel a little jarring, as we moved back and forth between Sky's narrative and third person accounts. It wasn't a major issue, though. 

Sky’s the Limit is a lovely warm-hearted read which I enjoyed very much.

Thank you to Janie Millman and to Emily Glenister at Dome Press for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour!

Available from Amazon

The author....

Janie Millman is the author of Life's a Drag (Dome Press, Feb 2017). She was an actress for over twenty years, appearing in venues around the UK, in London's West End and abroad. In 2009 she and her husband, actor Michael Wilson, moved to south west France and opened Chez Castillon to host retreats and creative courses. (I've just added it to my list of dream holidays...)

Monday, 30 July 2018

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah: Review

In Sophie Hannah’s third “new” story featuring a certain little Belgian detective with magnificent moustaches and an egg-shaped head, Poirot finds himself confronted by four people who have all received a letter accusing them of murder - a letter mysteriously signed by one Hercule Poirot. Who is Barnabas Pandy, and has he or hasn’t he actually been murdered? Poirot’s investigations, assisted by Scotland Yard detective Edward Catchpool, encompass a country house complete with aged retainer, a boys’ boarding school, a solicitor with a passion for the death penalty known unaffectionately as Rowland Rope, and - in a very Christie-ish touch - a typewriter with a dodgy letter ‘e’.

You wouldn’t actually mistake it for Christie - it’s definitely Sophie Hannah’s own take  and while set in the past, has a more modern feel - but Poirot is very recognisably Poirot (and apparently protects his moustaches with a net at night. Did we know this?) Captain Hastings is nowhere to be seen, but Catchpool is a worthy substitute, as is waitress Euphemia (Fee) Spring, though she doesn’t have a great deal to do here.... though her Church Window Cake (Battenberg, surely?) provides a source of inspiration.

Liked the chapter titles.... Proper chapter titles aren’t really a thing any more in most modern novels. Stuff like “Poirot Returns to Combingham Hall” and “The Typewriter Experiment”. They should be. Bring back the chapter title, modern authors!

I enjoyed the various renderings of Poirot’s name (Porrott, Prarrow) which reminded me of first reading the books as a child back in ye olden days and not knowing how to pronounce it ( I think Pworrot was as close as I got, and I had no idea what the M. - for Monsieur - stood for. I asked my mum, but she didn’t know either). 

I think this is my favourite of Sophie Hannah’s three Poirot novels so far... neatly plotted and characterised, and though nobody can entirely recreate the spirit of the originals (and nor should they), Sophie does a very good job. I really enjoyed it.

Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: Review

Possible mild spoilers ahead if you really know nothing about the story...

In fact this was one of those times when I kind of wished I’d known nothing about the story before starting, because I spent the first half of the book waiting for what I knew was going to happen to happen, which it didn’t till approximately the half way point.

Anyway leaving that aside, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an undoubtedly good read. It’s a coming of age story beginning in 1989 when Cameron is 12, growing up in rural Montana. We follow Cameron’s life over several years - commencing with her experiencing tentative first kisses with best friend Irene and, almost simultaneously, the death of her parents in an accident. Not surprisingly, the trauma of the latter becomes somewhat associated with the former in young Cameron’s mind.

Now in the care of her grandmother and conservative, very religious Aunt Ruth, Cameron immerses herself in a world of movies and sports, hanging out with a group of boys following the departure of Irene. She attends Ruth’s fundamentalist church where the “sin” of homosexuality is preached, develops a relationship with summer visitor Lindsey and later falls in love with an alluring - but apparently straight - classmate, Coley Taylor. And it’s the fallout from this relationship that brings Cameron’s world crashing down, sent away by Ruth to be “de-gayed” at an extreme Christian residential school called Promise.

Cameron’s experiences at Promise and the friends she makes there make up the second half of the book and it’s a powerful read. The young people are supposedly helped to “overcome their sin” through faith - there is no shock treatment or extreme aversion therapy used - but the regime is nevertheless appalling. (And evidently - unsurprisingly- doesn’t work.) Students are encouraged to examine their pasts and taught “appropriate gender roles”... which for the girls means trips to a beauty salon. (Yes, really.) I can’t remember what the boys did - learn to fix cars, or something. Anyway it all makes for painful reading and the consequences, for some in particular, are devastating.

However, there are no real villains here - well, maybe Lydia is the closest. However misguided they are, characters like aunt Ruth and (head of Promise) Rick are following a genuine belief that they are doing the right - the only - thing, and acting in Cameron’s long term best interest. There’s no room for doubt in their minds and that’s frightening in itself.

Like I said it’s a powerful read and Cameron’s voice is engaging and compelling. The book made me laugh at times and made me very angry at others. It’s quite a long book but there were things I’d have liked more of - Margot, for instance, who seemed like an interesting character. And I’d love to know what happens to Cameron after the end.... (I need a sequel!)

Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

BLOG TOUR! The Vanished Child by M.J. Lee: Review

The book...

What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?

On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished.

What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go?

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.

Can she find the vanished child?

This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Every childhood lasts a lifetime.

The review...

A few years ago, I signed up on a whim to one of those find your family history websites, and promptly fell down a rabbit warren of censuses and war records, labourers and cotton mill workers, emerging, slightly dazed and with a lot of new, if not especially earth-shattering, information several hours later.

I haven’t as yet pursued the interest further, but I can definitely see the attraction, so that aspect of this story appealed to me right away - even more so when I realised that, like me, the characters originate from Lancashire mill towns. 

However as well as a genealogical mystery it’s also a moving and emotional (and harrowing, and rage-inducing) story which shines a light on a shameful period of British history; when over a hundred thousand children - some as young as four - were shipped off to the then colonies (Canada, Australia, New Zealand) to work as farm labourers and domestic servants. 

The Vanished Child is the fourth in a series - though I haven’t read the others - featuring genealogical investigator (and ex-police officer) Jayne Sinclair. Here, Jayne undertakes an investigation on behalf of her father’s new wife, Vera. On her deathbed, Vera’s mother had expressed her regrets about the child she had unwillingly lost contact with many years earlier - the brother Vera never knew she had. Unable to forget this disclosure, Vera has to learn the truth. Digging, Jayne soon begins to uncover a heartbreaking story.

The narrative switches between Jayne’s investigations in the present day and the story from “vanished child” Harry’s viewpoint in the postwar years, and this works very effectively. I enjoyed both narratives - Harry’s story and Jayne’s investigation - very much. Harry’s was the most emotionally engaging, for obvious reasons, but I also found Jayne’s inquiries to be fascinating (I do love to dig and research, so this was up my street). Although it is horribly apparent right from the beginning that young Harry’s life, and those of his fellow child migrants, were very difficult, I longed for a happy eventual outcome for him, although we know from the start he will never be reunited with his mother. 

It’s a powerful story which moved me to tears at times (particularly one moment towards the end...).  Jayne is a strong and likeable protagonist and I would certainly read more books featuring her, but it was Harry who stole and broke my heart, all the more so because his story, while fictional, represents the real experience of so many children.

Many thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

The author...

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, TV commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England, in London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

When he's not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas: Review

I knew right away I was going to love this book. (The gorgeous cover didn’t hurt.) It opens in 1967 when four young women scientists - Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara - are pioneering time travel (with the help of a rabbit called Patrick Troughton). What’s not to love? But it all goes a bit pear-shaped for them - at least from a public image point of view - when Barbara has a bit of a meltdown in front of the BBC.

By 2017 time travel is a day to day reality, overseen by the Time Travel Conclave, a powerful quango under Margaret’s directorship. Barbara, now a grandmother and long since excluded from any possibility of time travel, receives a cryptic message from the future and expresses a wish to time travel one more time. Barbara’s granddaughter Ruby, a psychologist, is concerned about what the message could mean and seeks some answers.

And Odette, a young student, stumbles upon the body of a woman in a mysteriously locked room, and finds herself unable to move on until she can understand what has happened. 

Stories about time travel always tie my brain up in knots - I find it impossible to keep it straight in my head. I probably need a flowchart. The plot here does become quite complex as the truth is gradually uncovered. But it’s the fully realised world Kate Mascarenhas has created here that is truly compelling - a world recognisably ours, yet fundamentally different. The Conclave itself operates outside of government jurisdiction, with its own laws and customs, led by the terrifying Margaret, who began to acquire a certain Thatcherishness in my imagination. 

At one point, Odette observes upon visiting the Conclave that most of the time travellers she sees appear to be women, and likewise almost every character of significance in this book is female; the handful of male characters - Barbara’s husband, Odette’s father, a journalist - appear only fleetingly. It’s quite refreshing, since science fiction has so often been the other way round.

The book is a hugely thought provoking read which has mystery, adventure, an unexpected romance and a Biblically apocalyptic ending (... kind of).

Like the books that somehow appear for each time traveller, received from their “silver selves”, there’s something unknowably mysterious about time travel. The Psychology of Time Travel is deeply intriguing speculative fiction about its effects on the human psyche. I loved it.

The book is out on 9 August and can be preordered here

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Book Review: The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs Westaway was a delicious read.

Twenty-one year old Harriet (“Hal”) Westaway is on her uppers - barely scratching a living by reading tarot cards in a kiosk on Brighton pier, and heavily in debt to loan sharks. Undoubtedly, Hal’s situation is dire and since the unexpected death of her beloved mother, she has no one to fall back on. When she receives a letter from a solicitor advising of a bequest from her deceased grandmother, it should seem heaven sent -  except for the fact that Hal knows the lady in question can’t possibly be her grandmother. But the wolf is not only at but inside the door and Hal is all out of options, so she uses the last of her money to travel to Cornwall - to Trepassen, the country house of the late Mrs Westaway.a

Hal has no idea what to expect, but what she finds is still a surprise. Trepassen is a chilly Gothic pile complete with creepy housekeeper - and not everyone is pleased to see her. Hal herself, all too aware of her own deception and feeling she has no right to be there at all, is just hoping her skills as a “cold reader”, honed in her kiosk on the pier, will see her through. The late Mrs Westaway still looms large over her family, and in the wake of her death, secrets, lies and dangers will be uncovered...

I’ve enjoyed all of Ruth Ware’s books but I think this is her best yet - the plot is intriguing and the character of Hal very engaging. It’s easy to sympathise with the situation in which she finds herself at the beginning, and all her actions and reactions seem credible.

A very enjoyable read with the tarot reading element, while not integral to the plot, adding an unusual and intriguing additional dimension.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Everything About You by Heather Child: Review

For Freya, a young woman in her early twenties living in a near-future London, life isn’t going that well - her flatmate/ex-boyfriend has all but disappeared into an alarming world of virtual porn, and her job at a furniture store has been largely replaced by a hologram. And she’s still haunted by the disappearance - and presumed death - eight years earlier of her foster sister, Ruby.

When Freya acquires a smartface - a virtual assistant which can take on the personality of a real person, using their freely available data - she is shocked to find it “becoming” her lost sister. But as the smartface seems to know things about Ruby which it really shouldn’t, Freya becomes convinced her sister is still alive somewhere.

Freya’s search for Ruby - or at least some answers about what has happened to her - takes her deep into a frightening virtual world, then off grid entirely...

Where Everything About You really triumphs is in its careful depiction of a fully realised near-future world where smart tech pervades every aspect of life and everyone’s data is constantly mined - often by those with their own agendas. It really doesn’t seem far away at all,  does it? It’s impressively detailed, down to the small things (haptic suits, digital wallpaper and pizza delivery drones).

The date isn’t given, though there are clues (Prince George is apparently at Cambridge - so it’s likely about fifteen years in our future).

I loved this book, which is inventive, exciting and alarmingly plausible. Highly recommended!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

BLOG TOUR! Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland

The book...

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can't believe she's finally landed herself a decent boyfriend - older man Tony - who's lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony's exactly what she's always dreamed of ... or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn't constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she's issued with her marching orders, who'll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust? 

Purchase on Amazon UK

The review...

Callie has a refreshingly normal job as a care assistant at Bay View Care Home, in the seaside town of Whitsborough Bay - in fact it was this aspect of the book which first appealed to me, as my professional background is in social care and I rarely see care homes accurately depicted in fiction. (On TV at least, they seem to be mainly portrayed as elegantly dressed elderly people attending tea dances, which isn’t really that representative of reality). Anyway, Bay View is better than many, and Callie clearly loves her job, even if certain of her antics are less than appropriate...

Callie’s in a relationship (sort of) with older man Tony, but the new gardener at the home is setting the cat among the pigeons. Meanwhile her favourite resident, the colourful Ruby, is forever raving on about Rhys, the invisible grandson who never seems to turn up when he says he will. And there’s also the strange behaviour of “She-Devil” Denise, the care home manager, to contend with...

I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say Tony is an obvious bad lot, since it’s apparent from the start to everyone but Callie (and even she has the odd suspicion). It’s a bit frustrating that she doesn’t see through him at an earlier stage, but then she’s only twenty-one, so can be forgiven for a bit of naïveté!

Raving About Rhys is a fun and light-hearted novella which, while touching on some darker issues at times, does so with a delicate touch. Callie is an engaging and down to earth heroine whose judgement may be a bit suspect at times (!) but is able to step up when it counts, and thoroughly deserves a happy ending.

A note from the author explains her plan to write a short story, which became a novella - this one - set in the same place and featuring some of the same characters as the trilogy which begins with Searching for Steven. I enjoyed reading Raving About Rhys a lot and will definitely look out for Jessica's other work.

Many thanks to Jessica Redland and Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review as part of the blog tour!

The author...

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –  Twitter:  @JessicaRedland 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/ 

Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

Friday, 18 May 2018

Darling by Rachel Edwards: Review

Darling is billed as a “reading group thriller”, which sounded a bit strange. (What *is* a reading group thriller? If I don’t have a reading group, am I still allowed to read it?) I think it just means there’s a lot of food for discussion in this book, which I suppose is true. I can certainly imagine a few debates, possibly heated, being sparked.

It’s also dubbed a “Brexit thriller”, which sounded kind of appealing and also kind of not, because if I never had to hear the word Brexit again I would be more than happy (I know, not gonna happen), but still... Brexit thriller, intriguing concept.

Anyway... Darling (who is black) and Thomas (who is white) meet by chance on the day of the Brexit result and fall in love - and marry - very quickly. There’s a major fly in the ointment, though, in the shape of Thomas’s sixteen year old daughter Lola, who doesn’t really want a new stepmother, particularly not a black one. Lola’s at pains to tell us she’s not racist (though she really kind of is - but that’s only one of many ways in which Lola is dangerously screwed up).

Lola needs to take back control. Lola needs rid of Darling.

But Darling is a nurse, a caregiver - single parent to a disabled son, the adorable Stevie - and she’s sure she can win Lola over with enough lovingly prepared meals and patience.

Then again, Darling has her secrets, too.

Narrated alternately by Darling and through Lola’s notebooks, the voices of both characters are compelling and the tension builds throughout.

I’m not sure about “Brexit thriller”, but the book certainly does evoke the landscape of post-referendum Britain and its newly emboldened racists - here, a toxic far-right group of idiots calling itself Bright New Britain (the BNP, basically, with a dollop of UKIP and the EDL thrown in for bad measure), with whom Lola gets somewhat embroiled. All of this is sadly only too believable.

Darling is a superbly crafted story which immediately drew me in, and never felt predictable - whenever I thought I knew where the plot was going, I was invariably wrong, and the end is surprising. Rachel Edwards deftly led me down several wrong turns in the process.

A very, very impressive debut which I would highly recommend.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey: Review

"Whistle in the Dark" begins with an ending, of sorts. Lana, a depressed fifteen-year-old who has been missing for four days, having disappeared from a holiday in the Peak District, has returned safely, much to the relief of her frantic parents. But Lana won't say where she's been, only repeating rather unhelpfully that she "got lost". The story follows Lana's distraught mother Jen as she struggles, mainly unsuccessfully, to communicate with her daughter and unravel the alarming mystery of what's happened to her during those four days, 

I loved this book, Emma Healey's second after the highly successful Elizabeth is Missing. "Whistle in the Dark" is a very different but, for me, an equally compelling read. It's a difficult story to categorise - not a psychological thriller, not a family drama although there are elements of both, along with a definite dash of the dark and sinister. It seems everyone has their own ideas, some very bizarre, about where Lana's been. Where does the truth lie, and what has the effect on Lana been?

There's a hint of the unreliable narrator about Jen, who admits to having apparently hallucinated people and conversations in the past. Random appearances of a cat they don't own, overheard conversations in Lana's room - what's real and what's imaginary?

Ultimately Jen's distress and frustration at her strained relationship and failure to communicate with Lana are very believable - the situation she's in is awful and it's no wonder her imagination runs riot at times. Some reviewers have complained of finding Lana unlikeable - I don't think she's meant to be all that likeable for much of the story, as she certainly doesn't act in likeable ways, even if we can sympathise with her mental distress. But maybe that's the point because love never falters, even when constantly challenged.

The story is written in quite a fragmented way with lots of little interludes and ruminations on various things, and I really enjoyed this style of storytelling. All in all, a great read which I found very satisfying,

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

BLOG TOUR! Everybody Works in Sales by Niraj Kapur: Review

The book...

We all work in sales. If you work for somebody, you earn a living by selling their product or service.

If you are self-employed, you earn a living by selling your product or service.

When you buy from Amazon, they always recommend other products similar to the ones you are purchasing or have already purchased - that’s selling.

When you download a song, movie or TV show from iTunes, they always recommend more similar products. That’s selling.

When you register for most websites, they sell their products or services to you through a regular email.  

When you attend an exhibition at the NEC, London ExCel, Olympia, Manchester or even a local market, everyone is trying to sell you their product.

We all work in sales, yet few people know how to sell. Until now.

Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works in Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you have the tools you need to do better in your career.

Purchase from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ET89nn

The review....

The title of this book immediately intrigued me and drew me in. I have never worked "in sales" as such – my career is in the public sector – but as Niraj Kapur points out in this book, we’re all selling something, be that a product, a service or our own skills and experience to an employer.

Niraj takes a very personal and anecdotal approach which makes for an easy and entertaining read as he recounts his professional and personal ups and downs, and what he has learnt as a result.

The book is structured around 27 "lessons", starting with "Learn your craft and keep on learning every day". (Can’t argue with that.) Many others had me nodding in agreement as I read. The book then concludes with a series of interviews with "people who sell every day but aren’t in sales" (including his wife, who owns a successful beauty salon!), and these are an interesting read and a further source of many useful tips and insights.

It’s refreshing to find that in terms of selling, the focus is on operating with integrity and building relationships rather than beating potential customers around the head until they give in out of sheer exhaustion. (I’m sure we’ve all been on the receiving end of this tactic at some point, and it doesn’t leave you feeling good.) There is no space here for the "Always Be Closing" mantra or similar.

Most importantly for me, he operates from a strong ethical base which accords with my own. I’ve always believed you get far more out of people by treating them with respect and kindness – in addition to that just being the right thing to do. It sounds self-evident but unfortunately not everyone operates in this way, and there are still many managers out there who believe intimidation and fear are the most effective tools when dealing with people.

Niraj is clearly a great list maker and there is an effective use of numerous bullet pointed lists which helps to break up the text and get the points across with minimum fuss.

Each chapter ends with a brief recap of the key points covered therein and one or two relevant and inspirational quotes – I really liked many of these. At one point Niraj also provides a brief reading list of some of his favourite business and personal development related books, and I will definitely seek out some of these.

While the book is written in a very readable style, the edition I read did have a number of typographical or grammatical errors and would have benefited from more proofreading. However this did not interfere too much with my reading experience.

All in all it was a very interesting and engaging read which left me feeling inspired! Many thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

The author...

Award-winning executive, Niraj Kapur, has worked in corporate London for 23 years.

From small businesses to a national newspaper to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, he’s experienced it all and shares his insight, knowledge, big wins and horrible failures.

Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works in Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you have the tools you need to do better in your career.

Niraj has also had several screenplays optioned, sitcoms commissioned, kids' shows on Channel 5’s Milkshake and CBBC. His movie, Naachle London, was released in select cinemas across the UK.

He’s working on his next book while advising companies and coaching individuals on how to improve their sales.