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A Wedding in the Family: Mothers Tell Their Stories of Joy, Conflict and Loss

: Annette Byford

Drawing on her own research as a psychologist and psychotherapist conducted over two years with interviews in real life situations the author provides an insight into the wedding experience from the mother’s point of view and explores the complexities of family relationships that this rite of passage can expose.   The book offers the reader the chance to follow several women from different cultural backgrounds through the time leading up to and beyond their child’s wedding. It is structured around three pivotal stages of the wedding: the announcement of the engagement, the wedding preparations, and the big day itself. The analysis of these interviews forms the main part of the book. It follows the themes emerging from these interviews and explores them placing them in the context of thinking in analytic psychotherapy and family therapy.   The book will not so much help readers to avoid wedding “stress”, but rather help them to make sense of it.   Annette Byford has worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice for the last 25 years and as a lecturer and supervisor in various settings (university, NHS and the voluntary sector). She is a chartered counselling psychologist and a senior practitioner on the Register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy. Read more…

Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting

  By turns informative and irreverent this book takes a new approach to tackling gender inequality in the home and at work, focusing on dads being entitled to a bigger role in parenting. It presents the barriers men face to being active dads – from sexist security guards to Tory MPs and even Homer Simpson –  and, crucially, it outlines how to tackle them for the good of men, women and children.   In Dads Don’t Babysit two dads outline some of the biggest problems facing families that want dad to get his turn at raising the kids, and offer a range of solutions in a manifesto for parents and policy makers to consider and hopefully adopt. The book tackles topics such as the gender pay gap, lack of a strong parental leave system in the UK, the financial penalties of taking time off to look after children and the limiting expectations parents find colleagues, relatives and the media have on mums and dads.   The authors draw on their own experience of parenting and that of others.  Interviews are backed up by extensive research so that the book presents these important issues in an accessible, personal and at times light-hearted way that the apolitical reader will be able to relate to.  There is a lively and growing argument about men’s role in the 21st century and this book offers a unique perspective, giving a feminist argument by men offering solutions to benefit everyone.     David Freed is a successful blogger and his website on shared parenting receives thousands of hits per week.  He works part-time as a civil servant, a job he returned to after taking six months parental leave.   James Millar has worked as a journalist for twenty years.  He co-authored The Gender Agenda  (published in 2017) which was based on a popular twitter account @GenderDiary. Read more…

Is Your School Lying To You? Get The Career You Want, Get The Life You Deserve.

: Edd Williams

  The world is changing. Education is changing, but careers and university advice isn’t, and more than that it hasn’t for the last 30 years. The teachers we are entrusting with our children’s futures lack the essential skills and experience to competently advise them – a view that is also held by employers, Ofsted, The Department for Education, The Sutton Trust, and other think-tanks.   Is Your School Lying to You? Get The Career You Want. Get The Life You Deserve. is the complete, comprehensive ‘how to’ academic and careers guide aimed at every student considering their options. It is for anyone who is struggling with their decisions, those who want some clear advice about what they should be doing and when, or those who know exactly what they want but aren’t sure how to go about it.  In fact, it’s aimed at every student who cares about their future. This book offers real world insights about how to identify what you really want from your life, how to plot your academic journey and its impact on your career prospects, how to write your personal statement or CV, advice from successful people from a variety of industries, best practice for interviews, work experience, internships and a host of other critical skills to help achieve your goals – even if you don’t know what those goals might yet be.       Edd Williams is a successful recruitment consultant and has many years of experience in dealing with industry, speaking to employers, looking at CVs, prepping people for interviews and helping people of all ages access the careers of their choice.  He is also an academic and careers consultant, school governor, parent and regular blogger. Read more…

Win. Lose. Repeat: My Life As A Gambler, From Coin-Pushers to Financial Spread-Betting

: Chris Stringman

Chris Stringman gambled, and lost £130,000, destroying his savings, losing his car and almost his house, but he managed to escape his addiction just before he fell over the precipice.  This is not a book about how to win, rather a book about how not to lose – essentially a self-help book for the delusional gambler.   The author explores the gambling industry in a way that hasn’t been done before.  His personal demon was spread-betting and much of the book is focused on that industry.  He explains how it operates, how it sucks gamblers in and keeps them there.  He goes on to look at high-street bookies, fruit machines, casinos, poker and bingo.  He also looks at how and why we gamble.   Full of humour throughout and written in an accessible style, the book sets out to entertain as well as educate.  Stringman has produced a handbook for both the gambling addict and those who see it as ‘just’ an innocent hobby.  He gives practical guidance on how to escape the clutches of gambling and how to spot the signs in others.   Chris Stringman is originally from England.  He has worked as a teacher and is currently living with his family in Germany. Read more…