Ever since I jumped into the Sherlock Holmes scene with both feet a few years ago, I've been conscious of the issues of gender and feminism that underlie the current surging interest in the detective. One of the first things I learned, one that amazed me, was that the Baker Street Irregulars, respected international Holmes organization, did not admit women until the year 1991.
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“Engaging story about team development
Mandy Flint and Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, leadership consultants with many years experience of team development, use an unusual approach in their book The Team Formula. Instead of writing a non-fiction book they have chosen to go down the fictional route. And it works surprisingly well. The engaging story tells the tale of a team’s journey from suspicion to trust. The starting point of the book is familiar to many of us: After a merger, people from two different company cultures are going to work together. The willingness to get in line with the new team and respect the manager is, from some of the team members at least, close to nil at first. The story is believable and the recognition factor is high. For anyone working with group development, or anyone who is part of a team, this book offers many aha-moments and learnings.”
Reviewed by Emma Casserlöv, Personal & Ledarskap
The Team Formula is available from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and Noble and Amazon, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones. For other countries Book Depository offer free delivery worldwide. The book is also available in ebook format including Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iPad.
Sunderland Echo Article: The day the Australia’s cricketers came to Sunderland, 11th April, 2013
“WEARSIDE cricket fans will be bowled over by a new book. Today we take a look.
HOWZAT! A new book featuring Wearside’s links to a historic Ashes game planned for this summer has just been published by sports historian and archivist Keith Gregson.
Australia in Sunderland: The Making of A Test Match details ten games played by Australia within the town between 1878 and 1977 – complete with archive photos and documents.
“On August 9, 2013, the Australian cricket team will step onto the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground for a history-making Ashes Test – the first ever on Durham soil,” said Keith.
“For cricket fans this is the final page of the final chapter of a fairy tale which started to turn into reality in the 1990s, with Durham County’s move to First Class cricket status.
“However, there is a already a solid historical link between Australia and the County, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the ten matches played by Australia in Sunderland.”
Wearside’s cricketing roots are thought to date to at least 1801, just before the Napoleonic Wars, when the first recorded local games were held on Monkwearmouth Shore.
It would be another seven years, however, before Sunderland Cricket Club – whose members would later beat the Australians during their first visit to these shores – was documented….”
Read the full article here.
Keith Gregson will be at Waterstones in Sunderland signing books on Thursday, 1st August 12.00 – 2.00.
Australia in Sunderland: The Making of a Test Match is available from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and Noble and Amazon, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones. For other countries Book Depository offer free delivery worldwide.
Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography
By Lynnette Porter
Reviewed by Amy Thomas
When I was a young teenager, I was utterly besotted with Prince William. What can I say? While my friends were eagerly snapping up magazines featuring N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys, I bought a short and fairly abysmal unauthorised biography of the royal heir. I didn’t care; it was something.
July begins the second half of the year, and it's a good time to start thinking about what to buy for people on your Christmas list. For most Sherlockians, books are always a welcome gift. Two yuletide-themed tomes recently caught my eye.
Sherlock Holmes: Have Yourself a Chaotic Little Christmas by Gwendolyn Frame is a frothy, charming advent calendar of Holmes stories, with one for each day of December.
Throughout literature, we're constantly warned of the dangers inherent in revisiting the past. "You can't go home again," Thomas Wolfe admonishes us. "Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these,' King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes, adding 'For it is not wise to ask such questions.'" And finally, from another Canon, Victor Trevor's father has this bit of wisdom: "Of all ghosts, the ghosts of our old lovers are the worst."* Bill Kirtland would argue that he wasn't trying to do any of these things.
If you are like than you have to spend a lot of time travelling. Whether that be by bus/train/tube/cab/car/plane. During my excursions I tend to bring a book, either physical or kindle, and read. But I must say, there are time when I'm trying to read on the Tube in London and, my goodness, it's difficult. People piling in like that train is the one and only train that will get them to their next destination.
I feel great when my books are released to the public. Sure, it's a bit nerve-wracking to send my fledgling child of a manuscript into the hands of complete strangers, but it's also delightful and invigorating. What could be better than that?
Well, it's an even greater thrill when my stories become e-books, because they suddenly become accessible to a whole new audience.
During a recent holiday to the South of France, I took a copy of Barefoot (second edition) along to the beautiful town of Narbonne which features at the start of chapter eleven.
Husband took a photo of me holding it beside the lovely canal de la Robine which I pictured quite accurately when I wrote about it – even though I’d never seen it before.
If you can filter out the British accent (pardon me, Steve), this is a delightfully illuminating talk with much that is of practical use...please enjoy and share with your friends...