'Her name was Anya, and just saying it out loud conjured up an image of some exotic Russian beauty with flowing ice-coloured hair, plump pink lips ripe for kissing and a body both men and women couldn’t help but imagine naked, pale and virginal. In truth, Anya was the antithesis of her name. She had short, thin hair that could best be described as straw-coloured, her muddy brown eyes were set just slightly too far apart, her lips were thin and pinched and her body was, to put it politely, rather short and rather large. Twenty-two stone large, in fact. Her body took up a lot of space everywhere she went; she drew glances, or even outright stares of disgust and revulsion; people would whisper and she would hear children asking their mothers why that woman was so fat, and far from living in a fashionable suburb close to the Kremlin, she actually lived on a sprawling council estate in Bristol with her equally fat mother. Life may have seemed hopeless for Anya, but through a small twist of fate she found herself working at a sex chat line providing personal services for clients with fat fetishes.'
This modern adult novel is the hilarious story of Anya, who inadvertently finds herself working at a sex chat line. While talking to clients who have fetishes for large women, Anya decides to offer 'personal services', but these services turn out to be rather more bizarre than she could ever have imagined.
WARNING - SEXUALLY EXPLICIT WITH SCENES OF A FAT FETISH NATURE
The world is full of parenting advice, much of which the Rebel Parent chooses to ignore. Rebel Parenting is what needs to evolve if we are to take back parental control and realise that we are not helping our children by constantly rewarding them with 'Low Effort Rewards'. Covering new concepts such as 'First Child Delusion' and recommending tearing up the rule book in favour of a set of principles known as the 'BIG 5', this book is certainly controversial; however, it will give parents some common-sense strategies to restore the balance in the often difficult area of parent/child relationships.
Two old school friends meet again in Syria. Alim, a British Muslim has joined ISIS; Nick, a charity volunteer, is delivering aid to the area. Nick is kidnapped by the terror group and now Alim is the only man who can save him; but will he risk everything for friendship?
‘The first time I became aware of the Muslim family moving into the same village was when my dad openly warned me that they weren’t the sort of people we mixed with.’
‘I thought we would be friends forever, but I suppose I just never knew what was really going on in his heart. It wasn’t friendship or love; it was hatred and resentment that kept his heart beating every second of every day. The community and country that had given him sanctuary and education were really his enemies; his nemesis, and he was simply living a lie until the day he could mete out his vengeful justice on a world that, from his perspective, had abandoned his sacred God and Prophet. What I thought of as the crazy years, were to Alim the years of final planning before launching his terrible retribution on Western values. The one thing he never accounted for was the fact that friendships can mean more than all of that.’
Nick Jackson signs up to drive a supply truck into Syria to help innocent civilians being terrorised by ISIS. Just beyond the Turkish border, Nick’s aid convoy is ambushed. Beaten, kidnapped and held hostage in barbaric conditions, the situation becomes increasingly dire. Nick’s life hangs in the balance, his fate decided by ISIS extremists who punish hostages with murderous brutality simply for having different beliefs.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Nick’s childhood friend Alim has been indoctrinated into the ISIS movement and is now fighting against the West. When the hostages are paraded through the desert streets in a cruel display of political power, Alim realises his old friend is among them. He must make the impossible decision: does he save his friend or stay true to his beliefs?
Embarking on a dangerous escape mission through the hostile terrain of the Aleppo plateau, Alim leads Nick towards the safety of Kurdish strongholds; but will they reach their sanctuary before being caught?
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to exact its murderous values on their perceived enemies with growing ferocity. From the beheading of hostages to the barbaric mass slaughter in cities around the globe, the impact of ISIS is being felt everywhere. As the nations of the world try to protect their citizens from the growing threat of ISIS, what, if anything, can actually be done to prevent the frequent atrocities which occur? How can one group expand its ranks so successfully as to become a real and very present danger to modern societies? With the alarming reports of the indoctrination of sympathisers from every background and nationality, what is it that ISIS offers that attracts so many people to the cause?
This book studies the psychology behind the ISIS phenomenon and explains the rooted causes behind the success of the movement despite an overwhelming international repulsion of its core principles. In the light of the methods used to indoctrinate its members, how can the world be free from the menace of an enemy who is only too willing to die for the cause?
A loving mother murders her young daughter then commits suicide, a shocking act of revenge against her husband; but is there more to this horrific act than simple retribution?
Paula is on the brink of suicide by overdose, her daughter Laura already dead beside her. As she drifts towards death, her life story is revealed in a series of flashbacks and the true reasons for her tragic decision become apparent.
She relives the childhood trauma which she could never fully overcome. Physically and psychologically damaged by a violent father and an emotionally neglectful mother, Paula spends her life battling the demons of her past and struggling to come to terms with her father's disturbing death.
As an adult, the struggle to cope with her feelings and emotions leaves Paula feeling lost and alone, unable to fully come to terms with the impact of what has happened to her. Marrying and having her own daughter only serves to reinforce the trauma of her own childhood, and as she begins to lose her fragile grip on the darkening depression which frequently overshadows her, Paula becomes increasingly unstable.
When her marriage inevitably begins to crumble, Paula becomes overwhelmed by hopelessness. Vulnerable and desperate, she sees suicide as her only escape; but she can't bear to leave Laura behind. In her confused state, she laments the desperation and disappointment of life; the constant struggle and sorrow of existence; the fear that her own daughter will grow up with the same bitter torment. She can see only one solution: Killing Laura.
You don’t know me in person; I don’t even know if you realise I was ever born. Mad Mother Molly (that’s my mum) said she fell pregnant with me after a loft party in Bristol at Christmas where she had a one night stand with a man who introduced himself as a street artist called Rob. She says that’s all she knows about him; she tried to trace him when she realised she was carrying me but he had seemingly vanished into thin air. Nobody at the party could recall much about him; it seemed that he was never destined to meet the child he had fathered. I was born on September 1st 1993."
This book of letters from 'Banksy's daughter' to her famous father portray the emotional journey to find the elusive man she believes could be her dad. By telling her story, 'Banksy's daughter' adds a new dimension to the mysterious Banksy legend.
Meeting people who become lifelong friends is tough; no matter how hard you try, sometimes people just don’t seem to warm to you. But how much leverage do you actually have when it comes to influencing people’s opinions of you? Well actually, quite a lot.
The key to building lasting friendships is simple; you should stop trying to make people become interested in you and instead start to become interested in other people. Why is that so hard? Because you are the star in the movie titled ‘Your Life’.
What you really need to do is take a step back, look at your surrounding cast members and understand that they are all starring in their own movies. That means only one thing: they are way more interested in their own movie than yours, and to them, you are just a bit part. So how do you get other people to recognise that you can have a starring role in their movie? You manipulate them!
That isn’t as unethical as it sounds. People form an opinion of you in the first thirty seconds of meeting so it’s a good tactic to ensure they are seeing the very best side of you and giving them a quick insight into the benefits you can bring to their life. If you go back to the movie analogy, imagine you are interviewing someone for a role and they are argumentative and miserable; you would instantly dismiss their application on the grounds that they would be difficult to work with. The same goes for friendship; you don’t want people in your life who are going to cause you grief, you want people who will bring something positive.
So let’s take a deeper look at the qualities you need in that crucial first 30 seconds of meeting someone that can ensure that they want you starring in their movie; and have them star in yours!
It’s funny now that I really think about it; my comrade Death is the one who humans fear most, the one they spend their lives trying to avoid, all to no avail. Death will catch them sooner or later; it’s just a question of when and how.
Yet I am far more sinister; I’m the one you should be scared of, and still you pay so little attention to me. Death comes only once in an entire lifetime but I am constantly lurking, malevolent and unnoticed. I never cease to be amazed that people don’t see or feel my presence when I make myself so obvious every single day of a person’s life. I hear them lamenting about how short their lives are; about how they feel that my friend Death could be waiting for them around every proverbial corner, but they never take a moment to turn and acknowledge me, following right behind.
So next time you decide to give up on your dreams, just remember I’m happy to take them from you. My name is Neverwas.
Panic attacks or anxiety attacks are sudden and intense episodes of feelings of extreme fear, dread and impending doom. The mind and body go into a state of reacting to a terrifying or life-threatening situation which places you in immediate physical danger; this is a perfectly natural reaction to traumatic incidents but the problem with panic and anxiety attacks is that they generally occur when there is no genuine threat.
The feeling that you are about to have a panic attack actually causes more anxiety as you try to fight it; next thing you know, you are in full-blown panic attack mode. The vicious cycle needs to be broken in order to find lasting freedom from anxiety.
Filled with effective methods and real solutions, this essential and concise guide can transform the way you deal with anxiety, stress and panic attacks forever.
We all know that exercise is essential for the health of our body and mind. We know that exercise is important in managing stress, elevating mood and maintaining a healthy weight; it is also scientifically proven to be a key ingredient in helping us to live longer. So why don’t we do more of it?
It can be relatively easy to find the motivation to actually start that jogging plan, join the gym or attend that yoga class. When first starting an exercise plan it can seem like good fun and motivation is high; you go shopping for the right running gear, fill in the application for the gym and happily sign the direct debit form so they can take money from you each month; it seems exciting … to begin with.
Then somewhere between week one and, let’s say, week seven, you realise you don’t actually enjoy getting sweaty on a treadmill, and it can take way too much effort to leave the warm house and go for a run when it’s raining outside. Motivation levels dip dangerously low and you know that you are on the verge of giving up; this is the time you need to employ every trick in the motivational book and get yourself past that inevitable low ebb.
This book is full of proven methods and mind hacks to encourage yourself to continue with your exercise program and keep your motivation levels high. When you remember that the consequences of the decisions you make regarding your health are going to have a major impact on your life, it reminds you how important it is to maintain that focus. There is only one person who can really stand in your way, and that is you. So step aside and let yourself make the right choices that will lead to a lifetime of health and well-being.