Articles for the Month of March 2022

Lost Time by John Needham

An extremely thought provoking and enthralling story.

John Needham, the author of this thought-provoking story, has had interesting and varied careers, first as a graphic designer, he then tried living for a short time in a commune, before becoming a house renovator, and then landscape gardener. He has also written his autobiography, a short story collection and novels. His first book Convergence has a renovation theme, but all his novels are deeply emotional, written from the heart, and as a reader I found myself quickly becoming engrossed in the individual stories, anxious to know what happens next, and what the final outcome will be.

This novel is very different from any I have read before. The psychological phenomenon which forms the backbone of this story is real, affecting the mental state of many to varying degrees, although the story is fiction. Indeed, we hear on the news of people’s disappearances locally and globally, normally the person is found safe and sound. The families are relieved, and the ten minutes of fame becomes lost in time, quickly forgotten. However, in this story it is a very different case.

Charlie and Siobhan, the protagonists in this novel, have suffered heart-breaking tragedies in their lives, yet have overcome them. As the story begins, Siobhan is struggling with post-partum depression after the birth of their beautiful daughter Kathleen. However, none of these past tragedies explain the disappearance of the young mother one night. One minute she’s popping to the shops, and the next she’s gone. How can Charlies come to terms with this, and what about little Kathleen? Brilliantly putting himself in the shoes of Charles, the author tackles the myriad of emotions, and the rollercoaster of a life which Charlies leads in the years following Siobhan’s disappearance, after all, eventually life must go on…

And the information above is all I am going to give you, because to tell you more will spoil your enjoyment of this emotional, uplifting, yet sometimes heartrending story. All that I will say is that this riveting book will keep you on the edges of your seats as the story twists and turns.

John Needham has, in the back of this book given his readers the opportunity to sample the previous book to this one Sister Annie and Me, in which he explored the themes of compassion, sibling love, interracialism, and gayness.

In his writing of ‘Lost Time,’ the author has given his readers a really interesting, thought-provoking, and emotionally challenging story which will grip their interest from the very first page. Highly recommend!

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Negotiate Like a CEO: How to Get Ahead with Lessons Learned From Top Entrepreneurs and Executives by Jotham S. Stein

The author of this comprehensive guide graduated from Princeton University then went to Stanford Law School. As the principal of the Law Offices of Jotham S. Stein P.C., he has used the extensive knowledge, and the wealth of experience he has acquired throughout his legal career to write this incredibly informative book.

Not only has Mr. Stein represented and advised innumerable clientele from a vast range of companies for more than two decades, but he has also negotiated various agreements, and is also a litigator representing individuals and corporate clients. The author has served as a part-time General Counsel and is also a member of multiple bar associations. His previous book Executive Employment Law was first published in June 2011 and is now in its ninth edition.

I just had to quote these wise words from NEGOTIATE LIKE A CEO. ‘If you think you’re invulnerable, think again. If you think it can’t happen to you, dream on.’

Everyone with the hunger for success can learn from this book. The business world is cruel; it takes no prisoners. To be the best you must have the strength to follow your convictions, be cutting edge innovators, leaders in your chosen fields. However, never forget, there’s always someone just behind you waiting to take over your spot, be the number one. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and the only way forward is to protect yourself!

This is where the author comes in. He will guide you on building your business with the correct legal protection, which experts it will pay to hire, and with interesting and very relevant fictional stories, give you examples of scenarios you may come across in your career. Hiring, firing, agreements, the importance of ensuring your documentation is legal and watertight, everything you need is within the pages of this book.

Everyone who falls in love thinks it’s forever, but what if it isn’t? You may regret not having a pre-nuptial agreement. Be prepared, just in case. Learn how to recognize your self-worth, NEGOTIATE LIKE A CEO the best deal for you, and protect your interests. You’re on the rise, your career is taking off, everyone wants to be your friend, but are they true, or just hanging on to your shirt tails. These are just a few of the circumstances you may find yourself in. Now, you have the opportunity to discover how you can protect yourself and your inventions/business ideas from an expert in the field. Mr. Stein’s comprehensive experience makes him well qualified to offer you advice in the comfort of your home or office, through his book.

NEGOTIATE LIKE A CEO provides the ultimate no-nonsense guide for those who want to protect themselves, their friends and family, both in the business world and personal life. It doesn’t matter how big or small your company or dreams are, this book is one you must read. Highly recommended.

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