Biography and Memoir

Following My Leader: A Health Visitor Remembers by Patricia Rock

When the peace of the Essex countryside was shattered by World War Two it seemed that Pat would never be able to fulfil her dreams. Finding God in post war Britain, Pat gives insights into nurse and midwifery training in the newly formed NHS and how caring for severely physically disabled children led her into Health Visiting. This story is about the delights, difficulties and changes that Pat encountered in her work, church, family life and her own health challenges.

A Luminous Encounter: by Ann Shakespeare

Neville Jayaweera’s encounter with Christ brought him from brokenness and betrayal into a life of joy and peace, despite outer circumstances.  He learnt to fully embrace biblical truths about who he was as a new creation in Christ.  Neville’s disciple and editor, Ann Shakespeare, has distilled some of his most powerful teachings into this work, which is part biography and part handbook

36 Days in Intensive Care by David Tennant

The author’s struggle with delirium following pancreatitis, the five operations he was not expected to survive, and his slow climb back up to full health.

What’s the Difference Between D and R? by David Tennant

My journey into Biblical Hebrew. The challenges, joys, benefits and unexpected insights.

Sea Changed by Kate Nicholas

 

Sea Changed is an account of Kate’s unconventional search for faith, truth and healing, which shows how God can be found in unexpected places.   ‘A haunting and beautifully written memoir . . so much more than an autobiography’  Michelle Guinness.  Shortlisted as CRT Christian Biography of the Year 2017

A People Tall and Smooth by Judy Pex

The true stories of how and why five men and women escaped the Civil War in southern Sudan and Darfur, made their way through Egypt, and risked their lives crossing the border into Israel. Told in first person by the people themselves, Judy also adds insights into the background of the conflict and her family’s experiences with refugees.

Come, Stay, Celebrate by Judy Pex

For over thirty years, a beacon of light in the highly-charged atmosphere of the Middle East and a welcoming home to people from different countries, backgrounds, and religions, the story of the Shelter Hostel is told through funny and touching stories.

Mom: Matrix and Moments by Peculiar Medinus

For those who are missing their mothers or those who are looking for a powerful connection to their mother. This memoir is written in tribute to the author’s late mother, and it reveals how love transcends time. It is a powerful expression of loss that will help readers reflect on their own special bond as well as find newfound strength in dealing with grief.

Marrying Across Borders by Sheela Burrell

A funny and honest memoir about the joys and challenges of a cross cultural marriage, dealing with issues such as identity, belonging and cultural differences. Not just for those who are in a cross-cultural relationship but for anyone who finds themselves living in a new country.

Rosaries, Reading, Secrets: A Catholic childhood in India by Anita Mathias

A memoir of a rebellious Roman Catholic childhood in India, in which Mathias seeks refuge in compulsive reading from the turmoil of family conflict and from her convent school in which she is always in trouble. She is finally expelled.

Light Through the Cracks by Joanna Watson

Light through the Cracks contains ten true stories, united by a common theme: All of them feature ordinary people encountering God, in extraordinary ways, in the toughest of life’s circumstances.

God, the Devil and Me: The Chronicles of a Seeker of God by Valerie Georgeson

At the height of a successful career as a writer and actress, the author disappeared, enticed into what proved to be an Indian cult. One of the great lessons from the book is that empathy is essential for spiritual evolution, and that no leader, however charismatic, has the right to demand total surrender to their control, so cutting off the individual from the God he is seeking. Prepare to be astonished.

Stuck In The Middle With Ewe by Holly Crawford

Unfortunately the man of Holly’s dreams lives 500 miles away, over the Irish Sea. To rectify the situation, they get married (during a pandemic) and she relocates to his homeland of Northern Ireland where she becomes a farmer’s wife, cow milker and ewe midwife! A riotous, romantic tale of a woman falling in love with a man, a new life and sheep, lots and lots of sheep.
To buy a copy of the book or the ebook, email Holly at hello@hollycrawford.co.uk.

The Golden Thread by Brendan Conboy

A true story of fear, faith and forgiveness.  Brendan Conboy grew up in fear and confusion, struggling with many personal issues. These experiences formed a foundation that could have ended in disaster but instead became the motivator to want to make a positive difference.

Lost Down Memory Lane by Dawn Fanshawe

Did you know that nearly 8 million people develop dementia every year or that 1 in 8 adults in the UK are carers? Dawn Fanshawe unexpectedly became one of those carers and writes about the highs and lows of the experience. ‘Lost Down Memory Lane’ provides a detailed look at the gritty challenges and progress of dementia, from onset to death, from an ordinary carer’s Christian world-view.

Call the Desert Midwife by Marion Osgood

Amal Boody turned her back on conventionality, choosing instead to live and work in a remote desert region. At first she practised her midwifery in a tent. In the beginning, as a lone Christian, she suffered abuse. In time she came to be valued and honoured as a pillar of the local community, respected by Sheikhs, and family friend to a whole generation of village women.

Still Emily by Emily Owen

Emily Owen was a multi talented teenager. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Over the coming years, NF2 would steal her education, her smile, her hearing, her ability to walk.  With gentle humour and heart-breaking honesty, Emily shares her story. Slowly and painfully, she discovers value in new places, seeing the rainbows in the silence.

No Longer

No longer I? by Howard Webber

I have something I need to say before you go. You are the worst officer this corps has ever had.” Those harsh words of indictment, spoken in judgment at the end of Howard Webber’s first Salvation Army pastorate, set the tone for his compelling lessons in practical Christian discipleship woven throughout the pages of ‘No Longer I?

Finding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye

Think Michele Guinness meets Bill Bryson. Finding Myself In Britain is a witty, insightful look at faith, identity and the quirks of British life by a stranger-turned-friend. 

Funnily Enough by Sophie Neville

The illustrated diary of a single girl aged thirty who returns to live with her eccentric parents after being diagnosed with a mystery illness akin to ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While languishing in Gloucestershire, Sophie has time to contemplate issues of friendship, family and faith, as she takes a quirky and at times hilarious route to recovery.

The Making of Swallows and Amazons by Sophie Neville

Life as an ordinary school girl changed dramatically for Sophie when she was cast as Titty alongside Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Suzanna Hamilton in the original movie of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. While living out Arthur Ransome’s epic adventure in the Lake District, Sophie kept a diary chronicling life on a film set in the early 1970s when eating fruit was a treat and disasters were an almost daily occurrence.

Ride the Wings of the Morning by Sophie Neville

A conventional English girl arrives in South Africa to help a friend run horseback safaris and ends up driving medical supplies to an orphanage in war-torn Mozambique. This true story is told through correspondence sent back and forth between Sophie and her family in England.

Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.

Hurry Up Nurse by Dawn Brookes

The book follows the author’s experiences as she and her friends come to terms with the non-stop hustle and bustle of hospital life. Bestselling memoir following the ups and downs of a trainee nurse in the 1970s. It is written with humour and candour but also a great deal of compassion.

Hurry Up Nurse 2 by Dawn Brookes

This sequel to Hurry up Nurse: memoirs of nurse training in the 1970s, follows the author to London in 1980. From the first night when they econter ‘Screaming Girl’ and cockraoches in the kitchen, these nurses know they are in for challenging days ahead.

Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean? by Fran Hill

‘Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?’ is being published in May 2020 and is a funny, life-affirming memoir of a typical year in a teacher’s life in which it’s not only the pupils who misbehave. It’s available from SPCK Publishing, from Amazon, or from most other major bookshops. More information available from www.franhill.co.uk 

The Overcomer by Peculiar Medinus

Testimonies of God’s mysterious intervention that will boost anyone’s faith. Every reader in a deplorable state will be able to counteract every ‘casting down’ mentality with a ‘lifting up’ mentality.

Picked for a Purpose by Mel Menzies

Testimony. Reviewed by Rev Jeff Lucas and Rev David Coffey OBE, this is my life story, showing how God sowed seeds, and helped me bear fruit through times of hardship. Each chapter has questions to help readers see their purpose in life.

Healed Within by Mel Menzies

A young woman whose hectic social whirl in Ecuador, ends with a broken marriage and, at the age of 29, a brain tumour – trauma, until she meets with God.

The Girl in the Drawer by Dee Larcombe with Ronald Clements

Dee Larcombe was born in Hong Kong just before the Japanese army invaded in 1941. She spent 3 years in an internment camp and her childhood in one of the George Muller childrens’ home. She and her husband, Geoff, served with Regions Beyond Missionary Union in India; Dee working as a nurse in a leprosy hospital. Despite adversity and poor health, she has found a way to forgive those who ill treated her.