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Straightforward Miscellaneous Titles cover an interesting and diverse range of book titles. 'Living and working Abroad' is a popular book as is 'Two-Minute Message' and our 'Guide to Mental Illness'. As with all Straightforward titles these books are written by experienced professionals.

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Understanding Mental Illness
The Crime Writer's Casebook
Tiling for Beginners
The Two Minute Message - Effective presentation under pressure
Handling Bereavement Arrangements

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Top of PageA Straightforward Guide to Understanding Mental Illness

INCORPORATING RECENT CHANGES TO THE MENTAL HEALTH ACTS

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE COMPLEX AREA OF MENTAL ILLNESS Understanding Mental Illness-A Jargon Free Layman's Guide, by Marianne Richards, is the Fifth edition of this professionally acclaimed book. The complex subject of mental health is demystified in an easy-to-read style assuming no prior knowledge. The aim is to reduce fear about mental illness, providing clear information and debunking myths and outlining changing perceptions of mental illness.

There is a general misunderstanding. and not a little prejudice, about varying types of mental illness, and the book sets out to describe and explore further the more widely known disorders and rarer conditions. The underlying aim is to explain in clear terms the nature of the various types of mental illness, the perceived roots of such illness and also intersperse this information with case studies.

Understanding Mental IllnessThe following areas are covered:

*Drawing the line-sanity v insanity
*Community life and mental illness
*A Brief history of mental illness
*Summary of the Mental Health Act 1983 *Detection, course and treatment of mental illness
*Asylums, hospitals, therapeutic communities
*Case histories and pens portraits of Therapists
*Non-medical treatments

Praise for earlier editions: 'Accessing mental health services can be a traumatic experience. The author gives an intelligent overview of mental health problems and a valuable perspective on medical / non medical personnel and the services they offer to alleviate these distressing conditions. Highly recommended for lay readers, carers, patients and newly qualified professionals.' Dr Ernest Gralton Fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists


Fifth Edition

The author: Marianne Richards has worked in mental health rehabilitation and as a Counsellor. Amongst other qualifications, she holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Practice, Diploma in Ericksonian Solution Focused Therapy and Certificate in Behavioural Family Therapy.

Marianne Richards £10.99
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Top of PageA Straightforward Guide to The Crime Writer's Casebook

A REFERENCE GUIDE TO  POLICE INVESTIGATIONS PAST AND PRESENT

A Straightforward Guide to The Crime Writer’s Casebook is a reference work for all crime writers, and is an essential companion for research into modern police procedure as well as to crime investigations in history. The book is unique in presenting the topics by means of both first-hand explanations by a London police detective and a crime historian. There are also glossaries explaining legal terms encountered in crime history and of modern police work. Crime Writers Casebook

CONTENTS
* Introductions to crime investigation now and then
* Case studies from real crimes
* Explanations of subjects from forensics to Police Procedure
* Glossaries of terms in criminal law and police practice

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The Authors:
Stuart Gibbon
is a former Metropolitan Police detective with 30 years experience in crime investigation. As a DCI he was in charge of murder cases and was an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He is now a writing consultant advising authors on police procedures.
Stephen Wade is the author of over 60 non-fiction books, many of them on crime history. His most recent works have included The Justice Women, No More Soldiering and The Girl who Lived on Air, all mainly concerned with legal issues in history. His book, Murder in Mind, was featured at the Ilkley Literature festival in 2017. Stuart and Stephen give talks to writing groups on crime past and present.

Published: Dec 2017

Stuart Gibbon and Stephen Wade £10.99
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Top of PageA Straightforward Guide to Tiling for Beginners

THE PRACTICAL AND DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO ALL ASPECTS OF TILING RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

Tiling for BeginnersA Straightforward Guide to Tiling for Beginners, Revised Edition, is the essential handbook for beginners to Tiling, both basic and also more creative tiling.

Written in a user friendly manner and comprehensively illustrated, the book guides the reader through all the stages in tiling process from initial selection to application.

The following areas are covered:

� Choice of tiles and design considerations
� Tools to use
� Preparation
� Setting out
� Fixing and cutting tiles Buy Now Button
� Difficult applications, floors walls etc.

The author: Nicholas Maynard has worked in the construction industry for the last 30 years, all of that time as a tiler and has also taught the art of tiling to students on construction courses. His book will instil confidence in the reader regarding the practicalities of the job at hand, as well as enhancing knowledge of ceramics and stone.

Revised Edition - Jan 07.

Nicholas Maynard £8.99
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Top of PageThe Two Minute Message - Effective presentation under pressure


THE ART OF DELIVERING COMPELLING MESSAGES THAT GET RESULTS

A Straightforward Guide to The Two Minute Message, 'Effective Presentation Under Pressure' (revised Edition) by William Freeman, is a concise and practical guide to getting attention and arousing interest in an idea or proposition.

The Two-Minute MessageThe book builds on previous editions and will help people who need to make their business messages and sales presentations stand out from the crowd.

The book covers the following topics:

o The Two Minute Message concept
o Building and applying your TMM
o Developing your brand
o Viral marketing and business networking
o From TMM to compelling presentation
o Worksheets, examples and case studies

on-line purchaseThe author: William Freeman was a salesman, sales manager and marketing training manager for IBM. He became a partner in Cambridge Associates in 1985 and is now an independent speaker and business advisor. He specialises in helping business to improve sales effectiveness and bring energy and passion to their sales message and performances. The Two Minute Message technique is a vital part of that process. William is also is an executive board member of Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

Revised Edition - July 2006

William Freeman £8.99
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Top of PageA Straightforward Guide to Handling Bereavement Arrangements

A Straightforward Guide to Handling Bereavement, Second Edition, deals with the practical arrangements necessary after a death.

Handling BereavementThe book is factual yet sympathetic and is intended to guide those who have suffered a bereavement or who want good advice.

It is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain knowledge of this area. The following areas are covered in detail:

� Death and the registration of death
� The role of the coroner after a bereavement
� Organising a funeral
� Different funerals-different faiths
� Events after the funeral
� Dealing with the dead persons estate.

Buy Now ButtonThe author: Penny Freeman is a counselor and advice worker in the area of bereavement. She advises those who have suffered bereavement. She has written this book from a practical perspective in the hope that the whole experience of bereavement is made that much easier.

Revised Edition - Nov 2013.

Penny Freeman £8.99
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