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Books by John Williams

  • My Son's Not Rainman

    John Williams

    Product Code: AREJY
    Paperback
    My Son's Not Rainman is a heartfelt and uplifting account of everyday events in the life of John and his son (The Boy). The Boy is twelve years old and autistic. He isn't a genius. His only special power is making his dad laugh. A lot. Following the success of his blog, John talks not just about the difficulties of having a child who is considered 'different' but also the joy of living with someone who looks at the world in a unique way. This isn't a story about autism, but a story about a boy who happens to have autism, and there is a big difference. While being honest about the struggles of getting a diagnosis and the dismay of having his child excluded from schools, John rarely dwells on the downside of his son's condition, preferring instead to look at the happiness and insight his son has given him. Funny and heart-warming, this is a book about living with the often frustrating and bewildering but always fascinating world of the autistic mind. It's about finding the positive in everything, from the joy and wonder of the Special School Disco to the unadulterated thrill of getting the front seat on the Docklands Light Railway. Ultimately, it's a celebration of what it really means to be different.
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  • Nothing but the Night

    John Williams

    Product Code: BLVVO
    Paperback
    Arthur Maxley is a tense and listless young man. One day he receives a letter from his long estranged father. Arthur's fear and aversion to the man is powerful, yet his compulsion to see his father is irresistible. After their meeting, Arthur is propelled into a night of drinking and spontaneous intimacy with a beautiful young woman. But as the memories of childhood trauma rise and disorientate, Arthur's night out spins him towards the pitch of disaster.
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  • Stoner

    John Williams

    Product Code: AUTRR
    Audio
    WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013. "It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature". (Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4). Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013 translations of Stoner began appearing on bestseller lists across Europe. Forty-eight years after its first, quiet publication in the US, Stoner is finally finding the wide and devoted readership it deserves. Have you read it yet? William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
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  • Screw Work Break Free

    John Williams

    Product Code: AUOMD
    Paperback
    One of the biggest hurdles people encounter when they want to break free from the 9-5 is what to do instead. Screw Work, Break Free! specifically focuses on getting readers past this obstacle by overturning the myth that you have to have a perfect business idea to start off with. The tools in the book will get you started with ANY idea, and by working through the programme you will learn how to test, alter and refine your first idea, which will lead to more ideas, and ultimately one you really do want to run with. The main thing is getting started with the process, and that's exactly what you'll do with the help of this life-changing book.
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  • Butcher's Crossing

    John Williams

    Product Code: ALKSF
    Paperback
    This is by the author of Stoner. Will Andrews is no academic. He longs for wildness, freedom, hope and vigour. He leaves Harvard and sets out for the West to discover a new way of living. In a small town called Butcher's Crossing he meets a hunter with a story of a lost herd of buffalo in a remote Colorado valley, just waiting to be taken by a team of men brave and crazy enough to find them. Will makes up his mind to be one of those men, but the journey, the killing, harsh conditions and sheer hard luck will test his mind and body to their limits.
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  • Miss Shirley Bassey

    John Williams

    Product Code: ABPHU
    Paperback
    In 1954, Shirley Bassey was seventeen years old. She had just returned from a cheesy revue tour called 'Hot from Harlem'. Depressed, disillusioned and four months' pregnant, she decided that her dream of being a professional singer was over. A mere ten years later, she was one of the biggest stars in the world. She had sold more records than any other British singer of the day, and was poised to conquer America. Her latest hit, 'Goldfinger', was the theme tune to the year's blockbuster film. No longer the two-bit jazz singer from Cardiff, she was by now an international sex siren, as glamorous and unreal as Bond himself. Miss Shirley Bassey explores this remarkable transformation, both of an individual and of the British society and British psyche that made it possible. From the vibrant, multicultural oasis of Tiger Bay in the Cardiff docklands through the club-lands of Soho and Las Vegas to New York's Carnegie Hall, it is a journey from mere mortal to international icon. Along the way she would encounter homosexual husbands, predatory managers, newspaper scandals, and a range of friends and acquaintances from Sammy Davis Jr to Reggie Kray. John L. Williams draws on original research and interviews to provide a portrait of a young woman on the cusp of stardom, whose rise to fame was in many ways symbolic of a changing world. Brilliantly written non-fiction in the style of David Peace's The Damned Utd or Nick Tosches' Dino, this is the story of a woman who set out to be extraordinary and - against all the odds - succeeded.
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  • Screw Work, Let's Play

    John Williams

    Product Code: AAEKF
    Paperback
    "Do you have a sane work-play balance? Had enough of your job and want to change your life? Here's how to do it" The Times Stuck in a job that's boring you to tears? Slogging away at a business that's never quite taken off? Still can't decide what you'd rather do? Well, it's time to change all that. We've reached a remarkable point in the history of work. With the right guidance, it's now possible for anyone to make a living from doing the things they love. Written by a career maverick who escaped corporate life, Screw Work Let's Play is your blueprint to create a work-life full of fun, freedom and creativity; something more like play than work. Packed full of stories from people who turned their passion into their living or even a million pound business you'll discover 10 secrets to transform your working life, starting today. Discover life-changing ideas and practical plans including: * How to win your first playcheque without quitting your current job * How to beat the doubts and internal blocks that hold you back * How you can play and get rich even in a recession Whether you want to start a business, create an ideal job, write a book, or change the world, there's no need to suffer unfulfilling work any more. Ready to play? Unlock exclusive extras at www.screwworkletsplay.com Join the Play Revolution
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