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Lotte’s War tells the story of one 5-year-old girl’s experiences living in Britain during the Second World War.
The war was a time of hardship, heroism and hope. As a child, Lotte may not have been fully aware of the dangers and struggles around her, but her memories of rationing, evacuation, barrage balloons, bombing, blackouts and bunkers give an incredible insight into life during wartime Britain.
Lotte’s War shows what children did, how they survived rationing, how they coped as evacuees, and what they felt about the war. Lotte talks about the bravery shown by people and the amazing friendships that she made. Lotte Moore shares her memories of an incredible life with today’s young generation, so they can experience a unique view of Britain through the eyes of a child in World War II.Read More
‘A humanist in word and deed, Laurie’s sustained generosity through his charitable efforts provides an inspiration for those who seek to make a difference from an entrepreneur’s standpoint. What better crowning achievement to a lifetime of business success than to let the fruits of that success be shared with so many people less fortunate.’
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association
‘Dr Laurie Marsh is a true philanthropist. He has generously supported MSF for many years, showing extraordinary commitment to the organisation. He trusts us to spend the funding as we see fit, allowing us to provide medical aid to the people who need it most, no matter where they are or whether they have hit the headlines. Support from dedicated individuals like Dr Marsh means MSF can be completely independent and impartial, which is central to our values. We wish Dr Marsh every success with his book and look forward to reading his story!’
Hannah Richardson, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF UK)
‘There are many successful entrepreneurs in the world, but few that genuinely share that success to help others. From clothing manufacturer to property magnate, movie producer to champion of charity, Laurie’s tale will astonish, entertain, amaze and inspire as he ultimately reveals the true secret of success – that the only challenge we ever need is the next one.’
The Lord Rix of Whitehall
‘Laurie Marsh is not just a successful entrepreneur. He epitomises how the many years of his business experience can be employed so effectively for philanthropic ends and the benefit of important causes.’
Simon Ross, Chief Executive, Population Matters
Laurie Marsh is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs but you’ve never heard of him until now. Here for the first time is the incredible tale of one of the world’s leading philanthropists; from the streets of Lambeth to the glamour of LA, it’s a compelling true story of rags to riches, and sharing those riches with others From persuading Disney to license their characters for use on raincoats, to convincing film stars to perform in low budget movies, Laurie has carved success from his confident, entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to life. And much of his success has been shared, his philanthropic work reaching the levels of far more public ‘givers’.
Now in his eighties, Laurie still works every day, using his wealth and influence to help as many good causes and charitable organisations as he can, from building community centres to advising the government on how to make the NHS self-sufficient. It’s an inspirational and fascinating story of entrepreneurial success, and commitment to deserving causes. Entertaining, inspiring, educational, Laurie’s story is the unique story of one man’s determination to succeed, then use that success to benefit others.Read More
Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told In Shoes is Yang-May’s personal story about the tradition of foot binding, as practiced by her older relatives. This unconventional memoir is both a book and a solo theatre performance work. The work interweaves Yang-May’s experiences of being a Chinese-Malaysian woman in the UK, her own ‘coming out’ story, and cultural reflections of what it means to be a woman and an exploration into mother-daughter relationships. Bound Feet Blues is Yang-May’s life story – told in shoes.
In Chinese tradition, women with tiny bound feet were desirable as wives and lovers, their delicate feet seen as objects of both status and sexual fetish. What can the ancient tradition of footbinding tell us about the role of women beneath the gaze of men and the relationship between mothers and daughters?
In Bound Feet Blues, Yang-May Ooi explores themes of female desirability, identity and empowerment in this personal story told through the shoes in her life – from stilettos and expensive Italian pumps to trainers, hiking boots and biker boots.
Yang-May’s Bound Feet Blues solo story performance is scheduled for a three-week run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End from November 24th 2015. A few tickets are still available.
You can read a recent interview with author Yang-May Ooi here:
BOOK CLUBS! Why not consider Bound Feet Blues as your next book club read? Not only is it a wonderful book, but the author has put together this in-depth resource pack just for you Bound Feet Blues – BookClubPack 160122v2Read More
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