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Seeking a New Voice by Barry Merchant




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Seeking a New Voice by Barry Merchant

UK price: £12.50   US price: $20.90
Format: Paperback
Size: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2.4 cm 
Pages: 412
ISBN-10: 190954454X
ISBN-13: 978-1909544543
Published: May 2013


This is a compelling story about the brave recovery of a man whose early life was full of hopelessness, who nevertheless overcame many barriers so that he could become a normal member of society. The author grew up in Surrey in a large working class family in which problems were an everyday occurrence. From an early age life became increasingly difficult due to a traumatic accident when he was three years old, and later when at the age of twelve he was sexually abused. Before the age of twenty-one he contracted a major neurological illness called Dystonia. For many years thereafter, he became addicted to prescribed medication which isolated him from mainstream society. His problems were further exacerbated by a term in prison. His recovery was arduous and painful and it took many years before he found his way back to normal life through University education, social work training and friendships. The book is an inspiring read that will give hope and courage to many others who have experienced similar setbacks in life.

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A Life's Journey A Working Class Saga by Barry Merchant

UK price: £9.99   US price: $13.62 Kindle £1.80
Format: Paperback
Size:  14.8 x 1.9 x 21 cm  
Pages: 330
ISBN-10: 1326062603
ISBN-13: 978-1326062606
Published: November 2014

After spending his first twenty years with his supportive working class parents in a village largely run by middle-class professional values, Richard decides to move away. As a young boy growing up surrounded by farming people, including his father, two uncles and many other family members, his mother had always encouraged him not to end up as a farm worker. After a short spell working for a local furniture company, and running away with an underage girl to Scotland, he goes to sea for a while. Afterwards, slowly but surely, he begins to develop an enjoyable and productive career in forestry, working around the country, each time moving to a higher and better paid job. After nearly thirty years away from his place of birth, although he does visit his family and friends during that time, he decides to move back to where his parents were living, where he develops a new career and finds a new partner. But perhaps he had paid a high price for leaving his home village in the first place!