Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson M.D.

This is another succinct and easy to read gem from the author who bought us Who Moved My Cheese. For anyone who read Who Moved My Cheese you will know that Jonhson is able to encapsulate fundamental human truths in a narrative form relatable to the general population.

In this valuable writing you will discover how to get out of a valley (the bad times) sooner, stay on a peak (the good times) longer and have more peaks and fewer valleys as you apply the principles so well presented.

Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

This book was a must for me to read. Having bought my own copy it has been passed along and appreciated for the simple concepts in an easy to understand and integrated fashion.


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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Prizes awarded

On the 6th of October the winner of the 2009 Booker Prize was announced. The winner was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, an historical novel set in Tudor England. For more information about Wolf Hall go to Booker Website.

And on the 8th of October the Nobel prize for literature was awarded to the German poet Herta Mueller. For more information about Mueller and her writing go to Nobel Prize website.