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One Day Left is a story about Mick who has gone in to the local hospice for respite care. While he is there he faces memories that he would rather have left hidden, especially when he saves a young cleaner who tries to kill herself. When we meet Louise who has just been dumped by her love, we find out how she copes with loss and finding out that her grandfather, a man she has never met, is in a hospice nearby. When Louise finally gets to the hospice her grandfather’s life is slipping away.
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I was born in Caracas Venezuela in 1965 to a very Italian mum and a very English dad. Though I travelled back over the sea to the UK only three years later, when I was about thirteen my parents moved to South East Asia to live and work. I went to boarding school, which I loved, and my playing ground was South Korea – where I met my first American GI’s, deserted streets in curfew and where I met my first prostitute (blonde Korean – she was fab), Philippines – where I frequented transvestite bars and learned to love dancing, Malaysia – where I learned to burn rubber when driving a car to make a fantastic noise and hang with the cool crowd, and where I scuba dived in the most beautiful place I have ever been. This was all before I was twenty years old. It was an amazing first part of a life. From this experience I have worked abroad both in Hong Kong and Venezuela, studied back in the UK and got an MBA from the University of Durham and chose my profession – to work in the third sector in fundraising which I have been doing for over twenty years. Oh yes. My friend tells me I’ve been saying I was going to write since we used to hide in the toilets at school for a cigarette...... On a more serious note, I have learned one thing about us all. We all have so much more in common than all the media and politicians would like to make us think. We all have so much to share. And we’re all shit and fearful of really being who we are. This book started with the idea of what, if any, difference it makes to try to sort youself out in the last hours of your life. It comes from 15 years working in hospices and from my own relationships as they have been separated by distance. If you would like to find out more or see other titles available please go to http://www.albalewis.com.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 70 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.16 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1511810726