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(Victoria, BC – November 9, 2005) The founder of Canada’s largest real estate network, Peter H Thomas, is raising money to combat mental illness and also help people navigate past life’s obstacles through the publication of LifeManual.

Thomas - who founded Century 21 Canada in 1973 and splits his time between homes in Victoria, Arizona and Switzerland - has exclusively partnered with Victoria-based online bookseller to offer LifeManual to booklovers around the globe.

And LifeManual has already created a stir with the first 1000 copies rapidly selling out. Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, said: “I guarantee LifeManual will create the future you deserve. Peter Thomas walks the talk with energy and truth. This book will change your life.”

LifeManual is exclusively available online from at (CAD) $29.95 or (US) $24.95. The website is donating its commission on each book sold to Peter’s fundraising foundation and visitors can enter a contest to win a bespoke counseling session with Peter Thomas. AbeBooks will promote the book to millions of book-buyers via its homepage and monthly ‘Avid Reader’ e-newsletter.

It took the tragic suicide of his son, Todd, for Peter to evaluate his own life and start down the path to the publication of LifeManual – a book designed to help people in their personal and business lives. Peter, who eventually sold Century 21 Canada, earned millions from his business career but Todd’s death in 2000 gave him a different perspective on life.

As Todd suffered from mental illness, Peter founded the Todd Thomas Foundation – an organization devoted to raising awareness of mental illness, erasing its stigma and helping to develop treatments. He has also hosted a program of seminars called ‘LifePilot’ - a set of activities and mental exercises that leads the participant to self discovery.

Based on setting goals around values that matter, LifeManual encapsulates the essence of LifePilot. Proceeds from LifeManual, which has been self-published, will go towards tackling mental illness.

“My son’s death was the motivation behind the book,” said Peter. “LifeManual is an operations’ manual for life. I want to help people align their life with values that are important to them. Todd was very spiritual and believed in all the principles outlined in this book. I know he would be very proud of what we’re doing.”

“Self-help books are one of the most popular genres in bookselling,” said Hannes Blum, president and CEO of AbeBooks. “We’re happy to help such a worthy cause and we have a tremendous amount of respect for the work that Peter is doing.”

Peter Thomas’ previous books were devoted to business. Windows of Opportunity became a sales force handbook while Never Fight with a Pig detailed lessons learnt in the real estate world.


About is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 70 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who collectively purchase around 20,000 books a day from its 5 global websites (,,, and A true internet success story, has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany and Spain. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 58 among North American online retailers in June 2005.

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