The Book’s History

When I look back at some of the difficult episodes in my life, some were self-inflicted but some were the result of major external factors. Some blew me completely off course, and all shaped me into the person I am now. Everyone has their own trials and tribulations.

I want to help people accept that they are not alone and see that others have faced choices of similar magnitude and got through them. For that reason, I’ve written a dozen very short vignettes and bring out some of the ‘big lessons’ that they taught me. Good luck with your own.

About the Book

We all face a series of tough and often lonely junctions throughout our life. These shape our values and strengthen our intuition, which helps us become more confident.

The twelve tales in this short autobiographical anthology can be read as a travel book, but really illustrate some universal values in decisions that most people will face at some point in their lives. I’ve also added a bonus essay.

  1. The Shellscrape (Resolution and Temptation)
  2. Show Salute (Opportunity and Disruption)
  3. Dancing on Fortress Walls (Freedom and Confinement)
  4. Dulce et decorum erat (Honesty and Illusion)
  5. Framed? (Truth and Falsehood)
  6. Inheriting a Relic (Vitality and Mortality)
  7. Karachi Hotel (Empathy and Judgment)
  8. Rush Hour Blackberries (Travel and Exploration)
  9. The Thunderclap (Courage and Fear)
  10. Team-Building (Loyalty and Trust)
  11. You need a bomb to get you up… (Agency and Fatalism)
  12. On Meditation (Mindfulness and Confusion)
  • What it’s like to know Arabic (Reward and Sacrifice)

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  • A fascinating article - well worth a read.

    Mike W Founding Director
  • Absolutely fascinating - particularly on the mechanics of comprehension delay. Also the fact that Arabic is not monolithic.

    Christian E Lecturer, Plymouth University
  • A good read. You've inspired me to give it a go.

    Jamie Jordan NHS
  • Really nice pieces Mark, hope to see more of your writing talents and read more of your work.

    Stephen Ives Teaching Director, Dubai
  • Interesting, insightful and well-written article that enlightened me about the specifics of learning Arabic and had me nodding in agreement at some of the general observations on language learning.

    Andrew Stucken Director, Applied Translations
  • Interesting. I was actually engrossed by this essay and learned a lot, although not a linguist and not expecting to be interested.

    Stuart Groom Writer
  • Pathways are funny things in life, in how something as traumatic as the Deal bombing or a simple misspoken word can influence a person into going left or right off them. You did the right thing for you at the time and have been proved right.

    Wendy G Office Manager
  • A great series of posts – very evocative of the times.

    Duncan Macmillan MD, Art & Soul
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