Start reading Full Experience Living for free on Amazon UK. When we survived the uninsured loss of 2007, which took me to the absolute knife edge of bankruptcy, we continued to face further challenges, and the future of my company was uncertain for many years, though we didn't share this fact widely.
When I told people about what had actually happened to us, they seemed genuinely amazed that we actually survived. Many suggested that I write it all down but like everyone else, I ALWAYS had other things to do...
I started making notes in 2011 to write a book, but it wasn't until the lock-down of 2020 that I actually started writing it. 8 days into the lock down on 2 April 2020, I started writing and actually published on 25 May.
This was definitely a family project, as my wife dutifully listened to my chapters, which I wrote at a rate of knots - sometimes 2 and even 3 per day; my son, Josh designed the incredible cover and drew all of the illustrations. I even recorded an audiobook in this time too! I am immensely proud of what we have achieved both as a family, as a business and as individuals too.
The book evolved over time as well, as my original plan was to include a great quote and fun bits, some philosophy and some business know-how too and finish with a great recipe at the end of each chapter. However, this is a whole lot simpler now and I plan to my favourite recipes on this website instead, and I think that the book is better as a result, too.
My aims from the book are primarily to share some happiness, which is altogether rare during this lock-down period; raise a bit of money for MAG, who are a mine-clearing charity which I support; but above all else, to try to inspire some people that they can actually do more in their lives.
This is NOT a self-help book and I am no guru, but I do think that self-belief and gritty determination can go a very long way to achieving our goals.
There is a paperback version, e-book version available on Amazon UK and all other worldwide Amazon sites. The audiobook version will be distributed for free on YouTube during October 2020
Facing an immanent threat of a £600K uninsured loss and no recovery plan in place, just how would the business survive.
Read the first three chapters of the book here.