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Pressing Matters (Vol 2)

by Christine Burns

Press for Change (founded in 1992) was a hugely successful campaign for the civil rights of transgender people in the UK â?? achieving in the first 12 years a string of legislative successes that included protection against discrimination in employment, the right to NHS treatment and ultimately the process for full legal recognition of transsexual people in their acquired gender in 2004.

These are the memoirs of Christine Burns MBE, one of the leading figures in that campaign until 2007. In this second volume Christine describes how Press for Change moved up a gear and challenged Britain’s Labour Government, starting in 1998. She describes how employment protections and the right for trans people to be treated on the NHS were won â?? culminating in the successful passage of the Gender Recognition Act.

This is no conventional trans biography, nor is it a conventional political history. Christine tells the story of a remarkably successful campaign from her personal perspective, at the centre of much of the action. Her perspectives provide valuable insights into how such a tiny campaign fought, working all the while on a minuscule budget, fought its way to the centre of Government and shaped a new Act of Parliament.

The historical perspective is backed up with extensive contemporaneous material (including her personal correspondence) written to document events as they happened. And the personal perspective is full of revealing insights into Christine’s private life â?? reconciling the demands of work alongside campaigning

Nobody has ever before published an account of this amazing period in the development of civil rights for trans people. And few transsexual people have written in this detail about their lives and career development on the “other side” of the transition from one gender to the other.

This second volume covers the period from 1998 onwards â?? successes and failures â?? leading to the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004.

Psych Ward: Take Two : A True Story, but with feelings (Sly Memoirs Book 2)

by Tay Sly

Psych Ward: Take Two is a story about a twenty-something’s stay in a psychiatric hospital for eight days. Watch as she heals through her writing and through her group therapies.

God Told Me To: A Collection of True Crime

by Paula Hearst

An anthology of True Crime featuring the murderous shenanigans of Gwen Hendricks…Gwen was a seemingly normal Colorado housewife who began hearing voices telling her to kill her husband.

With a childhood steeped in religious teaching, Gwen began keeping a journal of her daily conversations with God who she claims told her that she needed to kill her husband in order to obtain proceeds from his life insurance.

Unassuming Serial Killers: A Collection of True Crime

by Nick Sutton

A collection of serial killers who led seemingly normal lives on the outside. James Edward Wood was one of the most unassuming men that you could ever meet. He was the type of person that if you passed by him on the street, you would never know his true agenda was much darker than what appeared. The life of James Wood is largely considered to be that of a true psychopath with no conscience. While the overall depths of his crimes is largely speculation, what is known of his crimes was enough to have him sentenced to death in 1994. While it is purely impossible to grasp the gravity of the senseless crimes that James Wood committed, it is possible to sort through his life to get a sense of just how deluded his mind proved to be.

What is a Unitarian Universalist?: My First Year in Unitarian Universalism

by C. Mahoney

What if you could spend a year with a Unitarian Universalist, hearing and seeing and doing what they did? What if you could visit a weekly Discussion Group and share your own thoughts on poetry or news or books or justice? What if you could enter a monthly Covenant Circle and explore your deepest frustrations knowing that everyone is there to listen and not critique what you say? What if you could meditate with Buddhists or celebrate the seasons with Pagans or discuss God with humanists or participate in the Flower Ceremony or experience the Water Communion? What if you could discover what Unitarian Universalists think about death and Hell and Jesus and gender and race and politics and prayer? What if you could find out why they search through the teachings of other religions and cultures? What if you could engage in a spiritual journey that encourages exploration and imagination and wonder?

If you are curious about Unitarian Universalism, then join me during my first year as a Unitarian Universalist. Sit beside me. Examine. Observe. Listen. Discover. And Engage your mind in fifty-two thought-provoking explorations.

Mesmerizing Poe

by Rick Hammer

Mesmerizing Poe is an imaginary solution to the authentic secrets within the Edgar Allan Poe story The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, revealed through overtly and explicitly retelling the old story in a new version (to generate understanding and add depth through intertextuality).
The tale of mystery and suspense shows how Poe was hired by a dark horse political candidate running for mayor of New York to solve the homicide of the beautiful young girl Mary Rogers who had once worked for the office seeker. Through the candidate’s subterfuge, the alleged killer was publicized as a sailor, and the contender was cleared of all suspicion. Ultimately, the candidate confessed to murdering Mary Rogers.
Poe had written in his Philosophy of Composition, “The death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.” With this aim, Poe staged his saga by writing in the voice of his double and alter ego, Le Chevalier César Auguste Dupin, a knight in the French Légion d’honneur, to capture the key to the crime. While arousing the fascination of the public, Poe’s psychological persona masked his own darker Gothic depths or bipolar disorder.

Criminal Curiosities: Twelve remarkable reprobates you’ve probably never heard of.

by Robert Walsh

All walks of life have their pioneers and those who stand out as being the first, last or only example in their field. So does crime, but its individuals, curiosities and stand-outs are seldom as well acknowledged as, say, the first man on the Moon or the first to suffer the guillotine.

So, who was the first prisoner shaved by the National Razor? Who was first to take a seat in the electric chair? Why were legendary figures Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse so entwined in his life story and he in theirs? You probably don’t know. In this book, you can find out.

Some people will have heard of the likes of Herbert Rowse Armstrong and William Kemmler, but many won’t. Even fewer are likely to have heard of Gee Jon, Eva Coo, Paul Jaworski or William Horry. Although a few might remember Gerald Chapman and Han van Meegeren, if only very vaguely.

They’re all singular in their own particular ways. All have a fascinating tale to tell, both of their own deeds and how they fitted into (and sometimes forever changed) the world around them. All of them are often overlooked, some are barely footnotes in history if that.

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