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Third book in pipeline for self-publishing alumna author


Alumna author Sam ShakesA fledgling publishing company established by Middlesex University alumna Sam Shakes is set to publish its third book in November, as it continues to expand its offering of health and wellbeing titles.

Nature Inspired Books was set up by the BSc Health Studies with Race and Culture (2002) graduate three years ago and since then has grown to offer a range of other services – including writing groups, workshops and tuition.

The latest title, 'Silent Child Raging Adult', follows in the same vein of Sam's previous works in that it is partly autobiographical and explores difficult health-related issues some people prefer to ignore.

Drawing on her own experiences, the book reveals the ways in which 'nature' and 'nurture' influence our life experiences.

"I began to observe our relationships with each other and 'life' and thought: 'Wow! We're missing the point'," Sam explained.

"There is a lack of harmony due to an ignorance regarding 'nature' and 'nurture', and this realisation appeared to me to be a possible solution to enhance our relationships."

Publishing her third book will be a huge achievement for Sam as she has had to battle to regain a normal life after being diagnosed with the chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis – a condition which made headlines recently after it forced Manchester United and Scotland footballer Darren Fletcher to put his career on hold.

Surviving the disease inspired Sam to write her first book, 'Then Life Took Control: A Journal from Sickness to Wellbeing', which explores how racism, sexism, alcoholism, and mental health issues all play a part in the illnesses we contract and our general wellbeing.

Sam recently completed her second book, 'The Happy Man who refused Love and Help: A Fairy Tale', which is currently in the process of being published.

Examining the act of murder and how this most heinous of crimes can be spurred and justified, the book asserts that all human actions have a place and accepting this can improve our relationships with one another.For more information, email Sam or

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