Craig Smith

Being Woake: Political satire about how to be woke in 21st century Britain by Jon Cross (Alsatian Publishing, 2022), £11.99 (pbk), £3.99 (Kindle).

Meet Sebastian Woake: successful barrister, reluctant politician and a man struggling with political correctness.

Newly elected onto the local district council, Woake’s political career will lead him to contend with the challenges which are quangos, obnoxious Chinese delegations, rampaging bulls, pompous (and occasionally corrupt) councillors, flirtatious colleagues, exploding nightclubs, over-zealous equality and diversity trainers, and dreary civil servants.

When he is promoted to lead the finance team (as surprising as it is unlooked for) Woake must achieve the impossible; keeping a bankrupt council financially solvent whilst maintaining his tumultuous legal career. Hate crime, Latvian drug traffickers, benefits cheats and an overbearing Head of Chambers are just some of the problems he faces.

Struggling to balance law with politics, Sebastian Woake must ensure that his decisions, behaviour and humour do not alienate him from his colleagues and the Council in an increasingly woke world.

Based on the author’s surprisingly real-life experiences, Being Woake is one man’s hilarious, sometimes questioning, politically incorrect journey attempting to answer the impossible: how to be woke in 21st century Britain?

Drawing Your Goal Closer: An art-based approach to visualising your goals and making them a reality by Richanah Daly (self-published, 2022), £17.99 (pbk), £9.99 (Kindle).

A powerfully creative method to achieve career success, get clear on where you're going and the steps you need to take with this unique 'big picture' approach specially designed for visual thinkers.

Discover an immersive way to transform your ideas and aspirations into reality by using your own creativity to map out a clear pathway to your career goals.

Winners & Losers: Betrayal by Ashley McCarthy (Ashley McCarthy Publishing, 2022), £8.99 (pbk), £1.99 (Kindle).

Inés had little time for herself. Helping her eldest daughter, Erin, make it onto the British showjumping team, while making multi-million dollar deals across the globe was enough of a challenge. To top it all, a huge, unexpected tax bill had thrown her for a loop and brought back painful memories of her deceased husband.

It had been four years since his tragic death and it was about time Inés started seeking love again. Maybe Kent was more than just an old friend, maybe he wasn't the only one interested in her. Inés might make a few mistakes along the way, but who gets it right all the time?

There are winners; there are losers. Inés intends to win, even if she has to rig the game.

The Heralding by Ashley McCarthy (Self-published, 2021), £7.99 (pbk), £1.99 (Kindle).

In the midst of The Great Famine of the Fourteenth Century something is awakened in the nearby woods …

As hunger and fever grip Matilda’s village, theft, madness and starvation follow quickly. People are attacked by something powerful and frightening. Then a new enemy emerges; fear.

As accusations are hurled, will a newly arrived stranger be Matilda’s salvation or downfall?

Where Does Time Go? by Amanda Peet (Self-published, 2021), £7.99 (pbk), £4.99 (Kindle).

From the author of Mind Your Mind: Using the power of words comes a short read to help you work out where your time goes and choose what you want to do going forward with your life minutes.

We all have the same number of life minutes each day. 1,440 if you are wondering.

The action within this book does not take more than a few seconds each day, and the good news is you only have to do it for a week to find out what you are doing with your time and where you want to make changes.

In order to move forward or make changes, sometimes you need a little stocktake. Working out how you are spending your time is an ideal place to start.

Nothing of Interest by Dave Gregson (Olympia Publishers, 2021), £5.99 (pbk), £2.99 (Kindle).

This collection of short stories, each with a twist to the tale, is engaging and often written with wit. There is also a slight Ray Bradbury-esque feel to them which makes them even more absorbing. The author writes with a kind of certainty and although his subject matter ranges widely within this collection, anyone who is fond of the short story genre will enjoy this collection.

Safe Practice in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity by Steve Caldecott, Nicky Scott and Jan Hickman (Association for Physical Education / UK Coaching, 2020), £44.99 (pbk).

Published every four years, this essential reference and developmental tool offers up-to-date advice across PE, School Sport and Physical Activity, to help teachers, coaches and school governors protect their students and themselves from potential risks across both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Fully updated to reflect recent developments in legal practice, national guidance, statute law and case law.