Home Stretch: A Memoir

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Author House, Apr 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 316 pages
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This book triggers laughing out loud, turning to spinal shivers as the gripping drama of Alma and Will's stories unfolds.

A fascinating and emotional true-life story packaged in a fun filled holiday diary with detective elements. Discover how an uneasy truce between a mother and son is threatened when a visiting friend accidentally unlocks secrets that have poisoned their lives. Discover too how the visitor, Sue, draws on her own life experiences to help troubled friends come to terms with their harrowing past, on a paradoxically hilarious yet traumatic joint holiday.

‘We found much to admire in Home Stretch...’

Juliet Pickering, AP Watt & Co. Literary Agents, London

‘Lively and well written ...’

Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, New York

‘... very competent and compelling’

Lee Brown, Assistant Editor, Tindal Street Press, Birmingham

 

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About the author (2009)

Born in 1958 in Birmingham, Sue Watts' working class roots denied her a traditional higher education, so she took a job and studied part time.  She gained an honours degree in Government and several post-graduate qualifications, including an MA in Industrial Relations from Warwick University, from where she also graduated the Institute of Personnel & Development. She possesses a Diploma in Management and is also qualified as an Executive Coach.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Holding down twin careers for most of her working life, she is a local authority manager by day and until recently was also  a visiting lecturer at a City university. She taught post-graduate programmes in management.  She also delivered evening classes in assertiveness and confidence building.

Her voluntary roles have concentrated on improving women's career prospects.  She was a Women's Facilitator for Birmingham City Council between 1987 and 1992, encouraging female colleagues to break through the 'glass ceiling'.  She also mentored female under-graduates for the Industrial Society's Women into Management programme, besides mentoring on the international ERASMUS programme for visiting female students.  She currently acts as an Inspirational Leadership coach to senior executives in local government.

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