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Blogging assignment: Underwater Channel Swimming, In Search of Miracles with Indian Gurus, Hanging out with James Caan and Tea With The Maasai … “You Have Not A leg To Stand On” a real life book by DD Mayers

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AUK is a small independent publishing company publishing a number of biographies

What is the blogging assignment?

We are looking for bloggers to review the following book. We will send them out immediately and ask that you post a review on your blog during the month of January 2016. We will send you one book, and if you run a giveaway of a copy of the book on your site then we will also send a copy to the winner when you provide us with their name and address .

We ask that you post links to your review across social media (Twitter, Facebook and anywhere else appropriate) and also to the giveaway where possible.
We would also like to you attend a book reading where possible and a limited number or Author Profile interviews are possible.

The Book

“You Have Not A leg To Stand On” a real life book by DD Mayers
Underwater Channel Swimming, In Search of Miracles with Indian Gurus, Hanging out with James Caan and Tea With The Maasai …

At thirty-two and at the peak of health, D.D. Mayers lived in a Kenyan paradise with his beautiful wife. Until one day in 1976, a tragic event that would change their lives forever, an accident left him paralysed from the waist down, destined to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Mayers takes the reader on an emotional yet witty and amusing tour of his life, from an idyllic childhood set against the backdrop of the Kedong Valley, nestled in the side of the Great Rift Valley that carves its way through East of Africa, starting in South Africa and ends engulfing The Red Sea; “where every day was a beautiful day”. A place so beautiful it was chosen as the location for the 1966 film Born Free – in part filmed on this parent’s plantation and farm.

Through to his emergence as a young man who somehow finds himself earning money as a professional actor, appearing under the name of Dennis Ford with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London. Although in a very lowly position, it did include a tour around Europe. Appearing in Troilus & Cressida, Revengers Tragedy, and Bartholomew Fair along side about forty budding actors before they became household names including Norman Rodway, Michael Williams, Ian Richardson, Alan Howard, Patrick Stewart and Dame Helen Mirren.

Drawing upon his skills honed as a schoolboy and part of the Guinness book of Records team supporting Jane Baldasare and her husband, the first person to swim the English Channel underwater. He even secured a film role alongside Hollywood legend James Caan in Submarine X1 and along with that role he managed to secure the hand of his wife in a marriage, a marriage that spans the best part of five decades.

After moving to London for a number of years, the draw of the wild overwhelmed the nomads and the couple return to Kenya – only for them to experience a life-changing event. Mayers’ storytelling throughout the book takes you through the author’s despair and feelings of worthlessness, via the Middle East, India, Africa and back again to London all the way through to a final, peaceful contentment.

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all good book stores.

Twitter : @ddmayers01

What type of blogs are you looking for?

We are looking for Book, Travel, Film, acting and lifestyle blogs.

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How might you compensate the blogger?

Getting to keep the product

How else might you compensate the blogger?

You are welcome to attend a number of book readings in the UK in December and in US in Q1 2016 Date to be confirmed and subject to availability

When would the blogger need to complete and publish the blogging assignment by?

1-2 weeks after receiving the product/item to review or email agreement to proceeded.

Assignment close date:

28th Dec 2015

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