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At LifeBook, we are fortunate to have people who are very gifted with the written word. Many of them have a background in journalism, and, from time to time, they contribute articles reflecting on topics relating to our services and general life observations.

The perfect lockdown project

Jan 27, 2021

Remembering the Holocaust Victims

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. We set our busy lives aside and remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. At LifeBook we have several authors whose families were affected by the Holocaust. Susan and Ian Goldsmith wrote their memoir Survival and Success in 2019.

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Jan 11, 2021

The Perfect Lockdown Project Made Easy – Free Tablet Provided

Looking for something meaningful to do? Always wanted to write your memoirs? Since March 2020, we have a Covid-19 safe and simple process. To remove any technology challenges our budding authors might have, we are now providing free tablets that are pre-loaded and connected to the internet. It is time to tell your story.

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Dec 30, 2020

Closing 2020 With Forbes Interviewing LifeBook’s Founder

Is it possible to end 2020 better than LifeBook’s founder Roy Moëd being interviewed by Elaine Pofeldt for Forbes? The article “This Entrepreneur Has Built A Fast-Growing Business Helping Elderly People Tell Their Stories” is centered around how Roy’s father Jules inspired him to set up LifeBook in 2012.

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Dec 22, 2020

We Wish You All a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

They say hindsight is like 20/20 vision but 2020 is a year we may try to forget. Having said that, there have of course also been wonderful moments this year. All of us at LifeBook wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and health and happiness for 2021. It will take strength and courage to make sure the future will be a better place.

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Dec 11, 2020

A Unique and Personal Christmas Gift – a Memoir

How do you go about finding the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones? A gift that is unique and special? The holidays are around the corner, and that means we are all making our lists, checking them twice, and racking our brains for gift ideas for those who managed to earn a coveted spot on the list of “nice.”

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Dec 8, 2020

Historically speaking, today’s Christmas festivities are luxurious

Many of our LifeBook authors grew up during the Second World War and, in their memoirs they describe the typical Christmas celebrations of the time. Even if many of us struggle with the restrictions Covid-19 imposes, today’s Christmas festivities are, in comparison, a luxurious affair for most people.

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Dec 3, 2020

LifeBook’s founder on BBC Radio Talking About Loneliness

Stephanie Hirst, BBC Radio Leeds, recently invited LifeBook’s founder Roy to talk about how writing a memoir could give lonely and isolated older citizens an interesting project to work on. Roy spoke about how his father Jules got his appetite for life back when he wrote his memoir “Life Is For Sharing”.

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Nov 23, 2020

Was Thanksgiving Always a Time for Sharing & Giving?

As with any traditional event, customs change over the years, and gifts are becoming popular at Thanksgiving. Customised and experience presents are particularly favoured as many people move away from material possessions. Perhaps, you want to express your gratitude to a loved one with a memoir this year.

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Nov 19, 2020

LifeBook on Business Without Bullsh*t’s Latest Podcast

Roy had a great discussion about how we have pivoted our customer journey since the beginning of the pandemic and his passion for tackling loneliness. Not only does a LifeBook memoir provide a meaningful project during the Covid-19 restrictions but the team also stays in touch with former customers living alone.

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Nov 4, 2020

Writing Your Story: The Perfect Winter Project

Writing your autobiography or memoir with LifeBook is the perfect winter project that will put a smile on your face. It means regular conversations with an interviewer chosen just for you. It’s a chance to look back and reflect. It’s a project that can occupy as much or as little time as you like.

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Oct 28, 2020

Precious Memories of Multicultural Lives, New and Old

It is often said that Britain is a country built on immigration and it is certainly true that over the millennia, the country has seen the influx of people from around the world, all of whom have shaped British society.

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Oct 15, 2020

How Can We Combat Loneliness in Older Adults?

With the world facing many more difficult months in its battle with Covid-19, the population of elderly people who live both inside and outside care homes will continue to be seriously affected by one of the most mentally debilitating scourges of modern life – loneliness.

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Oct 2, 2020

LifeBook in the Good Company of Poirot and Others on ITV3

As a result of triple-digit growth since our campaign The Gift of a Lifetime started in May, we are now adding ITV3 to the media mix. Since we are all about storytelling, we are thrilled to be in the good company of household characters like Hercules Poirot, Vera, and Inspector Barnaby.

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Sep 30, 2020

Barbara Thompson’s Autobiography and TV Appearance

Barbara Thompson MBE is a legend of the global jazz scene, and her career has spanned nearly five decades. Her influence will continue throughout 2020, with the release of her autobiography, upcoming appearance on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E, and the continued appeal of her music.

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Sep 11, 2020

LifeBook Participates in the Leaders Council Podcast

Roy was invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with legendary Sir Geoff Hurst. Host Matthew O’Neill explored Roy’s views on leadership and the impact Covid has had on LifeBook’s business.

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Aug 25, 2020

Making Memories by Travelling – the History of Air Travel

In the past 70 years, the prevalence of affordable air travel has led to a seemingly smaller globe as people of all ages have the opportunity to travel. Retirees especially, who may have never been abroad until well into adulthood, are discovering the world and building memories.

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Aug 14, 2020

VJ Day: Remembering Those Who Fought in the Pacific

While Europe had been fighting the Nazis on home territory, another limb of the war was being simultaneously fought many thousands of miles away in the Pacific. This conflict ended on 15th August 1945. This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

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Jul 31, 2020

What is a Memoir? Is it The Same Thing as an Autobiography?

At LifeBook, we’re often asked what the difference is between a memoir, an autobiography, and a biography. Although there are differences, a LifeBook can be whatever you want it to be. The beauty is that, however you refer to it, it is your story, captured for generations to come.

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Jul 24, 2020

Harvesting Revolution Since Our Authors’ Farming Childhoods

Over the years, LifeBook has helped many autobiography authors who grew up on a farm. When they were children, harvesting was a very manual affair. Today, technology has enabled a different, and very efficient, practice.

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Jul 15, 2020

LifeBook Donates Memoir to Coutts Covid-19 Auction

Covid-19 has dramatically changed our lives. The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a Covid-19 appeal in which Coutts is participating and is matching every pound raised. LifeBook is donating a project package worth £7500.

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Jun 29, 2020

The Gift of a Lifetime TV Campaign Expansion

Following the successful start across the Sky Network, we are now expanding our TV campaign to Talking Pictures, Eden, Alibi, and TCM Movies. The creative has been done by Grainger & Wolff, production by ScubaBoy, and planning by SmartResponse.

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Jun 19, 2020

Autobiography Photos: Today and Tomorrow

In our modern world, we are surrounded by images. In fact, we are almost obsessed with images. Furthermore, smartphones allow everyone to snap photos in an instant and immediately share them with friends, family or even the world at large through the medium of social media.

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Jun 10, 2020

LifeBook’s Transition to Remote Interviews

I love telling people about my job as an editor for LifeBook. People are, without fail, fascinated by the idea and overwhelmingly positive. The phrase I hear more than any other is: “I wish I’d done that for my parents/grandparents. They used to tell me these stories and I never really listened, but now they’re gone I wish I had listened and made a note of them.”

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Jun 4, 2020

Lifebook’s Radio Campaign Launches Today

You can hear our new radio ads on Virgin, talkRADIO, talkSPORT and talkSPORT2. The creative minds behind the spots Grainger&Wolff and the production was done by GuiltFree. A special mention to the fabulous kids in the spots, Florence, Mabel and Randy, who enabled us to record in the producers’ home studios during the lockdown.

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May 14, 2020

LifeBook’s The Gift of a Lifetime TV Ad Launching May 15

LifeBook is back on TV with its new campaign, The Gift of a LifeTime. The first of a series of TV ads for our campaign The Gift of a Lifetime is being launched across thirteen TV channels tomorrow. Channels include Sky News, National Geographic, Discovery History, and CBS Justice.

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Apr 30, 2020

Our New Campaign, The Gift of a Lifetime, Has Commenced

We are very pleased to announce that we have just launched our new campaign: The Gift of a Lifetime. The campaign will be seen across TV, magazines, and print. Based on in-depth interviews with current and potential customers, the campaign is anchored around why it is important to write an autobiography.

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Mar 31, 2020

How We’re Adapting to Challenging Times

It’s more important than ever to have positive projects to focus the mind. The team has adapted to working from home and the company has adopted a new way around dealing with the issue of social distancing: we will temporarily be switching to remote video interviews. This way, we can continue helping you writing your life stories.

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Mar 17, 2020

Our Covid-19 process keeping authors and project members safe

All employees have moved from the headquarters in England and Indiana to work remotely, and they continue to deliver the beautiful memoirs our families deserve. In order to protect both our authors and their interviewers, we are using our video interviewing technology, allowing our projects to continue without interruption.

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Jan 17, 2020

LifeBook on the BBC, 16th January 2020

BBC recently invited Roy to discuss the growing interest in writing memoirs and autobiographies. He also shared how it all started when he wanted to capture his father Jules’ stories and sent his personal assistant to document everything. After Jules’ book was finalised, he wanted to help others with their memoirs.

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Dec 10, 2019

LifeBook Author Richard Maylam Visits The Office

At LifeBook, we’re lucky that our authors often pop into our offices. It might be to see finished memoirs prior to beginning their own, to meet with their project manager, or to collect their finished books. That’s exactly what Richard did, he was keen to return to LifeBook to thank the team personally.

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Nov 18, 2019

Brexit and the Goldsmiths: When Change is the Trigger

For the past three years, the UK has been in political turmoil following the referendum that has led to Brexit and for one author, Ian Goldsmith, it was that potential for unforeseeable change that provided the trigger for creating his LifeBook, which he wrote in conjunction with his sister Susan Ramsdale.

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Aug 20, 2019

World-renowned Ghostwriter Andrew Crofts Visits LifeBook

Andrew Crofts is a world-renowned ghostwriter, and he recently visited LifeBook. He chatted to LifeBook’s founder Roy about the use of ghostwriters and the private autobiography industry as a whole. Andrew was most interested in the way LifeTime Memoirs separates the interviewer from the ghostwriter.

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Aug 15, 2019

Personal Delivery to Flower Specialist Geoff Spriggs

LifeBook’s founder Roy and members of the production team went to visit Geoffrey Spriggs at his business, Spriggs Florists, to personally deliver the copies of his memoir and to interview him about his experience. He also shared the story of when he met the Queen while working at Buckingham Palace.

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Jul 23, 2019

So, You’ve Retired? What’s Next?

If retirement is just around the corner, congratulations! After years of hard work, you have reached the third phase of your life when your time will It is an opportunity to start new projects allowing for continued personal growth and maintained mental health. Writing a memoir is a truly enjoyable, and often cathartic, exercise and a great gift for family and friends.

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Jul 17, 2019

LifeBook Event: Alan Beckett The Moat House Acton Trussell

With incredible generosity, LifeBook author Alan Beckett arranged an event to celebrate his memoir project and promote the LifeBook experience in the Staffordshire area. He invited his project team, and LifeBook’s founder Roy, to speak and to have an exquisite lunch with 120 of his close friends and associates.

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Mar 7, 2019

LifeBook Celebrates the Amazing World Book Day

World Book Day is upon us, and we here at LifeBook couldn’t turn down a chance to don the garb of our favorite literary characters. We love the work World Book Day has done for many years promoting reading amongst young children. Do check out their website and grab some £1 book tokens to share some stories of your own!

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Feb 27, 2019

Joanna’s Experience as a LifeBook Interviewer

Starting a journey with LifeBook can feel a little daunting for new authors, but when they discover I share their passion and commitment, the respect and trust between us build. As the weeks roll by, our bond grows and we find ourselves greeting each other like old friends. It is a blessing and a privilege.

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Jan 17, 2019

Bryan Bates’ LifeBook Reveal

Every time a LifeBook memoir author visits us is a cause for celebration, but Bryan’s visit was particularly special as, upon collection of his newly created memoir, he would become our fastest-ever author to print his (having only invested in the private autobiography 21 weeks prior to his visit!).

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Jan 15, 2019

Nigel Gray’s LifeBook Reveal

Another autobiography was added to our LifeBook library recently. A professional photographer, Nigel’s book features magnificent photo collages of some of his best work; not forgetting to mention that he is the proud owner of one of our favorite LifeBook dustcovers. Nigel is also one of the faces in our TV campaign.

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Jan 11, 2019

LifeBook: The Glory of a Story

In these digital days, we’re bombarded with selfies, tweets, text messages and voice messages. As a ghostwriter for LifeBook, receiving a fresh 90-minute interview with an author gives me permission to mute my iPhone, unplug all my devices, don a pair of headphones and tune into the pleasure of listening, as a person, dips back into his or her past.

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Dec 14, 2018

A Life of Change – My Experience as a Ghostwriter

The authors whose memories I’ve helped to write for LifeBook come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some grew up ‘making do’, while others had well-off parents; some had easy childhoods while others struggled. However, one thing mentioned by nearly all of them is how things have changed during their lifetimes.

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Dec 13, 2018

Roy on Alan Wick’s New Radio Show, Real Business

LifeBook’s founder Roy Moëd was invited for an interview by Alan Wick for his new radio show, ‘Real Business with Alan Wick’. This new exciting show aired on 25th November on 107 Meridian and is broadcasted at 5 pm on the last Sunday of every month. Alan talks to entrepreneurs from various business sectors.

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Nov 27, 2018

How to Create Your Life Story in Three Simple Steps

If you’re thinking about how to create your life story, a little bit of planning can make the process simple and enjoyable. There’s often a pattern when authors begin the process of writing their life stories. First, they don’t know where to start. Then, they cover every major milestone as if crossing a stream by jumping boulder to boulder.

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Nov 21, 2018

Remembrance Celebration by Invitation of the Queen

LifeBook project manager Nathalie Garcia talks about a project she initiated making a documentary called WAR TOWN, which looks at the British Army history, military architecture, sports in the military and the civilian stories, all set in the small town of Aldershot between 1914–1918. The project got her an invitation from the queen.

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Oct 26, 2018

Ghostwriter Fay Wrixon talks about her work with LifeBook

One of our most accomplished writers, Fay Wrixon, came to visit our Godalming office. Fay wanted to discuss a new bespoke project she is about to begin with LifeBook. Fay has written many books with us in her capacity as a ghostwriter and wanted to meet more members of the growing LifeBook team.

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Sep 7, 2018

Author Alan Beckett – My Recollections of the Filming

Alan Beckett, LifeBook author, shares his experience of filming our TV commercial and his experience of working with his dedicated project team. He sums it up with: “I might not be the most important client of LifeBook, but everyone there has always treated me as though I am – it’s been wonderful and thank you”.

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Sep 6, 2018

LifeBook Supports Local Historian Paul Vickers’ Book Launch

LifeBook’s Natalie talks about hers and Paul Vicker’s involvement in The EDGE Project. The project uses film, photography and media to engage young people to run initiatives based on the historical heritage of Aldershot and, in particular, the home of the British Army. EDGE supported Paul Vicker’s book launch to thank him.

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Aug 10, 2018

A Project to Live For – Caring For Ageing Parents

We are very grateful for all of the support YPO has provided. Our founder Roy Moëd, a member of YPO, has been promoting the private autobiography journey as ‘A Project to Live For’. Among other things, YPO produced a video capturing the essence of LifeTime Memoirs and Roy’s passion for caring for aging parents.

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Aug 3, 2018

LifeBook Completes Their Latest Corporate History: SteelFab, Inc.

From Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers, the story of SteelFab, Inc. is a highly illustrated corporate history that chronicles the rise of what began as a small family business in ornamental handrails in the 1950s and is now a leader of the steel fabrication trade. It was the first American corporate history project the bespoke team completed.

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Jul 20, 2018

The 147th Open is Upon Us!

Golf fans across the world turn their attention to the UK in anticipation of the 147th Open. Competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport, golf’s best from all corners of the globe have converged in their attempts to attain the Claret Jug (not to mention the £1.42 million for the winner). One of LifeBook’s own will be in Carnoustie to watch the final two rounds.

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Jul 13, 2018

What Does it Take to be a Good LifeBook Interviewer?

On the face of it, interviewing might seem like an easy job. Surely, anyone can ask questions and listen to the reply? We have key selection criteria but the overriding principle is to provide an interviewer to whom the author will feel comfortable revealing their innermost thoughts and personal details.

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Jul 5, 2018

Happy 102nd Birthday,Ralph!

The LifeBook team was delighted to wish Ralph Etigson a very happy birthday recently by gifting the centenarian two new handmade copies of his autobiography “Who am I?”. Ralph, who has just turned 102, was thrilled to receive his books, and he particularly enjoyed looking through the book’s photos. Ralph’s autobiography was one of LifeBook’s first projects.

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May 28, 2018

LifeBook Does the Magnificent Royal Wedding

The Royal wedding fever hit the UK on 19th May and everyone is still talking about it. The LifeBook barn is buzzing about who wore what, how incredible Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked together. Everybody loves a royal wedding, as evidenced by the legions of well-wishers who lined the streets of Windsor.

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Feb 14, 2018

Capturing a Life Story – Maud and Mum

Emma Lowndes, blogger and caregiver, shares what she thinks is one of the most important parts of a care plan: the bit that attempts to convey a little of the life history, passions, interests and preferences of the person being cared for. That way, helpers don’t just see an ‘old person’; they see the individual. When she is of age she’ll commission a memoir.

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Feb 7, 2018

Disrupting Technologies: A Project to Live For

We are very grateful for YPO’s support of LifeBook’s quest to help people supporting their parents better. Roy, our founder.  was interviewed by YPO for their website about what inspired him to start LifeBook. It’s great to see such an amazing organization showing an interest in Roy’s campaign to help people care for their parents.

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Feb 5, 2018

LifeBook Author Derek Abbott Visits The Office

With Christmas and New Year behind us, what better way to start off January than with a visit from one of our very early LifeBook authors? Derek Abbott and his wife, Ruth, visited the office to sign a copy of the new edition of his memoir for us. Derek’s new edition was the first using Mohawk paper and being linen-bound.

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Jan 31, 2018

Reflections on Dementia, by Harvey White

Harvey White became consultant surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital in 1976, and later held similar positions at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, and The London Clinic. Harvey has also been much involved in charity work. He has kindly shared an editorial about dementia that he has written from personal experience.

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Dec 7, 2017

LifeBook author Lore Graham visits the office

Lore Graham and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, who had commissioned the project visited us at the office. She was given the project as a gift and initially, Lore wasn’t sure she could fill a book. However, with the help of her interviewer Sorraya and the rest of the team, the book took shape over the next few months!

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Nov 28, 2017

LifeBook is Currently Experiencing its Busiest Christmas

With Christmas rapidly approaching (only three weeks to go at the time of writing!), we here at LifeBook are currently experiencing our busiest Christmas production schedule yet. Unfortunately, Santa is too busy to help with our deliveries this year, but at least we’re now on first-name terms with our couriers.

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Nov 20, 2017

LifeBook – Tour of McLaren Technology Centre

Our founder Roy took part of a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre as part of an Institute of Directors event aimed at inspiring businesses in Surrey. The day included presentations by Simon Turner of  Driving for Better Business and Rob Melville, McLaren’s Design Director, plus a fantastic tour of the factory.

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Nov 9, 2017

Roy’s Story – Helping the Elderly

We are very honored that LifeBook’s founder Roy has been included in Dr Tamara Howard’s new book, “Putting the soul back into business”. Tamara’s book is a documentation of a common phenomenon sweeping the world of business – the search for meaning and soul. Many companies are now seeking to be guided by an overarching purpose beyond profit.

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Nov 6, 2017

Strike A Light – Arts & Heritage

We at LifeBook are proud to support the Strike a Light arts and heritage community that relentlessly works with children and community groups, such as Croydon Council. Strike a Light aims to strike a balance between art and heritage in a community-minded way that teaches and inspires, whilst helping to revitalise public spaces.

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Oct 19, 2017

LifeBook, a Lasting Legacy – Dreaming a Nation

Dreaming a Nation, which follows the life of Sir Frederick Smith and charts the independence of Barbados, was produced by LifeBook for Sir Frederick’s family and the book is also available to buy via Amazon. This fascinating memoir has gotten raving reviews which we would like to share with you.

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Sep 27, 2017

Corporate History – LifeBook CustomBespoke

Having captured the fascinating story of the growth of one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world, we are now at the exciting stage of editing the manuscript. The recently retired chief executive has been here at the LifeBook office to give instructions to the editorial team to ensure his company’s story is perfectly told.

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Aug 7, 2017

LifeBook – This Photo Sums Up Why We Do It

A huge thank you to Tom and Viebecke Vraalsen, who sent us this wonderful photograph upon completion of Tom’s LifeBook project in July and kindly gave us permission to post about it. We love to hear from our authors once their projects have completed and the books have been circulated among family and friends.

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Jul 20, 2017

LifeBook’s a great way to capture your memories

One of LifeTime Memoirs’ authors explains how she believes that the regular 90-minute interviews were just the right length so that she didn’t get tired or lose concentration. They also enabled her to check on the writing as it evolved and meant she could add things she had forgotten to say the first time she was interviewed.

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Jun 13, 2017

BBC Radio 4 Presenter Nick Baker Visits LifeBook

LifeBook was featured in “Niche work if you can get it” on BBC Radio 4. The program was transmitted on the 17th January 2018 on BBC Radio 4. Nick Baker and his producer Leanne Coyle came to interview our founder Roy and other team members about the niche work they do and the service we provide.

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May 18, 2017

Reasons to Give Dad a LifeBook™ for Father’s Day

Anyone looking to find a special gift for their father will know it is not always easy to come up with a gift idea that he doesn’t already have. Dad is most likely the sort who has already bought everything he needs – including your intended gift! What about a memoir? It is a very unique and personal gift for your father.

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May 15, 2017

LifeBook Charity – An Evening With Chickenshed

LifeBook was delighted to donate a memoir project for the Chickenshed Grand Auction to raise money and support their pioneering work through theatre and music! Many of the people Chickenshed have helped over the years were present at the auction and shared their amazing stories. Stories perfect for a memoir.

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May 3, 2017

The First Greek LifeBook – An Opus Odyssey

Caroline, LifeBook bespoke project manager, elaborates on why she decided to join LifeBook in October 2015. With an academic publishing background and a love for history and literature, it was a perfect fit. Last year she got the opportunity to manage a very interesting project. An autobiography written in Greek.

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Apr 26, 2017

The Amazing Story of Former Broadcaster Julie Coker

Every life story of our authors is fascinating and provides an important insight into each family’s history. LifeBook is proud to have been involved in the family autobiography of Julie Coker, former Nigerian television broadcaster and founder of the Richard Coker Foundation charity supporting anemia research.

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Apr 20, 2017

Bespoke LifeBook: Love and Laughter in a Suitcase

LifeBook was honored to welcome Virginia Bayless and her daughter Brenda to the office for a coffee and cake presentation. Brenda’s final manuscript was over 152,000 words. We upgraded her memoir to our beautiful larger format hand-bound and stitched linen book and it is one of the biggest books in our library.

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Apr 13, 2017

Recipe for Ageing Well: The Ingredients

Afraid of the ticking clock? Not sure you’ll be aging well? The LifeBook team offers eight suggestions on how to age well: use it or lose it, embrace the senior moment, old dogs new tricks, a change is a good as a rest, there is more time than you think, tasks of aging, sandwich generation, and eat drink and be merry. Start practicing right away.

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Apr 11, 2017

The Very First LifeBook: Jules Moëd, Life Is For Living

Jules talks about his memoir and the story behind the title “Life is for sharing”. “I wasn’t too ambitious, I decided that life was for living. I didn’t work too late or come in too early. I had a nice business, I didn’t have sleepless nights, and I just ran a business. I didn’t make big profits but enough to live on and I was happy that way.”

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Apr 10, 2017

A LifeBook Autobiography – A Gift with Real Meaning

An autobiographical journey can bring renewed purpose and inspiration to older people. Moreover, all of the people who have gifted a LifeBook project to a loved one express the joy it has given the family, probing fascinating discussions and enabling amazing discoveries about the past.

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Apr 7, 2017

LifeBook’s latest project: “The Real Life of Brian”

The LifeBook team is very proud to announce the completion of Brian Hallard’s autobiography “The Real Life of Brian”. The project was gifted to Brian by his two sons who were present together with Brian and his wife Diana when he was being presented with his finalized copies in the library of a lovely private club in central London.

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Apr 3, 2017

Ghostwriting Services – Barry Hughes

I have been making a living from writing for over 50 years, Indeed thinking about it, the importance of the written word to me goes back nearly 70 years as I am a product of Urdd Gobaith Cymru – the Welsh League of Hope – and I have a group picture including me, aged 5, having won some poetry prize – and I am not the youngest in the group!

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Mar 30, 2017

Memoir – First Memories

Often the place to start when planning your memoir is to cast your mind back to your very first memories. Nobody really knows how those first memories cement themselves in your mind, but they often make for some great reading! My earliest memory was a time pottering around the kitchen at three years old, whilst my mother was sitting on the floor.

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Mar 16, 2017

LifeBook – A Legacy Lived, A Legacy Shared

Experience the journey of a LifeBook autobiography by listening to testimonials from our clients, interviewers, and ghost-writers. We come across many reasons why our clients want to create or gift an autobiography, but whatever the motivation it can be cathartic and enlightening to be interviewed about your own life.

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Mar 3, 2017

Top Tips For Autobiography Writing

With these steps complete, you’re ready to get started on creating a written record of your life, that lasting legacy to pass on to your family and friends. If you feel you can’t manage that task unaided, our team at LifeBook will be happy to offer you all the support you need, from words writing, design, typesetting, and printing.

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Feb 27, 2017

The LifeBook Experience – Your Memoirs

Perhaps you have always wanted to write your memoirs but have never found the time or maybe you have suggested to a relative that you would love to hear all about their life. LifeBook makes capturing your memoirs easy and enjoyable. With the help of the project manager and other team members, we make the process run smoothly.

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Feb 21, 2017

Your Life Story & My Role As LifeBook Editor

At LifeBook, my role as an editor is not typical nor entirely conventional when it comes to that kind of work. Yes, quality control is important, but, unlike conventional editing, it is not my place to decide what is included or left out of a memoir. That decision is down to the author. Each memoir reflects the author’s life story as they see it.

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Feb 21, 2017

Fascination With Diaries

The Diary of Anne Frank, the Diary of a Nobody, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13½, The Diary of Samuel Pepys – just four of the hundreds of diaries, fact and fiction, that have fascinated and entertained – and sometimes educated – us. A diary can be a window to the soul or a record of events – or perhaps both. Why not start your diary today?

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Feb 17, 2017

From the Queen’s Coronation to My Grandma’s Biscuit Tin

Everyone has a story to tell and, yes, yours is every bit as interesting as anything you’ll find on the shelf in your nearest bookshop. Your life story is shaped by your experiences, your memories, and your own stamp on social history. Think about how many millions of people would recount the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II differently.

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Feb 16, 2017

Precious Memories and Cherished Values

What do we really know about our grandparents and parents? A comment I hear so often is: “I know so little about my grandparents and even my own parents’ lives. What made them the people they became and what choices did they have to make in their lives?” When I read my mother’s memoir as an adult I understood where the root of her anger stemmed from.

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Feb 16, 2017

When LifeBook Ghostwriters Hear Voices

To be a successful LifeBook ghostwriter, it’s essential to have the ability to capture and maintain the storyteller’s ‘voice’ throughout the book. Consider the difference between a biography and an autobiography. In a biography, there’s a distance between the writer and the subject. The opposite with an autobiography.

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Feb 15, 2017

LifeBook’s Founder Talks to Alara Kap from Based Istanbul

Alara Kap talks about how he fell in love with LifeBook during a family gathering where he found himself listening closely to the story of Roy Moëd. He likes how, from the first words to the first heartbreaks, unkept promises to kept secrets, LifeBook reveals as much as one is willing to; without any judgment or prejudice.

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Nov 11, 2016

Forgotten War Stories Brought Alive with the Help of LifeBook

The best history books are packed with first-hand accounts, detailed anecdotes, and unique perspectives that reveal real human life stories from a distinct period in time. As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the memories of those who have lived through times of war are firmly at the forefront of the nation’s minds.

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Oct 13, 2016

The Times Visits LifeBook

Dave Waller from The Times visited LifeBook’s head office in Godalming for an interview with founder Roy Moëd. The interview resulted in David’s article “For everybody’s life story, there’s a ghostwriter”. He was intrigued by the titles of the memoirs in the bookshelf, including Unfinished Journey, I Hate Ships and Oil Companies.

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Jul 22, 2016

LifeBook Joins Reader’s Digest’s Latest Podcast

In Reader’s Digest’s latest podcast, LifeBook is in the good company of best-selling novelist Santa Montefiore, who talks about her new book Daughters of Castle Deverill, singer-songwriter Harriet and debut writer Kit de Waal. Moreover, the editorial team discusses the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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Jul 22, 2016

A LifeBook Record – 608 pages

John Franklin popped in to sign the copy for our memoir library. He sets the record with his very long and interesting memoir. Whilst our normal books are usually around 160 pages long with 60 photographs, at 608 pages and with numerous photographs, letters and documents, The Weaver and His Crinoline Lady is our biggest LifeBook memoir yet!

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Jul 6, 2016

BBC: Recording Your Life Story in a Book Just Got Easier

We were very honored to be featured in BBC’s article “Memoirs are no longer just for the rich and famous” telling the stories of memoir gifters Ali Levin and memoir author Ichko Gombodorj. The article also covers the inspiration behind the company and how the LifeBook expert team delivers the service.

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Jun 10, 2016

Father’s Day – A Unique Gift for a Unique Father

It’s hard to buy a Father’s Day present for a man who has everything. LifeBook specialises in helping people to record their life’s journey—a tangible embodiment of personal triumphs and hardships. For Bob and his sister, it was exactly the unique gift they were looking for to give to their 70-year-old father, Tom, based in Florida.

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Mar 4, 2016

Telegraph Subscriber’s Corner Competition Winner

Congratulations to Bob Pryor, winner of the Telegraph Subscriber’s Corner Competition. Bob won the opportunity to have his autobiography produced by LifeBook. He was presented with his prize by LifeBook’s founder Roy at Cambridge Meridian Golf Club with his close friends and family.

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Apr 28, 2015

Story That Will Transcend Death’s Divide

On the plus side, Grant Branton lives in a beautiful house with a view of Brighton’s seafront from his front door. The less good news is that he has terminal cancer and is not sure how long he has to live. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he has found his own special way of fighting back. He is writing his autobiography.

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Jan 14, 2015

Do You Want to Write Your Own Life Story?

Are you considering writing your life story? Are your family and friends constantly nudging you to get your act together and pen your autobiography? Is the idea of it compelling but a bit daunting? Have you tried but do not know where to start? We have put together a few questions that will help to get you into an autobiographical frame of mind.

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Oct 9, 2014

Family History Experts Findmypast Partners with LifeBook

Findmypast and LifeBook Partnership just announced their partnership. A match made in heaven. LifeBook helps you create your own personal history, to pass down to future generations, and with their searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion family history records, Findmypast has all the records needed to fill in the details.

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Jan 28, 2014

What’s Your Legacy? Tell Your Amazing Story with LifeBook

When I began this review, all I had was a white box that said: “You´re Amazing”. It took me a little longer than usual to figure out what this was all about. It was only when I saw the end result, that I was able to fully appreciated how meaningful and personal this luxurious gift, a memoir, is for anyone.

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Nov 21, 2013

The Last Months with My Dad Inspired My Business Idea

Roy Moëd’s, Founder of LifeBook, story caught the attention of The Daily Mail. Roy talks about how an exercise to put purpose back into his dad’s life and give him a reason to look forward to tomorrow led to the idea of LifeBook. The interviews for his memoir quickly became the highlight of his father’s week.

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