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LifeBook™ Surprise   
Description LifeBook Surprise is for someone special. 
A beautiful gift of interviews with friends, family and loved ones to create a special hand-crafted tribute.
Our books are created from 4 or more separate interviews resulting in 2 hand-crafted copies that will be treasured forever.
Team Project manager, interviewer/ghostwriter, editor, typesetter and proofreader
Number of contributors 4
Number of interviews 4 x 45 minutes
Contributor edits 1 each
Interview style Skype or telephone
Number of books 2
Single-page tributes written by friends or family, including 1 photograph each 5
Length of project 6+ weeks
Book style Hardback, linen-bound and section-sewn
Pages (up to) 80
Words 10,000 to 12,000
Photographs (up to) 40
Deposit + 2 x £333 instalments £333 [add_to_cart id=”1196″]


Full Payment Offer
** Special Offer if you choose the one-off full payment you’ll receive 3 extra copies worth £180. That’s 5 copies in total.
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Additional contributor 1 x 45-minute interview
20 pages
10 photographs
1 extra book
Extra single-page tributes   £50
Extra hardback books   £75
Extra paperback books   £15

* all times are estimates
All autobiographies are priced for the English language and are zero rated for VAT.
Extras may be purchased with order or prior to completion.

Book enhancements

We have a number of ways in which we can further enhance your book

There may be times when an author has more to say or more photographs to include than would normally fit into the standard product. These can easily be added to the LifeBook™ by purchasing extra pages at a reasonable cost. Additional pages come as a set of four pages as standard.

We have a range of other enhancements that we would be happy to discuss with you, please get in contact and we’ll be able to help.


Ref 001 – Basic fact checking

We will employ an editor to check all the basic historical, geographical and cultural facts within the LifeBook™. Whilst most people remember much more than they realise, often it is easy to get names and dates slightly wrong. Recording that WWII ended in 1946, or that it was Henry Wilson rather than Harold Wilson, could be an embarrassing slip-up that is easily avoided.


Ref 002 – Additional books

If you would like to give your autobiography to family and friends, we can order as many additional copies of your LifeBook™ as you like. Just let us know how many you need and, once we know how many pages the completed book will be, we will be able to quote you a price.


Ref 003 – Gift packaging

Would you like the copies of your LifeBook™ to be sent to family and friends in lovely gift packaging? Each book will be placed in a presentation box and will include a card, upon which you can leave a personal message.


Ref 004 – Family tree

Build a basic family tree that can be printed in your LifeBook™ as a pull-out. This can include four or five generations (typically grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren) and shows direct lineage only. Each entry records the name, dates of birth and death, gender and marital status.


Ref 005 – Transcribing/scanning letters and other text

You may find that you have other material you would like to include in your LifeBook™ that does not result from the interviews, but is nevertheless important to you. Perhaps it’s something you wrote long ago or a speech you gave? Or you would like some precious letters transcribed and included as an appendix? Let us know your requirements and we will give you a quote.


Ref 006 – Background research

Whilst the memories included in the LifeBook™ may be intriguing and unique to the author, why not place them into their larger cultural and historical settings? Employing a skilled researcher and writer to supplement the LifeBook™ and to help explain periods of history or items referred to in the text to a wider (and younger) audience, we will work on the text and provide new, originally-written material that will help create a backdrop for the rest of the book.


Ref 007 – Family history research

Additionally, you may be interested to find out more about your family’s background – where they came from, where they moved to and what they did. Ancestry research is now more popular than ever and will help establish the LifeBook™ in its correct place in history – and record more than just one life for the generations to come. This additional research can vary in the time it takes and the results achieved so is thus open to negotiation.


Audio highlights CD

To read the LifeBook™ of a loved one is a very special experience but, should you wish, you can also hear those stories in the author’s own voice with an audio highlights CD.

Each person’s voice is so distinctive; we all recognise our loved ones when we hear them on the phone. What a joy to keep hearing that distinctive voice forever.

LifeBook™ has teamed up with a production company that has over 50 years of experience in broadcast productions for well-established clients such as the BBC. With the author’s permission, they listen to the LifeBook™ interviews and edit them down to a 60-minute highlights CD for future generations to enjoy.

You will receive two copies of the CD, which begins, ends and is highlighted throughout with carefully selected and appropriately placed music for added ambience.

The distinctive voice of the author can be heard and shared for years to come, adding a whole extra dimension to your LifeBook™ experience.





Ref 101 – Photography session

Would you like a professional photograph taken to place inside or on the dust jacket of your LifeBook™? Many people have lovely snaps but rarely today do people in their later life have professional studio-quality photographs taken. We will arrange for a professional to visit you in your own home and take a series of photographs, from which you can select your favourites to use in the book. You will then be given all of the photographs for you to use as and when you wish.


Ref 102 – Photo enhancements

Many old photographs will look wonderful in your LifeBook™ but the occasional few may need some enhancement. Our professionals can remove cracks, spots, shadows, fading and many other imperfections that are the inevitable result of the toll time takes on your treasured photographs. Why include a second-best image in your LifeBook™? Have them altered without any fuss and we can even give you a brand new print to keep.