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The Last Supper: The Truth about Weight Loss Surgery by Deborah Fletcher


My book is my life and soul on paper. I thought weight loss surgery would give me a life where I'd be accepted by society because I wasn't accepted as the morbidly obese girl. I thought I'd find love and peace and success through being Slim. I underwent weight loss surgery with no therapy or psychological assessment in 2002. Weighing nearly 300lbs. In eight months I lost 170lbs and went from invisible to centre stage literally. I was a singer in a band and I went from the big girl in the band to the slim and very visible. The reality was I was the same messed up person on the inside complete with excess skin and health complications. It took me 10 years to become my own therapist without support. I went through depression and contemplated ending my life many times. Full of overwhelming thoughts of self-hatred and not being good enough. In the first 10 years after weight loss surgery, abusing food was no longer an option for me so I unknowingly started cross addictions, Binge drinking, excessive shopping, dysfunctional relationships, strong painkillers you name it I replaced food with these other addictions. Then my life took a turn and I discovered the law of attraction and began to heal and I started to believe in myself. I challenged and overcame self-limiting beliefs and achieved things that I had only dreamt of.

Deborah Fletcher

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Through Sweat Tears and Triumphs, Reflections on the African Caribbean Presence in Walsall

Launching on 10th August 2017 6.30pm at The New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands



Who Will Wipe Away My Tears? A Mother’s Journey by Angel Shalom



Angel Shalom – Author, Poet and Illustrator

I am a mother to three beautiful children, who are my life. We have been through many fun times but also many trials.

We face personal battles of affliction, nevertheless we are survivors. I am formerly a Nursery Nurse and spent most of my working life and personal life raising my own and many other children.

Abuse, pain and grief played a very big part in my life and has made me into the woman I am today. As the journey on after the grief, that ripped my world apart, creativity has become a part of my healing.
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My aim is to encourage healing through creativity.


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This story is an extraordinary and compelling account of the greatest human instinct ~ a mother's love, triumphing over betrayal and loss. Clearly written, the heartfelt words will deeply connect the reader with her circumstances. Althoughmostly heart wrenching, there are moments of comedy which lighten the reading experience adding a much needed breath of fresh air, hope and anticipation. Happier times and laughter prove to be the medicine that keeps the family afloat.

We are allowed insight
in to the private perceptions of motherhood from the eyes of a young woman whose brokenness becomes her strength and eventually gains her freedom from an abusive relationship. Her ability to remain thankful despite her circumstances is a positive theme throughout and her decision to become a Christian deepens this position even more.

God’s grace throughout the final months of her son’s life enables the family as well as herself to face a terrible chapter.

Hope is restored. Promises are kept. Reconciliation Made.

Beautiful poems throughout give the reader even greater insight into her experience.


Review by Fiona Thompson
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Karen Johnson Out of The Corner released 17th June 2017

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