The ACW Biography and Memoir

Deacon by Design by Gill Deacon

A personal story about vocation and ministry in the Church of England, the ups and downs of an Anglican deacon. Sounds very dull … but it’s a page turner and reads like a novel. The story of how God encouraged the author over the years in a ministry which is very little understood and accepted in the church.

Between the Mountain and the Sea

Memoir of being a child on the island of Tristan da Cunha. Written by an author who lived there in the 1950s for 5 years. An unique childhood.

Still Emily by Emily Owen

Emily Owen was a multi talented teenager. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Over the coming years, NF2 would steal her education, her smile, her hearing, her ability to walk.  With gentle humour and heart-breaking honesty, Emily shares her story. Slowly and painfully, she discovers value in new places, seeing the rainbows in the silence.

No longer I? by Howard Webber

I have something I need to say before you go. You are the worst officer this corps has ever had.” Those harsh words of indictment, spoken in judgment at the end of Howard Webber’s first Salvation Army pastorate, set the tone for his compelling lessons in practical Christian discipleship woven throughout the pages of ‘No Longer I?

Finding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye

Think Michele Guinness meets Bill Bryson. Finding Myself In Britain is a witty, insightful look at faith, identity and the quirks of British life by a stranger-turned-friend. 

Funnily Enough by Sophie Neville

The illustrated diary of a single girl aged thirty who returns to live with her eccentric parents after being diagnosed with a mystery illness akin to ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While languishing in Gloucestershire, Sophie has time to contemplate issues of friendship, family and faith, as she takes a quirky and at times hilarious route to recovery.

The Making of Swallows and Amazons

Life as an ordinary school girl changed dramatically for Sophie when she was cast as Titty alongside Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Suzanna Hamilton in the original movie of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. While living out Arthur Ransome’s epic adventure in the Lake District, Sophie kept a diary chronicling life on a film set in the early 1970s when eating fruit was a treat and disasters were an almost daily occurrence. 

Ride the Wings of the Morning

A conventional English girl arrives in South Africa to help a friend run horseback safaris and ends up driving medical supplies to an orphanage in war-torn Mozambique. This true story is told through correspondence sent back and forth between Sophie and her family in England.

Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.

Hurry Up Nurse by Dawn Brookes

The book follows the author’s experiences as she and her friends come to terms with the non-stop hustle and bustle of hospital life. Bestselling memoir following the ups and downs of a trainee nurse in the 1970s. It is written with humour and candour but also a great deal of compassion.

Hurry Up Nurse 2 by Dawn Brookes

This sequel to Hurry up Nurse: memoirs of nurse training in the 1970s, follows the author to London in 1980. From the first night when they econter ‘Screaming Girl’ and cockraoches in the kitchen, these nurses know they are in for challenging days ahead. 

Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean? by Fran Hill

‘Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?’ is being published in May 2020 and is a funny, life-affirming memoir of a typical year in a teacher’s life in which it’s not only the pupils who misbehave. It’s available from SPCK Publishing, from Amazon, or from most other major bookshops. More information available from 

The Overcomer by Peculiar Medinus

Testimonies of God’s mysterious intervention that will boost anyone’s faith. Every reader in a deplorable state will be able to counteract every ‘casting down’ mentality with a ‘lifting up’ mentality.

Walking Back to Happiness by Penelope Swithinbank

What if backpacking across France could change your life? Two vicars, their marriage in tatters with wounds reaching deep into the past, set out on a journey to find healing and restoration. In this book, part travelogue and part pilgrimage, you will discover more about yourself and what’s really important to you – and whether they did manage to walk from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic at their great age!

Picked for a Purpose by Mel Menzies

Testimony. Reviewed by Rev Jeff Lucas and Rev David Coffey OBE, this is my life story, showing how God sowed seeds, and helped me bear fruit through times of hardship. Each chapter has questions to help readers see their purpose in life.

Healed Within by Mel Menzies

A young woman whose hectic social whirl in Ecuador, ends with a broken marriage and, at the age of 29, a brain tumour – trauma, until she meets with God.

The Girl in the Drawer by Dee Larcombe with Ronald Clements

Dee Larcombe was born in Hong Kong just before the Japanese army invaded in 1941. She spent 3 years in an internment camp and her childhood in one of the George Muller childrens’ home. She and her husband, Geoff, served with Regions Beyond Missionary Union in India; Dee working as a nurse in a leprosy hospital. Despite adversity and poor health, she has found a way to forgive those who ill treated her. 


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