Camino by Matthew Thompson

CAMINO BOOK coverCamino is a book of photography and is the result of several past pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient spiritual trek across northern spain, prior to any interest in photography, and then walking the Camino again twice as a photographer. The camino is a special place, a spiritual trek, both more solitary and contemplative, yet at the same time, social and communal, and is a rare place of community in an increasingly fractured world.

The book is hard-back, with sewn binding, dust cover, 112 pages.

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In addition to the book, in the spirit of the camino, I also offer original, limited edition, size A4, chromogenic prints, made in the darkroom, for whatever anyone wishes to pay for one, donativo. These can be obtained at:

Matthew Thompson Gallery


Title: Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions From Social Media by Nicole Delacroix

Front Cover ArtDiscovering eek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.

It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.

One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness. A foray into the inappropriate Sexual Confessional is a brash, unfiltered look at sex in the new millennium as seen by social media. A cautionary tale that warns “be careful what you ask the internet for, you may just get it…”


“What an amazing book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, just that it was humorous and featured sex. But I was blown away by the topics this book talked about, from what fairy tale character you’d want to have sex with, to how often people masturbate. The topics are really interesting, especially when you start comparing it to yourself. I actually laughed out loud a few times too. And for a 300+ page read, I finished this in record time.”

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Author PortraitNicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fueling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.

A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.

A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.

Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.

In the Belly of the Elephant by Susan Corbett

belly-of-elephant-COVEREverybody needs to run away from home at least once. Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world, but really she was running — running from her home as much as to anywhere. Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life or for a good man to share it with. In Africa, she hoped to find both.

  • Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant is Susan’s transformative story of what happens when you decide to try to achieve world peace while searching for a good man. More than a fish-out-of-water story, it’s a surprising and heart-rending account of her time in Africa trying to change the world as she battles heat, sandstorms, drought, riots, intestinal bugs, burnout, love affairs and more than one meeting with death. Against a backdrop of vivid beauty and culture, in a narrative interwoven with a rich tapestry of African myths and fables, Susan learns the true simplicity of life, and discovers people full of kindness, wisdom and resilience, and shares with us lessons we, too, can learn from her experiences.

    In the Belly of the Elephant captures the excitement, majesty, and sorrow of being young and working in a remote foreign country and will speak to anyone who is grappling with global humanitarianism. In her book, Susan Corbett repeatedly confronts timeless feelings of uncertainty– of guilt, insecurity, hopelessness– while proving that compassion, sincerity, and hard work can have a meaningful impact in a community. The characters in Susan’s book will leave you humbled and re-instill a desire for human equality.


    Because of her talent for imagery, I was able to experience every adventure with Susan (the author and main character of the book).

    I was with her in mud huts, military take overs, helplessly holding sick children, saving lives, romantic – and sometimes unromantic – encounters. I felt the angst that comes with wanting to achieve two divergent dreams in life: saving the world in Africa and starting a family in the U.S.

    Artfully woven within her candid stories is African folklore beautifully tying into the lessons she learns along the way.

    Photo with dogA writer, community organizer, and consultant in program management, micro-enterprise development, family planning, and HIV/AIDS education, Susan Corbett began her community development career in 1976 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working in a health clinic in Liberia, West Africa. In 1979, she joined Save the Children Federation as a program coordinator for cooperative and small business projects in Burkina Faso.  In 1982, Susan returned to the States where she has worked with local non-profits in drug and alcohol prevention for runaway youth, family planning, homelessness prevention, and immigrant issues.Susan has traveled to over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Caribbean, and Central and North America and has lived and worked in ten African countries over the past thirty years (Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, The Gambia, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Liberia). She lives in Colorado with her husband, Steve, her sons, Mitch & Sam, and her dog, Molly. 
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The Pain Companion by Sarah Anne Shockley


The Pain Companion is a practical guidebook to chronic pain management and chronic pain relief based on the author’s 8 years of living with debilitating nerve pain. It offers suggestions for a natural healing path through pain which minimizes hardship, and creates more ease and well being on a daily basis and helps relieve the impact that chronic pain has on well being, self-image and relationships. Includes 33 specific suggestions for holistic chronic pain management which can help alleviate pain’s emotional, mental, and physical stresses, and 11 simple meditative exercises to change the relationship with pain from enemy to ally in healing.

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The Pain Companion: Practical Tools for Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain

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Paperback, 180 pages, $14.95, Kindle Edition, $5.99
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A native of Connecticut, Sarah Anne Shockley is a multiple award winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance. She has traveled extensively for business and pleasure. She holds an MBA in International Marketing and has worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration. As the result of a work related injury in the Fall of 2007, Sarah contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and has lived with debilitating nerve pain since then. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her son.
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How To Analyse People by Martin Lewis

1This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to recognize and understand non-verbal language and use them to your advantage.

It will show you how a better understanding of the unconscious language can give you the leverage that you need in daily life situations. With this book, you can make accurate analysis of what drives other people when they do the things they do, simply by reading what their unconscious gestures are trying to say.

By learning what non-verbal gestures mean, you would be able to decipher clues that would lead you into learning more about the people around you. At the same time, this book will also let you know how you can improve your relationship with others by learning how to communicate better through the right non-verbal gestures.

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Private Playground – journeys through law by AJ Waheed

playgroundfinalPrivate Playground – journeys through law

Who’s really in charge at today’s law firms? Are the guardians of the law now putting profit before morals? Why has the Middle East become a playground for the legal elite? How can you go from being a high-flyer one day to being thrown under a bus the next? And can you really lose your job over an innocuous email?

The financial crisis of 2008 has changed the nature of the world’s largest law firms. The power of partners has given way to the rise of the senior management team. A trend that, at times, has produced the real ‘silent killer’ of the legal profession.

In Private Playground, AJ Waheed provides the insider’s view of these developments. Working in Dubai, as a senior manager at the heart of one of the region’s largest law firms, she witnessed how changes in management structure has led to a subsequent decline in morals and culture, eventually leading to a Sunday from hell. You will meet the good, the bad and the ugly of a law firm and experience the sometimes surreal way such organisations are run.

Waheed also provides an overview of the current legal world: and describes how and why it’s changed. Dubious practices are highlighted in two case studies covering the collapse of a billion dollar global law firm and the abandonment of a partner by his own colleagues.

Informative, funny and, at times, shocking, Private Playground is an expert summary of the legal world as well as a personal journey through the inner workings of a modern firm. It is a book that will open your eyes to how the law really works in today’s world.


An Interesting Year by Nick Weatherhogg

An_Interesting_Year_ImagePublisher’s Taglines: Most people, famous or not so famous, have at least one bizarre or surprising facet to their lives – all we needed was someone to research and collate them. Did you know that Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother, or that Edwin Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon? In this unique collection of fascinating trivia, ammunition for any pub quiz participant, every day of the year boasts a birthday, a passing, and a random fact, with quotations from each person featured, a photograph, and a summary of their claim to fame. Statistician Nick Weatherhogg’s lifelong obsession with gathering unconsidered trifles has produced this interesting and strangely compelling collection. A yearbook for anyone who finds lists irresistible.

From the author: I love facts. The more surprising, the more unusual, the more bizarre – the better. For anyone who loves interesting trivia this is the book for you. Over 1000 facts to amuse, to bemuse, to quote, to enjoy. Read the book as novel …. read it as a diary (just read the page for that day) …. read chunks …. dip in and out …. leave a copy in the toilet for those times of delay! Up to you – any of these would work. Not only fascinating, but very flexible!

For every day of the year there are two people and one fact – one page per day. The two people are one born on that date, and one who died on that given date. For each of the people there is the briefest of biographies for each, a random / bizarre / surprising fact about each, and a quote from each. And then the day ends with a fact for the date, which has nothing to do with the people. For example ……

Rod Stewart (Roderick David Stewart) was BORN on 10th January 1945.

Famous as a British singer-songwriter and one of the best selling artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

And did you know …… he signed professional terms for Brentford football club as a junior, and had to clean the boots of the first team.

He said: “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house”

Brian Clough DIED on September 20th 2004 (aged 71)

Famous as an English footballer and football manager. As a player Clough was a prolific goalscorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 league goals from 274 starts, and winning two England caps. Best remembered for his highly successful time as manager of Nottingham Forest, winning the European Cup twice

And did you know …… he was Head Boy at his secondary school, and was more interested in cricket than football

He said: “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but then again I wasn’t on that particular job”

FACT: And did you know, the first English child born in North America on August 18th 1587

QUIZ. The answers to all these questions are found in An Interesting Year …. plus loads more interesting facts.

1. What did Leonardo Da Vinci use to study human anatomy?

2. What was tennis star Goran Ivanišević’s pre-match ritual?

3. What, according to Peter Sellers, is like a “television on honeymoon … unnecessary”

4. What were Albert Einstein’s first words?

5. What footwear did Peter Cushing wear for the filming of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

6. How did Rasputin die?

7. Where was ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev born?

8. Oscar Wilde once claimed ““Women are made to be loved, not …… (what?)”

9. What job did Woody Harrelson’s father do?

10. President JFK (Kennedy) used to occasionally telephone Judy Garland. Why?

11. What did Clint Eastwood do when his plane crashed in the sea?

12. What animal was Australian daredevil Steve Irwin frightened of?

13. How often did Charles Dickens brush his hair?

14. What football team did Des O’Connor play for?

15. What was Che Guevara’s nickname as a young man – and why?

16. Bing Crosby was offered the title role in Columbo, but turned it down. Why?

17. Who did Charles Tombe of Sudan marry in 2006?

18. Benedict Cumberbatch spent some time teaching English … where?

19. Who was fired from The Times for making up a quote as a trainee reporter?

20. What two things did Joan Crawford change about her estate every time she married (4 times)


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