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.

Coping With Life’s Clutter by Lauren Suval

12045712_732314723565020_4100737064821622356_oCoping With Life’s Clutter is a collection of pieces, originally published on Psych Central, that emphasize what it means to cope with life’s stressors; that highlight how we can navigate our way through suffering.
Many of the author’s ideas are rooted in personal truth; it’s Lauren simply trying to sift through her own experiences in order to make sense of the world. She sincerely hopes that this short guide can inspire that in you, too.
Genre: Non Fiction/ Psychology/ Personal Development
Lauren Suval is a writer living in New York. Her writing encompasses articles on psychology as well as personal narrative and creative fictional pieces.
Lauren is a graduate of Hofstra University, where she studied journalism and psychology.
Lauren holds a B.A degree in Print Journalism.
Twitter Handle: @LaurenSuval
Amazon Reviews: 
1) Many worthwhile life lessons to absorb and review. Well-written and authentically expressed with relevant personal insights.
2) Very interesting and insightful book about coping with heartbreak and loss. Love all the pop culture references the author intersperses with her writings. Helpful tips for anyone going through personal growth challenges after suffering from some significant stress/pain in their lives. Lauren Suval says she’s in her twenties, but her work here suggests she’s way beyond her years.
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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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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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Overcoming Anxiety by David Berndt, PhD

Overcoming Anxiety

Need help with anxiety? The good news is that anxiety can be overcome without depending on medication.

Psychologist David Berndt, Ph.D., in Overcoming Anxiety outlines several self-help methods for relief from anxiety and worry. In clear simple language and a conversational style.

Dr. Berndt shares with the reader powerful step by step proven techniques for anxiety management.

You will learn:

A Self-hypnosis grounding technique in the Ericksonian tradition.

Box Breathing, Seven Eleven and similar breathing techniques for anxiety relief.

How to stop or interrupt toxic thoughts that keep you locked in anxiety.

How to harness and utilize your worries, so they work for you.

Relief from anxiety through desensitization and exposure therapy.

Designed to be used alone as self-help or in conjunction with professional treatment Dr. Berndt draws upon his experience as a clinician and academic researcher to give accessible help to the reader who wants to understand and manage their anxiety.

About the Author:

David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological Services. He also contributes to several psychology websites including

Praise for Dr. Berndt’s work:

About the Multiscore Depression Inventory:

“A textbook example of how to create a psychological test.”

-Oscar Burrows Mental Measurement Yearbook

About Overcoming Anxiety

“Dr. Berndt is a creative and forward-thinking psychologist who has contributed to advancing psychology both with his research and clinical practice. He has helped countless patients with their depression and anxiety, and his conversational and accessible style of writing makes Overcoming Anxiety a book you would want for your top shelf.

– Charles Kaiser, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the College of Charleston

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Shoot First: Code of the News Cameraman by Hank Schoepp

CoverCameraman Looks Back On Covering History of News in San Francisco

Veteran news cameraman Hank Schoepp, who worked for San Francisco’s KPIX channel 5 evening news from 1968-1997, has released a memoir on His book covers a one-of-a-kind view on some of the biggest stories of that time. Many books have been written by and about broadcast journalists with interesting things to say. And yet few have spoken on behalf of those who perform on the other side of the camera lens. Finally, that voice is heard loud and clear with SHOOT FIRST: Code of the News Cameraman.

Author PicGetting the pictures and bringing them back in time to air on the news often posed challenges, and Schoepp vividly recalls them with the stories behind the stories. A few among the many include tear gas attacks during student protests and rioting at U.C. Berkeley; the kidnapping saga of Patricia Hearst; the search for a vanishing school bus, driver and 26 children in Chowchilla, California; the aftermath of a mass suicide of over 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana; and rushing to the city hall murder scene of a San Francisco mayor and supervisor.

Shoot First: Code of The News Cameraman is a time capsule peak into the history of San Francisco news, from a Videographer, in a world that existed before cell phones and digital film.


“Insightful TV News Memoir – Read It” – Andrew Hill
“‘Shoot First’ strikes at the heart of TV News” – Mike Lee

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