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BRIAN'S BOOKS

I've been writing books for over two decades now. Over 30 at the last count. And some have been translated into a variety of languages.

You never get rich from writing books (well I didn't anyway!) but for driving business your way they are invaluable, not to mention the enjoyment in doing the research and writing them.

Here is a selection of the stuff I have written. Many are now out of print, but can still be bought from the likes of Amazon.

Beijing in the Round

See Beijing as you have never seen it before!

'Beijing in the Round' shows the Chinese capital in a totally unique way.

Having spent seven years there, I accumulated many photographs during that time. Using photoshop, and other software programs, this eBook presents a new perspective on many sites visitors and residents have taken for granted.

Underground Art in the Beijing Subway

This is the first and only book to detail the artwork in ALL Beijing's subway (metro) stations. Over half of Beijing's stations (with more planned to open in the future) have artwork, including murals, sculptures, mosaics, lighting, calligraphy, and so on.

This book documents the stories behind much of the artwork and includes details of every single piece of artwork.

Blogger's Guide to Beijing

One of my favourite books that I wrote is a compilation - and update - of many of the blogs I wrote when living in Beijing.
Published as an eBook on Amazon, it comes as one large tome, as well as in five parts covering the north-east/west, south-east/west and central areas of the Chinese capital.

Complete with detailed how-to-get-there instructions for each and every venue.

Riyadh - Heart of Arabia

In 2011/12 I co-authored a coffee table book on Riyadh with Mohsen Al Dajani.:

Arab News wrote a review of the book in December 2012 which you can see by clicking here

(ISBN: 978-603-01-0376-8 - not found on Amazon)

 

 

 

 

Successful Public Relations in a week

My most recent book for Hodder was in the Teach Yourself series

 

Six Weeks to Professional Excellence

It was also included in a compilation 4-book volume

Press Releases and Newsletters
Great PR

I wrote a couple of books for Hodder's Bullet Guides series

CIM

One of the most productive publisher relationships I have had has been with Hodder (see below).

Many of the books were in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (previously called Institute of Management) and were translated into other languages.

Leaders of Saudi Arabia

Whilst working in Riyadh I helped ghost a book on Saudi business leaders for a French publishing house - Omnia International

Essential Riyadh

I was commissioned to write a book on Riyadh by Stacey International. After months of doing nothing, they passed it across to the Al Turath organisation in Riyadh who finally published the book in collaboration with Riyadh Municipality.:

Al Manakh 2

I contributed a chapter about Riyadh's museums to a book that documents the Gulf's coming of age

Public Relations in the Middle East

In 2006 I was commissioned to ghost a book about Public Relations for a Saudi, which he then translated into Arabic and passed off as his own work.
He never paid for it... so I now give it away to as many people as want it.
I also used it as an accompanying booklet for my training courses on PR that I gave in the Middle East:
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The Essential Guide to Saudi Arabia

I wrote this general guide to Saudi Arabia for the defence systems company BAE Systems when I was working for them in Riyadh. Published by Sarawat in Jeddah, it was used for giveaways to BAE's clients.

Critical Corporate Communications

In 2002 I wrote a book for the Confederation of British Industry (Publ: John Wiley & Sons) for their Fast track series

A Simple Guide to Visual basic

This book was translated into Polish, (ISBN: 83-7243-330-5, though it doesn't appear on Amazon)

A Simple Guide to HTML

A Simple Guide to e-commerce

Two of my last books for the Simple Guide series

 

 

eCommerce Without Tears

eCommerce was very much flavour of the month at the turn of the century, so I was asked to co-author this title

The Complete Idiot's Guide to e-Commerce UK

A UK version of a best selling American book on eCommerce was commissioned, which I helped write. There were major differences between what went on across the Atlantic.

A Simple Guide to Flash MX / 5 / 4

Having written a book about using Flash v4 for Prentice Hall, Flash 5 and then Flash MX followed in quick succession,

A Simple Guide to Quicken 2000 UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple Guide to Paint Shop Pro 6

 

The UK Business Internet Starter Kit

Prentice Hall is a subsidiary of Pearson - publishers of the Financial Times. Over three years I wrote 11 books for them.
Kicking off was a business version rewrite of a book by Rob Young

Essential Business Guide to the Internet

This was a rewrite of The Internet as a Business Tool for another Thorogood series, and this time it was a success!...

Business Planning & Raising Finance

This tome was apparently used as a text book at London University

 

 

 

The Internet as a Business
Tool

I wrote my first books for Hawksmere-Thorogood in 1997. The first was a disaster sales-wise.

The publisher priced it at £65 and tried to market it to Board Rooms. Sales bombed

Understanding Hysterectomy

This is the one book I (co)wrote that I have never seen published.

It was submitted to the publisher John Wiley; but though they designed a cover and have it listed, I'm not aware that it has ever seen the light of day.

Broadcast Passion

This was the very first book I ever wrote - a romantic fiction.

Mills & Boon turned it down ... hardly surprising when I reread it a few years later.

However, I have now revised all the text and it is published as an Amazon eBook under the pseudonym Sabrina Terl

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