'It's Not What You Know' by Alan Newman, from Elstree, is raising vital funds for Peace Hospice Care.
Alan was a bookmaker for 60 years and his book depicts the characters he met over that time. Alan said: "The book is about my life, but it's not about me. It's a series of stories about the colourful characters I've met over the years and the core message is that gambling is an addiction."
Alan continued: "Initially I was writing for myself; I never intended to publish a book, but then my granddaughter's friends showed interest in my story and encouraged me to publish it.
"I'm delighted with the amount of interest the book has had. I have even had to get another set of books printed!
"I decided to donate the proceeds of the book to Peace Hospice Care, as my Wife was admitted to their Inpatient Unit last year.
"My Wife was in the Inpatient Unit for five and a half weeks; during that time I was amazed by the support she received. I really saw how much their staff would do for their patients and that there is no limit to their generosity and care. So I saw this book as an opportunity to raise money to help the Hospice.
"I never thought that anyone I knew would have to go to a Hospice; I didn't even know what a Hospice did. I always thought that a Hospice was for people who were terminally ill and that it was funded by the government. I was astonished to see their range of services and to uncover that they were in fact a charity!
"Every year Peace Hospice Care needs to raise £5 million to continue their services and I would like to help them as much as I can so that other families are able to access the same outstanding quality of care."
To buy a copy of 'It's Not What You Know' please visit: http://www.alangingernewman.co.uk/book/buy.
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