The Stourbridge author’s self-help book receives top ratings on Amazon

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A RETIRED Stourbridge banker received five-star reviews for his debut book after realizing his lifelong ambition to become a published author.

Andrew J. Mullaney published his debut book “Haven’t You Been Told You?” Is it all a game? in September and only received five-star ratings on Amazon.

Family man Andrew, who lives in Pedmore, wrote the self-help book based on life experiences of himself and others after retiring from a 35-year career at Lloyd’s Bank in May 2019.

In the last few years of his career, he has been seconded to Business In The Community, one of the Prince of Wales’s charities, as a Business Connector for Dudley, which gave him a passion for giving back and helping improve the lives and wellbeing of Others.

This led to his helping out on many projects, including social enterprise and young people development. He became a founding member / vice chairman of the board of directors of Stour Vale Multi Academy Trust and acted as mentor to the CEO from January 2017 to December 2020 and he continues to mentor people.

In the meantime, he’s been writing his book, telling what life is like a game of snakes and ladders – full of quick wins and inevitable traps – and offering advice on how to play the game and become the best version of yourself.

Aimed at mentors, mentees, and those on a journey of personal development, it features anecdotes and interviews, including the inspirational stories of four of life’s local winners – Dudley council member Steve Waltho MBE, disability activist Ceri Davies BEM, Karl Denning and Frankie Graham.

Cllr Waltho said he was “immensely proud” to be introduced and Andrew, 57, of Thurleigh Close added, “Life stories like Steve, Ceri, Karl and Frankie need to be told because they are role models among us my opinion.”

The book published by Troubador is available on Amazon, the paperback costs £ 10.99 or directly from the publisher – https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/self-help/didnt-anyone-always-tell-it- all-one-game /.

However, getting the book out was more about impact than selling for Andrew, who is married with two grown children.

He said, “I wrote the book to hopefully change the stars for the better of some of those who read it. Self-publishing is rarely done for financial return or reward. This was a calling for me and one that I have answered and run to. ”

25 percent of the proceeds from the book will be donated to charity, Andrew added.


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