2018 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL HONORS “YOU WERE BORN TO SPEAK” FOR TOP PRIZE


LONDON_ A man who learned to overcome his fears of public speaking and find success is the top prize winner of the 2018 London Book Festival, which honors the best of international publishing.

Author Richard Newman’s You Were Born to Speak (self-published) takes readers on a quest to overcome a crushing fear of public speaking and discover the secrets of successful communication.

Newman’s adventure reveals the insights he gained while living in a Tibetan monastery in India, where he learned non-verbal communication from monks, then studying storytelling and stage presence at a prestigious London acting school. The resulting lessons gave him the confidence to go on and give 1000 business presentations for a Formula 1 racing team and teaching 50,000 clients all over the world.

His remarkable journey is a captivating book that will help anyone overcome their barriers to success.

Other winners in the competition:

SCIENCE FICTION

WINNER: Destiny: Part 2 of the Liberty Saga – Rita Chapman

RUNNER-UP: The Exigent Earth – Beverly Knauer and Murray Rosenthal


CHILDREN’S BOOKS

WINNER: Fly Possum Fly – Grant Maloy Smith

RUNNER-UP: Sabrina’s Book – Sabrina Runyoun/Ashley Teets, illustrator

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Dilby R. Dixon’s Time Dreamer – Tony J. Perri
  • Casper and Jasper and the Terrible Tyrang - Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
  • Crazy Crab – Mark C. Evans, illustrated by Steve Page
  • Daisy, Bold & Beautiful – Ellie Collins
  • La Petite Josette en Provence – Ashley Davidson-Fisher
  • Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows – J.M Bergen


BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

WINNER: Conceivability: What I learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility – Elizabeth Katkin

RUNNER-UP: Amsterdam Exposed – David Wiener

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • To the moon and back: a child under the influence- Lisa Kohn
  • Rat Pack Party Girl – Jane McCormick and Patty Wicklund
  • No Man’s Compass – S.D. Hines
  • Hatching Charlie: A Quest For Happiness and Meaning – Charles C. McCormack
  • Boss Nova Odyssey – Michael N. Graham
  • Malka’s French Soldier – Herburt Ausubel and Stephanie Ausubel


SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS

WINNER: The Leper Messiah – R.M.L.

RUNNER-UP: Stellar Destinies – Dr. Beatrix Czeizel and Aniko Gresko

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Mary Poser – Angel A


GENERAL FICTON

WINNER: The Other Side of Tomorrow – Milton Lyles

RUNNER-UP: Three Shoeboxes – Steven Manchester

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Executive Force – Gary Grossman
  • Sons of My Fathers – Michael S. Simpson
  • Pathfinder’s Passage – Frank B. Mitchell
  • Shadow of the Fall – Aaron T. Brownell
  • A Line Intersected – David Grant Urban
  • Billy Gogan, American – Richard Higgins
  • It’s About Luke - Gwenyth Snow
  • Justice – Jay Lillie
  • Bloody Coffee – Michelle Dim-St. Pierre
  • Klaus Revelation – Alan St. Jean
  • Who Are You, Trudy Herman? - B.E. Beck


YOUNG ADULT

WINNER: Tasman: An Innocent Convict's Struggle for Freedom – Paddy Eger

RUNNER-UP: Divide et Impera – Jim West

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Jurassic Earth: Renegades – Logan T. Stark
  • Ollie the Owllama – Kim Wilson


GENERAL NON-FICTION

WINNER: The Little Love That Could – Pamela Capone

RUNNER-UP: Retire Securely – Julie Jason

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Teens and the Job Game: Prepare Today / Win It Tomorrow – Beverly Slomka
  • Big Things Have Small Beginnings – Wesley L. Berry
  • Life Should Be Simple and Easy – Conrad Aquino and Brysone Miller


WILD CARD

WINNER: He Said It, I Didn't - A Biblical Book Report Brooklyn Style – Kennedy Ross

RUNNER-UP: Orope – The White Snake – Guenevere Lee

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Theories of Decay – Jane Frances Ruby


GENRE-BASED

WINNER: Oliver and Erica: When Friends Become Lovers – Desiree Span

RUNNER-UP: Next In Line – Richard L. Hatin

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • A Knife’s Edge – Elliot Parker


BUSINESS:

WINNER: You Were Born To Speak – Richard Newman

RUNNER-UP: Emergent Africa – Francis Mangeni, Calestous Juma

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • How I Bought 3 London Properties For A Football Ticket – Laurence Lameche


HOW-TO

WINNER: Mas Wow y Menos Oops – Gladys Mezrahi


POETRY

WINNER: The Last Jazz Fan And Other Poems - Kenneth Salzmann


UNPUBLISHED

WINNER: Angels in the Balance – Michael J. Ganas