The Very Alternative Guides

Congratulations! You’ve found us! A warm welcome to the homepage for The Very Alternative Guides – and our first publication, a ground-breaking new book about adjusting to life with spinal cord injury.

the very alternative guideThe Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury is a unique combination of health information, real life experiences and visual content. It breaks conventions by using humour to tackle issues that aren’t easy to discuss. Bright, eye-catching, funny and sarcastic…you won’t find a book on spinal cord injury like it anywhere. Learn more on this site, check the ordering page for a link to our shop, find out about the authors and see more here. Keep up to date with our titles by using the subscribe button below, and scroll down to read the latest news.

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In action!

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Nice photograph sent by Jonathan Fogerty of the spinal-cord injury charity Spirit, presenting copies of the Easy On The Eye book to staff at the Oswestry spinal-cord injury Centre. Jonathan has flagged the story up on the Spirit website.

Good to see one of our books ‘in action’ as it were! They will be used by staff and patients at the centre. The book was available just through mail order to begin with but is now being distributed through regular book channels. You can still order it through the publisher but now also via any book shop quoting ISB number 978-0-9561439-8-3

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Book shipping

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We are pleased to say that the first Very Alternative Guide is shipping now.  Everyone who pre-ordered the title will receive their copy in the next few days, and our thanks to everyone who had helped support this project by ordering.  There have been some really nice comments on the book from people who saw advance copies:

“I loved it. There is a depth and range to this book that belies its apparent simplicity.  It manages to be informative whilst also being  heartfelt & humorous.” (Dr Sophie Tegg, Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury Foundation NHS Trust.).

In the meantime if you have yet to get your copy you can go direct to our online mail-order site:

Shop Page

Visit the order page on this site for more information

Watch the promotional video

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Ready to order

The book went to the printer last week and we can now accept advance orders.  Stock is likely to be with us during September at the latest. Check out the ORDERING page on the site for a direct link to the online shop.

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The image shows the book pages laid out to test that the spreads match and work as they should. This is the final check before the book goes to the printers later this week.

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…spread out before me.

Getting the page order right for the book was crucial, and to achieve this black and white proofs were generated and moved about until the balance the authors were after was reached. Much more fun than moving files about on a computer screen!

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sorting the page order…

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Our book launches soon

very alternative guide to spinal cord injuryThe Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury is in the final stages of editing and proof-reading and will be at the printers during April 2015. Initial meetings with both patients and medical staff have shown a remarkable and very positive reaction to the book, which aims to help people through what is inevitably a traumatic period in their lives.

You can see some spreads from the title here, and read about the books here.

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