Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has donated most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart.
This fascinating memoir, read by Dame Stephanie herself charts her life from her time as a child in Germany and arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee through to her retirement and dedication to charity.
This amazing audiobook will take you through the entire range of emotions - from happiness at the success of her original company Freelance Programmers through to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child.
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It is easy to forget how far we have come as a society, both in dealing with women's issues and in how we care for individuals with disabilities. Shirley describes her journey through both as a female entrepreneur and parent of a child with severe autism. She is surprisingly transparent about her experiences. That level of honesty is quite captivating.
The beginning of the story was gripping, as Shirley described her early life as a child as a member of the Kindertransport program and the rejection by her mother, as well as the starting of her business.
As the book went on, it became slightly long and main themes were repeated over an over. Although I understood Shirley's feelings of betrayal by some of her colleagues, it made for a less interesting and inspiring experience as the story went on. It could have done with a little bit more editing, as there were clearly times where she re-read sentences of the book because of a fumble, and the duplicates should have been edited out but were somehow missed.
A must read for all young girls! This books is a true testament of hard work and the human spirit. Dame Stephanie Shirley is a true pioneer in the field of tech, innovation is simply having the mind of a Gardner. You must go though life planting seeds that you will later on harvest. Incredibly story, highly recommend!!
The candidness of what life really looks like, and the struggle behind reaching your goals.
I'm listening to the book a second time. Its a book I want to listen to slowly to catch every sentence.
"Thank you for telling your story"
I feel indebted to Stephanie Shirley for sharing such a frank, meaningful and moving story. It was well worth the large time investment. Highly recommend.
"Exceptional book, exceptional life."
I learned about Dame Stephanie Shirley from a TED conference. Her speech motivated and moved me on many levels and I was left wanting to find out more about this remarkable woman.
I read this book knowing little about Dame Stephanie and have finished it feeling like I have known her for many years.
The book is far beyond what Dame Stephanie has achieved, it's personal, heartfelt and thought-provoking. From the unlikely success of a home-based business back in the sixties; to living with and caring for an autistic son and of course not forgetting the traumas of being a child refugee. For most people this in itself would be a full life but Dame Shirley goes beyond, just when you think there is nowhere else to go, to become one of the greatest philanthropists of our time.
I have loved every page of this book and only wished there were 10 more chapters.
Dame Shirley if you ever read this I really think you should set up a fan club because I would be right there at number one!
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