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and 25 chapters, the book takes you through specifi c topics in fi ne-tooth comb detail. These include the kinds of questions to ask prior to planning any event, a breakdown of all the factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as speakers, catering, travel arrangements and meetings technology, plus negotiating with suppliers and dealing with event insurance. There is also information on


MEETING & EVENT PLANNING FOR DUMMIES by Susan Friedmann (£14.99)


This handbook is a practical, step-by-step guide to the


strategies and techniques that event planning professionals use to bring people together. Divided into an introduction, seven parts


LEISURE


SKINNYDIPPING by Bethenny Frankel


(Simon & Schuster, £7.99)


Bethenny Frankel is best


known as the creator of the Skinnygirl health brand, and has just written her fi rst novel. Faith Brightstone is an aspiring actress who relocates to LA to make it in show business, but soon returns to New York to start a vegan muffi n company. However, she lands a spot on a reality TV show, with the chance to work at Sybil Hunter


Enterprises. Sybil is a legendary businesswoman with her own show – this would be the ultimate prize… This book is a


light-hearted, don’t-need-to- concentrate read before you go to bed, or ideal when travelling to work. Hopefully, there will be more adventures from Faith to come. Donna Coulling, Celebrity Personal Assistant


THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø (Vintage Books, £7.99)


Further to fi nishing Stieg


Larsson’s awesome Millennium trilogy,


I needed something as gritty and twisted to get my teeth into. ‘The Snowman‘ follows Detective Harry Hole as he trails a serial killer who makes a snowman wherever his prey has been taken. The plot is full of twists and turns, and continues to amuse and excite to the very end. Alongside the charismatic yet stubborn alcoholic, the complex


Detective Hole, there’s a smattering of sex and intriguing sub-plots that is prevalent in several of Nesbø’s other books. I would recommend this if you love a


gruesome thriller with a touch of the ‘unputdownable’. Emma Kernan- Staines FAPA, DipPA, Personal Assistant to Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, The Football Association


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alternatives to meetings such as email, intranet and video/ teleconferencing, as well as common mistakes to avoid – signing contracts that lack specifi cs for instance, or neglecting contingencies. This comprehensive resource is suitable for even the most novice planner and is written with PAs fi rmly in mind. Colette Doyle, Editor, PA Life


boss’s workload, but the management of projects, teams and new recruits. Advice is pragmatic and


THE DEFINITIVE


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & MANAGERIAL HANDBOOK by Sue France


(Kogan Page, £16.99)


Sue France is one of the grande dames of PA training.


This alternate version of ‘The Defi nitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook’ shows how far she has come. As the title indicates, the focus is responsibility not just for your


straightforward, but it will take a role with a large amount of independence and control to follow Sue’s tips on how to manage a team, recruit future candidates, assess the performance of others and coach them accordingly. Sue’s approach is no-nonsense and straight to the point, so whether you manage people or not, there is plenty of excellent strategic guidance. For those seeking to take on higher levels of corporate responsibility, this is a fantastic grounding. Nicole Holgate, Features Writer, PA Life


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