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Alicia Thomas-Woolf is a South African publisher, author and singer-songwriter (under the artist name 'mist tree').
She has been involved in businesses in one way or another since the age of six (folding and packing jerseys and tracksuits in her father's company), had a poem published in a newspaper (the Star) at the age of eleven and has held a weird variety of jobs, including cleaner, waitron, secretary, marketer, baby-sitter, event coordinator, recruitment agent, management consultant, communications lecturer, NLP Practitioner, hostel manager, sales person and general dogsbody in warehousing - and those are only the ones she remembers. She and her husband, Andrew Thomas-Woolf, initiated TEDxJohannesburg and ran two events in 2009 and 2010. Alicia loves having light-bulb moments and the expression on other people's faces when they have light-bulb moments; most of what she does reflects this delight in communication and growth. She is happily married to her first husband and together they have 2.3 children (a girl, a boy and a cat).
You can read more about her work on her website: http://aliciathomaswoolf.com
Read her blog: http://aliciatwblog.tumblr.com/
And discover books she loves here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/32951199-alicia-thomas-woolf?shelf=favourite-books-of-all-time
on Sep. 06, 2014 :
The introduction to the character of Jane immediately caught my attention, and I never could shake the sense there was something deeply disturbing about her mother.
The idea of using the mirror at home and the mirrors at the hair dresser's as a means to gain clarity and free herself from her mentally ill mother's clutches was absolutely fantastic.
And the revelation by the mother about the first ten years of Jane's life left me stunned. The "surprise effect" was great.
Her awakening and growing awareness of her self made you rally behind her. Thus, with a little unexpected help from strangers, she frees herself and triumphantly leaves behind that horrific prison to follow her dreams.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)