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About


Find out all about Book of My Life's experienced, professional memoir and biography writers.

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About


Find out all about Book of My Life's experienced, professional memoir and biography writers.

Alison Vina, founder

 Alison Vina, director of Book of My Life
The past may be a foreign country, but its citizens are really just like us. I love finding out about the lives of people whose hopes and dreams were similar to mine but who faced different challenges because of the time in which they were born.
— Alison Vina

I established Book of My Life in 2007 and have since overseen the production of dozens of biographies for people across the UK. Past clients include the late Frank True, businessman and founder of the Luncheon Vouchers Company; Graham Walker, businessman and yachtsman who led a bid for the America’s Cup in 1986; and singer Elizabeth Osborn. But I am interested in every life story, not just those of the successful or the famous.

I have a degree in English literature and worked as a writer and editor for over a decade for publishers including the BBC and Egmont before launching Book of My Life. During my early career I wrote many short stories for children before changing my focus to the stories of those with rather more life experience. These days, I work with a select group of professional writers, editors and designers to produce books of the highest quality for Book of My Life’s clients.


Would you like to write for us?

Book of My Life is looking for experienced writers to work on a project to project basis. If you are a published author or an established journalist with feature writing experience and have a knack for storytelling, please get in touch.


 
From start to finish, Alison, at Book of my Life was understanding, knowledgeable, patient and totally honest as she guided me through the process.
— Mike Gyles
 A life story book edited by Book of My Life
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Testimonials


Some of the positive comments that Book of My Life’s clients have made about its professional writers, editors and designers.

Testimonials


Some of the positive comments that Book of My Life’s clients have made about its professional writers, editors and designers.

some kind words from our clients

Thank you for all your hard work on this project and for giving Dad such joy on your visits.
— Mr J Sunderland, London
Mrs Roy feels her book looks so professional and just loves the finish of it. It has been a wonderful journey for her.
— Mrs H Arnot, Devon
The finished product is stunning. Mum was so thrilled to finally have it in her hand that she had a little weep (most unlike her!). She has been proudly giving copies to her friends and has been reading and re-reading it herself.
— Ms Jane Hemstritch, London
The book is so well produced I look at it still with wonder. Is that really me?
— Mr Charles Mayo, Cornwall
The quality is amazing! Thank you so much for all your help and kindness.
— Mrs C Smith, Hampshire
From start to finish, Alison, at Book of my Life was understanding, knowledgeable, patient and totally honest as she guided me through the process
— Mike Gyles
The book has arrived—what a superb job! I am delighted with it. Alison has a wonderful way with words. Her patience and dedication to detail were much appreciated. My family are thrilled and I am sure it will become a family heirloom.
— Derrick Rowe, Kent
Very professional with stunning results. My book is beautiful.
— Mrs B Pickersgill, Goole
When reading my husband’s autobiography, my family and friends said it was like having my husband sitting beside them, with a cup of tea, chatting away. They could hear him talking. From my point of view as the publisher, Book of My Life were supportive and kind every step of the way.
— Linda Hughes
[Writer] Michelle was wonderful with my 93 year old mother—extremely patient and understanding. The end result is a lovely book which is interesting to all the family—great grandchildren included!
— William Jordan
Excellent. We started this project just after my Mum’s death. In part it was to give my Dad a positive focus. He had spent a lifetime collecting info on the family and just didn’t know what to do with it. BomL tactfully nudged our thinking away from creating a ‘factual account’ towards telling ‘their story’—a love story. They started by interviewing those involved and collecting incidents and memories, and used these to craft a wonderfully readable story, illustrated by selected items from the papers and photos that had been collected. Dad died before it was finished but the end result told their story—something that has been shared with the whole family.
— John, Guildford
Very helpful and sympathetic to family issues and accurate with assessment of data provided.
— Mary Sherwin, Burbage
The Author did a superb job, from compiling information, writing and giving good advice on presentation, number of books. So I would highly recommend Book of my Life.
— William Jeffcock
I have just finished reading my copy of the book today and have been very impressed with the quality of the writing and the way the story is put together… it reads very well indeed.
— Mrs G Wilkinson, Leeds
Your service has been brilliant and we now have a fantastic historical family document which can be read by future generations.
— Mr Michael Sault, Essex
Alison listened most eagerly as over 70 years of my life unravelled. She kept my speech flowing, and deciphered my appalling handwriting with ease. At each of our meetings, Alison was always practical and considerate. I always looked forward to seeing her… My books are now printed and illustrated with selected photographs and will make excellent gifts for my three children.
— Mrs E Francis, London
We never ever thought that we could get such a superbly detailed and presented book—it is without doubt down to your skills and we are deeply indebted to you for everything that you have done from the very first time we made contact.
— Mr Nick Cutsforth, Lincolnshire
I really want to thank you for all that you did to get this book together. You really know what to do and how to do it.
— Frank True
We worked together for the best part of a year. Alison was MOST helpful and I do not think I would have finished the book without her help. I am more than happy to recommend her to help anyone who is writing a book.
— David Owen