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Eric looking triumphant having just submitted the final version of "Disruptive" to the printers, on 30 November 2009.

Eric looking triumphant having just submitted the final version of "Disruptive" to the printers, on 30 November 2009.

This picture was taken just after Eric submitted the final version of Angela Bayley’s amazing autobiography, Disruptive, to the printers. Nearly four years of work have finally come to an end! Copies may be ordered now.

Early indications are that the book will be well received. Several national organisations have requested review copies and feedback from various people who viewed the manuscript has been very complimentary.

Eric is in the mood to celebrate!

"Disruptive" by Angela Bayley

Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me) by Angela Bayley

All items in PDF format:

  • Press releases for general media (latest first)

Press releases for Scottish media (latest first)

Press release for North of England media

Press release for organisations dealing with issues such as sexual abuse and eating disorders

Please note that the photographs below have been pixellated to disguise Angela’s identity as legal proceedings are ongoing. Higher definition pictures are available on request, but we shall not release pictures with a clear image of Angela’s face. “Angela Bayley” is a pen name.

A picture of Angela Bayley, the author of "Disruptive", in her paramedic jacket

A picture of Angela Bayley, the author of "Disruptive", in her paramedic jacket

Paramedic Angela Bayley was sexually assaulted by a colleague in an ambulance, unlocking buried memories of childhood abuse.

Paramedic Angela Bayley was sexually assaulted by a colleague in an ambulance, unlocking buried memories of childhood abuse.

Cover of the ebook version of 'Disruptive'. designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books has published an ebook version of 'Disruptive'. The cover has been designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books is delighted to announce the release of an ebook version of Angela Bayley’s Disruptive, a book that formed the basis for a civil case against Nottinghamshire County Council.  The cover has been designed by Kit Foster.

Get ebook from Smashwords or Amazon

It’s now available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords.  You can read it on PCs, Macs, Kindles, mobile phones, etc. and sample it free!

It’s also available in Kindle format on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.  Like Smashwords, Amazon lets you sample the book free.  If you don’t have a Kindle you can download a Kindle reader for your Mac or PC.

Paperback

"Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)" by Angela Bayley can now be ordered!

The cover of the paperback version of 'Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)' by Angela Bayley.

There are various ways of getting hold of the paperback version of the book, including Amazon.  For trade/bulk orders, please contact Gardners.

It’s now available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords.  You can read it on PCs, Macs, Kindles, mobile phones, etc. and sample it free!

It’s also available in Kindle format on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.  If you don’t have a Kindle you can download a Kindle reader for your Mac or PC.

Dr R. Eric Swanepoel is the founder of Synchrony Books (photo courtesy of Margaret Montgomery)

Dr R. Eric Swanepoel is the founder of Synchrony Books (photo courtesy of Margaret Montgomery)

Synchrony Books was founded by Dr R. Eric Swanepoel of BioWrite Professional Writing Assistance.  Its goal is nothing less than to publish world-changing page-turners.  Synchrony Books does not believe in “worthy but dull”; neither is it interested in publishing superficial books about celebrities.

All of Synchrony Books’ titles will be unputdownable, and each will expand readers’ ideas of the world, leaving them inspired and empowered.

Every title will contain/reflect some or all of the following elements/values:

  • a respect for human beings and the natural world
  • the fearless exposure of injustice and cruelty in general, and of the wrongs of the rich and powerful in particular
  • a celebration of creativity, originality and courage
  • the offering of alternatives to the apparently dominant culture of consumerism/materialism
  • positive suggestions to balance criticisms

A proportion of Synchrony Books’ profits will be donated to the education of women and girls in the developing world, arguably the single most efficient way of improving the total wellbeing of humanity.

Vroni Holzmann designed the cover of Synchrony Books' first publication.

Vroni Holzmann designed the cover of Synchrony Books' first publication. Ebook covers have been designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books will grow naturally as it attracts like-minded people.  The designer of the first publication’s cover is the multi-talented Vroni Holzmann.  The Synchrony Books logo reflects the Synchrony Books ethos.

Synchrony Books will publish primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, non-fiction.

For the time being Synchrony Books is not accepting submissions.

Contact details

  • Synchrony Books
    2 Balmoral Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 5JA

NB Disruptive was updated and republished as Please Believe Me in February 2013!

The front cover of Disruptive (ISBN 13: 9780956325808 ISBN 10: 0956325807) published in December 2009.  Designed and photographed by Vroni Holzmann.

The front cover of Disruptive (ISBN 978-0-9563258-0-8) published in early December 2009. Design and photography by Vroni Holzmann.

[UPDATE: Also available as an ebook!]

Exciting news! The book mentioned here has now been published by Synchrony Books under the title Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me). (ISBN 13: 9780956325808 ISBN 10: 0956325807).  The cover was designed by Vroni Holzmann.

Here’s the blurb:

“…A long way from your average misery memoir.”

Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)

by Angela Bayley with Dr R. Eric Swanepoel, ISBN 978-0-9563258-0-8, published by Synchrony Books in December 2009.

Abuse, betrayal and negligence fail to break Angela’s spirit. A sensitive and intelligent young girl and talented athlete, she is myopically labelled “disruptive” by the incompetent authorities.  Though at times her beloved cat and budgie seem to be the only reasons to keep going, she somehow pulls through.  Then, years later, a happy wife, mother and paramedic, she is sexually assaulted in an ambulance by a colleague and buried memories of her childhood resurface to devastating effect.

Four years of therapy see her sectioned, re-living the sexual, emotional and physical horrors, plumbing the depths of suicidal depression, and re-visiting her old friends, bulimia and anorexia, before emerging a stronger person, determined to expose her persecutors and put her experiences at the service of others.

Angela Bayley’s acutely observed and heart-rending autobiography is a long way from your average misery memoir, including as it does a moving chapter by her consultant psychiatrist.

Disruptive should be compulsory reading for the caring professions, and will appeal to all students of human nature. This gripping book is an enthralling testimony to the power of love and friendship (both human and animal) and the survival instinct.

“…When you can live your life from day to day without the past overwhelming you, you have truly begun your recovery. This book is an account of such a new beginning.” – Extract from the chapter written by Angela’s consultant psychiatrist.