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Nov 18, 2020

Was Thanksgiving Always a Time for Sharing & Giving?

As with any traditional event, customs change over the years, and gifts are becoming popular at Thanksgiving. Customized and experience presents are particularly favored as many people move away from material possessions. Perhaps, you want to express your gratitude to a loved one with a memoir this year?

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Nov 4, 2020

Writing Your Story: The Perfect Winter Project

Writing your autobiography or memoir with LifeTime Memoirs is the perfect winter project that will put a smile on your face. It means regular conversations with an interviewer chosen just for you. It’s a chance to look back and reflect. It’s a project that can occupy as much or as little time as you like.

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Oct 15, 2020

How Can We Combat Loneliness in Older Adults?

With the world facing many more difficult months in its battle with Covid-19, the population of elderly people who live both inside and outside care homes will continue to be seriously affected by one of the most mentally debilitating scourges of modern life – loneliness.

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Aug 27, 2020

Making Memories by Traveling – the History of Air Travel

In the past 70 years, the prevalence of affordable air travel has led to a seemingly smaller globe as people of all ages have the opportunity to travel. Retirees especially, who may have never been abroad until well into adulthood, are discovering the world and building memories.

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Aug 14, 2020

VJ Day: Remembering Those who Fought in the Pacific

While Europe had been fighting the Nazis, another limb of the war was being simultaneously fought many thousands of miles away in the Pacific. This conflict ended on 15th August 1945. This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

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Aug 5, 2020

What is a Memoir? Is it The Same Thing as an Autobiography?

At LifeTime Memoirs, we’re often asked what the difference is between a memoir, an autobiography, and a biography. Although there are differences, it can be whatever you want it to be. The beauty is that, however you refer to it, it is your story, captured for generations to come.

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May 11, 2020

Celebrate Milestone Birthdays With a Memoir

We place special emphasis on those milestone celebrations like 50th, 75th, even 100th birthdays. But when it comes to finding the perfect gift, it isn’t always easy. We propose a different kind of gift. If you have a loved one celebrating a milestone birthday, give them a LifeTime memoir.

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May 4, 2020

Universal Truths & Transformational Narratives

Have you ever read a novel, memoir, or autobiography and thought that your life story holds similar themes, messages, and events? This is the gift of a transformational narrative, one that holds universal truths that no matter who reads the story, can gain some insight into their own lives.

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Apr 23, 2020

Give Mom the Gift of a Lifetime This Mother’s Day

She’s the woman who gave you life. She cheered you on at events, supported you in all your passions, and set you up for a life of success. You never know how to express just how much she means to you. This Mother’s Day, give her something she can cherish for years to come. Her own autobiography.

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Apr 20, 2020

Journaling: Another Form Of Preserving Life’s Moments

Life is complicated and messy and beautiful, sometimes all in the same day. But having a moment or two each day or week to reflect on the now is important. It may feel silly at first, writing a journal to recap the little moments. But you are creating a record of your life story. One day you’ll be happy you did.

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Apr 14, 2020

The Time to Write Your Life Story is Now

As many Americans have reached the three-week mark of staying in place during the spread of COVID-19, you may be running out of things to do. How many times can you organize your pantry, spring clean your home, or watch another movie on Netflix? Perhaps this is the time to start your memoirs? Let us help you start writing your story.

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Apr 8, 2020

Social Distancing Without Isolating: Connecting Digitally

Right now, so many of us are feeling the emotional strain of social distancing. We can, however, make the situation a bit better by connecting with our loved ones using video technology. Albeit far from ideal, it does facilitate that all-important human interaction without risking our health.

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Mar 30, 2020

The Moments That Shape a Life Time

As our world experiences a terrible pandemic, many of us are focusing on the negative, even obsessing over the things we cannot control. But we invite you to take a step back and think of all the moments in recent history we thought would never end: 9/11, Race Riots, The Vietnam War, World War II, and The Great Depression.

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Mar 25, 2020

“…Art is nothing if it is not a bridge to other people.”

What to do during your coronavirus home quarantine? Instead of trying to fill your time, we invite you to do something different. Create memories. The old fashioned kind, so to speak. Talk to your children. Share stories. Catch up on all the moments your busy life has made you miss out on.

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Mar 5, 2020

Handle Unanswered Questions Before it’s Too Late

Family stories around the dinner table seem to be a thing of the past with our on-the-move lifestyles. A survey found that 40 percent of families eat dinner together only three or fewer times a week, with 10 percent never eating dinner together at all. With the decline of shared meals runs the risk of losing out on family narratives.

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Feb 27, 2020

A Love That Transcends Time and Sickness

Though most of us will not experience a love story as magical and all-encompassing as found in “The Notebook”, we may love someone suffering from illness. How can you be there to support someone who may not remember you all the time? It is possible to stimulate brain activity by engaging them in activities.

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Feb 20, 2020

Transform Pain into A Gift that Gives Back

When your mother died, you had a million things on your mind, none of which involved how much you never were able to ask her. But when all phone calls were made, funeral arrangements finalized, and the flowers were selected for the service, you had a moment to reflect upon the pain of losing your mother, your biggest supporter and closest confidant.

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Feb 13, 2020

Why Write An Autobiography?

Your family may think they know everything there is to know about you. But have you told them the stories of the first time your heart was broken? Or the time you fell out of a tree? Or the story of your first family pet? The stories that meant so much to you. When you write an autobiography, you give your family a gift that gives back for generations to come.

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Feb 6, 2020

Life Moments to Remember, Life Stories to Share

When she lost her husband, Doris was faced with the task of going through her belongings. With her daughter’s help, she rummaged through old clothes, discarded knick-knacks and household objects. She came across a box of photos, cards, and sentiments from her life with Joseph. Moments she hadn’t wanted to forget. 

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Feb 3, 2020

We Need The Unique Stories of Everyday People

Think about the last autobiography or memoir you read. Who was it about? Royalty? A celebrity? Regardless of who wrote it, chances are it had a very captivating hook: escaping a dangerous situation, participating in a historic event, just to name a few bestselling storylines. But what about the stories of everyday people?

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Jan 27, 2020

Bridging Generational Age Gaps With Family Stories

Our family stories, our legacies, all boil down to one thing: our loved ones. Those special Sunday afternoons at Grandma’s house. The Thanksgiving dinners. When we miss out on those important opportunities for communication, we miss out on more than the social experience. We miss out on new memories.

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Jan 20, 2020

The Best Is Yet To Come 

You may have read on your social media feed the trending story, “Keep Your Fork -The Best is Yet to Come” If you haven’t read the narration, all of us at LifeTime insist you do. The insightful tale gives you a hard look at what’s important in life. In essence, the story details the wishes of a man diagnosed with a terminal illness, given six months to live.

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Jan 13, 2020

A Project To Live For And a Life Worth Living 

When you reminisce about all of those good times you shared, like the music you danced to in your kitchen, you’re swept into the past. The friendly smell of that soap, the feel of a familiar sweater, it all stimulates your brain helping you stay focused on the present, while ever mindful of your beautiful lifetime past.

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Dec 31, 2019

It’s The Final Countdown with the Times Square ball

How did the Times Square New Year’s Eve extravaganza start and what is the story behind its famous ball? The ball has become its own sort of celebrity and has become so popular, it has its own website where you can learn all about its life story and also creep on it live, even right at this moment!

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Dec 26, 2019

The Cabbage Patch Craze

Thirty-six years ago, in 1983, The Cabbage Patch craze ensued. The dolls were considered ugly by many, but the concept and subsequent marketing were stunning. Artist Xavier Roberts converted a medical clinic into a “hospital” where the dolls could be “adopted,” complete with a name and birth certificate!

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Dec 20, 2019

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my family bought for me the gift of my LifeTime memoir. On the second day of Christmas, my family bought for me two hundred pages of my LifeTime memoir. On the third day of Christmas, my family bought for me three-week build, two hundred pages. On the fourth day of Christmas, my family bought…

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Dec 13, 2019

My Merry Memoir

Christmas has always been one of my most favorite times of the year. The furthest back I can remember, circa age four, the local mall had, of course, Santa Claus, but also…TWO REINDEER. Not live reindeer. But to me, they may as well have been. I can still envision their smiling plushy faces with heads that turned, welcoming eyes that blinked, and mouths that moved and…spoke! 

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Dec 4, 2019

It’s A Wonderful Life(time)

Way back, on December 25, 1946, “It’s A Wonderful Life” debuted in theaters. And more than seventy years later, the film is still going strong. “The holiday classic to define […]

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Nov 25, 2019

Her Name Is Veronica

The video opens with a stunning circa 1940s era nursing home filled with staff and residents slowly going about their day. Then it dissolves into Elvis Costello sitting alone in […]

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Nov 20, 2019

The Dash Is Why

If you haven’t heard of the poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis, the team here at LifeTime Memoirs highly recommends you find a quiet place, pull up a chair, and […]

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Nov 13, 2019

A Timeless Thanksgiving Tradition

Now that Halloween is over and the clocks have been turned back, the holiday season is in the air, the stores, and the front yards of millions of houses across […]

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Nov 5, 2019

The Gift Of A Lifetime

The holidays are coming, and that means we are all making our lists, checking them twice, and racking our brains for gift ideas for those who managed to earn a […]

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Aug 20, 2019

Ghostwriter Mr. Andrew Crofts Visits LifeTime Memoirs

The conundrum of the world-famous ghostwriter Andrew Crofts is a world-renowned ghostwriter, and he recently visited LifeTime Memoirs at our headquarters in Godalming. Andrew chatted with LifeTime Memoirs founder Roy […]

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Aug 15, 2019

LifeTime Memoirs Author Testimonial and Book Reveal – Geoff Spriggs

LifeTime Memoirs founder Roy Moëd and members of the Spriggs LifeTime production team went to visit Mr. Geoffrey Spriggs at his business Spriggs Florists to personally deliver the copies of […]

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Jul 23, 2019

So, You’ve Retired. What’s Next?

Give yourself an exciting project If you have retired, or retirement is just around the corner, congratulations! After years of hard work, you have reached the third phase of your […]

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Jul 17, 2019

LifeTime Memoirs Event: Alan Beckett The Moat House Acton Trussell

“This was totally unprecedented…and we were honored to attend” With incredible generosity, LifeTime Memoirs author Mr. Alan Beckett arranged an event to celebrate his LifeTime project and promote the LifeTime […]

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Mar 7, 2019

LifeTime Memoirs Celebrates World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is upon us, and we here at LifeTime Memoirs couldn’t turn down a chance to don the garb of our favorite literary characters. Those currently working at home today […]

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Feb 27, 2019

Joanna’s Experience as a LifeTime Memoirs Interviewer

Starting a journey with LifeTime Memoirs can feel a little daunting for new authors, but when they discover I share their passion and commitment, the respect and trust between us build. As the weeks roll by, our bond grows and we find ourselves greeting each other like old friends.

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Jan 17, 2019

Bryan Bates’ LifeTime Memoir Reveal

Every time a LifeTime memoir author visits us is a cause for celebration, but Bryan’s visit was particularly special as, upon collection of his newly created memoir, he would become our fastest-ever author to print his (having only invested in the private autobiography 21 weeks prior to his visit!).

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Jan 15, 2019

Nigel Gray’s Photographic Masterpiece Memoir

Another autobiography was added to our LifeTime library recently. A professional photographer, Nigel’s book features magnificent photo collages of some of his best work; not forgetting to mention that he is the proud owner of one of our favorite LifeTime dustcovers. Nigel is also one of the faces in our TV campaign.

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Jan 11, 2019

LifeTime Memoirs: The Glory of a Story

To savor and digest a truly interesting story is somewhat of a rarity In these digital days, we’re increasingly bombarded with selfies and tweets, text messages and voice messages, factoids, […]

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Dec 14, 2018

A Life of Change – My Experience as a Ghostwriter

An insight into my experiences as a LifeTime Memoirs ghostwriter The authors whose memories I’ve helped to write for LifeTime Memoirs come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have […]

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Dec 13, 2018

Real Business with Alan Wick (107 Meridian FM) – Roy on the Radio

LifeTime founder Roy Moëd was invited for an interview by Alan Wick for his new radio show, ‘Real Business with Alan Wick’. The show aired on 25th November on 107 Meridian and we’ve […]

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Nov 27, 2018

How to Create your Life Story in Three Simple Steps

If you’re thinking about how to create your life story, a little bit of planning can make the process simple and enjoyable. There’s often a pattern when authors begin the process of writing their life story. First, they don’t know where to start. Then, they cover every major milestone as if crossing a stream by jumping boulder to boulder. Having done that, they run out of things to say.

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Nov 21, 2018

LifeTime Project Manager: Remembrance, by Invitation of the Queen

LifeTime Memoirs project manager Nathalie Garcia talks about a project she initiated making a documentary called WAR TOWN, which looks at the British Army history, military architecture, sports in the military, and the civilian stories, all set in the small town of Aldershot between 1914–1918. She got an invitation from the queen to celebrate remembrance day.

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Sep 7, 2018

LifeTime Author: Alan Beckett – My Recollections of the Filming

Watch the fascinating interview right here: Magnificent Mondays On Monday, 13th August 2018, I was invited to LifeTime headquarters in Godalming, Surrey, to take part in a TV commercial promoting […]

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Sep 6, 2018

LifeTime Supports Local Historian Paul Vickers’ Book Launch

Nathalie Garcia, LifeTime Memoirs project manager, talks about her involvement with The EDGE Project, Aldershot, run by the Wessex Heritage Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I’ve been involved in […]

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Aug 10, 2018

FPXP: A Project to Live For (Caring For Aging Parents)

We’d like to thank YPO for this amazing video! Our founder Roy Moëd has been promoting the private autobiography journey as a ‘A Project to Live For’. This video captures the LifeBook […]

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Aug 3, 2018

LifeTime Memoirs completes their latest corporate history: SteelFab, Inc.

From Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers, the story of SteelFab, Inc. is a highly illustrated corporate history that chronicles the rise of what began as a small family business in ornamental handrails in the 1950s and is now a leader of the steel fabrication trade. The project was the first American corporate history project the team at LifeTime Memoirs has completed.

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Jul 20, 2018

The 147th Open is Upon Us!

That’s right. It’s that time of year again! Golf fans across the world turn their attention to the UK in anticipation of the 147th Open. Competing for one of the […]

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Jul 13, 2018

What does it take to be a good LifeTime Memoirs interviewer?

LifeTime interviewer: Part of the team On the face of it, interviewing might seem like an easy job. Surely, anyone can ask questions and listen to the reply? That is […]

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Jul 5, 2018

Happy Birthday, Mr Etigson!

The LifeTime team was delighted to wish Mr Ralph Etigson a very happy birthday recently by gifting the centenarian two new handmade copies of his autobiography, Who am I?. Mr Etigson, […]

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May 28, 2018

LifeTime Does the Royal Wedding

Royal wedding fever hit the UK on 19th May and everyone is still talking about it. The LifeTime barn is buzzing about who wore what, how incredible Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked together, […]

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Feb 14, 2018

Capturing a Life Story – Maud and Mum

Emma Lowndes from Maud and Mum has very kindly submitted an editorial for our website; please enjoy. Serendipity lends a hand As a carer, I’d like to highlight what I think is […]

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Feb 7, 2018

Disrupting Technologies: A Project to Live For

Our founder Roy Moed was interviewed by YPO for their website about the inspiration behind LifeBook. It’s great to see such an amazing organisation showing an interest in Roy’s campaign to help people […]

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Jan 31, 2018

Reflections on Dementia, by Mr Harvey White

Mr Harvey White became consultant surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital in 1976, and later held similar positions at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy […]

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Dec 7, 2017

LifeTime author Mrs Lore Graham visits the office

The Life of Lore Ilse Graham We were recently visited by Mrs Lore Graham and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, who had commissioned the project. Mrs Graham arrived to pick up her […]

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Nov 9, 2017

Roy’s Story – Helping the Elderly

Extract from “Putting the soul back into business” by Dr Tamara Howard. Buy Now: Amazon Another man who built a company, made money and then, ‘retired’ only to start a […]

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Nov 6, 2017

Strike A Light – Arts & Heritage

What is Strike a Light? Strike a Light is a non-profit community arts and heritage organisation which focuses on involving people’s life stories and local memories to engage a wide […]

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Oct 19, 2017

LifeTime Memoirs, a Lasting Legacy – Dreaming a Nation

At LifeTime Memoirs, we produce books for authors through the bespoke, customised service that we offer, each title tailored to the author’s needs. Dreaming a Nation, which follows the life of Sir […]

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Aug 7, 2017

LifeTime Memoirs – This is Why We Do It.

A wonderful photo Tom, thank you! A huge thank you to Tom and Viebecke Vraalsen, who sent us this wonderful photograph upon completion of Tom’s LifeTime project in July and […]

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Jul 20, 2017

LifeTime’s a Great Way to Capture Your Memories

A very personal experience I can confirm, from personal experience, that LifeTime Memoirs really are premium private writers. When I decided I wanted to write my autobiography, I reviewed all the companies […]

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Jun 13, 2017

BBC Radio 4 Presenter Nick Baker Visits LifeTime

LifeTime Memoirs featured in “Niche work if you can get it” on BBC Radio 4 The show’s title is Niche work if you can get it (Life Story Writers).The program produced from […]

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May 18, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Give Dad a LifeTime Memoir for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day, from LifeTime Memoirs! 1 – He already has everything! Anyone looking to find a special gift for their father will know it is not always easy to […]

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May 15, 2017

LifeTime Charity – An Evening With Chickenshed

LifeTime Memoirs was delighted to donate a memoir project for the Chickenshed Grand Auction to raise money and support their pioneering work through theatre and music! Many of the people Chickenshed have helped over the years were present at the auction and shared their amazing stories.

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May 3, 2017

The First Greek LifeTime – An Opus Odyssey

Caroline, LifeTime Memoirs bespoke project manager, elaborates on why she decided to join LifeTime™ in October 2015. With an academic publishing background and a love for history and literature, it was a perfect fit. Last year she got the opportunity to manage an autobiography written in Greek.

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Apr 26, 2017

Life Story of Baba’s Auntie – Julie Coker

Julie Coker’s life story is definitely one to remember and her nephew thought so too Every life story of our authors is fascinating and provides an important insight into each […]

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Apr 20, 2017

Bespoke LifeTime Memoir: Love and Laughter in a Suitcase

We all hope you enjoy your LifeTime memoir Virginia! LifeTime Memoirs was honored to welcome Mrs Virginia Bayless and her daughter Brenda to the office for a coffee and cake […]

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Apr 13, 2017

Recipe for Aging Well: The Ingredients

This editorial introduces some familiar ideas about ageing well Aging well with eight suggestions – use it or lose it – embrace the senior moment – Old dogs new tricks […]

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Apr 11, 2017

The very first LifeTime memoir: Jules Moëd, Life is for sharing.

Jules Moëd talking about his autobiography Life is for Sharing These are video interviews of Jules Moëd for the very first LifeTime memoir and the inspiration for the LifeTime Memoirs […]

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Apr 10, 2017

A LifeTime Autobiography – A Gift with Real Meaning

A life-changing autobiographical journey bringing renewed purpose and inspiration to older people across the globe When Ali Levin was faced with the dilemma of gift shopping for her elderly father, […]

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Apr 7, 2017

LifeTime Memoirs’ latest project “The Real Life of Brian”

The Real Life of Brian is the title of Mr Brian Hallard’s LifeTime autobiography The LifeTime team are very proud to announce the completion of Mr Brian Hallard’s autobiography. We see […]

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Apr 3, 2017

Ghostwriting Services – Barry Hughes

I have been making a living from writing for over 50 years, Indeed thinking about it, the importance of the written word to me goes back nearly 70 years as I am a product of Urdd Gobaith Cymru – the Welsh League of Hope – and I have a group picture including me, aged 5, having won some poetry prize – and I am not the youngest in the group.

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Mar 30, 2017

Memoir – First Memories

Often the place to start when planning your memoir is to cast your mind back to your very first memories. Nobody really knows how those first memories cement themselves in your mind, but they often make for some great reading! Since we’re sharing, here’s a few of mine.

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Mar 16, 2017

LifeTime™ Autobiographies – A Legacy Lived, A Legacy Shared.

Experience the journey of a LifeTime autobiography by listening to real testimonials from our clients, interviewers and ghost-writers. We come across many reasons why our clients want to create or […]

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Mar 3, 2017

Top Tips For Autobiography Writing

With these steps complete, you’re ready to get started on creating a written record of your life, that lasting legacy to pass on to your family and friends. If you feel you can’t manage that task unaided, our team at LifeTime Memoirs will be happy to offer you all the support you need, from words writing, design, typesetting, and printing.

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Feb 27, 2017

The LifeTime Experience – Your Memoirs

Perhaps you have always wanted to write your memoirs but have never found the time or maybe you have suggested to a relative that you would love to hear all about their life. LifeTime makes capturing your memoirs easy and enjoyable. With the help of the project manager and other team members, we make the process run smoothly.

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Feb 21, 2017

Your Life Story & My Role As LifeTime Editor

At LifeTime Memoirs, my role as an editor is not typical nor entirely conventional when it comes to that kind of work. Yes, quality control is important, but, unlike conventional editing, it is not my place to decide what is included or left out of a memoir. That decision is down to the author. Each memoir reflects the author’s life story as they see it.

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Feb 21, 2017

Fascination With Diaries

The Diary of Anne Frank, the Diary of a Nobody, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13½, The Diary of Samuel Pepys – just four of the hundreds of […]

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Feb 17, 2017

From the Queen’s Coronation to My Grandma’s Biscuit Tin

Your life story means something to someone Everyone has a story to tell and, yes, yours is every bit as interesting as anything you’ll find on the shelf in your […]

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Feb 16, 2017

Memories and Values

A comment I hear so often when among friends and relatives is: “I know so little about my grandparents and even my own parents’ lives. What made them the people […]

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Feb 16, 2017

When LifeTime Writers Hear Voices

How to ghostwrite a compelling memoir To be a successful LifeTime Memoir writer, it’s essential to have the ability to capture and maintain the storyteller’s ‘voice’ throughout the book. If […]

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Jul 22, 2016

A LifeTime Record

We were very pleased to be visited by our LifeTime author, John Franklin, this week. He popped in to sign our office copy, after a long day of signing copies […]

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Jun 10, 2016

Father’s Day — LifeTime A Unique Gift for a Unique Father

It’s hard to buy a Father’s Day present for a man who has everything. LifeTime Memoirs specializes in helping people to record their life’s journey—a tangible embodiment of personal triumphs and hardships. For Bob Fitzsimmons and his sister, it was exactly the unique gift they were looking for to give to their 70-year-old father, Tom, based in Florida.

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Apr 28, 2015

Story that will transcend death’s divide

Christopher Middleton meets a man with terminal cancer who is leaving the gift of his autobiography Grant Branton might have cancer, but he’s making the most of every last minute […]

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Jan 14, 2015

Do You Want to Write Your Own Life Story?

Here are a few simple questions to get you into an autobiographical frame of mind What was the layout of the house where you spent your childhood? What pets did […]

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Jan 28, 2014

What’s your legacy? Tell your amazing story with LifeTime Memoirs

Rafael Zurita’s experience of LifeTime Memoirs When I began this review, all I had was a white box that said: “You´re Amazing”. It took me a little longer than usual […]

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