My Double Life by Muriel Marks #autobiography #MyDoubleLife


“When a woman is on her own, twice separated and on the ‘wrong side’ of forty-five, what does the future hold for her?” And so begins the first chapter of My Double Life by Muriel Marks. The arc of this extraordinary, expansive and at times harrowing autobiography takes place over a 15 year period. It discusses from a first person voice in clear, well crafted and sometimes expletive language the subjects of cookery, abuse, alcoholism and illegal immigration. Indeed, much happens over the 42 chapters of this true and unique story. Fortunately for us, Muriel kept copious notes during her times in the US and the UK. The book is thick with detail, tracing every step of this epic journey; from the hopeful beginnings of a new restaurant business start up in Paignton, to the highly abusive relationship of an alcoholic and his “enabler”, to the entry level perspective of an illegal immigrant, to the hussle and dog eat dog world of survival in LA and beyond. Publication to Kindle has now never been easier. There are numerous services offering Microsoft Word to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) David N. Welton’s LiberWriter is one such excellent service. They not only supply the tools to translate Word into KDP, but they also throw in a very handy page for marketing. The book jacket design is by BuyDesign

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Writer • Carer • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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