Memoir Shows How Success is Attainable for the Working Class

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Author Dale R. Lyons illustrates the essence of a determined mind and resilient spirit.

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David Brinkley once said, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” This quote has indeed articulated how author Dale R. Lyons made his mark, despite the challenges and obstacles that came his way. A living testament as to how success can be achieved despite restricted opportunities from those coming from the working class; 33 Sycamore shares a profound view about life.

At times poignant and filled with personal insights, this autobiography shares the journey of a man who stood up to face life’s adversities and proved a point to himself and others. In this book, Lyons recounts those significant chapters of his life that moulded his character and shaped him into becoming the person that he is today.

With planning, determination and motivation, he transformed these difficulties into fruitful and attainable endeavors. Readers will embark on a captivating journey with Lyons as he traces his childhood and early beginnings during the crucial years of World War 2 in the depressed North East. The initial chapters through his training and education were the building blocks for the next series of life-changing events that took place in London, the RAF and New York. It is here that a young man gets confronted with the genuine face of reality as he embarks on the struggle for personal recognition in the world of work, sport and music.

A book that will stir inspiration and motivation within the hearts of readers, 33 Sycamore is a must-read for every aspiring individual, because Lyons shows that dreams can indeed come true if one is willing to seize opportunities and put themselves on the line.

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About the Author
Dale Lyons is a Geordie from Whitley Bay in the North East. Leaving secondary school at the age of fifteen and with no qualifications, he follows his father into the catering business, becoming a chef at London’s Connaught Hotel. His disaffection with the low wages and unsocial hours steers him, after National Service in the RAF into management in England and the United States. Years of part-time study provide him with a degree, an M.Sc, and careers in hospitality management, lecturing, and consultancy. He has two daughters and four grandchildren, is an ultra-marathon runner and plays banjo and clarinet in a blues group. He lives a contented life in Edgbaston, Birmingham with his long-time partner Janet.

33 SYCAMORE by Dale R. Lyons
‘A Search for Recognition’
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 240 pages; 978-1-4771-3003-2
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 240 pages; 978-1-4771-3004-9
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4771-3005-6

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