Published January 2019 by Bluebird, London (176 pages)
ISBN-10: 1509850880 ISBN-13: 978-1509850884
Reviewed by Professor David Clutterbuck
I bought this book out of curiosity, with little expectation of finding anything of great interest. To my surprise, it proved to be a remarkably insightful, well-written personalised account of serial mentoring. Brand is a controversial character, to say the least, with a life story of wild extremes, including addiction to drugs. What makes this book interesting is the quality of his reflections on the mentoring he has received, helping him bring his life back on track; and on the mentoring he now gives in return, to other troubled younger men.
Among the quotable quotes I have extracted are the following:
The narrative Brand presents is one of mentoring in the raw – informal, ad hoc, intense, and uniformly generous. This book may never make it onto the required reading of formal mentor training, but it provides an intriguing insight into multiple mentoring from the mentee’s perspective.
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