The acclaimed inspiring memoirs of Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has devoted most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart. 

This fascinating memoir charts Dame Stephanie's life from her time as a child in Germany and arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee through to her retirement and dedication to charity. It is an amazing read which will take you through the entire range of emotions - from happiness at the success of her original company Freelance Programmers through to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child. 

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Having worked for FI as a freelance programmer in the seventies and later as a manager in the nineties as Steve started the process of selling her shares it is interesting to see it from her side. Sad that she felt so rejected but the process of handover is seldom smooth. We all benefited from her persistence in starting the company

I found the endless figures and details of setting up her groups boring, after the initial story of how she left work to start up on her own. The best part of her story for me, so far, has been about her son Giles. The heart-breaking problems of dealing with a profoundly autistic child, and working for her own company seem to be understated. I think, apart from that this book will appeal much more to either people who start up their own companies, or women who love working with computers.