For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story

For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story
Simon Gandossi

PERTH, Australia – Simon Gandossi has always been fascinated by history. Coupled with his equal passion for writing, he narrates a tale of resilience, of survival and of determination as he shares the story of Sarah Ashdown. “For Beau” (published by Xlibris AU) follows the life of the heroine as she displays courage like no other.

Sarah Ashdown’s insurmountable guilt and remorse over the death of a young girl sets in motion one of the most unbelievable stories of World War II. An ordinary housewife who defied the odds to become one of the most wanted women in occupied Europe, her story of determination and courage will shock and inspire those who read it.

Gandossi, through Sarah’s story, takes readers back to the past and allows them to experience the same feelings and emotions as the main character (and of the people who lived during those times). The author’s seamless storytelling allows readers to empathize with Sarah and better understand her mantra of “never giving up on something one really want to do despite the risks.” Not only touching on the emotional side, this book also showcases different aspects of life in Britain, occupied France and in Germany.

“I want everyone to take a step back in time when they read my books,” Gandossi candidly shares. “Every book should take the reader on a journey. With my dedication to preserving history I know that each and every person will begin that journey from the very first word.”

Gandossi’s book is available for purchase at Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Simon Gandossi is a historical fiction author who was born and raised in Western Australia. From an early age, he has discovered a passion for history and writing. It is that passion combined with his desire to bring to light different aspects of the past that makes him a unique writer. There are a lot of people who give up so much to follow their dreams and Gandossi is no different. To become a professional writer is difficult but his hard work and determination has seen him develop from an amateur to a full time writer in just a few years.

Gratitude: B

Every other week this year, I will explore gratitude through one letter of the alphabet.  This journey will most likely be centered around my weight loss journey, but some weeks, my gratitude will expand into other areas of my life.  Join me, and let me know what you’re grateful for each week!

B is for Best Friend

Having a best friend is a real gift, and I know not everyone gets to have one.  I’m lucky enough to have a best friend, and to have one that supports me nearly all the time.  He’s someone who gets the struggle, and is quick to point out tips for getting past hurdles, as well as motivation to keep going when I’m doing well.  Without someone who knows me inside and out pushing me along, I don’t think I would have been able to do a great deal of the things I set out to do.  I’m forever grateful to the universe for smushing us together.

Dear Rude Woman On The Subway,

You know, when I first sat down next to you, I was surprised that you had managed to take up so much space on the seat using your coat and your bags.  But I was tired, and I wanted to read my book, so I smiled and sat down next to you.  And then you clicked your tongue and said “really?!” as if I was the fattest person on the train.  You certainly made me feel like I was.  Later, while you roughly elbowed me as you tried to put your iPad away, I was still thinking about how disgusted you made me feel about my own body.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  Next time, do us all a favor, and stay home.


The too-fat librarian