Dame Stephanie Shirley releases her eagerly anticipated memoirs
Let It Go, by Dame Stephanie Shirley
Published by Andrews UK Monday 29th October 2012
Let It Go is the remarkable memoir of software pioneer, IT entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley. The success of the global software company she founded and developed took her wealth from nothing to £150 million, most of which she has given away to causes close to her heart.
The book charts Dame Stephanie’s fascinating journey from escaping Germany as a child refugee just weeks before World War II to building an innovative and successful business which enabled her to become one of Britain’s leading philanthropists. She has donated most of her life to helping good causes, in both a financial and an advisory capacity, in recognition of this work she was awarded an OBE in 1980 and promoted to DBE 20 years later.
The emotional rollercoaster read follows Dame Stephanie highs and lows, from the success of setting up her own company and earning herself a place on The Sunday Times Rich List to the lows of being betrayed by colleagues and staff, suffering depression and nearly losing her business several times.
Public success aside, Let It Go closely follows Dame Stephanie’s personal life; from her relationship with her parents and sister to the events that led up to the tragedy of losing her only son Giles to autism. When an epileptic fit took his life away aged just 35, the heartbreak motivated Dame Stephanie to set up the Shirley Foundation, predominantly supporting autism charities in memory of her late son. Since retiring in 1993, Dame Stephanie has devoted the majority of her time to philanthropy resulting in her being awarded the honorary title of UK Ambassador for Philanthropy in 2009/2010.
For further information, to request a copy of the book or to arrange an interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley, please contact Tori Dance at Midas Public Relations on 02073617860 or [email protected]