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Garment of Destiny
A Surgeon’s Global Quest for Identity and the Ties that Bind
Dr. Abdallah Daar, a world-renowned transplant surgeon, scientist, bioethicist and global health expert, is a Tanzanian born into Swahili culture, with ancestral roots in Arabia, the Caucasus Mountains, and Ethiopia. This memoir chronicles the exploration of his multiple identities, taking the reader on an absorbing journey to Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Zanzibar, South Africa, Idi Amin’s Uganda, London, Oxford, the Middle East, the US, Canada, and beyond. We meet slaves, royalty, great heroes, Nobel Prize winners, and mass murderers. It is an impassioned call to resist the polarization that is wrenching apart people of different “races,” cultures and religions.
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Dr. Abdallah Daar is professor of public health sciences at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the department of surgery. He is the Chief Science and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at Grand Challenges Canada.
He was the founding Chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2009 – 2011) and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health.
His academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics.
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I am about to launch my first book, Breakdown at the end of February; working on giving birth to my “baby” with Sarah and her team of professionals has been a wonderful experience. I knew from the moment I first sat down with Sarah that the book was in the right hands. She helped me improve the narrative, asked the probing questions and brought a remarkable enthusiasm to the project.
I come from the world of professional service and I’ve learned to recognize excellence. Every member of the team, from edit through to PR and marketing, have been outstanding and show at every turn that they really care about the project.
My experience with Sarah Scott and Barlow Books was nothing short of incredible. Right from the beginning, from discussing the concept of my second book all the way through every step to launch and sales, Barlow made my journey simple. Sarah provided guidance and leadership when needed, but was also extremely open to my thoughts, concerns, and worries. The team of people who support Barlow are not only incredibly good, but some of the nicest people I could hope to find on this intimate journey of writing my book.
Thank you, Sarah. I am looking forward to book number three.
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As a writer and first time author, I was actually surprised by the world of publishing. I didn’t understand how to navigate or collaborate or interpret this brave new world. I needed a guide and lucky for me, Sarah Scott from Barlow Books was there. She has been my coach, my interpreter, and my teacher in this new dimension. With the team of editors and salespeople, photographers and managers, she has guided me to the finish, publishing my book. I am grateful and have learned so much in this process. Thank you, Sarah.
I am very grateful to Barlow Books for helping me craft and publish my first book, True Family Wealth: Love, Money and an Inspired Life. It has received fabulous reviews and recently the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada listed the book as their top pick for fall reads. This is a great endorsement for Barlow Books and its team of editors, designers and distributors.
Without Sarah Scott and Barlow Books, the Debt-Free Lifestyle would have remained a manuscript sitting on the corner of my desk. Sarah and her team have taken my book from a very rough first draft to a product being sold in bookstores that I am proud to put my name on. Sarah’s guidance, sound advice, and relationships with book buyers were all crucial to this process.
I have worked with Sarah for about 8 years. She did a superb job editing my previous book, with Peter Singer, called The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village. For the past two years, I have come to know her enormous strengths as CEO of Barlow Books. Barlow is publishing my new book, Garment of Destiny. Throughout this period, Sarah has been a wonderful guide, upholding the highest publishing standards. She has gathered around her a hugely talented team. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone considering writing a book.
Sarah is very capable of bringing people together who have a variety of skills to complement hers. There are excellent editors, fact checkers, and design people. The print and publication side is superb. You end up with a very professional and polished product, which I value.
It has been a real pleasure, having published with Barlow Books, to have the guidance, support, and commitment of Sarah Scott and her team. Before the book even saw the light of day, I felt totally supported, and this support continued long after my book was published. Sarah and her team continue to work with you, promoting the book, monitoring how well it is doing, and pushing to increase sales. I would publish with them again without hesitation.
Writing a first book is a big enough challenge. Trying to publish it in Canada 13,000 km and 12 hours time difference away from our home in Malaysia was even tougher. Barlow Books, and Sarah in particular, cleared the path for us. Her sound advice, her stable of excellent editors, designers, and project managers, delivered us a book we are immensely proud of. I don’t think we could have done it without Sarah, and I have no doubt that even if we could have, it wouldn’t have turned out so well.
Barlow Books was so important in making my book, Kakuma Girls, a success. From the very first day, they supported my efforts and believed in what I am trying to achieve for refugee girls.
From the first meeting to publication day, the Barlow team efficiently steered my book to market. They made a complex process understandable and enjoyable. I recommend their publication model to authors of non-fiction books without reservation.
I highly recommend Barlow Books to anyone who is looking for a first-class publishing house and a high-quality end product … The publisher, Sarah Scott, is the consummate professional, and will help you with creative and effective suggestions and advice for your whole publishing journey. Sarah and her team are all tier-one professionals, from editors to production. They will make your experience a memorable one, and you will be thrilled with the result.
We looked around, but Barlow was the only publisher that was able to help us. They helped us every step of the way. They found an excellent writer for us, who very quickly understood the industry, did the research, and so on. Barlow Books found us an editor, who is a former top-notch international financial journalist. They also gave us complete control from start to finish. We had the final say on everything, from the text to the cover design to the interior layout of the book, and the photographs. Right down to the weight of the paper. That was important to us. We were able, with Barlow’s help, to design a book that is high quality.
I chose Barlow Books to do the book because I wanted the opportunity to be involved in the process myself. Barlow brings something unique to publishing. You’re able to be involved in as much or as little of your project as you want. They bring the best editors, the best marketers, and the best distributors to you.
Since our first call, Barlow Books has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Communication is always strong, deadlines are always met (if not early), and the professionalism is excellent. Writing my first book with Barlow was an enjoyable experience and it is only a matter of time before we work together again.