Frances’ books


Self-Employment – The Essential Guide

Working for yourself provides an alternative to getting a job, particularly in certain industries or when you have the kind of skills that are suited to self-employment. It can be rewarding both personally and financially, but it can also be very tough and many small businesses fail in their first year.

Frances Ive’s book helps you to decide if you are the right kind of person to venture out on your own, and looks closely at both the advantages and the pitfalls of working for yourself. It also outlines the practical and emotional aspects of  setting up on your own, such as:

• The ups and downs of self-employment and whether you are really suited to it.
• Why you might want to work for yourself, what you could do and having a ‘portfolio’ career.
• The places you could work from  – from home to serviced offices.
• Your obligations in terms of tax, National Insurance, pensions and insurance.
• Marketing and networking – the lifeblood of any business.
• Setting up and running a website for publicity or as the core part of a business.
• How to get financing when banks aren’t lending much.
• A Help List and plenty of recommendations about work you can do, and organisations that can provide guidance and information.

Available in print or as an ebook at:


Stress – The Essential Guide

Frances Ive’s book emphasises that you will always experience stressful events, as people always die, divorce, leave their jobs, move home, have accidents and encounter traffic jams. But instead of letting it take you over and make you ill, there are plenty of positive steps you can take to minimise the detrimental effects of stress.

This book helps the reader to identify stressful situations and to take measures to minimise pressure on themselves. Even when you are experiencing the worst possible time in your life, having the tools to cope can help you to recover.

It looks at:

  • What stress is and how you can recognise it
  • What to do in extreme circumstances of stress
  • How you might be putting pressure on yourself and making things worse
  • How to deal with stress at work
  • Where to get help if your life feels as if it is spiralling out of control
  • Learning to relax properly
  • Measures to take to make your life easier including healthy eating and exercise

Available in print or as an ebook at:


Give & Take front coverGive and Take with a Capital G & T – Life stories of 20th century marriage  

How much has marriage changed since the mid-20th century? These fascinating interviews of women (and some men) of over 75, many of whom were married in World War 2, cover both -heartening stories of long marriages with ups and downs and horror stories as well.

One woman stood up in court and admitted adultery but it was her husband who had gone off with someone else. She wanted to protect his career in the army. Divorce was very difficult for a woman – she could lose her children and be left penniless. It was also frowned upon, whoever was at fault, and some women found that they were shunned by society. One was told ‘We can’t possibly babysit for you, you’re divorced’.

Many felt that they were happier in their day when roles were more defined and the man tended to be the breadwinner and the one in charge, but the women wouldn’t turn the clock back on equality. Almost all felt that equality for women was ‘only right’, ‘deserved’ and ‘a good thing’. And almost without exception they were scathing about relationships today – ‘People get fed up with each other after five minutes and they’re off!’  They all felt that the remedy for a good marriage was ‘give and take’.


Give and Take with a Capital G & T is available at Amazon.



Please Don’t Die Yet – I’m Not Ready

People sometimes think they can predict how they will feel when their parents die….To rationalise about feelings which will come when you are strong and feeling secure is entirely different from experiencing them for real when you are very vulnerable.”

Losing a parent is something most of us will face at some time in our lives, yet we are rarely prepared for the traumatic effect it can have on us, particularly if we are quite young.

Death has always been a taboo subject for the British but times are at last changing. Frances Ive was 26 when her father died in the 1970s and she felt completely lost and didn’t know how to cope.

Her book, Please Don’t Die Yet – I’m Not Ready illustrates how repressed grief can lead to ill health and can have a long-lasting effect on the person’s life. However, while there are no quick fixes for dealing with the death of a parent, it does give us the opportunity to grow and develop maturity.

At first it seems impossible that we will ever recover because the pain is so great. But eventually we achieve this growth. I am who I am now because of the pain and sorrow in my life, as well as the good times.”

The revised version is available as an e-book on  as well as the original print version.