As a Kite Falls: A Voyage Through Descent

Author(s) : Richard Tyler

As a Kite Falls: A Voyage Through Descent

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 220
  • Category :
    Memoir
  • Category 2 :
    Forthcoming
  • Catalogue No : 97709
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132689
  • ISBN 10 : 1800132689
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We have become fixated on ascent in our lives: achieving more, being quicker, and rising up. But what if we are missing the richest life lessons by repressing the difficulties we experience? Both ascent and descent are vital in life. Yet, whilst we are educated on how best to ascend, it is rare we are supported as we descend. Instead, we are encouraged to hide those times from ourselves and others.

Richard’s descent was epic. From playing lead roles on West-End stages to receiving a diagnosis of three months to live with a rare cancer. In this heartfelt and moving story, Richard offers a glimpse into his year of monumental descent. He invites us to accompany him as he navigates loss, grief, and heartache in a tale of the beauty and the ugliness of the human condition. How, when illness struck, unexpected love and compassion became the secret healer. Something Richard was determined to share by setting up a charity for others with blood cancer.

As a Kite Falls offers food for thought and medicine for the soul. Richard’s humility, humour, and grace shine through on every page. He uses the flow of the seasons and the deceptively simple art of haiku to bring us closer to the importance of space and pause in our lives. Richard’s training in psychotherapy adds a deeper layer of understanding of what it means to be human, while acknowledging that none of us can truly make sense of the load others carry.

In a world drowning in noise, As a Kite Falls gifts us a place of quietening down to listen to our own whispers.

Reviews and Endorsements

In a world that is awash with success messaging, it is refreshing and inspirational to read such a beautifully written account on how to overcome and find acceptance in the dips and pitfalls of this life. Richard is spreading a vital, motivational and hopeful message which will nestle into your soul vision and work its way into your heart, if you let it.
Donna Ashworth, author of The Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Wild Hope

Richard writes in such a way that you feel as though you are a friend going on his journey with him […] there will be something in Richard’s writing that will resonate with everyone. It is one heck of a journey but you will be grateful to read it and grateful Richard has shared it.
Gail Porter, TV personality

Richard beautifully encapsulates both the drama and mundanity of living with a cancer and its treatment. His book takes us through a sometimes-brutal depiction of illness and treatment and how that felt like a ‘descent’ following what he describes as a life of achievement and privilege. […]
While the book is about Richard’s descent from his former success to his new life as a person with cancer, I found it to be a hopeful read about how cancer, despite all its darkness, can bring with it new beginnings, a fresh perspective and stronger relationships with those you love and who love you back.
Dame Laura Lee, Chief Executive, Maggie’s

Richard Tyler peels away the layers of his life to reveal the rawness and vulnerability that we all face as humans.
As a triple amputee and having been pronounced dead not once, but twice, I have seen the effects of my own world coming to a crashing halt. But with enormous will, support and a deep belief that we are limitless, I continue to thrive and win at life.
Richard so elegantly reminds us through his use of haiku, that when we are stripped back to our nakedness, an extraordinary quality of resolve and determination is unleashed. This is not available to just a gifted few, it is available to us all.
Mark Ormrod, MBE

As an Olympic boxing medallist, I knew what it was like to be pushed to achieve more, punch harder and be stronger. But with all of that comes the fall – the moments where our world crashes.
Through his words, Richard has captured the essence of not only his own story, but the universal one that most of us were taught as we grew up: go faster, go harder, go bigger. He provides us with an important lesson – we must support our future generations to not only climb higher, but to also find ways to be with our own crashing descent. Descent is an opportunity to learn, build awareness and to adapt. It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you choose to face it.
Anthony Ogogo, Olympic boxing medallist

As the old liturgy has it, in the midst of life we are in death. We all wish for ascent without its necessary companion descent. Richard Tyler shares his experience of both. One cannot come away from reading his account without a deeper consideration of life’s paradox: that there is no ascent without descent as well. What matters is not the venue for our appointments with descent; what matters is how we go through the fire, how we come to accept the unacceptable, and how the depth, dignity, and degradation of this journey is accompanied by grace, hope, and occasionally even love.
James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst, Washington, DC, and author

Richard Tyler gives us a fearless account of what it is like to truly be human! A soul journey of the heart that transports you into his ever fluent world. His engaging humour and true transparency is gut wrenching, heartbreaking, and courageous. No stone is left unturned but nor could it be when one has walked a path such as his. His creative honesty allows us to truly see inside of ourselves at the same time. To not be alone, an outsider, or a bystander. We walk, cry, laugh, and dance with him. Yet as he plays the game of life, we are left on the edge of our seats wondering outcomes. What will happen next? Where will he take us? A real story, a true story and yet everyone’s story in some way or another. He brings humanity together with one voice.
Nadine Benjamin, professional opera singer, leadership

About the Author(s)

Richard Tyler, former West End star turned therapist, is the founder of BTFI Ltd, bestselling author of Jolt: Shake Up Your Thinking and Upgrade Your Impact for Extraordinary Success, international speaker, coach, and provocateur. He is trained in cognitive hypnotherapy, psychosynthesis, CBT, ACT, NLP, emotional intelligence, Barrett values, and constellation coaching. Richard loves using creative paradox and juxtaposed ideas in his writing, including masculine and feminine leadership, enlightenment and shadow work, ascent and descent, and love and will. His first book, Jolt, offers a creative and artful lens for people to learn and fully emerge in their talents and their being.

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