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Frequently Asked Questions

What's included?

What can I include in my Life Story?

Whatever you want! Most people take a chronological approach to their story. but you can also focus on particular themes that are also important to you.

Why doesn't Presenting Your Past offer a biography service?

Life Story Books are about memories and milestones. PYP does not offer memoir writing but do call to discuss your requirements and our bespoke service and we'll see if we can help.


What will my book look like?

We aim to produce a beautifully presented coffee table book, to your preferred size and finish. We carry samples of the different papers/ finishes so that you can see how your book will turn out.

What does 'Print-ready' mean?

Our DIY doesn't include printing costs as these can vary considerably depending on the size and finish of your book. Some people may be happy with Word printouts of their Story, whereas other people are looking for hardback premium productions. We recommend working with British printing company Bob Books, as they offer high quality and competitive prices- with prices starting at £14.99


How do I choose my photos?

Your life story should be a perfect blend of narrative and pictures. We can offer creative solutions as to how you can achieve this mix. We can also advise on how what to look out for when choosing photos.

How can I illustrate my book if I don’t have many photos?

Don’t worry- we have access to thousands of images, so we can creatively illustrate your story. For example, perhaps sourcing an old photo of the town you lived in or the front cover of your favourite book. If you enjoy gardening, we could superimpose text over a picture of your favourite flower. The possibilities are endless!

1-1 Sessions

​When should I start preparing for my 1-1 session?

It's never too soon! Start digging out old photos, certificates, reports, diaries- anything else that you would like to include. Jot down any memories that these may trigger, and we can discuss these during your interview.

What if I can’t remember very much?

Don’t be concerned if your memories are a little hazy. Our resources are designed with this in mind, and the 1-1 sessions are particularly helpful in drawing out long-forgotten memories.

You could also talk with friends and family and ask if they can remember any memorable events that you might include.​

Data Protection and Services

How do I know that my personal information will be kept private?

We promise that absolutely none of your details will be passed onto third parties without your consent.

Which areas do you cover?

We offer our 1-1 services in Hampshire, Surrey, and West Sussex. However, projects further afield are also considered with additional (modest!) travelling expenses charged for travel 20 miles beyond Haslemere.

Can you do this online?

Only our Memories and Milestones and Life Celebration projects can be completed online / by email and phone from anywhere in the world.

A sister and brother smiling together
A Life Story Book
An 1950s photo of a young couple
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