Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Imaginary Bookshop: Dr Leo Lafferty-Whyte

Today Dr Leo Lafferty-Whyte has popped by to launch his new book, Life Satisfaction and to take part in the Imaginary Bookshop series.

Life Satisfaction shows you how to improve your life, not give up and find satisfaction. Offering ways to set goals and frameworks for lasting success. Leo also shows his personal journey through his approaches to happiness.


What would be the name of your imaginary bookshop?
The Book Sanctuary

Where would your imaginary bookshop be located?
Hidden down an alleyway off a major city street. One of those little alleys that only people who know it’s there would see it. It would be a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the world. Very Diagon Alley.

Would your bookshop have any special features?
Lots of comfortable seats for snuggling up with a blanket for reading. Our chief executive animal (Newfoundland puppy Bear) would greet all customers at the door with love and enthusiasm. There would be coffee and cocktails available as well.

What would make your bookshop different from all of the other ones?
It would be a social meeting place and more about reading and escaping from the busy modern world than just being a shop.

What sections would you have in your bookshop? And what sections would you ditch?
I’d have lots of philosophy, science, travel, self-help, religious (both traditional and new age), nutrition, history, fitness. I’d ditch sports sections probably – I’m not a huge fan and the competitive vibe would disturb the chilled out inclusive atmosphere I’d be going for.

Every bookshop needs a display table. Which books would you have on your display table? Why?
I’d have both my own books (obviously) but also a selection from inspiring people like Oprah, Oscar Wilde and Richard Branson. It would be a table for inspiration.

If you could run only one author event who would you have? You can pick a living or dead writer. What sort of event would they run?

It would have to be Oprah. I’m a huge fan of hers. Her journey through adversity and transformation into such an inspiring leader is something I hope to echo in my own life, even in a small way. It would be a question and answer event. Relaxed, intimate and full of love.

A customer comes up to your till with a copy of your novel and asks you to give them a reason on why they should buy it. What would you say?
I’d ask them if they are feeling satisfied with their life. If they feel they need a framework to get themselves back on track. If they would like to try something that isn’t based on woo-woo and is a practical guide rather than just an inspiring read. If the answer is yes to all three then I think they would get benefit from delving into it.

What sort of cake would you offer when launching your book in your bookshop?
Key lime pie. Zesty, sweet and refreshing.


Dr Leo Lafferty-Whyte, Ph.D grew up in the North East of Scotland in the 80's and 90's. As a young gay man in a small fishing village he suffered mental and physical abuse on a daily basis. He used his past traumas to fuel his hunger for self-improvement and adopted the life goal of leaving the world a better place than when he entered. After several years’ experience, and receiving his life coaching accreditation, Leo launched Triple ‘H’ Coaching in 2016 and the Triple H Coaching mobile app. In addition he has a degree in Genetics & Immunology from University of Aberdeen and he was awarded a Ph.D in Molecular Oncology from the University of Glasgow. Leo currently lives near Glasgow with his partner and Newfoundland dog, all three of which can often be found hiking a local mountain or relaxing on a woodland walk.

You can buy Life Satisfaction: A Scientist's Guide from your favourite bookshop.