James “Jimmy” Shanley is a legend on the New Hampshire seacoast. Jim always has a joke or a story at the ready, often as not, with a life lesson woven in, a tradition that continues to this day. Born in 1928, Jim grew up in old Portsmouth, running with the neighborhood gang, playing high school football, marrying and having five children, receiving a law degree and then launching a real estate business that grew into an empire. Shanley Real Estate Corporation had twelve branches open at its height.
Over the years Jim took pride in providing jobs, helping families find or sell their homes and also in giving back to his community. Jim credits his financial success to his childhood family foundation, core values of honesty and hard work, and especially to the strong women who raised him. He hopes to pass on what he learned to the next generation through the publication of A Plum Life. His memoir was dictated over the summer of 2014, and includes over seventy pictures. Like Jim himself, A Plum Life will intrigue you, challenge you and stay with you.