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  7. The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life Audiobook The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life
  8. How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening Audiobook How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening
  9. Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths about Aging Audiobook Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths about Aging
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A Half Baked Idea: How grief, love and cake took me from the courtroom to Le Cordon Bleu Audiobook

A Half Baked Idea: How grief, love and cake took me from the courtroom to Le Cordon Bleu

Author: Olivia Potts Narrator: Olivia Potts Release Date: July 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Half Baked Idea written and read by Olivia Potts. At the moment her mother died, Olivia Potts was baking a cake. She was trying to impress the man who would later become her husband. Meanwhile, 275 miles away, her mother was dying. In the grief-stricken months that followed, Olivia came home from her job as a criminal barrister miserable and tired, and baked soda bread, pizza, and chocolate banana cake. Even when it went badly (which was often), cooking brought her comfort. So she concocted a plan: she would begin a newer, happier life, filled with fewer magistrates and more macarons. She left the bar for Le Cordon Bleu, plunging headfirst into the eccentric world of patisserie. Interspersed with recipes ranging from passionfruit pavlova to her mother's shepherd's pie, this is a heart-breaking, hilarious, life-affirming memoir about dealing with grief, falling in love and learning how to bake a really, really good cake.

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Flash Count Diary: A New Story About the Menopause Audiobook

Flash Count Diary: A New Story About the Menopause

Author: Darcey Steinke Narrator: Darcey Steinke Release Date: July 2019

Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Some promoted hormone replacement therapy, others encouraged acceptance, but there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in an engaged way. Flash Count Diary is a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women. It is a deeply feminist book, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendency, beauty, and power of the post-reproductive years in women's lives.

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Headlines and Hedgerows: A Memoir Audiobook

Headlines and Hedgerows: A Memoir

Author: John Craven Narrator: John Craven Release Date: July 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. In this, his first memoir, John recounts his childhood, the highpoints and lowpoints of one of the longest entertaining careers in history, and the people, family and animals in his own life which have shaped it. Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, John showed an early interest newspapers when, aged eleven, he wrote the 'Grimthorpe Street Gazette': a one-page paper detailing the latest goings-on in his street. It was a short-lived enterprise, not least as he only had one copy of it (which he charged neighbours a penny to borrow and read). It was whilst working at the Yorkshire Post that he heard of a new opening at the BBC - a move that was to change his life forever... Throughout the 1970s and 80s, John was, to children and parents alike, a friendly guide to the big wide world and to adulthood, breaking such news as the Challenger shuttle disaster in 1986 on Newsround. Since then, having presented Countryfile from across the breadth of Britain, John has introduced us to the people, landscapes and animals which make it so special. He has done for our countryside what Attenborough has done across the world, and now we get to hear the story of this national treasure.

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Double Crossed: A Code of Honour, A Complete Betrayal Audiobook

Double Crossed: A Code of Honour, A Complete Betrayal

Author: Brian Wood Narrator: Brian Wood, Simon Darwen Release Date: July 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Double Crossed by Brian Wood, read by Brian Wood and Simon Darwen. At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross. But Brian's story had only just begun. Struggling to re-integrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, five years later, a letter arrived: it summoned him to testify at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003. After five years of public shame, Brian took the stand and his powerful testimony led to full vindication. Phil Shiner, the lawyer who made the accusations, was struck off. In this compelling memoir, Brian speaks powerfully and movingly about the three battles in his life, from being ambushed with no cover, to the mental battle to adjust at home, to being falsely accused of hideous war crimes. It's a remarkable and dark curve which ends with his honour restored but, as he says, it was too little, too late.

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Grease Junkie: A book of moving parts Audiobook

Grease Junkie: A book of moving parts

Author: Edd China Narrator: Edd China Release Date: July 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook editon of Grease Junkie by Edd China. 'Think fast. Think big. Think the unthinkable!' As you'll discover in his incomparable memoir, inventor, mechanic, TV presenter and walking tall as the definition of the British eccentric, Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had 35 ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he's a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed and bathroom. His first car was a more conventional 1303 Texas yellow Beetle, the start of an ongoing love affair with VW, even though it got him arrested for attempted armed robbery. A human volcano of ideas and the ingenuity to make them happen, Edd is exhilarating company. Join him on his wild, wheeled adventures; see inside his engineering heroics; go behind the scenes on Wheeler Dealers. Climb aboard his giant motorised shopping trolley, and let him take you into his parallel universe of possibility.

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On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back Audiobook

On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back

Author: Stacey Dooley Narrator: Stacey Dooley Release Date: July 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back written and read by Stacey Dooley. Put yourself in their shoes. In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She was selected to take part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK High Street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations, establishing her as one of BBC3's most celebrated presenters. Through the course of her documentary making, Stacey has covered a variety of topics, from sex trafficking in Cambodia, to Yazidi women fighting back in Syria. At the core of her reporting are incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances - from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras. In her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience. From gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, Stacey weaves these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.

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Naturally Tan: A Memoir Audiobook

Naturally Tan: A Memoir

Author: Tan France Narrator: Tan France Release Date: July 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Naturally Tan written and read by Tan France. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix's Emmy award-winning Queer Eye, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of colour in South Yorkshire. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and happily marrying the love of his life - a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. Humorous and poignant personal essays are peppered with style advice, funny lists, and the truisms that Tan has accumulated in his journey from South Yorkshire to Netflix. In Tan's own words, 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.'

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After the Fall Audiobook

After the Fall

Author: Kasey S. Pipes Narrator: Walter Dixon Release Date: July 2019

In this evocative biography, presidential historian and former White House speechwriter Kasey Pipes explores President Richard Nixon's post-White House life, beginning with his days in virtual exile and ending with his unlikely redemption through the work he did later in life.

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Traces: The memoir of a forensic scientist and criminal investigator Audiobook

Traces: The memoir of a forensic scientist and criminal investigator

Author: Patricia Wiltshire Narrator: Antonia Beamish Release Date: July 2019

'Engrossing, emotionally honest and forensically fascinating' - Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes In Traces, Professor Patricia Wiltshire will take you on a journey through the fascinating edgeland where nature and crime are intertwined. She'll take you searching for bodies of loved ones - through woodlands, along hedgerows, field-edges, and through plantations - solving time since death, and disposal of remains, from ditches to living rooms. She will give you glimpses of her own history: her loves, her losses, and the narrow little valley in Wales where she first woke up to the wonders of the natural world. Pat will show you how her work with a microscope reveals tell-tale traces of the world around us, and how these have taken suspects of the darkest criminal activities to court. From flowers, fungi, tree trunks to car pedals, walking boots, carpets, and corpses' hair, Traces is a fascinating, unique, and utterly compelling audiobook on life, death, and one's indelible link with nature.

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Her Father's Daughter Audiobook

Her Father's Daughter

Author: Beezy Marsh Narrator: Deirdra Whelan Release Date: July 2019

By the internationally bestselling author Beezy Marsh, comes a powerful sequel to All My Mother's Secrets. When Annie marries Harry after years of heartache in a London slum she believes she's found her happy ever after. But the horrors of the Blitz soon threaten everything they hold dear. The terrible sights Harry witnesses as an air raid warden bring back traumatic memories of his time during the First World War. Suddenly Annie finds herself struggling to cope not only with life in wartime and two little children, but also with a husband who seems like a stranger. Kitty has always been protective of her little brother Harry. Hiding the scandal about their father from the world was the only way to survive as they were growing up in Newcastle. But when she discovers Harry too has a shocking secret, she is torn. Meanwhile Annie wonders why Harry refuses to discuss his life before their marriage and why she has never met his sister. Will the truth ever come to light? From the bombed-out terraces of London to the docks of Newcastle, Her Father's Daughter is a moving and poignant true story about the unbreakable bonds of family, and the power of love to heal the worst wounds.

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Viajeras intrépidas y aventureras (edición actualizada) Audiobook

Viajeras intrépidas y aventureras (edición actualizada)

Author: Cristina Morató Narrator: Elisa Beuter Release Date: July 2019

Ya disponible en audiolibro Viajeras intrépidas y aventureras, que nos aporta una lectura deliciosa y el reconocimiento histórico a muchas mujeres olvidadas que, con su imaginación y coraje, hicieron posible el milagro de la aventura en un mundo de hombres. Mujeres intrépidas y aventureras han existido desde los tiempos más remotos, aunque la inmensa mayoría han sido silenciadas y olvidadas por una historia escrita por los hombres. Cuando miramos hacia atrás resulta difícil encontrar testimonios de mujeres viajeras anteriores a los siglos XVII y XIX, época de las grandes expediciones. Pero ¿cuándo empezaron a viajar las mujeres? ¿Cómo y por qué viajaban? Sabemos que muchas mujeres, incluso amas de casa llevadas por la curiosidad, hartas de su papel social, se lanzaron a la aventura de viajar allá donde los mapas estaban en blanco y, en ocasiones, mucho antes que los grandes viajeros, aunque ni una triste placa recuerde sus hazañas. A lo largo de las páginas conoceremos a estas auténticas pioneras: monjas de armas tomar, piratas, conquistadoras, ladies viajeras o las olvidadas esposas de los famosos exploradores que contribuyeron al éxito de sus expediciones... Damas victorianas que viajan a la selva africana o a los desiertos de Arabia vestidas con apretados corsés, enaguas, botines y sombrillas. Que no renuncian a algunos caprichos: May Sheldon viaja en un enorme palanquín de mimbre y con su inseparable bañera de zinc, Gertrude Bell cena en el desierto con su vajilla de porcelana, cristalería y cubertería de plata... Y así, sin importarles el riesgo, se enfrentan a caníbales, fieras salvajes y una naturaleza hostil. Algunas se visten de hombre para pasar inadvertidas, aprenden a manejar el fusil, montan a caballo como expertas amazonas o escalan montañas para mantenerse en forma. Escucha la apasionante vida de muchas de estas mujeres que nos cuenta Cristina Morató, desde Egeria, la primera viajera, a las misioneras del Tíbet, las mujeres pirata, la primera Almiranta, las damas del desierto, las pioneras de la aviación... Aventureras que han pasado ya a la historia como Mary Kingsley, Isabelle Eberhardt o Alexandra David-Néel. Reseña: «Un relato limpio, rápido, de veloz y atenta mirada, sin adornos innecesarios.» Viajar

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Jurgen Klopp Audiobook

Jurgen Klopp

Author: Elmar Neveling Narrator: Saul Reichlin Release Date: July 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. Updated to include the Champions League Victory 2019 "It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club." Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop. Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by fans for his charm, wit and exciting football on the pitch. In 2019, Klopp cemented his name in the history books by returning Liverpool to Champions League glory. Here is the definitive story of Jürgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius. (c) 2016, Elmar Neveling (P) 2016 Penguin Audio

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