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Mark Thomas - Author

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Featured books by Mark Thomas

Other books by Mark Thomas

Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2018

An analysis - and celebration - of the NHS as it turns 70. Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nick Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we're in, and what the future might hold for all of us.

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Buddhism - Major World Religions

Buddhism - Major World Religions

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2017

The Liar's Quartet Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, the Red Shed - Playscripts, Notes and Commentary

The Liar's Quartet Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, the Red Shed - Playscripts, Notes and Commentary

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2017

Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar's Quartet includes the scripts with brand new commentary from Mark Thomas' most acclaimed comic, political theatre. Layered with political insight (and insult), and peppered with anecdote, this is a bravura performance in its own right. Each multi-award winning show examines Thomas' obsession with the bonds that bind us, those of family, friends and communities. Beginning with Bravo Figaro!, Mark puts on an opera in his dying father's living room (with the help of Royal Opera House singers) to explore their relationship. In Cuckooed, he unpicks the betrayal of a friend and a fellow activist who was in fact employed to spy for the UK's biggest arms company, BAE systems. And in The Red Shed, Mark returns to his political roots to harness the power of collective memory and celebrate the importance of working-class struggles and narratives in a story he describes as 'a topical tale about the miners' strike'.

Change of Fortune

Change of Fortune

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2017

Mark is the eldest son of the late Leslie Thomas who wrote The Virgin Soldiers and many other wonderful novels. Mark has always wanted to write a novel himself but due to his dyslexia this has not been possible until now. His story is about one particular GBP10 note. Have you ever looked at one when it's in your hand before you put it into your wallet or purse? If so, you might have noticed that someone had written something on it, a number or even a word. You might also have wondered who had owned it before you. This novel is about the people and their experiences, some of them life-changing, some of them funny and sexual. whilst they have this remarkable note in their possession!

The Change of Fortune

The Change of Fortune

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2017

Mark is the eldest son of the late Leslie Thomas who wrote The Virgin Soldiers and many other wonderful novels. Mark has always wanted to write a novel himself but due to his dyslexia this has not been possible until now. His story is about one particular GBP10 note. Have you ever looked at one when it's in your hand before you put it into your wallet or purse? If so, you might have noticed that someone had written something on it, a number or even a word. You might also have wondered who had owned it before you. This novel is about the people and their experiences, some of them life-changing, some of them funny and sexual. whilst they have this remarkable note in their possession!

The Change of Fortune

The Change of Fortune

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2016

Mark is the eldest son of the late Leslie Thomas who wrote The Virgin Soldiers and many other wonderful novels. Mark has always wanted to write a novel himself but due to his dyslexia this has not been possible until now. His story is about one particular GBP10 note. Have you ever looked at one when it's in your hand before you put it into your wallet or purse? If so, you might have noticed that someone had written something on it, a number or even a word. You might also have wondered who had owned it before you. This novel is about the people and their experiences, some of them life-changing, some of them funny and sexual. whilst they have this remarkable note in their possession!

Change of Fortune

Change of Fortune

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2016

Mark is the eldest son of the late Leslie Thomas who wrote The Virgin Soldiers and many other wonderful novels. Mark has always wanted to write a novel himself but due to his dyslexia this has not been possible until now. His story is about one particular GBP10 note. Have you ever looked at one when it's in your hand before you put it into your wallet or purse? If so, you might have noticed that someone had written something on it, a number or even a word. You might also have wondered who had owned it before you. This novel is about the people and their experiences, some of them life-changing, some of them funny and sexual. whilst they have this remarkable note in their possession!

100 Acts Of Minor Dissent

100 Acts Of Minor Dissent

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2015

100 Acts of Minor Dissent is an account of an entire year spent living provocatively. From successful campaigns against Royal Parks and multinationals, to arts and crafts with porn mags, from annoying estate agents, to raising cinema workers' wages, comedian and campaigner Mark Thomas stopped at nothing. The Acts were sometimes bold, sometimes surreal. Many brought about change and others were done for the sheer hell of it. Whether at the gates of the Saudi Arabian embassy or the checkout at Tesco - people reacted with laughter, shock, outrage and occasionally anger. Sometimes all of the above. 100 Acts of Minor Dissent makes for dangerously inspiring reading.

Mastering People Management

Mastering People Management

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2013

In a time of rapid change and intense competition the greatest resource for any business is its people. This book explains how to build and develop a successful team by motivating, empowering and leading people. Based on in-depth experience of developing people and initiating change within many organisations, Mark Thomas provides a practical guide to mastering the essential techniques of people management.

Gurus on Leadership

Gurus on Leadership

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2013

A one-stop guide to the world's key writers on leadership, their thoughts and contributions. It includes:An update of the recent themes and issues that dominate the leadership agendaA listing of the main gurus from Adair to Sun Tzu, their main concepts and approachesA quick guide to some of the world's current and recent business leadersA compendium of leadership checklists for developing skills and competencies.

Backyard Composting &quote;How to Do It Yourself&quote;

Backyard Composting "e;How to Do It Yourself"e;

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

Extreme Rambling Walking Israel's Separation Barrier. For Fun.

Extreme Rambling Walking Israel's Separation Barrier. For Fun.

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2012

'Good fences make good neighbours, but what about bad ones?' The Israeli separation barrier is probably the most iconic divider of land since the Berlin Wall. It has been declared illegal under international law and its impact on life in the West Bank has been enormous. Mark Thomas - as only he could - decided the only way to really get to grips with this huge divide was to use the barrier as a route map, to 'walk the wall', covering the entire distance with little more in his armoury than Kendal Mint Cake and a box of blister plasters. In the course of his ramble he was tear-gassed, stoned, sunburned, rained on and hailed on and even lost the wall a couple of times. But thankfully he was also welcomed and looked after by Israelis and Palestinians - from farmers and soldiers to smugglers and zookeepers - and finally earned a unique insight of the real Middle East in all its entrenched and yet life-affirming glory. And all without hardly ever getting arrested!

Exploring the Elements of Design, International Edition

Exploring the Elements of Design, International Edition

Author: Mark Thomas, Poppy Evans, Eleanor Dozier, Zulma Iguina Format: Book Release Date: 09/03/2012

Designed to prepare readers for success in graphic design, EXPLORING THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN, 3E, International Edition has been completely updated to reflect the very latest in graphic design concepts and contemporary design work. With its straightforward approach and dynamic examples, this richly illustrated full-color book offers clear explanations of the fundamental principles, award-winning examples of professional work, and diagrams that clearly show how these principles operate in successful design solutions. Offering a practical and visual introduction to the world of graphic design, this book provides readers with detailed coverage of design concepts, including color, imagery, creative thinking, and visual-problem solving, as well as an overview of the field of graphic design and related career options. In addition, the third edition includes all-new material on digital media, interactive design, and typography to ensure that readers have all the information needed to work in the ever-changing world of graphic design.

Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto

Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2010

Mark Thomas has been touring the country for months, getting audiences to come up with policies aimed at sorting out the country's political chaos and taking back the power for the people. Sick to death of bailing out bankers and subsidising MPs homes, the audience vote on the best policy of the night to be included in the brand new People's Manifesto. From the inspiring to the downright hilarious, you'll wonder why these fantastic ideas aren't part of the constitution already. For example: - All politicians will be forced to wear the names and logos of the companies sponsor that them or with whom they have financial links. - Anyone who supports ID cards is banned from having curtains. - All models have to be picked at random from the electoral register. - Anyone found guilty of homophobic hate crime has to serve their sentence in drag. - CEOs convicted of fraud will be made to dress as pirates in whatever job they get in the future. The People's Manifesto will outline 50 policies of the manifesto shouted out in bold type on a page to themselves with Mark's commentary opposite. Mark has even 'road tested' some of them - like hosting a party in an MP's second home (which clearly belongs to the taxpayer) and getting university boffins to work out a way of SAT testing MPs to rank them by value. And Mark's guerrilla antics won't end there... Power to the people is really happening.

Belching Out the Devil Global Adventures with Coca-Cola

Belching Out the Devil Global Adventures with Coca-Cola

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Coca-Cola and its logo are everywhere. In our homes, our workplaces, even our schools. It is a company that sponsors the Olympics, backs US presidents and even re-brands Santa Claus. A truly universal product, it has even been served in space. From Istanbul to Mexico City, Mark travels the globe investigating the stories and people Coca-Cola's iconic advertising campaigns don't mention. Child labourers in the sugar cane fields of El Salvador. Indian workers exposed to toxic chemicals. Colombian union leaders falsely accused of terrorism and jailed alongside the paramilitaries who want to kill them. And many more... Provocative, funny and stirring, Belching Out the Devil investigates the truth behind one of the planet's biggest brands.

Belching Out the Devil

Belching Out the Devil

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2009

Mark Thomasa legendarily seditious comedian and human rights activistis a recovering Coca-Cola addict, a self-described middle-aged fat dad with asthma who decides to trek around the globe investigating the stories and people Coca-Colas iconic advertising campaigns dont mention: child laborers in the sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Indian workers exposed to toxic chemicals, Columbian labor union leaders in Coke bottling plants falsely accused of terrorism and jailed alongside the paramilitaries who want to kill them.At once hilarious and disturbing, Thomas builds a very detailed and damning case against the worlds most ubiquitous drink.

Sightlines A Collection of Christmas Stories

Sightlines A Collection of Christmas Stories

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2006

The Complete CEO The Executive's Guide to Consistent Peak Performance

The Complete CEO The Executive's Guide to Consistent Peak Performance

Author: Mark Thomas, Gary Miles, Peter Fisk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2006

Business success comes neither easily nor quickly. What is needed is a practical guide to achieving peak performance recognising your starting point and telling you what is required to achieve your goals. The Complete CEO does exactly this by providing a comprehensive framework against which any business leader can assess their strengths and weaknesses. The Complete CEO combines invaluable insights from some of the most successful CEOs in North America and Northern Europe along with the authors' extensive knowledge and experience to create a complete programme for you and your business to achieve peak corporate and individual performance. The Complete CEO distils learning built up over the last ten years from 1000 leaders of the world's largest quoted companies. By comparing the ways these leaders ran their businesses with their long-term performance, you will be able to see what works in practice and how to make it work for you. The Complete CEO is not a conventional business book and recognises there are no shortcuts to greatness. Even great CEOs have important areas of relative weakness. The tailored model of high performance presented in this book will be of enormous value to anyone who aspires to be a high-performing CEO. The Complete CEO is an excellent handbook for any manager or leader. I keep it within reach. -Mervyn Davies. CEO Standard Chartered Bank Plc This book is helpful to any CEO, or indeed any business manager, who wants to deliver sustained high performance. -Jim Nicol, CEO Tomkins Plc As CEO of a newly floated business, I have found The Complete CEO to give extremely helpful focus, as well as practical tools. -Heikki Sirvio, CEO Kemira Growhow The Complete CEO is a fascinating book. While it won't turn the average CEO into Warren Buffett, it does contain a wealth of uncommon, common sense wisdom, which will take him or her a number of steps in his direction. -James O'Loughlin, Author, The Real Warren Buffett The ultimate test of a CEO is value creation. Yet few are prepared for the task. This book will be of practical help to anyone who seriously takes up this challenge. -Sir Brian Pitman, Former CEO And Chairman Of Lloyds TSB I believe that the High Performance Model described in this book will be of value to any business leader - but especially to one new in post, or one who has good reason to introduce change. -Sten Scheibye, CEO Coloplast The High Performance Model at the core of the book, moves from a clear and insightful discussion of what drives the creation and maintenance of a winning business model into a decomposition of the role of the CEO. The authors have worked with a number of highly successful CEOs and former CEOs to understand the essence of their success, and the actions they have taken day-to-day to drive it; and the result is a practical, easy-to-understand guide. -From The Foreword By Ben Verwaayen, CEO BT Plc

Every Mother's Nightmare The Murder of James Bulger

Every Mother's Nightmare The Murder of James Bulger

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2006

Where Adventure Meets Discovery

Where Adventure Meets Discovery

Author: Mark Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2005

High Performance Consulting Skills

High Performance Consulting Skills

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2003

The concept of the 'internal consultant' is now gaining considerable ground as managers in support functions seek to redefine their role and effectiveness. The emphasis that it places on moving from a 'colleague' to a 'client' perspective within the business can bring major benefits to both adviser and organisation.this book provides...... a practical understanding of the skills required to become a high-performance internal consultant, whatever your own area of expertise. It will help you:Develop stronger, more productive working relationships with internal clientsSecure greater internal client commitment to initiatives and change projectsWork effectively in a less formal and hierarchical way on projects and initiativesMarket your services and build powerful internal networksEnhance your own worth and value to the organisationwho should read this book?All managers working in support functions, such as HR, audit, training, personnel and IT, as well as areas such as finance and marketing.

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 (BBC Radio 4)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 (BBC Radio 4)

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

The first series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy, 'Mark Thomas: The Manifesto', recorded with participation from a studio audience. This series was originally broadcast on 25 June and 2 July 2009. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas creates a People's Manifesto, taking suggestions from his studio audience and then getting them to vote for the best. Some of the proposals up for the vote are: holding a public referendum before going to war next time; reforming the role of Whips in The House of Commons and Lords; creating a pedestrian proficiency test; and introducing a one year cooling-off period for marriage proposals.

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 Episode 1 (BBC Radio 4)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 Episode 1 (BBC Radio 4)

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Episode one of the first series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy, 'Mark Thomas: The Manifesto', recorded with participation from a studio audience. Originally broadcast on 25 June 2009. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas creates a People's Manifesto, taking suggestions from his studio audience and then getting them to vote for the best. The ideas up for the vote in this episode are: holding a public referendum before going to war next time; bringing back The Witch's Hat to kids' playgrounds; and reforming the role of Whips in The House of Commons and Lords.

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 Episode 2 (BBC Radio 4)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto: Series 1 Episode 2 (BBC Radio 4)

Author: Mark Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Episode two of the first series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy, 'Mark Thomas: The Manifesto', recorded with participation from a studio audience. Originally broadcast on 2 July 2009. Comedian and activist Mark Thomas creates a People's Manifesto, taking suggestions from his studio audience and then getting them to vote for the best. The suggestions up for the vote in the last episode of this series include: a pedestrian proficiency test, hype-free advertising, and a one year cooling-off period for marriage proposals.