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Daniel Smith - Author

About the Author

Daniel Smith is author of the Sherlock Holmes Companion, also published by Aurum, and The Lucky Bugger's Casebook.

Featured books by Daniel Smith

Spade as Mighty as the Sword The Story of World War Two's Dig for Victory Campaign

Spade as Mighty as the Sword The Story of World War Two's Dig for Victory Campaign

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2011

After food rationing was introduced in 1940, and German U-boats began threatening merchant shipping bringing in essential foodstuffs, the Ministry of Agriculture decided something had to be done to make the kitchens of Britain more self-sufficient. The result was one of Britain's most successful propaganda campaigns - Dig for Victory - encouraging every man and woman to turn their garden, or even the grass verge in their street, over to cultivating vegetables. By 1942 half the population were taking part, and even the Royal Family had sacrificed their rose beds for growing onions. Now Dan Smith tells the full story of this remarkable wartime episode when spades, forks and bean canes became weapons the ordinary citizen could take up against the enemy. It had tangible benefits for the war effort in that shipping could be reallocated for munitions instead of food imports, as well as for the health of the nation in encouraging a diet of fresh fruit and veg. The campaign threw up unexpected celebrities like C.H. Middleton, whose wartime BBC radio talks on gardening reached a vast audience, and it even sowed the seeds for the modern allotment movement. Ultimately it is a war story without fighting or killing, one that shows how even The Little Man with the Spade, in the words of the Minister for Agriculture at the time, did his bit for Victory.

Other books by Daniel Smith

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

An entrepreneur is someone who has a great, innovative idea that identifies the need for the creation of a new business, taking on the financial risk in the hope of profit and driving that business forward in a measured way. This book draws on the stories, experiences and words of iconic business figures from around the globe and across the years - from Andrew Carnegie and Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs and Sunil Mittal. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of entrepreneurship and the lessons they can teach us, such as: - If you want to become big, you need to think big. If you're content for your business to tick over, that's fine. But if you want it to be a world-beater, you need a world-beater's mindset - Don't forget what makes your business scalable in the first place - Prepare your company for growing pains. Expansion brings inevitable problems but an entrepreneur should do everything possible to ready their business - Try to predict what lies ahead - but remember Warren Buffet's wise words: 'Forecasts usually tell us more of the forecaster than of the future' Each study includes quotations from and about its main subject, along with words of wisdom from other relevant famous names. Informative, educative and thought provoking, How to Think Like an Entrepreneur presents the ideas and methods of the business greats, allowing the reader to expand their understanding of what drives and informs successful entrepreneurship.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

An entrepreneur is someone who has a great, innovative idea that identifies the need for the creation of a new business, taking on the financial risk in the hope of profit and driving that business forward in a measured way. This book draws on the stories, experiences and words of iconic business figures from around the globe and across the years - from Andrew Carnegie and Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs and Sunil Mittal. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of entrepreneurship and the lessons they can teach us, such as: - If you want to become big, you need to think big. If you're content for your business to tick over, that's fine. But if you want it to be a world-beater, you need a world-beater's mindset - Don't forget what makes your business scalable in the first place - Prepare your company for growing pains. Expansion brings inevitable problems but an entrepreneur should do everything possible to ready their business - Try to predict what lies ahead - but remember Warren Buffet's wise words: 'Forecasts usually tell us more of the forecaster than of the future' Each study includes quotations from and about its main subject, along with words of wisdom from other relevant famous names. Informative, educative and thought provoking, How to Think Like an Entrepreneur presents the ideas and methods of the business greats, allowing the reader to expand their understanding of what drives and informs successful entrepreneurship.

How to Think Like Sherlock Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction

How to Think Like Sherlock Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.' Such were the words of the master detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, as he noted how his friend failed to implement Holmes's techniques. In How to Think Like Sherlock you will learn how to increase your powers of observation, memory, deduction and reasoning using the tricks and techniques of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The book incorporates the latest techniques and theories across a range of topics: NLP, memory mapping, body language, information shifting and speed reading - this is a supremely practical book that will make you look at the world in a new light, and more importantly, impress those around you. Packed full of case studies, quotes and trivia from Arthur Conan Doyle's original novels and short stories, How to Think Like Sherlock also includes a series of fun tasks and games for you to complete that will ensure that when you reach the end of the book you will be thinking like Sherlock Holmes, the master of the science of deduction. You will never look at a shirt cuff, trouser hem or scuff of dirt on a shoe in the same way again!

How to Think Like Stephen Hawking

How to Think Like Stephen Hawking

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

A unique insight into one of science's greatest minds of the last half-century. Undoubtedly the most famous name in science and the very face of physics over the last half-century, Stephen Hawking was remarkable for many reasons. Not least because he continued to strive to achieve so much while being hindered by debilitating illness. He demonstrated categorically that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything, no matter your physical state. Of course, it helps if you happen to possess a mind such as he did. His work on black holes put him on the map, and he became globally famous for his A Brief History of Time, communicating the most difficult scientific ideas at a period when he'd lost the ability to speak.

Sherlock Unlocked Little-known Facts About the World's Greatest Detective

Sherlock Unlocked Little-known Facts About the World's Greatest Detective

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Daniel Smith looks behind what we think we know about the well-known sleuth and reveals little-known facts of which every Sherlock aficionado should be aware. Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes has been fascinating generations of readers, watchers and listeners for over 130 years, since he first appeared in print in 1887. Now an internationally renowned cultural icon, his name appears on books, films, television dramas, radio plays, stage adaptations and the rest right across the world and he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as `the most portrayed movie character' in history. With all this material readily available, one might think there's not much to find out about Sherlock, but in Sherlock Unlocked, Daniel Smith looks behind what we think we know about the well-known sleuth and reveals little-known facts of which every Sherlock aficionado should be aware. From the eccentric and odd characters to the bizarre plot twists, and from Conan Doyle to Moriarty, this book will appeal to Holmes' fans old and new. Full of fascinating facts, such as: - The shameful addiction of Watson's that Holmes kept secret - a dark gambling habit. - The part the legendary Langham Hotel played, in both Conan Doyle's literary friendships - including with Oscar Wilde - and in the storylines he created for Holmes and Watson. - The Real Moriarty? The true-life London underworld thief-taker, Jonathan Wild, was a model for Professor Moriarty - Holmes's retirement passion was bee-keeping. - One of Conan Doyle's childhood teachers, Eugene Chantrelle, became a notorious murderer.

How to Think Like da Vinci

How to Think Like da Vinci

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

500 years after Leonardo da Vinci's death, learn about this great visionary's life and achievements and develop your understanding of one of the world's most eclectic and extraordinary minds. Famed for creating some of the most iconic images in European art - including Mona Lisa and The Last Supper - Leonardo da Vinci has influenced generations of artists and thinkers, and continues to do so after more than 500 years. While we cannot hope to emulate his achievements, da Vinci showed an attitude towards life from which we can all learn. A true polymath, he was also a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer and an anatomist and, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, da Vinci was never satisfied with what he had learned, frequently turning his mind to new, unexplored subjects. He saw links between art and science, and constantly pursued perfection and accuracy in his work, so that he developed many techniques we continue to use to this day. Combining these strengths with a unique imagination, da Vinci came up with designs for inventions centuries ahead of their time. In How to Think Like da Vinci, you too can learn to think like the Renaissance man, seize your opportunities, harness your talents, innovate and experiment and imagine the impossible. Read about this great man's life and achievements and develop your understanding of one of the world's most eclectic and extraordinary minds.

How to Think Like Obama

How to Think Like Obama

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Be inspired by Barack Obama and learn how to think big with this unique insight into the mind of one of the world's great influencers. Born to a black Kenyan father and white American mother, raised in Hawaii and, for a time, Indonesia, Barack Obama would typically never have been tipped for a future president of the United States, such was the world he was born into. But the path towards greatness and the choices he made along the way can be understood by an attitude that saw him take on any challenge - indeed, `Yes We Can' became the all-inclusive slogan for his presidential candidacy. Riding a wave of positivity and hope for the future that swept him all the way to the Oval Office, Obama aimed to define his presidency as one that would provide opportunities for the many, not the few. With the price of change being gritty negotiation and compromise, Obama evolved the skills of a twenty-first century president which belied his relative inexperience to achieve the America that, as a young man, he had dreamed of. How to Think Like Obama reveals the motivations, inspirations and philosophies behind a man who broke the mould to challenge the status quo. With his thoughts on leadership, innovation, overcoming obstacles and fighting inequality, and with quotes by and about him, with this book you too can learn to think like Barack Obama.

How to Think Like Obama

How to Think Like Obama

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Be inspired by Barack Obama and learn how to think big with this unique insight into the mind of one of the world's great influencers. Born to a black Kenyan father and white American mother, raised in Hawaii and, for a time, Indonesia, Barack Obama would typically never have been tipped for a future president of the United States, such was the world he was born into. But the path towards greatness and the choices he made along the way can be understood by an attitude that saw him take on any challenge - indeed, `Yes We Can' became the all-inclusive slogan for his presidential candidacy. Riding a wave of positivity and hope for the future that swept him all the way to the Oval Office, Obama aimed to define his presidency as one that would provide opportunities for the many, not the few. With the price of change being gritty negotiation and compromise, Obama evolved the skills of a twenty-first century president which belied his relative inexperience to achieve the America that, as a young man, he had dreamed of. How to Think Like Obama reveals the motivations, inspirations and philosophies behind a man who broke the mould to challenge the status quo. With his thoughts on leadership, innovation, overcoming obstacles and fighting inequality, and with quotes by and about him, with this book you too can learn to think like Barack Obama.

Computational Optics II

Computational Optics II

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2018

Proceedings of SPIE present the original research papers presented at SPIE conferences and other high-quality conferences in the broad-ranging fields of optics and photonics. These books provide prompt access to the latest innovations in research and technology in their respective fields. Proceedings of SPIE are among the most cited references in patent literature.

More Answers Than Questions Where Every Quiz Has Many Answers and You Need to Find Them All!

More Answers Than Questions Where Every Quiz Has Many Answers and You Need to Find Them All!

Author: Daniel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

More Answers Than Questions is a quiz book with a difference. Each quiz is composed of eleven questions. Question 1 requires a single answer, question 2, two answers, question 3, three answers and so on, up to question ten. Then there is a bonus question, the answer to which comprises anything between ten and fifty answers. These are quizzes that all the family can work together to solve, rather than trying to out-do each other by being the first to shout out a single correct answer to each question. Subjects covered include: The Arts, Cinema, Food and Drink, General Knowledge, Geography, History, Literature, Music, The Natural World, Science, and much more besides. With each quiz truly testing the depth and width of your knowledge, More Answers Than Questions will provide many hours of family fun - and perhaps some bouts of frustration!

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