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Chris Smith - Author

About the Author

Chris Smyth is a novellist and health correspondent at The Times. Over six years at the paper, he has written broadly on medicine, health policy, culture and politics. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and is the author of Dinner at Mine (2012).s

Featured books by Chris Smith

The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope

The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Why use expensive beauty products when you can moisturise with jellyfish? Have you ever suspected pollution was to blame for your children's plummeting IQ? Ready to take a sea change ...on Mars? And how about chopping an onion that doesn't make you cry? This is the perfect present for enquiring minds. Compelling, quirky and packed fully of curious facts, The Naked Scientist: Life Under the Microscope is a treasure trove of cutting-edge research, far-flung factoids and the ability to see into our scientific future, answering those fascinating questions you never thought to ask.

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Other books by Chris Smith

Bringing Bach's Music to Life Essays on Bach's Cantatas

Bringing Bach's Music to Life Essays on Bach's Cantatas

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

With a unique relationship to Bach's works and their liturgical function, Craig Smith engages the cantatas as living works of art, exploring how they work musically, emotionally, and theologically. Integrating spiritual, psychological, and compositional analysis, these vivid essays reveal Bach's power to communicate complex messages of faith, doubt, and the human condition. In the Foreword, eminent composer and close friend of Smith, John Harbison, writes: Craig's writing embraces, at times dissolves, never ignores, the distance - esoteric, temporal, linguistic, cultural - that the Bach cantatas carry. The paternalistic theology, the presentness of sin, the Devil, the rough proximity of Death is never evaded or finessed. That which should remain difficult is acknowledged. That which immediately attracts is gratefully received. What is constantly suggested is that this may be the finest music that the finest composer wrote, and that it is never too late to catch up to it.

The View from the Back of the Band The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

The View from the Back of the Band The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

Author: Chris Smith, John Mosca, John Riley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2019

Mel Lewis (1929-1990) first picked up his father's drumsticks at the age of two. At 17 he was a full-time professional musician. The View from the Back of the Band is the first biography of this legendary jazz drummer. For over 50 years, Lewis provided the blueprint for how a drummer could subtly support any musical situation. While he made his name with Stan Kenton and Thad Jones, and with his band at the Village Vanguard, it was the hundreds of recordings that he made as a sideman and his ability to mentor young musicians that truly defined his career.

The Last Cambridge Spy John Cairncross, Bletchley Codebreaker and Soviet Double Agent

The Last Cambridge Spy John Cairncross, Bletchley Codebreaker and Soviet Double Agent

Author: Chris Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2019

JOHN CAIRNCROSS was among the most damaging spies of the twentieth century. A member of the infamous Cambridge Ring of Five, he leaked highly sensitive documents from Bletchley Park, MI6 and the Treasury to the Soviet Union - including the first atomic secrets and raw decrypts from Enigma and Tunny that influenced the outcome of the Battle of Kursk. In 2014, Cairncross appeared as a secondary, though key, character in the biopic of Alan Turing's life, The Imitation Game. While the other members of the Cambridge Ring of Five have been the subject of extensive biographical study, Cairncross has largely been overlooked by both academic and popular writers. Despite clear interest, he has remained a mystery - until now. The Last Cambridge Spy is the first ever biography of John Cairncross, using newly released material to tell the story of his life and espionage.

iPhone Made Easy (2019 Edition)

iPhone Made Easy (2019 Edition)

Author: Chris Smith, Kieran Alger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2019

The latest versions of the iPhone have enhanced features and this guide will help you to get the most out of them. As one of the most popular smartphones, almost everyone needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, so our handy book provides information on all the basic capabilities, for those with the latest iOS 12 as well as older versions. Featuring step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, beginners and intermediate users alike will learn everything they need to know, and may discover some unexpected invaluable functions as a bonus.

Step-by-Step SEO Basics Expert Advice, Made Easy

Step-by-Step SEO Basics Expert Advice, Made Easy

Author: Chris Smith, Mark Mayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2017

Need help to generate traffic for your website or blog? This new guide is easy enough to get you started, but comprehensive enough to give you a deeper understanding of Search Engine Optimisation. It covers creative, marketing and technical considerations to help you improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase visibility in search engines. There are a great many elements to SEO, from the words on your page, the meta-data that sits behind it, and the way other sites link to each other on the web. This new book will help you structure your site in a way that both search engines, and your online readers will understand, quickly and easily.

iPhone 5, SE, 6 & 7 Made Easy

iPhone 5, SE, 6 & 7 Made Easy

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2017

The latest versions of the iphone have enhanced features and this guide will help you to get the most out of them. The iPhone 7 is an incredible, feature-rich phone and easy to use if you know how. As one of the most popular smartphones, almost everyone needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, so our handy little book provides information on all the basic capabilities, for those with iPhones 5, SE, and 7. Featuring step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, the beginner will learn everything they need to know and may discover some unexpected invaluable functions as a bonus.

History Through Stories Teaching Primary History with Storytelling

History Through Stories Teaching Primary History with Storytelling

Author: Chris Smith, Adam Guillain, Nanette Noonan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2016

Collection of stories for teaching history in primary schools with a set of follow-up activities for each topic. Stories cover commonly taught topics and are designed to be learned and retold orally by students. Each story comes with engaging and inclusive ways to link that story to history teaching, English literacy skills and other subject areas. A one stop shop for primary history teaching with stories that have been tried and tested in the classroom.

The Conversion Code Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales

The Conversion Code Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales

Author: Chris Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2016

If you need more traffic, leads and sales, you need The Conversion Code. Neil Patel co-founder Crazy Egg We've helped 11,000+ businesses generate more than 31 million leads and consider The Conversion Code a must read. Oli Gardner co-founder Unbounce We'd been closing 55% of our qualified appointments. We increased that to 76% as a direct result of implementing The Conversion Code. Dan Stewart CEO Happy Grasshopper The strategies in The Conversion Code are highly effective and immediately helped our entire sales team. The book explains the science behind selling in a way that is simple to remember and easy to implement. Steve Pacinelli CMO BombBomb Capture and close more Internet leads with a new sales script and powerful marketing templates The Conversion Code provides a step-by-step blueprint for increasing sales in the modern, Internet-driven era. Today's consumers are savvy, and they have more options than ever before. Capturing their attention and turning it into revenue requires a whole new approach to marketing and sales. This book provides clear guidance toward conquering the new paradigm shift towards online lead generation and inside sales. You'll learn how to capture those invaluable Internet leads, convert them into appointments, and close more deals. Regardless of product or industry, this proven process will increase both the quantity and quality of leads and put your sales figures on the rise. Traditional sales and marketing advice is becoming less and less relevant as today's consumers are spending much more time online, and salespeople are calling, emailing, and texting leads instead of meeting them in person. This book shows you where to find them, how to engage them, and how to position your company as the ideal solution to their needs. * Engage with consumers more effectively online * Leverage the strengths of social media, apps, and blogs to capture more leads for less money * Convert more Internet leads into real-world prospects and sales appointments * Make connections on every call and learn the exact words that close more sales The business world is moving away from belly-to-belly interactions and traditional advertising. Companies are forced to engage with prospective customers first online the vast majority through social media, mobile apps, blogs, and live chat before ever meeting in person. Yesterday's marketing advice no longer applies to today's tech savvy, mobile-first, social media-addicted consumer, and the new sales environment demands that you meet consumers where they are and close them, quickly. The Conversion Code gives you an actionable blueprint for capturing Internet leads and turning them into customers.

Boom! 50 Fantastic Science Experiments to Try at Home with Your Kids

Boom! 50 Fantastic Science Experiments to Try at Home with Your Kids

Author: Chris Smith, Dave Angel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2016

This amazing book from the famous Naked Scientists offers a fun way to introduce science to children, with 50 simple experiments that produce spectacular results. Want to know how to create fireworks from a bag of crisps? Turn rice into quicksand? Generate a cloud in a soft drink bottle? How about build a toaster-powered hot air balloon or work out the speed of light using margarine and a microwave? The results will amuse, astound and educate in equal measure, whether you're 8 or 80.Most of these activities can be performed with commonplace materials that are probably lying around the house. Concise scientific explanations are included on how and why the experiments actually work. Each activity is straightforward and manageable, yet impressive enough to get anyone interested in science. So whether it's racing jam jars, making a bowl invisible, or instantly freezing a soft drink before your eyes-with the Naked Scientists' help, you'll never have a dull rainy day again!

One City, Two Brothers

One City, Two Brothers

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

This ancient tale about brotherly love could not be more timely. Told for centuries by Jewish, Christian and Muslim people, its theme of peaceable sharing and goodwill is relevant to adults and children alike.

Apple iOS & iPhone Basics Expert Advice, Made Easy

Apple iOS & iPhone Basics Expert Advice, Made Easy

Author: Chris Smith, Mark Mayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2015

Apple created iOS, the incredible operating system that their iPhones use. With so many apps and new features being added all the time, this book will help you to get started. Learn how to use this great modern system in a way that is suited to your needs. This handy guide will take you through the best apps, tips and tricks for everyday use and has a troubleshooting guide if you get into trouble. With step-by-step instructions and clear, practical text, a novice to the iPhone will learn everything they need to know.

iPhone 5C, 5S and 6 Made Easy

iPhone 5C, 5S and 6 Made Easy

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2015

The latest versions of the iphone have enhanced features and this guide will help you to get the most out of them. The iPhone is an incredible phone that is feature-rich and easy to use if you know how. As one of the most popular smartphones, almost everyone needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, so this handy little book provides information on all the basic capabilities. Featuring step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, the beginner will learn everything they need to know and may discover some unexpected invaluable functions as a bonus.

Digital Photography Made Easy Straightforward Advice

Digital Photography Made Easy Straightforward Advice

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2015

A comprehensive practical guide and reference aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers, Digital Photography Made Easy introduces the basics of taking, making, managing and sharing digital photos. The main features range from how digital cameras and smart phones work, how to take great photographs and how to get the best from your computer, to creating photo libraries, sharing images by email and cloud networks, shooting specific projects and an in-depth section on computer hardware, software and image manipulation.

The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope

The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Why use expensive beauty products when you can moisturise with jellyfish? Have you ever suspected pollution was to blame for your children's plummeting IQ? Ready to take a sea change ...on Mars? And how about chopping an onion that doesn't make you cry? This is the perfect present for enquiring minds. Compelling, quirky and packed fully of curious facts, The Naked Scientist: Life Under the Microscope is a treasure trove of cutting-edge research, far-flung factoids and the ability to see into our scientific future, answering those fascinating questions you never thought to ask.

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Looking After Your Mac Made Easy Mend, Maintain, Set-Up

Looking After Your Mac Made Easy Mend, Maintain, Set-Up

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

The iMac or MacBook still sits at the centre of many people's lives. Fitting it in and around the multitude of other devices (iPhones, ipads, bluetooth connections, music and TV servers) makes it all the more important to know how to manage your computer. This straightforward new book helps answer those awkward questions - 'why has my computer become so slow?', 'How do I set up wi-fi in my home?' - and covers other essential tasks such as backing up, using the Cloud and dealing with child-protection measures.

147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell

147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell

Author: Chris Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2014

147 classic stories from oral traditions from a variety of sources arranged by year group, fully classified and indexed with an introduction explaining how use the Collection. A key part of the literacy programme from Storytelling Schools. How to use this Collection; 147 Stories for: Year 1; Year 2; Year 3; Year 4; Year 5; Year 6; Indexes by Topic; Values; Plot type; Genre; Alphabetical; Country of origin)

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