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David Thomas - Author

About the Author

David Thomas is a journalist and writer, who also writes thrillers under the name Tom Cain. Ostland is his second book written under his own name.

Featured books by David Thomas

Ostland

Ostland

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

Surrounded by evil, how long can one man's good intentions last? February 1941, Berlin: A murderer is on a killing spree. The Murder Squad is in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. Georg Heuser is the idealistic, brilliant young detective set to crack the case. July 1959, West Germany: Lawyers Max Kraus and Paula Siebert are investigating war crimes of unimaginable magnitude committed near the Russian Front, the empire the Nazis called Ostland. The man accused is called Georg Heuser. Assured of his guilt, Paula and Max have only one question left: What has happened to make this good man become a monster?

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Other books by David Thomas

Scottish Set Text Guide: Sailmaker for National 5 English

Scottish Set Text Guide: Sailmaker for National 5 English

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: English First teaching: September 2017 First exams: Summer 2018 Understand, analyse and evaluate Sailmaker with this study and revision guide, written by experts who know how to prepare students for success in the National 5 English Critical Reading paper. Fully up to date with SQA's latest exam requirements, this guide: - Develops understanding of plot, structure, characterisation, themes and language through clear explanations and detailed commentary, supported by definitions of key terms and unfamiliar words - Builds critical and analytical skills as students are encouraged to think more deeply about the text and consider the writer's ideas, choices and techniques - Provides advice on how to tackle the different question types in the Scottish Texts section of the exam, with sample questions, model answers and examiner-style commentary, plus additional practice questions for students - Explains the requirements for the Critical Essay section of the exam, with tips and examples for planning, structuring and writing a top-grade essay, plus practice essay questions for students to answer - Highlights key quotations that students can use to enhance their exam responses and make comparisons between different parts of the text - Checks whether students have remembered the key points by including quick 'Review your learning' questions at the end of each chapter

Scottish Set Text Guide: Tally's Blood for National 5 English

Scottish Set Text Guide: Tally's Blood for National 5 English

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: English First teaching: September 2017 First exams: Summer 2018 Understand, analyse and evaluate Tally's Blood with this study and revision guide, written by experts who know how to prepare students for success in the National 5 English Critical Reading paper. Fully up to date with SQA's latest exam requirements, this guide: - Develops understanding of plot, structure, characterisation, themes and language through clear explanations and detailed commentary, supported by definitions of key terms and unfamiliar words - Builds critical and analytical skills as students are encouraged to think more deeply about the text and consider the writer's ideas, choices and techniques - Provides advice on how to tackle the different question types in the Scottish Texts section of the exam, with sample questions, model answers and examiner-style commentary, plus additional practice questions for students - Explains the requirements for the Critical Essay section of the exam, with tips and examples for planning, structuring and writing a top-grade essay, plus practice essay questions for students to answer - Highlights key quotations that students can use to enhance their exam responses and make comparisons between different parts of the text - Checks whether students have remembered the key points by including quick 'Review your learning' questions at the end of each chapter

Crotch Thinking

Crotch Thinking

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2019

The Pragmatic Programmer

The Pragmatic Programmer

Author: David Thomas, Andrew Hunt Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2019

One of the most significant books in my life. -Obie Fernandez, Author, The Rails Way Twenty years ago, the first edition of The Pragmatic Programmer completely changed the trajectory of my career. This new edition could do the same for yours. -Mike Cohn, Author of Succeeding with Agile, Agile Estimating and Planning, and User Stories Applied . . . filled with practical advice, both technical and professional, that will serve you and your projects well for years to come. -Andrea Goulet, CEO, Corgibytes, Founder, LegacyCode.Rocks . . . lightning does strike twice, and this book is proof. -VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Director of Open Source Strategy, Juniper Networks The Pragmatic Programmer is one of those rare tech books you'll read, re-read, and read again over the years. Whether you're new to the field or an experienced practitioner, you'll come away with fresh insights each and every time. Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt wrote the first edition of this influential book in 1999 to help their clients create better software and rediscover the joy of coding. These lessons have helped a generation of programmers examine the very essence of software development, independent of any particular language, framework, or methodology, and the Pragmatic philosophy has spawned hundreds of books, screencasts, and audio books, as well as thousands of careers and success stories. Now, twenty years later, this new edition re-examines what it means to be a modern programmer. Topics range from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques for keeping your code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse. Read this book, and you'll learn how to: Fight software rot Learn continuously Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge Write flexible, dynamic, and adaptable code Harness the power of basic tools Avoid programming by coincidence Learn real requirements Solve the underlying problems of concurrent code Guard against security vulnerabilities Build teams of Pragmatic Programmers Take responsibility for your work and career Test ruthlessly and effectively, including property-based testing Implement the Pragmatic Starter Kit Delight your users Written as a series of self-contained sections and filled with classic and fresh anecdotes, thoughtful examples, and interesting analogies, The Pragmatic Programmer illustrates the best approaches and major pitfalls of many different aspects of software development. Whether you're a new coder, an experienced programmer, or a manager responsible for software projects, use these lessons daily, and you'll quickly see improvements in personal productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction. You'll learn skills and develop habits and attitudes that form the foundation for long-term success in your career. You'll become a Pragmatic Programmer. Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.

Camborne

Camborne

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

This book of over 230 old photographs features the parish of Camborne and district from Victorian times to more recent scenes. The work of many local talented Camborne photographers is featured in this book including W.J. Bennetts, J.C. Burrow, E.A. Bragg, E.J. Champion and W.J. Sandry. The Camborne of today is essentially the product of a thriving nineteenth-century mining community in the heart of the chief industrial area of west Cornwall. Some of Camborne's important industries are featured in the book including the great Dolcoath Mine and Holman Brothers Ltd. The parish is replete with places of worship of every size, type and denomination which are also documented, as well as memorable events, formative years at school and a community in moments of leisure. Some of Camborne's best known individuals are captured too, including William Quintrell the Camborne poet, Organ Joe a familiar character in Edwardian Camborne and Mr A. Edward Dunn, the Liberal candidate in the 1906 General Election. This book will be enjoyed by all who know and love this Cornish town and would enjoy a trip into its past.

Erection

Erection

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

Erection

Erection

Author: David Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2018

The Social Psychology of Childhood Disability

The Social Psychology of Childhood Disability

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

'Some years ago I read the phrase the spontaneous revulsion to the deformed . The phrase seemed to be both potent and provocative: Was there a spontaneous revulsion to disabilities in children or did such conditions evoke a more compassionate response?' Originally published in 1978, the problems of the disabled were no longer confined to the medical and educational professionals, but had become the concern of the community as a whole. Using terminology very much of the time, the author shows how attitudes towards different kinds of disability had developed at the time; they varied both regionally and by social class, sometimes calling into question the accepted 'facts' about the distribution of a particular condition. Most importantly, the author examines these attitudes together with many other social and psychological factors in relation to their impact on the social behaviour and developing self-image of the disabled child. It becomes clear that the dangers of categorization and the difficulties in overcoming stigma have a profound influence on the education and socialization of disabled children. This book will be of historical interest to students and teachers of psychology, education, social work and rehabilitation; and it will provide insight for parents and all those concerned with the care and development of the disabled child about how far we have come.

The Silence of the Archive

The Silence of the Archive

Author: David Thomas, Simon Fowler, Valerie Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2017

In recent years big data initiatives, not to mention Hollywood, the video game industry and countless other popular media, have reinforced and even glamorized the public image of the archive as the ultimate repository of facts and the hope of future generations for uncovering 'what actually happened'. The reality is, however, that for all sorts of reasons the record may not have been preserved or survived in the archive. In fact, the record may never have even existed - its creation being as imagined as is its contents. And even if it does exist, it may be silent on the salient facts, or it may obfuscate, mislead or flat out lie. The Silence of the Archive is written by three expert and knowledgeable archivists and draws attention to the many limitations of archives and the inevitability of their having parameters. Silences or gaps in archives range from details of individuals' lives to records of state oppression or of intelligence operations. The book brings together ideas from a wide range of fields, including contemporary history, family history research and Shakespearian studies. It describes why these silences exist, what the impact of them is, how researchers have responded to them, and what the silence of the archive means for researchers in the digital age. It will help provide a framework and context to their activities and enable them to better evaluate archives in a post-truth society. This book includes discussion of: enforced silences expectations and when silence means silence digital preservation, authenticity and the future dealing with the silence possible solutions; challenging silence and acceptance the meaning of the silences: are things getting better or worse? user satisfaction and audience development. This book will make compelling reading for professional archivists, records managers and records creators, postgraduate and undergraduate students of history, archives, librarianship and information studies, as well as academics and other users of archives.

The Silence of the Archive

The Silence of the Archive

Author: David Thomas, Simon Fowler, Valerie Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2017

In recent years big data initiatives, not to mention Hollywood, the video game industry and countless other popular media, have reinforced and even glamorized the public image of the archive as the ultimate repository of facts and the hope of future generations for uncovering 'what actually happened'. The reality is, however, that for all sorts of reasons the record may not have been preserved or survived in the archive. In fact, the record may never have even existed - its creation being as imagined as is its contents. And even if it does exist, it may be silent on the salient facts, or it may obfuscate, mislead or flat out lie. The Silence of the Archive is written by three expert and knowledgeable archivists and draws attention to the many limitations of archives and the inevitability of their having parameters. Silences or gaps in archives range from details of individuals' lives to records of state oppression or of intelligence operations. The book brings together ideas from a wide range of fields, including contemporary history, family history research and Shakespearian studies. It describes why these silences exist, what the impact of them is, how researchers have responded to them, and what the silence of the archive means for researchers in the digital age. It will help provide a framework and context to their activities and enable them to better evaluate archives in a post-truth society. This book includes discussion of: enforced silences expectations and when silence means silence digital preservation, authenticity and the future dealing with the silence possible solutions; challenging silence and acceptance the meaning of the silences: are things getting better or worse? user satisfaction and audience development. This book will make compelling reading for professional archivists, records managers and records creators, postgraduate and undergraduate students of history, archives, librarianship and information studies, as well as academics and other users of archives.

Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame

Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame

Author: David Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Troy Aikman. Emmitt Smith. Michael Irvin. Tom Landry. The names are easily recognizable as Dallas Cowboys, and their legacies are on display in one location: the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Twenty-two members of the Hall of Fame were a part of the Dallas franchise; only eight NFL teams can boast more, and seven of those teams have been in existence much longer than the Cowboys. In Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame: Their Remarkable Journeys to Canton, David Thomas shares the stories of these incredible players and the ups and downs they all experienced on their way to pro football's most exclusive club. Each player's life story is told in such a way to reveal what led him to become a hall of famer, including childhood memories, influential coaches, the teammates who brought the best out in them, and more. Cowboy fans will discover such details as the fact that Troy Aikman was the largest player on his high school football team-bigger even than the linemen-and that it was Michael Irvin's fancy last-minute talking with the Green Bay Packers on draft day that got him to Dallas and away from a cold-weather team. In addition, each entry includes career statistics, a player bio, and his top five Cowboy moments, describing his greatest games and on-field accomplishments. Cowboy fans have become accustomed to watching high-caliber players on the field every season, and Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame brings them the inside information on their favorite stars of the past. All football fans will enjoy the chance learn more about the iconic players profiled in this book-legends who have helped shape the Dallas franchise and the NFL.

Visitor's Guide to Shakespeare's London

Visitor's Guide to Shakespeare's London

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2016

A fresh and colourful look at Shakespeare's London published on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Readers can explore the streets of Shakespeare's London and see the sights he saw, while learning how people ate, drank, misbehaved and had fun. You will discover what it was like to be a tourist in the sixteenth century from the voices of people who came to London during Shakespeare's day. You will travel with them to the major tourist sights and will learn how to get about, where to stay and what to eat and drink. You will visit the royal palaces, London's famous gardens, the Tower of London and Old St Paul's Cathedral. You will discover the pleasure of London's theatres, the sports people played and the shopping they enjoyed. As now, London was famous as a shopping destination. But beware, London is full of people who will pick your pockets or trick you out of your money and you are constantly at risk from the plague or even the polluted water supply. Most of the London Shakespeare knew has been destroyed by fire, war and developers, but a surprising number of buildings and places which he knew still survive.The book contains guided tours which show you to sample the atmosphere and see the sights which Tudor tourists enjoyed. This title will appeal to Shakespeare lovers, social history fans, fiction and drama lovers, students and anyone with an interest in this fascinating era of London's history.

Drawing & Painting Portraits in Watercolour

Drawing & Painting Portraits in Watercolour

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Portraiture is one of the most rewarding painting disciplines. In this book, experienced portrait artist David Thomas shows that it need not be intimidating. Learn to use watercolour, pencil and charcoal to produce fresh and approachable portraits invested with life and character.

The Social Psychology of Childhood Disability

The Social Psychology of Childhood Disability

Author: David Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2015

'Some years ago I read the phrase the spontaneous revulsion to the deformed . The phrase seemed to be both potent and provocative: Was there a spontaneous revulsion to disabilities in children or did such conditions evoke a more compassionate response?' Originally published in 1978, the problems of the disabled were no longer confined to the medical and educational professionals, but had become the concern of the community as a whole. Using terminology very much of the time, the author shows how attitudes towards different kinds of disability had developed at the time; they varied both regionally and by social class, sometimes calling into question the accepted 'facts' about the distribution of a particular condition. Most importantly, the author examines these attitudes together with many other social and psychological factors in relation to their impact on the social behaviour and developing self-image of the disabled child. It becomes clear that the dangers of categorization and the difficulties in overcoming stigma have a profound influence on the education and socialization of disabled children. This book will be of historical interest to students and teachers of psychology, education, social work and rehabilitation; and it will provide insight for parents and all those concerned with the care and development of the disabled child about how far we have come.

The Homilist; Or, the Pulpit for the People - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Homilist; Or, the Pulpit for the People - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

The Homilist, Volume III - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Homilist, Volume III - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: David Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

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