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Mark Watson is the acclaimed author of four novels, most recently Eleven and The Knot, which have been published in twelve languages. He is also a stand-up comedian and has won numerous awards in Britain and Australia. He regularly appears on TV, has had his own cult Radio 4 series and been named the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's highest achiever of the decade by The Times, having performed a series of legendary 24-hour shows. He has a home in north London, but mostly lives in hotels.
Three decades ago, the charismatic Howard York built the empire of his dreams: the Hotel Alpha. It was once the finest in London, but over the years, as the world around it has moved on at an ever more dizzying rate, the hotel has struggled to keep pace. Graham, the Alpha's concierge, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, Howard's blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want, and that Howard's vision has been built on secrets as well as dreams ...
Psychologist Peter Kristal has a method for sorting out people's lives. By arranging their histories like the index entries in a biography, the sequences of cause and effect that have led to their particular neuroses are cunningly revealed. His technique gains him a modicum of success: a thriving practice in Chicago with a client list of thriving stars. But by concentrating on his rival Richard he is blind to the other factors which put both his life and the lives of others at risk...
The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a third generation method for specifying, visualizing, and documenting an object-oriented system under development. It unifies the three leading object-oriented methods and others to serve as the basis for a common, stable, and expressive object-oriented development notation. As the complexity of software applications increases, so does the developer's need to design and analyze applications before developing them. This practical introduction to UML provides software developers with an overview of this powerful new design notation, and teaches Java programmers to analyse and design object-oriented applications using the UML notation.
He's saved us from the Seven Deadly Sins in his first radio series, In his second series he turns his attention to the Six Virtues. Using a mixture of stand-up, sketches and silly songs he'll guide us through six episodes featuring Courage, Patience, Generosity, Honesty, Diligence and Humility. He'll also be on hand with some useful tips (e.g. ignore peer pressure - unless of course you're a structural engineer who is building a pier, in which case don't put lives at risk!)Also starring one half of comedy act, 'The Cowards'; Tim Key 'The Poet' and Tom Basden 'The Musician'. 'Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better' will be a mixture of stand-up, sketches and songs. There'll be life-changing advice too - and even if this turns out to be bad advice, it'll still have good jokes in it. The show features Mark Watson, Tim Key and Tom Basden