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Paul Heiney - Author

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Books by Paul Heiney

A Pig Called Alice

A Pig Called Alice

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

'To call Alice just another pig would be the gravest insult.' Alice the Large Black pig was Paul Heiney's best friend, his confidante and his therapist. This is the story of their tempestuous relationship with all its ups-and-downs, from her arrival as a 'large, black and expensive' Christmas present for his wife to her last days as the matriarch of his traditional farm. In A Pig Called Alice, Heiney walks us through why lop-eared pigs are the best to raise (they can't see you coming), how to escape a sow that's decided you're her next mate (throw a bucket and run), and how, actually, pigs might have just got this whole 'life' situation sorted out.

Ocean Sailing

Ocean Sailing

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

This is the reassuring voice of the ocean sailing community. Your big adventure starts here. For many sailors, an ocean passage is the big dream. But many will worry that they don't have the right experience, that their boat isn't strong enough, or that it will be prohibitively expensive and difficult. Ocean Sailing will prepare you for an ocean passage by painting a picture of what ocean sailing is really like, through the experiences of others who have gone before. Topics covered range from safety to boat kit and preparations, budgeting to staying in touch with home, equipment breakdowns to health and weather. Members of three great cruising clubs - the Royal Cruising Club, Ocean Cruising Club, and the Cruising Club of America - share their vast wealth of experience, and by focusing on the practicalities of ocean sailing, allay the anxieties and doubts of prospective ocean cruisers to ensure a deeply satisfying ocean voyage.

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

How to get sparks back in your life and keep them burning.The blaze of a log fire on a cold night speaks to the heart in a way no other flame can. It has character and ever-changing form; it has vibrant colour and a balletic movement. Indeed, it was the flame that transformed the way life was lived on earth, but now that primary driver of evolution finds itself being extinguished in a modern world of microwaves, induction hobs and central heating. Gradually the flames are going out, as houses are now built without fireplaces, bonfires are banned, and schoolchildren are forbidden to use the Bunsen burner. But the sight of a flame remains as evocative as ever. Playing with Fire wants to inspire, and teach, looking at the history of fire and showing the wonders that the burning flame can conjure.

Cape Horn and Antarctic Waters

Cape Horn and Antarctic Waters

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2017

This stylish handbook from the RCC Pilotage Foundation covers the spectacular cruising grounds around Cape Horn, including Chile, the Beagle Channel, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Including some of the most dangerous waters in the world, from the treacherous Cape Horn to the icebound anchorages of Antarctica, it offers not only inspiration and encouragement but enough detail to plan the voyage of a lifetime. Broadcaster and author Paul Heiney has incorporated a strategic range of navigational information from his voyage to the area alongside that gathered by other experienced sailors. Key passages, harbours and anchorages are described in an informative and enlightening way alongside useful sketch plans. Full-colour photographs and lively texts give a strong sense of the drama and magnificence of an area that is increasingly of interest to cruising yachts. This book is not only a vital practical resource for these waters but also a source of inspiration for those considering a future visit.

One Wild Song

One Wild Song

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

When Countrywise presenter Paul Heiney's son Nicholas committed suicide aged 23, Paul and his wife, Times columnist Libby Purves, were rocked to the core. Nicholas had been a highly gifted promising young man, albeit he had struggled to keep his head above water at times as severe depression slowly dragged him down over many years. Nicholas was a keen sailor, with several of his posthumously-published writings having a nautical theme. To try to reconnect with this happier memory of his son, Paul decides to set out - alone - on a voyage he would have liked them to have embarked upon together. Cape Horn is the sailor's Everest. One of the most remote and bleak parts of the world, it takes courage, physical strength and mental fortitude to face its tempestuous seas, violent winds and barren landscape. Poignant, moving, funny, thought provoking and beautifully written, Paul's account of setting his own course through seemingly insurmountable grief makes for a powerful story. Injected with humour, perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting his highs, lows, frustrations and triumphs, the honesty and openness of Paul's story makes this very personal account a universal tale.

Can Crocodiles Cry?

Can Crocodiles Cry?

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

In Can Crocodiles Cry? Paul Heiney unravels further science behind those things we take for granted, and explains just why the world and its contents are the way they are. Drawing on questions asked by the public, this book brings some of the finest scientific minds to bear on how the laws of science apply to everyday life. It is the perfect gift for the insatiably curious, provocative poseurs, quizaholics and science addicts everywhere.

Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Why do jellies wobble? Why don't the oceans overflow? Why do racing cars have fat tyres? How do widgets in beer cans work? How many bones does a giraffe have in that long neck? I've been told that dogs only see in black and white. Is that true? How do we know that no two snow crystals are the same? Why is the earth round? And how do we know it is? why do camels have such bad breath? What is a bruise? Are chemicals in my brain responsible for my falling in love? Will they fade as I grow older? How long can love last? Do Cats Have Belly Buttons? is a follow-up to the successful Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?. Answering life's big questions, as well as the small, it unravels the science behind those things we take for granted, and explains just why the world and its contents are as they are. Informative, entertaining, humorous, it is the perfect present for quizaholics, science addicts, the insatiably questioning, and anyone curious about life on earth.

The Nuts and Bolts of Life

The Nuts and Bolts of Life

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Paul Heiney describes here how one man - defiant, ingenious and stubborn - worked under impossible conditions in a country under the merciless occupation of Nazism to solve the problem of kidney failure and to change the course of human history. That man was Willem Kolff, aged 88 at the time of this book's publication. Tormented by the unnecessary deaths from kidney failure, Kolff determined to use mechanical ingenuity to purify blood. Working with sausage skins and an improbable collection of parts scavenged from factories under the nose of the German occupying forces, he completed the first kidney machine in 1944. It was a milestone in medical history: it is estimated that as many as half a million people in the world today owe their lives to this single invention. Kolff continued his career with pioneering work on the artificial heart. This book, written with Dr Kolff's closest co-operation and family records, celebrates that central story of courage and obsession, and its journey from the old, war-torn world to the new. It explains the science in accessible terms, and explores some of the human stories which developed along the way: the lives prolonged, new chances given to patients as the age of transplantation dawned, and the relationship between medical scientists and the army of technicians who make possible that strangest of 20th-century treatments - the circulation and purifying of the blood outside the human body.

Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2007

Why do jellies wobble? Why don't the oceans overflow? Why do racing cars have fat tyres? How do widgets in beer cans work? How many bones does a giraffe have in that long neck? I've been told that dogs only see in black and white. Is that true? How do we know that no two snow crystals are the same? Why is the earth round? And how do we know it is? why do camels have such bad breath? What is a bruise? Are chemicals in my brain responsible for my falling in love? Will they fade as I grow older? How long can love last? Do Cats Have Belly Buttons? is a follow-up to the successful Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?. Answering life's big questions, as well as the small, it unravels the science behind those things we take for granted, and explains just why the world and its contents are as they are. Informative, entertaining, humorous, it is the perfect present for quizaholics, science addicts, the insatiably questioning, and anyone curious about life on earth.

Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?

Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2006

What is ear wax for? Do bacteria have sex? How do they put stripes in toothpaste? Does your nose run in space? What are stars made of? This book answers those tantalising or perplexing questions for which you thought you'd never find an answer. A book for the naturally curious, as well as those seekers after scientific truths, it unravels both those things we take for granted, such as when you boil an egg, why does the yolk stay in the middle, or why is the sky blue, as well as questions which probe deeply, such as, what does an atom look like, or what was there before the beginning of time? if you were to write in the dust on the moon, how big would the letters have to be so you could see them from earth without a telescope? Drawing on the expertise of a team of enthusiastic scientists around the world, authoritative, entertaining, and often a touch humorous, it will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about life on earth.

Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?

Can Cows Walk Down Stairs?

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2005

What is ear wax for? Do bacteria have sex? How do they put stripes in toothpaste? Does your nose run in space? What are stars made of? This book answers those tantalising or perplexing questions for which you thought you'd never find an answer. A book for the naturally curious, as well as those seekers after scientific truths, it unravels both those things we take for granted, such as when you boil an egg, why does the yolk stay in the middle, or why is the sky blue, as well as questions which probe deeply, such as, what does an atom look like, or what was there before the beginning of time? if you were to write in the dust on the moon, how big would the letters have to be so you could see them from earth without a telescope? Drawing on the expertise of a team of enthusiastic scientists around the world, authoritative, entertaining, and often a touch humorous, it will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about life on earth.

The Traditional Farming Year

The Traditional Farming Year

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2004

For ten years broadcaster Paul Heiney ran his own Suffolk farm with horse rather than tractor. In this book Paul draws on his experience in order to describe month-by-month a farming year that our great-grandparents might have recognized. Paul shows that in traditional farming the farmer strikes a balance with nature and gives back to the land what he takes away. Detailing the work of the farm's key players - farmer, farmer's wife, horseman, dairyman, shepherd, labourer and farmer's boy - he considers who took centre stage at various junctures of the farming year, in a way familiar to viewers of his Victorian Farming television series. The book includes many 1940s and 50s photographs from the archives of 'Farmer and Stockbreeder' magazine.

Nuts and Bolts of Life

Nuts and Bolts of Life

Author: Paul Heiney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Paul Heiney describes here how one man - defiant, ingenious and stubborn - worked under impossible conditions in a country under the merciless occupation of Nazism to solve the problem of kidney failure and to change the course of human history