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Looking to find out something more about the world we live in, instead of gallivanting off into the realm of fiction? Have a look at our hand-picked non-fiction choices.
Written with the co-operation of Rafael Benitez himself, this is an account of an extraordinary season for Liverpool football club. It includes a detailed account of the 2005 European Champions League Cup final in Istanbul, where the team managed to comeback from a 3-0 deficit to eventually win the trophy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Featuring interviews with the Liverpool players and backroom staff, this is the inside story of how they achieved this memorable victory.
I am really not qualified to judge this book for I am not scientifically minded but if I can be fascinated with the whole concept then those who understand and appreciate it should be riveted. It is the real science behind Dr Who and then some. There are â€˜factsâ€™ on Atlantis, an explanation of Heisenbergâ€™s Uncertainty Principle and other extraordinary topics from aliens and Von Danikenâ€™s theories to telepathy, cybernetics and, of course, time travel. The author did the same sort of thing for the X-Files which is well worth looking at too.
Nicholas Shakespeare, a very fine writer indeed, who partly lives in Tasmania, has produced an extraordinary work on the history, culture, folklore and personal appreciation of the country. Full of anecdotes, marvellous set pieces and highly absorbing prose, it’s a lovely read.
A full history of the show, photos, behind-the-scenes stories and two never-before published (except in the h/b of course) complete scripts, one radio, one television.
A truly wacky road trip from the southern-most point of the Western Hemisphere, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, to the far north, the oil fields of Alaska, what one might call extreme travel writing written with the same energy and pull as the trip itself. Quite something.
From the Big Bang to today, science through history stories, which is so easy to read it becomes both fun and compulsive. With the addition of some glorious illustrations, it becomes even more entertaining and a stunning gift.
12 stories of infant Nativity plays and Christmas message this now famous School Inspector witnessed over his years of visiting schools in the Yorkshire Dales. In fact most appear in his three delightful volumes of memoirs but are brought together here in a charming little illustrated gift book for all who wish to remember the days and laugh. There are tales of stage fright, misinterpretation, interruptions and innocent wonder. It wonâ€™t take you more than half an hour to read but the imagery he conjures up will stay with you all season.
This review is provided by bookgroup.info.Lynne Truss begins by thanking all the writers, editors and hundreds of members of the public who responded to articles in The Daily Telegraph, The Author and Writers' News and Truss writes that it was good to know that she was not alone in her zero tolerance to punctuation. There are a lot of them out there. Or should I say us? This book has made me realise that there are others just like me and that I too, am a stickler and have 'Punctuitis' (as I like to call it), albeit quite mildly. This is the whole point of the book. Either you get upset about punctuation or you don't. My entire family see my 'Punctuitis' as a sad, lonely sort of condition, brought on entirely by oneself and the hallmark of a petty, small minded and pedantic sort of person. That used to make me feel a bit sad. It's true, I'm not altogether happy that I am the sort of person who feels faint at greengrocers' signs and is moved to take a paintbrush to billboard hoardings and correct the wretchedly mis-punctuated film Two Weeks Notice. Why is there no apostrophe? If it were one week, then surely the missing item would have been spotted.Truss observes; "Either this will ring bells for you, or it won't." The rung bells are the important matters of redundant or missing apostrophes, meaningless commas and sprinklings of dots and dashes like an awful rash. In this world of plummeting standards the stickler is continually tormented. "The sight of the plural word "Book's" with an apostrophe in it will trigger a ghastly private emotional process similar to the stages of bereavement, though greatly accelerated." When words such as phenomena, media and cherubim are treated as singular, I feel rage building up inside. Truss offers some very practical advice for those suffering from more extreme forms of 'Punctuitis', such as; if you take hyphens seriously you will surely run mad and it's best to remember them only to avoid serious cases of letter collision. Also, never forget that a comma may become a life or death matter and the "yob's comma" is a well-known and well-documented affliction which appears to be spreading and may achieve pandemic status, if aggressive treatment is not applied. This book certainly did ring bells for me and I was transfixed, muttering agreement, sharing the small shocks and generally behaving very strangely from page one. My rational side knows that there are more important things in life and that I should observe the errors, maybe privately correct them and then just get over it. Alas, sticklers simply cannot do this. 'Punctuitis' has rendered us incapable, forever stuck in a routine of correction, locked at some stage of development, which cannot progress. Do not expect this book to help you to overcome your impatience with poor punctuation. It is not soothing, but instead offers a pro-active rallying cry to all sticklers. The fact that Eats, Shoots & Leaves has been a runaway success does not surprise me at all. The book's success is testament to the fact that there are an awful lot of us out there and we are getting angry. Truss has given us a voice and now is the time to use it - get tough, fight the crisis and adopt a zero tolerance to poor punctuation. Good for you, Lynne!Sarah Broadhurst's view...This witty, informative, delightful bestseller on punctuation comes into a neat little paperback with a pull-out sheet of commas for you to be able to correct public notices when you see the need! I think everyone should own a copy.
Following on from her bestselling book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss turns her attention to the sorry state of modern manners with equal wit. She is fast becoming a national treasure.
This is an absolute must for all plant lovers. From the author of the highly regarded The Tulip comes a thrilling adventure into botanical history; a compelling insight to the men who first named plants, wrote about their similarities and differences and who grouped and ordered them over hundreds of years beginning in Athens in the third century BC. This journey traced here so exhilaratingly by Anna Pavord is a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos.
Steven Hawking's book a Brief History of Time looked to bring the concepts of black holes, worm holes and quantum physics out of academia and into everyday converastions. While it was a landmark in scientific publishing some of the book was still pretty hard to grasp. So Mr Hawkings has reviewed the book and made it 'briefer' and it is now a fantastic guide for non scientist to the fundamentals of space and time.
Cartoonist, Robert Crumb said; “When I come up against the Real World, I just vacillate”. Well, he can happily vacillate here for a while. This section features a whole host of books covering subjects as diverse as Mankind’s place in the Universe (Human Universe by Brian Cox), the history of the human journey to work (Rush Hour by Iain Gateley) and the real business of reading books (Bookworms, Dogears and Squashy Big Armchairs by Heather Reyes). This is the ‘Human’ section in our book lovers’ journey.
If you love reading, then you’ll find something here to fascinate you. There are new and interest-piquing passages here from science, philosophy, politics, history, religion, and all of the things that occupy the lives of humans. And we mean ALL of them. The fight against Cancer, the fight for freedom, feminism, fatality, frailty and fame. It’s too big to list. Have a browse through the titles by using our monthly recommendations past and present. We guarantee you’ll be hooked in minutes!