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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.
It's time to wake up or get wiped out. We live in a world dominated by a system that most of us aren't aware of, never mind understand. When it comes to money and how it really works, most of us are too busy, too bored or too bewildered to think about it, despite being at the sharp end of the consequences. We simply don't recognise the game that is being played out in front of us. Well check your pockets; you're in for a nasty shock.
Inspirational advice is given by best-selling authors across a large range of genres: humour, historical fiction, horror, fantasy, crime and ages (pre-school, young adults and all ages in between). The extensive listings of key contacts are thoroughly updated every year to provide comprehensive guidance to all the media in this competitive area of publishing. New articles for 2013 include: Writing non-fiction for children; Marketing, publicising and selling children's books by World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant; Building a successful children's publishing list; A year in view of children's publishing by Caroline Horn; Overnight success by award-winning author Lauren St John
Inside, outside, in the car, any time of year; with this nostalgic Bumper Book of Family Games you will never be short of something to occupy you and your friends and family. Fun, silly, even educational, each of the 110 activities has basic rules, things you’ll need and how to win instructions. - the only thing missing is the lashings of lemonade...
Does Cultural Evolution echo Biological Evolution? Jonnie Evans is an enthusiast for this theory and to test his ideas sets out for the American Great Plains to study the evolution of Tepees and much more besides. He is a persuasive and enthusiastic guide and this absorbing book makes us look at human activity with a new eye. Many books on scientific theory can be dull and a struggle to read, fear not – this is a lively – and often very funny narrative, fizzing with ideas – a joy to read. Like for Like Reading Ideas: A History, Peter Watson The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change, Charles Duhigg
You can tell a lot about someone in a minute. If you choose the right minute. Join Neil Strauss as he: - Makes Lady Gaga cry - Tries to keep Motley Crue out of jail - Gets kidnapped by Courtney Love - Goes to church with Tom Cruise - Buys nappies with Snoop Dogg - And tucks Christina Aguilera into bed
Offers an eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages from Britain's leading linguistics expert. In this history of the world's ubiquitous language, this title draws on words that illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century. David Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.
Occupied Paris, 1944. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Nazi officers patrol the elegant boulevards and the once-vibrant city is shrouded in suspicion and fear. At a chic Right Bank address, a ghastly pile of dismembered bodies is discovered. Even in these sinister times, the crime scene is amongst the most harrowing veteran detective Georges Massu has ever seen. The property's owner, well-to-do Dr Marcel Petiot, immediately becomes the number-one suspect, but he has vanished without a trace. As the police delve into the doctor's past, they uncover a disturbing history of violence and corruption. Drugs, theft, links to the criminal underworld and a string of missing women: for Massu, it seems like a cut-and-dry case. But as the manhunt intensifies and all of Paris clamours for the latest news, the investigation leads the police to Gestapo files detailing Petiot's involvement in the city's secret escape network. Is Massu pursuing a sadistic serial killer or a hero of the Resistance? Who are Petiot's victims? In this fascinating true account of a case that gripped wartime Paris, David King draws extensively on new sources, including previously classified French files, to paint a chilling portrait of a murderer whose crimes devastated a city already in the grip of evil.
In an age where you can even play games on your mobile phone, traditional indoor games, or parlour games as they were called by the Victorians, might be regarded as a thing of the past. However, there are many reasons for us to bring them back to the mainstream. Indoor games work because they are simple, they cost nothing, you need very little equipment, they exercise the mind creatively and intellectually and they cut across generations. But most of all they are fun. Parlour Games contains everything you need to know to play over 60 games ordered alphabetically for quick and easy reference, plus its a lovely gift to pass on for future generations to enjoy! So instead of reaching for the remote control, why not play a few family games instead? With Parlour Games you'll never be bored indoors! Word count: 15,000
In this highly original publishing package Dominic O'Brien reveals the secrets of mastering the art of memory and provides us with a basic tool kit for boosting our skills of memorization and recall. The kit consists of three components: a 88-page introduction to memory techniques that reveals the what, the why and the how of Dominic's proven methods; a pictorial memory journey map to be used in conjunction with the Journey Method, a basic and highly versatile memorization procedure that exploits the power of mental association to provide unforgettable cues for recall; and, lastly, a deck of 50 flash cards providing tips and techniques (and self-testing exercises) on one side, and, on the other, numbers and drawn objects to practise on, using the journey map or other tricks of the trade described in the book. The key to improving your memory is two-fold: knowing the expert methods devised by one of the most retentive and focused brains in the world, and practising them until you see marked improvements in your performance. This tool kit is all you'll need to train yourself to be a memory maestro.
May 2014 Guest Editor Daisy Goodwin on Reading Like a Writer and How Not to Write a Novel... I came to writing fiction in my forties and plunged in with more enthusiasm than skill. I think the best training for writing is really careful reading of books you admire. There are lots of books for aspiring writers out there, but How Not to Write a Novel is the most amusing and is wonderfully entertaining read even if the only thing you are planning to write is a shopping list. A more serious book for would -be writers is How to Read Like a Writer by Francine Prose which is the best guide to practical criticism I have ever read. Would be a great thing to read at a book group.
Full of incredible wildlife, extraordinary wilderness, jungles, cannibals, pitfalls, triumph, danger and excitement, Looking for Adventure is the irresistible, inspiring story of a little boy who let his heart rule his head, this is the story of an adventurer extraordinaire whose childhood dream has taken him on a journey of a lifetime..
What's it like to drive a car that's actively trying to kill you? This and many other burning questions trouble Jeremy Clarkson as he sets out to explore the world from the safety of four wheels. Avoiding the legions of power-crazed traffic wombles attempting to block highway and byway, he: shows how the world of performance cars may be likened to Battersea Dogs' Home; reveals why St Moritz may be the most bonkers town in all of the world; reminds us that Switzerland is so afraid of snow that any flakes falling on the road are immediately arrested; and, argues that washing a car is a waste of 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!