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Romeo and Juliet : SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide

Romeo and Juliet : SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide

Author: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter Format: Cd-audio Release Date: 11/06/2008

To hear a sample from this audiobook click here.   The 40 Best Audio books comment: For students facing GCSE, SmartPass's superb Romeo and Juliet includes an engaging performance of the entire play plus discussion topics, full read-along scripts, historical and social backgrounds AND exam strategies. A totally brilliant way to revise!     Read by: Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Chris Kelham, and Sara BowesUnabridgedAudio Length: 7 hours and 51 min.

From Shakespeare - with Love

From Shakespeare - with Love

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Cd-audio Release Date: 01/04/2009

A selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets read by some of Britain’s best actors including David Tennant and Juliet Stevenson. Tennant recorded his  sonnets just after his recently acclaimed performance in Hamlet so the bard was very much on his mind!   Abridged audiobook edition. Read by David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Maxine Peake, Stella Gonet and others. 1 CD. 75 minutes.

Vanity Fair - Compact Editions

Vanity Fair - Compact Editions

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 03/05/2007

Becky Sharp is a ruthless social climber who moves upwards through Regency society, betraying all around her in her quest for power. The Compact Edition retains Thackeray’s language but a number of passages and asides in the author’s voice have been pruned. A monthly quota of words had to be written to fill the requisite pages by the author so cuts include redundant scenes and overlong descriptions.

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Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Any Human Heart is William's Boyd's classic, bestselling novel, now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart. Any Human Heart will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction around the world. It was recently adapted for a major Channel 4 four-part drama series scripted by William Boyd and starring Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hollander. This edition features beautiful cover artwork from the television series. 'Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' Sunday Telegraph 'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian 'A terrific journey through the twentieth century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable' Jeremy Paxman

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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Welcome to Branston College ...We are an academic institution in the heart of an ancient university town. Our architecture might not feature dreaming spires, but the central dome nonetheless casts a characterful shadow. Amenities include a distinctive subterranean bar and a newly renovated garden where you can observe local wildlife. Diana is starting a new life as gardener at Branston, a challenging restoration project which allows her to indulge a love of delphiniums beneath the disconcerting gaze of dishy but remote Richard, the recently widowed College Master. A new term brings new students, among them It Girl Amber, darling of the gossip columns and dead ringer for inclusion in the university's notorious elite society. As lustful teenagers and crabby tutors run riot in Diana's garden, her peaceful haven is trampled, and then a blast from the past threatens to ruin a new romance. Can anything save Diana's hard-won happiness, let alone her herbaceous borders?

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Harry Potter Colouring Book

Harry Potter Colouring Book

Author: Warner Brothers Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this book gives fans the chance to colour in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this colouring book includes all of the fan-favourite scenes, creatures, and characters of the series, from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort. Unique and interactive, The Harry Potter Colouring Book is a perfect collector's item for fans of the blockbuster saga. For best results, we recommend the use of colouring pencils to colour and create your stunning pictures.

The Magicians' Guild

The Magicians' Guild

Author: Trudi Canavan Format: Audiobook On Cd Release Date: 02/02/2006

I generally listen to audiobooks to help me sleep but this was so exciting it had the opposite effect! Brilliant characterisation, a compelling storyline and atmospheric music, and Kellie Bright was a great choice for Sonya - I really believed she was telling me her story and I was on her side from the start. I couldn't wait to get the next installment of the trilogy on CD.Read by Kellie BrightAbridged on 5 CDsRunning time approx 6 hours

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Brain Freeze: World Book Day 2018

Brain Freeze: World Book Day 2018

Author: Tom Fletcher Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Brain Freeze: World Book Day 2018 by Tom Fletcher

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Hello, is This Planet Earth? My View from the International Space Station (Official Tim Peake Book)

Hello, is This Planet Earth? My View from the International Space Station (Official Tim Peake Book)

Author: Tim Peake Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2016

'It's impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet. During my mission I became determined to share this unique perspective of the one place we all call 'home'. This book captures a journey of discovery, not just the discovery of planet Earth - a stunning oasis of life in the vastness of space - but also the discovery of a newfound passion for photography, which has had a major impact on me. I hope readers enjoy leafing through these pages as much as I enjoyed taking these pictures.' Hello, is this planet Earth? takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of Tim's historic and inspirational six-month Principia mission. Based on over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the international space station, many of which have not been seen before, this lavish collection showcases the beauty of earth from above, and is the perfect visual time capsule of Tim's remarkable trip, which captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults across the world. The book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, and comes with a personal commentary from Tim, full of his characteristic warmth and charm. The book includes breath-taking aerial photos of cities illuminated at night, the northern lights and unforgettable vistas of oceans, mountains and deserts. The title of the book is inspired by Tim's famous 'wrong number' dialled from space, when he accidentally misdialled a woman from the space station and inquired, 'Hello, is this planet Earth?' During his mission, Tim conducted numerous ground-breaking science experiments and engaged the British public in ingenious ways. Tim became the first British astronaut to complete a spacewalk and the first person to run the London marathon in space. He spoke to hundreds of thousands of school children back on earth via events such as the Cosmic Classroom live from the ISS, engaging over 1 million children during the whole mission. He was also involved in other memorable events, such as presenting the BRIT Awards live from space in a dinner jacket. 24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans continue to follow his updates across social media. In the Queen's birthday honours, Tim was made a companion of the order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim's case, in space. Tim's proceeds received from the book will be donated to The Prince's Trust.

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Prosperity without Growth - Economics for a Finite Planet

Prosperity without Growth - Economics for a Finite Planet

Author: Tim Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2009

Now we know for sure what a world of Emperor’s new clothes the global economy has been, Tim Jackson’s book is a most timely one. His view of our financial future – a world where we can prosper without constant economic growth is balm to the soul. The situation can and must be changed, Tim Jackson’s arguments showing we can also create an economically successful world without overloading the environment. Like for Like ReadingSmall is Beautiful, E F SchumacherThe Constant Economy: How to Create a Stable Society, Zac Goldsmith

Animal Tales (The Fantastic World of Terry Jones)

Animal Tales (The Fantastic World of Terry Jones)

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2011

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 2 June 2011. From a dog being a doctor to an elephant wanting trousers, animals doing extraordinary things  make this a wonderful collection of unusual stories. Terry Jones takes a kindly look – and a positive one – at all kinds of animal antics and Michael Foreman illustrates the whole collection perfectly capturing the jokes about the animals while retaining their dignity.

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In the Flesh

In the Flesh

Author: Sylvia Day Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

In the Flesh is an evocative and unique fantasy romance from the international No.1 bestselling author of Bared to You and Reflected in You, Sylvia Day An infamous beauty. A daring warrior. Two hearts are about to collide...For five years, Sapphire has been the King of Sari's most treasured concubine. Independent at last, she refuses to put herself in anyone's control again. But now another's scheming has led her into the path of proud, arrogant Wulfric, Crown Prince of the rival kingdom of D'Ashier, a man who is dangerous to her in every way. The daughter of Wulfric's fiercest opponent, Sapphire is a prized warrior in her own right and highly skilled in the sensual arts - Wulfric's perfect match. A lasting union is unthinkable, but the bargain they strike - to spend one night together, and then part - proves impossible in the face of a desire powerful enough to bring two countries to the brink of war, and two hearts to the point of surrender...Praise for Sylvia Day's Crossfire series: A hundred degrees hotter than anything you've read before . (Reveal). Move over Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins, this is the dawn of a new Day . (Amuse). Sylvia Day is the number one New York Times and number one international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels, which have been translated into thirty-nine languages. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honoured as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

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