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Amanda Greenslade is a fantasy writer, like me (except she's young enough to be my granddaughter, and therefore has time on her side!). Her ASTOR CHRONICLES look fantastic, and I hope it won't be long before she finds a publisher. In the meantime, there's an interview with Amanda in this issue, together with information on TALON, the first book in the series.

KELLEY ARMSTRONG's latest book, THE SUMMONING, is so good I had to give it joint book of the month in the fantasy section; Kelley never lets you down, and this is a terrific read, chilling and entertaining at the same time - don't miss it!

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LYNNE HACKLES: WRITING FROM LIFE ~ This book will show how your own personal experiences can provide you with an endless supply of ideas for your writing - whether fiction or non-fiction. You will learn how to write about what you know - and you certainly know a lot. The good news is that the older you are, and the older you get, the more experiences you have had - so you'll always have something to write about. The author, Lynn Hackles, will show you how to make your own 'Raking up your past' file - using memories, lists, diaries, newspapers, smells, family trees, etc. And how to turn your own anecdotes recounted to friends and family into useful prose; and how to fashion the passed-down history of your ancestors into a family saga. With this book you'll also learn how to: sell a snippet of conversation; make money by sharing secrets; take your boss and your best friend and come up with a new character; sell one event in your life to several different markets; impart knowledge you didn't think you had to people who didn't know they needed it; and, use the emotions, traumas, joys and experiences of your own life to make your writing stronger and more saleable. With this book you'll never run out of ideas; writers block will be a thing of the past. A thoroughly practical book, chock-full of great ideas for turning your writing into a money-spinner - easy to read and with terrific, sensible ideas. No writer should be without a copy!

The Invisible Cure - Africa, the West and the Fight against AIDS by Helen Epstein. 'Her subject — it soon becomes clear — is not just the nature of one virus, but of humankind' Philip Gourevitch. Impassioned, lively and beautifully written, Helen Epstein's provocative investigation reveals the truth behind why AIDS has such a stranglehold on Africa, and what can be done to fight it.

A Voyage Round John Mortimer by Valerie Grove. A riveting account of the great barrister, playwright and novelist. For the first time, a biographer has had full access to Mortimer, his circle of friends and colleagues, and their diaries and letters.

Gangs by Ross Kemp. The former EastEnders hard man journeys into the dark heart of some of the most notorious gangs on earth. Ross Kemp infiltrates groups of criminals to discover who they are, what makes them tick and what the law is doing to curb their criminal activity.

The stuff of heroes - Neil Oliver's engaging look at the people who inspired a different generation...

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NEIL OLIVER: AMAZING TALES FOR MAKING MEN OUT OF BOYS ~ Tales of brave and selfless deeds used to be part of every boy's education. We grew up sharing stories with our fathers, uncles and grandfathers of how other men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths. Becoming a man was about comradeship and standing by your friends whatever the circumstances. And it meant that sometimes it was more important to die a hero than live a coward's life. Through Neil Oliver's vivid, stirring new accounts we can rediscover the stories that inspired us. These are the epics that we should all know by heart; the tales of courage, endurance and sacrifice that made men out of boys. From the Publisher: Amazing Tales is packed with vivid new accounts of classic stories of courage and heroism including: The Battle of Britain, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Siege of Dien Bien Phu, The Cockleshell Heroes, The Battle of Isandlwana, The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, Apollo XIII, The SAS and the Battle of Mirbat, The Yangtse Incident, The Battle of Trafalgar, Shackleton's Boat Journey, Scott of the Antarctic and many more. About the Author: Author and archaeologist Neil Oliver is the presenter of the hugely popular BBC television series Coast. His television credits also include Two Men in a Trench and The One Show. Neil lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. Simply inspirational - the kind of book I would have treasured back in the 1950s - a sound collection of true stories that inspired generations. Absolutely brilliant. There's even a mention of my favourite battle - Rorke's Drift, and I couldn't ask for more than that. Oliver's style is conversational and engaging, he draws you into his subjects with consummate ease. I can't fault this book.

COLLINS BRITAIN FOLD-OUT ROAD ATLAS ~ A revolutionary new road atlas of Britain with large pages folded into a more portable sized product. The atlas has detailed road maps, a selection of urban maps of major cities and a wide range of town centre plans. A brand new style of atlas for 2009 - it's bigger on the inside than the outside - a bit like Dr Who's Tardis. The atlas is divided into clear, easy to use colour coded sections to help you find the scale best suited to your requirements. The neat, easy to handle, portable format is ideal for use in the car and easy to store on the bookshelf. Despite the compact size of the atlas each mapping page folds out to reveal a large area of mapping at a scale of 3.2 miles to 1 inch. The handy spiral binding means that the atlas lies flat and can be folded back on itself for ease of use. The atlas includes: / Route planning section including maps for long distance route planning, motorway services information and a handy distance calculator chart. / Easy to use, clear road maps at a scale of 3.2 miles to 1 inch (1:200,000) for England, Wales and Southern Scotland and 5 miles (1:316,800) in Northern Scotland. 20 urban area approach maps at 1 mile to 1 inch which clearly show the best routes through and into the busiest built-up-areas. o 64 street maps focussed on town centres showing places of interest, car park locations and one-way streets. o Fully updated fixed speed camera sites with the roads covered by average-speed cameras clearly highlighted. o Locations of alternative fuel sites (LPG, Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Natural Gas and Electricty recharging points) as supplied by the Energy Saving Trust. o Map showing the risk rating of Britain's major roads, courtesy of the Road Safety Foundation. o World Heritage Sites located with contact details and brief descriptions. o Over 30 categories of places of interest including castles, theme parks, sports venues, universities, mountain bike trails and surfing beaches. o The top 1000 most visited places of interest are indexed with full postcodes to aid integration with satnav systems. An ideal purchase for those who want a handy compact sized atlas without compromising on the map detail. Possibly the best road atlas in the world... Unique design, clear maps, beautifully printed, this has to be in everyone's car very soon. Perfect.

CONN & HAL IGGULDEN: THE POCKET DANGEROUS BOOK FOR  BOYS THINGS TO KNOW ~ If ever there was a book to make you switch off your television set, The Dangerous Book for Boys was it. And now, from the same authors, comes The Pocket Book of Things to Know -- packed with fascinating facts and tantalising trivia. 'The Dangerous Book for Boys' was the book of the year in 2006, inspiring a newfound passion for adventure, fun and all things 'dangerous'. Now the authors have brought together all their facts: fun and frivolous, entertaining and useful, into a 'Pocket Book of Things to Know'. Impress your friends and family with your amazing knowledge of the solar system, your uncanny ability to name the kings and queens of England, your breathtaking brilliance at unravelling codes and ciphers. The Pocket Book of Things to Know will make every man and boy, not to mention the women in their lives, as knowledgeable as they have always wished to be! The second pocket Dangerous, and containing a lot of material from the original Dangerous Book for Boys, but in a format you can put in your pocket - a book to take out and swat up on from time to time in order to impress your friends..

JAMES MARTIN: THE GREAT BRITISH VILLAGE SHOW COOKBOOK ~ This is a great traditional British cookbook for all the family from celebrity chef James Martin, now in paperback. Eat dishes inspired by the "Great British Village Show" from "Saturday Kitchen" celebrity chef James Martin. This tribute to traditional British cooking uses fresh, home-grown or locally produced ingredients so you too can make the fruitiest strawberry jam, the lightest Victoria sponge, tangy pickles and chutneys and savoury hotpots brimming with just-harvested vegetables. It offers delicious food including starters, main courses, desserts, cakes, biscuits, pastries and preserves are yours for the picking, with over 100 prize-winning recipes, tips, and techniques from the "Great British Village Show" TV series. It features all the expert know-how to be best in show. James is one of the most charismatic TV chefs and presenters, and this book, beautifully printed, captures the essence of the recent TV show, THE GREAT BRITISH VILLAGE SHOW, along with presenting some of the most delicious recipes from the series.

THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANIMALS ~ This is the ultimate visual guide to the animal kingdom. From the largest mammal to the smallest invertebrate, this is the ultimate reference to all creatures great and small. Capturing their beauty and diversity with award-winning images, this unique guide brings over 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates in the wild vividly to life. Written by a team of wildlife experts, led by Editor-in-Chief David Burnie, an award-winning natural-history author, explore the excitement and fascination of the animal world. As the blurb says, the ultimate visual guide... simply faultless; sublime illustrations and facts - just perfect.

THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE EARTH  ~This book offers a breathtaking and inspirational exploration of planet Earth. From the fiery mass of the Earth's core to the tip of the highest ice-capped mountain, explore every aspect of our planet in awe-inspiring photographic detail. Visit 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and most unusual physical features on Earth, from volcanoes, deserts and rivers to weather systems, rocks and minerals. Then take a look at the health of our planet and discover about the interaction between people and the environment. This series of illustrated encyclopedias is simply to die for - an enhancement to any home library, expertly written and illustrated, and simply perfect.

THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HUMAN  ~This is the definitive visual guide to every aspect of human nature. Join Robert Winston on this award-winning journey to discover every aspect of human existence from the origins of Homo sapiens to the intricate workings of our minds and bodies. Explore the immense diversity of human life and culture from profiles of more than 300 people from around the world and discover what it really means to be human and how we actually differ from apes. It is created by a team of experts led by acclaimed author, broadcaster and world leader in human fertility research, Robert Winston. Everyone's favourite TV presenter on the human species, Robert Winston's steerage through the world of human nature is electrifyingly good.

VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EVERYTHING ~ This is the traditional encyclopedia reinvented for the 21st century internet generation. It features a fascinating and lively encyclopedic look at a million things guaranteed to keep your child's curious mind engaged. You can find everything you ever wanted to know about traditional topics from Science and Industry to Arts and Entertainment. Only this book's different. Discover it all through visually amazing, stunning graphics. From a map of Spain made entirely out of pictures of its people and products to space exploration, you can pour over stunning images with your child and pick up fascinating facts and figures in bite-sized chunks. Read it together, can you count them all? This is a great example of what DK does best: treating non-fiction subjects differently and encouraging visual learning. Another surefire winner from DK, this time covering "everything" - an utterly amazing book.

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NORMAN LEBRECHT: MAESTROS, MASTERPIECES AND MADNESS ~ Inflated egos, corporate insanity, slave labour, sexual excess, dazzling genius. Welcome to the world of classical recording. "Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness" is a sparkling expose of the strange truth and sheer brilliance behind the classical music recording industry. Leading music critic Norman Lebrecht charts its rise since the great Caruso's first gramophone bestseller of 1902 and predicts the industry's imminent doom in the face of schmaltzy crossover albums and new technology. From the imperious Karajan to the perfectionist Toscanini and charismatic Bernstein, the leading figures are all here, depicted in witty, incisive pen portraits. Including Lebrecht's own selections of 100 recorded masterpieces and twenty that should never have been made, this is a compelling story of flamboyant maestros, lifelong alliances, disastrous personality clashes and entrepreneurial masterstrokes. I'm not sure that classical music is dead, which was one of the claims made on the press release; but the days of calssical superstardom, though still with us, are significantly different to what went on in the 20th century, with Karajan and Bernstein commanding footballer's salaries and more or less dictating the direction of classical music. This is readable and immensely enjoyable.

T J ENGLISH: THE WESTIES ~ Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs - James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone - the gang dominated the decaying slice of New York City's West Side known as Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s and '80s. Excelling in extortion, numbers running, loansharking and drug-peddling, they became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime. The then prosecutor Rudolf Giuliani called them 'the most savage organisation in the long history of New York street gangs'. Upping the ante on brutality and depravity, their speciality when it came to punishment and killings was dismemberment. Their reign lasted almost twenty - their end would come as their own violent natures got the best of them and precipitated a downfall as infamous as their rise. This revised and updated edition, brings the story of the Westies up to date with 'where are they now' snapshots of the men - and women - of the Westies. No holds barred, no punches pulled, this is a savage and frightening account of New York thuggery at its sadistic worst. Some graphic photographs illustrate this fascinating account of gang warfare in the 1970s.

DIANA PRESTON: CLEOPATRA AND ANTONY ~ In 44 bc, Julius Caesar was murdered on the Ides of March. His mistress, Cleopatra of Egypt, fled back to Alexandria with their little son. Mark Antony, Caesar's friend and henchman, who, according to some accounts, was already besotted by the beautiful Cleopatra, took up her son's case before the Senate. But they refused to recognize him as one of Caesar's heirs. Civil war broke out, and after the defeat of Caesar's murderers, Antony took control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters in present-day Turkey, Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candlelit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time - an eleven-year love affair that created the ancient world's most famous celebrity couple. The affair became all-consuming and fired the lovers with the ambition to create a new order. Had they succeeded, our world today might have been very different.Filled with murder, intrigue, civil war and great battles, the tragedy of Cleopatra and Antony has fascinated the world for two millennia, and has been depicted by everyone from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic 1960s film. Now Diana Preston has gone back to the original sources and delved into the real history behind the propaganda and the myth, to breathe new life into this epic love story.

FRANCES WOOD: THE FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA ~ Unifier or destroyer, law-maker or tyrant? The First Emperor of China (258-210 BC) has been the subject of debate for over 2,000 years. Frances Wood examines the evidence and reveals the true nature of the man who had himself buried with an army of 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors.The First Emperor gave us the name by which China is known in the West and, by his unification or elimination of six states, created imperial China. He stressed the rule of law but suppressed all opposition, burning books and burying scholars alive. His military achievements are reflected in the 'buried armies' that surround his tomb, and his Great Wall still fascinates the world. Despite his achievements, however, he has been vilified since his death. This book describes his life and times and reflects the historical arguments over the real founder of China and one of the most important men in Chinese history.

J W RINZLER: THE COMPLET EMAKING OF INDIANA JONES ~ This really is a superlative book that covers all four Indiana Jones films with incredible depth. There are a wealth of interviews from cast and crew plus information covering so many aspects of the films (there are also segments of transcripts from discussions between Lucas and Spielberg giving extra insight into the making of the films), combined with a vast array of behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as images of artwork, promotional material and story boards. This book really has it all - 300 full colour pages with almost everything you could want to know about each film. It chronicles the origins of Indiana Jones, from how the franchise was first conceieved through to the making of the latest film. You will be hard-pressed ever to find a book about Indiana Jones as insightful as this - being an official Indiana Jones product on the Lucas Books brand, we get get truly exaustive facts courtesy unbridled access to the Indiana archives. Despite being an official product, the book is refreshingly open and honest about the franchise, discussing criticsms aimed at the the films over the years, as well as disagreements and problems encountered over the years, rather than painting a rose-tinted picture of everything. We all know how well the franchise turned out anyway (despite the somehwhat undewhelming 4th installment which left me rather disappointed). Whatever your opinion of the 4th Indy film, I can confidently say that this book is netiher underwhelming nor disappointing - I can't stress enough how wonderful it is. Without a doubt a must-have for any fan of Indiana Jones. Everything you could ever want to know about Indy, including the latest film. This book is a  must-have for Indy fans and fans of the cinema alike, packed to the rafters with fascinating facts, letters, facsimiles, plot discussions, examples of diacrded Indy logos, everything to do with the film and the actors, directors, special effects people - it's a treasure trove of all things Indiana Jones, sumptuously illustrated and printed.

J W RINZLER: THE MAKING OF STAR WARS ~ George Lucas spent nearly ten years bringing his dream project to life: a ground-breaking space fantasy movie. Its original title: "The Star Wars". The rest is history. Yet its production is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie itself. Now, recounted in the words of those who were there, it is finally being told, for the first time. Between 1975 and 1978, over fifty interviews were conducted with key members of cast and crew - George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, legendary production designer John Barry amongst many others. Remarkably, these candid and revelatory interviews have sat, undisturbed, in the Lucasfilm Archives for three decades. Until now.Using his unprecedented access to the archives and this treasure trove of never-before-published 'lost' interviews, photographs, production notes, factoids and anecdotes, J.W. Rinzler hurtles back in time for a definitive look at the genesis of a cinematic legend. A true story of human endeavour and creativity, "The Making of Star Wars" reveals exactly what it took to produce one of the most outstanding and innovative films of all time. If you read my review of the companion volume to Indiana Jones above, you'll get a flavour of just how good these books are. Rinzler is a master of his craft, and both books are essential reading for cinema goers.

JON KATZ: A DOG YEAR ~ When Jon Katz takes in a young troubled border collie, his calm, sedate life will never be the same again. Jon and his wife live in a New Jersey suburb with two perfectly behaved Labradors. Then into the mix comes Devon, who creates havoc from the moment he arrives at the airport, when it takes Jon, two baggage handlers and three police officers to track him down after he escapes. Jon learns the hard way how to encourage Devon to behave. But amongst the difficulties of their first year together, Jon discovers his life is enlivened by a creature with so much mischievousness and joie de vivre. In fact, Jon finds that he is to change as much as Devon. By turns insightful, hilarious and deeply moving, "A Dog Year" is a delightful true story of the age-old bond between man and dog. As the proud owner of not one but two border collies, I can understand how, improperly handled, they can be a bit of a handful. Katz's account of life with Devon is delightful, entertaining and funny.

WILLIAM SHATNER: UP TILL NOW ~ William Shatner gets the joke about William Shatner. In fact, most of the time he's the one telling it. His self-effacing attitude, so perfectly parodied in the bombastic character he now plays on Boston Legal, Denny Crane, is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. While best known for his creation of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek, William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. He has experienced all the ups (the awards and acclaim) and the down (having to live for a time in the truck bed of his camper when he couldn't get work) that are a part of the actor's world.In "Up Till Now", he tells us about his remarkable life, from training as a Shakespearan actor under Sir Tyrone Guthrie to his time on Broadway, his movie career and, of course, his successful TV series. He has worked with an extraordinary range of actors, among them Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. He also writes, with glee, about some of his less successful ventures, including Incubus , the only feature ever made entirely in Esperanto.As funny, charming and self-deprecating as the man himself, this book will delight his many fans of all ages. This was my May nonfiction book of the month, even though I hadn't finished it when the June issue was published!

MICHAEL BLASTLAND AND ANDREW DILNOT: THE TIGER THAT ISN'T ~ This book gives a gentle introduction into the statistical background to many newsworthy topics such as speed cameras, league tables and drug testing. There are no equations and the book can be read in a couple of hours. To those who are already familiar with concepts such as regression to the mean, skewed distributions and relative risks then the content may be too lightweight. I enjoyed the book but those looking for something more substantial should try "The Lady Tasting Tea . . ." by David Salsburg. You can find out more about the topics in the book by listening to the archive of BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme (the author is the creator of that radio series). The book is certainly aimed at the UK reader.

DEBORAH ROSS: HOW NOT TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS ~ Domestic Goddesses! Your time is up. The slackers are back.Here are Mrs Ross's handy tips on every aspect of household management: skincare, fashion and beauty, children, dealing with blackened ovenware, leftovers and freezing. And here is useful advice on how to get a 'lifestyle' if you suspect you don't have a proper one.Some people have fabulous bodies and accomplished kids and amazing parenting skills and ideal jobs and harmonious marital relationships. This book is not for them. It is for the rest of us: we, the 99 per cent of the population who are not so blessed and cannot decide whether to laugh or cry. Answer: laugh.Some tips include: 'soak, soak, soak, then throw away when nobody is looking'; 'decant carefully into Tupperware, place in fridge, leave for a week then throw out when nobody is looking'; and, 'leave for a decade, then throw out when nobody is looking'.

MEREDITH HOOPER: THE FEROCIOUS SUMMER ~ Antarctica's capacity to create, store and disperse ice is critical to the way our planet functions. But along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula there has been a 40 per cent decrease in the mean annual sea ice extent since 1979. The daily life of a few thousand Adelie penguins became critical evidence of real, incontrovertible climate change.Meredith Hooper worked with key scientists in bases, on ice breakers and in research vessels. Her story focuses on the work and ideas of individual scientists and on the local animals. In it she memorably brings an outsider's non-specialist awareness to the crucial understanding of what is happening, now, to the planet we share.

MARK McCRUM: GOING DUTCH IN BEIJING ~ Why shouldn't you offer to pay for your share of the meal in China? Or say 'chin-chin' as you raise your glass in Japan? Or use the 'thumbs-up' sign to mean 'that's OK' in Sardinia?In China your host will lose face if he does not pick up the tab In Tokyo, 'Chin-Chin' is slang for 'small penis'. In Sardinia a raised thumb means 'sit on this!' - try that in a traffic jam in Cagliari.The world is not, in fact, flat; and as travel becomes ever easier, understanding the way things are done in other societies becomes ever more crucial. "Going Dutch in Beijing" aims to help its readers avoid minor international incidents by offering a light-hearted but informative look at everything from first greetings to last rites, covering key minefields of misunderstanding along the way. If you want to know what not to say, what not to wear and what not to do when you are invited round for dinner, all around the world, it's as well to get up to speed before you find yourself in the local police station.

ALAN MACFARLANE: JAPAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ~ An inspiring and engaging account of perhaps the only `modern' society that remains an enchanted world. Macfarlane not only provides persuasive answers to enigmas about Japan that have baffled generations of foreign commentators, but also demonstrates the necessity of changing the very questions that have been asked about Japan. His notion of an integrated, `enchanted' world is a striking one that seems to constitute a significant shift from other paradigms of `modern' nations, avoiding deeply ingrained binaries between East/West, natural/supernatural, among others. In his _We Have Never been Modern_, Bruno Latour critiques the way in which we `moderns' have so eagerly polarized and separated different elements of our world: technology, nature, kinship, people, objects . . . Macfarlane's study of Japan goes beyond Latour, offering a convincing vision of a different kind of modernity. Reading the book, one cannot escape the impression that it has been as lovingly and intricately crafted as Japanese lacquer-ware, painstakingly worked and re-worked to the highest degree of artistry. Filled with keen and often surprising observations, the book is a true pleasure to read. Even after one has emerged from _Japan_, it continues to invite re-reflection and repeated journeys into the looking glass.

PAUL RAMBALI: BAREFOOT RUNNER ~ Abebe Bikila was the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the marathon running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and won again wearing shoes in Tokyo in 1964, becoming the first person to win the most gruelling of all human contests twice.Born into bitter poverty in rural Ethiopia in 1932, at sixteen Bikila joined the Imperial Guard of the Emperor Haile Selassie. It was there that he came to the notice of the Swedish athletics coach Onni Niskanen, whom Selassie had engaged to try and raise his country's profile through sport. Bikila became the focus of these ambitions - and an unwitting figurehead for black African nationalism.Following the 1960 Olympics, Bikila's life took a dramatic turn when he was implicated in a failed coup against Selassie. Bikila was initially sentenced to death but was eventually pardoned following Niskanen's intervention. Despite an attack of appendicitis, Bikila recovered in time to win the Olympic marathon once again. Bikila died in 1973.

JUNGVOLK: THE FASCINATING TALE OF A CHILDHOOD LOST TO WAR ~ This is the wartime memoir of a young boy named Will, who happened to be the nephew of Reinhard Gehlen, the head of Nazi Germany’s intelligence agency, Foreign Armies East. After reading this book, however, the reader will wonder who had the most eventful time in World War II, the famous intelligence chief or his little nephew in a small town near the Westwall. Will Gehlen’s father, a trolley driver, was drafted into the Wehrmacht to man a Sturmgeschutz assault gun in Russia. His older brother, Len, was enlisted in the Hitlerjugend. The author, only 10 years old when the war began, became a helper at the local Luftwaffe flak battery, fetching ammunition for a quad 40mm gun, while a nearby 88mm battery pounded away. The 88s targeted Allied bombers, with no shortage of success, while the smaller gun fended off fighters trying to destroy the AAA emplacement. It was exciting work for young Will (officially a member of the “Jungvolk”) and by the end of the war he had become expert at judging attacks. As fighter raids increased in frequency he noted that the pilots became less skilled, at one point four Thunderbolts flying in a string, one after another, allowing the quad 40 to easily line up its sights. Aside from aircraft kills, Will Gehlen had other adventures during the war, as when his mother dragged him along to visit his aunt in Luxembourg in late autumn 1944. Crossing the lines they didn’t find the aunt but met American troops, and became caught up in the fight when the German Army launched a huge offensive, overrunning the village and forcing the US soldiers to retreat with casualties. Mother and son making their way back to Germany was even more perilous, until they discovered that the most secure vehicles in the Reich were mail trucks. No one, not even the SS, tried to interfere with their progress. Gehlen’s town was repeatedly battered by bombers and he often had to help with the wreckage or to pull survivors from basements. He witnessed more death than a child should ever see; nevertheless, his flak battery continued firing until US tanks were almost on top of the position. In this book Gehlen, looking back on his unique childhood, provides an intimate glimpse of the chaos, horror and, strangely enough, black humour of life just behind the front lines of Germany in World War II. As seen through the eyes of a child who never knew normality, but was expert in aircraft identification and bomb weights, food-rationing and tank types, one encounters a view of life inside Hitler’s wartime Reich that is both fascinating and rare. An extraordinary account of a young boy caught up in the middle of a war and consequently denied a normal childhood. Frank and even funny at times, this is a brilliant telling of a very personal story that you will find fascinating and chilling at the same time. An alternative view of WWII, this deserves your attention. It is utterly absorbing. After all, it is the people you haven't heard of that often give the most poignant account of war. Heartily recommended for anyone wanting to know what life was like for ordinary people in Hitler's Third Reich, but also for students of history and people who are simply interested in other people's lives.

DAVID MURRAY: BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE IN FRANCE ~ There are currently 100,000 Britons living in France, and several factors make it the preferred location for them, such as its geographical proximity to the UK, the availability of health, education and transport services, a lower population density than the UK, and climatic and cultural factors.When looking to purchase a property, often only two options are considered: buying a finished property or one which needs renovating. There is, however, a third option which is extremely popular in France, namely to select one of the fully insured house builders who will take full responsibility for building a property to your design on a piece of land in the location that you have chosen. This system gives maximum choice as regards location and design, avoids the risks and stress involved with a renovation, and can be substantially cheaper than purchasing an existing dwelling." Build Your Dream House in France" explains the processes, from purchasing a plot of land, finding a builder, negotiating the contract with the builder, obtaining services from utility companies, the various stages of the build (illustrated with 14 colour photographs), handover of the finished house, and any after-sales issues. The book is full of tips on how to minimize the purchase price, and ensure that the builder reaches the expected standards of quality. A set of special conditions is included for the reader as well as many examples of model letters that the reader may require in correspondence between himself and the builder, or the builder's insurance company. All of these examples are in French with an English translation. There is also a list of useful websites.

PAUL RAMBALI: BAREFOOT RUNNER ~ Abebe Bikila was the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the marathon running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and won again wearing shoes in Tokyo in 1964, becoming the first person to win the most gruelling of all human contests twice.Born into bitter poverty in rural Ethiopia in 1932, at sixteen Bikila joined the Imperial Guard of the Emperor Haile Selassie. It was there that he came to the notice of the Swedish athletics coach Onni Niskanen, whom Selassie had engaged to try and raise his country's profile through sport. Bikila became the focus of these ambitions - and an unwitting figurehead for black African nationalism.Following the 1960 Olympics, Bikila's life took a dramatic turn when he was implicated in a failed coup against Selassie. Bikila was initially sentenced to death but was eventually pardoned following Niskanen's intervention. Despite an attack of appendicitis, Bikila recovered in time to win the Olympic marathon once again. Bikila died in 1973.

STEVE PARRISH & NICK HARRIS: BARRY ~ When Valentino Rossi dedicated his 2005 World Championship win to Barry Sheene, it was a fitting memorial to the man who perhaps more than any other made motorcycling the hugely successful sport it is today. Sadly, he died of cancer in 2003, only aged 52. Barry Sheene won the British motorcycling 125cc championship at the age of twenty and twice became World Champion in the 500cc class, despite two life-threatening crashes, both of which he overcame with great courage and determination. BARRY is an intimate and revealing account told by three people who knew him better than most. Steve Parrish, fellow bike racer and now BBC commentator, admits that Barry completely changed his life, and reveals just what he got up to with his 'partner in crime'...Nick Harris, one of Barry's greatest fans, wrote and broadcast on all his major successes, and ended up by working alongside Barry as a television commentator. Barry's widow, Stephanie, has collaborated fully and written a foreword. She reveals Barry's great insecurity, their family life and his long and brave fight against cancer.

SUE JENNER: THE PARENT/CHILD GAME ~ Bringing up children is one of the most difficult tasks in the world - and potentially one of the most rewarding. Loving and conveying love may seem to be instinctive skills, but they can also be worked on and improved, and it is now established that parenting is not necessarily an inherent talent, but is something that can be learned. Parents need no longer feel guilty, incompetent or useless when family relationships aren't what they should be - nor do children have to feel unloved, ignored or misunderstood. Good parenting skills, learned now, will be absorbed by the next generation, thus breaking the vicious cycle that can degenerate from toddler tantrums via teenage delinquency to adult crime and yet more unhappy families.In her work as a clinical psychologist with families from many cultures, Sue Jenner has experienced great success with the technique known to psychologists as the 'Parent/Child Game'. This is the first book to present this technique to a non-academic readership. The simple but incredibly effective principles of the 'Parent/Child Game' form the backbone of this guide, which is written with honesty, compassion and humour.

SUE JENNER: THE PARENT/BABY GAME ~ In her first book, Sue Jenner wrote that it is never too late to make positive progress with toddlers. In this new, comprehensive but easy-to-follow book, she explains why it is never too early to establish that all-important emotional bond between you and your baby. Sue shows new parents how to understand an infant's need for warmth, approval, security, and stimulation, and she describes how to translate love for your baby into a language he or she can recognise. "The Parent/Baby Game" uses the latest psychological theory and current research into children's neurological development. But Sue is more than aware, as a mother, stepmother and grandmother, that what we really need to know in moments of crisis is not a series of complex formulas, but simply what to do.So every chapter in this book gives practical solutions to all kinds of challenging situations - everything from birth fears, post-natal depression, strains on your relationship and coping with fatigue, to problems with sleeping, tantrums, crying, playing, feeding and disobedience.

BARBARA TAYLOR: ROMANS ~ "Romans" showcases one of the most spectacular civilizations in history, exploring the rise and fall of the Empire and its legacy. It tells the stories of the Roman army's greatest triumphs, its most powerful and infamous leaders, including Julius Caesar, and Rome's bravest gladiators. Young readers are fascinated by the mysteries of the past and how people lived many centuries ago. This book illuminates the lives of ordinary people who lived in towns such as Pompeii, the town buried in volcanic ash in 79 AD. We discover what they ate, where they lived, their language and pastimes - and how their lives are relevant to us today.Lavishly illustrated with stunning artworks, maps and photographs, this book is a wonderful introduction to the Roman world for every young reader.

BARBARA TAYLOR: PLANET ANIMAL ~ "Planet Animal" showcases some of the world's best-loved animals now at risk due to hunting, habitat destruction, and more recently, climate change. Featuring a host of animals, from polar bears, to elephants and albatrosses, this book uses a new, dynamic format and sumptuous photographs, to explore each animal in the context of its habitat. The special features, such as flaps and pull-outs help the reader to get a sense of how each animal moves, hunts or migrates, and quick reference booklets and number icons explain clearly the reasons why the animals are threatened, how many are left, and what is being done to help them.The special items include: a researcher's-eye view of a mountain gorilla's day; fascinating fact cards on 6 types of crocodile; a handy guide to an elephant's favourite foods; and a pull-out booklet on endangered rhinos.

100 BIRDS TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE ~ "100 Birds to See Before You Die" is a must-have book for anyone interested in birds, with entries on 100 of the most incredible avian species across the world, illustrated with stunning photographs of each. Entries describe the natural history and significance of the featured species, with summary information including Size (and Wingspan, where applicable); distribution; habitat; classification; population & conservation status; and the reason for inclusion.Whilst many of the species would be on any bird enthusiast's wish list, the list has been fiercely debated over by two renowned birding authors, using various criteria to arrive at a top 100. Some species are endangered and therefore a must to see and conserve; others are quite common but have a particular plumage or behaviour that makes them exceptional; and others have a legendary status amongst birdwatchers and the layman, such as the dancing Red-crowned Cranes and the spectacular Gyr Falcon.

DES McHALE: QUICK WIT ~ "Quick Wit" is the second volume in Des MacHale's best-selling "Wit" series, the best-ever collection of humorous remarks, amassed over a period of 20 years. Taken from every source imaginable they have a breadth and freshness that simply cannot be matched by a trawl through a standard book of quotations. Here you'll find not only W. C. Fields and George Bernard Shaw but also a huge range of others from Paul Merton to Margaret Thatcher. Arranged thematically, the quotes in this unputdownable collection not only stand alone to tickle the humour buds but feed off - and even argue with - one another. On politics: "John Major delivers all his statements as though auditioning for the speaking clock." - Steven Glover. On sport: "I am the greatest golfer in the world. I just haven't played yet." - Muhammad Ali.

THE TREASURES OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES ~ The first time that the summer Olympic Games has been celebrated in such a glorious form, through 200 colour photographs and 25 removable facsimiles of rare Olympic memorabilia.A book of dreams...for the first time the official Olympic Museum have co-operated in producing an interactive book which allows readers to get closer to the world's greatest sporting spectacle than has ever been possible before.Published in association with Olympic Museum, this exceptional illustrated title brings to life, through over 200 photographs and 25 removable artefacts, the glorious history of the summer Olympic Games.Beginning in 776 BC in ancient Greece through to its revival in 1896 and the 24 subsequent modern games, "The Treasures of the Olympic Games" beautifully captures the organization's absorbing history and a wealth of sporting achievement

CARINA COOPER: AFTER WORK COOK ~ After Work Cook offers great food -- fast. Packed with vibrant, fresh, and most definitely quick meals, this is the perfect recipe for busy, modern life. After Work Cook is a fantastic collection of speedy recipes from food writer Carina Cooper. Understanding exactly the need for easy but tasty food in the hectic world of today, Carina offers varied and delicious meals which are thankfully hassle-free. Time-poor cooks are sure to find food for any occasion, whether they want to entertain friends with the least fuss possible, or are shattered and need to get a meal on the table as quickly as possible at the end of the day. All recipes include cooking and prep times. Chapters include: / Ultra-fast / Feeling virtuous / Veggie / Indulge / Friends Coming Round / It's the Weekend After Work Cook finally offers inspiring answers to the dreaded daily question, 'What shall we eat tonight?"

COOL IRISH NAMES FOR BABIES ~ A must-have guide for parents-to-be everywhere. Whether you're Irish, of Irish heritage or you simply love Celtic-inspired names, this book is packed full of the most popular, unusual and creative names around. By the best-selling authors of Cool Names for Babies and Brilliant Book of Baby Names, this collection takes you beyond the straightforward listings of other books and gives opinion on what's hot and what's not in the world of Irish baby names. The information given really helps parents to make the right choices and includes loads of original features -- pronunciation guides; which names are going up and which down in popularity; which are unisex, which are good as middle but not first names; and which should really be avoided at all costs. Packed full of creative lists such as Names that are Classic But Not Boring, Place Names, Names from Literature, Spiritual Names and Names of Irish Heroes and Heroines this is every new parent's one-stop guide to selecting the coolest Irish name for their baby.

THERE'S A HIPPO IN MY CISTERN ~ The hilarious true-life tale of one man's journey from self-confessed planet-killing lad to eco-friendly, green-crusader Dad set against the backdrop of Cool Britannia, Blair's Britain and the rise of the green movement. Back in the nineties, Loaded journalist, Pete May was your normal twenty-something male: a football mad, beer guzzling, Dr Who watching lad's lad, quite happy surrounding himself with countless pizza boxes, beer cans and other environmentally unfriendly consumer items. Recycling to Pete was a debate about whether he should turn his socks inside out and reuse them. Then one day, out of nowhere, along came eco bunny Nicola -- a greener than green environmental activist. Could two people so different really fall for each other? Would Pete ever change his ways and sign up to the green lifestyle of composting loos, freezing cold houses, multiple jumper wearing, chicken rearing, recycling, cycling, energy saving and general self-sufficiency? This is the charming and funny true-life tale of one man's struggle to grapple with the good life, go green and get the girl.

COLLINS FOLD-OUT ATLAS OF BRITAIN ~ A revolutionary new road atlas of Britain with large pages folded into a more portable sized product. The atlas has detailed road maps, a selection of urban maps of major cities and a wide range of town centre plans. A brand new style of atlas for 2009 - it's bigger on the inside than the outside - a bit like Dr Who's Tardis. The atlas is divided into clear, easy to use colour coded sections to help you find the scale best suited to your requirements. The neat, easy to handle, portable format is ideal for use in the car and easy to store on the bookshelf. Despite the compact size of the atlas each mapping page folds out to reveal a large area of mapping at a scale of 3.2 miles to 1 inch. The handy spiral binding means that the atlas lies flat and can be folded back on itself for ease of use. The atlas includes: / Route planning section including maps for long distance route planning, motorway services information and a handy distance calculator chart. / Easy to use, clear road maps at a scale of 3.2 miles to 1 inch (1:200,000) for England, Wales and Southern Scotland and 5 miles (1:316,800) in Northern Scotland. 20 urban area approach maps at 1 mile to 1 inch which clearly show the best routes through and into the busiest built-up-areas. o 64 street maps focussed on town centres showing places of interest, car park locations and one-way streets. o Fully updated fixed speed camera sites with the roads covered by average-speed cameras clearly highlighted. o Locations of alternative fuel sites (LPG, Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Natural Gas and Electricty recharging points) as supplied by the Energy Saving Trust. o Map showing the risk rating of Britain's major roads, courtesy of the Road Safety Foundation. o World Heritage Sites located with contact details and brief descriptions. o Over 30 categories of places of interest including castles, theme parks, sports venues, universities, mountain bike trails and surfing beaches. o The top 1000 most visited places of interest are indexed with full postcodes to aid integration with satnav systems. An ideal purchase for those who want a handy compact sized atlas without compromising on the map detail.

NIGEL REES: A MAN ABOUT A DOG ~ 'Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.'(Quentin Crisp). In his latest book, Nigel Rees, one of Britain's foremost commentators on English, has collected and explained 2467 examples of verbal perfume. Fascinating, lively and endless fun, 'A Man About A Dog' is a must for anyone captivated by language and our ability to abuse it. Examples include: / 'Discussing Ugandan affairs' / 'Ambulance chaser' / 'Hygienically challenged' Nigel Rees is one of the best-known language writers and presenters in the UK. His 'Quote...Unquote' radio programme has been running for nearly thirty years.

 

HAZEL SOAN'S AFRICAN WATERCOLOURS ~ Popular TV artist and teacher Hazel Soan is well known for her stunning watercolours of Africa. This superbly illustrated guide is both a safari through her beloved southern Africa and an instructional journey through a range of subjects, showing different ways to see and paint them. Aimed at the more practised painter, Hazel Soan's African Watercolours is an ideal book for the reader looking to add adventure to their painting. Focusing on the popular medium of watercolour, Hazel travels through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, getting to know her destinations by painting them. As the journey unfolds, she presents a series of exciting painting projects.The contents include: Introduction: A Tale of Two Journeys / Dramatic Seascapes: The Cape Peninsula Creating the third dimension / The Desert in Flower: Namaqualand Vibrant colour / Red Dunes, Cool Mists: The Namib Desert The strength of simplicity / Desolate Coastline: The Skeleton Coast Conveying an atmosphere / Heat and Dust: Etosha The suggestion of movement / Rivers of Life: The Chobe River Deep darks and reflections / The Lake of Drowned Trees: Lake Kariba Exploring shape and line / Kingdom of the Cats: The Kalahari Desert Responding to the subject / The Riches of Emptiness: The Karoo Tapestries of texture / Heartbeat of Africa: The People of the South Breathing life into paintings Both a stunning collection of watercolours and an invaluable source of expert instruction, Hazel Soan's African Watercolours will inspire readers, wherever they paint.

NEED TO KNOW ISLAM ~ Understand the religion behind the headlines. Do you want to understand the world's fastest-growing religion? Are you interested in knowing who Muhammad was and why he had such as lasting influence? This book, which features colour photographs throughout, is the essential overview for everyone who wants to understand what Islam is and what it means today. It includes: / The life of Muhammad / Understanding the Qur'an / Islam in history / What Muslims believe and do / Challenges facing Muslims today The only up-to-date illustrated guide to Islam, this book will be of interest to general readers and those studying Islam as part of Religious Studies GCSE and A-level.

 

DRAGON'S DEN: FROM PITCH TO PROFIT ~ 4 million people watch the Dragons on TV, now they can read their book. Britain's best loved business brains -- Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis and Richard Farleigh along with economics expert and presenter Evan Davies -- divulge the secrets of their success in this essential read. Joining them is James Caan, a new addition to the team in Series 5 which aired in September 2007. James is a multi-millionaire businessman and entrepreneur specialising in human resources consultancy and outsourcing. Here, for the first time, you can read his story and learn from his experiences. Plus you will find out exactly what James was looking forward to seeing in the Den. Success, From Pitch to Profit is packed with advice for you, whether you want to perfect your pitching skills, develop an idea or make more money. By looking back at the previous series of Dragons' Den, the Dragons will teach you how to develop an idea to its maximum potential, making you and your business reach new heights of success. They will look at what's become of the contestants who entered the Dragons' Den. Some went away empty handed but have since become very successful.Others won the backing of the Dragons but failed to make their dream come through. The Dragons will use these case studies to show you what should have been done, what should have happened next and how you too could win their backing and become a business success. This paperback edition includes all new case studies from Series Five. This is much more than a TV series companion. It is a solid business read with never-before-heard advice and personal experiences from the Dragons own business ventures. Between them, they have a wealth of knowledge and business acumen which they will exclusively divulge for the first time. At last, we'll find out how they became millionaires, their secret business tactics, what drives them and what they would do if they entered the Dragons' Den. This is a unique, accessible and fascinating business read straight from the Dragons' Den.

MICHAEL E GERBER: AWAKENING THE ENTREPRENEUR WITHIN ~ How to go from dreaming about having your own business to actually doing it, from the international bestselling author of THE E-MYTH REVISITED Every startup in the world -- before it was a startup -- began as a dream in the mind of a visionary who had the audacity to take their mind somewhere it had never been before. But books on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship never fully address this single most important part of the entire process: how to dream, and how to take that dream and turn it into reality. Now Michael Gerber, renowned as the man behind E-MYTH, the man who taught generations of entrepreneurs to take their existing businesses to the next level, shows how ordinary people can create extraordinary companies -- without any experience to guide them.For anyone who's ever dreamed of moving beyond their workaday job to create their own vision -- or tried to do so and struggled -- this book will show them how they too can awaken their inner entrepreneur by focusing on the four dimensions of the entrpreneurial personality: --The Dreamer --The Thinker --The Performer --The Leader In AWAKENING THE ENTREPRENEUR WITHIN, Gerber shows us how a successful entrepreneur must embrace each of these four facets to succeed.

MAI PHAM: NEW FLAVOURS OF THE VIETNAMESE TABLE ~ A land of vibrant cultures and vivid contrasts, Vietnam is also home to some of the most delicious and intriguing food in the world. While its cooking traditions have been influenced by those of China, France, and even India, Vietnam has created a cuisine with a spirit and a flavour all its own. Travelling from region to region, Mai has gathered the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food today: with fresh and healthy dishes like green mango salad with grilled beef, easy stir-fried chicken with lemongrass and chillies, deliciously sweet and sour caramelized garlic shrimp and especially pho, the country's beloved beef-and-noodle soup. With more than 100 authentic recipes, "New Flavours of the Vietnamese Table" offers home cooks the chance to create and savour the authentic and irresistible flavours of Vietnam in their own kitchen.

DENISE PHILLIPS: NEW FLAVOURS OF THE JEWISH TABLE ~ Food has always played a crucial role in Jewish culture, with numerous celebratory feast days marking important occasions throughout the year. In her mouthwatering new collection of recipes, Denise Phillips shows how kosher cooking is not just for Jews, but has been a strong but unseen culinary influence all over the world. Inspired by the cuisine of Sephardi Jews from the Mediterranean and Middle East to the Ashkenzai Jews of cooler Eastern European climes, these recipes draw on the variety of flavours that comprise the global nature of Jewish food. With an evocative introduction to every recipe, Denise takes us from appealing appetisers such as Baba Ganoush, through Chicken, date and raisin tagine, Moroccan sweet potato stew and Stuffed Aubergine with cous cous to delectable desserts like Chocolate macaroon cake and Dutch apple pie.Informed by Denise's skills as a cookery teacher, this charming book provides easy-to-cook and elegantly simple dishes that will entice everyone - from Jews who follow a strict Kosher diet, to anyone wanting tasty and healthy food.

ANDREW COLLINS: THAT'S ME IN THE CORNER ~ Fast approaching his fortieth birthday, Andrew is cornered at a family gathering by the nine-year-old son of his brother-in-law's sister. Having seen him as a talking head on TV, the boy asks, 'What are you?' It is a question so frank and simple that Andrew doesn't have an immediate answer to hand. So, with hilarious self-deprecation, he sets out to retrace how he got to where he is today. Seventeen precarious jobs in seventeen years: from trolley collector at Sainsbury's to high-flying film critic sipping cocktails with Will Smith and Jerry Bruckheimer on a yacht in Cannes.This is Andrew's tale of rubbing shoulders with the world's biggest stars: pissing off Christini Ricci, having his hairstyle mocked by Noel Gallagher, trying not to wake Clive James from his afternoon nap, having his apple pie eaten by Bob Geldof, and somehow stumbling into the next dream job. Along the way, he's been the world's worst gossip columnist, an almost-hip young gunslinger at the NME, a Radio 1 DJ (enduring a hellish Radio 1 roadshow in a car park in Birmingham), an ITV presenter, EastEnders scriptwriter, ghost writer for a major TV personality and much, much more. It charts a world of hedonism, mundanity, towering egos, shallow idiocy and occasional moments of mind-blowing joy. And, of course, being sent shit in a box.

JON KATZ: A DOG YEAR ~ When Jon Katz takes in a young troubled border collie, his calm, sedate life will never be the same again. Jon and his wife live in a New Jersey suburb with two perfectly behaved Labradors. Then into the mix comes Devon, who creates havoc from the moment he arrives at the airport, when it takes Jon, two baggage handlers and three police officers to track him down after he escapes. Jon learns the hard way how to encourage Devon to behave. But amongst the difficulties of their first year together, Jon discovers his life is enlivened by a creature with so much mischievousness and joie de vivre. In fact, Jon finds that he is to change as much as Devon. By turns insightful, hilarious and deeply moving, "A Dog Year" is a delightful true story of the age-old bond between man and dog.

PATRICK TOUHER: SCARS THAT RUN DEEP ~ Leaving his abusive Irish boarding school after eight long years, Patrick Touher thought his troubles were over. But the adult world was a dangerous place for a naive adolescent. From the Dublin Catholic boys' home to arriving alone in London, again Patrick is seen as easy prey. Yet Patrick's strength, honesty and sense of humour never left him. The boy they couldn't break, fought back, and eventually found love and a family. But the shadow of his early years was always with him. With the encouragement of his wife - a constant witness to his traumatic nightmares - Patrick set about taking the Christian Brother to task. The eagerly awaited sequel to bestseller "Fear of the Collar" that doesn't disappoint, "Scars that Run Deep" is a deeply moving and ultimately triumphant true story.

GILES BOLTON: AID AND OTHER DIRTY BUSINESS ~ Do you know why Africa is so poor? What really happens to your aid money? Why trade rules fail African countries and yet cost you too? We've heard it all before: the corrupt leaders, heartless global corporations, the wicked World Bank. But the answers are much closer to home...and so are the solutions. When Giles Bolton began working in the world of aid and development, he travelled to Africa convinced that he could solve problems, save villages and sing songs with the locals under a shimmering sunset. The reality proved rather less romantic, and far more shocking..."Aid and Other Dirty Business" is a radical, brilliantly readable and totally original approach to an unending problem. It may change your life, but, more important, it will help you change the lives of others.

DANNY WALLACE: FRIENDS LIKE THESE ~ Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty and his life has become a cliche. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well ...grown-up. But something's not right. Something's missing. Until he finds an old address book containing just twelve names. His best mates as a kid. Where are they now? Who are they now? And how are they coping with being grown-up too? And so begins a journey from A-Z, tracking down and meeting his old gang. He travels from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sydney to LA. He even goes to Loughborough. He meets Fijian chiefs. German rappers. Some ninjas. And a carvery manager who's managed to solve time travel. But how will they respond to a man they haven't seen in twenty years, turning up and asking if they're coming out to play?Part-comedy, part-travelogue, part-memoir, "Friends Like These" is the story of what can happen when you track down your past, and of where the friendships you thought you'd outgrown can take you today.

MICHAEL WOOD: THE STORY OF INDIA ~ In "The Story of India", Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, India gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global economic giant, Michael sets out on an epic journey across this vibrant country to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past. "The Story of India" is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India - past, present and future.

 

TIME OUT FLIGHT-FREE EUROPE ~ As concerns grow about global warming and more people look for holidays closer to home, Time Out has put together a selection of inspirational trips to Europe (and sometimes beyond!) that won't cost you or the planet a single air mile. Europe's railway system is getting faster and sleeker, and now that Eurostar trains depart from St Pancras, with great connections to the north of the UK, continental destinations are more accessible than ever before. You can get to Paris in two hours 15 minutes, Brussels in under two hours and Strasbourg and Cologne in under five. By 2010, Europe will have 4,000 miles of high-speed lines - and some very boutique-y sleeper cars, making plane-free holidays a realistic and stress-free alternative to air travel. But "Flight-Free Europe" isn't just a railway guide.It also includes trips by boat - including the new cruise-style ferries - bicycle and motorbike, even car (now hire companies are offering greener options), covering a variety of destinations from classic cities to undiscovered countryside. For each, we give a selection of the best places to sleep, eat and experience, and some great ideas for side trips. There are also activity breaks and a section of longer journeys to undertake for their own sake, bringing back the idea of the Grand Tour and rescuing the romance of travel.This book snapshots journey time: Under two hours - city breaks in Brussels and Dublin; cycling in Pas de Calais; wilderness hiking in the Orkneys. An easy day - city breaks in Marseilles, Cologne and Lyons; wine-tasting along the Rhone; best of Brittany. Overnighters - city breaks in Toulouse, Turin and Barcelona; touring the Canal du Midi on a peniche; exploring Spain's Picos de Europa. Grand tours - Scottish Isles and Iceland; Orient Express; Baltic ferry-hopping; yachting in Croatia; Trans-Siberian Express; Stavanger, European City of Culture 2008, and the Norwegian fjords.

NICHOLAS GUYATT: HAVE A NICE DOOMSDAY ~ Journeying to the dusty heartlands of America's Bible Belt, Nicholas Guyatt goes in search of the truth behind a startling statistic: 50 million Americans believe the apocalypse will take place in their own lifetimes. They're convinced that, any day now, Jesus will snatch up his followers and spirit them to heaven. For the rest of us, things are going to get very nasty indeed: massive earthquakes, devastating wars, not to mention the terrifying rise of the Antichrist. But true believers aren't just sitting around waiting for the Rapture. They're getting involved in debates over abortion, gay rights and even foreign policy.Are they devout or deranged? Why do they seem so cheerful about the end of the world? And, given the disturbing involvement of a leading presidential candidate, does their influence stretch beyond the Bible Belt ...perhaps even to the White House? Strange, funny and unsettling in equal measure, "Have a Nice Doomsday" uncovers the apocalyptic obsession at the heart of the world's only superpower.

MARK LEVINE: MONSTER TORNADO ~ It was April 3, 1974 and the United States was in turmoil. Crime was soaring, unemployment and inflation were out of control, the Vietnam War had just come to a demoralising end and the soon-to-be-disgraced President Nixon was on his way out of office. Then, over a sixteen-hour period, nature stepped forward with its own display of mayhem, as an unprecedented outbreak of 148 tornadoes descended on the country. The destruction wrought was horrifying - hundreds killed, thousands of homes demolished, a billion dollars in losses sustained. Amidst this chaos, acclaimed journalist Mark Levine follows the devastating path of a twin set of F5s - the rarest, and most deadly, category of tornado, and their impact on a rich cast of intertwined characters.Ordinary lives are transformed in one bewildering, terrifying instant: a pair of teenage lovers caught while driving on a dark country road; a Vietnam veteran trapped at home with a newborn baby; a sheriff caught in the line of fire twice in rapid succession; and, a black preacher with a past of dire hardship struggling to protect his family. Other figures enter the story from the broader cultural scene: Hank Aaron, on his way to challenging baseball's home run record amid racist death threats; Patty Hearst, whose image as kidnapping victim is undergoing a radical shift; Richard Nixon, intent on using the storms for his political advantage; and, a memorably eccentric scientist, known as Mr Tornado, who regards the 'Superoutbreak' as the apotheosis of his scholarly life."Monster Tornado" provides a vivid and remarkable portrait of a unique point in American history - a time of incredible and unsettling convergence, where weather and people collided, and the fortunes of a series of characters, obscure and famous, would change forever.

J W RINZLER: THE MAKING OF STAR WARS ~ George Lucas spent nearly ten years bringing his dream project to life: a ground-breaking space fantasy movie. Its original title: "The Star Wars". The rest is history. Yet its production is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie itself. Now, recounted in the words of those who were there, it is finally being told, for the first time. Between 1975 and 1978, over fifty interviews were conducted with key members of cast and crew - George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, legendary production designer John Barry amongst many others. Remarkably, these candid and revelatory interviews have sat, undisturbed, in the Lucasfilm Archives for three decades. Until now.Using his unprecedented access to the archives and this treasure trove of never-before-published 'lost' interviews, photographs, production notes, factoids and anecdotes, J.W. Rinzler hurtles back in time for a definitive look at the genesis of a cinematic legend. A true story of human endeavour and creativity, "The Making of Star Wars" reveals exactly what it took to produce one of the most outstanding and innovative films of all time.

BEN OKRI: STARBOOK ~ "Starbook" tells the tale of a prince and a maiden in a mythical land where a golden age is ending. Their fragile story considers the important questions we all face, exploring creativity, wisdom, suffering and transcendence in a time when imagination still ruled the world. A magnificent achievement and a modern-day parable, "Starbook" offers a vision of life far greater than ourselves.

 

 

TIME OUT BUENOS AIRES ~ Buenos Aires, the cultural highlight on many trips to South America, is changing like never before. Every week new boutique hotels, restaurants, secret bars, art galleries and designer shops open in a blur of champagne and cocktails. The terraces of football stadiums heave with passionate fanatics of world-class teams such as Boca Juniors, while in the dimly lit halls of the city's old quarter, couples, in sensual embrace, dance the tango. Visitors to this city can participate in every aspect of Buenos Aires. It is a thrilling place, full of the unexpected, and occasionally bewildering. And over the last eight years, "Time Out Buenos Aires" has become a favourite for visitors looking for the most up-to-date information, the latest cultural trends and insightful investigations written by journalists who live this city everyday.

TIME OUT SYDNEY ~ Sydney's laidback outdoor lifestyle has always drawn tourists from all over the world for a bit of seaside "R&R", but thanks to a new influx of bill-topping locals, the Emerald City is now pulling as many culture vultures as beach bums. Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett has returned to her hometown to take over as joint Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company with playwright husband Andrew Upton and plans to launch the theater into a new green age, and the gleaming Sydney Opera House has recently achieved UNESCO World Heritage status. Sydney is no longer a colonial backwater, but a chosen destination to discover some of the world's leading restaurants and signature chefs, innovative young fashion designers and ground-breaking gay performance nightclubs.

DANIEL STASHOWER, JON LELLENBERG & CHARLES FOLEY: ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE - A LIFE IN LETTERS ~ A collection of letters between Arthur Conan Doyle (author and creator of Sherlock Holmes) and his mother, covering most of his life, written between 1867 and the year of her death in 1921. Doyle was raised almost solely by his mother in Dickensian circumstances, (his father latterly suffered from dipsomania and epilepsy and so spent much of his later life in asylums). Since Sherlock Holmes's inception in 1887, he has been one of the best-known and widely read literary characters, and the subject of more radio and television shows and motion pictures than any other fictional character in history. Although Doyle and his Holmes continue to be much written about, talked about and adapted, this is the first time that this material, along with other personal papers, has ever been made available. Conan Doyle although most famously remembered for Holmes, was also a physician, sportsman, public figure, war correspondent, pioneer of science fiction, psychic investigator, and prominent spiritual missionary.These letters reveal fascinating portraits of Doyle: his trip to the Arctic aged 21 where he served as a ship's surgeon on a whaling ship; his unprofitable stint as a Harley Street doctor and his decision to abandon this in favour of writing, more money and the opportunity to help his mother to look after his many younger brothers and sisters; his friendships with J.

CHE GUEVARA: THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES ~ The film tie-in edition of the established modern classic. In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries -- full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations. During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che's main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike. Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime -- had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

HUGO HAMILTON: DISGUISE ~ Hugo Hamilton, the internationally acclaimed author of 'The Speckled People' and 'Sailor in the Wardrobe', turns his hand back to fiction with a compelling drama tracing Berlin's central historical importance throughout the twentieth century. Boris Opp is a young Berliner, born into the chaos and commotion of the Second World War. But when his absent father returns from the Eastern front and remarks upon the absence of a birthmark above Boris' right eye, the child is suddenly thrown into an identity crisis that has him questioning the story of his birth. He begins to wonder, in part because of his Semitic features, whether he is in fact an orphaned Ukrainian Jew, stolen away by the occupying SS to be given up for adoption to a childless family back in Germany. It is this suspicion, so damaging and dangerous under the Nazi government, that proves to be the breakdown of his relationship with his violent and unforgiving father. As his paternal relationship disintegrates, Boris turns to his kindly uncle, a once dutiful World War 1 veteran whose terrifying ordeals on the Russian front made him swear an oath against Hitler.But his uncle is loose with the truth, and his careless whispers fan the flames of Boris' now frenzied suspicions.These unanswered questions about his heritage and the obscured truth of his childhood continue to stalk him throughout his life -- through his later career as a professor of linguistics at the University of Berlin -- and onward to his death. It is only then, at the very end of his life, when the truth of his lineage can finally emerge. Part literary investigation, part historical novel, Disguise is an intelligent, poignant and brilliantly crafted story about a man's lifelong search for the truth of himself, and an allegory about the many disguises that the city of Berlin wore -- from the decadence of the Weimar Republic, through the oppression of fascism and communism -- throughout the most turbulent period in its fascinating history.

CARLOS ACOSTA: NO WAY HOME ~ The rags-to-riches story of one of the world's greatest dancers, from his difficult beginnings living in poverty in the backstreets of Cuba to his astronomical rise to international stardom. In 1980, Carlos Acosta was just another Cuban kid of humble origins, the youngest son in a poor family named after the planter who had owned his great-great-grandfather. With few options and an independent spirit, Carlos spent his days on the streets, dreaming of a career in football. But even at a young age, Carlos had extraordinary talent. At nine, he was skipping school to win break-dancing competitions as the youngest member of a street-gang for whom dance contests were only a step away from violence. When Carlos's father enrolled him in ballet school, he hoped not only to nuture his son's talent, but also to curb his wildness. Years of loneliness, conflict and crippling physical effort followed, but today the Havana street-kid is an international star. This magical memoir is about more than Carlos's rise to stardom, however. It is the story of a childhood where food is scarce but love is abundant, where the soul of Cuba comes alive to influence a dancer's art.It is also about a man forced to leave behind his homeland and loved ones for a life of self-discipline, displacement and brutal physical hardship.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL: MEMORIES, DREAMS AND REFLECTIONS ~ This book is a more personal history than has ever before been written by or about Marianne Faithfull. Anecdotal, conversational, intimate and revealing, this is her no-holds-barred account of her life, her friends, her triumphs and mistakes. A decade after the publication of 'Faithfull', one of the most acclaimed rock autobiographies of all time, Marianne Faithfull is back, vowing periodically leave her wicked ways behind and grow up, but finding that somehow strange things keep happening. A wry observer of her slightly off-kilter world, Marianne muses nostalgically about afternoons languishing on Moroccan cushions at George and Pattie's, getting high and listening to new songs. She fondly recalls the outlandish antics of her Beat friends Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs; is frequently baffled at her image in the press (opening the paper to read of her own demise: 'Sixties Star in Death Plunge'); terrified by the curse sent by Kenneth Anger; mortified by her history of reckless behaviour; not to mention her near-death experience in Singapore while looking for an opium den.Marianne peoples her anecdotal memoir with legendary characters one can imagine only Marianne assembling around her, both the eccentric and the beautiful, from Henrietta Moraes and Donatella Versace to Sofia Coppola, Juliette Greco, and Yves St.

GREG BEHRENDT: HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU ~ OH MY WORD.. girls if you never buy another book in your life... make sure this is the one that you do. As a single girl on the dating scene I have to say that this book totally opened my eyes to the way guys work. To the girl who wrote the negative review on here... wake up and smell the bullsh*t, you're kidding yourself... these excuses that guys come out with are just that.. EXCUSES, all they are really saying is 'I'm just not that into you' but simply don't have the guts to say it to your face. I have saved myself so much heartache and saved myself so much time waiting by my phone just by reading this book. If a guy doesn't ring you within 3 days of a date, put him out of your mind and move on. If he says 'i've been really busy at work'... move on. These are the kind of excuses that the book addresses, and anyone who contradicts what Greg Behrendt has to say is essentially one of the poor girls who is victim to the rubbish that come's out of guys mouths. A fantastic, amusing read and totally totally liberating!

ANDY PRIAULX: AUTOBIOGRAPHY ~ The inspiring autobiography of Britain's three-time World Touring Car champion, and almost certainly this country's best-kept sporting secret ! until now! For someone who grew up on a small island with a speed limit of just 35 mph, Andy Priaulx drives his car awfully fast. But then the man from Guernsey is a hugely determined figure who has been fighting against the odds and performing the role of underdog throughout his entire career. In this his first book, Priaulx tells of how he has fought - tooth and claw, with virtually no back-up - for every sponsor, every car, every penny on his way to achieving his dream of one day becoming a world champion. With refreshing honesty, Priaulx reveals how he and his wife risked everything financially to get on the lower rungs of the motor racing ladder, even spending some time living in a borrowed caravan at the Silverstone circuit in an attempt to save money. "Pikey Priaulx" was his nickname at the time, but the story only goes to show how sacrifice and sheer bloody-mindedness can pay off.Priaulx's reserves of energy, enthusiasm and dedication - not to mention his natural talent - served him well as he won the European Touring Car Championship in 2004.Motor sport's governing body, the FIA, recognises only three world championships - Formula 1, World Rally and World Touring Cars. Priaulx has won the WTC championship for the last three years, an unprecedented achievement. In fact, such has been Priaulx's success that he has been universally hailed as the greatest touring car driver of all time, and widely dubbed "Britain's Schumacher". In 2007 Priaulx received the ultimate accolade when he was awarded the Gold Medal of the British Racing Drivers' Club "in recognition of outstanding contemporary racing success". This was only the eighth time the Gold Medal has been awarded. Told in Andy's energetic and engaging style, this is the story of that most rare of sporting beasts - a true British world champion.

ROBIN SHARMA: THE GREATNESS GUIDE BOOK 2 ~Do you want to find the inspiration, passion and enthusiasm to become extraordinary? Robin Sharma, author of no.1 international bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, will excite, energize and elevate you to world class greatness with his remarkable insights and powerful tools. Are you ready to take your work and personal life to a whole new level of greatness? Part manifesto for excellence, part business mastery manual and part inspirational companion, The Greatness Guide: Book 2 distils Robin Sharma's latest thinking into 101 simple yet powerful lessons to help you work brilliantly and live beautifully. You'll discover: / the personal practices of spectacularly successful people / potent ideas to propel you to greatness / revolutionary tactics for peak performance / practical strategies to turn setbacks into opportunities / time management techniques that really work / breakthrough ideas to generate energy and health / tool kits for practical work--life balance

GAVIN MENZIES: 1434 ~ In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world. In his bestselling book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies presented controversial and compelling evidence that Chinese fleets beat Columbus, Cook and Magellan to the New World. But his research has led him to astonishing new discoveries that Chinese influence on Western culture didn't stop there. Until now, scholars have considered that the Italian Renaissance - the basis of our modern Western world - came about as a result of a re-examining the ideas of classical Greece and Rome. However, a stunning reappraisal of history is about to be published. Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that a sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, sparked the Renaissance, and forever changed the course of Western civilization.After that date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overturned and artistic conventions challenged, as was Arabic astronomy and cartography.Florence and Venice of the 15th century attracted traders from across the world. Menzies presents astonishing evidence that a large Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the Emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434 where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. A mass of information was offered by the Chinese delegation to the Pope and his entourage - concerning world maps (which Menzies argues were later given to Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. It was this gift of knowledge that sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions, the Copernican revolution, Galileo, etc. Following 1434, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, which formed the basis of European civilization just as much as Greek thought and Roman law. In short, China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.

JUDY WESTWATER: NOWHERE TO RUN ~ How can you forget your past when it keeps coming back to haunt you? Judy Westwater, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Street Kid, was determined to turn her back on her cruel and violent childhood. She didn't stand a chance. All too soon hope turned to fear and she knew she'd have to run again. Judy was only 11 years old when she was forced to live on the streets. Beaten, half-starved and horrifically abused, she finally escaped to a life in the circus and fell in love with one of the circus hands. But the charming man who seemed so perfect had a dark and sinister side. If she wanted to survive she had to get away. Judy fled to South Africa, taking with her her two young children. But the streets of South Africa were just as cruel. One day a man took her five-year-old daughter and her violent past was replayed in front of her eyes. Judy's incredible story of courage and determination will inspire as it will amaze.

BOB FISCHER: WIFFLE LEVER TO FULL ~ He may not have a TARDIS or an X-Wing Fighter, but Bob Fischer is boldly going where, um, lots of men have gone before. And, to a lesser extent, possibly even a few women. Encountering gay Cybermen, obsessive Janet Ellis fans and Douglas Adams devotees hell-bent on destroying Blakes 7 lovers with water-pistols, Bob embarks on a marathon twelve-month journey around the country's sci-fi and cult TV conventions. Part fun travelogue, part field report, part misty-eyed childhood memoir, Bob freewheels his way from Doctor Who to Discworld, Star Wars to Star Trek and Robin Of Sherwood to Red Dwarf. In space, no one can hear you scream. And don't expect much sympathy in Peterborough, either.

TRAVIS ELBOROUGH: THE LONG PLAYER GOODBYE ~ For 60 years the way our music has been presented to us has been in the form of the LP, the album: 12-odd tracks representing something much more than the sum of their parts. But if we can download a single track, is the album going to go the way of the old 78 and be consigned to the dustbin of history? Travis Elborough, who has a deep love for music and albums takes a fond, nostalgic, entertaining and informative tour through the history of the album, from its revolutionary arrival on the global scene in 1948, when it entirely transformed the way music was listened to and produced, to its revered position as the creative benchmark to which all musicians aspire. Travis has the most astonishing amount of material at his fingertips on career-ending LPs, record-company bankrupting LPs, never-released LPs, difficult third albums, career fillers, contractual copouts, duff tracks, ill-advised solo projects and comeback LPs. He brilliantly places the revered albums of history in their social context, using the album to examine some of the enormous changes in our society, looking at education, work, wages, race and sexuality, leisure and shopping, teenagers and boredom.He also examines the meaning of the current vinyl revival. This is a book filled with enough detail and idiosyncrasy to satisfy the obsessive but with an entirely unelitist, inclusive insight into how music has shaped our lives and our lives have shaped music.

JOHN FOLLAIN: THE LAST GODFATHERS ~ THE LAST GODFATHERS charts the rise of the notorious Corleone clan. From it's humble origins in the town of Corleone, the clan manipulated Cosa Nostra's code of honour, deceiving and bludgeoning its way to the summit of the secret brotherhood, purging its rivals and launching a terrorist campaign which decimated anti-mafia judges, police and politicians.Journalist John Follain focuses on the three godfathers who headed the clan from the 1950s onwards. Luciano 'The Professor' Leggio, Salvatore 'The Beast' Riina and Bernardo 'The Tractor' Provenzano, who forged a vicious clan bent on the subversion of democracy.Cutting through the romantic aura of Hollywood films, THE LAST GODFATHERS portrays the true face of the crime family which inspired Mario Puzo's The Godfather". Based on thousands of pages of judicial documents, wiretap transcripts, the testimony of mafiosi defectors and interviews with investigators, this is the last word on the world's most famous criminal organisation.

MATCH WITS WITH THE KIDS ~ How does photosynthesis work? Who was the first Tudor king? What is a preposition, or a conjunction? What causes a tsunami? If you're caught In flagrante delicto what has happened? And how do you calculate the area of a triangle? Answering all the questions you're afraid to admit you need to ask, "Match Wits with the Kids" covers all the key school subjects - Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and languages. Jonathan Green, a highly experienced teacher and popular author, provides in a nutshell everything you need to refresh your memory. Including tests to see if you've taken it all in, "Match Wits with the Kids" is a lot of fun - and the ideal read for anyone feeling threatened by know-it-all children.

BOB WILSON'S ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF PECULIAR SPORTING LINGO ~ This is the comprehensive collection of sport's strangest terms encountered in the 50-year career of one of British sport's greatest sages.Have you ever flashed at a googly in the corridor of uncertainty while on a sticky dog? Maybe you've seen someone hit a mulligan out of the screws to grab a birdie at Amen Corner, or had to deal with a falling leaf from God while trying to survive the Group of Death?The world of sport has its own language, wonderfully rich in strange words and phrases, whose origins often stretch back centuries. Collected together for the first time, Veteran BBC presenter and football legend Bob Wilson has pulled together his widely acclaimed and hugely successful books of the last two years ("Googlies", "Nutmegs & Bogeys" and "Rucks, Pucks & Sliders") and added considerable new material to create the most comprehensive guide to peculiar sporting terminology ever compiled. In this ultimate and brilliantly illustrated guide, discover the fascinating true meanings, heritage and evolution of all the great sporting terms we use today.

STEVE TAYLOR: MAKING TIME ~ Why does time seem to speed up as we get older? Steve Taylor's genre-busting, gripping book explores this all-too-familiar question...Why does time seem to drag when we're bored or in pain, or to go slowly when we're in unfamiliar environments? Why does it slow down dramatically in accidents and emergency situations, when sportspeople are 'in the zone', or in higher states of consciousness?"Making Time" explains why we have these different perceptions of time. It puts forward five basic 'laws' of psychological time and uncovers the factors which cause them. It uses evidence from modern physics and unusual states of consciousness to suggest that our normal sense of time is an illusion, 'created' by our minds.On a practical level, this book also shows us what we can do to control our sense of time passing, to make it pass slowly or quickly in different situations. It suggests that it is possible for us to live through more time in our lives, and so effectively increase the amount of time which we are alive for.Finally using insights from Buddhism to show how we can live fully in the present moment, Steve Taylor's brilliant book will astound all who read it.

MEREDITH NORTON: LOPSIDED - HOW HAVING BREAST CANCER CAN BE REALLY DISTRACTING ~ 'As far as I'm concerned, Lance Armstrong and I are close to exact opposites, both physically and mentally ...If surviving this particularly deadly form of breast cancer required any of the Lance-like traits, such as a willingness to physically exert myself, I was as good as dead.' When well-meaning family and friends found out about her diagnosis, they often came armed with copies of Lance Armstrong's cancer survival book. Meredith reacted by penning a sharp, irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny memoir. More than just an account of her harrowing and, at times, hilarious treatments during her illness, Lopsided offers up entertaining memories of an offbeat life. A fiesty and irreverent memoir about life and death, family and friends, and everything in between.

LYNNE PICKNETT & CLIVE PRINCE: THE MASKS OF CHRIST ~ This book is not intended as an attack on Christianity of the Christ of faith, but is an assessment of all the historical evidence about Jesus Christ. Although there is a huge literature on the subject - theological, historical, mythical, New Age and speculative - almost all of it is aimed at a niche market. The Masks of Christ is very different, being a mainstream book aimed at everyone. For the first time, all the various theories and facts about Jesus are considered between the covers of one accessible book. As the phenomenal sales of The Da Vinci Code continue to fuel a growing global appetite for questioning the old certainities and assumptions about Christianity and what it says about its founder, never has there been a more perfect time to launch The Masks of Christ.

ROBERT RANKIN: DA DA DE DA DA ~ Robert Rankin, the world's Master of Far Fetched Fiction, takes us on a roller coaster ride in his brand-new bestseller, which focuses on the biggest conspiracy theory in the world, ever. Here, in the Da-Da-Di-Da-Da Code, you will find the music of the angels - and the music of the devil. Aliens, flying saucers from hell, the Multiverse, the Illuminati: every wacky, way-out conspiracy theory you've ever heard: they're all here, wrapped into a plot that will leave Dan Brown fans breathless, Michael Shea readers stupified, Raymond Khoury lovers incredulous ...Robert Rankin: the original and the best

 

ROSEMARY BAILEY: LOVE AND WAR IN THE PYRENEES ~ Over the fifteen years Bailey has been living in the region, the more she realised she didn't know, and people did not want her to know, about the war; about the French during the Occupation, the real role of the Resistance, the level of collaboration, the concentration camps in the Pyrenees and the treatment of Jews and other refugees. It is still very much a veiled history. Although people now acknowledge that the role of the Resistance in winning the war was exaggerated and glorified way beyond its actual numbers or achievements, few are willing to admit the level of acceptance of the German occupation, of the fascist ideals of the Vichy government and the degree of collaboration, passive or active, that occurred throughout the war years. Most of the archives remain firmly closed. This is a portrait of human tragedy, heroism and cruelty that will create a picture of the period from a contemporary angle, the history linked to sights that can still be visited, and brought to life by letters, interviews and encounters with people today, including the historians currently trying to investigate what really happened.

Tribe - Adventures in a Changing World by Bruce Parry. Over several years, Bruce Parry spent a month living with fifteen different tribes. The result is an insight into wildly differing cultures that are vibrant, hospitable and full of spirit. Based on the hugely successful BBC2 series.

 

 

 

Rudolf Nureyev - The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The authorized biography of the superstar of 20th century ballet. From his birth on a train at the height of Stalin's Terrors, to the drama of his defection to the West, Nureyev's life tells a thrilling story. This definitive account, drawing for the first time on Nureyev's private papers and the memories of his intimate friends, reveals the secrets and well as the genius of this extraordinary man. 'Magnificent?comprehensive and compulsively readable' Simon Callow,The Guardian 'The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life' Lynn BarberTelegraph 'She writes with flair and abundance' The Sunday Times 'Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory' Sunday Telegraph

Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places 500 Ways to Walk in the Wild by Christopher Somerville. A criss-crossing survey of Britain's untamed natural riches Christopher Somerville embarks on a colossal tour of Britain, spanning the length and breadth of the country in a quest to track down its extreme, wondrous and unadorned places. From Somerset's 4,000-year-old forgotten Great Road to Devil's Beef-Tub in Dumfriesshire to Lancashire's scarcely seen Natterjack Toad and Pendle Witches, Britain's Best Wild Places holds the key to unlocking some of the countryside's most enchanting, sublime or thrilling treasures, whether they be a long or short journey away. As well as providing detailed directions, this is a book packed with thoughts and information on the history, wildlife and impact of every place.

JASON DONOVAN: BETWEEN THE LINES - MY STORY UNCUT ~ In his frank and honest account of his life, Jason talks candidly about the drugs that nearly saw the end of his career, about his relationship with the princess of pop, Kylie Minogue, and how he finally got his own very happy ending with the woman who saved him, his partner Angela and their two children.

In this issue: interviews with ELIZABETH GEORGE and AMANDA GREENSLADE plus fe

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