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  • Cash: The Autobiography-

    This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life. The story takes us from Johnny Cash's childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his early years at Sun Records. We read of his life on the road and meetings with, and performances for, world leaders. There is also the darker side of his life: the years of addiction to amphetamines and pain killers, a suicide attempt and the spiritual awakening that pulled him through. He looks unsparingly at his turbulent past, but remains a man of honesty, humility and humour. His memoir reveals his friendships with Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Billy Graham.

  • Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

    The untold story of the woman who helped to make one of humanity's greatest discoveries - DNA - but who was never given credit for doing so. `Our dark lady is leaving us next week.' On 7 March 1953 Maurice Wilkins of King's College, London, wrote to Francis Crick at the Cavendish laboratories in Cambridge to say that as soon as his obstructive female colleague was gone from King's, he, Crick, and James Watson, a young American working with Crick, could go full speed ahead with solving the structure of the DNA molecule that lies in every gene. Not long after, the pair whose names will be forever linked announced to the world that they had discovered the secret of life. But could Crick and Watson have done it without the `dark lady'? In two years at King's, Franklin had made major contributions to the understanding of DNA. She established its existence in two forms, she worked out the position of the phosphorous atoms in its backbone. Most crucially, using X-ray techniques that may have contributed significantly to her later death from cancer at the tragically young age of thirty-seven, she had taken beautiful photographs of the patterns of DNA. This is the extraordinarily powerful story of Rosalind Franklin, told by one of our greatest biographers; the single-minded young scientist whose contribution to arguably the most significant discovery of all time went unrecognised, elbowed aside in the rush for glory, and who died too young to recover her claim to some of that reputation, a woman who was not the wife of anybody and who is a myth in the making. Like a medieval saint, Franklin looms larger as she recedes in time. She has become a feminist icon, the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology. This will be a full and balanced biography, that will examine Franklin's abruptness and tempestuousness, her loneliness and her relationships, the powerful family from which she sprang and the uniqueness of the work in which she was engaged. It is a vivid portrait, in sum, of a gifted young woman drawn against a background of women's education, Anglo-Jewry and the greatest scientific discovery of the century.

  • Brixmis: The Untold Exploits of Britain's Most Daring Cold War Spy Mission

    This text presents the secrets of how British intelligence officers working undercover as liaison officers in East Germany stole advanced Soviet equipment and penetrated top-secret training areas. For 40 years the men from all three armed services, the SAS and the Foreign Office conducted an intelligence war against the massive Soviet military strength.

  • Everyone Worth Knowing

    Dripping with New York glamour, this bestseller will capture the hearts of all those who loved The Devil Wears Prada Bette gets paid to party ... And she can hardly believe her luck. Gaining VIP access to Manhattan's hottest spots and meeting 'everyone worth knowing' is a million miles away from her old job. Overnight, New York has become her sexy late-night playground. But quicker than you can say Chanel, Bette turns up in the gossip columns as girlfriend to a notorious British playboy. It's news that delights her new boss - but her friends want to know what's happened to the girl they love, who always had time for nights filled with 80s music, junk food, trashy rom-coms and her mates. Can Bette say goodbye to the parties and the Prada and step back into the real world - and find a prince who's got a heart to match his charm?

  • Phylloxera: How Wine Was Saved for the World

    A historical investigation into the mysterious bug that wiped out the vineyards of France and Europe in the 1860s - and how one young botanist eventually 'saved wine for the world'.

    In the early 1860s, vines in the lower Rhone valley, and then around Bordeaux, inexplicably began to wither and die. Panic seized France, and Jules-Emile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. Magnifying glass in hand, he discovered the roots of a dying vine covered in microscopic yellow insects. The tiny aphid would be named Phylloxera vastatrix - 'the dry leaf devastator'. Where it had come from was utterly mysterious, but it advanced with the speed of an invading army. As the noblest vineyards of France came under biological siege, the world's greatest wine industry tottered on the brink of ruin. The grand owners fought the aphid with expensive insecticide, while peasant vignerons simply abandoned their ruined plots in despair. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea.

    Planchon, aided by the American entomologist Charles Riley, discovered that the parasite had accidentally been imported from America. He believed that only the introduction of American vines, which appeared to have developed a resistance to the aphid, could save France's vineyards. His opponents maintained that this would merely assist the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, encouraged by the French government's offer of a prize of 300,000 gold francs for a remedy, increasingly bizarre suggestions flooded in, and many wine-growing regions came close to revolution as whole local economies were obliterated. Eventually Planchon and his supporters won the day, and phylloxera-resistant American vines were grafted onto European root-stock. Despite some setbacks - the first fruits of transplanted American vines were universally pronounced undrinkable - by 1914 all vines cultivated in France were hybrid Americans.

    Phylloxera is an entertaining, revealing and frequently astonishing account of one of the earliest and most successful applications of science to an ecological disaster.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    The classic story of Narnia, the fantastic land that lies beyond an ordinary wardrobe door.

    On the other side of that wardrobe door lies a world full of magic. A world frozen in the perpetual winter of the White Witch's enchantment. A world where Christmas never comes. Would you have the courage to stand shoulder to shoulder with Aslan, the Great Lion, and fight the Witch to free the land of Narnia? Are you brave enough to share the adventures that change the lives of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy forever.

    This timeless novel provides many wonderful passages for the study of narrative, as well as complex characters and motivations ideal for class discussion.

  • Birds

    The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.

  • Origami

    A practical, highly illustrated guide to the ancient art of origami. Though highly illustrated, with step-by-step instructions, the Gem enables you to make a range of models.

    Collins Gem Origami outlines all the tools and skills necessary to making up to 200 models from the very simple to the complex.

    For each model there are illustrated, step-by-step diagrams to show you what to do along with a photograph of the finished result.

    With around 200 illustrations, this guide will give anyone the confidence to make some origami models.

  • Auto-Examen B: Teacher's Resource Book

    A concise and practical teacher's resource book, this text includes extra suggestions for grammar and assessment, step-by-step IT ideas and tips on differentiation. It is part of the "Auto Examen B" French language course. "Auto Examen B" contains fewer topics than A because of the shorter academic year. Written after the publication of specimen papers for the new GCSE, it completely covers the current syllabus. It is suitable for the revised National Curriculum, GCSE Grade or Standard Grade. It prepares students for exams by including practice examination questions, and includes Chief Examiners' advice on exam preparation and technique. Specific aspects include: role plays; describing and explaining; initiating and sustaining a conversation; expressing and justifying opinions; and narratives.

  • I Didn't Do It For You: How the World Used and Abused a Small African Nation

    One small East African country embodies the battered history of the continent: patronised by colonialists, riven by civil war, confused by Cold War manoeuvring, proud, colorful, with Africa's best espresso and worst rail service. Michela Wrong brilliantly reveals the contradictions and comedy, past and present, of Eritrea. Just as the beat of a butterfly's wings is said to cause hurricanes on the other side of the world, so the affairs of tiny Eritrea reverberate onto the agenda of superpower strategists. This new book on Africa is from the author of the critically acclaimed In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz. Eritrea is a little-known country scarred by decades of conflict and occupation. It has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war, and the dogged determination that secured victory against Ethiopia, its giant neighbour, is woven into the national psyche. Fascist Italy wanted Eritrea as the springboard for a new, racially-pure Roman empire, Britain sold off its industry for scrap, the US needed headquarters for its state-of-the-art spy station and the Soviet Union used it as a pawn in a proxy war. Michela Wrong reveals the breathtaking abuses this tiny nation has suffered and, with the sharp eye for detail that was the hallmark of her account of Mobutu's Congo, she tells the story of colonialism itself. Along the way, we meet a formidable Emperor, a guerrilla fighter who taught himself French cuisine in the bush, and a chemist who arranged the heist of his own laboratory. An arresting blend of travelogue and history, 'I Didn't Do It For You' pierces the dark heart of our colonial history.

  • The Journey for Kids: Liberating Your Child's Shining Potential

    An invaluable tool for helping children to overcome any emotional and physical issues, The Journey for Kids presents simple imagery exercises that will appeal to children from 5-12. * This book offers a unique healing experience that will allow your child to feel more comfortable with their emotions and understand and accept their feelings; feelings which may previously have frightened them or held them back. The methods used have also been successful in healing a wide range of illnesses in children. * The book presents a simple guided exercise, which teaches children to envision an adventure inside their own body. Here they can recall memories and, using imaginary balloons full of qualities such as courage, sense of humour, confidence or understanding, forgive anyone, including themselves, for hurtful situations they have experienced. * The Journey for Kids process will appeal to any child from 5-12, and the book also offers a chapter on working with teenagers and a `fairy-tale' story that can be read to younger children. * Includes details on the background of the Journey and case studies and testimonial letters of children's success stories from all over the world.

  • The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them

    15-20% of children are Highly Sensitive - and they are often labelled shy, introverted, fussy or faddy. The real story is very different though and this intelligent, practical book helps parents know what to do, when to back off, and how to ensure their child is given the right sort of treatment at school. This book is the follow up to the author's internationally best-selling personal development guide The Highly Sensitive Person. It is the first and only book for parents of highly sensitive children. It provides parents with insights and information so they can understand High Sensitivity, and help their highly sensitive child thrive in the world. It is important for these children to be understood so they can be helped to avoid the common traps of shyness and withdrawal that many highly sensitive fall into as they develop. Contains questionnaire for parents to find out if their child has the traits common in highly sensitive children. Discusses HSC's at different ages - infant, toddler, school-age and adolescent....

  • Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

    The definitive biography of Joe Strummer, released with a new epilogue to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth. Chris Salewicz was an intimate friend of Strummer's for over 25 years. Drawing on more than 300 interviews with family, friends and associates, this is a comprehensive, compelling insight into the man behind The Clash. The Clash was the most influential band of its generation, producing punk anthems including `London Calling', `White Riot' and `Tommy Gun'. For countless fans across the world, they are the ultimate iconic mainstays of their generation. With his talent, extreme good looks and laid-back attitude Joe Strummer was the driving force behind the band: he was the archetypal punk frontman. His untimely death in December 2002 shook the world to its core. Written with full approval and co-operation of relatives, companions and fellow musicians, this is the ultimate account of one of British rock & roll's most fascinating idols: his life, his work and his immeasurable impact on the world. Redemption Song is the best and last word on the subject.

  • Discover Your Destiny

    LIKE HIS MEGASELLING The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari-the book that started it all-Discover Your Destiny with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari delivers another life-changing fable to help readers see the world through a completely new set of eyes. This latest guide offers more of the inspiring but highly practical wisdom of the now famous Julian Mantle, the superstar lawyer who traded his jet-set lifestyle and prized Ferrari for enlightenment and fulfillment. Readers will learn the true purpose of their lives, how to unlock their highest potential, the secret of boundless joy and a direct route to personal freedom. A must-read for all Monk fans.

  • Understanding Property Law

    This book explains how British property law works in today's ever-changing commercial climate, and examines the impact of new technology, new precedent and European rulings on legal interpretation. In this guide to the current state of the nation's laws of property, the authors provide an account of the state of the law, and take account of the changes wrought in British poverty law in recent years.

  • Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)

    The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books. The classic novel of a post-literate future, 'Fahrenheit 451' stands alongside Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New World' as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

  • Jimmy the Hand

    The third and last novel of Feist's successful collaborative series. From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all time greats comes a spellbinding new adventure of high magic, treachery and bloody war. This time in conjunction with master of alternative history, Steve Stirling, Feist returns to tell the full tale of one of his fans' favourite most colourful Riftwar characters, pickpocket, mountebank and confidence trickster Jimmy the Hand.

  • The Last House Of Ulster

    • Winner of the QSPELL Award

    • Chosen as the best book of the year by Maclean's, the Toronto Star,Quill & Quire and NOW Magazine.

    In the 1970s, Charles Foran met the McNallys, a Catholic family living in Belfast. Many years and many trips later, Foran came to see their home as a window onto the often violent and volatile world of Northern Ireland.

    First published to great acclaim in 1995, The Last House of Ulster continues to resonate with readers today. This is the storyof Mairtin, arrested at twenty as a member of the IRA, of his sister Patricia who, dazed and exhausted, approaches a soldier and demands that he lower his gun, and of gentle Sean, who grows up knowing that he must leave Belfast. Mostof all, this is the story of James and Maureen McNally, who struggle to hold on to their own hopes and dreams while raising their family in a war-torn country.

  • A Thousand Acres

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling novel from one of America's greatest contemporary writers. Larry Cook's farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. Proud and possessive, his sudden decision to retire and hand over the farm to his three daughters, is disarmingly uncharacteristic. Ginny and Rose, the two eldest, are startled yet eager to accept, but Caroline, the youngest daughter, has misgivings. Immediately, her father cuts her out. In A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley transposes the King Lear story to the modern day, and in so doing at once illuminates Shakespeare's original and subtly transforms it. This astonishing novel won both of America's highest literary awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle Award.

  • Romances sans paroles (Songs without words) --- Piano

    Ce recueil contient une selection des pieces les plus celebres extraites des Romances sans paroles du compositeur allemand Felix Menselssohn (1809 - 1847). Contenu : Andante con moto, op. 19/1- Andante espressivo, op. 19/2- Molto allegro e vivace, op. 19/3- Moderato, op. 19/4- Piano agitato, op. 19/5- Venetian Gondola Song, op. 19/6- Adagio non troppo, op. 30/3- Venetian Gondola Song, op. 30/3- Allegro non troppo, op. 38/2- Andante, op. 38/4- Presto agitato, op. 53/3- Folk Song, op. 53/5- Andante maestoso, op. 62/3- Allegretto grazioso, op. 62/6- Allegro leggiero, op. 67/2- Presto, op. 67/4- Presto, op. 102/3- Andante, op. 102/6

  • Gerald Durrell (Authorised Biography): The Authorised Biography

    This is an account of Gerald Durrell, who was a world-famous naturalist and popular author who wrote some 37 yarns, including the bestselling My Family and Other Animals. His other books include Birds, Beasts and Relatives, The Bafut Beagles and A Zoo in My Luggage. Above all, he paved the way in print for the popular presentation of the natural world on television and presented 12 series himself - the early ones - of his own expeditions. Sir David Attenborough has said: He was responsible for changing people's attitudes to zoology and changing their agenda. He showed them small animals could be as interesting as apes and elephants... He was a pioneer.

  • Calcio: A History of Italian Football

    The first history of Italian football to be written in English, `Calcio' is a mix of serious analysis and comic storytelling, with vivid descriptions of games, goals, dives, missed penalties, riots and scandals in the richest and toughest league in the world. `Calcio' tells the story of Italian football from its origins in the 1890's to the present day. It takes us through a history of great players and teams, of style, passion and success, but also of violence, cynicism, catenaccio tactics and corruption. We meet the personalities that have shaped this history - from the Italian heroes to the foreigners that failed, the model professionals to the mavericks. `Calcio' evokes the triumphs (the 1982 World Cup victory) and the tragedies (Meroni, the 'Italian George Best', killed by his number one fan), set against a backdrop of paranoia and intrigue, in a country where the referee is seen as corrupt until proven otherwise. Calcio is no longer a game. It is sometimes difficult to define it as a sport. It is certainly big business and a fanatical civic religion. There is no moral code here. Winners are always right, losers always wrong. This history of Italian football reveals all about the richest and toughest league in the world.

  • Manhood for Amateurs

    Michael Chabon, author of WONDER BOYS and the Pulitzer Prize-wining THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, has written an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful and powerful as his novels. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. What does it mean to be a man today? Chabon invokes and interprets and struggles to reinvent for us, with characteristic warmth and lyric wit, the personal and family history that haunts him even as it goes on being written every day. As a son, a husband and above all as a father of four young children, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played - on different instruments, with a fresh tempo and in a new key - by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor.

  • Stumbling on Happiness

    In this fascinating and often hilarious work - winner of the Royal Society of Science Prize 2007 - pre-eminent psychologist Daniel Gilbert shows how - and why - the majority of us have no idea how to make ourselves happy. We all want to be happy, but do we know how? When it comes to improving tomorrow at the expense of today, we're terrible at predicting how to please our future selves. In 'Stumbling on Happiness' Professor Daniel Gilbert combines psychology, neuroscience, economics and philosophy with irrepressible wit to describe how the human brain imagines its future - and how well (or badly) it predicts what it will enjoy. Revealing some of the amazing secrets of human motivation, he also answers thought-provoking questions - why do dining companions order different meals instead of getting what they want? Why are shoppers happier when they can't get refunds? And why are couples less satisfied after having children while insisting that their kids are a source of joy?

  • Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, Eleventh Edition

    Featuring 250 pages of updated detailed mapping and a specially commissioned 72 page introductory section, this atlas presents a comprehensive picture of the world in the 21st century. Since it's first edition in 1967, the atlas has sold over 1 million copies. Its detailed and mapping represents a blend of tradition, authority and style. The 10th edition, published in 1999, was the first completely new edition of the atlas since its introduction. Now this fully revised 11th edition brings all the reference maps and detailed thematic information completely up to date. The preliminary section is introduced by state-of-the-art satellite images of the continents and continues with a series of maps, images, photographs and graphics which present a detailed picture of today's physical world and man's interaction with it. The section also includes an account of the evolution of world maps and of significant developments in cartography, and concludes with detailed geographical information on the world's physical features and the world's states and territories. The reference maps, produced in the distinctive and authoritative Times style, present the most accurate and up-to-date representation of our knowledge of the earth today. The areas shown, and the scale and map projection of each plate, have been specifically chosen to give the best representation of each geographical area. The maps now include a brand new map of the world's physical features. The gazetteer-index to over 200,000 place names and geographical features illustrates the unique scope of the atlas. It includes full cross-referencing with alternative and former names, geographical coordinates of every settlement shown on the maps, and a comprehensive glossary of geographical terms. The atlas includes: a 72-page introductory section; 250 pages of reference maps of continents, countries and oceans; and a 224 page gazetteer index to over 200,000 place names and geographical features.