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Publisher: OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP

OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP

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  • 50 WAYS TO MEND THE PLANET

    We are becoming increasingly aware and engaged in environmental issues, but it’s not always clear what the solutions are and how we can do our bit. We are ready and willing to make changes to our lifestyles, but often the advice about which are the best ones to make can be confusing.

    In this friendly guide you are shown how you can make changes in a positive and practical manner, and with some suggestions easier than others, there’s a multitude of ways in which you can live more sustainably. Siân looks at the choices we can all make, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint and the impact of your lifestyle on the planet and change the world without changing your life.

    The 50 ways are divided into Plastics, Energy, Cooking and Eating, Travel, In the Garden and Action, and include a range of options, such as buying plastic-free beauty products, upcycling your furniture, cutting down on meat and having greener celebrations.

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  • THAT WILL NEVER WORK

    In the tradition of Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company – all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph. Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. These were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997 when Marc Randolph had an idea. It was a simple thought – leveraging the internet to rent movies – and was just one of many more proposals, like personalised baseball bats and a shampoo delivery service, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings, on their commute to work each morning. But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair – with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO – founded a company. Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix’s triumph feels inevitable but the twenty-first century’s most disruptive start-up began with few believers and calamity at every turn. From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when they pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph’s transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world – even with an idea that many think will never work. What emerges, however, isn’t just the inside story of one of the world’s most iconic companies. Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even is success? From idea generation to team building to knowing when it’s time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.

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  • FLASHPOINTS IN HISTORY

    Presented with colourful timelines and a mixture of bright illustrations and photography, Flashpoints in History is an accessible introduction into the major events of modern history and the characters involved. Divided into chapters covering Politics, Science, Sports, Celebrity, and War, the book highlights the moments that turned the tide of public opinion, the points of no return, and recognize the exact flashpoint that defined eras, people and events. With bite-sized overviews, easy-to-follow timelines and the historical flashpoints helpfully identified and explored in greater depth, the book focuses on major historical events such as the Russian Revolution, the Wall Street Crash and the moon landings, as well as the characters involved, from JFK to Bob Dylan, Einstein to Usain Bolt. When did Jessie Owens become more than just a sportsman and Winston Churchill more than a politician? How did Beatlemania begin? Could the First World War have been avoided? All of these and many more questions are explained and answered.

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  • FLASHPOINTS IN SCIENCE

    Presented with colourful timelines and a mixture of bright illustrations and photography, Flashpoints in Science is an accessible introduction into the major events of modern science and the characters involved. Divided into chapters, the book highlights the moments that turned the tide of public opinion, the points of no return, and recognize the exact flashpoint that defined eras, people and events. With bite-sized overviews, easy-to-follow timelines and the scientific flashpoints helpfully identified and explored in greater depth, the book focuses on major events such as the unveiling of the first computers, the discovery of continental drift, Rutherford’s model of the atom and Dolly the sheep. How was smallpox eradicated? Who made the first world wide web page? And just what exactly is dark matter?

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  • TOP 10 OF EVERYTHING 2018

    For over 27 years, Top 10s have been delighting readers with fascinating lists and mindboggling facts. Ever wondered in which country you would find the fastest roller-coaster in the world? Or wanted to know the terrifying size of the biggest shark known to man? Ever wondered who could be the biggest selling musical artist of all time? This is the book for you.

    Top 10 of Everything 2018 is divided into genres including Epic Structures, Outer Space, Forces of Nature and Humankind, and includes lists, charts and tables to break down the details of each amazing fact.

    Packed full of photographs and incredible information, this is the perfect book for anyone with a curious mind and an insatiable appetite for facts, stats and trivia.

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  • PRIMATE CHANGE

    IF YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU THINK AGAIN.

    PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history – from primate to transhuman – Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book investigates where we came from who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.

    In the last two hundred years humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the ‘Anthropocene’ or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit the ways of living that we have been building have as if under the cover of darkness been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA too.

    PRIMATE CHANGE beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.

    ‘Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response’

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  • ANCIENT WISDOM FOR MODERN LIVING

    Jane Alexander is inspired and inspiring. I trust her advice completely’

    – Sarah Stacey Mail on Sunday

    In this fast-paced social media-filled world people are looking for clarity and inner calm as well as an escape from the digital overload. This book offers a comprehensive lowdown on the ancient wisdoms from around the world in an accessible way so we can harness this wisdom and use it in our contemporary environment.

    The book will be broken down into five major sections. The first gives an overview to the various forms of ancient wisdom covered in the book. The following four sections will each cover a season with information and practical exercises on: Nutrition (adapting your diet throughout the year); Body (different seasonal exercise including simple yoga and qiyong flows healing forms of breathwork and bodywork); Emotional life (seasonal emotional shifts and advice on natural approaches to dealing with everyday stresses and anxiety); and Spiritual life (powerful soul-work including crystals sound healing and oracles).

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  • INSTITUT PAUL BOCUSE GASTRONOMIQUE: THE DEFINITIVE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CULINARY EXCELLENCE

    The perfect guide for professional chefs in training and aspiring amateurs, this fully illustrated, comprehensive step-by-step manual covers all aspects of preparing, cooking and serving delicious, high-end food.

    An authoritative, unique reference book, it covers 250 core techniques in extensive, ultra-clear step-by-step photographs. These techniques are then put into practice in 70 classic and contemporary recipes, designed by chefs. With over 1,800 photographs in total, this astonishing reference work is the essential culinary bible for any serious cook, professional or amateur.

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    Learn how to truly trust your gut.

    As well as digesting your food your gut plays a vital role in your health and happiness. Not only does it contain over 100 million nerves but it also hosts over 100 trillion bacteria that influence your immune system weight mood and general well-being. This book offers easy-to-follow practical advice on how to have a happy gut and enjoy good health from the inside out. It will help you to:

    Improve your digestion with a healthy balanced diet
    Soothe your gut with simple de-stressing techniques and good sleep habits
    Boost your beneficial gut bacteria and lose excess pounds with delicious gut-friendly meals
    Make your own fermented probiotic foods
    Strengthen your immune system and feel happier

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    Easy to navigate and packed with real-life examples, this helpful and friendly guide includes a comprehensive checklist of common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid, from knowing when to use a possessive apostrophe correctly to mastering there and their.Armed with Smashing Grammar, you will be able to boost your confidence, sharpen your writing skills and refine your vocabulary without breaking a sweat. Smashing Grammar also features an A-Z guide of grammar essentials to help bring your writing up to scratch. Each entry includes a variety of examples to illustrate the grammar rules, as well as reasons why you should care and key points to summarise. With Craig’s clear-cut advice, you will struggle to find yourself getting caught out by grammar again.

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  • EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH ASKING FOR HELP

    An honest guide to depression and anxiety, from rock bottom to recovery, from someone who has been through it and come out the other side.

    Everything Begins with Asking for Help is a frank, insightful and thought-provoking book on mental health, drawing on the author’s own experience of a severe mental breakdown and sharing the recovery tools he has developed in partnership with various medical professionals and mental health experts.

    Kevin shares his own story to give the book a vital human element, explaining how his fast-paced life in Berlin as a successful magazine journalist was brought to a sudden halt by a major depressive episode. In this dark time, Kevin reached out to friends for help, and it was that act – asking for help – that set him on the long road to recovery.

    Building on this narrative, Kevin leads the reader through the stages of asking for help, learning to listen, the physical, emotional and mental elements of recovery, and how to maintain stable mental health at home and at work. Written with warmth, honesty and compassion, this is is a valuable resource for anyone who needs help and doesn’t know where to begin.

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  • CRACKING ELEMENTS

    From the earliest-known elements to those named in 2016 this book takes a comprehensive look at the development of the periodic table – and reveals untold stories unsung pioneers and plenty of fascinating science along the way.

    In twelve illustrated chapters the book makes sense of the patterns and groups within the periodic table introducing each of the 118 known elements individually and exploring questions including:

    – Why did the history of fizzy water give early chemistry a sparkle?
    – How did hydrogen reveal the structure of the atom?
    – What was the Bunsen burner’s role in discovering new elements?
    – Which of the alkaline earth metals accounts for a kilogramme of your weight?
    – Why is Marie Curie such a scientific star?
    – How do tungsten and vanadium explain the secret of super-sharp Syrian swords?
    – Who discovered the most elements in the periodic table?
    – What made nihonium element 113 such a wonderful new year’s gift for Japan?
    – Is glass a liquid or a solid?
    – How did nitrogen fulfill the alchemists’ dream?
    – Would you have smeared antimony on your face if you’d lived in ancient Egypt?
    – Why might naked mole rats have clues for surviving a heart attack?
    – How did the Haya people of Tanzania make steel 1500 years ago?
    – What makes xenon a great anaesthetic – and why can’t all patients use it?
    – Might there be a pattern in yet undiscovered elements beyond number 118?

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  • Should we enhance the human condition with technology?
    Does anyone really want to live for a thousand years?
    Could AI end up destroying mankind?

    Discover the incredible potential of mankind’s near future as a Doctor and a Philosopher debate the big questions surrounding the incredible potential of transhumanism . This movement – that seeks to improve the human condition through science – has fast become one of the most controversial the scientific community have ever faced. As scientists in California make great strides in using advanced technology to enhance human intellect and physiology, the ethical and moral questions surrounding its possibilities have never been more pressing. Should we change the way we reproduce? Could we enhance the human body with technology to the point where we are all technically cyborgs? Is it possible to make love to a robot?

    Doctor and entrepreneur Laurent Alexandre and tech-philosopher Jean Michel Besnier go head to head on the big questions in an entertaining and thought-provoking debate on the fundamental principles of transhumanism.

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  • THE SECRET LIFE OF LANGUAGE

    This book looks at how language has evolved around the globe from ancestral proto-languages to our recognisable modern tongues. It demonstrates how language has been shaped by social and cultural influences, and even explains how our anatomy affects the articulation, and therefore evolution, of words. Discover the surprising stories behind the
    origin of the written word, the difficulties of decipherment and the challenge of inventing from scratch languages such as Dothraki.

    Combining expert analysis with accessible narrative and fun illustrations, The Secret Life of Language makes even the complex topics of philology, morphology and phonology easy to understand.

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  • TELL ME WHEN? (UPDATED NEW COVER)

    Six fact-packed subject categories to boost general knowledge.>

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  • TELL ME WHICH? (UPDATED NEW COVER)

    Tell Me Which? is full of hundreds of surprising questions and fascinating answers which can provide teasing quizzes, settle arguments, and assist with school projects. It is an intriguing reference book for the whole family. Tell Me Which? focuses on questions with openings such as ‘which one’, or ‘which of these’, in topics ranging from world history to scientific questions.

    Tell Me Which:

    Is the tallest building in the world?

    Planet is the biggest?

    Is the largest fish?

    Communities live in the deserts?

    Hormone affects growth?

    Six fact-packed subject categories, including history and events, the natural world, general knowledge, our world, the human body and science and space, boost the general knowledge of your children and even you, helping to engage the whole family.

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  • THE CRYSTAL BIBLE VOL1

    “The Crystal Bible” has become the world’s favourite crystal reference guide, having sold over a million copies. The directory format enables you to find a known crystal instantly or to identify an unknown crystal. It covers the practical and esoteric properties of each stone, including spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional and physical effects, plus its use in crystal healing. Encompassing traditional and contemporary crystal lore, this book draws on Judy Hall’s 35 years of experience in this field. It is an indispensable reference for crystal lovers everywhere.

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  • CRACKING NEUROSCIENCE

    For so long the brain was the great unknown of human biology; an evolved complex of cells chemicals and electricity which eluded even the understanding of its own grey matter. Now in this comprehensive guide the most complicated concepts from across the field of neuroscience – such as memory addiction and mind mapping – are broken down into easily understandable bite-sized pieces to give everyone the chance to understand their own brain.

    Includes sections on:

    -The anatomy of the brain
    -Neurons synapses and axons – the building blocks of the brain
    -Differences in male and female development
    -Modern treatment of mental illness
    -The effects on the brain of different food and stimulants
    -Memory senses cravings
    -Fight or flight
    -Perception and sensation
    -The future of neuroscience

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    The 20th century began with a sense of great optimism. Extraordinary breakthroughs in science and invention promised the dawn of an exciting new world. Yet great developments in technology, travel and a shift in ideologies, made the 20th century one of the most violent and tumultuous in world history. And the most progressive.

    Including the sinking of the Titanic, and the invention of the first personal computer, Events that Changed the World explores the influences and the minds behind some of the last century’s most significant events. Some have changed the way people think, others have changed the course of history and all have chronicled our past.

    Chapters:
    Culture and Society
    Humanity and Liberty
    Medicine
    Politics and War
    Science
    Space and the Environment
    Technology

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