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Published Year: 26-Dec-19

26-Dec-19

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  • The Wonder that was India: Volume 1

    A classic that anybody with an interest in the civilisational beginnings of India must read, this is a work of uncompromising scholarship and a labour of love

    AL Basham’s The Wonder that was India is a brilliant early history of one of the oldest civilisations. When it was first published in the United Kingdom in 1954, it became an instant hit, as it would in the United States a few years later. Since then it has consistently found an avid readership all over the world, been translated into many languages, and has educated and entertained generations of general readers, serious students and travellers to India. This edition celebrates its fifty years in print with a foreword by Thomas R Trautmann, professor at the University of Michigan and once Basham’s student, which brings alive the man and the academic behind this cherished volume and illuminates the historical influences upon it.

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  • The Wonder that was India: Volume 2

    Based on thorough research and exploration into the past, Rizvi brings out the political, societal, economical, religious, art and architectural and other facets of India under the Islamic rule. The span of time in India from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries has seen the advent of the Arabs, Afghans, Turks and the Mughals. More than a billion people s lives changed due to endless exchange of culture and other ideas in all spheres of life. This work, along with A. L. Basham’s book, The Wonder That Was India, provides a comprehensive and riveting outlook of the pre-colonial times in the history of India.

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  • A House For Mr Biswas (Picador Classic)

    From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, A House for Mr Biswas is V. S. Naipaul’s best-loved novel.

    With an introduction by author Teju Cole, A House for Mr Biswas is Nobel Prize in Literature winner V. S. Naipaul’s unforgettable masterpiece. Heart-rending and darkly comic, it has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels, a classic that evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad.

    He was struck again and again by the wonder of being in his own house, the audacity of it: to walk in through his own front gate, to bar entry to whoever he wished, to close his doors and windows every night.

    Mr. Biswas has been told since the day of his birth that misfortune will follow him – and so it has. Meaning only to avoid punishment, he causes the death of his father and the dissolution of his family. Wanting simply to flirt with a beautiful woman, he ends up marrying her, and reluctantly relying on her domineering family for support. But in spite of endless setbacks, Mr. Biswas is determined to achieve independence, and so he begins his gruelling struggle to buy a home of his own.

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  • The Apu Trilogy

    With Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy—Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959)—a stirring new cinematic voice was born. Listed among the greatest films of all time, the trilogy follows the unforgettable character of Apu—a free-spirited child in impoverished rural Bengal who, with his passion for creativity and learning, matures into an urban adolescent and, finally, into a complex, sensitive, battered man. This edition presents the complete film scripts of the three masterpieces, along with an expansive interview with Ray by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, in which Ray talks about early influences, the experience of making the Apu Trilogy, the importance of music, and the portrayal of women in his film as well as other aspects of his craft. Richly illustrated with production stills and numerous sketches by Ray, this volume celebrates a milestone in international cinema and forms an essential document for film enthusiasts across the world.

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  • The Great Fall

    “On the day of the Great Fall he left nothing, nothing at all behind.” The latest work by Peter Handke, one of our greatest living writers, chronicles a day in life of an aging actor as he makes his way on foot from the outskirts of a great metropolis into its center. He is scheduled to receive a prestigious award that evening from the country’s president, and the following day he is supposed to start shooting for a film—perhaps his last—in which he plays a man who runs amok. While passing through a forest, he encounters the outcasts of the society—homeless people and migrants—but he keeps trudging along, traversing a suburb whose inhabitants are locked in petty but mortal conflicts, crossing a seemingly unbridgeable superhighway, and wandering into an abandoned railyard, where police, unused to pedestrians, detain him briefly on suspicion of terrorism.Things don’t improve when he reaches the heart of the city. There he can’t help but see the alienation characteristic of its residents and the omnipresent malign influence of electronic technology. What, then, is the “Great Fall”? What is this heart-wrenching, humorous, distinctively attentive narrative trying to tell us? As usual, Peter Handke, deeply introspective and powerfully critical of the world around him, leaves it to the reader to figure out.

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  • The Last Diet

    Discover the secret to losing weight for good – and being kind to yourself in the process.

    Transform your relationship with food and your body with The Last Diet from behavioural change specialist, Shahroo Izadi.

    Behavioural Change Specialist and write Shahroo Izadi presents the best approach to losing weight, without telling you what or how to eat. Shahroo goes deeper, using her professional experience working in addiction treatment and personal experience of struggling with her own weight and body image to help you find the best diet for your body and your life.

    Shahroo frames her revolutionary Kindness Method and highlights how we perceive ourselves, showing how to embrace self-kindness, self-respect and positivity. Diets often offer quick short-term fixes and so-called miracle cures, but the real challenge is managing weight and changing habits over a sustained period of time. Everybody’s journeys and needs are different: it is all about changing the way we communicate with ourselves and our bodies every single day, in every aspect of our lives.

    The Last Diet helps you identify where your unhealthy habits come from, and how to accept them and change them, through self-tailored exercises to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Shahroo guides you through every step, helping you to draw out your own wisdom and find motivation for changing long-term habits.

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  • Busy Chinese New Year

    A first novelty board book for young children about Chinese New Year with push, pull and slide mechanisms.

    In Busy Chinese New Year, children can have lots of fun pulling, pushing and turning the mechanisms. Join in with the celebrations as the Lion and Dragon dance, enjoy a family banquet and watch the spectacular fireworks.

    Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with lots to spot, a gentle rhyme and wonderful illustrations by Ilaria Falorsi.

    Discover more of the Busy Book series: Busy Garage, Busy Builders, Busy Playtime, Busy Beach, Busy Garden, Busy Airport, Busy Railway, Busy Town, Busy Farm, Busy Bookshop, Busy Swimming, Busy Fire Station, Busy Zoo, Busy Hairdresser, Busy Pets, Busy Baking, Busy Park, Busy Farm, Busy Café, Busy Vet, Busy Nativity, Busy Boats, Busy Baby Animals, Busy Nursery, Busy Zoo, Busy Holiday, Busy Halloween, Busy Elves, Busy Lion Cubs, Busy Friends, Busy Tractor, Busy Reindeer, Busy Kittens.

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  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle

    A beautiful paperback of Hugh Lofting’s enduring children’s classic Doctor Dolittle, with original illustrations by the author.

    Doctor Dolittle isn’t a normal doctor . . .

    He doesn’t treat humans – he treats animals instead! He loves animals so much that his busy house in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is full of every creature imaginable – from parrots to pigs, monkeys to dogs and many more – and very soon he even learns how to speak their language.

    The doctor’s animal friends are quick to tell him that the monkeys in Africa have become infected with a terrible disease, so with a team of trusty creatures by his side the kind-hearted doctor sets off on an action-packed adventure to save them.

    Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Doctor Dolittle is one of the most fun, delightful and imaginative stories in children’s literature. Featuring the eccentric doctor who learns to talk to animals, the novel has been adapted as a major film starring Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson and Selena Gomez. This beautiful paperback edition is illustrated with original line drawing from Hugh Lofting himself and contains engaging bonus material such as a quiz and a word search at the end.

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  • MAKING SPACE: CREATING BOUNDARIES IN AN EVER-ENCROACHING WORLD

    Life is a battleground, and it’s all because of our boundaries; the physical, emotional, and mental ones we have or, all too often, don’t have.
    And they’re fluid too because we relax them for people we trust and want to let in and assert them for those we’re not so sure about. They’re also dependent on how we see ourselves; if we’re low in confidence, self-esteem or self-worth, then our boundaries can quite often be flimsy.
    If we’ve been hurt, our boundaries can become impenetrable which can lead to us feeling alone, isolated and worthless.
    Topics will include: the boundaries of others (why they sometimes smart), professional boundaries, the boundaries we have with different family members, our friends, boundaries for carers (inc. parents), time boundaries, and boundaries which are sometimes forced upon us when we’re unwell.

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  • THE SPEAKMANS' KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS

    The world’s leading life-change therapists, the Speakmans, share a passion to help people lead happier and less inhibited lives. Their intellectual curiosity guided them through years of extensive research into behaviourism and conditioning, which led to the creation of their ground-breaking behavioural change therapy known as ‘Schema Conditioning’.

    Based on the Speakmans’ unique coaching method, this book provides the answers to conquering weight gain – for good. If you suffer from emotional eating, low self-worth or feel uncomfortable in your own body, the Speakmans show you that you can overcome these emotions successfully and enjoy a healthier, happier and slimmer life.

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  • MEAT-FREE ONE POUND MEALS

    Delicious Food For Less.

    Minimum fuss, maximum flavour, completely vegetarian and all for £1 per person.

    Bestselling author Miguel Barclay shot to fame as ‘The One Pound Chef’, delivering easy recipes that really work, at prices everyone can afford. His goal is simple: to encourage you to cook simple and tasty meals at home and all for £1 per person. With his ingenious recipes and budget-friendly cookbooks, he’s here to show you how to cook nutritious vegetarian food without the expense, using everyday cupboard staples and familiar ingredients.

    Meat-Free One Pound Meals – the fifth book in the series – includes over 80 vegetarian recipes, to not only help save you money and get healthy but also help you do your bit for the planet.

    Pocket-friendly vegetarian recipes from the One Pound Chef.

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  • HEALTHY BAKING

    Reclaiming ‘healthy’ for what it really means – nutritious, balanced food made from natural ingredients – these are recipes to bring joy and flavour back into your baking and beyond. Alongside sumptuous ‘regular’ bakes – such as the perfect Sourdough bread, Caramelised Onion, Sweet Potato and Rye Tart , and Italian Strawberry and Chocolate Chunk Cake – Jordan also gives ancient grains and pickles a western update, revealing how easy it is to make abundant salads, bubbling ferments, seasonal preserves and more.

    Healthy Baking provides over 100 nourishing and mouth-watering ways to revive and reinvent cooking at home. Using alternatives to refined sugar and featuring lots of options to make recipes gluten- and dairy-free, you’ll quickly discover how ferments and grains can invigorate your cooking – from cultivating the perfect sourdough starter to creating delicious salads and decadent cakes.

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  • THE COMPARISON CURE

    Lucy Sheridan, the world’s first and only comparison coach, has helped thousands of people go from compare and despair to #comparisonfree, and now she has condensed all of that liberating knowledge into The Comparison Cure . With a three-step tried and tested methodology to help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence (#1 recognise the symptoms; #2 start practising the remedies; and #3 keep your good new habits going), you will soon be able to let go of procrastination and start living a comparison-free life.

    Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we’re living in.

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    The three Cadogan children, Jessica, Kirsty and Patrick, haven’t spoken to each other for three years. An argument after their mother’s death was the latest excuse to blame one another for their family’s troubles in a long, unhappy series that’s lasted almost a decade.

    When their father, Gerry, dies they are given instructions as to where he wants his ashes to be scattered. But first they must together drive his old camper van up the country to the Scottish Isle of Islay. For the journey, he’s given them his old fishing tackle box containing three photo albums through which they can explore their past, and a bottle of single malt whisky he had been saving for the 70th birthday he never reached.

    Along the way, they’ll be forced to confront the most painful moments in their shared history, lay to rest a ghost who’s haunted them for years – and maybe even become a family again.

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  • IN SEARCH OF THE RAINBOW'S END

    In 1985, the shocking murder of a family of five in a quiet country house in Essex rocked the nation. The victims were Nevill and June Bamber; their adopted daughter Sheila Caffell, divorced from her husband Colin; and Sheila and Colin’s twin sons, Nicholas and Daniel. Only one survivor remained: the Bamber’s other adopted child, Jeremy Bamber. Following his lead, the police – and later the press – blamed the murders on Sheila, who, so the story went, then committed suicide.

    Written by Sheila’s ex-husband Colin and originally published in 1994, In Search of the Rainbow’s End is the first and only book about the White House Farm murders to have been written by a family member. It is the inside story of two families into whose midst the most monstrous events erupted. When Jeremy Bamber is later convicted on all five counts of murder, Colin is left to pick up the pieces of his life after not only burying his ex-wife, two children and parents-in-law, but also having to cope with memories of Sheila almost shattered by a predatory press hungry for stories of sex, drugs and the high life.

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  • QUIET

    This book is about taming the bad inner voice – the one that has the power to overthrow gut instinct and talk us out of new adventures. We are all brimming with inner wisdom, yet we allow negative thoughts to confuse us. We forget how capable and strong we can be. There is confidence there even if it’s hidden; there is courage, beauty, wisdom and belief – we just need some quiet to notice it.
    Love, Fearne xxx

    From Sunday Times bestselling author Fearne Cotton, this is the handbook for modern life we all need. Including expert advice, ideas to put into practice, adventures to complete and interviews with everyone from Bryony Gordon to Billie Piper, Quiet seeks out ways to help you tune out the negative backchat that holds you back, so you can hear the positives that will guide you forwards .

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  • PIRATA

    It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire.

    When young Telemachus gets the chance to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene , he’s delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears . . .

    The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt. Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us, or die. After surviving a brutal initiation rite, Telemachus impresses his new captain with his resourcefulness and strength, and swiftly rises through the pirate ranks. But dangerous rivals talk of mutiny and murder. While Prefect Canis, notorious commander of the imperial fleet, is relentless in his pursuit of the pirate brotherhood.

    Could Telemachus be the man to lead the pirates and challenge Rome?

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  • MINDFUL DRINKING: HOW CUTTING DOWN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    Everybody knows they should drink a bit less, but good intentions are hard to keep. MINDFUL DRINKING: HOW CUTTING DOWN WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE shows not only why you should, but also how you can, in a way that will change your life forever.

    Ever woken up worrying that you said the wrong thing at work drinks the night before? Felt frustrated with yourself for polishing off the entire bottle of wine when you only intended to have one glass? The emotional pull of alcohol is strong, but Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Will Change Your Life is here to help us cultivate a new, healthy and more mindful relationship with alcohol.

    Journalist Rosamund Dean combines scientific expertise with practical advice in a game-changing four step plan: The Problem, The Incentive, The Clean Break and The End Game. Drinking less will improve your mood, your skin and your body as well as reduce stress and anxiety for the long term.

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  • RADICAL METABOLISM

    Radical Metabolism will shake up your long-held beliefs and assumptions about what is healthy, especially when it comes to diet. However, this isn’t just about weight loss – this is about putting the brakes on ageing, gaining the tools necessary to dodge age-related illness and staying energised for life.

    The book is divided into three sections :
    The first section lays out the scientific basis for the Radical Metabolism plan so that you can understand the rationale behind the programme. Discover the five radical rules for rescuing your metabolism, the forgotten but powerful role bile plays in the body’s slimming systems and the hero ingredients that are key to lasting weight loss.

    The second section is the eating diet plan. It starts off with the 4-Day Radical Intensive Cleanse , a simple juicing-and-souping detox plan designed to give your liver and gallbladder a rest before the main programme. The 21-Day Radical Reboot will teach you how to reawaken and retrain your metabolism to build a lasting and lean body.

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    The number of prescriptions issued by family doctors has soared threefold in just fifteen years with millions now committed to taking a cocktail of half a dozen (or more) different pills to lower the blood pressure and sugar levels, statins, bone strengthening and cardio protective drugs. In Too Many Pills, doctor and writer James Le Fanu examines how this progressive medicalisation of people’s lives now poses a major threat to their health and wellbeing, responsible for a hidden epidemic of drug induced illness (muscular aches and pains, lethargy, insomnia, impaired memory and general decrepitude), a sharp increase in the number of emergency hospital admissions for serious side effects and implicated in the recently noted decline in life expectancy.

    The paradoxically harmful, if increasingly well recognised, consequences of too much medicine are illustrated by the remarkable personal testimony of the readers of James Le Fanu’s weekly medical column, coerced into taking drugs they do not need, debilitated by their adverse effects – and their almost miraculous recovery on discontinuing them.

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