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Published Year: 27-Dec-18

27-Dec-18

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  • The Skylarks' War

    An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime from Hilary McKay, award-winning author of the Casson Family Chronicles.

    Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2018.

    The Skylarks’ War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

    Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.

    When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?

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  • HAPPINESS: YOUR ROUTE-MAP TO INNER JOY - THE JOYFUL AND FUNNY SELF HELP BOOK THAT WILL HELP TRANSFOR

    Happiness calm and enlightenment need not be elusive concepts which we hear of in theory but are never able to capture. This funny practical book by Andy Cope the UK’s first Dr of Happiness will show you how to transform your thinking change gear and find a fresh new perspective that will leave you better focused on the things that matter much healthier and a great deal happier.

    Happiness is the definitive route map that shows you not only where but also how. It teaches you to harness your thoughts memories ideas and attention to embrace ‘now’ experience more joy and live a truly flourishing life.

    This book is a wake-up call to stop skimming the surface of life take charge of your attitude and set your path for enlightenment.

    Buckle up. You can expect peril thrills science and lots of laughter along the way.

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  • Ten to Zen

    Calm your mind and alleviate stress in just ten minutes a day, for clearer thinking and a happier life.

    Each morning most of us will spend about ten minutes in the shower, ten minutes making and eating breakfast but no time at all clearing our minds. Ten to Zen is a simple, effective and fuss-free guide to help you start your day in the right head-space to prepare for the challenges it may bring.

    Ten to Zen uses a combination of four therapeutic models – Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy – in a simple, easy-to-follow programme.

    You will learn:
    > How to settle your mind quickly
    > How to focus and retrain your brain on dealing with stress
    > How to restructure unhelpful patterns of thinking
    > How to develop ways of communicating that are more effective

    Ten to Zen was developed by Owen O’Kane to encourage new principles for living based on his experience as a psychotherapist and his many years of caring for the dying in the field of palliative care, which has hugely influenced how he works and how he views life.

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    An irresistibly funny, charming and moving debut from a sensational talent, sure to be one of the best-loved and most talked about books of the year

    The debut Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.

    ‘Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs Bird is a treat of a read.’ Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    ‘The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It’ll be huge; it deserves to be’ Marian Keyes

    London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

    Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

    Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

    ‘A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful’ Nina Stibbe

    ‘A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming’ John Boyne

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  • TAKE A MOMENT: ACTIVITIES TO REFOCUS, RECENTRE AND RELAX WHEREVER YOU ARE

    Modern life isnít just stressful, it can be overwhelming. With expert support from Mind, these short, simple techniques will help you take a moment and find calm wherever you are and whenever you need it.

    Developed in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity, Take a Moment is here to help you do just that. Itís here for when you need a break, just five minutes to yourself, for yourself. Whether you need to de-compress, refocus or just relax, each page has a different technique or exercise providing expert support and inspiration on the go.

    Beautifully designed with hand-made watercolour illustrations and small enough to be carried around, Take a Moment is the self-care companion for anyone who could do with a little help putting their wellbeing first.

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  • Tamil Characters

    Tamilnaduís politics and culture befuddle outside observers. Ruled for half a century by two regional parties Ė DMK and
    AIADMK Ė its politics has been marked by language pride, non-Brahmin movement, caste-based reservation, regionalism,
    welfare populism, and cinema. Despite the negative coverage it tends to get from outside, Tamilnadu is a developed state scoring high on all human development indicators.

    In Tamil Characters, noted historian A. R. Venkatachalapathy provides a ringside view of contemporary Tamilnadu beginning with an assessment of political figures such as Periyar and Anna, Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, and significant poets, writers and thinkers including Subramania Bharati and Iyotheethos Pandithar. The final section discusses contentious issues such as language politics, prohibition, jallikattu and Dalit rights.

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  • LUCIFER FALLS

    So many ways to die . . . He knows every one of them.

    When a priest is found crucified in a derelict North London chapel, it makes a dramatic change for DI Charlie George and his squad at Essex Road. The brutal murder could not be further from their routine of domestic violence and stabbings on the estates.

    And that’s only the beginning . . .

    On Christmas Eve, a police officer goes missing and his colleagues can’t help but anticipate the worst. It turns out they’re right to when eventually the body is found and they discover he’s been stoned to death.

    As tensions rise, it’s up to Charlie and his team to venture into the city’s cold underbelly to try and find an answer to the madness . . . before anyone else dies a martyr’s death.
    Praise for Colin Falconer:

    ‘Once you read [a] Colin Falconer [book], you’ll want to read everything he’s ever written’ Crystal Book Reviews

    ‘Falconer’s grasp of period and places is almost flawless … He’s my kind of writer’ Peter Corris, TheAustralian

    ‘Falconer demonstrates exceptional characterisation’ Bookgeeks

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  • QIGONG AND THE TAI CHI AXIS

    Reduce stress, release pain and create whole body harmony with this practical introduction to Qigong and the yin/yang balance of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese arts of ‘movement meditation’.

    From reducing stress and improving posture to balance and general mobility, the many physical and mental benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi are widely celebrated. In this accessible book, Mimi Kuo-Deemer offers practices, insights and wisdom on these arts, and shows us how to support our natural capacity for energy, balance and wellbeing.

    Qigong’s approach is based on the Chinese Five Elements or Phases of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each natural element relates to an organ and meridian system in the body, and Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis will explore each of these elements as they relate to our physical, mental and emotional health. It also will include popular and widely practiced sequences and forms such as the 8 Brocades, Five Animal Frolics, Tai Chi Qigong 18 Forms and Five Element Qigong practices and explore how these lead to wholeness, nourishment and health.

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  • GENE EATING

    Why are we all getting fatter? Why are some people hungrier than others? Why, despite all of the latest advice, is obesity on the rise? And why don’t diets work?

    In an age of misinformation and pseudo-science, the world is getting fatter and the diet makers are getting richer. So how do we break this cycle that’s literally killing us all?

    Drawing on the very latest science, and his own genetic research at Cambridge University, Dr. Giles Yeo has written the seminal ‘anti-diet’ diet book. Exploring the history of our food, debunking marketing nonsense, detoxifying diet advice and confronting the advocates of clean eating, Giles translates his pioneering research into an engaging, must-read study of the human appetite.

    In a post-truth world, Gene Eating cuts straight to the data-driven facts.

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  • THE PART-TIME VEGAN

    Many people are intrigued by the current trend for veganism. This book is for all those who want to ‘have a go’ – whether it’s simply to improve their diet or lighten the load on the planet – but who don’t have the time or the inclination to follow a vegan diet full time.

    There are numerous glossy vegan cookbooks (and authors) extolling the benefits of everything from making nut milks to replicating the taste of cheese. This book is different. The recipes in The Part-time Vegan are straightforward, feature readily available ingredients and are, of course, delicious, because they are based on the best simple, natural flavours that nature has to offer.

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  • OUR LIFE IN A DAY

    Welcome to Our Life in a Day – a new game devised by Esme, for Tom,’ she said, grinning. ‘If you play it right, over the next couple of hours you’ll revisit every significant moment from the ten years we’ve spent together. You’ll experience every moment of us.’

    On their tenth anniversary, Esme and Tom play a game.

    Tom must pick twenty-four of the most significant moments from their time together – one for each hour in a day, from 12pm to 12am.

    The rules are simple, and this time Tom is determined to play by them.

    But no relationship is perfect.

    And every game must have a loser . . .

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  • THIS IS NOT FAME: A 'FROM WHAT I RE-MEMOIR'

    An unfiltered, unapologetic, hilarious, and sometimes obscene assemblage of tales from the author of Digging Up Mother

    Doug Stanhope has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century, roads laden with dank bars, prostitutes, cheap drugs, farm animals, evil dwarfs, public nudity, menacing third-world police, psychotic breaks, sex offenders, and some understandable suicides. You know, just for levity.

    While other comedians were seeking fame, Stanhope was seeking immediate gratification, dark spectacle, or sometimes just his pants. Not to say he hasnít rubbed elbows with fame. Heís crashed its party, snorted its coke, and jumped into its pool naked, literally and often repeatedlyĖall while artfully dodging fame himself.

    Doug spares no legally permissible detail, and his stories couldnít be told any other way. Theyíre weird, uncomfortable, gross, disturbing, and fucking funny.

    This Is Not Fame is by no means a story of overcoming a life of excess, immorality, and reckless buffoonery. Itís an outright celebration of it. For Stanhope, the party goes on.

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  • THE HOUSE OF SILK (REISSUE)

    THE GAME’S AFOOT…

    November 1890. London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

    Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston. As they delve deeper into the case, they stumble across a whispered phrase ”the House of Silk”: a mysterious entity and foe more deadly than any Holmes has encountered, and a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society…

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  • ONLY A MOTHER

    What readers are saying about Elisabeth Carpenter’s gripping debut 99 Red Balloons . . .

    ‘An intense domestic thriller , twists and turns galore, and a host of family secrets. An absorbing read’ Paul Finch , bestselling author of Strangers

    ‘Libby Carpenter’s beautiful writing draws you in immediately . . . 99 Red Balloons is an intelligent, taut and compelling thriller that manages to pack a punch – and still throws you right at the end. It’s perfect – I loved every word’ Sam Carrington , bestselling author of Saving Sophie

    ‘I LOVED 99 Red Balloons . What a rollercoaster of a read! I swear, you could almost SEE the moment when everything clicked into place in my head! A brilliant, tense, pacy read’ Lisa Hall , bestselling author of Between Me and You

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  • THE GOOD SPELL BOOK: LOVE, CHARMS, MAGICAL CURES & OTHER PRACTICES

    Every witch needs a book of spells.

    Bring the power of magic into your everyday with these fun and easy-to-use spells, charms, potions and more. Using common household ingredients, The Good Spell Book provides answers to the problems we all face in our day-to-day lives; from winning a job to attracting the one you love – it will give you all the guidance you need.

    Whether you’re a complete beginner, advanced spell caster, or simply curious, these are the spells that will increase your self-worth, and empower you to lead a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life.

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  • THE HEALTHY GUT HANDBOOK

    Lose weight and improve your health with delicious recipes and an easy-to-follow 28 day plan, with an introduction by Professor Tim Spector.

    A healthy gut is vital to our digestion, energy levels, weight and wellbeing. The Healthy Gut Handbook is a practical guide to boosting your gut health, and choosing foods that make you feel and look great. It includes a 28-day plan to kick-start a healthy gut, and helpful tips on how to maintain this way of eating for life.

    Over 80 tasty and simple recipes are full of easy-to-find and inexpensive ingredients vital to gut health, from yoghurt and olive oil to pulses, fermented foods, proper cheeses, and even wine and chocolate! With easy-to-follow daily planners, space to make your own notes and ideas on how to track your progress, The Healthy Gut Handbook makes eating for gut health simple, fun and – best of all – delicious!

    With an introduction by Professor Tim Spector, director of the British Gut project.

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  • 30 DAYS OF SUGAR-FREE

    ***The easy, family-friendly and money-saving plan to make your first 30 sugar-free days a breeze.***

    – Do you want to give sugar-free a go but don’t know how to begin?
    – Maybe you’ve bought a cookbook to inspire you, but there are just so many recipes to choose from that you don’t know how to start?
    – Maybe you DO start but only manage it for a dinner here, a breakfast there (on the days you remember to check the ingredients list before you head to the supermarket) – before you ultimately give up?

    If that sounds familiar, then this book is for you!

    This book is designed to make going sugar-free as easy as possible , providing 100 delicious and family-friendly recipes for quick breakfasts, satisfying lunches and hearty dinners, plus snack choices for one month. At the beginning of each week’s worth of recipes you’ll find a handy meal menu and shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need for the seven days ahead, with the recipes tailored around using all these ingredients up – cheaper for you AND mindful of the planet.

    Written by award-winning and registered dietician Catherine Kidd, you can also rest assured that the recipes are not only delicious but balanced for all your needs. Going sugar-free has never been so easy!

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  • READING CHAMPION: FLASH AND THE BUTTERFLY: INDEPENDENT READING PURPLE 8

    Flash is a young foal who likes to explore. His mother warns him not to go too far away, but when he spots a beautiful butterfly, he has to follow it, no matter where he ends up! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

    Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child’s reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Perfect for 5-7 year olds or those reading book band 8.

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  • READING CHAMPION: HEY, YOU! GORDON GOAT!: INDEPENDENT READING PURPLE 8

    Gordon the Goat is on the hunt for a new home after a big digger tears away his old one. But no where he finds seems quite right …

    Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

    Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child’s reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

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  • MORE THAN A FEELING

    Cate Woods is laugh-out-loud funny and life affirming’ Closer. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart .

    In her twenties, Annie Taylor was sorted: she had her dream job, an amazing social life and was happily single. She had bags of confidence and played up her likeness to a young Barbra Streisand in turbans and winged eyeliner. Annie knew exactly who she was, and her future looked bright and full of adventures.
    Life, however, hasn’t turned out quite how she expected. Now Annie is living with her boyfriend Luke and is a stay-at-home mum to their baby daughter, Dot . The promising career has petered out, and with it her confidence and creativity. And when Luke does the unforgivable, Annie finds herself suddenly, terrifyingly, on her own. With the help of her group of loyal friends, Annie faces the challenge of trying to reconcile the glamorous, carefree Annie of old with the knackered mum-of-one she sees in the mirror today. Is old Annie gone forever, or could this finally be the chance to find herself once more?

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