What we are reading in May

New in non-fiction

The Desert War

James Holland (and others)

Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES.

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Why was North Africa such a key component in Britain's success over Mussolini and his Italian Army?

How did they blunt Italy's actions?

What challenges did they face?

And what new technologies were brought to bear?


When fascist dictator Mussolini declared war against Britain he was taking a huge risk . . .

Italy lacked natural resources, and Britain and France's wealth.

He hoped to create a new Roman Empire across the Mediterranean and into Africa. And with Hitler and the Nazi's by his side he had a great chance of doing so - but what was it that stopped him?

Discover the answers and more inside James Holland's The Desert War, the thrilling and accessible account that explains what happened, who the key figures were and the tactics, triumphs and failures on both sides . . .

Twentieth-Century Classical Music

Fiona Maddocks

Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES.

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How did modern classical music develop over the 20th Century?

What enabled women to get their music performed in the early 1900s?

Which classical composers borrowed from jazz?

How did composers respond to politics and war?


DISCOVER the stories behind Mahler's, Symphony No. 5 (1901-2), Ullman's Piano Sonata No. 7 (1944), Bernstein's West Side Story (1957), as well as learn about minimalism, jazz, swing, opera . . .

AND UNDERSTAND TWENTIETH CENTURY CLASSICAL MUSIC.

Discover the answers and more inside Fiona Maddocks' Twentieth Century Classical Music, the thrilling and accessible account that explains what happened throughout the 20th century, who the key composers were and what influenced them to write what they did?

Spot's Tractor

Eric Hill (and others)

A super fun tractor shaped board book with moving wheels, ideal to get little Spots excited about reading!

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Rumble rumble beep!

Spot is having a great day out on the farm, riding in the tractor and helping out with lots of jobs.

But when Spot comes across a lost lamb, will he be able to save the day and find its mother?

This entertaining story, featuring the much-loved Spot, is a perfect introduction to the fun of the farm and the world of Spot.

Like She Owns the Place

Cara Alwill Leyba

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you abandoned the idea of perfection and decided to embrace your whole self - and even better - love yourself?

Imagine if you stopped putting your happiness in the hands of others. Imagine you stopped waiting for validation from external forces and learnt how to be intimate with failure, cellulite, success, wrinkles, imperfection, mistakes, vulnerability. Imagine what life would be like if you just decided to feel good now.

In Like She Owns the Place, master life coach and motivational speaker Cara Alwill Leyba teaches you that confidence is all about knowing yourself. Leyba lays down the foundations to help you build confidence from the ground up which include ditching the idea of winning, editing toxic people and habits from your life and embracing the achievements of other women.

Follow Cara's advice and you'll be walking into every room like you own the place.

'Urgent, powerful and generous. A plan for finding the confidence you deserve' Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

'Actionable advice to achieve your own personal highest potential.' Charly Lester, Co-Founder of A League of Her Own

Cara Alwill Leyba is a speaker and life coach who encourages women to celebrate themselves and make their happiness a priority. She is the author of six books including the bestselling Girl Code, runs a popular blog called The Champagne Diet and a podcast called Style Your Mind. Cara lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lose Weight for Life

Lisa Riley

Having shed an incredible 12 stone, Lisa Riley has completely changed how she eats, how she thinks and how she feels, and now she's here to help you do the same - for good.
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<h2>'If you eat well, move around more and find the right attitude, you can lose weight'</h2>

In this book she takes her advice a step further and shows how to form positive lifelong habits that will help you drop unwanted pounds and - more importantly- keep them off.

<h2>'You're going to do this, because you're amazing and you deserve to'</h2>
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With Lisa's advice, you can learn how to:

· Ditch the excuses and just make a start, with her motivational tips and delicious kick-start eating plan.

· Eat better and move more, with 75 delicious, low-calorie recipes, easy, convenient recipes that anyone can cook . . .

· You'll love Lisa's fish and chips and minty peas with a difference, bean burgers and sweet potato wedges, butternut squash and goat's cheese filo tart, lemon drizzle tray bake, zesty zero cocktails and much more.

· Plus fun, fast, easy workout ideas to do at home.

· Unpick bad habits, combat negative thinking and find the right mindset - because losing weight begins as much in your head as it does in the gym or the kitchen.
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<h2>Let Lisa inspire you to change your lifestyle, form healthy long-term habits and take control of your body - for good.</h2>

Peppa Pig: Peppa Plays Cricket

Peppa Pig

Can Daddy Pig train Peppa, George and Suzy to be the next Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad?

It is a very sunny day. Perfect for a game of cricket!

Daddy Pig teaches Peppa, George and Suzy Sheep how to play cricket in the garden, followed by the most important part of the game - taking a break for tea and cake!

Everyone loves cricket, especially Daddy Pig!

The perfect book for your little cricketers, teaching them the rules of the game as well as teamwork and sportsmanship.

The One Device

Brian Merchant

The secret history of the invention that changed everything and became the most profitable product in the world.

Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to 'the one device', as he called it, a mobile phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.

How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.

This deep dive takes you from inside 1 Infinite Loop to nineteenth-century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious 'suicide factories'. It's a first-hand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers and even AI - made its way into our pockets.

The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

Caesar's Last Breath

Sam Kean

** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **

‘Popular science at its best’
Mail on Sunday

‘Eminently accessible and enjoyable’
Observer

With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.

Terrorist Hunter

Tamer Elnoury

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The gripping true story of the undercover agent risking his life to fight terrorism

Their aim was to kill as many people as possible.
His mission was to stop them.

A terrorist plot to kill hundreds of innocent people.
An undercover agent posing as a wealthy Al-Qaeda sympathiser.
A race against time to gain the terrorists’ trust and bring them down. Before it’s too late…
In the aftermath of 9/11, long-time undercover FBI agent Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit. Its mission: to infiltrate terror cells, gain detailed knowledge of their networks and bring them successfully to justice. Writing under a pseudonym, Tamer Elnoury here tells the hair-raising true story of life undercover, risking his life to keep us safe.

Jurgen Klopp

Elmar Neveling

Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018

“It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club.” Jurgen Klopp

As innovative as Arsene Wenger and as crowd-pleasing as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop.

Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies like counter pressing and spatial geometry. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by the media and fans alike for his disarming wit and charm and exciting football on the pitch. Here is the definitive story of Jurgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.

One Step Ahead: Notes from the Problem Solving Unit

Stevyn Colgan

'A model of smart storytelling and pure inspiration' Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics

Stevyn Colgan spent thirty years in the police service, ten of them as part of the Problem Solving Unit, a special team with an extraordinary brief: to tackle issues of crime and disorder that were unresponsive to traditional policing. The result is this fascinating collection of innovative and imaginative approaches to crime prevention, showing us that any problem can be solved if we just identify its underlying roots.

You'll come to appreciate the advantages of sticking gum on celebrities' faces and why the colour of your football kit might win you the match. You'll learn how lollipops counter antisocial behaviour, how wizards prevent street gambling and how putting on a dog show could help reduce violent crime.

Above all, this book is an amusing, insightful and often surprising celebration of creative thinking that will inspire you to stay one step ahead of the problem.

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn

Chris Chatterton (and others)

The perfect bedtime book to calm your own sleepy unicorns!

Full of magic, sparkle and rainbows (and one naughty unicorn), little readers will love this calming tale before bed.

It's bedtime, but one lively little unicorn can't quite settle down and go to sleep! As her dad counts down the minutes to bed, what mischief can she get into?

Finishing on a gentle end, it's the perfect bedtime tale.

Also coming soon: Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster

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