New and forthcoming

Gardeners' World: Pests and Diseases

David Hurrion

You can pour your heart and soul into creating a beautiful garden for recreation and relaxation, only to have it ruined by a legion of bugs, weeds, diseases and mould. Using this handy compact guide from the team at Britain's best-selling gardening magazine, you can finally fight back - from initial prevention and protection for your plants and lawn, to spotting the early warning signs and knowing how best to act to save your garden from decay.

Using easy step-by-step guides and helpful tips from the experts at Gardeners' World, you can identify advanced problems and recognize the beginnings of a rot, and can learn the most efficient and eco-friendly ways of dealing with many of the issues that can plague a seemingly healthy plot. From coping with insect invasions and persistent weeds to halting widespread viruses and nurturing sickly plants, Gardeners' World: Pests and Diseases can help you to identify and understand problems, and give you the upper hand in the battle to protect your garden.

The Site Manager's Bible

Len Sales

With the spiralling cost of moving, and the boom in people building their own houses, builders have never been busier. But so often homeowners are disappointed with the end result or find that time and money have run out. This book will enable homeowners to be in full control of managing home building work. Whether you are embarking on a loft conversion, building your own home from scratch, or restoring an old property, this authoritative book, written by an expert in the subject, will enable homeowners to save time and money. It clearly presents what needs to be done, by when and by whom, and will significantly help reduce the cost of using professional consultants and contractors. Starting with ways in which to access the feasibility of a project, moving on through the minefield of obtaining planning permission, to how to manage the work once it's started, readers will be able to understand and participate in the design, build and management of any building project. From drafting a contract to compiling bar charts with accurate timescales, the book presents in a user-friendly fashion fundamental site management techniques that are used by construction professionals around the world. Whether you are working on a flat, a terraced house, a detached house or have just bought a plot of land, this book will help pave the way to building peace of mind and success.

Dot.Con

John Cassidy

What really created the dot.com boom and bust? Who is to blame?

John Cassidy's sceptical history of the internet boom shows that this wasn't simply a stock market bubble but a social and cultural phenomenon driven by broad historical forces.

Dot.Con shows how the internet bubble reflected something about almost all of us, and what we thought about ourselves, as the twenty-first century dawned.

Sounds Out of Silence

James Mackay

Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) was the son of Melville Bell, inventor of the Visible Speech which revolutionised phonetics and linguistics. He was inspired by his deaf mother to try to communicate with deaf-mutes and teach them to speak. While exploring the mechanism of speech, sound and hearing, he discovered the principles of the telephone, arguably the most important invention of all time, without which the gramophone, radio, television and videophone could not have been possible.

The telephone made him wealthy, but Bell went on to invent the iron lung, pioneer aircraft, improve the breeding of sheep and co-found the National Geographic Society.

This superb biography follows Bell from his birthplace in Edinburgh to his studies and teaching in London and Europe and thence to riches and fame in the United States of Canada. Set against the colourful backdrop of Victorian Britain and the exhilaration of the New World, Sounds Out of Silence is the definitive story of one of the world’s greatest inventors.

Crowdsourcing

Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe coined the word 'Crowdsourcing' in a 2006 article for Wired magazine to describe the way in which the Internet has broken down traditional employer/employee relationships to create vibrant new enterprises that are 'staffed' by informal, often large gatherings of enthusiasts. A few weeks before the article hit the newsstands, a Google search for the word 'Crowdsourcing' returned zero results. One month after the article appeared, the same search returned nearly 500,000 hits.

These days anyone and everyone can write book reviews on Amazon, post videos on Youtube, come up with new uses for Google maps or design T-shirts for Threadless. What makes this phenomenon so remarkable is that it is starting to transform the way many companies operate and to change their relationship with their customers: iStockPhoto.com has revolutionised the world of digital photography; Cambrian House is having a profound impact on the way films get made; Second Life has created a vast, profitable business with only a few formal employees but thousands of dedicated contributors. Moreover this revolution is rapidly changing our culture, introducing a consumer democracy that has never existed before.

Jeff Howe has now followed up his initial, ground-breaking article with months of research, and the result is a book that will define the next stage of the Internet revolution.

Scottish Firsts

Elspeth Wills

What would the world be like without the phone, the fax or television? How would it have developed without effective steam power or the oil industry? Could you survive without penicillin or antiseptic surgery?

From Napier's bones to Dolly the sheep, Scottish Firsts celebrates the remarkable achievements of a small country whose influence has helped to shape the modern world. It tells the engrossing stories of Scotland's heroes, famous and unsung, from William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting, who went to his first job interview wearing a wooden top hat, to Ian Donald, whose prototype of the pregnancy scanner included a contraceptive sheath.

Scottish Firsts also explores some of the lesser-known achievements of Scots both at home and abroad, from the Buick car to the Thomson steamer; the first branded fruit cordial to the Cona coffee percolator. It highlights everything from sporting firsts to some of the world's most extreme environments where Scots have left their mark.

This absorbing compendium of facts is an essential reference companion as well as an intriguing read for proud Scots everywhere.

Beef

Andrew Rimas (and others)

Since the beginning of human history, cattle have been central to our existence, not only as a source of food and labour but also as an inspiration for art, warfare and religion. In Beef, an exuberant, panoramic view of the cow's rich history, Andrew Rimas and Evan Fraser tell the surprising story of our relationship with an animal that we have worked alongside, consumed and even worshipped for thousands of years.

Rimas and Fraser examine the bovine legacy in its entirety, from breeding to braising, from hunting to worshipping, from ancient Mediterranean bullfighting rings to the rugged pastures of eighteenth-century England. Seasoned with anecdotes and recipes from across the globe, this entertaining tale serves not only as a compelling story but also as an indictment of the perilous state of beef production in Europe and the US - a situation closer to a health and economic emergency than most would like to believe. Readers will never look at a steak the same way again.

The New Penguin Dictionary of Computing

Dick Pountain

A brand-new, highly accessible guide to the world of computers and PCs. "The New Penguin Dictionary of Computing' explains in detail fundamental computing concepts and also offers definitions of jargon, abbreviations and the language of particular software packages. It is designed to be accessible to anyone who owns a PC or Mac, but will also help programmers and software engineers.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

L.T.C Rolt (and others)

Engineering genius, technical innovator and one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions. L. T. C. Rolt's masterly biography is the definitive work on Brunel, tracing the life, times and monumental achivements of the man who helped to build modern Britain.

Made in Britain

Adrian Sykes

From the end of the last Ice Age (10,000 years ago) to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965,Adrian Sykes narrates the history and achievements of these islands,their inhabitants and their origins,through the stories of some 3000+ men & women who have shaped not just our history but the modern world. The story is interspersed with countless inventions,deeds of daring do and wickednesses,as well as the origins of innumerable words and phrases,often surprisingly early,
from Nosey Parker - Elizabeth I of her Archbishop of Canterbury,to mayonnaise - the battle of Mahon,which the victorious French admiral celebrated by inventing mayonnaise and after which we hanged Admiral Byng who lost it "to encourage the others",as Voltaire put it. Sykes astonishes on every page, whether with the origin of everyday phrases or nursery rhymes or the countless inventions of the British, from the lead pencil (1568), the tin can, the bicycle, screw propeller and jet engine to DNA, LCD crystals, cement, the electric kettle, the vacuum cleaner and Marmite.
Beautifully illustrated and with maps of exceptional clarity,this is a book hard to put down in which you learn something very surprising on every page.

Tall Trees and Small Woods

William E S Mutch

This is a book for anyone who would like to do more with trees and woodland, for their conservation or for timber production, but who needs guidance on how to get started. It does not deal with large-scale forestry; instead, the author is concerned with new opportunities for farm woods and community woodlands.

The country's smaller woodlands, neglected in recent decades, contribute greatly to the life and appearance of the countryside; they deserve more attention and can be a source of income. With the need to find alternative sources of energy becoming ever more urgent, the biofuel produced by trees is both environmentally friendly and cheaper than gas and oil.

In this beautifully illustrated book, the reader is reminded of the responsibility we all share in maintaining the great wooded landscapes that we have inherited. Take the opportunity to plant trees now, and 100 years hence someone may think well of you, even if they will not know your name; there are not many things we can do in this world to achieve that.

More Scenes From a Smallholding

Chas Griffin

In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales. From the struggle with rurality that ensued grew (organically) the very amusing, and informative, warts-and-all account Scenes From a Smallholding .

Now in this sometimes touching, but always funny sequel, Chas reveals what happened four years after their arrival - when the dream had been well and truly dreamt and they were experiencing some rather rude awakenings. Did they ever achieve the blissful good life? Are they surrounded by organic veg? How have the family coped with their new rural life?

Written with Chas Griffin's trademark charm and humour, enjoy another compelling romp through the countryside.

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