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The Essential Pokemon Book of Joy

Pokémon

'A world without Pokemon would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.' - Ash

Like our heroes Ash and Pikachu, we are all on a road to personal mastery. But life isn’t always sunshine and Jigglypuffs.

Written by some of the greatest Pokemon trainers in history, this inspirational book of wit and wisdom offers advice for every turn of life’s winding path.

Bursting full of positivity, humour and fun, this charming book of inspirational quotes and illustrations shows that although Jigglypuff, Meowth and Pikachu may be Pokémon, their values could not be more human.

The Pokémon Book of Joy will leave you ready to overcome any challenge. And to truly catch ‘em all!

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.

Glimmer

Warren Berger

Can great design transform people's lives?
And can we all learn from the way great designers think?

For a new generation of designers, such as Bruce Mau and Yves Behar, the answer to both questions is an unequivocal 'Yes'. To them, design is more than just a question of fashion or taste; it's a way of asking fundamental questions in order to solve complex problems. In Glimmer, award-winning journalist Warren Berger shows how these visionary thinkers are taking design principles out of the studio and applying them to the tough issues of today, from making medicines safer to counteracting the threats of global warming. By approaching seemingly intractable problems with simple thought-processes that often seem counter-intuitive - 'ask stupid questions', 'embrace constraint' - designers are creating 'glimmer moments', when a life-changing ideas crystallise in the mind, and coming up with breathtakingly innovative solutions.

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.

Engineers of Victory

Paul Kennedy

From Paul Kennedy, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, one of the most acclaimed history books of recent decades, Engineers of Victory is a new account of how the tide was turned against the Nazis by the Allies in the Second World War.

In January 1943 Churchill and Roosevelt met in Casablanca to review the Allies' war aims. To achieve unconditional surrender they had to overcome some formidable hurdles, from winning air command to 'hopping' across the Pacific islands. Eighteen months later, they had done what seemed impossible.

Here Paul Kennedy reveals the role of the problem-solvers and middle-men who made it happen - like Major-General Perry Hobart, who invented the 'funny tanks' which flattened the D-Day beaches; or Captain 'Johnny' Walker, who worked out how to sink U-boats with a 'creeping barrage'. This book shows the conflict in an entirely new light.

'Consistently original ... An important contribution to our understanding' Michael Beschloss, The New York Times Book Review

'[Kennedy's] refreshing study ... asks the right questions, disposes of clichés and gives a rich account of neglected topics' David Edgerton, Financial Times

'Colourfully and convincingly illustrates the ingenuity and persistence of a few people who made all the difference' Washington Post

PAUL KENNEDY is one of the world's best-selling and most influential historians. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into over twenty languages, Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, The Parliament of Man and the now classic Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery.

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.

Future Perfect

Steven Johnson

From the international bestselling author Steven Johnson, Future Perfect is the story of how progress is still possible and our future really is bright

What links a heroic pilot, eighteenth-century coffee houses, the French railway system and the invention of the Internet? Steven Johnson, with his renowned flair for discovering new ideas and hidden connections, shows that the answer lies in networked thinking. Johnson argues that collaborative networks of 'peer progressives' hold the key to an incredible range of human achievements, and can transform everything from local government to drug research to arts funding and education. Looking beyond traditional politics, Future Perfect shows that a new model of change is on the rise.

'Read Future Perfect ... Mr Johnson's book will give you lots of material to brighten the outlook of your gloomy friends ... it envisions a new political movement' Wall Street Journal

'An informative, tech-savvy and provocative vision of a new and more democratic public philosophy. A breath of fresh air a breath of fresh air in an age of gridlock, cynicism and disillusionment' San Francisco Chronicle

'A buoyant and hopeful book ... Future Perfect reminds us we already have the treatment. We just need to use it' Boston Globe

'An articulate manifesto' Clive Cookson, Financial Times

Steven Johnson is the US bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator's Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites - most recently, outside.in - and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.

The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook

David de Rothschild

The earth is warming, the fuel is running out, and the polar bears are in some serious trouble - what can we do?

Help is at hand, in this fun, informative and indispensable guide, full of practical suggestions for averting climate change and some emergency suggestions to survive it. From the quick and easy changes, such as replacing one light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb and saving £25, to reducing your carbon footprint, these are real ways to change the way you live, change the world, and save some money!

Put on a sweater, recycle your rubbish, 'green' your home and car, bank online, colonise space, adopt a glacier, plant a tree, become nocturnal, pack a time capsule, vote, evolve and pass it on!

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.

You Are Not A Gadget

Jaron Lanier

In You are Not a Gadget digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening personal interaction, stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as people.

Something went wrong around the start of the twenty-first century. The crowd was wise. Social networks replaced individual creativity. There were more places to express ourselves than ever before... yet no one really had anything to say.

Does this have to be our future?

Showing us the way to a future where individuals mean more than machines, this is a searing manifesto against mass mediocrity, a creative call to arms - and an impassioned defence of the human.

'A provocative and sure-to-be-controversial book ... Lucid, powerful and persuasive'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;The New York Times

'There is hardly a page that does not contain some fascinating provocation' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Guardian

'Short and frightening ... from a position of real knowledge and insight'

Zadie Smith, New York Review of Books

'Poetic and prophetic, this could be the most important book of the year' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;The Times

Jaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' and creating the world's first immersive avatars to developing cutting-edge medical imaging and surgical techniques, Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work today.

A musician with a collection of over 700 instruments, he has been recognised by Encyclopedia Britannica (but certainly not Wikipedia) as one of history's greatest inventors and named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy.

I Know You Got Soul

Jeremy Clarkson

In I Know You Got Soul, Jeremy Clarkson writes about the machines that he believes have 'soul'.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that Jeremy Clarkson loves machines. But it's not just any old bucket of blots, cogs and bearings that rings his bell. In fact, he's scoured the length and breadth of the land, plunged into the oceans and taken to the skies in search of machines with that elusive certain something.

And along the way he's discovered:

• The safest place to be in the event of nuclear war
• Who would win if Superman, James Bond and The Terminator had a fight
• The stupidest person he's ever met
• What an old Cornish institution called Arthur has to do with 0898 chat lines
• And how jean-Claude Van Damme might get eaten by a lion

In I Know You Got Soul: Machines with a Certain Something, Jeremy Clarkson tells stories of the geniuses, innovators and crackpots who put the ghost in the machine. From Brunel's SS Great Britain to the awesome Blackbird spy-plane and from the woeful - but inspiring - Graf Zeppelin to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, they can't help but love them in return.

Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:

'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph
'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out

Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Clarkson On Cars, Don't Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Round the Bend and Motorworld are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store.

Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times. Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear.

The Secret Lives of Web Pages

Paul Ford

Every day billions of people view billions of web pages. A blank rectangle in a web browser transforms into the Guardian, or Google, or, God help us, Yahoo! News. That single home page is often the work of hundreds of people over thousands of hours. A single page of the Huffington Post is more complex than the space shuttle. And yet most people don't know what's behind a web page.

Paul Ford knows how the web works, every bit of it. He was one of the first bloggers - he started well before the term "blog" was coined, and so programmed all his own web publishing software himself - and he is now a well-respected programmer. In The Secret Lives of Web Pages, he explains what happens when a web page loads into your browser, from the basic text and headlines to the moment your identity can be stolen, in an engaging, funny, smart, and accessible way, from a place of love and wonder and with deep historical understanding. Based on his own experience and extensive conversations with a who's who of Internet creators, The Secret Lives of Web Pages is the definitive book on coding and the web page: what it is, why it happened, and how to understand it.

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 Future of the Internet

Jonathan Zittrain

In The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It Jonathan Zittrain explores the dangers the internet faces if it fails to balance ever more tightly controlled technologies with the flow of innovation that has generated so much progress in the field of technology.

Zittrain argues that today's technological market is dominated by two contrasting business models: the generative and the non-generative. The generative models - the PCs, Windows and Macs of this world - allow third parties to build upon and share through them. The non-generative model is more restricted; appliances such as the xbox, iPod and tomtom might work well, but the only entity that can change the way they operate is the vendor.

If we want the internet to survive we need to change. People must wake up to the risk or we could lose everything.

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