When Alis's parents reveal that she has been chosen to marry a man of forty, she is distraught - how can such an unnatural marriage be right? She abandons her life in the oppressive community where she has been brought up and flees to the city in search of freedom, only to find herself caught up in events beyond her control. Will Alis's decision to defy her parents have fatal consequences, not just for her, but for everyone who tries to help her, including the boy she loves?
Muhammad Ali has proved to be one of the most charismatic and compelling figures of the last century. Voted Sports Personality of the Century in 1999, he has towered over his generation, both in the ring and out of it. This incredible story of Muhammad Ali was first published in 1975. A quarter of a century on, Ali remains a legend in his own lifetime. The Glory Years is based on exhaustive interviews with Ali's friends, family and associates, now extensively updated to bring his story into the 21st century. It revisits his fantastic reign and celebrates his life, both in the ring and out, with a stunning collection of photographs taken over the last fifty years. Some are being published here for the first time ever, with a silver printing process that makes this book a truly unique volume and a fitting celebration of a glorious reign.
Everyone loves Spike's baby brother, Ali. He's so cute even the school bullies want to babysit him. But Spike isn't so sure. Ali's poos are bright green and his soft, brown skin looks a little scaly. Yes, there's definitely something strange about Ali! And when Spike discovers a way to learn the truth, he begins to realise just how different his family really is...
It's launch time for the hotly anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2, and who better to invite along than top gamer Ali-A? Ali is promised the biggest game launch ever - but what he doesn't count on is just how real the action is about to get!
When a merciless band of aliens turns up to spoil the party, it's up to Ali to transform from gaming icon to real-life hero. Can he defeat the end-of-game boss and save the day? With a little help from his fans and a very special dog named Eevee, he's going to give it his best shot!
Sport can offer catharsis in times of crisis, but not this time. Liston was a mob fighter with a criminal past, and rumours were spreading that Clay was not just a noisy, bright-eyed boy blessed with more than his share of the craziness of youth, but a believer in a shadowy cult: the Nation of Islam. Instead of a hero and a villain, boxing had served up two bad guys.
Against this backdrop of political instability, of a country at war with itself, in a time when ordinary African American people were still being maimed and killed for the smallest acts of defiance, Liston and Clay sought out their own individual destinies.
Liston and Ali follows the contrasting paths these two men took, from their backgrounds in Arkansas and Kentucky through to that sixteen-month period in 1964 and 1965 when the story of the world heavyweight championship centred on them and all they stood for. Using original source material, it explores a riveting chapter in sporting history with fresh insight and in rare detail.
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan which, at the beginning of the twentieth century, is a melting-pot of different cultures. Ali is a Muslim, with his ancestors' passion for the desert, and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways. Despite their differences, the two have loved each other since childhood and Ali is determined that he will marry Nino as soon as she leaves school. But there is not only the obstacle of their different religions and parental consent to overcome. The First World War breaks out. As the Russians withdraw, the Turks advance, and Ali and Nino find themselves swept up in Azerbaijan's fight for independence.
Collected here for the first time are the best of Davis Miller's essays and memoirs. The volume contains his celebrated trilogy of award-winning Muhammad Ali pieces, including the classic 'My Dinner with Ali', together with a provocative new essay called 'The Yin and the Yang of Muhammad Ali'. There are also two pieces about Miller's unusual relationship with another boxer, 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, and he continues to explore the Bruce Lee phenomenon - as he did in his acclaimed bestseller The Tao of Bruce Lee. The Zen of Muhammad Ali tells us about fighting, living, friendship and love. The pieces are arranged - each with an illuminating new note - to form a unique and haunting book.
Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, and the most charismatic athlete of all time. Mesmeric both inside the ring and out, Ali has been a role model, a spiritual thinker and a symbol of courage for thousands of people.
Davis Miller was a sickly 12-year-old child when he first encountered Ali. From this meeting there developed a powerful personal relationship that has lasted decades. The Tao of Muhammad Ali is a unique portrait of this exceptional fighter, and a compelling story of hero-worship, of fathers and sons, of strength through wisdom.
At Home with Muhammad Ali is an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a legend, a man admired and respected as the greatest sporting icon of our age, written by Ali’s daughter Hana.
As Muhammad Ali approached the end of his astonishing boxing career, he strove to embrace a new purpose and role in life beyond the ring. It was a role that would see him take centre stage as an ambassador for peace and friendship, whilst at the same time attempting to find balance and harmony with his many commitments and responsibilities as a husband, devoted father, son and friend.
In the 1970s Ali began recording a series of audio diaries, mostly in his LA home. Through these private tapes, as well as personal journals, love letters and many never-before-seen photographs, we discover Ali the family man and see how, despite the complexities of his personal life, he went to extraordinary lengths to keep all of his nine children united and to help others – be they family, friend or stranger. We also hear of the everyday adventures the family experienced, with visitors such as Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood and John Travolta dropping by.
Candid and revealing, At Home with Muhammad Ali is more than Hana’s family memoir. It is a moving and poignant letter of love and affection from a daughter to a father.
Each one of us is unique, so it makes sense that no single diet will work for everyone. In Dr Ali's Nutrition Bible, physician to the stars and bestselling author Dr Ali offers a pioneering new approach to eating, based on working with the features that make you who you are. You can dramatically improve the way you feel by using the easy-to-follow programmes devised to let you choose the best foods for you. --Learn all of the nutritional basics such as creating a balanced diet and obtaining essential vitamins and minerals--Adjust your diet according to your age, gender, temperament, lifestyle and your state of health--Plan your meals around the seasons --Give your body a well deserved rest by detoxing--Discover dietary solutions to a range of health problems, including diabetes, colds and flu, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, anxiety and eczema
Dr Ali, Britain's top integrated health expert, tackles for the first time the issue of weight loss. As all dieters know, not every diet works for everyone. Dr Ali shows that there are four main reasons for weight gain (eating too much, not exercising enough; hormonal weight gain; weight gain due to psychological problems; genetic weight gain). Once you have discovered why you aren't at your desired weight, losing the extra pounds will become much easier. Dr Ali suggests weight loss programmes for different types of weight gain so that you will be able to slim healthily and enjoyably, whatever the cause of your excess pounds. In this meticulously researched and tested book you will discover how to improve your digestion, reduce cravings and appetite, and retract the volume of the stomach. Dr Ali also shows how massage can help with spot reduction of fats, recommends the form of exercise most suitable for your body type and explains the importance of motivational relaxation. This is the ultimate holistic approach and will change the way you think about weight loss forever.
'His credentials are impeccable, the results are astonishing' Daily MailBack pain is the major reason for sick leave in this country and it's reaching epidemic proportions. Dr Ali's unique integrated programme gives a fascinating new perspective on back pain and helps people to prevent and treat themselves through diet, exercise, massage and realigning posture. His approach considers the whole body and the mind, rather than treating the back by itself. As he says, 'A healthy spine depends on a healthy lifestyle'. Equally your general health can be affected by your back, so keeping it strong and supple is essential. The spine is strong but needs special care. Dr Ali's revolutionary programme includes:--massage techniques for individual muscles--yoga, Alexander Technique and Pilates--sleep positions and patterns--posture in daily life--diet and nutritionDr Ali also provides sound and helpful advice on professional manipulation, acupuncture and Ayurvedic oil massage.
'The man who has no imagination Stands on earth He has no wings He cannot fly' Muhammad Ali Just off Highway 61 in northern Pennsylvania, up the dirt drive of a wooded hill lay a place called Fighter's Heaven. This was once the training camp of the 'greatest of all times'. From early '73 through the summer of '74 Victor Bockris visited Muhammad Ali, while Ali was preparing for his epic battle in Zaire to regain the World Heavyweight crown from the fearsome George Foreman. Bockris, who was later to write about people like William Burroughs, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed was less interested in his subject's boxing career and ambitions than in his extraordinary gifts as a poet, preacher and performer. As Muhammad Ali said himself of this book, 'These are some of the things I don't reveal to the public too much'.
This fascinating collection of archive interviews with Muhammad Ali begins in 1965 with an interview with Harry Carpenter, and culminates with a TV interview with Joanna Lumley in 1989. Along the way Ali makes several famous appearances on Parkinson in the 1970s, and talks to David Frost in The Frost Interview. The 1980s find him answering questions about his impending retirement and rumours that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. In the course of these appearances he also discusses his fighting career, his frank views on religion and society, his vision of a separate black-only American state, and his lack of formal education.
Zaki Shirazi has arrived back in Lahore, Pakistan, to celebrate the wedding of his childhood friend and elder cousin Samar Api to her long sought-after 'Amitabh' - a stand-in for the Bollywood star she always dreamed of marrying. Amidst the flurry of preparations in the house in which he grew up, Zaki can't help but revisit the past - his childhood as a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women and his and Samar's intertwined journeys from youth to adulthood.
Raised to consider themselves 'part of the same litter', Zaki and Samar watched American television together, memorized dialogues from Bollywood movies and attended dangerous protests with Zaki's campaigning, political journalist mother. But as Zaki becomes drawn into Samar's secret life of romantic schemes and lends her his support in trying to orchestrate the future, they both find themselves suffering the consequences . . .
Leading integrated health specialist Dr Ali treats more women than men in his clinic. Now he brings all his experience to bear on this information-packed, encyclopaedic book. The first part explains why women need their own health bible - gynaecologists and obstetricians cannot understand all the problems of women, says Dr Ali, so this book offers a pioneering approach to help women understand their specific health issues and deal with them themselves. He explains how a woman's mind and body function differently from a man's and describes the many different factors that contribute, including body types and birth signs. He provides an MOT enabling every woman to assess her own general health, and his own health-enhancing Lifestyle Programme. Chapters on general health and well being include reproductive health (from menstrual cycles to the menopause), sexuality and sexual problems, pregnancy and maternity care, weight control, skin and hair care, ageing gracefully, general diseases more prevalent in women and psychological problems (from eating disorders to post-natal depression).
While conventional medicine has disease as its focus, integrated medicine concentrates on the powers of the body that promote health. Central to Dr Ali's philosophy is this concept of self-help and the fact that 80 per cent of illness can be cured without drugs. He believes the majority of illnesses are caused by the emotional, psychological and physical strain we put ourselves under. The Integrated Health Bible shows you how to reverse this by helping the body heal itself and to restore vitality and well-being. This is done by following the Lifestyle Programme, which consists of a regimen of diet, exercise, yoga, relaxation and meditation. And for when things go wrong, there is a diagnosis and treatment programme for up to 40 common ailments - including asthma, back problems, infertility, migraine, sinusitis and stress - combining specific treatments (such as homeopathy, acupuncture, ayurveda), exercises and tips for each problem.
Danny Dawson lives in the middle of the Australian outback. His older brother Jonny was killed in an accident last year but no-one ever talks about it. And now it's time for the annual muster. The biggest event of the year on the cattle station, and a time to sort the men from the boys. But this year things will be different: because Jonny's gone and Danny's determined to prove he can fill his brother's shoes; because their fourteen-year-old sister is pregnant; because it's getting hotter and hotter and the rains won't come; because cracks are beginning to show . . . When Danny's mum admits she can't cope, the family hires a housegirl to help out - a wide-eyed English backpacker. She doesn't have a clue what she's let herself in for. And neither do they.
Artful presents, in book form, four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University.
Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith's criticism, it explores form, style, life, love, death, mortality, immortality and what art and writing can mean.
Part fiction, part essay, Artful is a revelation of what writing can do and a reaffirmation of Ali Smith's unmatched literary powers.
'Playful, full of insight and humanity, constantly surprising . . . another genuine attempt to bust open the boundaries of literary form' Jonathan Coe, Metro
'Joyful and optimistic. Will be entertaining reading for anyone interested in the art of writing, also of living, well' New Statesman
'Glittering inventiveness. Not just a ghost story, but also a love letter. As emotionally freighted as a piece of storytelling, as intellectually rigorous as an academic's essay' Independent
'An insight into an author who is in love with books, invention and words in all their depth and shiny surface' Herald
'A revelation, a new kind of book altogether, a book that defies categorisation and leaps out of every box anyone could try and put it in; a book that marries fiction to nonfiction, literary criticism to essays; a book that is as serious as it is witty, as light as it is enlightening. Artful makes you glad to be alive' Observer, Books of the Year
'One of the marvelous things about this book is its reconciliation of the serious - both in the form of this crumbling, smelly guest and in its ardent advocacy of art - and light. Smith, whose love of words and skill at wordplay has already been made apparent in her stories and novels, performs dodge after dodge after dodge . . . what Smith has done with Artful is to invent a new form apart from form, to build a kind of Frankenstein's monster inside the act of art' LA Review of Books
'Smith is a trickster, an etymologist, a fantasist, a pun-freak, an ontologist, a transgenrenatrix . . . A wordsmith to the very smithy of her soul, she is at once deeply playful and deeply serious. Artful, in which she tugs at God's sleeve, ruminates on clowns, shoplifts used books, dabbles in Greek and palavers with the dead, is a stunner' New York Times
'These brief, acrobatic lectures . . . perform spectacular feats of criticism. Each is as playful as it is powerful, as buoyant as it is brilliant' NPR
The ultimate insider's account of the battle against terrorism, The Black Banners describes for the first time Ali Soufan's nerve-wracking, history-making decade as the FBI's lead investigator into al-Qaeda, thwarting plots around the world and winning vital confessions from terrorists - without laying so much as a hand on them.
From the interrogation rooms where Soufan would share food and films with the suspects so he could bond with them, to the hideouts of bin Laden - and why the CIA have insisted on redacting parts of this book - Ali Soufan's gripping book reveals with intimate, first-hand knowledge, the shocking truth about 9/11, America's security agencies, and the global 'War on Terror'.