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Danger Mouse: Unreasonably Dangerous Joke Book

Slip into your crash helmet, pull on your safety goggles and firmly secure your seat belt (even if you're not in a car). These jokes are so funny that no one can be trusted to tell them safely. Not even Her Majesty the Queen! But, if anyone can do it, Danger Mouse can.

Rebel Rebel

Chris Sullivan (Author)

Escape the everyday humdrum with this exploration of iconic rebels from the past who became the biggest influencers of fashion, music and society by doing things their own way.

From the internationally bestselling author of Punk and founder of the legendary Wag Club in Soho, Rebel Rebel presents 60 pieces on outsiders. Like a really good party, it’s got musicians (Charlie Mingus, Fela Kuti, Joe Strummer), actors (Louise Brooks, Robert Mitchum, Daniel Day Lewis), artists (Egon Schiele, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock), directors (Fritz Lang, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai), photographers (Horst, Weegee, David Bailey), DJs (Andrew Weatherall) places (Paris in the Twenties, Muscle Shoals) and things (sunglasses, Levis, the pork pie hat).

The stories in this collection are sharply written, often surprising and a pertinent reminder that most of the people (and things) of lasting significance are those who don’t play by the rules. With brand new work and revitalised articles from the Chris Sullivan archives, Rebel Rebel will amuse, fascinate and inspire your inner rebel for years to come.

The Dalai Lama: The Definitive Biography

Alexander Norman (Author)

The Dalai Lama is one of the best-known and respected public figures of modern times. A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, advocate for peace and campaigner for compassion, he regularly speaks at sell-out arena tours across the globe.

In this new biography, Alexander Norman reveals the complex and compelling character of the Dalai Lama in more detail than ever before. Drawing on his long friendship with His Holiness and with his full support, Norman gives unparalled insights into the Dalai Lama's life, from being chosen as a young boy, his exile from Tibet and his involvement in political negotiations, to the present day. Uniquely, however, this book also reveals the private life of a very public man, including his personal spiritual experiences, daily Buddhist practice and the issues that are closest to his heart. Norman also explains how the turbulent history of Tibet has shaped the Dalai Lama's thinking and personality and corrects the myths that have built up around him.

Illuminating, surprising and fascinating, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the Dalai Lama.

L.E.L: The Rise and Fall of Letitia Landon

Lucasta Miller (Author)

On 15 October 1838, the body of a thirty-six-year-old woman was found in Cape Coast Castle, West Africa, a bottle of Prussic acid in her hand. She was one of the most famous English poets of her day: Letitia Elizabeth Landon, known by her initials ‘L.E.L.’

What was she doing in Africa? Was her death an accident, as the inquest claimed? Or had she committed suicide, or even been murdered?

To her contemporaries, she was an icon, hailed as the ‘female Byron’, admired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Heinrich Heine, the young Brontë sisters and Edgar Allan Poe. However, she was also a woman with secrets, the mother of three illegitimate children whose existence was subsequently wiped from the record. After her death, she became the subject of a cover-up which is only now unravelling.

Too scandalous for her reputation to survive, Letitia Landon was a brilliant woman who made a Faustian pact in a ruthless world. She embodied the post-Byronic era, the ‘strange pause’ between the Romantics and the Victorians. This new investigation into the mystery of her life, work and death excavates a whole lost literary culture, in which the legacy of Keats and Shelley turned toxic.

Two Tribes

Tony Evans (Author)

When the players of Liverpool and Everton walked out into the Wembley sunshine for the FA Cup Final on 10 May 1986, it was not just the culmination of a thrilling season of ding-dong battles between the two teams for silverware. It was proof that no other clubs could compete with them, that no other clubs mattered, and that no city could rival Liverpool for its sporting and cultural importance. The chants rang round the ground, packed with more than 100,000 fans for a match no one could afford to miss: 'Merseyside! Merseyside!' In your face, Thatcher.

This season following the Heysel stadium disaster could not have had more drama. The tragedy of 39 supporters losing their lives in Brussels had morphed into the bitterness of league champions Everton not being able to take their rightful place in Europe. Liverpool themselves were aiming to recapture past glories; both clubs going for the Double, the campaign twisting and turning and going down to the wire. Plus Merseyside was the vibrant, independent heart of both the musical and political scene; Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Derek Hatton its outspoken representatives.

Two Tribes brilliantly recounts those gladiatorial, epic twelve months of turmoil on and off the field, and how it all reached its fitting climax at the home of football, as the population of Liverpool took over London for one unforgettable day. A season that had begun in shame would end in pride, and help redeem the reputation of a city that the game had destroyed.

Crossing Continents

Duncan Campbell-Smith (Author)

Bundled together in 1969 to stymie an international takeover attempt on the part of Chase Manhattan Bank of New York, Standard Chartered Bank has come to consolidate its status as one of the world's leading international banks with remarkable success. Crossing Continents draws together into one narrative the evolution both of the modern banking group and of the separate banks - originally established in 19th Century South Africa and the Far East - that preceded it. In so doing, it offers glimpses not just into seminal developments in financial history, but also into the world-historical events which have provided their backdrop, into the young men who turned their backs on careers in Britain to cross continents in search of a more adventurous life and, colourfully, into the 1980s Big Bang that so transformed the City of London.

Written with complete access to the bank's archives and personnel, Duncan Campbell-Smith's authorized history of Standard Chartered Bank shows us why British overseas banking was so often seen in the past, at home and abroad, less as a single-minded pursuit of money for its own sake than as a true hybrid of commerce and public service.

Tales from Terraria: Survivors!

Terraria can be a dangerous place . . . as a gang of brave adventurers are about to find out! When a group of explorers attempt to survive in Terraria, they find they'll need to keep all of their wits about them to fend off zombies, goblins and all kinds of other nasties!

This fun and frantic adventure tale is the very first novel from Terraria, the smash-hit video game that has sold over 18 million units worldwide.

Dark Mirror

Barton Gellman (Author)

Barton Gellman’s informant called himself ‘Verax’ – the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. By that point he had already shared thousands of files with Gellman.

Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives. Gellman’s primary role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the NSA document trove and realised that he himself was under attack.

Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley and the most powerful corporation whose name you’ve never heard. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.

Take Control of Your Type 1 Diabetes

David Cavan (Author)

Around 500,000 people in the UK suffer from type 1 diabetes – about 10% of the total community of people who suffer from diabetes overall. It can develop at any age, but usually appears before the age of 40 and often in childhood. Up until now there has been very little practical guidance for people suffering with type 1 diabetes since the main foundation of advice has focused on regular insulin injections.

However, in the 17 years Dr David Cavan ran his diabetes clinic at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre he discovered there are actually a great many things you can do to manage the condition, minimise its side effects and improve your overall health. For example, one of the key things sufferers can do to help themselves is to eat a very low carb diet. This cutting-edge and practical book presents his findings and advice and will offer genuine hope to sufferers and their families.

Brothers York

Thomas Penn (Author)

In early 1461, a seventeen-year-old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches, and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York. It was a time when old certainties had been shredded: by popular insurgency, economic crisis, feuding and a corrupt, bankrupt government presided over by the imbecilic, Lancastrian King Henry VI. The country was in need of a new hero. Magnetic, narcissistic, Edward found himself on the throne, and alongside him his two younger brothers: the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Charismatic, able and ambitious, the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty, one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power. Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them, generating a destructive sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation and regicide. The house of York's brutal end came on 22August 1485 at Bosworth Field, with the death of the youngest brother, now Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor.

Brothers York is the story of three remarkable brothers, two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive, whose antagonism was fuelled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power. The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became. Its tragedy was that it devoured itself.

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The Pomodoro Technique

Francesco Cirillo (Author)

Over 2,000,000 people have already used the Pomodoro Technique to transform their lives, making them more productive, more focused and even smarter.

Italian business consultant Francesco Cirillo has devised a deceptively simple time-management method, based on more than two decades of refinement and thinking. Easy to understand and highly adaptable, you’ll learn how to work with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.

This fully updated edition includes new and exclusive material about teamwork, to make you and your team more dynamic than ever.

The Pomodoro Technique will not only boost your productivity, it will give you a life-long skill to help you achieve your goals.

Nutshell Library

Maurice Sendak (Author)

This 4-volume boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale all written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Includes the titles Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.

The Queen Speaks

Lady Leshurr (Author)

Lady Leshurr - queen of the grime scene - is a voice that needs to be heard.

Lady Leshurr is a rapper with a difference. A woman, from Birmingham, she reigns in a male dominated scene thanks to the strength of her talent and grit. Everything she has achieved, she has done it herself, so she says and does what she wants. Now she brings the attitude and integrity, humour and honesty that underpin her lyrics to a book. Her story includes frank conversation about anxiety, the secrets behind her musical and business success, social media and haters, and, of course, hair.

From her tough start on an estate in Birmingham to the top of the scene, Lady Leshurr has a unique vantage point and The Queen Speaks is as entertaining as it is relevant.

The Prime Minister of Paradise

John Jeremiah Sullivan (Author)

As a student working in the dusty archives of the Sewanee Review, John Jeremiah Sullivan came across an article entitled ‘Lost Utopia of the American Frontier’ and was immediately hooked on the dramatic story of a lost book, an alternative history of the South, a white Indian. It was a story he’d chase for the next two decades.

In 1735, a charismatic German lawyer and accused atheist named Christian Gottlieb Priber fled Germany under threat of arrest, bound for colonial South Carolina. In the Cherokee village of Grand Tellico, he created a Utopian society that he named Paradise.

For six years, Paradise was governed by a set of revolutionary ideas that included racial equality, sexual freedom, and a lack of private property, ideas which he chronicled in a mysterious manuscript he called Paradise.

Priber’s ideas were so subversive that he was hunted for half a decade and eventually captured by the British – making headlines across the world – and imprisoned until his death. The only copy of Paradise was apparently destroyed.

Now, in a rare combination of ground-breaking research and stunning narrative skill, award-winning writer John Jeremiah Sullivan brings that lost history vividly to life.

Morecambe & Wise: Complete Radio Series

Eddie Braben (Author) , Eric Morecambe (Read by), Ernie Wise (Read by)

Collected together for the very first time, 18 editions of Eric and Ernie's BBC Radio 2 comedy series. Between 1975 and 1978, when they were at the peak of their popularity on BBC TV, Morecambe and Wise also starred in their own radio series, with each episode scripted by the one and only Eddie Braben. This feast of sketches and duologues features a host of guests including Ann Hamilton, Anita Harris, Hayle Hunnicutt, Richard Caldicot, Percy Edwards, Clodagh Rodgers, Nicola Pagett, Brian Wilde, Des O'Connor, Vince Hill and Penelope Keith.

Anticancer Living

Lorenzo Cohen (Author) , Alison Jefferies (Author)

“You have cancer.”

These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most people do not realize they can reduce their risk of getting cancer and improve their chances of surviving a cancer diagnosis by making six fundamental changes in their lifestyle.

Research shows that 50 to 70 percent of cancer can be prevented and cancer survivors can live longer and better if they change their daily habits and live more healthy lives. People are waiting for a cure to cancer, when the most promising antidote is already here, and it doesn’t come in a syringe or a pill.

Readers of ANTI-CANCER LIVING will learn about The Mix of Six—the key lifestyle factors that are scientifically linked with cancer risk and outcome. In a society that remains embedded in an illness model of health care, ANTI-CANCER LIVING empowers people to engage in a life of wellness.

Our Story

Rao Pingru (Author) , Nicky Harman (Translator)

A graphic memoir like no other: the true story of a marriage in China that spanned the twentieth century, told in vibrant, original paintings and prose.

Rao Pingru was a twenty-six-year-old soldier when he saw Mao Meitang, a girl he’d known from childhood who had grown up to be a beautiful woman–the woman his father had arranged him to marry. One glimpse of her through a window as she put on lipstick was enough to capture Rao’s heart, the moment that sparked a union that would last almost sixty years.

Our Story is that epic romance told through his paintings and accompanying text. We see Pingru and Meitang through the decades, through both poverty and good fortune–looking for work, opening a restaurant, moving cities, mending shoes, raising their children, and being separated for seventeen years by the government when Pingru is sent to a labor camp. As they age, China undergoes extraordinary growth, political turmoil, and cultural change. When Meitang passes away in 2008, Pingru memorializes his wife and their relationship the only way he knows how: painting. In an outpouring of love and grief, he puts it all on paper. It’s a tale at once tragic and inspiring, of enduring love and simple values, an old-fashioned story that unfolds in a nation rapidly becoming modern. Spanning from 1923 to 2008, Our Story is a truly singular graphic memoir.

Tweet of the Day

BBC Natural History Radio (Author) , Bill Oddie (Read by) , Chris Packham (Read by) , David Attenborough (Read by) , Kate Humble (Read by), Michaela Strachan (Read by)

The complete first series of Tweet of the Day, with introductions by Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and many others.

First heard every weekday morning at 5.58am on BBC Radio 4, Tweet of the Day captured the imagination of early risers and bird lovers, proving so popular that it was named Radio Programme of the Year 2014. Each episode begins with a bird call or song, followed by fascinating ornithological detail about its owner.

This collection contains every edition from the first series, British Birds. The songs of over 160 birds can be heard over the course of a year, from the Cuckoo's call in spring to the summer seaside sound of the Herring Gull, the autumn song of the Robin and the Song Thrush's voice of hope in the depths of winter.

Featuring a mix of native birds, such asthe Blackbird and Tawny Owl, and migrant visitors including the Icterine Warbler and Ortolan Bunting, the series provides memorable insight into their behaviour and habits, explains their literary or folkloric associations, and tells stories of scientific or conservation success.

Presented by wildlife experts including Miranda Krestovnikoff, Steve Backshall,Michaela Strachan, Brett Westwood,Chris Watson, Martin Hughes-Games, John Aitchison and Bill Oddie, Tweet of the Day is a treat for the ears. Duration: 6 hours approx.

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem

Jeremy Noel-Tod (Author)

The last decades have seen an explosion of the prose poem. More and more writers are turning to this peculiarly rich and flexible form; it defines Claudia Rankine's Citizen, one of the most talked-about books of recent years, and many others, such as Sarah Howe's Loop of Jade and Vahni Capildeo's Measures of Expatriation, make extensive use of it. Yet this fertile mode which in its time has drawn the likes of Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein and Seamus Heaney remains, for many contemporary readers, something of a mystery.

The history of the prose poem is a long and fascinating one. Here, Jeremy Noel-Tod reconstructs it for us by selecting the essential pieces of writing - by turns luminous, brooding, lamentatory and comic - which have defined and developed the form at each stage, from its beginnings in nineteenth-century France, through the twentieth-century traditions of Britain and America and beyond the English language, to the great wealth of material written internationally since 2000. Comprehensively told, it yields one of the most original and genre-changing anthologies to be published for some years, and offers readers the chance to discover a diverse range of new poets and new kinds of poem, while also meeting famous names in an unfamiliar guise.

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