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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.

Be More Pirate

Sam Conniff Allende (Author)

Have you ever wanted to make your mark on the world and wondered how?
Have you ever wanted to stand up to the system, break it, or make it better?
Have you ever wondered how to find success amidst unpredictability ?

The answer? Be More Pirate.

In Be More Pirate, award-winning social entrepreneur Sam Conniff Allende reveals how the game-changing innovations, strategies and purpose of pirates can provide a blueprint for anyone embarking on their own personal adventure.

From creating the world's most iconic brand 150 years before Coca-Cola to championing free trade and fair pay, pirates were the true pioneers of their day. Drawing on the original eighteenth century pirate code and looking to 'modern day pirates' like Banksy, Elon Musk and Malala for inspiration, Conniff Allende reveals how to stand up to the status quo and create a personal manifesto that will ensure you find success in uncertain times.

Whatever your ideas or the scale of your ambitions, Be More Pirate will revolutionise the way you think, work and live.

Sam Conniff Allende is the founder and former CEO of Livity, a multi-award-winning youth marketing agency. Conniff Allende has led the unlikeliest collaborations between brands and bright young people on the edges of society, resulting in real innovation. He has worked with Google, Unilever, PlayStation and Dyson, and regularly speaks at these industry-leading companies.

Measure What Matters

John Doerr (Author)

'Measure What Matters shows how any organization or team can aim high, move fast, and excel' Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of Leanln.org and OptionB.org

In 1999, legendary venture capitalist John Doerr invested $11.8 million in a startup that had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. Doerr introduced the founders to OKRs, Objectives and Key Results, a revolutionary approach to goal-setting, and with OKRs at the foundation of their management, the startup grew from forty employees to more than 70,000 with a market cap exceeding $600 billion. The startup was Google.

Since then Doerr has introduced OKRs to more than fifty companies, helping tech giants and charities exceed all expectations. In the OKR model objectives define what we seek to achieve and key results are how those top­priority goals will be attained. OKRs focus effort, foster coordination and enhance workplace satisfaction. They surface an organization's most important work as everyone's goals from entry-level to CEO are transparent to the entire institution.

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations.

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.

Lucky Man

Matthew Etherington (Author)

You have money burning a hole in your pocket. You have more free time than you know what to do with. And your whole life is geared around winning. What do you do with your cash?
For former premier league footballer Matt Etherington, he, like many of his peers, gambled. But what started as harmless entertainment spiralled into a vortex of depression and debt, almost destroying his marriage, his career and himself.
Exposing the intense pressures of the premiership in a way that's never before been shared, Matt's story also shows how, in life, there's always a second half.

Betrayal

Harold Pinter (Author) , Andrew Scott (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Olivia Colman (Read by)

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit, starring Olivia Coleman and Andrew Scott.

For seven years, Emma and Jerry had an affair and spent time together in a secret flat they kept just for the two of them. Jerry thinks that no-one else knew, but now it turns out that isn't the case.

The story of an affair told in reverse time, from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss, Betrayal is one of Pinter's most celebrated dramatic works.

Emma ..... Olivia Colman
Jerry ..... Andrew Scott
Robert ..... Charles Edwards
Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo (Author)

Three BBC dramatisations of the novels of award-winning author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

This collection includes:

War Horse
Michael Morpurgo's enduringly popular tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. Starring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins.

Private Peaceful - a powerful story about a young soldier, set in the First World War. Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, with a guest appearance by Michael Morpurgo.

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea - a lyrical tale about child migration, narrated by Michael Morpurgo and starring Jason Donovan, Olivia Beardsley and Toby Jones.

The Adventures of Tintin

Herge (Author), Andrew Sachs (Read by), Leo McKern (Read by), Lionel Jeffries (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by) , Richard Pearce (Read by)

The swashbuckling adventures of Tintin, the intrepid boy reporter, based on the classic comics by Hergé. Our young adventurer is aided by his faithful dog Snowy and his friend the brash Captain Haddock, and sometimes hindered by incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson.

This complete BBC Collection includes:

The Black Island
The Secret of the Unicorn
Red Rackham’s Treasure
Destination Moon
Explorers on the Moon
Tintin in Tibet
The Seven Crystal Balls
Prisoners of the Sun
The Calculus Affair
The Red Sea Sharks
The Castafiore Emerald

The Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

David Attenborough (Author) , David Attenborough (Read by)

In 1954, the 28-year-old David Attenborough seized the opportunity to travel the world in search of rare animals for London Zoo’s collection, and to film these fascinating expeditions for the BBC. The result was the successful television series, Zoo Quest.

In Guyana the adventure begins with an encounter with a caiman, a visit to the River Mazaruni waterfalls, and an extraordinary painted cliff revealing a sequence of handprints and animal drawings not unlike France’s Palaeolithic caves.

Later, we are transported to Indonesia where he sets out, nervously, to capture an eighteen foot long python.

In Argentina David Attenborough comes across the rhea - a creature not unlike the ostrich – and observes its amusing courting and mating rituals. Then there is the issue of where to keep the collected animals…

Told with Attenborough’s trademark charm, these remarkable stories give us an insight into the early adventures of our most beloved naturalist.

Broadcast as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

The Cold Swedish Winter

Danny Robins (Author), Adam Riches (Read by), Anna-Lena Bergelin (Read by), Danny Robins (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Sissela Benn (Read by), Thomas Oredsson (Read by)

A full cast Radio 4 sitcom about a stand-up comedian from London who is living in Sweden, starring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Adam Riches.

Geoff, a marginally successful stand up comic from London, is moving to the tiny, cold and unpronounceable village of Yxsjö in northern Sweden, after his Swedish girlfriend Linda decides to move home to raise their child.

Geoff must contend with snow, moose, pickled herring, unemployment, Maypole dancing, snowmobiles, meatball rolling, saunas, social democracy, weird pizzas, bears, deep forests, death metal, difficult in-laws, and more snow.

Written by UK funnyman Danny Robins, creator of the Lenny Henry comedy Rudy's Rare Records, the series is set and recorded in Sweden and stars Adam Riches, Danny Robins and some of Sweden's most popular TV comedy actors.

It Ain't Hard To Tell

Nas (Author)

The long-awaited memoir from legendary rapper Nas, one of the most famous - and enigmatic - stars of the hip-hop generation.

With the release of his 1994 debut album, Illmatic, Nas was immediately lauded as rap royalty. After over two decades he remains one of the most admired, successful, and misunderstood figures in the business.

In It Ain’t Hard to Tell, Nas tells his life story for the first time - including his early days growing up in Queens as the son of a jazz musician and his immersion in street culture to his emergence on the scene in the early 1990s. He recounts his private and public struggles, including the media-hyped feud with Jay-Z, finally resolved in 2005, and his battle to assert himself as King of East Coast rap.

Over the course of eleven solo albums Nas has accrued millions of fans around the globe and collaborated with the greatest talents in music, and he charts his evolution from the brash, arrogant “Nasty Nas” to a mature but still provocative artist. It Ain’t Hard to Tell finally reveals the man behind the rhymes in a memoir as outspoken and uncompromising as fans could hope for.

Journey's End

R C Sherriff (Author), Derek Seaton (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Garard Green (Read by), Martin Jarvis (Read by)

Journey's End is an unflinching vision of life in the tranches towards the end of the First World War.

The play opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new 18-year-old officer fresh out of school, joins the besieged company of his friend and hero Stanhope. But when he arrives in the trenches, he finds Stanhope dramatically changed.

This vintage BBC radio production from 1970 stars Martin Jarvis as Captain Stanhope.

Bonus content: This BBC radio release includes The Man From Esher and his Theatre of War, a 30-minute documentary about R C Sherriff and the story behind Journey’s End.

Journey's End was an instant stage success in 1928 (starring Laurence Olivier) and remains a remarkable anti-war classic, regularly revived in theatres. A film is due in February 2018, starring Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Me Before You) as Stanhope and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Raleigh, along with Paul Bettany, Toby Jones and Tom Sturridge.

Cast:
Captain Stanhope...Martin Jarvis
Osborne...Garard Green
Raleigh...Derek Seaton
Trotter...Kevin Brennan
Hibbert/Private...Michael Harbour
Colonel...Richard Hurndall
Sergeant Major...John Bentley
Mason...Malcolm Hayes
Hardy...John Graham
German soldier...Patrick Tull

Adapted by Peter Watts.
Produced by Christopher Venning.

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.

All The Year Round

John Yeoman (Author) , Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Showcasing seasonal artwork and humorous poems for every month of the year from Quentin Blake and John Yeoman, the All The Year Round Birthday Book is the perfect place to keep all your birthdays, anniveraries and other important dates to remember.

With a seasonal rhyme for every month, discover the most entertaining way to spend the year: with a spot of spring cleaning (that ends in a mess), a summer picnic (invaded by ants), Halloween dress-up (or not, if you’re already scary) and the only thing to be done in December…

The Tao of Jack

Clay Chandler (Author)

Under the guidance of its charismatic CEO Jack Ma, Alibaba has swiftly grown from a partnership of eighteen friends operating out of a cramped apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou into a multibillion dollar Internet colossus with 25,000 employees, hundreds of millions of registered users, and a market capitalization of more than $260 billion—larger than that of Amazon, eBay, Twitter, and PayPal combined.
This is a company that, until recently, few outside China had even heard of. A couple of years ago, a Google search for 'Alibaba' would have been more likely to produce references to Forty Thieves and One Thousand and One Nights than to China and on-line commerce. That changed in a big way on September 19, 2014 when, on Alibaba’s first day of trading, the value of its shares offered on the New York Stock Exchange shot up 38 percent to $25 billion, setting a new record for biggest initial public offering of all time. In the months since, Alibaba, has become one of the market’s best-known companies and has repeatedly closed among the world’s ten most valuable companies as measured daily by market capitalization. At the time of writing, Alibaba is more valuable than such recognized institutions as General Motors, General Electric, IBM, and Oracle, and a Google search for 'Alibaba' now yields seven pages of references to the Chinese company before turning up any mention of the Persian folktale.
Alibaba is destined to join the pantheon of truly iconic Internet startups that now includes Google, Amazon, and Facebook, and Alibaba’s name will soon be as well known to global consumers as it already is to investors. The story of Alibaba’s rise is one of the great business narratives of our time. And it’s a story that, until now, no author has fully told...

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Gaia Vince (Author)

PATTERNED PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

In recent decades human beings have altered the planet beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history. We have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary – from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man.

Gaia Vince quit her job to travel the world and to explore what all these changes really mean to our daily lives. She discovers the shocking ways in which we have reshaped our living planet and reveals the ingenious solutions we’ve evolved to engineer Earth for the future.

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin (Author)

PATTERNED PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the HMS Beagle in 1836, he brought with him the notes and evidence that would form the basis of a world-changing theory: the evolution of species by a process of natural selection. This theory, published as On the Origin of Species in 1859, is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. Its publication sparked a fierce scientific, religious and philosophical debate which continues to this day.

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart (Author) , William McDonough (Author)

PATTERNED PLANET: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

This book proposes a new vision for modern industry. Instead of our current wasteful and polluting methods of manufacturing, we could be taking nature as a model for making things. With the right redesign, objects that have come to the end of their useful lives should provide the basis for something new. In designing and producing products we need to stop worrying about being ‘less bad’ and start finding ways of actually being good. Find here a radical manifesto and a plan for our planet in which all waste can be put to good use.

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