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Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac

Michael Bright (Author) , Karen Farrington (Author)


Explore the world outside your window.

For 13 years the BBC's Springwatch and its sister programmes, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, have been bringing the best of Britain’s wildlife into our homes. Now Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac offers the perfect guide for anyone looking to get out and explore the wonders of nature just outside their back door.

Taking you month by month through the coming year, the almanac combines compelling stories with practical guidance that will inspire anyone to start exploring. It has all the information you need to discover the natural wonders around you, from how to identify animal tracks and bird nests to the best time to witness starling murmurations and mayflies hatching. Complete with monthly daylight and rainfall charts and beautifully illustrated with black and white line drawings, The Springwatch Almanac is the ideal companion for every nature lover.

Cravings: Hungry for More

Chrissy Teigen (Author)

Pre-order now to get your hands on Chrissy's sumptuous new creations.

Cravings: Hungry for More takes us further into Chrissy's kitchen . . . and life. It's a life of pancakes that remind you of blueberry pie, eating onion dip with your glam squad, banana bread that breaks the internet, and a little something called Pad Thai Carbonara.

After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavors, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy's new edible diary: recipes for quick-as-a-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter, healthier(-ish) living; and recipes that are gonna put you to bed, holding your belly. Some will satisfy your cravings but all will leave you hungry for more.

Nervous States

William Davies (Author)

Why do we no longer trust experts, facts and statistics?

Why has politics become so fractious and warlike?

What caused the populist political upheavals of recent years?

How can the history of ideas help us understand our present?

In this bold and far-reaching exploration of our new political landscape, William Davies reveals how feelings have come to reshape our world. Drawing deep on history, philosophy, psychology and economics, he shows how some of the fundamental assumptions that defined the modern world have dissolved. With advances in science and medicine, the division between mind and body is no longer so clear-cut. The spread of digital and military technology has left us not quite at war nor exactly at peace. In the murky new space between mind and body, between war and peace, lie nervous states: with all of us relying increasingly on feeling rather than fact.

In a book of profound insight and astonishing breadth, William Davies reveals the origins of this new political reality. Nervous States is a compelling and essential guide to the turbulent times we are living through.

Unnatural Causes

Dr Richard Shepherd (Author)

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak ...

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead.

When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

From serial killer to natural disaster, 'perfect murder' to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he's been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times including the Hungerford massacre, the killing of Rachel Nickell, the Princess Diana inquiry and 9/11, it's often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity's darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn't flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.

Unnatural Causes is an unputdownable record of an extraordinary life, a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short - an instant classic.

Like A Thief In Broad Daylight

Slavoj Žižek (Author)

In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world - changing it almost beyond recognition. In this extraordinary new book, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, revealing how, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to a bizarrely literal realisation of Marx's prediction that 'all that is solid melts into air.' With the automation of work, the virtualisation of money, the dissipation of class communities and the rise of immaterial, intellectual labour, the global capitalist edifice is beginning to crumble, more quickly than ever before-and it is now on the verge of vanishing entirely.


But what will come next? Against a backdrop of constant socio-technological upheaval, how could any kind of authentic change take place? In such a context, Zizek argues, there can be no great social triumph--because lasting revolution has already come into the scene, like a thief in broad daylight, stealing into sight right before our ever eyes. What we must do now is wake up and see it.


Urgent as ever, Like a Thief in Broad Daylight illuminates the new dangers as well as the radical possibilities thrown up by today's technological and scientific advances, and their electrifying implications for us all.

Made Out of Stars

Meera Lee Patel (Author)

Meera Lee Patel's first guided journal, Start Where You Are, inspired thousands of readers through a rare combination of stunning watercolour art and thoughtful, empowering prompts and quotations.

Made Out of Stars will pick up the journey once more, encouraging readers to recognize and embrace what makes them truly special. A booster shot of self-care when you need it most, this beautiful, intimate book will be a touchstone for anyone looking to better understand themselves so they can clear out the noise and be who they are.

Living with the Gods

Neil MacGregor (Author)

A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany, following the new BBC Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition. Available for pre-order now.

No society on Earth lacks beliefs about where it has come from, its place in the world, and the connection of individuals to the eternal. Neil MacGregor's dazzling new book traces how different societies have understood and articulated their place in the cosmic scheme. He brilliantly turns his kaleidoscope of objects, monuments and ideas to examining mankind's beliefs - not from the perspective of institutional religions, but by focusing on the shared narratives that have shaped our societies, and our relationships with each other.

'The new blockbuster by the museums maestro Neil MacGregor ... The man who chronicles world history through objects is back ... examining a new set of objects to explore the theme of faith in society' Sunday Times

Dancing with the Tsars

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (Author)

I felt like I was living in a world teetering on the brink ...

Life as a stay-in-bed husband turned out to be a lot more complicated than I expected. My wife was pregnant with a baby that possibly wasn't mine. My old man was engaged in a war with the feminist movement that he was never going to win. And my old dear was making a lot of unexplained trips to Russia.

Throw into the mix an eldest son with a possible sex addiction and three infant sons who were so thick they made me look like Edward Einstein.

I might have actually gone over the edge if it wasn't for the belief of my daughter and the challenge of helping her win the greatest prize that South Dublin has to offer - the Strictly Mount Anville glitter ball.

Mermaid Magic

Robin Lee (Author)

'The Mermaid trend, nay, obsession, seemingly has no bounds' - Teen Vogue

Channel the power of your inner ocean goddess, their life and style, mythology and spirituality. Mermaid Magic will inspire you to create storms and make waves, as well as teaching you how to harness the mermaid's mystical energies to become more confident, empowered and connected to yourself.

Complete with motivating quotes, mantras and beautiful illustrations. Why be ordinary when you can be a mermaid?

HIIT: High Intensity Intercourse Training

Joe Dicks (Author)

On your marks, get set ... shag!

Ditch the PT, forget bootcamp, swap the gym ball for your partner’s balls and embrace the horn. Features 60 sexercises with easy to follow instructional diagrams and tips to make getting fit much more fun. All you need is a willing friend, a comfy bed and a mountain of contraception. Select your favourite positions, repeat four times, or until you both cum.

How to Wear Glitter

Naomi Pike (Author)

Live life with a little more sparkle. This is your one-stop guide to glitter and how to wear it. Includes only the best biodegradable and ethical brands (please glitter responsibly!).

Features 30 gorgeous step-by-step looks from all-sparkle lips to intricate eye make-up, glitter braids and beards, to full-on body art or a perfectly simple glitter lash line.

Halloween, Christmas or festival season just isn't the same without a little sparkle and shimmer.

Also includes glitter inspiration from the runway to Instagram, your basic eco-glitter beauty kit, fashion and accessories to complete the look, sparkling stockists and top tips from the experts, including make-up artists, drag queens, celebs, stylists and fashion designers.

Grab your glitter, because you deserve to shine!

House of Trump, House of Putin

Craig Unger (Author)

The explosive, news-breaking story of how Putin's Russia came to control the White House.

Much has been written about the ties between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Most reports focus on Russia’s interference in the presidential election, but the true extent of Trump’s collusion with the Russians is only just beginning to be understood.

As the world wakes up to one of the biggest political scandals of the modern era, Craig Unger is uniquely placed to expose the truth behind Trump’s long-running relations with the Russian state.

In his sweeping investigation, Unger reveals how Trump became a target of Vladimir Putin’s decades-long mission to undermine Western democracy and the geopolitical hegemony of the United States, a mission for which Putin and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and mafia kingpins had ensnared Trump long before he ran for office.

Drawing on original research, exclusive sources, anonymous tips, and leaked and never-before-seen documents, Unger is the first reporter to unravel Trump’s long, tangled history with Vladimir Putin and the Russian mafia, and fully grasp the significance of Russia’s ambitions to destabilise the West.

House of Trump, House of Putin is both a page-turning thriller and an epic tale of intrigue, drama, and shady dealings, reported from the frontline of a new Cold War.

The Sky is Falling

Peter Biskind (Author)

'You'll never look at your favourite movies and TV shows the same way again. And you shouldn't' Steven Soderbergh
'Insanely readable' Slavoj Zizek
'Your book was ... like a bag of pot, with me saying, 'I'm not gonna smoke.' But I was insatiable' Quentin Tarantino on Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love - from Game of Thrones and 24 to Homeland and Iron Man - have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal.

The Complete Life

Maureen Gaffney (Author)

Modern times can mean that adult life does not progress in predictable stages ...

Now, how we experience life is determined more by how we think and feel. We are confronted by options that previous generations could not have imagined and there is a weaker match between the roles we are assigned and how we feel inside.

This radical shift in how we live is both daunting and liberating.

The focus of The Complete Life is unique: drawing on a fascinating body of behavioural science and research, using lively examples and giving specific guidelines, distinguished psychologist Maureen Gaffney ...
Explains how we can negotiate successful and fulfilling pathways through the whole life course.
Explores what motivates us to grow and develop, to reach our full potential and to be the best we can be, at every age and stage.
Reveals the complex ways our lives unfold over time, and how the personal past, present and future are inextricably linked and influence each other.
And shows us how we can make sense of and manage our most important relationships, our life goals, our work, and ourselves.

The Complete Life is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the fundamental building blocks of a meaningful life, for those interested in understanding what has made them who they are and what to expect next, for parents who want their children to flourish - and adult children who want the same for their ageing parents, and for leaders in business and other organisations who want to deepen their understanding of what makes people tick.

In Paris

Lauren Bastide (Author) , Jeanne Damas (Author) , Georgina Collins (Translator)

"We've always been crazy in love with this city. . . . We love its arrogance, its clumsiness, its simplicity. And especially the women who live here."

For everyone who has ever dreamed of living in Paris, here is a window on the world's most stylish city by two quintessential Parisian women: Jeanne Damas, the model and fashion designer whom GQ called "the coolest, most beautiful French girl in France," and Lauren Bastide, producer and host of feminist podcast La Poudre and former editor in chief of French Elle.

Profiles of twenty diverse and inspiring women - artists, activists, booksellers, and filmmakers, aged fourteen to seventy, living in tiny attic studios, grand apartments, or houseboats-are accompanied by more than 100 full-colour photographs as well as tips on secret Parisian hideaways and the French art de vivre: from the five types of red wine to order depending on the occasion, and the bars to drink them in, to the best red lipsticks and places to be kissed. Witty, elegant, and modern, In Paris dispels the myth that there is only one type of Parisian woman while embodying the effortless chic and insouciant spirit that give Paris its everlasting allure.

Don't Give Guns to Robots

Adam Savage (Author) , Drew Curtis (Author)

We are now approaching a handful of new innovations whose adoption could truly alter society as we know it -- innovations that are already looming, like driverless cars, consumer 3-D printing and robot-led warfare. These technologies are now coming faster and more furious than at any other point in recorded history.

After nearly twenty years of studying cutting-edge technologies and teaching methods, renowned experimenter and internet phenomenon Drew Curtis and Adam Savage are ready to dive into their unparalleled network of experimenters and forward-thinkers to bring readers inside the minds and labs of the people who are creating the future. Using patterns from the past they answer the questions that are going to matter: which university degree will quadruple in value? What should you fear, what can you forget, and how can you take advantage of these transformations? And above all, what will these changes mean for you?

Packed with tell-your-friends information and featuring the insights of the world's greatest minds -- known and unfamiliar -- this is your indispensable guide to what is possible, what is probable, and what is guaranteed to happen when life-changing technologies get fully adopted.

Daemon Voices

Philip Pullman (Author) , Philip Pullman (Read by)

Penguin Presents the audio edition of Daemon Voices, written and read by Philip Pullman with an introduction by Simon Mason.

In over 30 essays, written over 20 years and recorded by the author himself in his home city of Oxford, one of the world's great story-tellers meditates on the art of story-telling. Warm, engaging and often amusing collection of writing which offers thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to Philip. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.

The Last Landlady

Laura Thompson (Author)

Laura Thompson’s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be given a publican’s license in her own name and, just as pubs defined her life, she seemed to embody their essence.

Laura spent part of her childhood in her grandmother's Home Counties establishment, mesmerised by the landlady's gift for creating the mix of the everyday and the theatrical that defined the pub’s atmosphere, making it a unique reflection of the national character. Her memories of this time are just as intoxicating: beer and ash on the carpets in the morning, the deepening rhythms of mirth at night, the magical brightness of glass behind the bar…

Through them she traces the story of the English pub, asking why it has occupied such a treasured position in our culture. But even Violet, as she grew older, recognised that places like hers were a dying breed, and Laura also considers the precarious future they face. Part memoir, part social history, part elegy, this book pays tribute to an extraordinary woman and the world she epitomized.

Soupy Twists! The Full Official Story of the Sophisticated Silliness of Fry and Laurie

Jem Roberts (Author)

Comedy history shows that it is our funniest double acts who receive the most love from the public, from Eric & Ernie and Pete & Dud to The Two Ronnies and Vic & Bob. But while all of these partnerships have been celebrated in print, one of the most beloved duos of all time – Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – have not.

Jem Roberts, acclaimed chronicler of Blackadder and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, seeks to rectify this with an all-new official biography, timed to mark the thirtieth anniversary of A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Featuring interviews with the likes of Emma Thompson and Richard Curtis, he takes a fresh look at the duo’s journey from insecure Footlighters to international comedy heroes. Beyond this, the trials and tribulations of their remarkable subsequent career paths, from QI to House, will be entertainingly explored for the very first time.

Thanks to the generosity of both colleagues, the A Bit of Fry & Laurie archive has been opened up, revealing a host of tantalising titbits for fans – including what happened next for Tony and Control, which other shops Mr Dalliard’s friend ran, and the lost Laurie number The Ballad of Neddy Muldoon

Above all, this is the tale of a true friendship, a deep affection between two very funny men; and a long-overdue celebration of the unique chemistry that produced the most outrageous, exciting and linguistically sublime comedy of a generation.

Take Pride: How to Build Success Through Your People

Sheila Parry (Author)

In the UK, only one in three employees say they love their jobs and as many don’t give a damn. Sheila Parry, strategic consultant to the likes of Adidas and Siemens, aims to change that. This book launches her PRIDE model, a methodology based around five key motivators: Purpose, Reputation, Integrity, Direction and Energy.

Building pride at work delivers higher performance, builds brand reputation and achieves customer loyalty. It also increases innovation, quality, productivity and profit. And those who are more fulfilled at work tend to achieve more and lead happier, healthier lives.

Take PRIDE distills forty years of experience into a practical business philosophy: it is aimed at leaders and influencers in organisations large and small who have the imagination to think differently about work.

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