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The Desert War

James Holland (Author) , Keith Burns (By (artist))

Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES.

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Why was North Africa such a key component in Britain's success over Mussolini and his Italian Army?

How did they blunt Italy's actions?

What challenges did they face?

And what new technologies were brought to bear?


When fascist dictator Mussolini declared war against Britain he was taking a huge risk . . .

Italy lacked natural resources, and Britain and France's wealth.

He hoped to create a new Roman Empire across the Mediterranean and into Africa. And with Hitler and the Nazi's by his side he had a great chance of doing so - but what was it that stopped him?

Discover the answers and more inside James Holland's The Desert War, the thrilling and accessible account that explains what happened, who the key figures were and the tactics, triumphs and failures on both sides . . .

Twentieth-Century Classical Music

Fiona Maddocks (Author)

Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES.

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How did modern classical music develop over the 20th Century?

What enabled women to get their music performed in the early 1900s?

Which classical composers borrowed from jazz?

How did composers respond to politics and war?


DISCOVER the stories behind Mahler's, Symphony No. 5 (1901-2), Ullman's Piano Sonata No. 7 (1944), Bernstein's West Side Story (1957), as well as learn about minimalism, jazz, swing, opera . . .

AND UNDERSTAND TWENTIETH CENTURY CLASSICAL MUSIC.

Discover the answers and more inside Fiona Maddocks' Twentieth Century Classical Music, the thrilling and accessible account that explains what happened throughout the 20th century, who the key composers were and what influenced them to write what they did?

Spot's Tractor

Eric Hill (Author) , Eric Hill (Illustrator)

A super fun tractor shaped board book with moving wheels, ideal to get little Spots excited about reading!

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Rumble rumble beep!

Spot is having a great day out on the farm, riding in the tractor and helping out with lots of jobs.

But when Spot comes across a lost lamb, will he be able to save the day and find its mother?

This entertaining story, featuring the much-loved Spot, is a perfect introduction to the fun of the farm and the world of Spot.

Like She Owns the Place

Cara Alwill Leyba (Author)

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you abandoned the idea of perfection and decided to embrace your whole self - and even better - love yourself?

Imagine if you stopped putting your happiness in the hands of others. Imagine you stopped waiting for validation from external forces and learnt how to be intimate with failure, cellulite, success, wrinkles, imperfection, mistakes, vulnerability. Imagine what life would be like if you just decided to feel good now.

In Like She Owns the Place, master life coach and motivational speaker Cara Alwill Leyba teaches you that confidence is all about knowing yourself. Leyba lays down the foundations to help you build confidence from the ground up which include ditching the idea of winning, editing toxic people and habits from your life and embracing the achievements of other women.

Follow Cara's advice and you'll be walking into every room like you own the place.

'Urgent, powerful and generous. A plan for finding the confidence you deserve' Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

'Actionable advice to achieve your own personal highest potential.' Charly Lester, Co-Founder of A League of Her Own

Cara Alwill Leyba is a speaker and life coach who encourages women to celebrate themselves and make their happiness a priority. She is the author of six books including the bestselling Girl Code, runs a popular blog called The Champagne Diet and a podcast called Style Your Mind. Cara lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Peppa Pig: Flip-Flap Peppa

Peppa Pig (Author)

What will Peppa be today? You choose!

A witch, a fairy, a doctor or an astronaut? Just flip the flaps and create your very own Peppa Pig adventure!

Perfect to help little piglets use their imagination and storytelling skills, everyone will love this brand new, super exciting way to enjoy Peppa books!

Lose Weight for Life

Lisa Riley (Author)

Having shed an incredible 12 stone, Lisa Riley has completely changed how she eats, how she thinks and how she feels, and now she's here to help you do the same - for good.
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'If you eat well, move around more and find the right attitude, you can lose weight'

In this book she takes her advice a step further and shows how to form positive lifelong habits that will help you drop unwanted pounds and - more importantly- keep them off.

'You're going to do this, because you're amazing and you deserve to'


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With Lisa's advice, you can learn how to:

· Ditch the excuses and just make a start, with her motivational tips and delicious kick-start eating plan.

· Eat better and move more, with 75 delicious, low-calorie recipes, easy, convenient recipes that anyone can cook . . .

· You'll love Lisa's fish and chips and minty peas with a difference, bean burgers and sweet potato wedges, butternut squash and goat's cheese filo tart, lemon drizzle tray bake, zesty zero cocktails and much more.

· Plus fun, fast, easy workout ideas to do at home.

· Unpick bad habits, combat negative thinking and find the right mindset - because losing weight begins as much in your head as it does in the gym or the kitchen.
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Let Lisa inspire you to change your lifestyle, form healthy long-term habits and take control of your body - for good.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Plays Cricket

Peppa Pig (Author)

Can Daddy Pig train Peppa, George and Suzy to be the next Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad?

It is a very sunny day. Perfect for a game of cricket!

Daddy Pig teaches Peppa, George and Suzy Sheep how to play cricket in the garden, followed by the most important part of the game - taking a break for tea and cake!

Everyone loves cricket, especially Daddy Pig!

The perfect book for your little cricketers, teaching them the rules of the game as well as teamwork and sportsmanship.

Artemis

Andy Weir (Author)

Ever had a bad day? Try having one on the moon...

'Fascinating' Tim Peake, Sunday Times bestselling author of Ask an Astronaut

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WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.

So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…

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What everyone's saying about this smart, high concept thriller:

'A smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won't be able to put down' Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One

'What a page turner!' Milda on Goodreads, 5 stars

'Fast paced, high octane and highly entertaining' Chrys on Netgalley, 5 stars

'Artemis does for the moon what The Martian did for Mars' Guardian

'A first rate thriller, this had me hooked from beginning to end' Robert on Netgalley, 5 stars

'An absolute must read' Lauren on Goodreads, 5 stars

'A clever and action-fuelled story' Culturefly

'For those who loved The Martian, you won't be disappointed' Liz on Netgalley, 5 stars

Ambulance Girls Under Fire

Deborah Burrows (Author)


In times of war, how do you know who to trust?

Celia Ashton has driven ambulances throughout the Blitz for the Bloomsbury Auxiliary Ambulance Depot. Cool under fire, she revels in her exciting and extremely dangerous job.

When her husband, a known Nazi supporter, is released from prison, Celia refuses to return to her unhappy marriage. Instead she joins forces with Simon Levy, a man who appears to despise her, to help a young Jewish orphan. In so doing she discovers that one ruthless traitor can be more dangerous than any German bomber, and that love can cross any boundary.

A heartwarming saga about a woman doing her bit for the war effort. Full of wartime adventure, romance and heartbreak, this is perfect for fans of Daisy Styles, Donna Douglas and Nancy Revell

Nobody's Child

Val Wood (Author)

When Laura Page returns to the remote Holderness village of Welwick, it is to try and discover the mystery of her mother Susannah's early life. Now a local property owner in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood, when she was brought up with the terrible stigma of illegitimacy - of being nobody's child.

Born into poverty, living in a tiny labourer's cottage with her father, Susannah's mother had caught the eye of the local landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but when she died giving birth to their daughter Susannah he could not acknowledge his child but had to watch her growing up in hardship. As the years passed and Laura had begin to be curious about her mother's past, would she ever be reunited with the father she had scarcely known?

If you've liked books by Katie Flynn and Dilly Court, you'll love Val's heartwarming stories of triumph over adversity.

The One Device

Brian Merchant (Author)

The secret history of the invention that changed everything and became the most profitable product in the world.

Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to 'the one device', as he called it, a mobile phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.

How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.

This deep dive takes you from inside 1 Infinite Loop to nineteenth-century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious 'suicide factories'. It's a first-hand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers and even AI - made its way into our pockets.

The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

Look For Me

Lisa Gardner (Author)

BY THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR

'Terror, twists, and trepidation. Look for Me is a triple-salvo thriller.' Kathy Reichs

'A complex crime scene, a missing girl, a ticking clock: no one writes a more page-turning, gut-wrenching, edgy thriller. Look For Me is a page turner par excellence.' Tess Gerritsen

'Starts with a bang and never lets up! An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates.' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
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Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl's life – or bring her to justice.

A family home has become a crime scene. Four are dead, savagely murdered. One – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing.

Did she have a lucky escape? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister?

Detective D. D. Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane.

Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who could be victim or suspect. All they know is that the girl is silently pleading:

Look for me...

Caesar's Last Breath

Sam Kean (Author)

** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **

‘Popular science at its best’
Mail on Sunday

‘Eminently accessible and enjoyable’
Observer

With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.

The Battle of the Blighty Bling

Ruth Quayle (Author) , Eric Heyman (Illustrator)

Vic and her younger brother and sister Bert and Maud have been left alone at home, which means they will surely get into mischief. But not just any ordinary kind of mischief, because Vic and her family are PIRATES.

The only problem is, Dad sunk the family pirate ship and now the family is stuck in a caravan by the sea. So when the kids accidentally lose the family pirate treasure, the legendary Blighty Bling, it's up to them to take to the high seas in a leaky rowing boat and get it back, with their annoying know-it-all neighbours in tow.

But their swashbuckling adventure runs into a few problems when they meet their pirate enemy, Captain Guillemot, and Vic discovers a few home truths along the way...

Jurgen Klopp

Elmar Neveling (Author)

Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018

“It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club.” Jurgen Klopp

As innovative as Arsene Wenger and as crowd-pleasing as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop.

Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies like counter pressing and spatial geometry. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by the media and fans alike for his disarming wit and charm and exciting football on the pitch. Here is the definitive story of Jurgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.

One Step Ahead: Notes from the Problem Solving Unit

Stevyn Colgan (Author)

'A model of smart storytelling and pure inspiration' Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics

Stevyn Colgan spent thirty years in the police service, ten of them as part of the Problem Solving Unit, a special team with an extraordinary brief: to tackle issues of crime and disorder that were unresponsive to traditional policing. The result is this fascinating collection of innovative and imaginative approaches to crime prevention, showing us that any problem can be solved if we just identify its underlying roots.

You'll come to appreciate the advantages of sticking gum on celebrities' faces and why the colour of your football kit might win you the match. You'll learn how lollipops counter antisocial behaviour, how wizards prevent street gambling and how putting on a dog show could help reduce violent crime.

Above all, this book is an amusing, insightful and often surprising celebration of creative thinking that will inspire you to stay one step ahead of the problem.

Hellbent

Gregg Hurwitz (Author)

A dark conspiracy. An innocent victim. And one man hellbent on making it right. The explosive new Orphan X thriller from bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz.

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'Do you need my help?'

They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon.

Then he ran and became the man you call on when you've nowhere else to turn.

This time it's a teenage runaway called Joey.
Like Evan she's no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.

Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do.
Which is where the trouble begins.

Because this might not be about Joey at all.
And if it's not, then it must be about Evan.

But finding out why could kill them both ...

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'A masterpiece of suspense and thrills' Daily Mail

'The page-turner of the season' The Times

'A rival to Reacher' Independent

A Place to Call Home

Evie Grace (Author)

THE THIRD AND FINAL SAGA IN EVIE GRACE'S MAIDS OF KENT TRILOGY.

'An intriguing tale of family relationships and of finding love a second time around . . . I’ll be sure to look out for the next book in the series.' Val Wood

‘An enthralling plotline with unexpected twists that will intrigue the reader until the last page.’
Margaret Dickinson

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East Kent, 1876

With doting parents and siblings she adores, sixteen-year-old Rose Cheevers leads a contented life at Willow Place in Canterbury. A bright future ahead of her, she dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a teacher.

Then one traumatic day turns the Cheevers’ household upside-down. What was once a safe haven has become a place of peril, and Rose is forced to flee with the younger children. Desperate, she seeks refuge in a remote village with a long lost grandmother who did not know she existed.

But safety comes at a price, and the arrival of a young stranger with connections to her past raises uncomfortable questions about what the future holds. Somehow, Rose must find the strength to keep her family together. Above all else, though, she needs a place to call home.

Give People Money

Annie Lowrey (Author)

Selected as an Editor's Pick in the New York Times bestseller list!


Surely just giving people money couldn't work. Or could it?

Imagine if every month the government deposited £1000 in your bank account, with no strings attached and nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy, but Universal Basic Income (UBI) has become one of the most influential policy ideas of our time, backed by thinkers on both the left and the right. The founder of Facebook, Obama's chief economist, governments from Canada to Finland are all seriously debating some form of UBI.

In this sparkling and provocative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey looks at the global UBI movement. She travels to Kenya to see how UBI is lifting the poorest people on earth out of destitution, and India to see how inefficient government programs are failing the poor. She visits South Korea to interrogate UBI’s intellectual pedigree, and Silicon Valley to meet the tech titans financing UBI pilots in the face of advanced artificial intelligence and little need for human labour. She also examines at the challenges the movement faces: contradictory aims, uncomfortable costs, and most powerfully, the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing.

The UBI movement is not just an economic policy -- it also calls into question our deepest intuitions about what we owe each other and what activities we should reward and value as a society.

The Possible World

Liese O'Halloran Schwarz (Author)

'Every now and then I come across a book I wish I’d written. The Possible World is one of those... A gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us' Jodi Picoult

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world.

Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further?

Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she’s been keeping don’t matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story.

As they each struggle to confront the events – past and present – that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together...

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