A crucial new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism
Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.
This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy. But this version of events, as Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin show, could not be further from the truth.
Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of national populism, this lucid and deeply-researched book is a vital guide to our transformed political landscape. Challenging conventional wisdoms, Eatwell and Goodwin make a compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism - not least because it is a tide that won't be stemmed anytime soon.
A gripping investigation into the crime that scandalized literary London, from Dickens to Thackeray
On a spring morning in 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a household of servants awoke to discover that their unobtrusive master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed.
The whole of London, from monarch to maidservants, was scandalized by the unfolding drama of such a shocking murder, but behind it was another story, a work of fiction. For when the culprit eventually confessed, he claimed his actions were the direct result of reading the best-selling crime-novel of the day. This announcement amazed the key literary figures of the time, from Thackeray to Dickens, and posed the question: can a work of fiction do real harm?
From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come.
Dynasty offers an immersive insight into the shifting hierarchies of animal families. Each chapter follows a different dynasty, from the Marsh Lions of the Masai Mara to rival packs of African hunting dogs, from a tiger protecting her newborn cubs to a chimpanzee troop and the penguin colonies of the Antarctic. Alongside tender moments when bonds are strengthened through grooming and play, the book charts the rivalries that tip the balance of power, when family members turn against each other and younger animals grow strong enough to challenge for control.
With over 200 stunning photographs and insights from the crew of the BBC series, Dynasty reveals in astonishing detail the intricate social lives of our planet’s most fascinating animals.
Be swept off your feet by the Strictly spectacular.
Strictly Come Dancing sashays onto our screens again with a fantastic new cast of stars ready to brave the dance floor. Swot up on your dance expertise and go behind the scenes to discover how the Strictly magic is created. With exclusive interviews with the pro dancers, their celebrity partners and the fabulous judges, this is your perfect partner for this year’s Strictly extravaganza.
Show your colours. Join 'colourist queen' Johanna Basford on a floral adventure around the world and beyond, into the realms of fantasy and imagination. This sensational new colouring book is filled with countless new blooms and blossoms ready for you to discover and bring to life in colour.
An abundance of fascinating florals awaits, including ...
Dainty ballerina-esque Fuchsias, Bleeding Heart Orchids, Swirls of Osteospermums, Oriental Poppies, Fabulous Persian Poppies, Mexican Passion Fruit Flowers, Vibrant pinwheels of Phlox Peppermint Twist, Helleborus, Roses and Ranunculus, Bumblee-bee Primroses, Giant Pink Lotus Blossoms from the lily ponds of India, Curtains of exotic Jade Vine, Snowdonia Hawkweed, Rafflesia Arnoldii from the rainforests of Indonesia, Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid from Northern Borneo, Mexican Chocolate Cosmos – which apparently smell as good as they look!, The spectacular nocturnal Kadupul flower which only blooms at night, and more!
Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.
How to do the impossible, do it yourself, and do it now.
Tiffany Pham was born in France to Vietnamese parents. Moving to Texas without speaking a word of English, she founded her own company, Mogul, from her laptop, having taught herself how to code. ELLE UK has described Tiffany as 'one of 30 women under 30 who are changing the world'.
Mogul is an award-winning platform that enables women worldwide to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. In this book, Tiffany writes the new rules for following your passions and forging your own path.
Tiffany chronicles her path to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her generation, and offers punchy, accessible advice, highlighting that to be successful we have to pinpoint our passion, value our voice and remain true to ourselves, as well as being incredibly strategic.
With tips and wisdom from 12 key women ‘moguls’ (including Nina Garcia, Editor-in-Chief of Elle magazine and Dr Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach) You Are A Mogul is an indispensable roadmap to an empowering career that is demanding and challenging—but also exciting and full of opportunities if you know where to look.
In his fascinating new book in the Penguin Monarchs series, Richard Abels examines the long and troubled reign of Aethelred II the 'Unraed', the 'Ill-Advised'. It is characteristic of Aethelred's reign that its greatest surviving work of literature, the poem The Battle of Maldon, should be a record of heroic defeat. Perhaps no ruler could have stemmed the encroachment of wave upon wave of Viking raiders, but Aethelred will always be associated with that failure.
Richard Abels is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England and Lordship and Military Obligation in Anglo-Saxon England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
The wren is a paradox of a bird. On the one hand wrens are ubiquitous. They are Britain’s most common bird, with 8.5 million breeding pairs and have by far the loudest song in proportion to their size. They also thrive up and down Britain and Ireland: from the smallest city garden to remote offshore islands, blustery moors to chilly mountains.
Yet many people, particularly a younger generation, are not sure if they have ever seen a wren. Perhaps because the wren is so tiny, weighing just as much as two A4 sheets of paper, and so busy, always on the move, more mouse than bird.
However if we cast our eyes back to recent history wrens were a mainstay of literary, cultural and popular history. The wren was on postage stamps and the farthing, it featured in nursery rhymes and greetings cards, poems and rural ‘wren hunts’, still a recent memory in Ireland particularly.
With beautiful illustrations throughout, this captivating year-in-the-life biography reveals the hidden secrets of this fascinating bird that lives right on our doorstep.
Once you know how to see them, numbers are all around us – buried in the dimensions of buildings and encoding the data on our favourite gadgets. They’re a beautiful system of patterns and codes, but also an essential tool that can guide our daily decisions, change our behaviour, and even predict the future—if we can just learn how to use them right.
Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked of the randomness of football results, helped him organise his time, directed his social life and opened up the world of music. Told through stories from his life, Bobby illuminates the world of numbers and brings his infectious enthusiasm to everything from the mystery of magic numbers, the improbability of probability, the right number of friends to have, and how prime numbers control everything from credit card encryption to cicada hibernation habits.
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers will fill you with wonder, change how you see the world around you, and help you use numbers to make better choices and decisions every day.
An illustrated compilation that includes both classic Christmas carols and fun Christmas songs. This chunky board book format is perfect for little ones, together with an audio CD so they can join in with every song.
Includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and many more!
Following hot on the heels of the success of The Book of the Year (or, more precisely, twelve months later) The Book of the Year 2018 will be making its way into the nation’s bookshops this autumn.
Compiled and written by the creators of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, all of whom are researchers for QI, The Book of the Year2018 will bravely delve behind the headlines to sniff out the best and most bizarre facts of the last twelve months. Among many other things, it will establish that:
· Britain’s first robot shop assistant was sacked after a week. · Donald Trump claimed the US sells F52 planes to Norway, even though F52 planes only exist in the game Call of Duty. · During the Winter Olympics, it was so windy during the Women's Slopestyle Final that every single competitor was blown off her snowboard. · A snail racing competition in Plymouth was postponed because the snails were too 'sluggish' to take part.
Ranging from the distinctly offbeat to the wonderfully ludicrous - from the South Africans who were rationed to just one toilet flush per day, to the Nutella riots spreading across France, via the Miami bitcoin conference that stopped accepting bitcoin - The Book of the Year promises a fact for every occasion and will prove the perfect Christmas gift for all trivia buffs.
Peter Rabbit is back... and he's as mischievous and playful as ever.
This charming collection draws together Emma Thompson's three new Peter Rabbit adventures: The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit, and The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit. Full of adventure, life and charm, these new tales are a respectful addition to the legendary world of Beatrix Potter.
Discover if Peter will find his way home from a great adventure; if he can outwit Mr. McGregor and save a Christmas turkey; and if he can enjoy all the fun of a spectacular fair.
Lovingly-told and brimming with the playfulness and humour of Beatrix Potter's world, these three tales will delight fans of all ages. In a beautifully designed hardback with luxurious gilded edges, and Eleanor Taylor's delightful illustrations, this is a gift to treasure.
Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
'The number one feel-good read of Christmas 2018' Dinah Jefferies
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. After all, life isn't a scene from the movies, is it?
But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.
Laurie thinks she'll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. But what if fate has other plans?
Following Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of love, heartbreak and friendship, One Day in December is a joyous, heart-warming and immensely moving love story that you'll want to escape into forever, for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Nicholas Sparks.
'The novelistic equivalent to LOVE ACTUALLY' The Bookseller
'The love story you've been waiting for ... I loved it!' Miranda Dickinson
'Sucked me in and didn't let go. It made me laugh, cry, ache and shout at the characters. Utterly captivating...one of my favourite books' Holly Martin
'A feel-good, heart-wrenching tribute to the female friends we cannot do without, as well as the men that we fall for. Josie Silver is one to watch.' Stephanie Butland
It's the holiday season in Hatchtopia, and there's lots of festive fun to be had! Find the Gingerbread Kittycan's missing bow tie. Decorate the trees of Fabula Forest with bauble stickers. Build your own snow Hatchimals. There's no Christmas like a Hatchimals Christmas!
As well as the awesome puzzles, this wintery-themed activity book comes with super-cute Hatchimal stickers and exclusive collector cards!
Make sure this HEARTWARMING NEW NOVEL from SUNDAY TIMES Number One Bestselling author KATIE FLYNN is on your Christmas list.
As winter descends on Tuppenny Corner and rumours of war float across the canals, fifteen-year-old Rosie O’Leary must come to terms with her own dramatic upheaval. Forced to say goodbye to all she holds dear and embark on a new life aboard The Kingfisher, her world is suddenly full of uncertainty.
But new beginnings open up new possibilities... When fellow bargee – the handsome Tim Bradley – offers to show Rosie the sights of Liverpool, she jumps at the chance and it’s not long before their friendship grows into something more.
But when Tim is called up to join the RAF, Rosie's dream of a future together must be put on hold. If Rosie can find the strength to embrace her new life on the canals, there might still be the chance of a miracle this Christmas…
Praise for Katie Flynn
'One of the country's most popular storytellers' Scottish Daily Record
'A poignant war-time romance' Daily Express
‘A heartwarming story of love and loss’ Woman's Weekly
‘One of the best Liverpool writers’ Liverpool Echo
'If you pick up a Katie Flynn book it's going to be a wrench to put it down again' Holyhead and Anglesey Mail
Beautiful people and big personalities is the formula for great reality TV, as high-flying producer Jas knows all too well.
But these days most of the drama in Jas’s life seems to be happening off screen rather than on it. From dealing with daily family conflicts to getting her ex Richard to accept that she’s just not taking him back…Jas needs a break from her own reality.
Enter Mr Right – a TV show with a winning formula – which Jas has been tasked with producing. What better place to escape her own personal drama than in a lavish villa in the hills of Ibiza? But with twelve gorgeous contestants competing for the love of one perfect man, there is bound to be trouble in paradise.
It's Jas's job to see through the secrets, the backstabbing and lies.
'I’m wearing everything out... Why? I don’t have an answer. Other than I want to break myself. Then what? I believe the body is a fantastic thing and it will repair itself and I’ll go again.'
This year Guy Martin is restoring and racing a 1983 Williams F1 car; he's attempting the land speed record in Bolivia; he's going for the fastest ever Channel crossing; he's customizing his Ford Transit for record-breaking circuits around Nurburgring, and he's building a Typhoon.
That's exciting - it has to be, otherwise he wouldn't do it. But it's TV stuff. It's not real graft.
Real graft is his 70-hour week mending trucks for a local haulage firm. And between 'proper' jobs, over the summer, he was taytie farming on his new John Deere tractor, working in the fields from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. He was thinking of diversifying into muck-spreading, then the truck-fitting job came up.
Oh yes - and besides the day job and the TV, he's bought his local pub, and the most terrifying he's ever done is sing on stage (out of tune) in front of the Kirmington crowd on New Year's Eve.
Only Guy lives a life like this, and only his stories, in his own words, can do it justice.
From the opening shots to the signing of the armistice, the First World War lasted almost 52 months. It was fought on, or in the waters of, six of the seven continents, and in all of the Seven Seas. For the first time, the fighting was on land, sea and in the air. It became industrial, and unrestricted: poison gas, aerial bombing of cities, and the sinking without warning of merchantmen and passenger ships by submarines. Military and civilian casualties probably exceeded 40 million. Four empires collapsed during the course of the war – the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman. In all its military, political, geographical, economic, scientific, technological and above all human complexity, the First World War is almost impossible to comprehend. The day-by-day narratives – excellent reference books – can be dizzying for the reader trying to make sense of the whole. Freer-flowing accounts, while helping to understand the broader trends and factors, can give less of a sense of the human dimension of time. The month is a more digestible gauge. We remember months, because months have names, because they are linked to the seasons, and because they have their own character. Looking at the First World War month by month reveals its complexity while preserving the sense of time.
Based on the author’s monthly commentaries in The Times throughout the centenary, Fight to the Finish is a new and original portrait of “The War to End War.”