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Emerald

Ruth Padel (Author)

'Here in deep earth the black
blossom of mourning still sifting within me
I remembered that emerald was my birthstone…'


Emerald is a grief observed, a book from the heart of loss. Prizewinning poet Ruth Padel’s heartfelt new collection is an elegy for her mother at her passing at the age of 97.

Tender, passionate and resonantly honest, Emerald is a daughter’s chronicle of loss, assembling not only the memories, photographs and conversations that bring her mother to life, but the patterns they leave on the bedrock of the heart. These are poems that flash with emotion and sparkle with colour: from the sunset-pink of the Emerald City Jaipur to the pitch-black honeycomb of a Colombian emerald mine and, of course, the jewel itself, ‘the only stone in which the flaws are prized’.

With an imagination that turns to, and finds solace in, the renewal of nature, Padel follows the glint of green, ‘green for awakening/for bringing life back from the dead.’ Beautifully carved and cadenced, Emerald is a celebration of all that is precious in the life that remains.

Watching You

Lisa Jewell (Author)

Gripping psychological suspense from the number one bestselling author of Then She Was Gone, as what begins as an innocent crush develops into a dangerous infatuation.

You’re back home after four years working abroad with a brand new husband in tow.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom.

And then – quite unexpectedly – you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive.
Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time.

But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you.

Or that what has started as an innocent crush is quickly turning into an obsession as dark as it is deadly.

Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s gripping new novel.

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

Raphaelle Giordano (Author)

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: nearly 2 million copies sold worldwide! A charming, feel-good and universal story of one woman’s journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment - if you liked The Happiness Project, The Little Paris Bookshop or Eat, Pray, Love, you'll love this.

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When Claude, a French Sean Connery lookalike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille’s journey is full of surprising adventures, creative capers and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time . . .

The 7pm to 7am Sleeping Baby Routine

Charmian Mead (Author)

The early months with a new baby are exciting and magical, but can be very emotional and exhausting if sleep is disturbed night after night.

Baby sleep guru Charmian Mead's flexible plan, developed from work with hundreds of families, is designed to encourage baby to sleep a full twelve hours a night, naturally, by as early as six weeks old without any tears. She'll show you gentle ways, whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed, to encourage your baby to:

· Take active and effective feeds during the day
· Stay awake and playful in the day (not night!)
· Feel full and content day and night
· Sleep twelve hour stretches at night with no dream feed

More Together Than Alone

Mark Nepo (Author)

'I would follow this man anywhere' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo, presents an empowering guide to the power of community and why it’s essential in our lives, now more than ever.

He investigates what brings us together and what throws us apart. He considers what we have in common as well as what makes us unique. He gathers stories and lessons from across cultures and history to show that, despite the hardships we face, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

Featuring thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will help us inhabit a stronger sense of togetherness in our lives to achieve our highest potential, as individuals, and as communities.

Ladybird Readers Level 5 Robin Hood

Guy of Gisbourne and the Sheriff of Nottingham made a plan to arrest Robin Hood. What happened when Robin and his outlaws heard about the plan?

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

Robin Hood, a Level 5 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of adverbs and pronouns.

Ladybird Readers Level 5 The Wind in the Willows

Follow the funny adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad! Can the animals help Toad get his home back from the weasels?

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

The Wind in the Willows, a Level 5 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of adverbs and pronouns.

Ladybird Readers Level 6 Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein was a brilliant scientist. He wanted to create something beautiful, but he created something terrible - a monster!

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

Frankenstein, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.

Ladybird Readers Level 6 Oliver Twist

Oliver escapes the workhouse he goes to London. What happens when the Artful Dodger takes Oliver to meet Fagin and his gang?

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

Oliver Twist, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.

Ladybird Readers Level 6 Black Beauty

Black Beauty meets many different people during his difficult life. Can Black Beauty ever be as happy as he was at Mr Gordon's farm?

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

Black Beauty, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.

Ladybird Readers Level 6 BBC Earth Amazing Predators

All animals need to eat to live. Some animals eat other animals, and these predators must do some amazing things to hunt their prey!

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language.
Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams.

BBC Earth: Amazing Predators, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou (Author) , Full Cast (Read by)

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic, beloved worldwide. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings recounts a youth filled with curiosity, wonder, disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and hard-won independence.

Abandoned by their parents, Maya and her older brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in a small Southern town in Arkansas, where they must endure the prejudice of their white neighbours. When their father unexpectedly returns to take them away, the children are then left with their mother in St Louis, Missouri. At eight years old, Maya is abused by her mother's boyfriend, an experience that haunts her for a lifetime. She remains reclusive until she meets Mrs Bertha Flowers, who encourages her love of books and helps her to regain her own strong spirit.

This brand new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Maya Angelou's American classic will play out her extraordinary story with dramatic verve and poetic brilliance.

Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead

Peter Grimwade (Author) , David Collings (Read by)

An unabridged reading of this exciting novelisation of a classic adventure for the Fifth Doctor.

To avoid the fatal impact of a head-on collision in space, the TARDIS materialises on board an alien spacecraft. Currently in orbit around Earth, the space liner seems eerily deserted. Meanwhile, on Earth, schoolboy Turlough has an encounter with a mysterious stranger — the Black Guardian. He is determined to wreak revenge upon the Doctor, and Turlough will be his executor…

Think Again

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Author)

A deeply enlightening book on how to be persuasive from an inspiring philosopher who teaches one of the most popular open online courses

Our personal and political worlds are rife with arguments and disagreements, some of them petty and vitriolic. The inability to compromise and understand the other side is widespread today. What can we do to change this? In Think Again philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong draws on a long tradition of logic to show why we should stop focusing on winning arguments and instead argue in a more constructive way.

Based on a hugely popular online course with more than a million followers around the world, Think Again explains how to analyse, evaluate and make better arguments while also spotting bad reasoning and avoiding certain fallacies. Through lively, practical examples from everyday life, politics and popular culture, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong offers brilliantly straightforward, wise advice that we can all use at work, at home and online.

Peppa Pig: Let's Pretend!

Peppa Pig (Author)

What will Peppa and George be today? Wizards or astronauts? Ballet dancers or builders? Teachers or doctors? Play pretend with Peppa and her friends in this fun sticker scenes book and imagine all the different things they could be! With lots of big stickers for little hands.

Peppa Pig: Flip Flap Peppa

Peppa Pig (Author)

What will Peppa be today? A witch, a fairy, a doctor or an astronaut? Little hands will love to flip the flaps and create lots of different outfits for Peppa.

The Green Roasting Tin

Rukmini Iyer (Author)

With the 75 recipes in this book you simply pop your ingredients in a tin and let the oven do the work. Every recipe is vegan or vegetarian (with an option to make it vegan), and all of them are simple, healthy and delicious.

This fast and fuss-free formula is perfect for anyone who wants to cook more easy vegetarian and vegan meals day-to-day. With four recipes for every vegetable and helpful infographics there is something for everyone. The recipes, which span super-greens to indulgent chillis, take flavour inspiration from around the world. For example:

Miso aubergine with chilli, pak choi, tofu and peanuts
Three bean chilli with avocado, chipotle and coriander
Beetroot, chickpea and coconut curry ith flatbreads and coconut yogurt

These quick, clever and delicious recipes are for anyone who wants to eat nutritious food made from scratch that fits around their busy lives. (And for anyone who doesn't like washing up).

Spot's Tractor

Eric Hill (Author) , Eric Hill (Illustrator)

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 tractor-shaped board with moving wheels means its fun to read and to play with!

Adam Smith

Jesse Norman (Author)

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics' and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness?

This exceptional book, by a writer who combines to an unusual degree intellectual training and practical political experience, dispels the myths and caricatures and gives us Smith in the round. It lays out a succinct and highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. Finally, it shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society.

Money and Government

Robert Skidelsky (Author)

The dominant view in economics is that money and government should play only a minor role in economic life. Money is nothing more than a medium of exchange, it is claimed, and economic outcomes are best left to Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' of the market. Yet these issues remain staunchly unsettled. The view taken in this important new book is that the omnipresence of uncertainty makes money and government essential features of any market economy. We hold money because we don't know what the future will bring. Government - good government - makes the future more predictable and therefore reduces the propensity to hold money.

After Smith, orthodox economics persistently espoused non-interventionism; but the Great Depression of 1929-32 stopped the artificers of orthodox economics in their tracks. A precarious balance of forces between government, employers, and trade unions enabled Keynesian economics to emerge as the new policy paradigm of the Western world. However, the stagflation of the 1970s led to the rejection of Keynesian policy and a return to small-state neoclassical orthodoxy. Thirty years later, the 2008 global financial crash was severe enough to have shaken the re-vamped classical orthodoxy, but, curiously, this did not happen. Once the crisis had been overcome - by Keynesian measures taken in desperation - the pre-crash orthodoxy was reinstated, undermined but unbowed. Since 2008, no new 'big idea' has emerged, and orthodoxy has maintained its sway, enacting punishing austerity agendas that leave us with a still-anaemic global economy.

This book aims to familiarise the reader with essential elements of Keynes's 'big idea'. By showing that much of economic orthodoxy is far from being the hard science it claims to be, it aims to embolden the next generation of economists to break free from their conceptual prisons and to afford money and government the starring roles in the economic drama that they deserve.

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