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What I Wouldn't Give

Various
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Various

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Are You Smarter Than Your Kid?

You've watched the show. You've marvelled at the jaw-dropping genius of the mini Mensa minds. You've seen the parents biting their nails from the sidelines. Well, now it's your turn to take your place in the spotlight and discover once and for all: will YOU make the cut and be crowned Child Genius? Are You Smarter Than Your Kid? is the Child Genius family test book you've been waiting for. Go head to head with your children, nieces and nephews to find out who has what it takes to make it through the nerve-shredding pressure and tough mental combat required to win the quiz of all quizzes. Packed full of challenging questions that will take you to the limit, as well as 'did you know' info-boxes on memory tricks, tips for the best brain food, ways to get your nerves under control and Mensa's 17 signs of a child genius, this is the ultimate guide to the secrets every genius needs to know. With an introduction from charismatic quizmaster extraordinaire Richard Osman, this is your chance to put your family to the test like never before and find out who is the real brainiac of the family.Quizzes include: Spelling and Comprehension; Linguistic Memory; Maths; Memory Challenge; History; Science; General Knowledge; Logic and Reasoning; Advanced language; The Sudden Death Challenge; and more!

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Ottoman Odyssey

Alev Scott
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Alev Scott
MacLehose Press

Bookshops

Jorge Carrión
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Jorge Carrión

Why do bookshops matter? How do they filter our ideas and literature? In this inventive and highly entertaining extended essay, Jorge Carrion takes his reader on a journey around the world, via its bookshops. His travels take him to Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Wells in Winchester, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Librairie des Colonnes in Tangier, the Strand Book Store in New York and provoke encounters with thinkers, poets, dreamers, revolutionaries and readers. Bookshops is the travelogue of a lucid and curious observer, filled with anecdotes and stories from the universe of writing, publishing and selling books. A bookshop in Carrion's eyes never just a place for material transaction; it is a meeting place for people and their ideas, a setting for world changing encounters, a space that can transform lives.Written in the midst of a worldwide recession, Bookshops examines the role of these spaces in today's evershifting climate of globalisation, vanishing high streets, e-readers and Amazon. But far from taking a pessimistic view of the future of the physical bookshop, Carrion makes a compelling case for hope, underlining the importance of these places and the magic that can happen there. A vital manifesto for the future of the traditional bookshop, and a delight for all who love them.Translated from the Spanish by Peter Bush

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Get Smart: Philosophy

Marcus Weeks
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Marcus Weeks
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A Short History of Truth

Julian Baggini
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Julian Baggini
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City of Devils

Paul French
Authors:
Paul French

'A fascinating tale of life and death in a city on the brink of all-out war' Time, on Midnight in Peking'He resurrects a period that was filled with glitter as well as evil, but was never, as readers will appreciate, known for being dull' Economist, on Midnight in Peking1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost. 'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's and his name was in lights above the city's biggest casino.In 1940 they bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide. They thought they ruled Shanghai; but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction they left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible.In the vein of true crime books whose real brilliance is the recreation of a time and place, this is an impeccably researched narrative non-fiction told with superb energy and brio, as if James Ellroy had stumbled into a Shanghai cathouse.(P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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Evolution in Minutes

Darren Naish
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Darren Naish

How did life begin? What is the theory of evolution and is it proven? Are we really descended from apes? And has evolution stalled or is humanity just a step on the way to more advanced forms of life?Through 200 mini-essays, expert palaeontologist Darren Naish answers these and many other fundamental questions on the most controversial topic of all. From the theories of Charles Darwin and the Survival of the Fittest to cutting-edge research on consciousness and artificial life, he explains where we came from, how we became human, and what might happen to us next. Immense in scope, and with 200 informative images and diagrams, Evolution in Minutes concisely covers the concepts, rival theories, history and politics of evolution, as well as explaining the development of life across deep time as revealed by the fossil record, from the earliest bacteria via dinosaurs and Neanderthals to humankind - and beyond.

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50 Science Ideas You Really Need to Know

Gail Dixon, Paul Parsons
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Gail Dixon, Paul Parsons
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Periodic Table in Minutes

Dan Green
Authors:
Dan Green

An icon of science, the Periodic Table defines the fundamental chemistry of everything in the universe. In this compact yet comprehensive guide, Dan Green outlines the history, development and workings of the table, shows how its design reflects and illuminates the organisation of all matter, and even explains what it has to tell us about the chemistry of distant stars and of our own bodies. Contents include an individual entry for every known element - detailing properties, uses and key data - and sections on the patterns and groups of the famous table, as well as explanations of basic chemistry concepts such as elements and compounds, atomic structure, chemical bonds, reactions and radioactivity, amongst many others.

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Politics in Minutes

Marcus Weeks
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Marcus Weeks
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Words of Wisdom

Gareth Southwell
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Gareth Southwell

Words of Wisdom brings together 360 of Philosophy's most famous quotations, explaining their meaning and telling the stories behind them. Western philosophy may be said to have begun in ancient Greece, where, inscribed in his temple at Delphi, the words of the god Apollo commanded those who sought wisdom to first 'know thyself'. With the author's usual humour and clarity of style, the whole 2,500 year history of philosophy is laid bare. Each quote is set in the context of its cultural background, author biography and general outlook; trends are highlighted, links established, and influences traced, all in a way that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and even fun. Words of Wisdom is the perfect book for those who always wanted to ask what philosophy was about, but were afraid they might not understand the answer.

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The Hidden Pleasures of Life

Theodore Zeldin
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Theodore Zeldin
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Women Who Ruled

Claudia Gold
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Claudia Gold

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Murderous Contagion

Mary Dobson
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Mary Dobson

Disease is the true serial killer of human history: the horrors of bubonic plague, cholera, syphilis, smallpox, tuberculosis and the like have claimed more lives and caused more misery than the depredations of warfare, famine and natural disasters combined. Murderous Contagion tells the compelling and at times unbearably moving story of the devastating impact of diseases on humankind - from the Black Death of the 14th century to the Spanish flu of 1918-19 and the AIDS epidemic of the modern era. In this book Mary Dobson also relates the endeavours of physicians and scientists to understand and identify the causes of diseases and find ways of preventing them.This is a timely and revelatory work of popular history by a writer whose knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, her subject shines through her every word.

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History without the Boring Bits

Ian Crofton
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Ian Crofton
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Without God, Is Everything Permitted?

Julian Baggini
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Julian Baggini
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The Sacred History

Jonathan Black
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Jonathan Black

From the bestselling author of The Secret History of the World, an exploration of the mystical forces that shape and protect usThe Sacred History is an account of the workings of the supernatural in history. It tells the epic story of angels, from Creation, to Evolution through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world. This tale of how people and peoples have been helped by angels and other angelic beings is woven into a spellbinding narrative that brings together Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, the angels who helped Hungarian Jews persecuted by the Nazis, and stories from African, Native American and Celtic traditions. Told from the spiritual point of view, The Sacred History relates every betrayal, every change of heart, every twist and turn, everything that looks like a coincidence, every portent, every clue, every defeat, every rescue moments before the prison door clangs shut. This is the angelic version of events.

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50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know

Ben Dupre
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Ben Dupre

Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and others like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination for centuries, from Plato to Popper. In a series of accessible and engaging essays, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice and aesthetics that have troubled the minds of great thinkers for centuries, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Contents include: The brain in a vat, Plato's cave, Cogito ergo sum, The mind-body problem, The boo/hurrah theory, Ends and means, The categorical imperative, Acts and omissions, The rights of animals, The gambler's fallacy, Paradigm shifts, Occam's razor, Positive and negative freedom, Theories of punishment and Just war.

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Sportographica

Martin Toseland, Simon Toseland
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Martin Toseland, Simon Toseland