The Hidden Pleasures of Life
By Theodore Zeldin
By the bestselling author of Conversation and An Intimate History of HumanityA guide to new ambitions in work, relationships and learningTable of Contents:What is the great adventure of our time? What is a wasted life? How can people lose their illusions about themselves? What alternatives are there to being a rebel? What can the poor tell the rich? What could the rich tell the poor? How many ways of committing suicide are there? How can an unbeliever understand a believer? How can a religion change?How can prejudices be overcome? How else can one think about the future, apart from trying to predict it or worrying about it? Is ridicule the most effective form of non-violent protest? How does one acquire a sense of humour? What stops people feeling completely at home in their own country? How many nations can one love at the same time? Why do so many people feel unappreciated, unloved and only half alive? How else might women and men treat one another? What can replace the shortage of soul-mates? Is another kind of sexual revolution achievable? What can artists aim for beyond self-expression? What is more interesting than becoming a leader? What is the point of working so hard? Are there more amusing ways of earning a living? What else can one do in a hotel? What more can the young ask of their elders? Is remaining young at heart enough to avoid becoming old?What is worth knowing? What does it mean to be alive? Where can one find nourishment for the mind? Winner of the Salon London Transmission Prize
By Elizabeth Gill
From the bestselling author of Far From My Father's House and Miss Appleby's Academy comes a rags-to-riches tale of one man's determination to succeed. Perfect for fans of Maggie Hope and Diane Allen.Born to a mother who died in childbirth, and to a father who could never truly love him, Niall McAndrew grows up a solitary child, without a home to call his own. His only friend is Bridget, a young girl forced prematurely into womanhood. Niall has brains, spirit and ambition, as well as devastating good looks. He soon begins to make his own way in business, and becomes famous throughout the Newcastle area by befriending the wealthy and powerful mine-owner Aulay Redpath and his beautiful daughter Caitlin. But Niall's loveless childhood has left its mark, can he ever find the personal happiness he yearns for?
Home to the High Fells
By Elizabeth Gill
From the bestselling author of Miss Appleby's Academy and Far From My Father's House comes a family saga perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Anna Jacobs and Dilly Court.When Rosalind West leaves her native Durham for a job in London with the Doxbridge Motor Company she is determined to escape her background and build a new life. London is excitingly different and tantalisingly glamorous - especially when she meets the handsome and aristocratic Freddie Harrington, a rally driver, and the son of a once-wealthy Northumberland landowner. Against her friends' better judgement Freddie and Rosalind begin a relationship. But Freddie's family have plans for him which do not include marrying a Durham miner's daughter. Turning to a close companion for consolation, Rosalind suddenly finds herself torn between two men, both of strong passions, and fierce ambition.
By Kay Plunkett Hogge
Meet the chilli. It's a fiery little fruit. From humble origins in a tucked-away corner of Latin America, it has found its way into the food of more than half the world. Intrepid food writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge is on its trail, following the chilli from the Americas to Europe, and along the spice routes to the Middle East, India, China and beyond. With more than 120 delicious recipes from around the world, including Thai, Indian and Mexican favourites, plus tantalising desserts with a difference, Kay showcases the chilli's extraordinary versatility, celebrates its rich and nomadic history, and discovers the secrets of its success.
The Heart of Man
By Jón Kalman Stefánsson
After coming through the blizzard that almost cost them everything, Jens and the boy are far from home, in a fishing community at the edge of the world. Taken in by the village doctor, the boy once again has the sense of being brought back from the grave. But this is a strange place, with otherworldly inhabitants, including flame-haired Álfheiður, who makes him wonder whether it is possible to love two women at once; he had believed his heart was lost to Ragnheiður, the daughter of the wealthy merchant in the village to which he must now inexorably return. Set in the awe-inspiring wilderness of the extreme north, The Heart of Man is a profound exploration of life, love and desire, written with a sublime simplicity. In this conclusion to an audacious trilogy, Stefánsson brings a poet's eye and a philosopher's insight to a tale worthy of the sagasmiths of old.
The Harlequin's Dance
By David Rain
The god Orok gave to his five children crystals to be embedded in a circle on the Rock of Being and Unbeing, whence had sprung the gods, the earth and all its peoples. This circle, known as The Orokon, ensured the harmony of life, until the dark god Koros plucked his crystal from the Rock and plunged the whole world into chaos and despair . . . In the village of Irion, the crippled boy known as Jemany Vexing lives with his dying mother and his fanatical Aunt Umbecca. Unable to walk, Jem is condemned to a wretched half-life, until he meets a mysterious dwarf. With his new strength comes a new friendship with the wild girl Catayane. as the horrors of the Bluejacket regime - the faction that overthrew the true king - begin, Jem becomes aware of his greater destiny: to find and reunite the five crystals of the Orokon. But he is not the only seeker . . .Originally released under the pseudonym Tom Arden
How Smart Is Your Dog?
By David Alderton
Packed with a wealth of fun tests and easy-to-teach exercises, this comprehensive guide will allow you to test your dog's IQ, communicate with them more effectively and teach them tricks that will impress your friends and family. Using your dog's natural skills, How Smart Is Your Dog? will enable you to teach them tricks like 'shake hands', 'fetch a ball', 'play dead' and 'salute'. A star rating system lets you assess your pet's IQ as they progress through the tests and tricks. The bond between you will deepen as your dog learns to respond to your instructions and enjoys the reward that awaits them at the end. Featuring panels on canine psychology, different breeds, information on how animals learn and the best way to teach them, How Smart Is Your Dog? is the ideal companion to your pet's training. From basic obedience skills for your puppy to advanced agility routines, your dog will have fun learning - and hopefully you will too. The perfect gift for dog lovers everywhere, this book will open your eyes to just how smart your pooch can be!
How Smart Is Your Cat?
By David Alderton
We all wonder how much our pet understands, what is going on in their head and just how intelligent they really are. This entertaining and comprehensive guide will not only explain your cat's sometimes baffling behaviour - it will give you the means to test your pet's IQ yourself. Using your cat's natural skills, How Smart Is Your Cat? will enable you to improve their responses and reactions - and ultimately their IQ - as you work through a wealth of intelligence tests, giving them a star rating as they progress. The bond between you will deepen as you learn more about how your cat thinks. Featuring panels on feline psychology, different cat breeds and information on how cats communicate, How Smart Is Your Cat? is the ideal companion for everyone who wants to understand what their cat is thinking and how to communicate with them effectively. The perfect gift for cat lovers everywhere, this book will open your eyes to just how canny your kitty can be!
A House of Knives
By William Shaw
GET HIGH. FALL FAR.'Big treat in store for fans. And if you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid'Utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties' Sun The Black SheepThe wayward son of a rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances. The Honest DetectiveDS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue the case. The Rolling StoneNotorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide the only clue - if only he will talk.And as Breen slips deeper into London's underground of hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire.
History without the Boring Bits
By Ian Crofton
Conventional chronologies of world history concentrate on the reigns of kings and queens, the dates of battles and treaties, the publication dates of great books, the completion of famous buildings, the deaths of iconic figures, and the years of major discoveries. But there are other more interesting stories to tell - stories which can bring the past vividly and excitingly to life. Imagine a book that tells you the date of the ancient Roman law that made it legal to break wind at banquets; the name of the defunct medieval pope whose putrefying corpse was subjected to the humiliation of a trial before a court of law; the identity of the priapic monarch who sired more bastards than any other king of England; and last but not least the date of the demise in London of the first goat to have circumnavigated the globe - twice. Imagine a book crammed with such deliciously disposable information, and you have History without the Boring Bits. By turns bizarre, surprising, trivial, and enlightening, History without the Boring Bits offers rich pickings for the browser, and entertainment and inspiration aplenty for those who have grown weary of more conventional works of history.
By Giles Sparrow
For 20 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been hurtling around our planet at 17,500 mph sending spectacularly sharp images of the universe back to Earth, but after two decades and 570,000 photographs, NASA is preparing to wind down this extraordinarily successful mission. This fully revised and updated edition of Hubble: Window on the Universe (Legacy Edition) showcases the very latest and clearest images of galaxies, nebulae, quasars, exploding stars and stellar nurseries. More than 200 remarkable cosmic images reveal the inner workings of the solar system, the expansion of the Universe, the birth and death of stars, the formation of planetary nebulae, the dynamics of galaxies and the mysterious force known as 'dark energy'. Hubble is a celebration of this large and versatile telescope's astonishing scientific and technical achievements. Featuring the history of the project from its origins and launch in 1990, the discovery and emergency repair of a defective mirror, the impact of subsequent servicing missions and finally, its extraordinary legacy this stunning giant volume will take you on a journey through the universe via 200 glorious full-colour images.
A Hard Day's Knight
By Simon R. Green
Private eye John Taylor has a supernatural gift for finding things - but when the legendary sword Excalibur finds him instead, he really wishes it hadn't . . .Most people would be happy to receive the legendary sword Excalibur in the mail one day, but private eye John Taylor knows better. The weapon is extremely powerful, but it is also extremely dangerous and - of course - a portent of perilous times to come.If he's going to find out more about the sword, and why he's been chosen to wield it, Taylor must find and investigate the Last Defenders of Camelot.And to do that, he's going to have to visit a place he fears more than even the Nightside . . . London Proper.A Hard Day's Knight is the eleventh title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series
The Honeymoon Hotel
By Hester Browne
Hello and Goodbye
By Patrick McCabe
Hell to Pay
By Simon R. Green
Private eye John Taylor has survived war in the Nightside, but it has left a power vacuum . . . one just begging to be filled.The war in the Nightside - the hidden netherworld in the heart of London - has come to an end, but now there is no one in charge, and plenty of ruthless people who will go to absurd lengths to take that power.Jeremiah Griffin, one of the last immortal humans, is one, but his plans are obstructed when his granddaughter disappears. It's no surprise when he calls on John Taylor to find her - after all, finding people is what he does - but the job is not as simple as it appears. And to make matters worse, someone - or something - is blocking Taylor's supernatural gift, so he'll have to work the old-fashioned way . . . and quickly.Hell to Pay is the seventh title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series.
How Big is Infinity?
By Tony Crilly
Hex and the City
By Simon R. Green
Lady Luck wants to hire John Taylor to investigate the Nightside itself . . . this case is going to get personal.John Taylor is a private detective with a supernatural gift for finding things, but his latest case is different. Lady Luck has hired him to investigate the origins of the Nightside, the shadowy heart of London where it's always 3 a.m. But the further he delves into the history of the Nightside, the more Taylor realises the case might be related to the greatest mystery in his own life: exactly who - or what - his mother is. He's been warned: when it comes to his mother, the truth could be dangerous. In fact, it could be downright catastrophic - and not just for the Nightside, but for all of Existence. But John Taylor is an investigator: finding things is in his very nature. And now he's close to discovering the truth, nothing can stop him. No matter what the consequences.Hex and the City is the fourth title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series.
Hot Summer Nights
By CC Gibbs
From CC Gibbs, the New York Times bestselling Queen of Contemporary Romance, comes a sizzling trio of erotic novels. Alone With You. Zoe Chandler flees to a secluded lake house to finish a breaking expose she's sure will make her career. She thinks a few weeks of peaceful solitude are just what she needs - until she spies her delicious next-door neighbor, and now she's not so sure! The Heat of the Night. SUMMER IS HERE... BRING ON THE HEAT! Lily, Ceci and Serena have been best friends since childhood, and now they're returning to their tiny hometown to revisit treasured memories of long passionate nights, erotic explorations and teenage love. But now the girls are all grown up, and it's time to take things up a notch: as temperatures soar, this will be a summer that Lily, Ceci and Serena will never forget! French Caress. L.A. architect Nicole Lesdaux has been given a dream project: a luxury commission for handsome record producer (and single father!) Johnny Patrick. Nicole can't help but be attracted to Johnny, but she tells herself she can never allow herself to get involved with clients. But when tragedy strikes, Nicole is forced to join Johnny on a trip to Paris ménage-a-deux. As the two grow closer the sexual tension mounts, and resisting suddenly seems more futile than ever... Three books in one great value package!
Heir to the Shadows
By Anne Bishop
To save those she loves, Jaenelle must be more than an heir: she must become a Queen.Witch - the Queen who would bring freedom to the realms - has come, but now she is lost in darkness, and has a long road to recovery ahead of her. While her adopted father, Saeten, waits for her to return to the living world, the third side of the triangle needed to complete the prophecy - the lover, Daemon - walks in the Twisted Kingdom on the edge of madness. As insidious whispers and dark schemes ferment treachery and betrayal, Jaenelle must make a choice: to protect those she loves, she must be more than an heir, she must become a Queen.