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  • The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey through Everyday Life

    From the author of `The Music of the Primes' and `Finding Moonshine' comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved - and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths. Every time we download a song from Itunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. Maths may fail to provide answers to various of its own problems, but it can provide answers to problems that don't seem to be its own - how prime numbers are the key to Real Madrid's success, to secrets on the Internet and to the survival of insects in the forests of North America. In `The Number Mysteries', Marcus du Sautoy explains how to fake a Jackson Pollock; how to work out whether or not the universe has a hole in the middle of it; how to make the world's roundest football. He shows us how to see shapes in four dimensions - and how maths makes you a better gambler. He tells us about the quest to predict the future - from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to predicting population growth. It's a book to dip in to; a book to challenge and puzzle - and a book that gives us answers.

  • The Wildlife-Friendly Garden

    Full of helpful expert advice and many practical projects, this new paperback edition of the successful hardback is a fascinating illustrated guide to encouraging wildlife into your garden, whether you live in the town or the country.

    Our gardens have become an important nature conservation area for animals, insects and plants, especially as many natural habitats are being destroyed. With the help of this practical and inspiring book, you can create not only a fascinating miniature nature reserve but also an attractive garden.

    Contents include:

    The Garden Habitat introducing wildlife-friendly features
    Garden Mammals attracting, feeding and caring for mammals
    Garden Birds the variety of birds you can attract to your garden and tips on how to care for them
    Garden Amphibians and Reptiles encouraging these species and their role as pest destroyers

    Projects and special features include:
    Creating a wildflower meadow or wildlife pond
    Looking after injured, baby and hibernating hedgehogs
    Making a bat roost or bat box, and siting it
    Making a compost heap

    This popular title will inspire adults and children to transform their garden into a wildlife-friendly haven.

  • The Octonauts and the Frown Fish

    Hello Kitty meets Star Trek under the sea! Dive in for adventure in this classic story featuring global sensations, The Octonauts! The classic Octonauts picture books inspired the phenomenally successful animated TV series, broadcast around the world. The Octonauts are a crew of cute animals who love to explore the big blue ocean. From their underwater base, the Octopod, the eight intrepid friends are always ready for fun and excitement! When the Octonauts meet a fish with a giant frown on his face, they begin to feel glum too! The Octonauts try everything they can to cheer him up; making music, field trips, miniature golf, and even a baking marathon. Will their new friend ever smile?

  • In Odd we Trust

    The first graphic novel from Dean Koontz, featuring the famously well-loved character of Odd Thomas. Nineteen-year-old Odd Thomas, a young fry cook from Pico Mundo, California, can see the dead. Beautifully drawn by Australian artist Queenie Chan, this graphic novel tells the story of Odd's race to solve the murder of a young boy whose killer appears to be stalking a second child. With the help of his beautiful girlfriend Stormy, his friend Police Chief Porter and the ghost of Elvis Presley, Odd must find the killer before he strikes again.

  • The Times Killer Su Doku Book 2 (Bk. 2): Bk. 2

    Beware: The Times Killer Su Doku gets about as close as possible to the label 'unputdownable'. In Book 2, the challenge continues with the emphasis on the tougher and more deadly puzzles. Prepare to be rattled.

  • Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice

    From the author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything Essential reading for an astounding summer of sport; If you've ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer. What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn't Tiger Woods "choke"? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together. Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband - and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics. Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.

  • Collins Road Map Ireland

    Scale: 6.5 miles to 1 inch 1:412,000. Full colour general purpose map. It has layer colouring to show land height, places of tourist interest and a selection of town and city centre maps complete with their indexes. The map shows speed enforcement zones as well as safety camera locations. MAIN FEATURES This map features the whole of Ireland on one side of the sheet with index and town centre plans on the reverse. The map has a high level of detail and superb clarity. INCLUDES * All motorways, classified roads and many minor roads * Speed enforcement zones shown clearly on the map plus the locations of safety cameras * Places of tourist interest shown * Distances between major settlements shown in both miles and kilometres * Distance chart in both miles and km * Street maps of Bangor, Belfast, Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Galway, Killarney, Limerick, Londonderry and Waterford complete with indexes AREA OF COVERAGE Includes the whole of Ireland. WHO THE PRODUCT IS OF INTEREST TO An essential purchase for anyone motoring around Ireland.

  • Superspelling Games 6 Plus

    A brand new series of fun word games, to help children practice spelling and word building skills, progressing year on year alongside the school curriculum. Superspelling Games for Age 6+ offers a huge range of activities, from anagrams, crosswords and word searches, to making plurals, collecting word banks, and understanding parts of speech. * Letter stickers make learning more interactive and fun * Perfect for practising key English skills and improving spelling

  • The Mouse and the Monster

    When a wee mouse meets a big, hungry monster on the road, he needs to think fast. This is a lively retelling of a traditional story by Martin Waddell.

    Red / Band 2B - A traditional story

    Text type - Fiction

    The focus phonemes in this book are sh, er, oa and ng. Other phonemes practised are ou (ground), th (this), th (thin), ee, w, oo (look), ie (lie) and ch.

    Children can compare and contrast the two main characters using the character summaries on the final spread.

    Martin Waddell also wrote Yellow 3 Horse Up a Tree and Blue 4 The Small Bun."

  • PRESENTING

    The presenting secrets that experts and top professionals use.

    Get results fast with this quick, easy guide to the fundamentals of Presenting.
    Includes how to:
    Enjoy presenting and approach it with confidence
    Assess your audience and their reactions
    Prepare presentations for maximum impact
    Use your voice and body to make your point
    Use visual aids and handle questions

  • Collins Complete Guide to British Trees: A Photographic Guide to Every Common Species

    This easy-to-use guide covers the 360 species of tree that are found in Britain and Ireland. Each species is covered in detail with information on how to identify, whether from a leaf, twig, bark or whole tree, plus extra information on where the tree grows, how high they grow, what uses it is put to and history.

  • Forty Years of Murder

    Christie, Hanratty, The Krays ... murderers haunt the mind. We read about them in the press with horrified curiosity and, if we're lucky, this is as close as we get. But Home Office Pathologise Keith Simpson spent forty years in the very midst of murder. This is his autobiography. The late Professor Keith Simpson became the first Professor of Forensic Medicine at London University and lectured on the subject to other doctors, lawyers, police officers and magistrates at home and all over the world. He pioneered forensic dentistry, and for the first time identified a suspected murderer by teeth marks left on the victim's body. He was responsible for the first successful `battered baby' prosecution in England, and perhaps one of his greatest contributions has been to save the lives of countless babies by disseminating information on the syndrome and getting it recognized and controlled. This is the bestselling autobiography of the man who was always at the scene of the crime. In describing his celebrated investigations he spares his readers none of the chilling details: the whip-marks, the maggots, the skeletal remains, which proved the innocence of so many men and women...and sent so many more to the gallows.

  • 10-Minute Watercolours: Techniques & Tips for Quick Watercolours

    This handy, practical and inspirational little book is perfect for the pocket or art bag. It shows watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity by painting simple watercolour studies in no more than 10 minutes.

  • A YEAR IN GREEN TEA AND TUK-TUKS: My unlikely adventure creating an eco farm in Sri Lanka

    My unlikely adventure creating an eco farm in Sri Lanka BBC journalist and environmentalist Rory Spowers wanted to finally live his dream and abandon life in London for a more ecologically sustainable lifestyle. Moving with his wife and two toddler sons to a 60-acre abandoned tea estate in Sri Lanka, Rory sets out to create a model organic farm there and earn his livelihood from the land. The fascinating story begins with the tsunami and Rory's sudden involvement with the relief efforts, and charts the course of his adventures over 12 months culminating in the launch of his new business (making a living by selling the produce he grows). It chronicles the highs and lows of this radical change, and reveals what it takes to live a sustainable life. It will also include tips for those of you who wish to live a more environmentally friendly life. Spowers' writing in 'Three Men on a Bike', which recounted his story of buying the Goodies' bicycle and riding it across Africa for charity, was compared with Bryson, Palin and Hawks' for his storytelling, humour and intrepid spirit. Spowers' narrative brims with adventure, harrowing moments, and small triumphs as he comes to know the people and the land and works toward creating his dream of a sustainable, model forest garden.

  • Jason Leonard: The Autobiography

    Leonard's story starts as rugby started - in the amateur days, when the Cockney Carpenter began playing for Barking and Saracens in the days before multi-million pound business owners and sponsorship deals. His big break came when he was invited to join the England squad for their tour to Argentina in 1990 and has been capped 100 times. It was a tour that precipitated one of the greatest periods in the history of the British game, and Leonard provides a compelling insight into life behind the international scenes with England and the Lions, as well as the domestic game through his time at Saracens and Harlequins. Once told that he would never walk again after undergoing life-saving surgery on his neck, Leonard describes the torment he went through during this period - both physical and financial - and how he fought against all the odds to re-establish himself on the international stage. With 100 Test caps won to date, and a career in rugby union spanning two decades, there is no more experienced player in the modern game. Leonard has plenty to tell about the people he has met during his career - Rob Andrew, Will Carling, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian Moore, Dick Best and Clive Woodward all feature - and with nicknames like 'The Fun Bus' and 'The Scourge of the Barking Barmaids' the stories are as colourful and controversial as the man himself. All is revealed in this fascinating portrait of an English rugby legend who also reflects upon England's 2002 Six Nations campaign, his hopes for his international future and a tough year for Quins.

  • Slash: The Autobiography

    It seems excessive...but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. The mass of black curls. The top hat. The cigarette dangling from pouty lips. These are the trademarks of one of the world's greatest and most revered guitarists, a celebrity musician known by one name: Slash. Saul "Slash" Hudson was born in Hampstead to a Jewish father and a black American mother who created David Bowie's look in The Man Who Fell to Earth. He was raised in Stoke until he was 11, when he and his mother moved to LA. Frequent visitors to the house were David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop. At this time Slash got into BMX bikes and would eventually turn professional, winning major awards and money, but at 15 his grandmother gave him his first guitar. Sessions with numerous local LA rock bands followed until a fateful meeting with singer W Axl Rose...and the rest was rock history. Guns N' Roses spent two years builiding their reputation before Appetite for Destruction was unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Chart success and global domination followed but with it came the inevitable fall - addicted to heroin, booze and cigarettes the band imploded in a rift between Axl and Slash that is as deep today as ever. But with a new wife, kids and new band Velvet Revolver, Slash is back on track. As raucous and edgy as his music, Slash sets the record straight and tells the real story as only Slash can.

  • Love and War in the Apennines

    Hailed as Newby's 'masterpiece', 'Love and War in the Apennines' is the gripping real-life story of Newby's imprisonment and escape from an Italian prison camp during World War II. After the Italian Armistice of 1943, Eric Newby escaped from the prison camp in which he'd been held for a year. He evaded the German army by hiding in the caves and forests of Fontanellato, in Italy's Po Valley. Against this picturesque backdrop, he was sheltered for three months by an informal network of Italian peasants, who fed, supported and nursed him, before his eventual recapture. 'Love and War in the Apennines' is Newby's tribute to the selfless and courageous people who were to be his saviours and companions during this troubled time and of their bleak and unchanging way of life. Of the cast of idiosyncratic characters, most notable was the beautiful local girl on a bike who would teach him the language, and eventually help him escape; two years later they were married and would spend the rest of their lives as co-adventurers. Part travelogue, part escape story and part romance, this is a mesmerising account of wisdom, courage, humour and adventure, and tells the story of the early life of a man who would become one of Britain's best-loved literary adventurers.

  • Madness: A Bipolar Life

    A searing, unflinching and deeply moving account of Marya Hornbacher's personal experience of living with bipolar disorder. From the age of six, Marya Hornbacher knew that something was terribly wrong with her, manifesting itself in anorexia and bulimia which she documented in her bestselling memoir 'Wasted'. But it was only eighteen years later that she learned the true underlying reason for her distress: bipolar disorder. In this new, equally raw and frank account, Marya Hornbacher tells the story of her ongoing battle with this most pervasive and devastating of mental illnesses; how, as she puts it, 'it crept over me like a vine, sending out tentative shoots in my childhood, taking deeper root in my adolescence, growing stronger in my early adulthood, eventually covering my body and face until I was unrecognizable, trapped, immobilized'. She recounts the soaring highs and obliterating lows of her condition; the savage moodswings and impossible strains it placed on her relationships; the physical danger it has occasionally put her in; the endless cycle of illness and recovery. She also tackles the paradoxical aspects of bipolar disorder - how it has been the drive behind some of her most creative work - and the reality of a life lived in limbo, 'caught between the world of the mad and the world of the sane'. Yet for all the torment it documents, this is a book about survival, about living day to day with bipolar disorder - the constant round of therapy and medication - and managing it. As well as her own highly personal story, the book includes interviews with family, spouses and friends of sufferers, the people who help their loved ones carry on. Visceral and inspiring, lyrical and sometimes even funny, 'Madness' will take its place alongside other classics of the genre such as 'An Unquiet Mind' and 'Girl, Interrupted'.

  • Chris Hoy: My Autobiography of Britain's most successful ever olympian

    Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.

    Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.

    This 33-year-old cycling fanatic from Murrayfield in the suburbs of Edinburgh defied the doubters who thought he would struggle when his specialist discipline, the 1km time trial, was dropped from the Olympics, and went on to reinvent himself as a track cycling sprinter and triple Olympic gold medallist in Beijing. His return to these shores sparked unprecedented celebrations and real admiration that here was a role model who was the epitome of all things that are good in sport.

    What makes a champion in sport? In his autobiography, Hoy returns to his roots as a child fully engaged with the BMX craze of the Eighties; when, even as a seven year old his will to succeed allied to an unyielding mental strength set him apart from other youngsters of his age. A promising rower and rugby player in school, it was when he joined his first local cycling club and spent most weekends of the year competing in national events from Blackpool to Bristol that the seeds of his future career were sown.

    With the devoted support of his family, Hoy drove himself to the pinnacle of his sport at the same time as British track cycling established itself as a pioneering force on the world stage.

    In the wake of his unparalleled achievements at London 2012, which filled the whole country with pride, there is no sporting icon better placed to demonstrate what it takes to reach the top than Chris Hoy.

  • For the Love of Food: Vegetarian Recipes from the Heart

    In this mouth-watering collection of inspired and delicious dishes, renowned chef Denis Cotter takes vegetarian cooking to a new level.

    'No other book on vegetables in my library is so beautifully written or so thought-provoking. The recipes are intriguing and original but even if you never cook a single thing out of this book (which would be a crying shame), its worth buying for Denis's beautiful prose - you'll never think of vegetables in the same way again.' Darina Allen in the Irish Examiner on Wild Garlic

    These recipes are designed to complement busy modern-day life and include ideas for mid-week bowl dishes and simple snacks as well as summer barbecue recipes and mouth-watering salads and risottos.

    Denis is famous for his inventive approach and this collection will inspire cooks everywhere, no matter what your taste or skill level. For the Love of Food is an essential cookbook for vegetarians but will also appeal to non-vegetarians who enjoy flavour-packed food and new combinations. Full of simple and satisfying solutions, this is a book that you will turn to everyday.

    These beautiful recipes are a joy to read.

    Recipes include:

    Orecchiette with broad beans & baby courgettes

    Mussaman curry of new potatoes, chickpeas & green beans with cucumber & coriander salsa

    Pumpkin stew with fennel, leeks & borlotti beans

    Chocolate olive oil mousse with salt & chilli sesame praline and cherry salsa

    Rhubarb & strawberry trifle with prosecco, orange mascarpone & pistachio-lemon praline

    The best cheese on toast in the world

    Maple & chilli roasted beetroot with wild rice, pecans, bitter greens & orange yoghurt

    Broad bean & ricotta stuffed braised artichoke with citrus yoghurt and beetroot pastry

    Saffron-braised squash with aubergine, pine nut & spinach stuffing and lentil-goat's cheese sauce

  • Action Cook Book

    'I am going to cook you the best meal you have ever tasted in your life...' Harry Palmer to Sue Lloyd in 'The Ipcress Files'

    'Len was a great cook, a smashing cook. I learned a lot about food from playing Harry Palmer' Michael Caine

    If you look carefully at Harry Palmer's kitchen in the classic film 'The Ipcress Files' you will notice a newspaper pinned on the wall. This is one of Len Deighton's classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years when he was the Observer food writer. Because before he became famous as the thriller writer of his generation, Len Deighton had trained as a pastry chef. He was also a brilliant graphic artist (his credits include the first ever UK cover for Kerouac's 'On The Road'). 'The Action Cookbook' is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the hero of his third passion.

    'The Action Cook Book' was once an instructional book for the bachelor male - a guide to sophisticated cooking for the would-be Harry Palmer. It now has a great following as a fabulous piece of nostalgia as well as retaining real credibility as a genuinely useful cook book.

    If you need to create the basic wine cellar (basic to Len Deighton - decidedly aspirational to the rest of us), or to learn how to cook full-bodied meals with a seductive touch (how could you resist brain souffl'? - 'brains are a very good constituent for a souffle. They are delicious fried, or in any of the piquant wine sauces'), then this is the book for you.

  • Maths: Age 9-10

    Collins Easy Learning Maths Age 7-8 develops numeracy skills. Its colourful motivating activities make learning fun. Helpful tips and answers are included to help support learning. - hours of fun maths activities - builds numeracy skills - boosts confidence - develops a love of learning Collins Easy Learning Maths Age 7-8 gives support, practice and guidance for year-by-year school learning.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel are left all alone in the Brown Wood, and have to try to find their way home. This retelling of the Grimm fairytale is by award-winning author, Malachy Doyle.

  • Bring up the Bodies

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year Shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction 'Simply exceptional...I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it' Daily Mail 'A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror' Independent on Sunday With this historic win for Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes. By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king's new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. An astounding literary accomplishment, Bring Up the Bodies is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.

  • Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression

    Part memoir - drawing on her own experiences as a depressive - and part guide or companion, this title tackles the subject of depression, in a way that is deeply informative yet full of hope and cheer.