Monday, November 2, 2009

Foyles bookshop deals

About Foyles

Foyles is the world’s most famous bookshop with over one hundred years of trading history. From five floors at their London flagship store they stock an unparalleled range of 200,000 different titles in fifty-six specialist departments. also features another one million plus titles that they order for customers. Their freepost offer for UK customers spending over £10 is great value.

Here are some of the offers from Foyles Books:
Contributor(s): P.G. Wodehouse (author) Format: Paperback , 196 x 129 x 20mm , 304pp Publication date: 01 May 2008 Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780099513773 ISBN-10: 0099513773

This is a Jeeves and Wooster novel. At Deverill Hall, an idyllic Tudor manor in the picture-perfect village of King's Deverill, impostors are in the air. The prime example is man-about-town Bertie Wooster, doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him while he enjoys fourteen days away from society after being caught taking an unscheduled dip in the fountains of Trafalgar Square. Bertie is of course one of nature's gentlemen, but the stakes are high: if all is revealed, there's a danger that Gussie's simpering fiancee Madeline may turn her wide eyes on Bertie instead. It's a brilliant plan - until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Bertram Wooster. After that, only the massive brain of Jeeves (himself in disguise) can set things right.

Contributor(s): Douglas Adams (author) Format: CD-Audio Publication date: 25 Oct 2004 Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd ISBN-13: 9780563510437 ISBN-10: 0563510439

This long-awaited, brand new third series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" comes to audio on CD and cassette, with 25 minutes of unbroadcast footage. Many of the cast of the original "BBC Radio 4" series have been reunited for this new six-part dramatisation of Douglas Adams' book "Life, the Universe and Everything". Amongst the returning cast are Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android. Other famous names in these new productions include Richard Griffiths, Chris Langham, Joanna Lumley and cricket commentators Fred Trueman and Henry Blofeld. The original two series of "Hitchhiker's" were massively successful on radio and have continued to be bestsellers on audio CD and cassette. This new release also features 25 minutes of material not broadcast on radio.

Contributor(s): Tim Richardson (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 127mm , 416pp Publication date: 01 Apr 2004 Publisher: Bantam Books ISBN-13: 9780553814460 ISBN-10: 055381446X

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves sweets. However keen we might be on fine cheese, vintage wine or acorn-fed Iberian ham, much of the time we'd be happier with a Curly-Wurly. But why do we like sweets so much? Why is there such an enormous variety of types, a whole uncharted gastronomy in itself? And where do they all come from? Many of the sweets we recognize today have a lineage going back hundreds of years. Sugar was first transported around the world with the exotic herbs and spices used by medieval apothecaries. By association, the confectioner's art was at first medical in nature and many sweets (such as aniseed balls, which were a medieval cure for indigestion) were originally consumed for reasons of health. Other sweets came in-to being in the worlds of ritual and magic. Chocolate, for example, was mixed with chilli and used as a libation by the Aztecs. It subsequently appeared in other rather more palatable drinks around the world, but not in the solid form we now recognize until about 150 years ago. But the special significance of a gift of chocolate remains ...Whatever their manifold origins, sweets are still a feature of every human society around the world. Tim Richardson's book tells the extraordinary story of comfits and dragees, lozenges and pastilles, sherbets and subtleties. Like a box of chocolates, it's something you can just dip into - or scoff all at once.

Contributor(s): John Bold (author) Tanis Hinchcliffe (author) Scott Forrester (photographs) Format: Paperback , 265 x 215 x 18mm , 248pp Publication date: 05 Mar 2009 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd ISBN-13: 9780711229181 ISBN-10: 071122918X

This book presents an original and easily accessible approach to understanding and exploring London's immensely diverse architecture. Because of its size and the number, complexity, and sheer variety of structures in the city, not unplanned, but without an overall plan, it is more difficult to gain an understanding of London's development as a whole than it is with many other world cities such as Rome, Paris or New York. It can no longer be encapsulated in a single view or narrated as a single story, so this book approaches it selectively and thematically, looking at elements of the architecture and services: domestic, commercial, religious and institutional. There are chapters on houses and on apartments as well as on offices and churches, and on government buildings. There are sections for example on schools and on railway stations, on shops and on pubs, on parks and on buildings for sport. Extensively illustrated and richly informed the book treats of both the masterpieces and of the ordinary, and ranges from the middle ages to the immediate present.It culminates in 12 architectural walks, each carefully planned to explore a diversity of buildings and architectural heritage, and ranging from the central City and Westminster to the inner and outer suburbs.

Contributor(s): Sara Wheeler (author) Format: Paperback , 197 x 130 x 23mm , 320pp Publication date: 04 Sep 1997 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099731818 ISBN-10: 0099731819
Contributor(s): Anthony Burton (author) Format: Paperback, 144pp Publication date: 06 Dec 2001 Publisher: Associated Board of the Royal School of Music ISBN-13: 9781860961922 ISBN-10: 1860961924

The latest thinking on stylish performance is presented in a clear, helpful and practical way in these guides. They include chapters from leading experts on historical background, notation and interpretation, and sources and editions. They contain specialist advice for keyboard, string and wind players, and singers. They are illustrated with many music examples, facsimiles and pictures. They also include a full-length CD of excerpts from authoritative recordings. These stimulating guides will help students and their teachers to achieve stylish performances of music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. They will also add to the knowledge and understanding of amateur and professional musicians and all music lovers. The contributors to the Baroque volume are: Christopher Hogwood - Introduction; George Pratt - Historical Background; Peter Holman - Notation and Interpretation; Davitt Moroney - Keyboard; Andrew Manze - Strings; Stephen Preston - Wind Instruments; John Potter - Singing; and Clifford Bartlett - Sources and Editions.

Contributor(s): Richard Wright (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 130 x 17mm , 272pp Publication date: 15 Sep 2000 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099285069 ISBN-10: 0099285061

At four years of age, Richard Wright set fire to his home; at five his father deserted the family; by six Richard was - temporarily - an alcoholic. Moved from home to home, from brick tenement to orphanage, he had had, by the age of twelve, only one year's formal education. It was in saloons, railroad yards and streets that he learned the facts about life under white subjection, about fear, hunger and hatred. Gradually he learned to play Jim Crow in order to survive in a world of white hostility, secretly satisfying his craving for books and knowledge until the time came when he could follow his dream of justice and opportunity in the north.

Contributor(s): Vikas Swarup (author) Format: Paperback, 400pp Publication date: 02 Jan 2009 Publisher: Black Swan ISBN-13: 9780552775359 ISBN-10: 0552775355

Former tiffinboy Ram Mohammad Thomas has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz-show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he is pulling a fast one.In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life gave him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Ram's story is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy and tear-inducing joyousness of modern India.

Contributor(s): Michelle Zink (author) Format: Hardback , 216 x 135mm , 352pp Publication date: 06 Aug 2009 Publisher: ATOM ISBN-13: 9781905654482 ISBN-10: 1905654480

'Without the Keys, something terrible will happen. Something that cannot be undone. And with them, I might bring an end to the riddle of the Prophecy and my strange part in it. If Alice and I are on conflicting sides of the Prophecy, the Keys would be dangerous in her hands. Which means I have to find them. And I have to do it before my sister.' This is the story of sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe's quest to discover her role and her twin sister's in a powerful prophecy that has affected twin sisters for generations. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers - about herself, about her family, and about the danger that goes from haunting her dreams to becoming her reality.

Contributor(s): Hugo Young (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129mm , 368pp Publication date: 28 Jan 2004 Publisher: Atlantic Books ISBN-13: 9781843542278 ISBN-10: 1843542277

'This timely collection is a reminder that Young is one of the best political forecasters we have...Memorable' Sunday HeraldSupping with the Devils brings together Hugo Young's incisive and wide-ranging journalism. Starting with the 1980s, it interprets the major events that have punctuated British political life, from the resignation of Margaret Thatcher to the rise of New Labour. But it is more than a book about party politics. Supping with the Devils ranges over the nature and future of the British state; Britain's place in the world (especially its relationship with the United States and Europe); immigration and the murder of Stephen Lawrence; freedom of information and the crisis of religious belief; the future of fox-hunting and the power of art. Urgent, penetrating and always original, these articles, taken together, confirm Young's reputation as our most morally engaged commentator.'Young is the fairest writer on politics I know...He is meticulous with facts, fastidious with judgements and generous to the opposing argument. He enriches his reader.' Matthew Parris, Literary Review

Contributor(s): Andrey Kurkov (author) George Bird (translation) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129mm , 256pp Publication date: 03 Mar 2005 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099461692 ISBN-10: 0099461692

Viktor - last seen in Death and the Penguin fleeing Mafia vengeance on an Antarctica-bound flight booked for Penguin Misha - seizes a heaven-sent opportunity to return to Kiev with a new identity. Clear now as to the enormity of abandoning Misha, then convalescent from a heart-transplant, Viktor determines to make amends. Viktor falls in with a Mafia boss who engages him to help in his election campaign, then introduces him to men who might further his search for Misha, said to be in a private zoo in Chechnya. What ensues is for Viktor both a quest and an odyssey of atonement, and, for the reader, an experience as rich, topical and illuminating as Death and the Penguin.

Contributor(s): Michael Moorcock (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129mm , 512pp Publication date: 05 Jan 2004 Publisher: Scribner ISBN-13: 9780684861418 ISBN-10: 0684861410

Three hospital outpatients all find that they hear voices - the voices of London's past. As they explore the city of their present day, they also explore its recent past and its forgotten people. Through the lives of those on the fringe of society, we learn what it is like - and what it has always been like - to live in the great, sprawling, polyphonic, multicoloured capital.

Contributor(s): Antoinette Portis (author) Antoinette Portis (illustrator) Format: Paperback , 230 x 230mm , 32pp Publication date: 06 May 2008 Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books ISBN-13: 9780007254804 ISBN-10: 0007254806

A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical. A box is just a box! unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. Inspired by the memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her brother, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.

Contributor(s): Edith Wharton (author) Elizabeth Ammons (introduction) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 15mm , 224pp Publication date: 07 Oct 1993 Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN-13: 9780140186796 ISBN-10: 0140186794

A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires Edith Wharton called "Summer" her 'hot Ethan'. In their rural settings and their poor, uneducated protagonists, "Summer" (1916) and "Ethan Frome" represent a sharp departure from Wharton's familiar depictions of the urban upper class. Charity Royall lives unhappily with her hard-drinking adoptive father in an isolated village, until a visiting architect awakens her sexual passion and the hope for escape. Exploring Charity's relation to her father and her lover, Wharton delves into dark cultural territory: repressed sexuality, small-town prejudice, and, in subtle hints, incest.

Contributor(s): Terry Pratchett (author) Neil Gaiman (author) Format: Paperback , 180mm , 416pp Publication date: 23 May 1991 Publisher: Corgi Books ISBN-13: 9780552137034 ISBN-10: 0552137030
Contributor(s): Kurt Vonnegut (author) Format: Paperback , 199 x 129mm , 268pp Publication date: 17 Oct 1991 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099877103 ISBN-10: 0099877104
Contributor(s): Andrew Pepper (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 24mm , 400pp Publication date: 05 Jul 2007 Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) ISBN-13: 9780753821688 ISBN-10: 0753821680

St Giles, London, 1829: three people have been brutally murdered and the city simmers with anger and political unrest. Pyke, sometime Bow Street Runner, sometime crook, finds himself accidentally embroiled in the murder investigation but quickly realises that he has stumbled into something more sinister and far-reaching. In his pursuit of the murderer, Pyke ruffles the feathers of some powerful people, and, falsely accused of murder himself, he soon faces a death sentence, and the gallows of Old Bailey. Imprisoned, and with only his uncle and the headstrong, aristocratic daughter of his greatest enemy who believe in him, Pyke must engineer his escape, find the real killer and untangle the web of politics that has been spun around him. From the gutters of Seven Dials, to the cells of Newgate prison; from the turmoil of 1800s Belfast to the highest levels of murky, pre-Victorian politics, The Last Days of Newgate is a gripping, darkly atmospheric story with a fantastic, pragmatic - and reluctantly heroic - hero

Contributor(s): Barbara Ward (author) Format: Paperback , 216 x 138 x 12mm , 192pp Publication date: 22 Jan 2004 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. ISBN-13: 9780826469298 ISBN-10: 0826469299

Contributor(s): Rutu Modan (author) Format: Hardback , 237 x 171 x 23mm , 160pp Publication date: 07 Jun 2007 Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd ISBN-13: 9780224081665 ISBN-10: 0224081667

Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, "Exit Wounds" is the first graphic novel to be published in Britain by one of Israel's best-known cartoonists. A young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself not only piecing together the last few months of his father's life, but his entire identity. With thin, precise lines and luscious watercolours, Modan creates a portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties.

Contributor(s): Format: Paperback , 181 x 111 x 7mm , 128pp Publication date: 27 Aug 2009 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780141043845 ISBN-10: 0141043849

These are unique stories of timeless wisdom and understanding from the Zen Masters. With rich and fascinating tales of swords, tigers, tea, flowers and dogs, the writings of the Masters challenge every perception - and seek to bring all readers closer to enlightenment. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Contributor(s): Alison Weir (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 31mm , 496pp Publication date: 04 Jun 2009 Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780099493822 ISBN-10: 0099493829

England, 1536. Home to the greatest, most glittering court in English history. But beneath the dazzling facade lies treachery...Elizabeth Tudor is daughter to Henry VIII, the most powerful king England has ever known. She is destined to ascend the throne, and deferred to as the King's heiress, but that all changes when her mother Anne Boleyn - Henry's great passion and folly - is executed for treason. Elizabeth 's life alters in a heartbeat. A pawn in the savage game of Tudor power politics, she is disinherited, declared a bastard, and left with only her quick wits to rely on for her very existence. But Elizabeth is determined to survive, to foil those who want to destroy her, or who are determined to use her as a puppet for their own lethal ambition, and to reclaim her birthright...

Contributor(s): Jorge Volpi (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 128 x 21mm , 416pp Publication date: 01 Mar 2004 Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd ISBN-13: 9781841153896 ISBN-10: 1841153893

Already an international bestseller, 'In Search of Klingsor' traces an American physicist's thrilling search to unmask Hitler's chief science advisor, the man whose work on the German atomic bomb threatened Allied security. In 1946, Francis Bacon, a brilliant young American physicist, is pursuing research under the guidance of Albert Einstein, Kurt Godel and other great minds of modern science. But because of a series of personal indiscretions he is forced to accept an altogether different, more sinister, assignment: uncover 'Klingsor', Hitler's foremost advisor on the atomic bomb. But who is Klingsor and where might he be found? Bacon's efforts to expose the truth take him to Germany and to Gustav Links, a survivor of the failed attempt to kill Hitler in 1944. With Links at his side, Bacon is able to reconstruct a map of European maths and physics and embark on a journey that will lead him to some of the greatest scientific thinkers of the time, including Heisenberg, Schrodinger and Bohr, all of them suspects. As the search for his seemingly omniscient adversary intensifies, Bacon is drawn deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies of post-war Europe and into a complicated relationship with a mysterious and alluring woman whose motives are unclear. Part mystery, part psychological puzzle, part spy story, 'In Search of Klingsor' is already an international bestseller. It has been compared with Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose' in its ability to fuse its many elements -- science, metaphysics, mathematics, philosophy -- into a single compelling narrative and will delight anyone with an enquiring mind.

Contributor(s): Alfred Wainwright (author) Chris Jesty (revision) Format: Hardback , 170 x 112 x 17mm , 264pp Publication date: 14 Sep 2007 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd ISBN-13: 9780711226142 ISBN-10: 0711226148
Contributor(s): Paulina Christensen (author) Anne Fox (author) Format: Mixed media product , 233 x 190 x 24mm , 384pp Publication date: 10 Apr 2000 Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S. ISBN-13: 9780764551956 ISBN-10: 0764551957

You'll find German spoken all over the world -- German tourists are famously intrepid -- and especially across much of Europe, including (besides Germany, of course) Austria, Switzerland, northern Italy, the Czech Republic, and several other countries. Whether you're taking a trip to Germany or just want to surprise your German neighbor with a "hi--how--are--you," learning this language will help you see the world and yourself from an entirely different perspective. German For Dummies uses the renowned Berlitz approach to get you up and running with the language -- and having fun too! Designed for the total beginner, this guide -- with dialogue and pronunciation audio CD included -- will introduce you to basic grammar, then speedily have you talking about: * Dining out * Shopping * The office * Planning a trip * Recreation * Partying * Trains, planes, and automobiles In addition to the audio conversations, fun and games sections ease your way into German fluency, while phonetic spellings following expressions and vocabulary improve your pronunciation, and helpful boxes and sidebars cover cultural quirks and factoids. And, in trademark For Dummies fashion, you'll go beyond expressions for checking train schedules or buying potatoes to learn: * Things never to say in German * Ways to pick up German quickly * Phrases that make you sound German * Holidays to remember * Emailing and Internet vocabulary * German TV and movie vocabulary * How to browse and window--shop in Germany with style Whether you're just looking for a greeting besides "Guten tag," or you want to host a foreign exchange student, or want to become one yourself, German For Dummies gives you what you need to learn the language -- as much as you like, as fast as you like. Gehen wir! (gehn veer) (Let's get going!)

Contributor(s): Richard Osborne (author) Borin Van Loon (illustrator) Format: Paperback , 167 x 117 x 15mm , 176pp Publication date: 03 Sep 2009 Publisher: Icon Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9781848310858 ISBN-10: 1848310854

With innovative graphics, "Introducing Sociology" traces the discipline's history, and explains the intricacies of its major thinkers from Comte and Marx to Baudrillard and beyond.

Contributor(s): Jed Mercurio (author) Format: Paperback , 197 x 130 x 17mm , 272pp Publication date: 07 Feb 2008 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099468523 ISBN-10: 0099468522

Yefgenii Yeremin is a flyer and he is a phantom. In the Korean War, he is the legendary ace dubbed 'Ivan the Terrible', shooting down more American jets than any other pilot in history. But the Soviet Union's involvement in Korea must be kept secret, so Yefgenii is exiled to a remote Arctic base, his name unknown, his victories uncelebrated. But in 1964, a man arrives from Moscow, from the Space Committee, in search of a volunteer prepared to sacrifice everything for his country.

Contributor(s): John Williams (author) Format: Paperback , 203 x 130 x 16mm , 296pp Publication date: 01 Jul 2007 Publisher: New York Review of Books Classics ISBN-13: 9781590171981 ISBN-10: 1590171985
Contributor(s): Peter Hoeg (author) Format: Paperback , 197 x 131 x 26mm , 416pp Publication date: 04 Apr 1996 Publisher: The Harvill Press ISBN-13: 9781860461675 ISBN-10: 1860461670

One snowy day in Copenhagen, six-year-old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop. The police pronounce it an accident. But Isaiah's neighbour, Smilla, suspects murder. She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow.

Contributor(s): Vitezslav Nezval (author) Osers Ewald (translation) Format: Paperback , 216 x 138 x 5mm , 64pp Publication date: 10 Mar 2009 Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9781852248161 ISBN-10: 1852248165

Czech writer Vitezslav Nezval (1900-58) was one of the leading Surrealist poets of the 20th century. "Prague with Fingers of Rain" is his classic 1936 collection in which Prague's many-sided life - its glamorous history, various weathers, different kinds of people - becomes symbolic of what is contradictory and paradoxical in life itself. Mixing real and surreal, Nezval evokes life's contradictoriness in a series of psalm-like poems of puzzled love and generous humanity. Nezval was perhaps the most prolific writer in Prague during the 1920s and 30s. An original member of the avant-garde group of artists Devetsil ("Butterbur", literally: "Nine Forces"), he was a founding figure of the Poetist movement. His numerous books included poetry collections, experimental plays and novels, memoirs, essays and translations. His best work is from the interwar period. Along with Karel Teige, Jindrich Aetyrsku, and Toyen, Nezval frequently travelled to Paris, engaging with the French surrealists. Forging a friendship with Andre Breton and Paul Aeluard, he was instrumental in founding The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia in 1934 (the first such group outside of France), serving as editor of the group's journal Surrealismus. His mastery of language and prosody was unparalleled - contemporaries referred to it as wizardry. Alongside with surrealist poetry, he wrote poems that sounded like genuine folksongs and for some time he teased the Czech literary public by the anonymous publication of three books attributed to a fictitious Robert David - one of 52 Villonesque ballades, another of 100 sonnets, all in strict classical form. His identity was guessed by the critics only because 'no one else would be able to do that'. This selection from his seminal collection has a specially commissioned foreword by Ivan Klima.

Contributor(s): Alfred Tennyson (author) Christopher Ricks (editor) Christopher Ricks (adaptation) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 24mm , 432pp Publication date: 06 Dec 2007 Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN-13: 9780140424430 ISBN-10: 0140424431

Tennyson's poetry epitomizes the Victorian age, for which he became a spokesman. His finest poems are often steeped in a sensuous melancholy, as in Maud, or are chivaric, heroic and allegorical, as in "The Lady of Shalot" and "Morte d'Arthur".

Contributor(s): Alice Walker (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 21mm , 272pp Publication date: 05 Aug 2004 Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) ISBN-13: 9780753818923 ISBN-10: 0753818922

'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful' Lenny Henry Set in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave. She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life.

Contributor(s): Wayne W. Dyer (author) Format: Paperback , 229 x 152mm , 256pp Publication date: 01 Jun 2009 Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd ISBN-13: 9781848500273 ISBN-10: 1848500270

In "Stop the Excuses", Dr Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness and health. You may know what to think but find it terribly difficult to actually change thinking habits that have been with you since childhood. People are forever using excuses and defending those excuse patterns as if they were actually true. Such statements as 'It would be very difficult for me to change - ', 'If I changed, it would create family dramas - ', 'I'm too old/young to change - ', and 'I've always been this way - ' are all excuses that are used regularly without challenging the truth of these thinking habits. When you eliminate excuses that explain your shortcomings or failures, you'll awaken to your infinite possibilities.

Contributor(s): Evelyn Waugh (author) Richard Jacobs (introduction) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 15mm , 256pp Publication date: 03 Feb 2000 Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN-13: 9780141182872 ISBN-10: 0141182873

The Bright Young Things of 1920s Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade, whether it is promiscuity, dancing, cocktail parties or sports cars. A vivid assortment of characters, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, aristocratic Nina Blount, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the hedonistic fulfilment of their desires. Evelyn Waugh's acidly funny and experimental satire shows a new generation emerging in the years after the First World War, revealing the darkness and vulnerability beneath the glittering surface of the high life.

Contributor(s): John L. Allen (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 131 x 25mm , 416pp Publication date: 04 May 2006 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780141024653 ISBN-10: 0141024658

Opus Dei is one of the most talked about but least known religious organizations of our time. For years no one has been allowed access to its secrets. Until now. Here, Vatican insider John Allen uncovers its true nature. Granted unlimited access to those within its ranks, gaining a wealth of interviews with the heads of Opus Dei around the world, Allen finally separates the myths from the facts: the actual use of whips and the cilice; the true extent of Opus Dei's funds; the identities of its influential members in politics, banking and high office; and how much power this shadowy group really has. Definitive, persuasive and absorbing' - "Daily Telegraph". Focuses on some of the most controversial aspects of the organization, from its treatment of women to its recruitment and its money' - "Independent". He reports on all aspects of the Opus Dei cult (including structure and finance, and the practice of mortifying the flesh with a cilice) and, most usefully, includes details of the bishops and personnel around the world who are Opus Dei clergy' - "New Statesman". An admirable book the first stop for anyone interested in [Opus Dei]' - "Sunday Times".

Contributor(s): Ray Manzarek (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129mm , 416pp Publication date: 06 May 1999 Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780099280651 ISBN-10: 0099280655
Contributor(s): Suzie Hayman (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 17mm , 224pp Publication date: 26 Dec 2008 Publisher: Teach Yourself Books ISBN-13: 9780340974803 ISBN-10: 034097480X

- offers you insight into your teenager's world - gives you the confidence and skills you need to tackle difficult issues - teaches you how to communicate and negotiate with your child - helps you help them towards a confident and happy young adulthood "Parenting Your Teenager" gives you advice and encouragement to help you manage your child's adolescence, and turn these years of conflict into happy, hopeful times. It shows you how to improve communication with your teenager, giving you the insight to tackle all the areas of conflict calmly and confidently, and helping your child become a strong, independent adult. Written by a leading counsellor who has trained as a teacher and worked with hundreds of teenagers and families like yours, it also offers plenty of real-life stories and sources of further help for anxious or concerned parents.

Contributor(s): Barry Unsworth (author) Format: Paperback , 197 x 129 x 40mm , 640pp Publication date: 04 Feb 1993 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780140119930 ISBN-10: 0140119930

This book is the winner of the 1992 Booker prize. 'Gripping..."Sacred Hunger" covers a period between 1752 and concerns the entangled and conflicted fortunes of two cousins: Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Lancashire merchant, and Matthew Paris, a scholar and surgeon just released from prison for 'denying Holy Writ'...the Liverpool Merchant is the vessel on which the whole of the novel hinges, and it carries the reader deep into the history of man's iniquitous greed...As regards its dramatic breadth and energy, no recent domestic novel has come within a mile of it' - Anthony Quinn in the "Independent".

Contributor(s): Martin Amis (author) Format: Paperback , 199 x 126mm , 240pp Publication date: 03 Jun 1999 Publisher: Vintage ISBN-13: 9780099272663 ISBN-10: 0099272660

Martin Amis's short stories make his novels look prim. They are also more frankly satirical. Whole words are created - or inverted. In "Straight Fiction", everyone is gay (apart from the beleaguered 'straight' community); in "Career Moves", screenplay writers submit their works to little magazines, while poets are flown first-class to Los Angeles; in "The Janitor on Mars", a sardonic robot gives us some strange news about life in the solar system. Largely absent in the novels, the middle classes get a showing in "Let Me Count the Times", where a man has had a mad affair with himself. "Heavy Water", portrays the exhaustion of working-class culture, "State of England" its weird resuscitation. And in "The Coincidence of the Arts" an English baronet becomes entangled with an African-American chess hustler. The earliest story, "Denton's Death", was first published in 1975, but the bulk of the collection can be firmly labelled 'most recent work'.

Contributor(s): Virginia Woolf (author) Stella McNichol (editor) Elaine Showalter (introduction) Elaine Showalter (notes) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 17mm , 288pp Publication date: 25 May 2000 Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN-13: 9780141182490 ISBN-10: 0141182490

On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.

Contributor(s): Ray Bradbury (author) Format: Paperback , 197 x 130mm , 224pp Publication date: 04 Aug 2008 Publisher: HarperVoyager ISBN-13: 9780007284733 ISBN-10: 000728473X

Two dazzling new novellas from the celebrated author of Fahrenheit 451. Two previously unpublished novellas comprise this astonishing new volume from one of science fiction's greatest living writers. In the first, 'Somewhere a Band is Playing', newsman James Cardiff is lured through poetry and his fascination with a beautiful and enigmatic young woman to Summerton, Arizona. The small town's childless population hold an extraordinary secret which has been passed on for thousands of years unbeknownst to the rest of human civilization. In the second novella, 'Leviathan '99', the classic tale of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick' is reborn as an interstellar adventure. It recounts the exploits of the mad Captain Ahab, who, blinded by his first encounter with a gigantic comet called 'Leviathan', pursues his lunatic vendetta across the universe. Born in space and seeking adventure in the skies, astronaut Ishmael Jones joins the crew aboard the Cetus 7 and quickly finds his fate in the hands of an indefatigable captain. Published together for the first time in one volume, these two stories twinkle with Bradbury's characteristically intricate metaphors and lyrical phrases.Both are a lasting testament to an older generation of writers that, much like the Leviathan itself, are on the threshold of passing on into the realm of legend.

Contributor(s): Robert Young (author) Format: Paperback , 174 x 111 x 11mm , 192pp Publication date: 26 Jun 2003 Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN-13: 9780192801821 ISBN-10: 0192801821

This innovative and lively book is quite unlike any other introduction to postcolonialism. Robert Young examines the political, social, and cultural after-effects of decolonization by presenting situations, experiences, and testimony rather than going through the theory at an abstract level. He situates the debate in a wide cultural context, discussing its importance as an historical condition, with examples such as the status of aboriginal people, of those dispossessed from their land, Algerian rai music, postcolonial feminism, and global social and ecological movements. Above all, Young argues, postcolonialism offers a political philosophy of activism that contests the current situation of global inequality, and so in a new way continues the anti-colonial struggles of the past.

Contributor(s): Wallpaper* Magazine (author) Format: Paperback , 160 x 108 x 10mm , 128pp Publication date: 30 Sep 2008 Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd ISBN-13: 9780714849027 ISBN-10: 0714849022

"Wallpaper* City Guides" not only suggest where to stay, eat, and drink, but what the tourist passionate about design might want to see, whether he/she has a week or 24 hours in the city. Featured are up and coming areas, landmark buildings in an 'Architour', design centres, and the best shops to buy items unique to that city. "Wallpaper* City Guides" present travellers with a fast-track ticket to the chosen location. The edited guides offer the best, most exciting, and the most beautiful of that particular city. As well as looking beautiful, the guides are expertly designed with function as a priority, and have tabbed sections so that the tourist can easily find what they are looking for. There are maps, rate and currency cards, colour-coded parts of the city, and an easy navigational tool. They are the ultimate combination of form and function.

Contributor(s): Bodleian Library (author) Format: Hardback , 100 x 148 x 12mm , 64pp Publication date: 01 Oct 2005 Publisher: The Bodleian Library ISBN-13: 9781851243358 ISBN-10: 1851243356

In 1944 the British War Office distributed a handbook to British soldiers informing them what to expect and how to behave in a newly-liberated France. Containing candid descriptions of this war-ravaged society (widespread malnourishment, rampant tuberculosis) as well as useful phrases and a pronunciation guide (Bonjewer, commont-allay-voo), it was an indispensable guide to everyday life. But this small and unassuming publication had a deeper purpose: to bring together two allies who did not enjoy ideal relations in 1944. The book attempts to reconcile differences by stressing a shared history and the common aim - defeating Hitler. It also tried to dispel misapprehensions: 'There is a fairly widespread belief among people in Britain that the French are a particularly gay, frivolous people with no morals and few convictions.' Often unintentionally hilarious in its expression of these false impressions, the book is also a guide for avoiding social embarrassment: 'If you should happen to imagine that the first pretty French girl who smiles at you intends to dance the can-can or take you to bed, you will risk stirring up a lot of trouble for yourself - and for our relations with the French.' Many of its observations still ring true today. For example, 'The French are more polite than most of us. Remember to call them "Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle," not just "Oy!"' Others remind us of how we recently we have adopted French customs: 'Don't drink yourself silly. If you get the chance to drink wine, learn to "'take it".' Anyone with an interest in Britain, France or World War II will find this an irresistible insight into British attitudes towards the French and an interesting, timeless commentary on Anglo-French relations.

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