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Claudia

Anthony Trevelyan
Authors:
Anthony Trevelyan

How good are people? Let me tell you, Dee: people are as good as the pair of eyes they believe is on them...When Claudia Talwar is called to meet a mysterious visitor in the reception of her Manchester office block, she can't believe her eyes. It's Samson Glaze, former hippy turned internationally famous entrepreneur, and the fifteen-years-absent father figure of her youth.It doesn't take much for Samson to convince her to help find his son, Reggie Glaze, who's got into a bit of trouble: namely, he's joined a group called Tarantula who wear black armbands and seem obsessed with 'the next world'. Before she knows it, Claudia finds herself swept into a dark adventure of solar power, a hammer wielding assassin, and the end of our world . . .'Trevelyan's prose is wholly readable, with wonderful, concise details that conjure full moments in perfect little capsules' Dublin Inquirer

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Madness is Better than Defeat

Ned Beauman
Authors:
Ned Beauman

'This is one of the most purely enjoyable novels I've read in years - by turns sad, moving, thoughtful, intriguing, clever, enlightening, surprising and laugh-out-loud funny - which is more than enough. I can't think of any type of reader who wouldn't enjoy it' Irish Independent 'It reminded me of a Coen brothers film... I found it enchanting, and I was happy to turn every page... I really enjoyed it' Tom Sutcliffe, BBC Radio 4 Saturday ReviewConspiracy, insanity, ingenuity and adventure collide in the new novel by the Man Booker-longlisted, Granta Best of Young British Novelist Ned Beauman. #MadnessIsBetterIn 1938, two rival expeditions set off for a lost Mayan temple in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it as a geopolitical pawn - unaware that the temple is the locus of grander conspiracies than anyone could have imagined.Showcasing the anarchic humour, boundless imagination and unparalleled prose of one of the finest writers of his generation, this is a masterful novel that teases, entertains and dazzles in equal measure. PRAISE FOR NED BEAUMANA Granta Best Young British Novelist'Seriously funny and seriously intelligent at the same time' Daily Telegraph'Dazzlingly inventive' The Times'A singular, and almost recklessly gifted, young writer' Time'A force to be acknowledged in the here and now' Dazed and Confused'Gobsmackingly clever' Vanity Fair'Playful, arresting, unnerving opulent, rude and - above all - deliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh' Guardian#MadnessIsBetter

Hodder & Stoughton

The Book of Luce

L R Fredericks
Authors:
L R Fredericks

'Truly a slice of magic and a work of imaginative genius.' StarburstA mind-bending mystery spanning continents and centuries for all fans of Neal Stephenson and David Mitchell.'A witty and weird tale with shades of both Philip K Dick, and Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie's comic The Wicked + The Divine.' SFX'An experience that is both absorbing and emotional' SciFi NowMy obsession begins in the magical year 1967, at Luce and the Photons' legendary last secret gig. That night changes my life: I must know who Luce is. But the deeper I dig, the more questions I turn up. Is Luce a rock star or a pretender? An artist or an acid trip?My redemption . . . or my delusion?Drawn into the machinations of mysterious powers, I become the dark shadow who follows the light of Luce. But who follows me? Are they agents of evil or figments of my imagination? And do they follow me still?The quest for Luce will lead me to the farthest corners of the earth and into the deadliest danger. I will lose everything and everyone I love . . . except for Luce.Who is pawn and who is player? Murderer or victim? Betrayer or saviour?I am the only one who knows the truth.This is the truth.This is The Book of Luce.

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Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

Andy Lymer, Nick Rowbottom
Authors:
Andy Lymer, Nick Rowbottom

Is this the right book for me?Book keeping is neither dull nor mysterious - its rules are logical and straightforward and are readily mastered by practice. Successful Bookkeeping for Small Business is a substantial yet easy to follow introduction to the principles of bookkeeping and the practical skills of recording transactions, posting the ledgers and preparing final accounts.Written by finance and accounting experts from the University of Birmingham this book: - Explains the purpose and use of books of original entry as the basis of the double-entry system. - Describes the processes of recording purchases, sales and cash transactions. - Shows how these records are used to prepare the final accounts, the manufacturing, trading and profit and loss accounts and the balance sheet to provide accurate financial statements. - Explores petty cash, depreciation, partnership, company law, business documents and the effect of changes in IT.Worked examples throughout allow you to put the theory into practice. There is also a wide range of carefully graded questions and exercises with sample answers. In short, it demystifies the art of bookkeeping and gives you the confidence you need to tackle your books.Successful Bookkeeping for Small Business includes:Chapter 1: What is book keeping?Chapter 2: Business documentsChapter 3: The business transaction, purchases and salesChapter 4: Purchase and sales transactions and ledger accountsChapter 5: Cash transactionsChapter 6: The bank reconciliationChapter 7: Petty cashChapter 8: The (general) journalChapter 9: Writing up the booksChapter 10: The trial balanceChapter 11: What is profit or loss?Chapter 12: The revenue account: the trading, profit and loss and appropriation accountsChapter 13: The balance sheetChapter 14: Adjustments in the final accountsChapter 15: DepreciationChapter 16: Clubs, societies and charities book keepingChapter 17: Information technology and book keepingChapter 18: PartnershipsChapter 19: Limited companiesChapter 20: The analysis and interpretations of accountsLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of bookkeeping.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Coronet

Beyoncé: Running the World

Anna Pointer
Authors:
Anna Pointer

'Everything you ever wanted to know about the world's biggest singing star.' 5* - BestBeyoncé: Running The World is the full story of Houston born-and-bred Beyoncé's extraordinary life, which saw her join her first pop group at the age of nine before fronting the girl band Destiny's Child - the biggest-selling female group of all time. After embarking on a solo career in 2003, Beyoncé's status as a superstar was sealed and to date she has won more than 220 awards internationally and the hearts of millions of fans the world over. The most definitive and up-to-date telling of Beyoncé's story ever written, this book provides an intimate close-up on both her professional and personal life, with the inside story on how she and rapper husband Jay-Z became the biggest power couple on earth. With reports that their marriage was crumbling before the world's eyes on their 2014 joint tour, On The Run, it pieces together the split rumours that plagued them at every turn and documents exactly how they coped with such intense public scrutiny.The book also analyses Beyoncé's role as a mother to young daughter Blue Ivy and explores the hidden heartbreaks of her past, including a tragic miscarriage, a lengthy battle with depression and an agonising rift with her manager father Mathew.While celebrating Beyoncé's greatest triumphs Beyoncé: Running The World uncovers the truth behind the headlines, finding out exactly who 'Queen Bey' is and what really goes on behind the scenes...Contains an extra chapter with the most up-to-date information on the world's biggest star.

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Glow

Ned Beauman
Authors:
Ned Beauman
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Grain Brain

David Perlmutter
Authors:
David Perlmutter

Ground breaking research on how gluten is damaging our minds - Sunday Times StyleRenowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain.And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.Dr Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our 'smart genes' through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

Hodder & Stoughton

Beautiful Day

Elin Hilderbrand
Authors:
Elin Hilderbrand

'A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing' - KirkusThe Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect.In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken . . .**************Praise for Beautiful Day'A perfect summer read' - The Picky Girl'No other author screams summer read more than Elin Hilderbrand. Her novels ooze saucy, sandy, sunny secrets. This was such a fun book to read' - The Book Bag**************Further praise for Elin Hilderbrand'A gritty and moving read that oozes plenty of drama' - Heat'A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere' - Booklist'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down' - Candis 'Touching and uplifting' - U Magazine

Teach Yourself

Social Media Marketing In A Week

Nick Smith
Authors:
Nick Smith

Sunday: Understand what social media marketing is, its purpose, benefits and potential pitfallsMonday: Gain insight with cases studies of companies that have achieved positive results from social mediaTuesday: Get started with key strategies and tactics and learn how to find and engage with your audienceWednesday: Learn how to set up and configure Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedInThursday: Learn how to set up and configure YouTube, Google, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and other ones to watchFriday: Utilize other people's content to help you become the authority in your marketplace, in one hour a day or lessSaturday: Discover the tools and techniques that will help you to continually manage your social media campaign

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The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman
Authors:
Ned Beauman

NED BEAUMAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZEAN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEARA DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEARAN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEARThe fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious second novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning BOXER, BEETLE.HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVERWhen you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone.If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't.But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid.From the author of the acclaimed BOXER, BEETLE comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.LET'S HOPE THE PARTY WAS WORTH IT(P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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The Blind Giant

Nick Harkaway
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Nick Harkaway
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Ned Beauman was born in 1985 and lives in London. He has written for Dazed & Confused, AnOther and the Guardian. His debut novel, BOXER, BEETLE was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Desmond Elliot Prize, and won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction Book. Ned Beauman was picked by The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Writers in 2011. His second novel, THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012.www.nedbeauman.co.ukwww.nedbeauman.blogspot.co.uk