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Robert Peston

Robert Peston is the BBC's Economics Editor. Prior to joining the BBC, he was Political Editor and Financial Editor of the Financial Times, City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and a columnist for the New Statesman and Sunday Times (inter alia). He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year (twice) from the Royal Television Society, Performer of the Year from the Broadcasting Press Guild, Broadcaster of the Year and Journalist of the Year from the Wincott Foundation and Business Journalist of the Year from the London Press Club. Peston has published two critically acclaimed books, WHO RUNS BRITAIN?, his best-selling account of who is to blame for the economic and financial crisis of 2007-9, and BROWN'S BRITAIN, a biography of Gordon Brown and analysis of the New Labour government. His prize-winning blog - Peston's Picks - which has more than 800,000 readers, can be found at He is the founder of Speakers for Schools (, a pro bono educational service which organises free talks from inspirational speakers for students at state schools. He is a trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce. He is married to the writer Si?n Busby. You can follow Robert on twitter at

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Who Runs Britain?

Robert Peston

On 13 September 2007, Robert Peston broke the news that Northern Rock had become a victim of the global credit crunch and was seeking an emergency loan from the Bank of England. It was the latest in a long line of scoops by this award-winning journalist. Over the weeks that followed, the Government found itself exposed to the Rock to the tune of 57 billion, or almost ?2000 for every taxpayer.As Robert Peston shows in his fascinating new book, the seeds for the collapse of Northern Rock and the upheavals in the financial markets were sown years before. WHO RUNS BRITAIN? is the first time anyone has drawn all the threads together to weave a story that's rich in extraordinary characters and outrageous feats of economic bravado. This book is about the widening gap between the super-rich and the rest of us. It explores and explodes the myth that the financial creativity of those who are amassing these vast fortunes is good for the wider economy and for all of us. Whether you're a financial expert or just have a bank account, WHO RUNS BRITAIN? is a book you must read.

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COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

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How Do We Fix This Mess?

Hodder author and BBC Business Editor, Robert Peston, blogs about the lessons we can learn from his new book, HOW DO WE FIX THIS MESS?

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The Lost Continent

Gavin Hewitt

In THE LOST CONTINENT BBC Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt tells the story of a flawed dream, a noble vision that turned dangerous, and which led Europe into its gravest crisis since World War Two - a crisis for which it was totally unprepared.A pillar of the post-war European dream was a shared currency, and with it came easy money, seducing some countries into a wild spending binge. After the financial crash in the United States, Europe caught the cold and was left with a debt crisis that came to threaten the entire European project. THE LOST CONTINENT is rich in anecdote, weaving together the stories of ordinary people with the high politics and drama of Europe in crisis to give an unparalleled and vivid portrait of a massive shift in modern history. It includes interviews with top officials and insiders, and dramatic accounts of key meetings. Gavin Hewitt's THE LOST CONTINENT is a clear-eyed book by a distinguished and well-connected journalist which tells the astonishing story of how we got here and where we might be headed.


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Robert Peston ... life in the eye of a perfect storm

Talking to Alison Roberts about his latest book HOW DO WE FIX THIS MESS?

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When 'Spiritual but Not Religious' is Not Enough

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Visit Robert Peston's prize-winning BBC blog, in which he analyses, discusses, and explains the issues in business that matter to us all.

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House Rules

Jodi Picoult

Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger's. He is locked in his own world - aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn't know how.When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviours of Jacob's syndrome - not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions - start looking a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?

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HANDLE WITH CARE by Jodi Picoult

Reading group guide to use alongside Jodi Picoult's HANDLE WITH CARE.

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Robyn Young spends World Book Day 2011 visiting the printers

Author Robyn Young celebrated World Book Day by taking a trip to our bookprinters, Clays.

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Straight and Crooked Thinking

Robert Henry Thouless

This new edition of a timeless classic demonstrates how the use of clear, rational thinking and logic can win any argument, however emotionally charged the topic in question. It describes the typical flaws of reasoning in argument and shows how language can be used to deceive - and how to avoid being deceived. It will show you how, by learning what is 'straight', rational language, and clear thought, you can disentangle emotionally charged rhetoric and hold your own in any argument or debate, no matter how challenging. Although written nearly 80 years ago, this book proves that certain principles remain timeless; it has shown many thousands over the decades how to cope with media spin and distorted reasoning - and now it will do the same for you.

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Succeed at Psychometric Testing: Practice Tests for Verbal Reasoning Intermediate 2nd Edition

Simbo Nuga

Are you about to attend an interview or assessment centre for a new job, or are you being considered for promotion or training? If that means the daunting prospect of sitting psychometric tests then this book contains plenty of preparation exercises to hone your skills and build your confidence before you face those tests! This book covers a vital area of psychometric testing, one which is widely used throughout industry and in the public sector. With hundreds of practice questions, Verbal Reasoning Intermediate Level shows that verbal reasoning is an easily improvable skill and gives you the opportunity to practice, practice and then practice some more! Improve your skills AND build your confidence before the big day. Written in a clear and accessible style the book contains: -Tips and advice on pre-test preparation -Hundreds of practice questions, cross-referenced to answers and comprehensive explanations -Guidance on what to do on the day of the test -Further reading and websites

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Confident Coaching: Teach Yourself

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Hodder to publish Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill

We're delighted to announce that we have commissioned Boris Johnson to write a book on the character, life, legacy and meaning today of Sir Winston Churchill. Click below to read more . . .


The Patriot

Nigel Tranter