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The Life of a Song

By David Cheal, Jan Dalley
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David Cheal, Jan Dalley
Who knew that Paul McCartney originally referred to Yesterday as 'Scrambled Eggs' because he couldn't think of any lyrics for his heart-breaking tune? Or that Patti LaBelle didn't know what 'Voulez-vous couches avec moi ce soir?' actually meant?These and countless other fascinating back stories of some of our best-known and best-loved songs fill this book, a collection of the highly successful weekly The Life of a Song columns that appear in the FT Weekend every Saturday.Each 600-word piece gives a mini-biography of a single song, from its earliest form (often a spiritual, or a jazz number), through the various covers and changes, often morphing from one genre to another, always focusing on the 'biography' of the song itself while including the many famous artists who have performed or recorded it.The selection covers a wide spectrum of the songs we all know and love - rock, pop, folk, jazz and more. Each piece is pithy, sparkily written, knowledgeable, entertaining, full of anecdotes and surprises. They combine deep musical knowledge with the vivid background of the performers and musicians, and of course the often intriguing social and political background against which the songs were created.
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The Life and Loves of a He Devil

By Graham Norton
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Graham Norton
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  • Love...And Sleepless Nights

    By Nick Spalding
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    Nick Spalding
    When Nick Spalding self-published Love... From Both Sides and Love... And Sleepless Nights he became one of the bestselling ebook authors of 2012. Now for the first time the Love... books are being published in a longer format with more of the love story, more of Laura and Jamie's ups and downs and more of the laugh-out-loud hilarious moments that fans have come to know and love. Sometimes, the hardest part of becoming a parent is keeping a straight face...Just ask Jamie and Laura Newman, who (thanks to a rather relaxed attitude to contraception) find themselves about to have a baby. It's obviously a terrifying prospect for a newly married couple, but as long as they stick together they'll be just fine... right? They'd better because the path between falling in love and those first few baby steps is littered with obstacles. Featuring a hilarious cast of characters including an overbearing mother-in-law, a terrifying midwife and at least one chorus of mating humpback whales, Love... And Sleepless Nights is the hilarious follow-up novel all about what happens beyond the happy ever after. Falling in love with another person is easy, making a new one is where things get complicated.
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    The Loose Women Book for Lovely Mums

    By Loose Women
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    Loose Women
    Following hot on the heels of our 2010 Mothers' Day Number 1 bestseller, here come the girls with The Loose Women Book for Lovely Mums.The perfect gift for lovely mums everywhere, this book is a collection of heart-warming anecdotes and hilarious misdemeanors that celebrate mums and reminds us all why they are so special.The Loose Women reflect on their relationships with their own mothers - from Jane McDonald, who lives with her mum; to Carol McGiffin remembering her childhood as fun but a 'health and safety nightmare'. They also share their own experiences of being mums - Coleen Nolan tells how it's been the role she's loved most in life and shares some of the silliest things her children have said; Denise talks of her surprise at becoming a mum for the second time; Sherrie reveals the joy she felt at becoming a mum after eight years of trying; while Oxo mum Lynda Bellingham remembers the struggles of bringing up her two teenage boys single-handedly.An irresistible mix of uplifting stories, laugh-out-loud banter and bittersweet moments, this book is a gift to treasure for mums from all generations.
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    Loose Women on Men

    By Loose Women
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    Loose Women
    Men are from Mars eh? Well yes, you won't get any argument from us on that front. Sometimes it really does feel like they're from another planet.Between us, we've had a few and though we'd like to tell you that our combined decades of dating disasters and marriage mishaps have given us wisdom and insight into the secrets of understanding the opposite sex - the truth is, we still don't have a clue what makes them tick.But we always have a right old laugh trying to figure them out! Packed with brand new exclusive content, we will open up about all the things that baffle and delight us about the un-fairer sex. Sherrie remembers her date with Steve McQueen, Jane gushes about being reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Coleen shares her secrets for keeping the romance alive and Carol will talk about the time she was forced to draw a diagram to illustrate the finer points of pleasing a lady. . .
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    Lost Wisdom: A Celebration of Traditional Knowledge from Foraging and Festivals to Seafring and Smoke Signals

    By Paul Jenner, Una McGovern
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    Paul Jenner, Una McGovern
    cooking with a range - counting sheep - curing drunkennessfinding water - signalling with semaphore - identifying plants and trees making and taking tea - natural first aid - using an abacusnavigating by nature - preparing antidotes to poisoningpredicting the sex of a baby - repairing clothes curing warts - weather forecastingLost Wisdom is a celebration of the time-honoured wisdom upon which we all once relied. It draws on folklore, tradition and superstition, and is packed with amusing anecdotes and historical extracts which illuminate the beliefs and knowledge of our ancestors. It brings to life the wisdom and practical skills that helped generation after generation, only becoming lost with the advent of mechanization and the technological age.Following in the footsteps of Lost Crafts, Lost Wisdom is a beautiful book that will once more immerse you in the pleasures of the past.
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    LOOSE WOMEN: Here Come the Girls

    By Loose Women
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    Loose Women
    It's that time of year again - the clocks go back, you've ditched the bikini diet, lost your other half to the football and it's blooming freezing...Winter can seem bleak, but the award-winningLoose Women girls are here to help get you through.Packed with brand new exclusive content, this warm, honest and jaw-achingly funny book is a must-have for allLoose Women fans. The nation's favourite feisty females open up on the trickiest of seasonal dilemmas - including office party disasters, detox vs. retox, surviving heartbreak at Christmas and a stocking full of saucy confessions!Just like a night out with the girls, and brimming with all-new wit, wisdom and hilarious stories, this book is the perfect tonic for those cold winter nights.So grab a warm mug of hot chocolate, snuggle up on the sofa and be reminded of the things that really matter in life...with a little help from the girls!
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    Lauren Luke

    By Lauren Luke
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    Lauren Luke
    'I just love colour! I have always been excited by colourful make-up and the endless amount of different looks you can create with it. I love the way it can bring out the best in everyone.'Lauren Luke is an internet phenomenon. Her make-up tutorials, filmed in her bedroom in South Shields near Newcastle, have attracted a staggering 36 million [and counting...] hits on YouTube. Growing up, Lauren had a tough time at school and began experimenting with makeup to fit in. And so began a lifelong love affair with cosmetics and the art of transformation. One day she decided to share her passion with friends online and became a sensation.The great thing about Lauren is she is just an ordinary 27 year old woman - but arm her with a glittery eye shadow and a shimmer lip-gloss and she can show you how to show off your best features or recreate Cheryl Cole or Leona Lewis' latest look in ten minutes flat. Everyone has bits they love about their face, and other parts they'd rather conceal, and Lauren will show you how to make the most of what you've got.Just like sitting down with your best friend for a makeover session, Lauren's book is brimming with fresh ideas and packed with insider beauty tips and tricks of the trade.
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    Lost Lore: A Celebration of Traditional Wisdom, from Foraging and Festivals to Seafaring and Smoke Signals

    By Paul Jenner, Una McGovern
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    Paul Jenner, Una McGovern
    cooking with a range - counting sheep - curing drunkennessfinding water - signalling with semaphore - identifying plants and trees making and taking tea - natural first aid - using an abacusnavigating by nature - preparing antidotes to poisoning predicting the sex of a baby - repairing clothes curing warts - weather forecastingLost Lore is a celebration of the time-honoured wisdom upon which we all once relied. It draws on folklore, tradition and superstition, and is packed with amusing anecdotes and historical extracts which illuminate the beliefs and knowledge of our ancestors. It brings to life the wisdom and practical skills that helped generation after generation, only becoming lost with the advent of mechanization and the technological age.Following in the footsteps of Lost Crafts, Lost Lore is a beautiful book that will once more immerse you in the pleasures of the past.
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    LOOSE WOMEN Girls' Night In

    By Loose Women
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    Loose Women
    Ok so the fad diet failed, you're never going to be a domestic goddess, the husband's gone AWOL and you've dropped the baby. Time to close the door, curl up on the sofa, pour yourself a stiff drink and laugh out loud. In this wickedly funny book, the Loose Women girls discuss all the topics closest to their hearts - from younger men to sugar daddies, six-pack fantasies to support knickers, this book is packed with lively, wide-ranging opinions. They share toe-curling confessions of wild nights out (Carol has been particularly generous in her contributions to this section. Thanks Carol.), celebrity encounters, pearls of wisdom, and woeful tales of disastrous relationships (Again, thanks Carol...). The pros and cons of being single, the highs and lows of long-term love, domestic drudgery, drunken skullduggery... It's all here. If you've ever fancied your doctor or wept over a washing machine service manual - and laughed to tell the tale - this is your kind of book. A witty, wise, funny and comforting book, it will leave you aching with laughter and itching for a night out with the girls.
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    Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills

    By Una McGovern
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    Una McGovern
    navigating by the stars - thatchingcharcoal burning - maze laying - making candlesmaking besom brooms - making ciderblacksmithing - haymaking - using herbal remediesLost Crafts is an attractive and engaging introduction to a range of traditional and sustainable crafts, activities and pastimes. Around 100 traditional pursuits are described and illustrated, from whittling to spinning, beekeeping to dry-stone walling, lace-making to trout guddling.Whether seeking instruction or inspiration, interested in social history or simply curling up in an armchair and daydreaming, the reader will find Lost Crafts to be a fascinating treasury of pastimes from a bygone age. And, as awareness grows of our environmental footprints, these sustainable pursuits are increasingly relevant to the modern world.
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    The Long-Player Goodbye

    By Travis Elborough
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    Travis Elborough
    For nearly 60 years, since the arrival of the long-playing record in 1948, the album has provided the soundtrack to our lives. Our record collections, even if they're on CD, or these days, an iPod, are personal treasure, revealing our loves, errors of jugdement and lapses in taste. Self-confessed music obsessive, Travis Elborough, explores the way in which particular albums are deeply embedded in cultural history, revered as works of art or so ubiqitous as to be almost invisible. But in the age of the iPod, when we can download an infinite number of single tracks and need never listen to a whole album ever again, does the concept of an album still mean anything? THE LONG-PLAYER GOODBYE is a brilliant piece of popular history and a celebration of the joy of records. If you've ever had a favourite album, you'll love Travis Elborough's warm and witty take on how vinyl changed our world.
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    Le Dossier

    By Sarah Long
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    Sarah Long
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