By Laura Weir
'The slackers guide to staying in, the antidote to peak frazzle and spending too much time out on the razzle. It's time to tune in to being cosy, because tucking up inside with the ones you love is all that matters.' Laura Weir There seems to be a lot to worry about in the world right now, with Brexit looming, social media draining our time and anxiety on the rise, the public are seeking out value in the small things which are close to home that can bring us maximum simple joy in our daily lives. In this hug of a book, Laura Weir celebrates the very best of our cool and quirky traditions and habits and rituals with a big dose of comfort - think warm cups of tea, toasty open fires and windswept walks that will blow away the cobwebs. Cosy gives readers permission to batten down the hatches and switch off - it is an ode to tucking in, hunkering down and softening life's edges when we need it most.Includes illustrations by Rose Electra Harris, as well as cosy contributions from the likes of Dolly Alderton, Alice Temperley and Christoper Kane. 'A warm, generous, blanket of a book, to reach for whenever you need a dose of comfort.' Sophie Dahl'As someone who has spent the majority of their adult life hunkered down in a big jumper, dodging reasons to leave the house, Cosy is the official justification for not going out.' Alice Levine
Cunk on Everything
By Philomena Cunk
'This book is great because it covers everything in existence apart from the 95% of stuff not worth bothering with' - Philomena Cunk, star of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, Moments of Wonder and Cunk on Britain'Essential reading for these slipshod times' Al MurrayOnce in a blue moon, a book comes along that changes the world. The Origin of Species. War and Peace. 1984. The World According to Danny Dyer. And now, Cunk on Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena, by Philomena Cunk.Philomena Cunk is one of the greatest thinkers of the 21st century, and in Cunk on Everything she turns her attention to our biggest issue: why are there so many books? Wouldn't it be better if there was just one? This is that book - an encyclopedia of ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE, from sausages to Henry of Eight to Brush Strokes to vegetarian sausages. Read it, and you'll never have to read another book again.'This is a book' Philomena Cunk'Never contact me again' Professor Rupert Delgado, MBE'Cunk for PM' Rachel Riley'. . . book . . .' Guardian'Truly the intellect for our baffling times' The Times'This book is absolutely stupid' The Pool
Craig Revel Horwood's Ballroom Dancing
By Craig Revel Horwood
Whether you're an absolute beginner or a Strictly Come Dancing wannabe, it's time to get up and dance Craig Revel Horwood's Ballroom Dancing gives you the confidence you need to take your first steps on the dancefloor. It even includes style tips from the style guru, Len Goodman, to give you that professional look. Discover the history, foot positions, turns, and more, to all your favourite Strictly dances: · Waltz · Social foxtrot · Quickstep · Tango · Rumba · Samba · Cha cha cha · JiveBallroom dancing is totally cool, funky, and fantastically rewarding. What better way to get fit than tangoing your tension away, and foxtrotting the fat off your thighs? Happy dancing.
Curiosity House: The Fearsome Firebird (Book Three)
By Lauren Oliver, H C Chester
In this third book in the exceptional Curiosity House mystery series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and mysterious recluse H. C. Chester, four children must uncover the evil Nicholas Rattigan's newest dastardly scheme, wage war with a rival freak show, and deal with a spy who may have infiltrated their happy home.Sam, Philippa, Thomas, and Max have just started to recover from their capture and subsequent escape from Rattigan. But the children's lives don't stay quiet for long.A slew of bank robberies is terrorizing the city. And when Professor Farnum, the ringmaster of the museum's now immensely popular flea circus, is charged with murder, the search for the real killer uncovers a plot much bigger than any individual crime-a plot that can only be the work of Nicholas Rattigan.
Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue (Book Two)
By Lauren Oliver, H C Chester
Four extraordinary children must avenge their friend's death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm's way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever.But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts.
Cheer Up Love
By Susan Calman
'DEEPLY HONEST, SURPRISINGLY HILARIOUS AND UPLIFTING' The Pool 'HEART-WARMING: UNMISSABLE' Damian Barr, Metro Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes from The News Quiz and Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4, presented Armchair Detectives and Secret Scotland, hosts the podcast Mrs Brightside and stole the nation's hearts in STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. It was the overwhelming and positive reaction to the show she wrote about mental health that made Susan want to write a more detailed account of surviving depression when you're the world's most negative and anxious person. The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman's depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion all her life, the Crab has provided her with the best, and very worst of times. This is a very personal and affecting memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, Susan has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you'll ever meet. CHEER UP LOVE IS FUNNY, POIGNANT AND (HOPEFULLY) INFORMATIVE.IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO TALK AND TO REALISE YOU ARE NOT ALONE. *If you loved Cheer Up Love, try Sunny Side Up, Susan's Calmanifesto of Happiness*
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head (Book One)
By Lauren Oliver, H C Chester
The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Philippa is a powerful mentalist, Sam is the world's strongest boy, and Thomas can squeeze himself into a space no bigger than a bread box. The children live happily with museum owner Mr. Dumfrey, alongside other misfits. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events.When the museum's Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.
Conversations with McCartney
By Paul Du Noyer
In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport. In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer. Conversations with McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts with his observations and analysis.
By Anna Smaill
WINNER OF THE 2016 WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVELLONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZEAn Elle Book of the YearAn Independent Book of the YearOne to Watch Independent on SundayA Bookseller Best Debut of 2015One to Watch 2015 Huffington PostAn Amazon Rising Star'The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it.' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow BirdsA mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination.A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain.No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment.No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden.No parents - just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air.Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony.But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember. He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, and sense there is something he urgently has to do. In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon's past. A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthral and inspire.
The Complete Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
By Laini Taylor
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague, but she has a second life working as the errand-girl to the creature Brimstone from Elsewhere: a world of gods, chimaeras and seraphims. But her already extraordinary life is pushed into new realms when the door between Earth and Elsewhere begins to close and Karou is thrust into a war that could change both worlds forever.With DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS in one place you won't have to be 'tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment' (Stephenie Meyer) - step into a world of gods and monsters and be prepared for love, violence and magic aplenty.
By Helena Coggan
'The next JK Rowling' (Today Programme, USA)'An astounding achievement. I can't wait for the second book! *****' - Reader Review'A great read for those who enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent. *****' - Reader Review____________________Rose Elmsworth has a secret.For eighteen years, the world has been divided into the magically Gifted and the non-magical Ashkind, but Rose's identity is far more dangerous. At fifteen, she has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation run by the Gifted to control the Ashkind. But now an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war, and Rose faces a challenging test of her loyalties.How much does she really know about her father's past? How far is the Department willing to go to keep the peace? And, if the time comes, will Rose choose to protect her secret, or the people she loves?____________________Further praise for Helena Coggan and The Catalyst'The Catalyst is a complicated, rich world of magic and danger . . . Both fantastical and startlingly relevant and contemporary, it's tense, exciting, engaging and has at its heart a central character whose incredibly personal story becomes caught up in huge battles and some even bigger ideas.' - Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August'A pulsing, labyrinthine, emotionally visceral plot' - Metro'A phenomenal achievement . . . assured, frightening, action-packed' - Observer
By Jessie Booth
Colouring-in is one of the best ways to relax and reduce stress in your day to day life. This dot to dot colouring book allows you to draw on your creativity and release energy through practical exercises, whilst recreating beautiful illustrations. The City: Dot to Dot Colouring is a beautiful collection of more than 30 cityscapes from around the world. Simply choose a design that inspires you, start from number one, and watch as the drawing emerges.
Complete Writing For Children Course
By Clémentine Beauvais
LEARN HOW TO WRITE FOR CHILDREN WITH IMAGINATION AND JOY.Designed to take you from the moment you first put pen to paper to the point at which you are ready to start contacting publishers (or uploading an ebook file), this is the most important book on writing children's books you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of writing for children, the art of words - and pictures - and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice. It gives you the background to each different area of children's writing, and the skills you'll need to succeed. Unlike any other book on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focussing on how to get published, how to publish yourself, which courses you do - and don't - need, the nuts and bolts of competitions and festivals and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available.ABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
By John Connolly
Samuel Johnson is not in a happy place. He is dating the wrong girl, demons are occupying his spare room, and the town in which he lives appears to be cursed.But there is some good news on the horizon. After years of neglect, the grand old building that once housed Wreckit & Sons is about to reopen as the greatest toyshop that Biddlecombe has ever seen, and Samuel and his faithful dachshund Boswell are to be guests of honour at the big event. A splendid time will be had by all, as long as they can ignore the sinister statue that keeps moving around the town, the Shadows that are slowly blocking out the stars, the murderous Christmas elves, and the fact that somewhere in Biddlecombe a rotten black heart is beating a rhythm of revenge.A trap has been set. The Earth is doomed. The last hope for humanity lies with one young boy and the girl who's secretly in love with him. Oh, and a dog, two demons, four dwarfs and a very polite monster.
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
A compelling novel from Jennifer L. Armentrout, the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series. Dying sucks - and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows. Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things - including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children with abilities even weirder than hers. But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
By Stephen King
An exciting reissue of Stephen King's debut novel about an outcast teenager with a frightening power which put him on the map and set him on his journey as a household name.Carrie White is no ordinary girl.Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her . . .
Cuckoo in the Nest
By Nat Luurtsema
Keep your enemies close, your family less so...Last year Nat found herself with nowhere to live. She considered sleeping on the bus and washing in the rain but inevitably ended up on her parents' doorstep. It was only for a month, she assured them, if that.. She repeated this phrase a lot over the next six months, while the housing market stagnated like a spoilt kid's fish tank, and her life followed suit. While her friends pursued normal adult lives, Nat was taking packed lunches to gigs and being treated to lectures on 'Why It's Nice When All The Tins Face Forwards In The Cupboard.' ('So we can see what they all are at a glance!')Nat wouldn't say she and those like her were the real victims of the recession, but it would be nice if you did. Then she would do a tiny, brave smile.A book for anyone who's been forced back to the family nest, parents who can't shake off their adult kids, or anyone who's ever excused themselves from a family gathering for a quick scream into a pile of towels.
A Century of Wisdom
By Caroline Stoessinger
Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903-2014The pianist Alice Herz-Sommer survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attended Eichmann's trial in Jerusalem, and along the way befriended some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time, from Franz Kafka to Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein and Golda Meir. A Century of Wisdom is her story: a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music and the importance of leading a life of maternal simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism.
Clouds That Look Like Things
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Clouds in the shape of dolphins, elephants, UFOs, even Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Murray... they're all here in this beautiful and hilarious collection of clouds photographed around the world by members of The Cloud Appreciation Society, selected and wittily captioned by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, winner of the Royal Society Winton Science Writing Prize.Author of the bestselling The Cloudspotter's Guide, A Pig With Six Legs and The Cloud Collector's Handbook, and creator of The Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin's mission is to fight blue-sky thinking and encourage us to love and understand clouds. His new book is divided by themes such as 'Celestial Celebrities' and 'Airborne Animals', and includes an informative section on what clouds are and how they are formed. The perfect gift book for anyone willing to look skywards and discover the beauty and fascination of clouds.
Contatti 1 Italian Beginner's Course 3rd Edition
What is Contatti?Contatti, the best-selling Italian course for adult beginners, is aimed at those wishing to learn Italian from scratch in a classroom environment. Contatti 1 is the first part of this two-stage Italian course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, Contatti gives a thorough grounding in the language enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian. Where does the Course Pack fit within the Contatti 1 Range?Course Pack (9781444133134): Contatti 1 Coursebook + Contatti 1 Audio and Support Book Pack. The Course Pack contains:- 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook- 2 audio CDs - 1 Support Book containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Also available as...Coursebook (9781444133141): The primary text for the Contatti 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent. Audio and Support book pack (9781444133172): Supplementary to the Coursebook. The Audio and Support book pack provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:- 2 audio CDs - 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts. Activity Book (9781444139365): Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The activity book is a workbook providing stimulating practice material which complements the tasks presented in the Contatti 1 Coursebook. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises. What will I learn with the Contatti 1 range?Key language structuresContatti 1, the first part of the course, introduces the key structures of the language over 14 thematic lessons with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Vocabulary and grammarFrom the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book. GCSE level materialIt covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and similar. Culture and skills for daily lifeThis third edition has been brought completely up to date, with particular attention paid to improving and simplifying the explanations of grammar and language structure. New online content offers further opportunities for learners to practise their skills.How will I learn with the Contatti 1 range? Authentic reading and listening materialAuthentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Italy.Group work and independent studyContatti 1 is ideal for group work but can also be used for individual study.Audio support and additional materialThe Course pack includes a coursebook fully illustrated in colour, 2 audio CDs containing the listening element of the course and a support booklet with all the answers to the exercises together with recording transcripts.What is new in the third edition?Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from tutors across the country. There is also now simple navigation between the book and CDs, with clearly marked references in the coursebook. Interactive quizzes and exercisesBrush up and reinforce your learning at home, with fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises. Or use them in class with a group.