In Pursuit of Memory
By Dr Joseph Jebelli
The Inner Lives of Markets
By Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan
What is a market? To most people it is a shopping center or an abstract space in which stock prices vary minutely. In reality, a market is something much more fundamental to being human, and it affects not just the price of tomatoes but the boundaries of everything we value.Reading the newspapers these days, you could be forgiven for thinking that markets are getting ever more efficient - and better. But as Tim Sullivan and Ray Fisman argue in this insightful book, that view is far from complete. For one thing, efficiency isn't always a good thing - illegal markets are very often more efficient than legal ones, because they are free of concern for laws and human rights. But even more importantly, the chatter about efficiency has obscured a much broader conversation about what kind of economic exchange we actually want. Every regulation, every sticker price, and every sale is part of an ever-changing ecosystem - one that affects us as much as we affect it.By tracing 50 years of economic thought on this subject, Fisman and Sullivan show how markets have evolved - and how we can keep making them better. This leads to fascinating and surprising insights, such as:- Why your £10,000 used car is likely to sell for £2,000 or less;- Why you should think twice before buying batteries on Amazon; and- Why it's essential that healthy people buy medical insurance.In the end, The Inner Lives of Markets argues for a new way of thinking about how you spend your money - it shows that every transaction you make is part of a grand social experiment. We are all guinea pigs running through a lab maze, and the sooner we realize it, the more effectively we can navigate the path we want.
The Invention of Nature
By Andrea Wulf
WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARDWINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2016'A thrilling adventure story' Bill Bryson'Dazzling' Literary Review 'Brilliant' Sunday Express'Extraordinary and gripping' New Scientist'A superb biography' The Economist'An exhilarating armchair voyage' GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world's highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar's revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, 'the greatest man since the Deluge'.Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.
Inventing the Universe
By Alister McGrath
We just can't stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. They haven't gone away, as some predicted they might; in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Far from being a spent force, religion continues to grow around the world. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science - and that we have to choose between them. It's time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life?Alister McGrath, one of the world's leading authorities on science and religion, engages with the big questions that Dawkins and others have raised - including origins, the burden of proof, the meaning of life, the existence of God and our place in the universe. Informed by the best and latest scholarship, Inventing the Universe is a groundbreaking new primer for the complex yet fascinating relationship between science and faith.
The Imagination of the Heart
By Judith Glover
In other people's eyes, Kitty van der Kleve is privileged. Despite her humble origins as an orphan and workhouse girl, she is now married to a gentleman of wealth and social standing in Victorian Tunbridge Wells.But Kitty would willingly change places with any of her admirers. There is one quality her husband, Oliver van der Kleve, can neither demand nor give, and that is love.Trapped in an ill-omened marriage, hated by Oliver's sister Beatrice, Kitty becomes increasingly unhappy. Her only consolation is free-spirited artist Jonathan Rivers. Inexorably, Kitty is drawn to him, little realising that what seems to be a route to happiness will lead to both tragedy and a new life.Set in the mid-nineteenth century The Imagination of the Heart is Judith Glover's fifth historical romance novel and bears the same superb qualities that marked her Sussex Quartet, The Stallion Man, Sisters and Brothers, To Everything a Season, and Birds in a Gilded Cage.
Imagination and a Pile of Junk
By Trevor Norton
'In his whistle-stop tour of inventions large and small, the scientist Trevor Norton shares the Gershwins' view that invention is fundamentally comic.' The Sunday TimesTrevor Norton, who has been compared to Gerard Durrell and Bill Bryson, weaves an entertaining history with a seductive mix of eureka moments, disasters and dirty tricks. Although inventors were often scientists or engineers, many were not: Samuel Morse (Morse code) was a painter, Lazlow Biro (ballpoint) was a sculptor and hypnotist, and Logie Baird (TV) sold boot polish. The inventor of the automatic telephone switchboard was an undertaker who believed the operator was diverting his calls to rival morticians so he decided to make all telephone operators redundant. Inventors are mavericks indifferent to conventional wisdom so critics were dismissive of even their best ideas: radio had 'no future,' electric light was 'an idiotic idea' and X-rays were 'a hoax.' Even so, the state of New Jersey moved to ban X-ray opera glasses. The head of the General Post Office rejected telephones as unneccesary as there were 'plenty of small boys to run messages.'Inventomania is a magical place where eccentrics are always in season and their stories are usually unbelievable - but rest assured, nothing has been invented.
By Sharon Moalem
A groundbreaking book that will transform how we understand ourselves and our families by revealing that everything we thought we knew about genetics is wrong:* Your genes are not fixed; * the traits you inherit aren't unalterable; * the way you behave can affect how these genes are passed down to your children.Your experiences, no matter how seemingly inconsequential - from bullies to crushes to what you eat for dinner - have all left an indelible mark within you. And more importantly, within your genes.We're taught that we don't have much of a choice in the matter of what we get or what we give, because our genetic legacy was fixed when our parents conceived us. But that's all wrong. Our genes are constantly on the move, some are turning on while others are turning off, all in response to what you're doing, what you're seeing, and what you're feeling. And all of those things can be changed, which means we can change. Genetically. INHERITANCE is a guidebook for that change. No longer do we have to settle for what we've been given. We can write our own story.
Illusion of Love
By Denise Robins
Soon after Pamela Morris marries Lord Julian Eden in 1918, his plane is shot down and he is presumed dead. Julian's terminally ill mother offers her daughter-in-law a home at Eden Hall, but Pamela has married again. So Stella, Pamela's kind-hearted sister, takes her place to make the old lady's last days happy...
It Wasn't Love
By Denise Robins
Lois had been warned about shipboard romances, but felt herself quite immune as she set out to visit her brother in Singapore.But Philip Sanpell seemed to be something quite different. His stunning good looks and passionate kisses made her throw caution to the wind, and before the end of the voyage her heart was irretrievably lost.But it wasn't long before she remembered those warnings and, with bitter regret, her own heedlessness...A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1930, and available now for the first time in eBook.
I, Too, Have Loved
By Denise Robins
Anna is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Then she meets Gary Forrester, a brilliant young engineer.Suddenly Cairo becomes an enchanted playground, and Anna finds happiness. But she will need all her courage to leave her husband...
The Inevitable End
By Denise Robins
Billie Carden is one of the new breed of women: tomboyish and defiantlyindependent, she has no use for men and no desire to marry. Nor does sheneed to - for she is the lucky heiress to the fortune of her AmericanUncle Silas.But Billie's life takes a whole new direction when two events - at firstunconnected - conspire to thwart her plans; an encounter with theimpoverished Richard Bromley, and a dramatic ultimatum from her uncle.A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen ofRomance, first published in 1927, and available now for the first timein eBook.
Island of Flowers
By Denise Robins
Lovely Judy Railton had gambled her future on a newspaper ad, and was blissfully intoxicated with the result. She had sailed to Hawaii to marry a man she'd never seen, British ex-patriate Peter Delmer.
By Denise Robins
Nicola Boyd had everything a young woman could possibly ask for. She had beauty, charm - and she was a capable business woman in charge of a thriving beauty salon.But best of all, she was loved by Denis Avon, the dashing young actor who was the heart-throb of every girl in the neighbourhood. In the heady whirl of a tempestuous courtship, who could blame her for being swept off her feet - for planning to marry a man she'd known for only a few weeks...?
I Should Have Known
By Denise Robins
A sweeping sun-drenched love story from the original Queen of Romance first published in 1969 and now available for the first time in eBook. When young Shelley Bray was appointed governess, she thought that she would be in complete charge until she met her employer's sister. Worst of all, she was constantly made to feel small in front of her new employer, Esmond Torrington - and for some reason that mattered terribly to Shelley. Shelly had fallen desperatly in love with Esmond, the world-famous symphony director.
By Claire Lorrimer
The death of Lucy Godstow's best friend Vanessa on the eve of Lucy's marriage to Guy Weaver was a big enough blow; but then Vanessa's elderly aunt Joan is found brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. Lucy and Tom, Vanessa's brother, have different reasons for thinking all is not as it seems, but new husband Guy is intolerably jealous of Lucy's ongoing meetings with Tom. Tom and Lucy were childhood sweethearts, until Guy charged into Lucy's life and swiftly swept her to the altar.There are things about Guy of which his new bride is unaware. He had been threatening Vanessa in order to keep dreadful secrets from Lucy. Marriage to a tall, handsome and wealthy man is not always one of bliss and happiness and many in the congregation secretly wish the wedding had never happened...
If This Be Destiny
By Denise Robins
A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1941, and available now for the first time in eBook.
The Interview Coach: Teach Yourself
By Patricia Scudamore, Hilton Catt
By the end of this book you will be fully prepared to give an outstanding interview .- Identify your strengths and weaknesses- Understand what interviewers are looking for- Practice your answers to typical questions- Build your confidence to tackle any situation- Get the job you wantOther books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk.Who are you? * Anyone with an interview coming upWhere this book take you?* You will be fully prepared to give an outstanding interviewHow does it work?* A combination of practical tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercisesWhen can you do it?* In your own time, at your own paceWhat else do you get?* Access to free online videos and printable resourcesWhy Teach Yourself®?* Teach Yourself books are trusted around the world and have helped sixty million people achieve their goals
In Love and War
By Malcolm Macdonald
Clive Mortimer - an aspiring politician and son of a wealthy Midlands industrialist, and Freddy Oxley - a mere apprentice - seem the unlikeliest of friends. But something in their past exerts a mysterious power over them. And it is not just Anne Howard, the maidservant who loves and is loved by both - yet cannot find happiness with either. Travelling to the Cape, the lush jungles of Venezuela, Imperial Vienna, the Ottoman court and the Carribean, the trio seek to create perfect lives for themselves. Yet inexorably their past catches up with them and when a long-delayed time bomb threatens their ruin, the solution they devise is the most astonishing twist of all.
Ivy of the Angel
By Lena Kennedy
A wealth of lively characters and true-to-life situations in this collection confirm Lena Kennedy's reputation as one of our most vivid and compelling storytellers.The title story, 'Ivy of the Angel', reveals why an elderly bag lady becomes the centre of attention in an Oxford Street store; 'The Lonely Road' is the tale of thwarted love in London's East End; 'The Willows Wept With Me', 'Linda's Revenge' and 'The Long Dream' are all examples of how the smooth surface of a buried past can be disrupted by the intrusions of the present.With the freshness and directness that have become her hallmark, Lena Kennedy explores the enduring power of love, the triumph of hope over adversity, the problems of illness and prejudice, and the quirky kindness of fate.
The Inn On The Marsh
By Lena Kennedy
Time alone would heal the sorrows of Hollinbury, bright dreams banish the old unhappy ghosts . . .The Malted Shovel, exuberant heart and soul of Hollinbury Hamlet, buzzed with talk while the ale flowed. Talk of Dumb Lukey's crazed acts and the romance between Lucinda and Joe Lee, the Thames bargee. Talk of the Crimea and the terror of Napoleon.At the tavern, hard-headed Beatrice and her sister Dot care for their invalid father and for Lucinda, their pretty orphaned niece. The inn is their livelihood but village business is ever Beat's business too. And now some dark cloud has descended on them all . . .