Girl on the Line
By Alice Vinten
'A humane but unflinching look at the sharp end of contemporary policing. Vinten has a compassionate eye, and gives a human face to those charged with our safety.' Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve novels'I loved this book. Gritty and gripping, moving and shocking, this brilliant police memoir shows that life on the force really is different for girls.' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said'Compelling' Sunday Express'Extraordinary' Mail on SundayWelcome to London. Population: 8.7million. And it's your job to keep them safe. A no-holds-barred account of life on the front line of policing, On the Line follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to constable. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything in between, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it means to look after it.'I've never read such an authentic and interesting account of what it's like to be a female police officer.' Louise Voss, author of The Old You'Deeply moving and inspiring' Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series'Alice Vinten is the real deal - all the thrills of a crime novel, only true.' MJ McGrath, author of Give Me The Child'Heartbreaking, funny and, most of all, honest' Lisa Cutts, author of Mercy Killing'Compelling, honest and moving' Laura Wilson, author of The Other Woman'Honest, vivid and compelling . . . Superbly written, with the pace of a novel, it offers an illuminating look at the pressures of everyday encounters with brutal, chaotic and tragic lives.' Tom Bale, author of Skin and Bones
By Matthew Syed
What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform?And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the 'Sports Journalist of the Year 2016', answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.
Great British Bake Off Annual: Another Slice
A peek behind-the-scenes of The Great British Bake Off - the perfect gift annual for Christmas.For six years The Great British Bake Off has held the nation enthralled as home bakers battle it out to be crowned Britain's best amateur baker.Now The Great British Bake Off - Another Slice gives you the chance to relive some of the most memorable moments, catch-up with all the winners and peek behind the tent flaps to find out the secrets of The Great British Bake Off. It's a feast of bake-related confections that's guaranteed to sate the appetite of armchair bakers and cake-making addicts everywhere. Packed with baking trivia, quizzes, and games, this is a mouth-watering selection of Bake Off goodies.So, what are you waiting for? On your marks... get set... bake!"We reckon Bake Off fans will go crazy for this annual - it contains more deliciousness and excitement than a freezerful of Baked Alaskas. As Mary B would say, it's "cram-jam full!" Baker interviews, a lot of behind the scenes gubbins, even a Paul and Mary Spot the Difference puzzle. (Can YOU spot the difference between Paul and Mary? It's taken us years. Paul's the one with the beard and Mary wears the flowery blouson jackets, right? Or is it the other way round? Hmmm...) It's surely the perfect gift for any Bake Off fan - assuming they've already got the Paul Hollywood doll with removable hair and the Mary Berry Sings The Metal Hits double CD" MEL & SUE
Green's Dictionary of Slang (multi-volume set)
By Jonathon Green
The three volumes of Green's Dictionary of Slang demonstrate the sheer scope of a lifetime of research by Jonathon Green, the leading slang lexicographer of our time. A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language, it covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Every word and phrase is authenticated by genuine and fully-referenced citations of its use, giving the work a level of authority and scholarship unmatched by any other publication in this field.Green's Dictionary of Slang is a groundbreaking work. Quite simply, it is the most authoritative and comprehensive record of slang ever to be made available.
A Girl For All Seasons
By Camilla Morton
If your resolutions tend to look much the same from one year to another and you are suffering from the suspicion that someone, somewhere is having more fun that you, then you need something to revitalise your lust for life. A YEAR IN HIGH HEELS is here to help. This book will guide you through the months with a perfectly co-ordinated combination of culture and challenges. With a monthly muse to inspire, and a suggested title for that soon-to-be-formed book club, dumbing down is so last season. Erin O'Connor, Diane von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson and others share their secrets about their favourite places - so the next time you check in you'll know what to check out - while Dita von Teese, Anya Hindmarch and Christian Lacroix show you how to undress, how to go green and how to appreciate opera. Eclectic, practical and fantastical, A YEAR IN HIGH HEELS is crammed with fascinating stories, inspiring ideas and surprisingly sensible advice. Forget who, when, why and what to wear. Get ready to wow! Foreword by Manolo Blahnik.
Ghost Train Through the Andes
By Michael Jacobs
It was not until long after his grandmother, Sophie, had died that Michael Jacobs was eventually permitted to read the lengthy and passionate letters that his grandfather Bethel had written her from nine thousand miles away. In these letters, Jacobs discovered a remarkable story of hardship, deprivation and enduring love. His grandfather's work on the railway through the Andes was exhausting and desperately lonely. He had little in common with his fellow workers and became consumed by a mounting despondency, from which only his love for Sophie could save him. But, as the months and years of separation passed, the world in which Sophie was blossoming appeared more and more remote from his own.Michael Jacobs' journey back through time takes him from a rain-swept Hull churchyard to desolate Antofagasta in Chile and to the former silver capital of Potosí. Climbing through ghostly, lunar-like scenery towards the snow-capped summits of the Andes, he follows the route of his grandfather's railway - across giant rocky plateaux, through terrifyingly steep gorges and valleys of tropical lushness, and past grim mining townships buffeted by winds, rain and snow - to reveal an extraordinary love story.