By Sarah Haywood
A RICHARD AND JUDY AUTUMN BOOK CLUB PICKSHORTLISTED FOR THE BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD'One of the funniest, quirkiest books either of us has read for a long time ... stand by for a slam-bam finish' Richard & Judy Book Club'The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Sunday Times It's never too late to bloom ... People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green. Family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand - but Susan makes perfect sense to herself.Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse ... at least in Susan's eyes. This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.'Quirky, poignant and extremely readable' Sunday Mirror'Brilliantly comic' The Lady'Wonderfully funny and astute' Red'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' Emerald Street
Call of the Wild
By Guy Grieve
Guy Grieve's life was going nowhere - trapped in a job he hated, commuting 2,000 miles a month and up to his neck in debt. But he dreamed of escaping it all to live alone in one of the wildest, most remote places on earth - Alaska. And just when he'd given up hope, the dream came true. Suddenly Guy was thrown into one of the harshest environments in the world, miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment. And he soon found - whether building a log cabin from scratch, hunting, ice fishing or of course dodging bears in the buff - that life in the wilderness was anything but easy...Part Ray Mears, part Bill Bryson, CALL OF THE WILD is the gripping story of how a mild-mannered commuter struggled with the elements - and himself - and eventually learned the ways of the wild.
Chambers Essential Learners' Dictionary
Chambers Essential Learners' Dictionary has been specially compiled for beginner students of English.Focussing on the essential vocabulary for learners of English, meanings are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language using a listed defining vocabulary, examples are given from real English, key collocations are shown for thousands of entries and common learner errors are highlighted, giving the student more confidence to learn.With supporting study pages and practical guidance on using language, Chambers Essential Learner's Dictionary is the perfect dictionary for students who want to start developing their English.
The Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations
With over 25,000 quotations from over 4,000 sources, The Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations is the category-leading quotations dictionaryWelcome to a treasure trove of the wittiest, most insightful, most famous and most important words uttered in history. With more quotes than any other quotations dictionary, from more sources, with better international coverage and full author biographies rather than just a brief line, The Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations is the only book you need.This new edition brings things right up to date with thousands of new quotations right up to 2015, mixing old favourites and new sources such as Barack Obama, Bradley Wiggins, Kurt Vonnegut, Arsene Wenger, Richard Dawkins, Seamus Heaney, Pope Francis and of course, 50 Cent.This is a browser's paradise stretching from ancient times to the present day. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author, starting with Diane Abbot's description of the United Kingdom's Parliament as 'a nightmare of elderly white males' and finishing with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg telling us to 'move fast and break things'. Between those two extremes are just under 1000 pages of quotations, followed by a 350 page keyword index, so you can locate a quote even if you can only remember a single word or phrase.As well as literary quotations from important authors past and present this collection contains quotations from writers, critics, politicians and journalists. We have sought out memorable phrases from scientists, industrialists, entertainers, sportspeople, and many more, to reflect the diversity of modern life. And just as the world has changed since the last edition of this dictionary, so many of the hundreds of new quotations reflect these changes, and important global and local events.The Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations includes quotations from over 4,000 sources, including: Jonathan Aitken, Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani, David Beckham, The Bible, Tony Blair, Don Bradman, Robert Burns, George W Bush, Catullus, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Brian Clough, Jarvis Cocker, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles Dickens, Tracey Emin, E M Forster, Stephen Fry, Joseph Heller, Charlton Heston, John Humphrys, Joan of Arc, Elton John, The Koran, Mao Zedong, George Melly, George Michael, Jo Moore, Andrew Motion, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sylvia Plath, Plato, Will Self, William Shakespeare, Stevie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Quentin Tarantino, Margaret Thatcher, Queen Victoria, Gore Vidal, Oscar Wilde, Michael Winner, Emile Zola and many more.If you've ever struggled with a half-remembered line or you've got a quote in your head and don't know where it comes from, this is the book for you. 'A fresh and lively collection... first-class' Sunday Times'A wonderful volume... full of goodies' Irish Independent'Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand' Philip Pullman
The Chambers Book of Cryptic Crosswords, Book 1
Give your brain a workout with 100 puzzles from Chambers, the most crossword-friendly dictionary in the worldPut your feet up and escape from it all with The Chambers Book of Cryptic Crosswords featuring a 'ton' of cryptic challenges to give your brain a workout.In each puzzle there are one or two easy clues to provide a way in, and all the solutions, bar the odd exception, can be found in the Chambers Dictionary. No specialist knowledge is required: if you have a good grasp of the English language and an interest in words, you should be able to crack the clues.This collection is designed to provide a fair challenge for seasoned experts, but also give 'average solvers' a decent chance of completing the puzzles. Entertaining, fun and challenging enough to tax even the most seasoned crossword aficionado, you'll need quick wits to go head-to-head with Chambers.
The Chambers Book of Quick Crosswords, Book 1
Give your brain a workout with 100 puzzles from Chambers, the most crossword-friendly dictionary in the worldPut your feet up and escape from it all with The Chambers Book of Quick Crosswords featuring 100 puzzles to test your general knowledge. The puzzles occupy the "challenging", mid-range territory, striking a balance between the accessible and the unattainable. Each includes a handful of clues from both ends of the spectrum: relatively easy ones, allowing solvers a way in, and toughies, that stretch the cerebral powers much more. You will find a mix of music, flora and fauna, TV, cinema, geography, literature, the Classics and sport; orthodox general knowledge to help you extract maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from every 15 x 15 word square.Entertaining, fun and challenging enough to tax even the most seasoned crossword aficionado, you'll need quick wits to go head-to-head with Chambers.
Chambers Slang Dictionary
By Jonathon Green
Chambers Slang Dictionary is a brand-new edition of Jonathon Green's magisterial slang dictionary, first published in 1998. Covering the full range of slang over five centuries and from all parts of the English-speaking world, this collection has won universal acclaim for its authority, comprehensiveness and browsability.This new edition, the first to be published by Chambers, retains all the verve and precision of the earlier work. The text has been completely overhauled and restructured to make it as accessible as possible. Anyone interested in the seamier side of language will have hours of sheer joy exploring the vast wealth of information this book contains and plumbing the depths of centuries of slang.
The Chambers Thesaurus, 5th Edition
The Chambers Thesaurus sells more copies, and contains more synonyms, than any other English thesaurus. This 5th edition, new for 2015, retains the much-loved features of The Chambers Thesaurus, but also includes a brand new two-colour Word Lover's Ramble at the back, showing how English words and definitions have changed in recent years.The Chambers Thesaurus is now the UK's number 1 selling hardback thesaurus. It is regarded as the thesaurus of choice for crossword setters and solvers, and is popular with players of wordgames such as Scrabble(R) and Words With Friends(R). It is famous for its Scottish heritage, its thorough coverage of obscure words and its unique personality."Chambers stands out like a baroque mansion in a city of faceless concrete." Melvyn Bragg
Chambers Dictionary of Music
This broad-ranging dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of the world of classical music and includes entries on terminology, genres, composers and works from early music to the present day. Compiled with the assistance of eminent professors of music, Chambers Dictionary of Musicis an authoritative but accessible guide to the subject.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 9th edition
What is the Chambers Biographical Dictionary?All the people who matter in one handy and endlessly browsable bookPacked with over 18,000 biographies, Chambers Biographical Dictionary offers concise, authoritative and fascinating entries on all the people you'll ever need to know about. The most comprehensive and readable single-volume biographical dictionary available.- Discover kings, queens, crooks, criminals, politicians, bankers and everyone in between.- Check up on great achievements and great failures.- Find out who did what to whom.- Thousands of suggestions for further reading.- Contains more biographies than any other reference work of its type.- International and historical coverage of all areas of human achievement including the arts, science, technology, sport, politics, philosophy and business.- Meticulously researched and expertly written.Updated EditionFirst published in 1897, Chambers Biographical Dictionary is a unique reference work which packs a huge amount of information between its covers. The ninth edition has been thoroughly updated and remains wide-ranging and international in scope, offering concise, authoritative and illuminating entries on individuals from Alexander the Great to Frank Zappa, and from Barack Obama to Osama Bin Laden.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary Paperback
"Some people leave a deeper footprint in the sands of time than others. In these pages we have access to their particular stories and identities."Dame Joan BakewellDiscover the most authoritative, entertaining and fascinating range of biographies in a single volume; from princes and presidents to artists, actors and authors. An historical tour de force and a joy to browse, The Chambers Biographical Dictionary includes everyone from Anne Frank to Kim Jong Il via Calvin Klein and Charles Dickens
Chambers Student Learners' Dictionary
Chambers Student Learners' Dictionary has been specially compiled for intermediate students of English. Complete with curriculum vocabulary for all school subjects, including science, mathematics and IT, it is ideal for students studying in English and for CLIL.Meanings are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language using a listed defining vocabulary, examples are given from real English, key collocations are shown for thousands of entries and common errors are highlighted, giving the student more confidence to learn.With supporting study pages and practical guidance on using language, Chambers Student Learner's Dictionary is the perfect reference for students who want to develop their English skills fully.
Complete Planning Permission
By Roy Speer, Mike Dade
The UK Planning Regulations are a minefield for anyone looking to build a new home - and for those who are worried about the impact of a new planning application near their home. Avoid being one of the thousands whose application is turned down - and whose dreams are crushed - by using this book to familiaries yourself with the system and beat it. With a step-by-step guide to every part of the application process and ehaustive coverage of the do's and don'ts, this is an essential guide to securing that first step on the path to building your dream home. And if you're worried about a nearby development, there are easily implimented strategies for preventing planning permission from being granted. From one of the UK's leading planning consultancies, with the very latest on all the new and recent changes to planning law, this is the most comprehensive guide avaliable to manipulating the intricacies of this difficult and controversial area.
Cruise Ship SOS
By Neil Simpson, Ben Macfarlane
Who gets the call if it all goes wrong at sea?Meet Dr Ben MacFarlane. After spending a year as a repatriation doctor, he's heading around the world as a ship's doctor - and with 3,000 passengers and crew to look after he's in for the most exciting trip of his life. On one dramatic voyage he deals with broken bones and broken hearts, and picks up the pieces after fights in the crew bar and freak accidents on shore leave. So join Ben and his colleagues and find out why ship's doctors think bar stools should carry health warnings, why the casino can be safer than the sick bay in a storm and why no amount of sharks, pirates or tidal waves will ever be as dangerous as the midnight buffet.