The Franchising Handbook
By Carl Reader
Most small business books focus on what it takes to start a small business, and not what it takes to start a franchise. At best, these books might allocate a single chapter to the concept of franchising, and at worst the author presumes that franchises are the same as any other business start-up. The world of franchising has its own nuances, and advice that works for 99% of start-ups would not apply to franchising. In fact, well-meaning advice can often be detrimental to potential franchisees.This book is focused on making sure that potential franchisees are aware of the specific journey ahead of them. As franchising is a two-way business arrangement, it includes exactly what franchisors are looking for, what can or cannot be negotiated with a franchisor, and how best to present yourself to ensure that you win the franchise you want.
Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers
In August 1931, New Zealand farmer Richard Buckley hit the local headlines - or rather his trousers did. One minute they were drying in front of the fire; the next there was a huge blast and a ball of flames. Farmer Buckley's trousers had exploded. The culprit? A popular pesticide of the day, which when combined with clothing fibres unexpectedly formed a highly combustible compound. This incendiary story is a striking example of how scientific advances meant to improve people's lives can sometimes backfire. Contrary to the widespread belief that science and technology move steadily on from one discovery to the next, the fascinating stories in this entertaining collection present some of the unfamiliar characters and events that litter the path of scientific progress. Based on the New Scientist's weekly 'Histories' column, Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers shows how setbacks and mishaps are the norm, and breakthroughs are the exception.
Flood of Fire
By Amitav Ghosh
The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.
By Sandra Brown
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction. A Texas Ranger with a tarnished badge... An enemy hell-bent on revenge... And the female judge caught in the middle.Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt has turned his life around, and now he wants his daughter back. Judge Holly Spencer is presiding over the custody case, and she's not sure about Crawford's chequered past. Before she can render her decision, fate intervenes when a masked gunman bursts into the courtroom. Crawford saves Holly from a bullet - but his instinctive heroism only serves to underline his reckless nature. Crawford is determined to protect the judge and catch the culprit. But if he doesn't toe the line, will he ever get his daughter back? And Holly must decide between staying professional... or giving in to the forbidden attraction between them. Praise for Sandra Brown 'Suspense that has teeth' Stephen King 'Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller' Publishers Weekly 'An edge-of-the-seat thriller that's full of twists . . . Top stuff!' Star
Fall From Grace
By David Ashton
BASED ON THE LONG-RUNNING BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY DRAMA SERIES...WHILE THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR JAMES McLEVYELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times | 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' Brian Cox | 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society | 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' HeraldA burglary and murder at the home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic architect of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, sets Inspector James McLevy off on a train of brutal killings, lethal liaisons, and double suicide which leads to a violent encounter with an old enemy, Hercules Dunbar.Caught up in a terrifying storm as he tracks his foe to Dundee, McLevy watches the rail bridge collapse and plunge into the icy depths of the Tay. The aftermath brings the destruction of reputation and love as the inspector uncovers the secret passions which have led to murder.THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES1 - Shadow of the Serpent2 - Fall from Grace3 - A Trick of the Light4 - Nor Will He Sleep
By Matthew Blakstad
1998: the London art world is about to be wowed by the daring stunts of maverick artist Jon Mangan. But his shady fixer is pursuing other opportunities... opportunities that will lead them into the internet's dark side. 2000: the dot com bubble is starting to burst. Someone just hacked a government department and software ace Sean Perce is under suspicion. He needs to cash up and escape his failing startup firm - and fast. Because the bodies are about to start piling up...Now these two childhood friends will find their worlds colliding, triggering a spiral of mayhem, death and computer viruses.FALLEN ANGEL is part of the Martingale cycle, a series of interconnected novels exploring the life of computing pioneer and political radical Elyse Martingale - and her strange afterlife in the 21st century.
Finance For Non-Financial Managers In A Week
By Roger Mason
Finance For Non-Financial Managers In A Week is a simple and straightforward training course in finance, giving you everything you need to know in just seven short chapters. From the profit statement and the balance sheet through to costing and budgets, it will help you deal confidently with questions such as 'What is the return on investment?', 'Do we have the resources?' and 'What are the cash implications?' You'll also find exercises to help you put it all into action.This book introduces you to the main themes and ideas finance and accounting, giving you a basic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, together with practical and thought-provoking exercises. Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Finance For Non-Financial Managers In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: An introduction to the profit statement- Monday: An introduction to the balance sheet- Tuesday: Understanding published accounts- Wednesday: Accounting ratios and investment decisions- Thursday: Cash and the management of working capital- Friday: Costing- Saturday: BudgetsABOUT THE SERIESIn A Week books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From negotiating and content marketing to finance and social media, the In A Week series covers the business topics that really matter and that will help you make a difference today. Written in straightforward English, each book is structured as a seven-day course so that with just a little work each day, you will quickly master the subject. In a fast-changing world, this series enables readers not just to get up to speed, but to get ahead.
By Stephen King
A riveting crime thriller about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes too far, featuring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in MR MERCEDES.1978: Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America's iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel. 2009: Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein's notebooks.2014: After thirty-five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he's hell-bent on recovering his treasure.Now it's up to retired detective Bill Hodges - running an investigative company called 'Finders Keepers' - to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris...Not since Misery has King written with such visceral power about a reader with such a dangerous obsession. Finders Keepers is spectacular suspense, and it is King writing about how literature shapes a life for good, for bad, for ever.
By Stephen Greenleaf
There's no place like home... P.I. John Marshall Tanner returns home to the Midwest for the first time in thirty years to help decide the fate of his family farm. With his brothers and sister at loggerheads, tensions are running high.But family squabbles give way to suspicions when Tanner's nephew Billy is found hanging from a tree in the local park. The verdict is suicide, but Tanner doesn't believe that Billy took his own life and there is no lack of suspects for the crime. On his mission to expose the truth, Tanner encounters a host of former friends, and before he can untangle the mystery he will have to face a few ghosts from his own past.
By Joel Osteen
God loves to give people fresh starts. He wants everyone to see His blessings in new ways so we can reach our full potential and achieve extraordinary levels of success. In this truly one-of-a-kind guide, Joel Osteen encourages growing Christians with a "How to Study the Bible" and "Bible Promises" feature to help everyone find the courage to start over and live their best lives now. In FRESH START, readers learn what it takes to rise to a new level of honour, a new level of influence, and a new level of favour.
By Sarah Addison Allen
Readers fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen's debut novel, GARDEN SPELLS. Now the tale of the Waverley women is to be revisited with a magical sequel.Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beaten-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life. Claire's wild sister Sydney, still trying to leave her past behind, is about to combust with her desire for another new beginning. And Sydney's fifteen-year-old daughter Bay has given her heart away to the wrong boy and can't get it back.From the author of the New York Times bestselling sensation GARDEN SPELLS, FIRST FROST is magical and atmospheric, taking readers back into the lives of the gifted Waverley women - back to their strange garden and temperamental apple tree, back to their house with a personality of its own, back to the men who love them fiercely - proving that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It's where the real story begins.
Finding & Hiring Talent In A Week
By Nigel Cumberland
The ability to recruit the right people to work for you is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Nigel Cumberland, a leading expert on recruitment as both a coach and a practitioner, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to build a brilliant team.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!
By Lisa Jackson
He's been waiting for this very moment. With every kill he can feel her getting closer. Very soon - just a few more victims to go. All he needed was the girl, Dani, and now that he has her, his plan is in motion and no one can stop it.The police don't believe Shannon Flannery when she says someone is out there, watching her, trying to kill her. The only person on her side is Travis Settler. The former Special Forces agent is convinced Shannon's dark past has something to do with the disappearance of his daughter, Dani - a child whose connection to Shannon is just the beginning of the nightmare.Secrets have been kept from Shannon. Dark, dangerous, fatal secrets. Now, with no one to trust but a man who has every reason to doubt her, Shannon is determined to discover the shocking truth, even if it brings her face to face with a serial killer whose slow burn for vengeance will not be denied...
By Donal Skehan
Simple, delicious, healthy recipes from Irish TV and Saturday Kitchen host Donal Skehan"I aim for balanced eating, which allows me to enjoy the food I've always loved but also puts a focus on including as much seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, grains and smaller amounts of high-quality meats in my diet. I take my time to cook and I take my time to eat. These 'rules' allow me to stay true to what I believe good home cooking to be - at its heart, this is a book of healthy, fresh recipes that are as nourishing as they are delicious."DONAL SKEHANFRESH is jam-packed with yummy recipes to cook at home and fill you with energy. Don't deprive yourself - it's all about maximising your health through eating delicious and nutrient-packed food.Tying into Donal's TV series on eating for energy, FRESH includes recipes for breakfasts and snacks as well as Food On The Run, Quick Cook Suppers, and Better For You Dessert & Sweet Treats, such as Peanut Butter Brownies, Mega Beetroot Burgers, Mini Quinoa, Pea and Courgette Cakes, Gluten-free Pancakes with Blueberry, Banana and Honey - big on flavour and chock-full of goodness!
The Finance Coach: Teach Yourself
By Lindsey Byrne
This book guides readers simply through basic financial concepts, until they can understand and interpret published accounts to enable them to evaluate the performance of customers, competitors and suppliers.The book also focuses on management accounting, helping managers to compile budgets, control and manage costs, justify investment ideas and negotiate for funding and resources with their senior managers/the board and the finance department.By the end of this book each reader will feel confident:- managing their business area for improved financial performance- conversing financially with colleagues, bosses and finance professionals- setting and monitoring financial objectives and targets for their staff.Other books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk.Who are you? * Anyone who wants to impress more and achieve more with their written communication at workWhere will this book take you?* You will have new skills and knowledge, and be fully ready to use it in a specific writing projectHow 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"
Free Speech: All That Matters
By Alan Haworth
What is free speech?; Why does it matter? These are pressing questions. In this book, Alan Haworth outlines and analyses the main arguments philosophers have advanced over the centuries, in an attempt to answer them clearly. He emphasises the strengths but also the weaknesses of those arguments, demonstrating that an understanding of both is essential if one is to to grasp the true nature and value of free speech. The contemporary debate over free speech tends to be clouded by rhetoric. Against that, Haworth stands back and takes a cool look at the issues. This book comes down on the side of clarity. It is an essential primer on an important topic.
Film Studies: An Introduction: Teach Yourself
By Warren Buckland
An unpretentious guide for all those who want to learn to analyse, understand and evaluate films.Film Studies: An Introduction provides an overview of the key areas in film studies, including aesthetics, narrative, genre, documentary films and the secrets of film reviewing. From Hitchcock and Tarantino to Spielberg and Bigelow, you will gain a critical understanding of legendary directors and the techniques and skills that are used to achieve cinematic effects. Whether you are a film studies student or just a film buff wanting to know more, this book will give you an invaluable insight into the exciting and incredibly fast-moving world of film.Understand Film Studies includes:Chapter 1: Film aesthetics: formalism and realismChapter 2: Film structure: narrative and narrationChapter 3: Film authorship: the director as auteurChapter 4: Film genres: defining the typical filmChapter 5: The non-fiction film: five types of documentaryChapter 6: The reception of film: the art and profession of film viewing
Five Seasons: Malin Fors series 1-5
By Mons Kallentoft
Winter is chilling. Summer is brutal. But every season is perfect for murder. When it comes to solving crimes so gruesome that they make the darkest of nightmares look like cosy fairy tales, Detective Inspector Malin Fors is the one you want assigned to the case. But he brilliant but flawed star of the Linköping police force, is on the verge. She is on the verge of being addicted to Tequila, of becoming a workaholic, and she is always liable to lether strong emotions and repressed memories dictate her life. 'One of the best realised female heroines I've read.' Guardian
By Rachel Roddy
WINNER OF THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS FIRST BOOK AWARD 2015 AND WINNER OF THE ANDRÉ SIMON FOOD BOOK AWARD 2015.'Of course I thought Rome was glorious, but I didn't want to stay. A month, three at most, then I'd take a train back to Sicily to finish the clockwise journey I'd interrupted, before moving even further southwards...'Instead, captivated by the exhilarating life of Testaccio, the wedge-shaped quarter of Rome that centres round the old slaughterhouse and the bustling food market, Rachel decided to rent a flat and live there. Thus began an Italian adventure that's turned into a brand new life. FIVE QUARTERS charts a year in Rachel's small kitchen, shopping, cooking, eating and writing, capturing a uniquely domestic picture of life in this vibrant, charismatic city. Combining Rachel's love of Italian food and cooking with a strong nostalgia for home and memories of growing up in England, this is a cookbook to read in bed as well as to use in the kitchen.Chapters include:Antipasti; Soup & Pasta; Meat & Fish; Vegetables; Dolci
Faith on the Streets: Christians in action through the Street Pastors movement
By Les Isaac, Rosalind Davies
12,000 trained volunteers12 years280 towns 9 countries100,000 pairs of flip-flops - these are the numbers that are bringing about change, town by town, to the face of the UK... and more and more countries around the world. Since 2003, Street Pastors have been a fixture of the night-time high street: friendly faces and a reassuring presence, defusing tension and helping people get home safely.These are the Street Pastors: caring; listening; helping. And this is the church in action - taking its faith on the streets.