By Allan Massie
Gaius Caligula is known as the mad emperor, the one who made his horse a consul. He was violent and vicious, a murderer and guilty of committing incest with his sisters. Yet, when he succeeded the aged recluse Tiberius, the Romans were delighted and for a few months at least he seemed generous and enlightened. So what went wrong? Why was he murdered after a reign of only four years? Is the conventional picture true or false: was he mad and evil or the victim of circumstance and rumour? Is it possible to take a sympathetic view of Caligula... and is it possible to make sense of him?In his compelling new novel Allan Massie peels back the mask of the monster of popular myth to expose the young emperor as a real man and explore the truth of his brief but tempestuous reign.
By Allan Massie
Allan Massie's Caesar is a perception of greatness overreaching itself. Through the eyes of one of his comrades, Decimus Brutus, we observe Caesar the enchanter, the showman, the general whose soldiers will follow him anywhere, while their wives supply his bed. We see the man of authority whose charm can be devastating but whose emotional engagement is nil. In his third Roman novel after Tiberius and Augustus, Allan Massie writes with a wry wit about human frailty, while political philosophy has never before been clothed in such an atmosphere of highly charged sexuality.'Massie's achievement is to infuse the mythical emperor with blood . . . he invigorates his characters with voices that seem to echo the present, not the past, and which are utterly convincing . . . a piece of bravura invention' Independent
Cricket: The Game of Life
By Scyld Berry
Winner of the Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year 2016Shortlisted for the MCC Book of the YearShortlisted for Cricket Book of the Year at the Sports Book AwardsScyld Berry draws on his experiences as a cricket writer of forty years to produce new insights and unfamiliar historical angles on the game, along with moving reflections on episodes from his own life. The author covers a range of themes including cricket in different areas of the world, and abstract concepts such as language, numbers, ethics and psychology; Scyld Berry relishes the joys cricket provides and is convinced of the positive effect it can have in people's lives. Cricket: The Game of Life is an inspiring book that reminds readers why they love the game and prompts them to look at it in a new way.
Complete Brazilian Portuguese Beginner to Intermediate Course
By Ethel Pereira De Almeida Rowbotham, Ethel Pereira De Almeida Rowbotham, Sue Tyson-Ward
Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Brazilian Portuguese and communicate confidently with others?Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Brazilian Portuguese will equip you with the skills you need to use Brazilian Portuguese in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Complete Brazilian Portuguese you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy. Is this course for me?If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course. What do I get?-18 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Brazil-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavor of real spoken Brazilian Portuguese-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress *Complete Brazilian Portuguese maps from Novice Low to Advanced Low level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A1 Beginner to B1/B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. What else can I use to learn Brazilian Portuguese?If you require an absolute Beginner course, you can try our Get Started in Brazilian Portuguese Absolute Beginner course: 9781444198539The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com.Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
Calling The Horses
By Peter O'Sullevan
For decades Peter O'Sullevan was one of the iconic sports commentators, providing the sound track for half a century of horseracing as he called home such legends of the sport as Arkle, Nijinsky, Red Rum and Desert Orchid. His rapid-fire commentary seemed to echo the sound of horses' hooves, and it was not long before he became known as 'The Voice of Racing'. But in addition to his legendary status as a TV personality, Peter O'Sullevan was also a notable journalist and much-admired writer, and it is a measure of his standing both within and beyond the world of racing that his compulsively readable autobiography Calling the Horses, first published in 1989 and reprinted eight times, reached the top of the SUNDAY TIMES non-fiction bestseller list. The most recent edition of Calling the Horses was published in 1994, and the twenty years since then have brought many fresh episodes in the ongoing Peter O'Sullevan story, including the last racing days of his great friend Lester Piggott in 1995, his commentary on the 'Bomb Scare' Grand National of 1997, and his retirement from the BBC. He also describes setting up the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, which has raised over £3.5 million for animal welfare charities, as well as offering his appreciation of a new generation of racing heroes, including jockey AP McCoy, who has come to dominate jump racing in a manner unparalleled in any sport, and the wonder-horse Frankel. The heartening news for the legions of Peter O'Sullevan fans is that, despite his years, his enthusiasm for racing is undiminished, and so are the elegance, fluency and wit which infuse his writing style. This new and extensively updated edition of Calling the Horses is a very remarkable book by a very remarkable man.
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 Charlotte Segond-Rabilloud
Cat-themed calming art therapy in a handy, portable, notebook formatThere is nothing more soothing than to caress a cat. Let yourself be lulled by colouring in this purring cat and find your inner calm. According to Leonardo Di Vinci, even 'the smallest feline is a masterpiece'. With coloured pencils or felt-tip pens, colour in this collection of 100 feline-inspired designs showing the cat in all its forms, both mysterious and friendly.Relax and rediscover the pleasure of creating.
Calm the F*ck Down
By Sasha O'Hara
Sometimes, after a long hard day, you just need to f*cking relax. To sit back and colour the things you can't say.Calm the F*ck Down is the perfect way to unwind and release your own beautiful smartass. Enjoy these irreverent yet beautiful adult colouring pages. Then sit back and sigh 'hell yeah' for a job well done.These single-sided colouring pages range from moderate to highly detailed in complexity. Images include abstract designs, animals and people, each with its own sassy quip like 'Home is Where the Vodka Is', 'Suck it Up, Buttercup', 'Carpe F*cking Diem', and other humorous, subversive sayings.CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE. NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN.
Career Change In A Week
By Patricia Scudamore, Hilton Catt
Changing careers just got easierDone properly, however, a change of career can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience and one you should never shrink from, particularly if the alternative is underachieving, stagnating in a dead-end job or doing work you no longer find interesting. This book teaches you all you need to know about crossing the bridge from one careerto another.This book is broken down into seven short lessons, one for each day of the week. It starts by putting your ideas to the test to see whether they are viable or not. Then, if they are, it goes on to show you what you need to do to move your plan from an outline in your head to a reality. Sometimes the challenges you'll face will be tough ones, but throughout the book you'll find practical advice and tips to help you when you get stuckand need to find a way forward.Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, this is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Use research to test the strength of your ideas and identify your transferable skills- Monday: Understand the financial implications of changing your job and find ways to supplement your income - Tuesday: Overcome lack of skills and experience by gaining new qualifications and considering work experience- Wednesday: Assess the opportunities available within your company and convince your employers of your aspirations- Thursday: Create an effective CV for the outside job market and learn how to get noticed without experience- Friday: Explore your options when career change is forced on you and use the temporary job market as your 'Trojan horse'- Saturday: Reduce your hours and responsibilities in your current job or find a career which is less demanding
Cover Letters In A Week
By Patricia Scudamore, Hilton Catt
Cover Letters In A Week is a simple and straightforward guide to getting the result you want from your covering letter, giving you everything you really need to know in just seven short chapters. From making an impact, being 'employer friendly' and getting the design right, to beating the competition, unsolicited job applications and registering with recruitment agencies, you'll discover all of the dos and don'ts to successful cover letter writing. This book introduces you to the main themes and ideas of writing successful cover letters, 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, this is your fastest route to success: - Sunday: Understand the importance of first impressions and the common mistakes people make- Monday: Ensure your application is taken seriously with a cover letter that is concise, complements your CV and is targeted to the job you have applied for- Tuesday: Discover how to style and structure your cover letter with advice on forms of address, etiquette, fonts, margins and the importance of 'white space'- Wednesday: Design your cover letter to engage your audience and overcome the competition for advertised jobs- Thursday: Design a speculative cover letter to approach the invisible job market- Friday: Learn how to address cover letters to agencies and recruitment consultants- Saturday: Learn from your applications, whether successful or not, and develop your writing style for the futureABOUT 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.
Crème de la Crème
By Martin Chiffers, Emma Marsden
Make your cooking the crème de la crème - learn the tips and tricks of Britain's greatest pastry chefs with the book of the spectacular BBC series, from the team behind Great British Bake Off.With patisserie skills broken down to their simplest elements, you will soon be familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the showstopping creations you see on-screen and in the best restaurants, and be inspired to make your own irresistibly indulgent treats.From croissants to intricately layered slices and eye-catching petit gateaux, each mouth-watering recipe is illustrated with stunning photographs and accompanied by expert advice on equipment and how to achieve a truly professional finish.The recipes covered include:Baking and ViennoiserieLayered slicesPatisseriePetit gateauxTartsClassic puddings and dessertsPetit Fours and biscuitsThe perfect book for Great British Bake Off fans wanting to take their bakes to the next level, or anyone inspired by the BBC series to find out more about the secrets of great patisserie.
Copywriting In A Week
By Robert Ashton
Great copywriting just got easierIt's strange to think that there was a time when only the privileged few could read or write. The rest of us relied on the spoken word. Storytelling was used to pass knowledge on from one generation to the next. Now, most of us are literate and use the written word to gather information and inform our decision making. Increasingly we do this online, with social media and messaging enabling rapid, spontaneous global communication. But rather than freeing us from the need for clear, effective written communication, it actually makes good communication even more important. The less we communicate face to face, the greater the opportunity for misunderstandings. Of course, all writing communicates your message to people you cannot see and may never meet. It means you can influence more widely; it also means you must take care not to make assumptions aboutyour reader, especially those who see your public postings. Successful copywriting is constructed from carefully selected words, each with a clear purpose. It is written to prompt feelings, thoughts or actions. It is clear, concise and at times comforting. It is also comprehensible, even to those not yet confident users of your language. Reading this book, and following the techniques it introduces, will make you a more effective writer. Expertise in grammar is not needed as all the necessary jargon is simply defined and, anyway, some forms of business writing deliberately ignorerules. This book is for people who want to write for results. Each of the seven chapters in Copywriting In A Week covers a different aspect:- Sunday: Focusing your message- Monday: Using layout, pictures and colour to make words memorable- Tuesday: Writing effective letters- Wednesday: Making advertising work for you- Thursday: Communicating clearly with the media- Friday: Preparing promotional print- Saturday: Composing proposals and presentation visuals
Church of Marvels
By Leslie Parry
'A SKILLFUL TRIUMPH' Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist - 'IRRESISTIBLE' Emma Donoghue, author of RoomNew York, 1895. It's late on a warm city night when Sylvan Threadgill, a young night soiler who cleans out the privies behind the tenement houses, pulls a terrible secret out from the filthy hollows: an abandoned newborn baby. An orphan himself, Sylvan was raised by a kindly Italian family and can't bring himself to leave the baby in the slop. He tucks her into his chest, resolving to find out where she belongs. Odile Church is the girl-on-the-wheel, a second-fiddle act in a show that has long since lost its magic. Odile and her sister Belle were raised in the curtained halls of their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow: The Church of Marvels. Belle was always the star-the sword swallower-light, nimble, a true human marvel. But now the sideshow has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in the ashes, and Belle has escaped to the city. Alphie wakes up groggy and confused in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum. The last thing she remembers is a dark stain on the floor, her mother-in-law screaming. She had once walked the streets as an escort and a penny-Rembrandt, cleaning up men after their drunken brawls. Now she is married; a lady in a reputable home. She is sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile mother. But then a young woman is committed alongside her, and when she coughs up a pair of scissors from the depths of her agile throat, Alphie knows she harbors a dangerous secret that will alter the course of both of their lives... On a single night, these strangers' lives will become irrevocably entwined, as secrets come to light and outsiders struggle for acceptance. From the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular sideshow to a desolate asylum, Leslie Parry makes turn-of-the-century New York feel alive, vivid, and magical in this luminous debut. In prose as magnetic and lucid as it is detailed, she offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past marked by astonishing feats of narrative that will leave you breathless.
Content Marketing In A Week
By Jane Heaton
***CIM (CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MARKETING) BOOK OF THE MONTH MAY 2016***Content marketing just got easierContent marketing is one of today's growing marketing trends following fast on the heels of social media. It is marketing through creating and sharing content that potential customers find relevant, useful and valuable in order to attract, engage, convert and retain them. It's a strategy that requires careful thought, clear objectives and goals, and a deep understanding of your audience. It requires you to reach out to them with well-planned and well-produced content - in all forms and formats, offline as well as online.In this book we take a joined-up look at content marketing, the key principles that underpin it, and what it takes to put it into practice in a consistent and fully formed way. And we provide a practical framework for planning it and executing it successfully - whatever the size of your business or your marketing team. Adopting a content marketing approach is certainly not a short term, quick win tactic. But the chances are it could make a big difference to the effectiveness of your marketing.- Sunday: Adopt a content marketing mindset- Monday: Understand the different types of content- Tuesday: Develop your content marketing strategy- Wednesday: Get started with content planning- Thursday: Create compelling content- Friday: Get ready to share- Saturday: Learn how to measure success
City of Golden Shadow
By Tad Williams
Otherland, a universe where any fantasy can be made real, but which is ruled by Earth's wealthiest and most ruthless power brokers, the Grail Brotherhood. Shrouded in secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares.Vast amounts of money have been lavished on it.The best minds of two generations have laboured to build it.And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming Earth's most valuable resources -its children.A novel of dazzling ideas, non-stop adventure and irresistible characters, City of Golden Shadow, the first part of an epic series and a masterpiece of imaginative fiction.
Coaching In A Week
By Matt Somers
Coaching just got easierIn recent years the idea of coaching and the role of coach have made the journey from the sports field, via Human Resources, to become part of everyday managerial life. The terms 'coach' and 'coaching' have become common, even trendy, but both are widely misunderstood. If you ask anyone to define the word 'coach', you will get a wide variety of responses.By using coaching, we can tap into the huge reserves of talent and potential that lie dormant in most people. As managers, we can develop people without having to rely on passing on our own skills and knowledge, which may already be out of date. Using our skills in coaching, we can help our people access their ability without needing more than a basic grasp of the technicalities of their role.This book aims to give you enough knowledge and appreciation of coaching that you can begin to develop your own approach. Each of the seven chapters in Coaching In A Week covers a different aspect of coaching:- Sunday: What is coaching?- Monday: The manager as coach- Tuesday: The key principles of coaching- Wednesday: The coaching ARROW, part 1- Thursday: The coaching ARROW, part 2- Friday: Coaching in context- Saturday: Coaching in organizations
By Duane Swierczynski
Every student needs a part-time job. Hers is hunting criminals. Sarie Holland is a good kid. An Honors student. She doesn't even drink.So when a narcotics cop busts her while she's doing a favour for a friend, she has a lot to lose. Desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie agrees to become a CI - a confidential informant. Armed only with a notebook, she turns out to be as good at catching criminals as she is at passing tests. But it's going to take more than one nineteen-year-old to clean up Philadelphia. Soon Sarie is caught in the middle of a power struggle between corrupt cops and warring gangs, with nothing on her side but stubbornness and smarts. Which is bad news for both the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #137 turns out to be a very fast learner...
By Belva Plain
In public, Oliver Grey is a devoted father, prominent public figure and respected businessman. But in private, he has a much darker side.On a visit to her brother Dan's house, Oliver's niece Amanda sees a silver carousel much like the one her uncle gave her as a child. When Amanda breaks down and reveals a troubling link between her niece Caroline, her uncle Oliver and the silver carousel, events take a dangerous turn. Horrified by the revelations, Dan's wife Ellen visits Oliver's home to confront him. And when she leaves, Oliver is dead.But with one son mired in gambling debts and a desperately troubled niece, finding the person behind Oliver's death might not be as simple as it seems.
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.
By Kabir Sehgal
Money isn't just coins, bank notes or clamshells; it is more than a store of value or unit of payment. It's an idea, a transformative player in how we view, cope, and harmonise with the world. Money isn't just what makes the world go around; it is largely what makes each of us go around.In Coined, Kabir Sehgal travels the world while presenting a multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages. He explores the origin of exchange in the Galapagos Islands, searches for hoards of coins from an ancient civilization in Bangladesh, and learns about the art that appears on money from coin collectors in Vietnam. He takes you from the vaults beneath the Federal Reserve in New York to a beehive where pollen can be understood as a natural form of exchange. He details the birth of money, to its place in our culture, to how the obsession for it can lead to death and destruction, all the while mixing engaging and entertaining stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research. The story of money is rich and varied because it is our story.