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Nicholas Brealey Publishing

The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman
Authors:
Martin Seligman

One of the most important psychologists alive today tells the story of the transformation of modern psychology through the lens of his own career and change of heart.Martin E. P. Seligman is one of the most decorated and popular psychologists of his generation. When he first encountered the discipline in the 1960s, it was devoted to eliminating misery: the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms. Today, thanks in large part to Seligman's own work pioneering the Positive Psychology movement, it is ever more focused on the bright side; gratitude, resilience, and hope.In this his memoir, Seligman recounts how he learned to study optimism; including a life-changing conversation with his five-year-old daughter. In wise, eloquent prose, Seligman tells the human stories behind some of his major findings. He recounts developing CAVE, an analytical tool that predicts election outcomes (with shocking accuracy) based on the language used in campaign speeches, and the canonical studies that birthed the theory of learned helplessness - which he now reveals was incorrect. And he writes at length for the first time about his own battles with depression at a young age.All the while, Seligman works out his theory of psychology, making a compelling and deeply personal case for the importance of virtues like hope, anticipation, gratitude, and wisdom for our mental health. You will walk away from this book not just educated but deeply enriched.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Balcony

Jane Delury
Authors:
Jane Delury

What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? 'Sweeping, suspenseful, rich with surprises and eerie atmosphere' Jennifer Egan'Riveting . . . [the] stories, related in spare but evocative prose, offer fresh looks at human appetites - sex, love, money, art, culture - while exploring the ups and downs of childhood, family, friendship and aging . . . a compelling saga' Daily MailTo those who have ventured past it over the years, this small estate in a village outside Paris has always seemed calm and poised. But should you open the gates and enter inside, you will find rooms which have become the silent witnesses to a century of human drama: from the young American au pair who developed a crush on her brilliant employer to the ex-courtesan who shocked the servants, and the Jewish couple who hid from the Gestapo to the housewife who began an affair while renovating the rooms downstairs.The house has kept its inhabitants secrets for a hundred years. Now, they are ready to be brought to the light. . . 'In lucid prose, the author weaves together deeply involving stories centring on the house, moving back and forth in time, through war and other human catastrophes, rendering a very real France.' Saga

Hodder & Stoughton

The Vatican Princess

C W Gortner
Authors:
C W Gortner

Infamy is no accident. It is a poison in our blood. It is the price of being a Borgia.Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy's most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world. To this day, Lucrezia Borgia, the Pope's beautiful daughter, is known as one of history's most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison. Was she the heartless seductress of legend? Or was she an unsuspecting pawn in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and her own survival? From her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her brothers, this is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood.

Two Roads

Girl Runner

Carrie Snyder
Authors:
Carrie Snyder

'original and moving... with the quirky charm of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' Daily Mail'a joy to read' Independent on SundayGirl Runner, Carrie Snyder's debut novel, is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city.Without revealing who they are, or what they may want from her, the visitors take Aganetha on an outing from the nursing home. As ready as ever for adventure, Aganetha's memories are stirred when the pair return her to the family farm where she was raised. The devastation of WWI and the Spanish flu epidemic, the optimism of the 1920s and the sacrifices of the 1930s play out in Aganetha's mind, as she wrestles with the confusion and displacement of the present.Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one's passions. It is also, ultimately, about a woman who follows the singular, heart-breaking and inspiring course of her life until the very end.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Tudor Vendetta

Christopher Gortner
Authors:
Christopher Gortner
Hodder Paperbacks

The Tudor Conspiracy

Christopher Gortner
Authors:
Christopher Gortner
Coronet

War God: Nights of the Witch

Graham Hancock
Authors:
Graham Hancock
Hodder Paperbacks

The Queen's Vow

C W Gortner
Authors:
C W Gortner

Hodder & Stoughton

The Tudor Secret

Christopher Gortner
Authors:
Christopher Gortner

Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, he finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the King's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil--who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, THE TUDOR SECRET is the first book in the Elizabeth's Spymaster series.

Hodder & Stoughton

Pasos 2 3ed Spanish Intermediate Course

What is Pasos 2?Consolidate and develop your language skillsIn Pasos 2, the second stage of the course, the language skills learnt in Pasos 1 are consolidated and developed, giving learners the ability to communicate confidently at a higher level. They will also gain an insight into the history, customs and everyday life of modern Spain and Latin America.What will I learn?Active and realistic use of the languagePasos 2 encourages active and realistic use of the language over a wide range of topics and situations throughout its fourteen topic-based lessons. There is a wealth of up-to-date authentic reading and listening materials as well as speaking and writing tasks based on everyday situations in a Spanish and Latin American context. The tasks draw on learners' opinions, experience and knowledge of the world and are set against a background of more controlled presentation and practice of essential grammatical items.How will I learn?Integrated task-based approachEach lesson is subdivided into stand-alone sections which provide an integrated task-based approach. As with Pasos 1, there are regular opportunities for revision, and vocabulary and grammar summaries are provided both at the end of each lesson and in a separate section. Prepárate features prepare learners for new language and topics and lessons end with an Autoevaluación self-assessment feature. The book includes a two-way glossary. Group or independent studyPasos 2 constitutes a useful resource for the learner studying alone as well as the student in the classroom. What is new in the third edition?Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from tutors across the country. There is also now simple navigation between the book and CDs, with clearly marked references in the Coursebook. Interactive quizzes and exercisesBrush up and reinforce your learning at home, with fun, interactive online quizzes and exercises. Or use them in class with the group. Where do the Coursebook and CDs fit within the Pasos 2 Range?Pasos 2 Coursebook and CDs: - 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook (the primary text for the Pasos 2 course) - 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)Pasos 2 Course Pack: - 1 copy of the third edition of the Coursebook (the primary text for the Pasos 2 course) - 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings) - 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Pasos 2 Activity Book: an intermediate level workbook which complements the exercises in the third edition of the Pasos 2 coursebook. Divided into 14 units, 12 of which are subdivided into sections covering or expanding a different linguistic area while the remaining two contain general revision and test material. The range of activities includes wordsearches, crosswords and cultural quizzes along with extra reading comprehension tasks. Vocabulary and verb conjugation exercises are provided, and each lesson ends with a revision section which practises a cluster of language points. A valuable resource for learners and teachers alike, offering extra practice in class as well as ideas for homework activities. It can be used alongside the third edition coursebook to provide further tasks for faster learners or more intensive practice on a specific area. It can also be used as self-access material by learners who wish to work through the materials independently.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

C W Gortner
Authors:
C W Gortner
Hodder Paperbacks

The Last Queen

C W Gortner
Authors:
C W Gortner

C W Gortner

C.W. Gortner is half-Spanish by birth and spent his formative years in southern Spain, where his lifelong fascination with history began. He is author of THE LAST QUEEN, THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, THE QUEEN'S VOW and, writing as Christopher Gortner, THE TUDOR SECRET. His books have garnered international acclaim and been translated into fourteen languages to date. He divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala. He welcomes visitors at: www.cwgortner.com.www.historicalboys.blogspot.co.ukwww.twitter.com/CWGortner

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CLOUD ATLAS, by David Mitchell

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Chapter One: A Morning in Vermillion

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Chapter One: The Rules of Play

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Read the first chapter of Jeffery Deaver's 2010 thriller, EDGE.

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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, by John le Carré

Read the first chapter of John le Carré's acclaimed TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, now a major film.

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Read the first chapter of Bernardine Bishop's new book, UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE, published by John Murray in January 2013.