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Maid

By Stephanie Land
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Stephanie Land
Educated meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid. A beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in the western world. Includes a foreword by international bestelling author Barbara Ehrenreich. 'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.'As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid. Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. 'I'd become a nameless ghost,' Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the 'servant' worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.
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The Globotics Upheaval

By Richard Baldwin
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Richard Baldwin
'It might just save your life - and your children's lives. The Globotics Upheaval is a manifesto for future-proofing our jobs and prosperity' Sunday TimesAutomation, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing our lives quickly - but digital disruption goes much further than we realize.Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization and globalization disrupted lives in previous centuries. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift? How do we avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity?Whilst the changes are now inevitable, there are strategies that humanity can use to adapt to this new world, employing the indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce.
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Out of the Woods

By Luke Turner
Authors:
Luke Turner
A fierce, poignant and highly original memoir about sexuality, shame and the lure of the trees'A brave and beautiful book, electrifying on sex and nature, religion and love. No one is writing quite like this. I'm so glad Luke Turner exists' OLIVIA LAING, author of THE LONELY CITY and CRUDO'Refreshing, frank, edifying, courageous . . . I was quite emotional by the end. Luke Turner is a serious thinker and a unique and important new voice' AMY LIPTROT, author of THE OUTRUNAfter the disintegration of the most significant relationship of his life, the demons Luke Turner has been battling since childhood are quick to return - depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man, experiences of sexual abuse, and the religious upbringing that was the cause of so much confusion. It is among the trees of London's Epping Forest where he seeks refuge. But once a place of comfort, it now seems full of unexpected, elusive threats that trigger twisted reactions.No stranger to compulsion, Luke finds himself drawn again and again to the woods, eager to uncover the strange secrets that may be buried there as he investigates an old family rumour of illicit behaviour. Away from a society that still struggles to cope with the complexities of masculinity and sexuality, Luke begins to accept the duality that has provoked so much unrest in his life - and reconcile the expectations of others with his own way of being.OUT OF THE WOODS is a dazzling, devastating and highly original memoir about the irresistible yet double-edged potency of the forest, and the possibility of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life.
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To Catch a Killer

By Emma Kavanagh
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Emma Kavanagh
'A thrill a minute - I loved it!' Clare MackintoshNO ONE KNOWS THE MIND OF A KILLER LIKE EMMA KAVANAGH.I've been watching you DS Alice Parr.I saw you trying to save the poor young woman you found in the park.The woman I tried to kill.I've been waiting for you to find her family. To find someone who cares about her.But you can't can you?You've never had a case like this. I know everything about you. You know nothing about me.Even though I'm the man you're looking for.And you will never catch me...'To Catch A Killer is one of my favourite books of the year. The intricate, clever story is told well, and the characters are brilliantly drawn.' Rachel Abbott'Fast-moving. Unexpected twists. Punchy writing. This author has teeth! A perfect thriller for winter nights!' Jane Corry 'A real white-knuckle ride of a thriller that packs a big emotional punch. This is top class crime writing.' Tammy Cohen'Wow. Whether you like fast-paced thrillers or in-depth (spot-on) character-led mysteries, you're going to love To Catch a Killer by Emma Kavanagh. LOVED it.' Caz Frear'This transatlantic thriller has elements of Bourne and Lee Child while remaining true to its British police procedural roots. Beautifully written, expertly paced and highly entertaining.' Sinead Crowley'Pacy, emotional and a cracking read!' Jane Isaac'A darkly brilliant tale of psychological manipulation, which I was entirely hooked by, from page one. Bravo, Emma!' Kate Rhoades'I absolutely loved it. I was completely hooked from the start, it was a stunning read. Plus the ending blew me away.' Rebecca Bradley'To Catch a Killer is a pacy cat-and-mouse thriller with real depth and a protagonist I want to go for a drink with. A brilliant character-driven story perfect for anyone who adores a twisting, turning read. I loved it.' Amanda Jennings
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From Here to Eternity

By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair
Authors:
Caitlin Doughty
Illustrated by:
Landis Blair
As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with 'dignity' and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.
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  • A Desperate Cry for Help

    By Maggie Hartley
    Authors:
    Maggie Hartley
    Twelve-year-old Meg arrives at Maggie's after a fire destroys the children's home she's been living in. Terrified and having lost most of her possessions, Maggie must work hard to make the vulnerable young girl feel at home. But traumatised by the fire, and angry and vulnerable, having been put into care by her mother, Meg is lashing out at everyone around her. Can Maggie reach this damaged little girl before it's too late? And before Meg's destructive behaviour puts Maggies life - and the lives of the other children in her care - at risk?

    Look Young, Live Longer

    By Glenn Harrold
    Authors:
    Glenn Harrold
    Re-programme your mind and build the confidence and motivation you need.In this straightforward, no-nonsense seven-step programme, expert clinical hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold shows you how to re-programme your mind and build the confidence and motivation you need to improve your life - for good.Containing real solutions to real life, Look Young Live Longer includes straightforward, easy-to-follow tools, techniques and guidance on:- Setting weight goals and how to achieve them- Making an exercise plan and improving your health- Boosting your self-esteem and banishing negativity- Establishing healthy sleep patterns - Maintaining positive relationships- Coping with day-to-day stressIt's time to make a lasting change. Become the healthier, fitter and younger you.

    Lose Weight Now!

    By Glenn Harrold
    Authors:
    Glenn Harrold
    Do you want to lose weight and stay slim? Do you wish it was easy to choose healthy foods? Would you love to have the willpower to exercise regularly? Do you wish losing weight was really, really easy? Glenn Harrold has developed a safe and revolutionary approach that will transform your relationship with yourself and with food. He will give you total control of your weight, so you never need to diet again. Successful weight loss starts in your head, not at the supermarket or at the gym, and Glenn's quick and easy exercises will change your mind-set in an instant. Suddenly you will find it really easy to eat healthy foods all the time, you'll want to get out and exercise, and you'll not even think about all those foods you know are bad for you but you normally can't resist. Weight loss has never been easier. With Glenn Harrold you'll watch the pounds disappear forever - and you'll love it!

    De-stress Your Life

    By Glenn Harrold
    Authors:
    Glenn Harrold
    It's time to make a lasting change and learn how to de-stress your life.Using tools and techniques such as meditation, regulated breathing and self-hypnosis, expert Glenn Harrold shows you how to cope with the pressures of modern life and create a happier, stronger and more resilient you. Through seven easy steps you will learn:- What stress is and what causes it- What the mental and physical effects of stress are- Techniques to help you cope with stressful situations and problems- Ways to be kinder to yourself and build a greater sense of self-worthFrom finances and careers, relationships and self-image to time management and life goals, De-Stress Your Life will teach you the skills, techniques and practices you need to achieve a healthy work/life balance and find your own inner calm.

    Sleep Well Every Night

    By Glenn Harrold
    Authors:
    Glenn Harrold
    One in five of the population suffer from lack of sleep - don't be one of them!In this revolutionary, easy-to-follow six-stage programme, clinical hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold reveals how you can truly revolutionise the way you sleep.By rethinking basic lifestyle choices and using 100% natural remedies, including self-hypnosis, Harrold shows that a good night's sleep is only a step away. Sleep Well Every Night will give you the tools and knowledge to:- Understand what sleep is and why it's so important- Identify common problems and know how to tackle them- Make simple but powerful changes that will drastically improve your quality of sleep- Eliminate the hidden causes of insomniaWith practical exercises, top tips and easy-to-follow techniques, this invaluable programme will help you sleep easier, better and longer. It's time to take back control of your day and night, reclaiming your right to a good night's sleep.
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    We Are Displaced

    By Malala Yousafzai
    Authors:
    Malala Yousafzai
    Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the faces behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide.Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement - first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world, except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story of adjusting to a new life while longing for home, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys - girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. In a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world's most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home.
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  • Will You Love Me? The Rescue Dog that Rescued Me

    By Barby Keel
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    Barby Keel
    Rain is lashing down when Barby Keel is called out to an emergency unfolding at the gates of her animal sanctuary, deep in the Sussex countryside. A greyhound had been dumped under the cover of darkness, and is at death's door.In the 37 years she has dedicated her life to the welfare of animals, Barby has witnessed the horrors that humans are capable of, but never has she seen anything as barbaric as this poor dog's condition. Cigarette burns scar his flank, and he is so malnourished that he struggles to stand, every rib showing through his patchy fur. It's touch-and-go whether he will survive the night.The dog, who Barby names Bailey, proves he has a fighting spirit and, slowly but surely, begins the long road to recovery. But Barby is facing her own battle with ill health - one that threatens the future of the entire sanctuary...Will You Love Me? is an emotional, joyful true story of the deepest bond that exists between humans and animals, and shows how in rescuing others, we can rescue ourselves.
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  • Denied a Mummy

    By Maggie Hartley
    Authors:
    Maggie Hartley
    When Maggie's latest placement arrives on her doorstep, it is clear that Sean, Dougie and their big sister Mary have been through unspeakable traumas in their short?lives. Violent and malnourished,?the siblings have been left to fend for themselves by their drug-addicted parents. Maggie must use all of her skills and experience as a foster carer to help these damaged siblings to learn to be children again. With much love, care and patience, their behaviour gradually starts to improve and social services start looking for a forever family for them. But alarm bells start to ring when Maggie meets the couple who have been matched to adopt the siblings. It is clear that they're looking for the perfect, ready-made family, and they're not going to get it with these vulnerable brothers and sister. Despite raising her concerns with social services, Maggie is powerless to prevent the adoption from going ahead and she must put aside her own fears to help the siblings settle in with their new parents. But she can't shake the feeling of dread as she waves them goodbye.A few months later, Maggie's worst nightmares come true when she learns that the children have been handed back to the care of social services following the breakdown of the adoption. Maggie must fight to get the children returned to her, but is it too late to undo the damage that has been done?
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    Let’s Talk about Death (over Dinner)

    By Michael Hebb
    Authors:
    Michael Hebb
    For readers of Being Mortal and When Breath Becomes Air, the acclaimed co-founder of Death over Dinner offers a practical, inspiring guide to life's most difficult yet important conversation. 'These are the conversations that will help us to evolve' Arianna HuffingtonOf the many critical conversations we will all have throughout our lifetime, few are as important as the ones discussing death - and not just the practical considerations, such as DNRs and wills, but what we fear, what we hope, and how we want to be remembered. Yet few of these conversations are actually happening. Inspired by his experience with his own father and countless stories from others who regret not having these conversations, Michael Hebb cofounded Death Over Dinner - an organisation that encourages people to pull up a chair, break bread, and really talk about the one thing we all have in common. Death Over Dinner has been one of the most effective end-of-life awareness campaigns to date; in just three years, it has provided the framework and inspiration for more than a hundred thousand dinners focused on having these end-of-life conversations. As Arianna Huffington said, 'We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve.'Let's Talk About Death (over Dinner) offers keen practical advice on how to have these same conversations - not just at the dinner table, but anywhere. There's no one right way to talk about death, but Hebb shares time- and dinner-tested prompts to use as conversation starters, ranging from the spiritual to the practical, from analytical to downright funny and surprising. By transforming the most difficult conversations into an opportunity, they become celebratory and meaningful - ways that not only can change the way we die, but the way we live.'With wisdom and grace, Michael Hebb shows us how to have the essential conversations we dread, fear - or just don't know how to have. These conversations, like this book, are expansive, filled with hope, and make us more courageous, connected, and honest' Esther Perel, New York Times bestselling author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs
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    30 Years of Matt

    By Matt Pritchett
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    Matt Pritchett
    From all-day opening hours to President Trump; from the first Red Nose Day to Brexit...The last 30 years has seen some momentous - and not so momentous - events. 6 Prime Ministers, 7 General Elections, from Thatcher to New Labour, Cameron's Coalition to May's Minority. 1 Brexit, 1 hung Parliament, 1 Queen, 3 Popes and the first black US President. And chronicling the entire three decades is Matt, beloved, award-winning cartoonist - and the very best there is. Whether it's beleaguered commuters, political surprises, national absurdities, Royal babies or the weather, Matt always encapsulates the moment with the perfect cartoon.'Matt is the Don Bradman of daily cartoonists - so much greater than his nearest rivals it's almost embarrassing' Stephen Fry
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    Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet

    By Noel Fitzpatrick
    Authors:
    Noel Fitzpatrick
    THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK's most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet.Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science - and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy Border Terrier who has been by Noel's side as he's dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. As heart-warming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.
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    When Giants Walked the Earth

    By Mick Wall
    Authors:
    Mick Wall
    The definitive final word on the world's greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin. Over ten years after WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH, Mick's seminal biography of the band, comes this major and extensively researched revision, which will provide an unflinching look at life inside one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time, and present the definitive, final word on Led Zeppelin.They were 'the last great band of the sixties; the first great band of the seventies'; they rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of both Page and Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction and death. WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH reveals for the first time the true extent of band leader Jimmy Page's longstanding interest in the occult, and goes behind the scenes to expose the truth behind their much-hyped yet spectacularly contrived comeback at London's O2 arena in 2007, and how Jimmy Page plans to bring the band back permanently - if only his former protégé, now part-time nemesis, Robert Plant will allow him to. Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream of Led Zeppelin into an even more incredible and hard-to-swallow reality: Page, Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.
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    The Story of NOW That's What I Call Music in 100 Artists

    By Michael Mulligan
    Authors:
    Michael Mulligan
    Everyone remembers their first NOW album. Since NOW That's What I Call Music Volume 1 was released in 1983 on double vinyl and double cassette, NOW has become synonymous with pop music and has featured some of the most iconic artists of the last three decades. To celebrate the release of the 100th NOW album, The Story of NOW That's What I Call Music in 100 Artists looks back at some of the most memorable - and occasionally regrettable - hits of the last 35 years! Jam packed with amazing facts and 'Well I never!' moments about the 4,000+ artists to have graced the NOW track listings - from Phil Collins to Pharrell, Bananarama to Lady Gaga and Peter Andre to Pet Shop Boys - The Story of NOW is a celebration of pop music through the decades. So plug in your earphones and pump up the volume, because this party is just getting started!
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    Your Call

    By Jeremy Vine
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    Jeremy Vine
    'Full of glorious examples of caller wisdom [with] laugh-out-loud anecdotes' Allison Pearson, Sunday TelegraphJeremy Vine has been presenting his BBC Radio 2 show since 2003 - it now attracts more than seven million listeners. He calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls from his listeners on issues big and small: life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants.But what have the callers told him? If you listen to Radio 4, Brexit was a shock. If you are on Radio 2 it would not have surprised you at all. Where Jeremy's callers once expressed a kind of resignation ('But what can you do?') or a gloomy rejoinder ('You have to laugh'), now they give him their views expecting to be heeded.Listener wisdom is far more valuable than most of what we hear from appointed spokespeople. What was the response when Jeremy asked: 'Have you ever been pecked in the eye by a gannet?' Which subjects are most likely to start pitched warfare between different sections of the audience? (Answer: old people using buses, old people NOT using buses, cellophane, or Tony Blair saying anything.)In a book punctuated by his own vivid stories and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy Vine explains what it's like to hit a button and hear - totally unvarnished and unspun - the voice of the so-called 'ordinary' person. And why we should take notice.
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  • Sold To Be A Wife

    By Maggie Hartley
    Authors:
    Maggie Hartley
    The powerfully moving new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author, Maggie Hartley.Fourteen-year-old Shazia has been taken into care after a conversation at school leads her teacher to suspect that the teenager's family are planning to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage. To her family's fury, Shazia is sent to live with foster carer Maggie Hartley whilst social services investigate. But with Shazia denying everything and social services unable to find any evidence to support the teacher's fears, Shazia is allowed to return home. But a few weeks later, Maggie is woken up in the middle of the night by a phone call from a terrified Shazia, who has managed to escape the family home through a window. Sobbing, she confesses to Maggie that her parents are planning to send her to Pakistan to be married in a few days, and have threatened to kill her if she speaks out again. Returned to Maggie's care, Shazia is petrified that her parents will track her down and kill her, and Maggie must be on constant alert. But the worst is yet to come when it emerges that Shazia is the victim of FGM. Can Maggie help this damaged and traumatised young girl understand what has happened to her and to find a way to heal?In this new book, Maggie Hartley taps into the highly topical issues of FGM and arranged marriage, and presents a sensitive and unique insight into the effect these practices have on their young victims.
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