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  • The Power of Positive Bidding

    By Wladyslaw Izdebski, Dariusz Kardas, Wlodzimierz Krysztofczyk, Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Wladyslaw Izdebski, Dariusz Kardas, Wlodzimierz Krysztofczyk, Ron Klinger
    This remarkable book is based on the close observation of the solutions by the Italian Champions to bidding problems. Acute judgements produced astonishing results, which Wladyslaw Izdebski and a leading bridge coach, Wlodzimierz Krysztofczyk, have analysed to create an exhilarating text. No competent bridge player will want to miss the opportunity of following this exciting work.

    Playing Doubled Contracts

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    The opponents have doubled your contract and you have to decide how best to play the hand. Are you aiming to make your doubled contract? Is there a possibility of doubled overtricks? These are attractive objectives, but often they are not realistic.Should you accept that you will not make your contract and limit your losses as best you can? Obviously it is better to go one down than three or four down and it is important not to panic just because of the double. If you have sacrificed against the opponents' game or slam, which would have made, it is vital that your loss does not exceed the value of their contract.This quiz book contains problems taken from major national and international championships. In most cases you have the opportunity to outperform the actual declarers. No matter how you do, seeing the logic and technique behind the right play will no doubt improve your own standard.

    Pushing the Limits

    By Casey Stoner
    Authors:
    Casey Stoner
    The two-time World MotoGP champion's own explosive storyShowing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shares his incredible journey from Queensland toddler with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike, to his decision to retire at twenty-seven with nothing left to prove.For the first time, he tells of his early family life, the development of his riding skills and why his parents decided to sell everything and travel from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and support his aim to become World Champion when he was only fourteen years old.As fearless with his opinions as he is on the racetrack, Casey includes all the highs and lows of his life so far: the real reason he left for Europe so young, his thoughts on racing as it stands today, the riders' hierarchy, the politics of racing, the importance of family, his battle with illness and why he decided to turn his back on a multimillion-dollar contract when he was still winning. And he will let us in on some of the new goals he has set for himself.PUSHING THE LIMITS is a unique and remarkable account of self-sacrifice and tenacity to succeed against the odds, the uplifting story of a young Australian who took on the world on his terms, his way ... and won.
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    Pep Guardiola

    By Guillem Balague
    Authors:
    Guillem Balague
    'Pep' Guardiola has transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, and this entertainingly perceptive biography explains how.Guardiola spent the majority of his playing days with Barca and was an integral part of Johan Cruyff's European Cup-winning 'dream team'. But it was on retiring from playing that he really made his mark on the club. After travelling the world, he became a coach of the Barcelona reserve team, and a year later, in 2008, he was appointed the first-team manager. The club went on to win an unprecedented 13 of the 16 competitions they entered under his leadership, and he became the youngest ever manager to win the Champions League. Then, at the end of the 2012 season, after having been awarded the FIFA WORLD COACH OF THE YEAR, he resigned following four years of unprecedented achievement. He immediately became the most sought-after free-agent in football, and his next move was keenly anticipated.Some call Guardiola's influence on Barca revolution, others evolution. Whatever the answer, the impact he has had goes beyond football. He represents a style, a club, a country and even old-fashioned values, at a time when they seem so scarce. Guillem Balagué's insightful book reveals how Pep Guardiola's Barcelona played the 'Beautiful Game' - and won.
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  • Playing To Win At Bridge

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    BRIDGE WORLD said of the first edition: 'is as good a quiz book as has ever appeared...Instead of examples of well-known ideas, the author presents truly practical situations...the questions emphasise those aspects of bridge play that are truly important at the table. Our quibbles with the analysis are minor, and we recommend the book as outstanding of its kind.'

    Pathfinder

    By David Blakeley
    Authors:
    David Blakeley
    Nine men. 2,000 enemies. No back-up. No air support. No rescue. No chance...First in - the official motto of one of the British Army's smallest and most secretive units, 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon. Unofficially, they are the bastard son of the SAS. And like their counterparts in Hereford, the job of the Pathfinders is to operate unseen and undetected deep behind enemy lines. When British forces deployed to Iraq in 2003, Captain David Blakeley was given command of a reconnaissance mission of such critical importance that it could change the course of the war. It's the story of nine men, operating alone and unsupported, fifty miles ahead of a US Recon Marine advance and head straight into a hornets nest, teeming with thousands of heavily-armed enemy forces. This is the first account of that extraordinary mission - abandoned by coalition command, left with no option but to fight their way out of the enemy's backyard. And it provides a gripping insight into the Pathfinders themselves, a shadowy unit, just forty-five men strong, that plies its trade from the skies. Trained to parachute in to enemy territory far beyond the forward edge of battle - freefalling from high altitude breathing bottled oxygen and employing the latest skydiving technology - the PF are unique.Because of new rules introduced since the publication of Bravo Two Zero, there have been no first-hand accounts of British Special Forces waging modern-day warfare for nearly a decade. And no member of the Pathfinders has ever told their story before. Until now. Pathfinder is the only first-hand account of a UKSF mission to emerge for nearly a generation. And it could be the last.
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    A Postillion Struck by Lightning

    By Dirk Bogarde
    Authors:
    Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde's own vivid and engaging account of his childhood and first steps as an actor - a bestseller on first publication in 1977.'At the top of the field the cottage roof stuck up with its chimney, and then the flint walls and the two rather surprised looking windows in the gable looking down to the farm. Round the cottage was a rickety wooden fence with bits of wire and an old bedstead stuck in it, and some apple trees and the privy with its roof of ivy and honeysuckle'A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING marked Dirk Bogarde's transition from star of stage and screen to a bestselling and internationally acclaimed author.This vivid and engaging memoir traces the first steps of Dirk Bogarde as a young actor before he became world famous as well as his childhood amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex. Here is the delightful harmony of summer days spent fishing with his young sister, a hunt for an escaped tortoise, the discovery of the biggest mushroom in the world, and the quest to win a pet canary at the local fair. Then came the plays he and sister used to put on in their barn, followed by the local amateur dramatic society, all a prelude to his growing desire to join the world of the stage.
  • The Power Of Shape

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    Average players tend to focus on point count for their bidding decisions, but the expert recognises that the shape of the hand also plays a vital role. Knowing the implications of shape will help you find the best contract more often. The book not only reveals how to use hand patterns to winning effect, but also how to incorporate the ideas of shape in your bidding system.The power of shape is not limited to the bidding. Successful play or defence is often linked to a knowledge of the pattern of the opponents' hands. The second part of this book will show you how to discover and make use of this invaluable information.Follow the recommendations in this exciting and original book and your partnership will be in great shape!

    The Python Years

    By Michael Palin
    Authors:
    Michael Palin
    Michael Palin's diaries begin when he was newly married and struggling to make a name for himself in the world of television comedy. But Monty Python was just around the corner . . .Enjoying an unlikely cult status early on, the Pythons then proceeded to tour the USA and Canada. As their popularity grew, so Palin relates how the group went their separate ways, later to re-form for stage shows and the celebrated films THE HOLY GRAIL and LIFE OF BRIAN. Living through the three-day week and the miners strike, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these perceptive and funny diaries.
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    Papermaking For the First Time

    By Rhonda Rainey
    Authors:
    Rhonda Rainey
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    Paper Crafting Beautiful Book Covers, Boxes and Frames

    By Valeria Ferrari, Ersilia Fiorotta
    Authors:
    Valeria Ferrari, Ersilia Fiorotta
    With this short course in paper craft, you can make elegant designs for boxes, album and book covers, and picture frames. Introduce yourself to ¿varese¿ paper, the best type for paper crafting, as well as to silky, glossy, and hand-designed papers, and cloth fabrics. Simple techniques for cutting, mounting, and gluing are illustrated, too. Projects include a ring binder; concertina portfolio; classical rectangular box and lid; wall diplay and multiple frames.

    Painting Faux Stained Glass

    By Plaid
    Authors:
    Plaid
    Have you longed for the brilliance of stained glass in your home but been put off by the difficulty, mess, and expense such a big project entails? If you can squeeze Glass Art Paint from a bottle and follow the simple techniques explained here, you can make windows into authentic works of art, reflecting colourful light throughout your interiors, easily, inexpensively, and without any special glass cutting or soldering expertise. Patterns for more than two dozen projects include colour guides, methods for applying lead strips, and instructions for preparing and painting gorgeous classic cameos, and Victorian designs of varying difficulty. Liven up a child¿s room with playful kites and kittens, decorate your kitchen with fruit motifs or your sun room with garden scenes in minutes.

    Perfect Party Games

    By Andrea Campbell, Sandy Hoffman
    Authors:
    Andrea Campbell
    Illustrated by:
    Sandy Hoffman
    What makes a perfect part? Food? Drinks? A host who¿s constantly fussing over details? NO! The party should be sparkling and the atmosphere should be vibrant by playing fantastic party games¿ Nothing beats competitive games and fun activities that bring everyone together.Start with pre-party contests and icebreakers that establish the tone and give early arrivals something to do: treasure hunts, guessing games, and skits encourage mingling and laughter. As the jollity builds, move on to more ¿risqué¿ challenges, like ¿To Your Health¿ ¿ a drinking game.

    Playful Patchwork Projects

    By Kari Pearson, Friends
    Authors:
    Kari Pearson, Friends
    Choose from ¿Lots of Fun Stuff¿ like an Annie and Andy Quilt (sure to become a toddler¿s beloved security blanket) or Classic Pillow and a Bloomin¿ Bunnies Gift Bag.A little Sprouts Baby Vest and Garden Patch Jumpers make ¿Wonderful Wearables.¿ And, for the merriest, most Santa-filled Christmas, stitch up an ¿Oh My Stars, It¿s Santa¿ quilt, plus festive socks to fill with treats and hang on the mantelpiece.

    Picture Frames In An Afternoon

    By Kaye Evans
    Authors:
    Kaye Evans
    Make a frame worthy of any work of art in a mere afternoon. Or take a simple shop-bought frame to decorate and turn into an expensive looking picture frame. Learn every aspect of framing ¿ from how to cut standard mats and more elaborate mat styles through mounting the art and joining frames to fitting and finishing your work.

    Painted Pots

    By Plaid
    Authors:
    Plaid

    Painting Fabulous Floorclothes

    By Plaid
    Authors:
    Plaid
    Floorcloths are a terrific alternative to a rugGet the kids involvedguide is packed with colour photographs and detailed instructions on all aspects of creating your own floorcloth.

    Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzlers

    By Paul Sloane
    Authors:
    Paul Sloane
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