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The Book of Seconds

By Mark Mason
Authors:
Mark Mason
DID YOU KNOW that the second man to swim the Channel drank 20 drops of champagne every hour? Or that the second crew to land on the Moon danced to a pop song in zero gravity? Or that the second man to run a sub-4-minute mile once stopped to check on a fallen rival - but still managed to win the race?You probably didn't - because seconds never get the attention they deserve. This book reveals the people and things who until now have been kept in the shadow of the firsts. We'll glory in the achievements of the nearly-men and nearly-women, not to mention nearly-skyscrapers, nearly-LPs and nearly-deserts.Above all we'll see how so-called 'runners-up' can be exciting, intriguing and heroic. Step forward, seconds - your time in the spotlight has come at last.
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  • Bridge Conventions, Defences and Countermeasures

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    Conventions are a vital element of bidding in bridge. Unless they are easily and clearly understood they can be destructively dangerous. This book contains the most common conventions you are likely to encounter at the duplicate table, together with defensive measures you can take, plus countermeasures against each part of the defensive methods. Importantly, however, bridge continues to evolve. The material in the additional chapter covers the most recent developments in bridge bidding and will give you ideas for inclusion in your regular partnerships.
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    The Brexit Survival Activity Book

    By Wayne Kerr, Wayne Kerr
    Authors:
    Wayne Kerr
    Illustrated by:
    Wayne Kerr
    A parody survival guide to Brexit, the perfect stocking filler gift for the politically dissatisfied person in your life!AS FEATURED ON THE GUARDIANACTIVITIES INCLUDE: the Great Brexit sing-a-long, Find the Foreign Secretary and a Theresa May mindfulness exercise.Packed with a host of games, puzzles, activities and jokes, THE BREXIT SURVIVAL ACTIVITY BOOK will take your mind off the impending doom of not being allowed to compete in Eurovision. Remember - if you don't laugh, you'll only cry. So grab a pencil, and get puzzling!

    Being Elvis

    By Ray Connolly
    Authors:
    Ray Connolly
    What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis.On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose. But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him?BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.
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    Bridge for the Connoisseur

    By Hugh Kelsey
    Authors:
    Hugh Kelsey
    BRIDGE FOR THE CONNOISSEUR is a book with a special appeal for those who appreciate the finer points of the game. The text comprises 58 deals remarkable not only for their artistic value but also because they allow Hugh Kelsey to enhance them with instructive points on bidding, play and defence. Many of the hands come from international tournaments and reflect the brilliancies and blunders of the stars.
  • Bridge With The Blue Team

    BRIDGE WITH THE BLUE TEAM sets down the most outstanding hands played by the Blue Team, the astonishingly successful Italian team which achieved a record number of victories in world-class championships, a feat unlikely to be equalled. The 140 chosen hands are first set out in single dummy form so that the reader can make his own decisions about playing the hand before reading the analysis provided. Sections at the end of the book give a summary of the bidding systems. Pietro Forquet is recognised as one of the most celebrated bridge players of all time, and in this book he demonstrates he would rank similarly as a bridge writer.
  • Better Balanced Bidding

    By David Jackson, Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    David Jackson, Ron Klinger
    This is an important, and in some ways revolutionary, book. The point count method of hand evaluation was first proposed in 1914 and popularized in 1934 by Milton Work. The Banzai Method advanced by David Jackson and Ron Klinger improves on Milton Work by reassessing the relative values of the honour cards but also adds a further dimension to accurate hand evaluation by including the tens and is of crucial importance when assessing balanced hands. According to Eric Kokish, an internationally respected American authority, who has contributed the Foreword, the many example deals are an eye-opener. When you finish this book, it is unlikely that you are going to look at your hand the same way as you have in the past.

    Belle's Best Bits

    By Belle de Jour
    Authors:
    Belle de Jour
    From the summer of 2003 Belle charted her day-to-day adventures on and off the field in a frank, funny and award-winning diaries. She was the first to reveal (among other things) how she became a working girl, what it feels like to do it for money, and where to buy the best knickers for the job. She also discusses her efforts to change from 'working girl' to working girl, whilst sneaking off to visit clients in her lunch hour. From debating the literary merits of Martin Amis with naked clients to smuggling whips into luxury hotels, this is a no-holds barred account of the high-class sex-trade, and an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary woman.
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    Bringing Nothing to the Party

    By Paul Carr
    Authors:
    Paul Carr
    A fascinating and hilarious expose of how a group of young opportunists, chancers and geniuses found instant fame and fortune by messing about on the web. And one man's attempt to follow in their footsteps.Having covered the first dot com boom, and founded a web-to-print publishing business during the second one, Paul counts many of the leading Internet entrepreneurs amongst his closest friends. These friendships mean he doesn't just attend their product launches and press conferences and speak at their events, but also gets invited to their ultra-exclusive networking events, and gets drunk at their parties.Paul has enjoyed this bizarre world of excess without having to live in it. To help the moguls celebrate raising millions of pounds of funding without having to face the wrath of the venture capitalists himself. But in 2006, Paul decided he didn't want to be a spectator any more. He had been harbouring a great dot com project of his own and decided it was time to do something about it.
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    Basics

    By Anthony Telford
    Authors:
    Anthony Telford
    Tired of cookbooks with a mess of complicated instructions, exotic ingredients, and completely unachievable photographs of food that only a chef could prepare? Then The Basics is for you - hundreds of easy to follow recipes with simple ingredients for fast everyday meals. Includes rescue remedies for when things go wrong, substitute ingredients for those times when the cupboard is bare, and handy explanations of all those obscure or tricky cookbook terms that other cookbooks assume you understand. With recipes ranging from roast chicken to lasagne and baked cheesecake, The Basics is a cookbook for everyone from the beginner just leaving home to the more confident cook who wants daily inspiration and a great collection of delicious everyday recipes. Anthony Telford was the presenter of the cooking segment on 9am with David and Kim and featured on Ready, Steady, Cook on Channel 10, chef, and author of The Kitchen Hand, the highly successful and indispensable guide to kitchen wisdom. He lives in Byron Bay with his partner and seven children.
  • Bridge Odds for Practical Players

    By Michael Glauert, Hugh Kelsey
    Authors:
    Michael Glauert, Hugh Kelsey
    Backing outsiders has ruined many a punter at the bridge table as well as at the race track. Few players have any idea of how to harness the odds to solve problems that constantly recur. Which is the best line of play? Is it better to finesse or play for the drop? Will the diamonds break? Can the chances be combined? What are the exact odds?Here is a simple guide to solving the problems that arise in assessing the odds in play at bridge. Keeping theory to a minimum, the authors show by means of many practical examples how to calculate the odds and how to come up with the right answer at the bridge table. Anyone who learns to apply the principles set out in this book need never again be accused of playing against the odds.

    The Big Book of Killer Su Doku

    By Mark Huckvale
    Authors:
    Mark Huckvale
    Just when you thought su doku couldn't get any harder... 200 all new KILLER SU DOKU puzzles!So, you can do the standard su doku puzzles; jigsaw su doku is no problem for you; you've even mastered the fiendish kakuro puzzles. What's next? KILLER SU DOKU! Killer Su Doku puzzles have a su doku grid, but also have sets of linked cells which indicate the sum to which the digits in those cells need to total.That's all you need to know.Included in this book:midi killer su dokuhard killer su dokuchallenging killer su dokumonster killer su dokuStep up to the challenge - and get the killer su doku bug!

    The big Book of Su Doku 2

    By Mark Huckvale
    Authors:
    Mark Huckvale
    The second Su Doku book - even bigger, even better!Su Doku is a phenomenon - and just about every national newspaper now carries the puzzles. You don't need to be a mathematical genius as the Su Doku puzzles are really logic puzzles that happen to use numbers - you solve the puzzles by reasoning, not calculation. This new book includes:Standard Su Doku - the basic 9x9 gridSuper and Maxi Su Doku - fiendishly difficult 12x12 and 16x16 gridsJigsaw Su Doku - if you thought the Supers were hard . . . !Irregular Su Doku - something a bit different - but just as trickyThe book is arranged in increasing order of difficulty, with enough puzzles to keep even the most ardent Su Doku addict busy!

    The Big Book of Su Doku

    By Mark Huckvale
    Authors:
    Mark Huckvale
    Su Doku - the completely compulsive number-placing puzzle.Since the first Su Doku puzzles appeared in the UK in 2004, they have become a phenomenon, with thousands of commuters eagerly puzzling away each day. Everyone can enjoy Su Doku puzzles. You don't need to be a mathematical genius; nor do you have to be good at mental arithmetic. The fact is that Su Doku puzzles are really logic puzzles that happen to use numbers - you solve the puzzles by reasoning, not calculation. All you do is fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9. That's all there is to it... and there is only one solution to each puzzle.Now, here is the book, arranged in increasing order of difficulty, from the easiest "mini Su Doku" puzzles right up to the new "Super Su Doku". Su Doku - guaranteed addiction!
  • Bridge is Fun

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    About to go out and have a game of bridge? Just like an athlete needs to warm up before an important event, so a bridge player can improve performance by a warm-up of the little grey cells. Delve into this book, solve a problem or two, and you will be better placed to have a good game.The book contains more than 80 problems from recent tournaments, and covers constructive and competitive bidding, opening leads, defensive and declarer play. Working through the problems is bound to improve your game.You will also find the lighter side of bridge after each solution. Hopefully these will brighten your day if your session with your partner has not done so!
  • Better Bridge with a Better Memory

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    Better Bridge with a Better Memory 'goes beyond ... wide-ranging advice ... and investigates one specific technique in detail. The method demonstrated is mnemonics, and the author shows how that approach, already widely in use in naming agreements and providing clues to their details, can be applied to every phase of the game. As is often the case in Klinger productions, many examples used to demonstrate the case at hand have unrelated interesting points, and the discussions thus provide a welcome variety of topics.' - The Bridge World.
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters

    By David Bird
    Authors:
    David Bird
    David Bird is acknowledged as the world's best when it comes to humorous bridge fiction. As the bridge cruise traverses the Far East, the bridge organiser, Richard Knight, visits Pat Pong - the notorious red-light district of Bangkok - and is enticed by three attractive Thai girls into a bridge game. Other hilarious adventures take place in a drug den in Hong Kong, in backpacker land in Bali, in a Shinto monastery in Kyoto, and in the Double Bay Club in Sydney.A mixture of top-class bridge, exhilarating narrative and a host of true-to-life characters.

    Basic Acol Bridge Flipper

    By Ron Klinger
    Authors:
    Ron Klinger
    This Fast Fact Finder is a guide and summary to the basics of bridge for the beginner and novice player, enabling players to check quickly important points in bidding and play. It is designed to be used in conjunction with Basic Bridge and Acol Bridge Made Easy, both by Ron Klinger.Other Fast Fact Finders: Acol Bridge Flipper, Duplicate Bridge Flipper, Memory-Aids and Useful Rules Flipper, Modern Losing Trick Count Flipper and Opening Leads Flipper.

    Beautiful Animal Dolls

    By Miriam Gourley
    Authors:
    Miriam Gourley
    There are stylish beasts in a genteel jungle, country cousins a-cluck and a-flutter, and an enchanted forest full of fantastical creatures. And YOU can stitch and stuff them all. These creatively designed lion, elephant, ¿frogett¿, barnyard fowl, bunny, and bear dolls all have imaginative costumes (ranging from party clothes to Renaissance wear) and expressions that will melt your heart.

    Beaded Tassels, Braids & Fringes

    By Valerie Campbell-Harding
    Authors:
    Valerie Campbell-Harding
    ¿Campbell-Harding adds beads in a variety of beading patterns to her tassels, creating delightful lacy baubles that can be used to embellish curtains, lampshades, or clothing¿ (A( good addition¿¿ ¿ Library Journal.Use them to adorn pillows, evening bags, or even a dress ¿ beaded tassels add sparkle to anything. Make them yourself, in bright, marvellous colour, with beads of different shapes and twisted, braided threads. You probably already own most of the basic equipment at home, and here are the ins and outs of choosing, mixing, bleaching, and painting beads, with hundreds of diagrams and photos of different options for making cords and tassels, skirts, fringes and heads.