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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!

    Blood and Fears

    By Kevin Wilson
    Authors:
    Kevin Wilson
    How America's bomber boys and girls in England won their war, and how their English allies responded to it.The US 8th Air Force came of age in the England of 1944. With a fresh commander, it was ready to demonstrate its true power: from Big Week in February, targeting German aircraft production plants, to bringing the Luftwaffe to battle over Berlin, the combined USAAF-RAF round-the clock campaign of bottling up the German army in Normandy and the strategically vital oil offensive of the following autumn and winter. Day after day, the American bomber boys watched their comrades burn to death in blazing bombers, be thrown out of exploding aircraft without parachutes and sink with their crippled aircraft in the freezing North Sea. But by the following spring they had destroyed the Nazi fighter arm and seen Germany broken in two.In this comprehensive history, Kevin Wilson has allowed the youngsters of the 8th to tell their stories of blood and heroism in their own words. At the same time, he has opened up the lives of the Women's Army Corps and Red Cross girls who served in England with them and feared for the men in the skies, and he hasn't flinched from recounting the devastation of bombing or the testimony of shocked German civilians.Wilson has interviewed American veterans and trawled archives in both the United States and Britain to complete this final volume of his air-war series, adding to his critically acclaimed trilogy about the RAF and Commonwealth air forces' bomber offensive. Drawing on first-hand accounts from diaries, letters and his personal recordings, the author has brought to life the ebullient Americans' interaction with their British counterparts and the civilians who lived near the air bases, unveiling stories of humanity and heartbreak. Thanks to America's bomber boys and girls, life in Britain would never be the same again.
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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.

    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.

    Backs to the Wall

    By G.D. Mitchell
    Authors:
    G.D. Mitchell
    'In that hour was born in me a fear that lasted throughout the whole winter. It was the dread of dying in the mud, going down in that stinking morass and though dead being conscious throughout the ages. Waves of fear at times threatened to overwhelm me... a little weakness, a little slackening of control at times and I might have gone over the borderline.In the light of the sun, on firm ground, I could laugh at fate. But where the churned mud half hid and half revealed bodies, where dead hands reached out of the morass, seeming to implore aid - there I had to hold tight.'In this gripping account, George Deane Mitchell relives the horror and the humour of being an Australian soldier on the Western Front in World War I. Backs to the Wall by was originally published in 1937. This new edition - with commentary by Robert Macklin, author of Jacka VC - will allow a new generation of readers to fall under the spell of this forgotten Australian classic.
  • 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.

    Big Book of Knitting

    By Katharina Buss
    Authors:
    Katharina Buss
    ¿¿ Lavishly illustrated¿ particularly strong in its coverage of both basic techniques like increasing and decreasing and more advanced techniques like knitting cables without a cable needle and working with charts¿ excellent knitting reference.¿ ¿ Library JournalBeginners will find everything needed to make their first items, and experienced knitters will love the sensuous photos of the creative process and the finished projects.. From needles to fabrics, all the essential techniques appear, along with a variety of stitches and weaves ¿ not only the basics but also intricate double-face, jacquard, and intarsia.Add buttons and buttonholes, zippers, borders, and pockets. Weave or embroider one of many popular designs onto the fabric. Finish off with charming touches like pompons, piping, fringes, and tassels. The projects, all accompanied by charts and patterns, are breathtaking: colourful socks, gloves and mittens; sweaters; vests; polos; and pullovers.