Buy Fiction, Non-Fiction Books, Novels, illustrated, ebooks, audiobooks, The Orion Publishing Group

Search Our Books

Book Title

Filter By

Clear all
Our books

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.
  • More

The Book of Humans

By Adam Rutherford
Authors:
Adam Rutherford
'Charming, compelling and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons. A weird and wonderful read' PETER FRANKOPAN We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but is there really anything special about us that sets us apart from other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are.In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.THE BOOK OF HUMANS tells the story of how we became the creatures we are today, bestowed with the unique ability to investigate what makes us who we are. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.With illustrations by Alice Roberts
  • More

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

By Adam Rutherford
Authors:
Adam Rutherford
'A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. You'll be spellbound' Brian CoxThis is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.'A thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best' Observer 'Magisterial, informative and delightful' Peter Frankopan'An extraordinary adventure...From the Neanderthals to the Vikings, from the Queen of Sheba to Richard III, Rutherford goes in search of our ancestors, tracing the genetic clues deep into the past' Alice Roberts
  • More
  • 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.
    • More

    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!

    The Burning Answer

    By Keith Barnham
    Authors:
    Keith Barnham
    Our civilisation stands on the brink of catastrophe. Our thirst for energy has led to threats from global warming, nuclear disaster and conflict in oil-rich countries. We are running out of options.Solar power, Keith Barnham argues, is the answer. In this eye-opening book, he shows how a solar revolution is developing based on one of Einstein's lesser known discoveries, one that gave us laptop computers and mobile phones. An accessible guide to renewable technology and a hard-hitting critique of the arguments of solar sceptics, The Burning Answer outlines a future in which the fuel for electric cars will be generated on our rooftops. It is, above all, an impassioned call to arms to join the solar revolution before it's too late.
    • More

    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.
  • 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.