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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!

    Beauty

    By Sarah Pinborough
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    Sarah Pinborough
    BEAUTY is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.
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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.

    Broken Homes

    By Ben Aaronovitch
    Authors:
    Ben Aaronovitch
    Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil - an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London.But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection?And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River? Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
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    The Black Mausoleum

    By Stephen Deas
    Authors:
    Stephen Deas
    Two years have passed since the events of The Order of the Scales. Across the realms, dragons are still hatching. Hatching, and hatching free.Skorl is an Ember, a soldier trained from birth to fight dragons. He is a living weapon, one-shot only, saturated with enough dragon-poison to bring down a monster all on his own. Misanthrope, violent and a drunk, to fulfil his purpose and slay a dragon, means to be eaten. Now Skorl has a choice: he can hang for his crimes, or he can go with the last of the Adamantine Men, fighting against an enemy he was born to face.Rat is an Outsider. He's on the run and he's stumbled onto something that's going to make him rich beyond all his dreams. It's just a shame that the end of the world has started without him.Kataros is an alchemist, one of the order responsible for keeping the dragons in check. One of the order that has just failed, and disastrously so.Two men, one woman. One chance to save the world from a storm of dragons ...
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    Bitterblue

    By Kristin Cashore
    Authors:
    Kristin Cashore
    The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and FireEight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck's reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.Whatever that past holds.Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart ...
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  • Black Halo

    By Sam Sykes
    Authors:
    Sam Sykes
    Lenk and his band of fellow mismatched and grumpy adventurers are shipwrecked on an island. An island that is a graveyard for demons and dragonmen alike. An island inhabited by lizard men. An island of secrets that is about to become a battleground.And back in civilisation Bralston, a very different Librarian, is being sent out to learn exactly what has happened to the Tome of the Undergates and to punish those that have misused magic. And Bralston will uphold the law.But the Tome will be read and it is calling to those who would read it and open the gates to hell.Sam Sykes' unique and energetic fantasy has carved out its own place in the fantasy landscape. Critics are arguing about the book but readers have fallen for its dark and twisted charms. This is a key fantasy for the new decade.
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  • 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.

    Bored Of The Rings

    By The Harvard Lampoon
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    The Harvard Lampoon
    Sometimes childish, sometimes rude, always clever and always very, very funny, this book has delighted most, and outraged a few, Tolkien fans in the US for more than 40 years.Pulling in references to popular culture and fantasy literature as a whole, this is a killingly effective parody of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. From the dreary Goddamn (Gollum) to the feckless Arrowroot (Aragorn), the bungling Goodgulf (Gandalf) to the timid, mean-minded boggies Frito (Frodo) and Dildo (Bilbo), no character is safe. Fleeing the Nozdrul, bored by acid-casualty Tim Benzedrine and harassed throughout by the minions of Sorhed, the fellowship move through a Middle Earth like no other. Short, sharp and very much to the point, even Tolkien would be hard-pressed to surpress a giggle at BORED OF THE RINGS.
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  • 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.

    The Broken Sword

    By Poul Anderson
    Authors:
    Poul Anderson
    The sword Tyrfing has been broken to prevent it striking at the roots of Yggdrasil, the great tree that binds earth, heaven and hell together ... but now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves, who are heavily involved in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade the mighty ice-giant, Bolverk, to make the sword Thor broke whole again. But things are never easy, and along the way Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who took his place in the world of men.A superb dark fantasy of the highest, and most Norse, order The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece.
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    The Body in Action

    By Sarah Key
    Authors:
    Sarah Key
    Whether you suffer from aches, pains and creaky joints, or you simply feel old beyond your years, The Body In Action will help you achieve a better body and a healthier life.Sarah Key, renowned physiotherapist and author of The Back Sufferers' Bible and Back in Action, shows you how to keep your skeleton young with a series of stretches designed to combat stiffness and pain.Key shows you how to:* spot the tell-tale warning signs of imminent joint problems* take immediate action to reverse the trend* exercise to alleviate pain and restore full mobilityStretches derived from Iyengar yoga, which suit all levels of ability, are explained, and a 30-minute daily regime is outlined at the end of the book. Extensively illustrated, with easy to follow advice and exercises, The Body In Action will help you break the bad habits that come with our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
  • 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.