The Ascent of Gravity
By Marcus Chown
Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.
Agent of the Unknown
By Margaret St Clair
Don Haig had been content to lie around and drink in the synthetic beauty of the pleasure planetoid Fyon, until a woman came into his life. A woman more beautiful and more perfect than any other female in the galaxy. A woman who brought about a curious change in Don.For she was a pocket-sized foll - a very strange and miraculous puppet who shed constant tears and held powers that Don never even dreamed of.But what Don did know was that dangerous alien forces were swiftly focusing on him and his living puppet - and that he had to discover the doll's super-scientific secret before his own life was smashed into atoms.
The Ancestor's Tale
By Richard Dawkins, Yan Wong
A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.
By Sharon Shinn
The women who craved the attention of of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some - and scorn by others...Elizabeth was born to wealth, but circumstances forced her to live as a servant in her cousin's household. Determined to change her life, she travels to the town of Cedar Hills, hoping that an angel will take notice of her and take her as his own. Rebekah is a daughter of the Jansai tripe, raised to hate angels. But when she finds an injured angel near her village, she defies her upbringing to care for him.In time, these two women, whose paths will cross, will both find what they long for, in surprising - and dangerous - ways...
Astrology, Orion Plain and Simple
By Cass Jackson, Janie Jackson
A practical guide on how to learn about yourself and others using the zodiac.To the uninitiated, astrology can seem rather daunting. With all those measurements, degrees and logarithms - what's simple about it? This wonderful introduction demystifies a topic that everyone knows a little bit about and provides a basic framework for understanding it.The Jacksons' easy and straightforward approach explains how you can learn more about yourself and those around you through the zodiac. They also explore some more esoteric topics in astrology, including trines, aspects and conjunctions. Look up the characteristics of each sun sign, create a birth chart, find out your rising and moon signs and more.Illustrated with line drawings and charts, this Plain and Simple guide will be received enthusiastically by novices and the experienced alike.
Angels, Orion Plain and Simple
By Beleta Greenaway
A practical guide on how to connect with angels.Throughout time, people of many cultures and religions have believed in angels. Now Beleta Greenaway brings you closer to these wonderful beings in this delightful guide. She shares some of her own experiences with angels and describes how you can make your own connections with them, whether through meditation, in dreams, using decks of special cards, or by other means.Greenaway covers the entire angelic realm. Included here are: · Encounters with angels· Angels in the modern world· Angelic herbs and plants· How to work with angels· Angels, animals, and heaven· Angels in the AfterlifeThis is for anyone who is interested in angels, who wants a little supernatural help, and/or who wants a glimpse of the vast array of other worldly forces and beings that inhabit the universe.
By H.G. Wells
Stong-willed, reckless and fiercely independent, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to be a 'Person', to work, love and, above all, to live. Walking away from her stifling father and the social conventions of her time, she leaves drab suburbia for Edwardian London and encounters an unknown world of suffragettes, Fabians and free love. But it is only when she meets the charismatic Capes that she truly confronts the meaning of her new found freedom. Ann Veronica caused a sensation, damned in the press and preached against from the pulpits when it was first published in 1909 due to Wells' groundbreaking treatment of female sexuality.
By Barbara Pease, Allan Pease
How positive thinking can change your life and help you reach your goals, by the bestselling authors of THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE.Allan and Barbara Pease are the internationally renowned bestselling authors of THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE and WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, and have sold over 27 million books.In THE ANSWER, international bestselling authors Allan and Barbara Pease share all of the tips and wisdom they have learned on their own journey to success, and show readers how it is possible to achieve their goals. You will learn how to:- Set and action clearly defined goals- Overcome obstacles, regardless of what others think, do or say- Take responsibility for your life circumstances- Apply the art of visualisation and the power of affirmation- Deal with stress, fear and worry- Never give up.This accessible and practical guide will help readers take control of their life, become the person they want to be, and deal with obstacles and challenges no matter how difficult they may seem.
The Allergy-Free Baby & Toddler Cookbook
By Fiona Heggie, Ellie Lux
Wean your baby and nourish your toddler with 100 nutritious recipes free from all 14 major allergens. 'Introducing your baby to food is one of the many great joys of parenthood. When it comes to weaning children with food allergies, we are two mums who have been there, done that and got the baby food-spattered T-shirts.'With over 100 delicious, wholesome recipes covering your baby's very first tastes up to mini meals, The Allergy-Free Baby & Toddler Cookbook works with whichever weaning method you use. Offering meal plans and a host of practical advice and nutritional expertise this book will help lay the foundations for life-long healthy eating. Using ingredients that can be readily found in supermarkets, each recipe is free from 14 major food allergens: dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, gluten, sesame, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, celery, mustard, lupin and sulphites.
By Sharon Shinn
And so it came to pass...Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society they perceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if their laws were disobeyed. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all...Generations later, the armed space cruiser Jehovah still looms over the planet Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. Bu tan age of corruption has come to the land, threatening that peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honour the angel named Gabriel and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm and a devotion to duty equal to his own.Rachel, however, has other ideas...
By Sharon Shinn
Two hundred years ago, in order to keep the peace in Samaria, the god Jovah created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. And for his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. With trepidation, she bows to the will of Jovah and an unspoken affection develops between the two.But there is a terrible threat besetting the land - black-clad strangers who call fire down from the sky, leaving death and destruction in their wake, And the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known, as the future of the planet hangs in the balance...
By Poul Anderson
Poul Anderson's stories are classics from the golden age of science fiction and beyond. A master storyteller, Anderson wrote tales ranging from the immediate to the distant future, from Earth to far-flung galaxies, from hard science fiction to fantasy - all the elements stirred and blended as only Anderson could!ADMIRALTY is the fourth volume of The Collected Works of Poul Anderson and collects his best works from a writing career that spans over 50 years.This volume contains 23 stories including:Goat Song (Hugo and Nebula winner)Operation ChangelingThe Adventure of the Misplaced HoundDelenda EstLodestarThe PugilistMariusInside StraightPlus the revised version of 'Black Bodies' and an afterword by Poul Anderson discussing 'Eutopia'
The Alleluia Files
By Sharon Shinn
It has been one hundred years since the Archangel Alleluia and the mortal Caleb discovered the truth about the god of Samaria. Legend says they left a record of that truth, though no document has ever been found. In time, an underground cult arose, seeking to find again what Alleluia found. But the reigning Archangel Bael called down the wrath of Jovah upon the cult, and hundreds died in a hail of thunderbolts. Yet some survived.Among them is Tamar, child of cultists, raised in captivity among the angels. Tamar believes that the Alleluia Files exist. She is determined to find them, and to free the people of Samaria from their fear of Jovah. In her search, she encounters the angel Jared, one of the members of his own kind who have come to question the wisdom of Bael. Together, these two uneasy allies will journey the length and breadth of Samaria, risking their lives and the lives of their comrades, seeking a truth that will alter the face of Samaria forever...
Allegiance of Honour
By Nalini Singh
The 'unparalleled romantic adventure'* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world . . .The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.But a century of distrust and suspicion can't be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman's cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy . . . and changeling.To find the lost, protect the vulnerable and save Trinity no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?
By Liz Earle
Liz Earle explains the causes of acne and how skincare and different treatment options, both medical and natural, can heal and clear your skin.Bestselling beauty and wellbeing writer Liz Earle's fully revised and updated quick guide to acne, including:- The facts and fallacies surrounding acne- The pros and cons of antibiotics and conventional treatments- Homeopathic and herbal recipes for a clearer skin- Which foods contain the most skin-strengthening vitamins and minerals- The best daily skincare regime to follow
By Nalini Singh
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory. Accompanying her archangel lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, Guild Hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within - truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is . . . Nothing will ever be the same again.
By Rebecca Dennis
A wellbeing guide to the art of conscious breathing techniques: boost energy, combat stress and improve heart health.Breathing is something we all know how to do. And yet, the majority of teenagers and adults let go of their natural ability to breathe fully. We are conditioned from an early age to control our feelings and emotions, and as a result our muscles tighten and our breathing patterns become restricted. The impact on our mental and physical wellbeing is huge. By learning how to consciously connect to our breath and encourage its natural rhythms, we can harmonise the body and mind, live life fully, find emotional freedom and feel empowered. And Breathe teaches readers how to harness the power of conscious breathing, a technique which helps alleviate stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving readers feel calm yet energised, focused yet relaxed. It is a practical guide to letting go of the unwanted patterns of emotions, blockages and tension which hold us back and includes simple to follow exercises, tips, case studies, interviews and testimonials.
And On That Bombshell
By Richard Porter
I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. I basically used to check spelling and think of stupid gags about The Stig. I also got to hang around with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It didn't feel like something you should get paid for. From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, working on Top Gear was quite a rollercoaster ride. We crossed continents, we made space ships, we bobbed across the world's busiest shipping lane in a pick-up truck. We also got chased by an angry mob, repeatedly sparked fury in newspapers, and almost killed one of our presenters. I realised that I had quite a few stories to tell from behind the scenes on the show. I remembered whose daft idea it was to get a dog. I recalled the willfully stupid way in which we decorated our horrible office. I had a sudden flashback to the time a Bolivian drug lord threatened to kill us. I decided I should write down some of these stories. So I have. I hope you like them. And now, a quote from James May: 'Richard Porter has asked me to "write a quote" for his new book about the ancient history of Top Gear. But this is a ridiculous request. How can one "write a quote"? Surely, by definition, a quote must be extracted from a greater body of writing, for the purpose of illustrating or supporting a point in an unrelated work. I cannot "write a quote" any more than I could "film an out-take".'Porter, like Athens, has lost his marbles.'
The Abbot's Return to Earth
By David Bird
The pompous and self-important Abbot returns from his heroics in the Chennai Bermuda Bowl to discover that his fellow monks have taken little interest in this adventure. It is no easy matter for him to once again endure the aggravating ups and downs, familiar to us all, of life as a bridge player. The Abbot plays matches and duplicate sessions against a range of colourful opponents. How can it be that a battle-hardened veteran of the Bermuda Bowl cannot always sweep such moderate opposition aside?Claude Yorke-Smith, his overbearing brother from Devon pays the monastery a visit. The Abbot spends a week in the Convent of Hilda's and is shocked by the severe attitude of the Mother of Discipline. In the final part of the book, the Abbot is visited by his partner from Chennai, the Parrot. How will the bridge players of Hampshire react to such a feathered and outspoken opponent?Other Abbot titles by David Bird: Miracles of Card Play; Unholy Tricks; Doubled and Venerable; Cardinal Sins; The Abbot's Great Sacrifice; Heavenly Contracts; Celestial Cardplay; The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze; Divine Intervention; The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double; The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl.
The Actual One
By Isy Suttie
Isy woke up one day in her late twenties to discover that the invisible deal she'd done with her best mates - that they'd prolong growing up for as long as possible - had all been in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets and nappies, rather than the idea of running naked into the sea or getting hammered in Plymouth with eighty-year-old men. When her dearest friend advises her that the next guy Isy meets will be The Actual One, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood - until a bet with her mother results in a mad scramble to find a boyfriend within a month.From papier-mâché penguins to being stranded on a dual carriageway in nothing but a fur coat and trainers, THE ACTUAL ONE is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship with a man who doesn't use moisturiser.