Dictionaries, Reference & Language

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  • RHS How to Garden New Edition: A Practical Introduction to Gardening

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd RHS How to Garden New Edition: A Practical Introduction to Gardening

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    Whatever your level of expertise, you'll find everything you need to know in this easy-to-follow gardening guide.This book contains the principles of good gardening - how plants work and how to give them what they need. It also includes step-by-step advice, tips and techniques.Keen on starting your own garden or looking for gardening tips to improve your existing gardening skills? This simple step-by-step guide will show you where to start, what tools and techniques to use, and how to troubleshoot common garden problems. From bulbs to borders, weeds to watering, pick up gardening techniques, practical basics, and simple skills which will have your garden blooming. Master the essentials of gardening through easy to follow steps and photographs.This beginner's gardening book will make growing your own garden easy and enjoyable. It includes: - The latest environmentally friendly practices- A new section of growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, bulbs, and more- Easy instructions on how to grow a garden and clear photographsStart A Garden And Watch It GrowShare in the delight of gardening when you start using RHS How to Garden New Edition as your guide. You'll quickly become engrossed in the fun, rewarding gardening experience and the sense of accomplishment when you see your shrubs grow or eat vegetables that you've planted.

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    £18.00

  • Next Level Games Review 2023

    HarperCollins Publishers Next Level Games Review 2023

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    Take it to the next level! Bursting with the biggest games, latest trends, and hottest news, Next Level Games Review 2023 is the ultimate annual gaming guide. Inside you’ll discover a recap of the last twelve months in gaming and a preview of what’s coming soon, plus an exclusive intro written by YouTube, TV, and radio presenter Julia Hardy. Whether you want to relive the action in Deathloop, learn about the exciting new Steam Deck, get a head start in Switch Sports, explore Minecraft biomes, become an MMO champion, join the Guardians of the Galaxy aboard the Milano, catch new Diamond and Pearl Pokémon, check out indie adventures, build your Ultimate Team in FIFA, or return to The Lands Between in Elden Ring, this guide is a game-changer! 200+ GAMES: Find out surprising stats and entertaining facts on over 200 games, including Mario, Demon Slayer, Forza, Call of Duty, Genshin Impact, Roblox, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Madden NFL, and The Legend of Zelda. PERFECT FOR NEW GAMERS: Packed with tips and tricks for new and young gamers, plus a special glossary section so you can learn the lingo. ESPORTS CHAPTER: Catch up on all the news and read fascinating trivia on the top eSports games, including League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Dota 2, and Overwatch. INSIDER INFO: Get the inside take from gaming experts and learn all about your favourite game studios, including FromSoftware, EA, Bandai Namco, 343, Eidos Montréal, and Gearbox Software.

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    £18.00

  • The Complete Vegetable Cookbook: A Seasonal, Zero-waste Guide to Cooking with Vegetables

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd The Complete Vegetable Cookbook: A Seasonal, Zero-waste Guide to Cooking with Vegetables

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    A must-have guide for every cook on how to prepare, store, and cook fresh seasonal vegetables with confidence and keep waste to a minimum. From asparagus and artichoke to fennel and celeriac, James Strawbridge has your veg box covered! Whether you are looking to include more veg in your diet, moving to a vegan or meat-free lifestyle, or looking for some flavour inspiration for your dishes, this is a vegetarian cookbook with a difference - giving you the confidence and knowledge to safely prepare and cook the edible parts of seasonal vegetables. - Covers more than 60 vegetables organised by seasonality - Over 135 delicious vegetarian recipes for you to enjoy - including main meals, light lunches and sides- Detailed information on plant varieties with annotated photographs displaying the edible parts of each vegetable- Learn the best way to prepare, store, and preserve your favourite veg - Handy zero-waste top tips and practical tricks throughout to make your vegetables last longer- Sustainable leftover solutions from stocks, and drying techniques to pickling, fermenting, and roasting James Strawbridge showcases more than 60 vegetables, season by season, exploring each plant's unique characteristics, different varieties, and how best to prepare produce in your kitchen. An advocate of zero-waste cooking, James also shares how you can make use of all that's edible from root to bloom with ideas on preserving and storing. Rustle up one of James' family favourites - a warming fennel gratin for a cosy autumn evening meal; watercress, pear, and walnut tart; or even cucumber peel gin, and discover how the humble vegetable can deliver utmost flavour all year round.A refreshing take on the classic recipe book, The Complete Vegetable Cookbook is a staple in the kitchen or a fantastic gift for food lovers and allotment growers alike! Complete the SeriesDiscover more from James Strawbridge in The Artisan Kitchen: The science, practice and possibilities providing modern twists to age-old preservation, fermentation and cooking techniques. Or, why not join Dick Strawbridge, of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, and his son James on a journey to reduce your carbon footprint in Practical Self-sufficiency: The complete guide to sustainable living today.

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    £22.50

  • Essays Two

    Penguin Books Ltd Essays Two

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    Lydia Davis returns with a timeless collection of essays on literature and language.'Precise, concentrated, lyrical. No one writes like Lydia Davis, and everyone should read her' Hanif Kureishi'A writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert, and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust' Ali SmithLydia Davis gathered a selection of her non-fiction writing for the first time in 2019 with Essays. Now, she continues the project with Essays Two, focusing on the art of translation, the learning of foreign languages through reading, and her experience of translating, amongst others, Flaubert and Proust, about whom she writes with an unmatched understanding of the nuances of their styles.Every essay in this book is a revelation.

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    £18.00

  • Gem School Dictionary: Trusted support for learning, in a mini-format (Collins School Dictionaries)

    HarperCollins Publishers Gem School Dictionary: Trusted support for learning, in a mini-format (Collins School Dictionaries)

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    The home of trusted English dictionaries and thesauruses for school use. The perfect mini dictionary for all students aged 11 and above. Updated to include around 20,000 entries, with all the words you must know for school and exams, in the best-selling Gem format. This handy mini-sized dictionary has been developed with teachers to be the perfect tool for both school work and homework. With over 20,000 clear, concise definitions and extra help with difficult pronunciations, it gives core vocabulary for key curriculum exam subjects, plus thousands of examples of words in use. Developed with teachers, this dictionary is an indispensable tool for any secondary school student aged 11 and above. Includes a guide to punctuation, spelling and grammar, to support students in class, and during home study. Have confidence – Help with spelling, pronunciation and difficult words

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    £6.56

  • The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

    Little, Brown Book Group The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

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    Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.

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    £9.89

  • A Grim Almanac of Devon

    The History Press Ltd A Grim Almanac of Devon

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    The history of Devon is full of dark deeds and horrible happenings. Among the county's more macabre claims to fame are England's first documented serial killer, Robert de Middlecote, the murderous monk, believed to have been executed in 1329; the hanging of three women in Bideford in 1682, thought to be the last women put to death for witchcraft in the land; and conversely the saga of John 'Babbacombe Lee', the convicted killer who in 1885 became the 'man they could not hang'.There are also the disasters of Exeter's Theatre Royal, burnt to the ground in 1887 with the loss of around 186 lives; the Lynmouth floods of 1952 which claimed 34 victims; the mysterious death of journalist Bertram Fletcher Robinson, whose death may not have been the result of typhoid contracted after drinking contaminated tap water, but ruthless elimination by a famous rival; and the sad case of the boy of 9 who died after choking on a balloon attached to a string of liquorice. All these, plus tales of murder, suicide, accidents by land, sea and air, are here.

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    £13.49

  • Mushrooms (Collins Gem)

    HarperCollins Publishers Mushrooms (Collins Gem)

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    The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for nature and foraging enthusiasts keen to identify the most commonly found mushrooms and toadstools in Britain and northern Europe. Authoritative text, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations show the distinguishing features of each mushroom and toadstool, including details of size, habitat and when it can be found, whether it is edible or poisonous and most importantly, which similar species it can be confused with and why. This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, now expanded to include over 240 species of mushroom and toadstool.

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    £6.99

  • Seashore (Collins Gem)

    HarperCollins Publishers Seashore (Collins Gem)

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    A fascinating introduction to the different habitats and creatures to be found along the coastline. With over 240 colour photographs, this is the ideal guide to take on seashore rambles. Divided into different coastline habitats for ease of use, Collins Gem Seashore is the ideal guide for families and children. Featured habitats include cliffs, rocky shores, sand dunes, saltmarsh, shingle and the strandline. The book includes full details of the many species to be found within each habitat. Introductions to seaweeds, worms, molluscs, arthopods, fish, birds and mammals, and many other shore-line inhabitants are presented in a clear, accessible manner. This portable, informative book is perfect for any excursion to the shore.

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    £5.99

  • I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

    Michael O'Mara Books Ltd I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

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    'This is a fascinating book ... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table' – She Magazine______________________________A Sunday Times top-ten title in 2008 and a bestseller ever since, I Used to Know That has continued to delight readers with its pages of forgotten facts from our school days.I Used to Know That is an ideal and accessible reference guide for adults wanting to brush up on their lost knowledge – or prepare for a pub quiz!If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, I Used to Know That is guaranteed to provide all the answers.

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    £7.19

  • The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s battle for its inner soul

    Scribe Publications The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s battle for its inner soul

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    One of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books for 2023 A correspondent who has spent thirty years in Israel presents a rich, wide-ranging portrait of the Israeli people at a critical juncture in their country’s history. Despite Israel’s determined staying power in a hostile environment, its military might, and the innovation it fosters in businesses globally, the country is more divided than ever. The old guard — socialist secular elites and idealists — are a dying breed, and the state’s democratic foundations are being challenged. A dynamic and exuberant country of nine million, Israel now largely comprises native-born Hebrew speakers, and yet any permanent sense of security and normalcy is elusive. In The Land of Hope and Fear, we meet Israelis — Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, Eastern and Western, liberals and zealots — plagued by perennial conflict and existential threats. Its citizens remain deeply polarised politically, socially, and ideologically, even as they undergo generational change and redefine what it is to be an Israeli. Who are these people, and to what do they aspire? In moving narratives and with on-the-ground reporting, Isabel Kershner reveals the core of what holds Israel together and the forces that threaten its future through the lens of real people, laying bare the question, Who is an Israeli?

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    £22.50

  • A Miscellany for Word Lovers: Origins, Meanings & Quizzes

    Little, Brown Book Group A Miscellany for Word Lovers: Origins, Meanings & Quizzes

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    More than 100 vocabulary-building quizzes make up the core of the book, with shorter sections on: * The fascinating origins of words * Quotes and misquotes* Slang, dialects and secret languages * Unforgettable Adverts, Famous Lines from Novels and Movies* Newspeak, Basic English, spelling reform* Malapropisms, politicians' blunders and 'mispeakings'* Mnemonics and other memory joggers* Palindromes and anagrams * Semaphore. Morse, tic-tac, hand gestures and other ways of speaking without wordsEntry after entry explores the byways, oddities and curiosities of the English language.

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    £7.19

  • Translation Studies in Africa

    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Translation Studies in Africa

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    Africa is a massive continent with many multicultural nations, where translation and interpretation are everyday occurrences. Translation studies has flourished in Africa in the last decade, with countries often having several official languages.The primary objective of this volume is to bring together research articles on translation and interpreter studies in Africa, written mainly, but not exclusively, by researchers living and working in the region. The focus is on the translation of literature and on the uses of interpreting. It provides a clear idea of the state and direction of research, and highlights research that is not commonly disseminated in North Africa and Europe. This book is an essential text for students and researchers working in translation studies, African studies and in African linguistics.Published in association with the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS), "Continuum Studies in Translation" aims to present a series of books focused around central issues in translation and interpreting. Using case studies drawn from a wide range of different countries and languages, each book presents a comprehensive examination of current areas of research within translation studies written by academics at the forefront of the field. The thought-provoking books in this series are aimed at advanced students and researchers of translation studies.

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    £162.00

  • Introducing Chomsky: A Graphic Guide

    Icon Books Introducing Chomsky: A Graphic Guide

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    Can it be that the human brain possesses an in-built faculty for language? Noam Chomsky, one of the most brilliant linguists of the 20th century, believes that it does- that there exists a 'universal grammar' common to all languages. Around the world children learn, in very similar ways, languages that seem entirely different. This is possible, Chomsky argues, because all human languages and their grammatical structures are linked in the human brain.Chomsky is controversial and yet highly influential, both in his pioneering work in linguistics and in his unrelenting critique of international power and his commitment to freedom and justice. These two 'Chomskys' are heirs to the Enlightenment tradition, and this book is the ideal introduction to them both.

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    £7.19

  • Why Would Anyone Want to Swing a Cat?: ... and 499 other questions

    Little, Brown Book Group Why Would Anyone Want to Swing a Cat?: ... and 499 other questions

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    Why is bureaucracy known as red, not yellow or blue tape?What is haywire and why do we go it?Why is a yawn infection?Who was Parker and why is he so Nosy?These are just some of the burning issues that have been exercising the minds of Daily Mail readers in recent years, and 1001 of the most entertaining have been reproduced in this bumper collection.Not all of the questions featured will have been nagging away at you for years - the scrap metal value of the Eiffel Tower, for example; and some of the answers throw up intriguing alternatives (does the expression "peg out" have its origins in the game of cribbage or in grave digging practices?); but for those who are inveterate devourers of trivia teasers and fascinating facts, The Daily Mail's Answers to Correspondents is a veritable feast.

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    £11.69

  • Cornish Sayings Superstitions and Remedies

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    £5.91

  • Copywrong to Copywriter: a practical guide to copywriting for small businesses, small organisations, sole traders, and lone rangers

    Scribe Publications Copywrong to Copywriter: a practical guide to copywriting for small businesses, small organisations, sole traders, and lone rangers

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    If you feel like you’ve got the wrong tone of voice, don’t understand the ins-and-outs of grammar, or just don’t feel confident writing about yourself without sounding like an idiot, read this book. Copywriter Tait Ischia is brief and to the point in an interesting and engaging way. Which is exactly what you want the words on your website/marketing stuff/professional bio to be too, right? Feel confident in what you say and how you say it when you put fingers to the keyboard. Waffling on should really be reserved for weekend breakfast.

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    £8.99

  • Grammar: The Structure of Language

    Wooden Books Grammar: The Structure of Language

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    What's a dilemma? Is it a syllogism? What about an enthymeme? Is there really an ancient science behind the gift of the gab? Why do silken-tongued lawyers and top politicians study the Trivium? In this unique little book, the smallest on its subject ever produced, wordsmith Jane Smith lays out the timeless and universal science of language, studied in antiquity in the three parts of logic, rhetoric and grammar. Learn to persuade, convince, and see through fallacies. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

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    £5.99

  • Proverbs: Words of Wisdom

    Wooden Books Proverbs: Words of Wisdom

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    If many hands make light work, how can too many cooks spoil the broth? If you’ll find the best advice on your pillow, are proverbs even useful? How come these nuggets of wisdom are so similar all over the world? In this compact book (knowledge takes up no space!), modern Irish painter Alice O’Neill takes a world-wide tour of more than 1,500 useful proverbs, comparing their similarities and contradictions, and revealing the secret patterns of human nature, common sense and human folly. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

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    £5.99

  • Virginia Woolf: Inspiring Quotes from an Original Feminist Icon

    Orion Publishing Co Virginia Woolf: Inspiring Quotes from an Original Feminist Icon

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    The first and collection of Virginia Woolf's most inspirational quotes. 'No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.' Over 100 words of wisdom from the inimitable Virginia Woolf on love, literature, feminism, food, work, ageing, authenticity, nature, truth, happiness and everything in between, carefully selected and curated from Woolf's timeless novels, essays and speeches. A celebration of one of the world's best loved writers and a true feminist icon, in a beautifully packaged, small-format gift book.

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    £9.99

  • The Happy Writing Book: Discover the Positive Power of Creative Writing

    Orion Publishing Co The Happy Writing Book: Discover the Positive Power of Creative Writing

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    'There are many guides to good writing but none as valuable as this.' Oliver Kamm, author and columnist for The TimesCreative writing can enhance wellbeing, which can enhance creative writing, which can enhance wellbeing ... Become a better writer with over 100 inspiring prompts, insights and exercises specially devised by an award-winning author and creative writing teacher. Discover how the practice of creative writing - being expressive, exploring ideas, crafting words, shaping stories - can also deepen your appreciation of life.

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    £13.49

  • Slide & Peek: Farm

    Yoyo Books Slide & Peek: Farm

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    £8.51

  • The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts

    Pan Macmillan The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts

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    ‘Ferrara’s book is an introduction to writing as a process of revelation, but it’s also a celebration of these things still undeciphered, and many other tantalising mysteries besides.‘ - The SpectatorThis book tells the story of our greatest invention. Or, it almost does. Almost, because while the story has a beginning – in fact, it has many beginnings, not only in Mesopotamia, 3,100 years before the birth of Christ, but also in China, Egypt and Central America – and it certainly has a middle, one that snakes through the painted petroglyphs of Easter Island, through the great machines of empires and across the desks of inspired, brilliant scholars, the end of the story remains to be written.The invention of writing allowed humans to create a record of their lives and to persist past the limits of their lifetimes. In the shadows and swirls of ancient inscriptions, we can decipher the stories they sought to record, but we can also tease out the timeless truths of human nature, of our ceaseless drive to connect, create and be remembered.The Greatest Invention chronicles an uncharted journey, one filled with past flashes of brilliance, present-day scientific research and the faint, fleeting echo of writing’s future. Professor Silvia Ferrara, a modern-day adventurer who travels the world studying ancient texts, takes us along with her; we touch the knotted, coloured strings of the Incan khipu and consider the case of the Phaistos disk. Ferrara takes us to the cutting edge of decipherment, where high-powered laser scanners bring tears to an engineer’s eye, and further still, to gaze at the outline of writing’s future. The Greatest Invention lifts the words off every page and changes the contours of the world around us – just keep reading.‘The Greatest Invention is a celebration not of achievements, but of moments of illumination and “the most important thing in the world: our desire to be understood”.‘ - TLS

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    £10.99

  • The Order of Things: How hierarchies help us make sense of the world

    Little, Brown Book Group The Order of Things: How hierarchies help us make sense of the world

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    From the Private First Class who knows his place (above a Private but below a Lance Corporal), to the classification of the natural world (Species, Genus, Family, Order ...), we introduce hierarchies, pecking orders and ranks to every aspect of our lives, from society and religion to leisure and the law, establishing priorities and bringing order to our world. This miscellany of the various hierarchies that govern our existence ranges from the prosaically earthbound, in the form of roads and freeways, to the esoterically celestial, in the form of angels, seraphim, cherubims, archangels and so on. Who is more senior in a Chinese triad, a White Paper Fan or a Red Pole? What trumps a Straight Flush in poker? How many ranks are there between a Detective and a Colonel in the American police? What's the next step up from the Court of Appeal? What is a Royal Peculiar and where does it stand in the hierarchy of the British church? Which sea states lie between Calm and Phenomenal? In a Roman legion, how many men made up a Cohort and how many Cohorts a Legion? What is the hierarchy in the US government? Knowing where something - or someone - stands in the order of things helps us quite literally to put it into context.

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    £11.69

  • You Make Me Proud: Inspirational Quotes and Motivational Sayings to Celebrate Success and Perseverance

    Octopus Publishing Group You Make Me Proud: Inspirational Quotes and Motivational Sayings to Celebrate Success and Perseverance

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    Show someone how truly amazing they are with the gift of the sparkling quotations and empowering affirmations in this pocket-sized collection of positivityIt's always worth celebrating someone who never gives up, who tries their best and looks ahead to even greater goals and better days. This little book, bursting with thoughtful quotes and uplifting mantras, is the perfect way to say to that special someone, "You make me proud."From the timeless ideas of ancient sages to brilliant insights from modern superstars, these are words of appreciation, encouragement and congratulation for any occasion.As well as the hard-won wisdom of successful writers, artists and thinkers, this book includes a host of motivational affirmations and daily reminders such as:- There's nothing you can't do- You are the creator of your future- Be proud of who you are and everything you've overcome- It takes courage to be yourself- What you do makes a difference

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    £6.99

  • She Said: Witty Words from Wise Women

    Michael O'Mara Books Ltd She Said: Witty Words from Wise Women

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    In it you’ll find writers, artists, politicians, actors, musicians, fashionistas, from Sappho to Beyoncé and Dorothy Parker to Carrie Fisher, all of whom have two things in common: brilliant minds and barbed wits that sting with their precision. Featuring women from as far back as 700 BC and right up to the modern day, the quotations and classic one-liners found here will inspire and delight, whether they are cheeky retorts from the outspoken, sharp reflections from the thoughtful or righteous indignation from the slighted.

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    £7.99

  • The Language Teacher Rebel: A guide to building a successful online teaching business

    John Murray Press The Language Teacher Rebel: A guide to building a successful online teaching business

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    Do you want to start teaching a language online, be your own boss and be able to work from anywhere that has wifi? Do you want to make a difference in the world by using your language skills to empower people and give them the confidence they need to develop? This timely book covers everything needed to set up a successful online language teaching business, from creating the right mindset, tech and marketing, to designing products and services, finding students online, growing your business and more. More than a manual, it is also a rallying call for language teachers - or language teacher rebels - to share cultural values beyond the traditional classroom and encourage integration on a worldwide scale. An accompanying Language Teacher Rebel Toolkit, containing a comprehensive set of editable, effective and time-saving templates for all the essential documents needed to set up and run an online language teaching business, is available for sale at library.teachyourself.com. Including planners, email scripts and financial templates, this toolkit has everything you need to get organised and get teaching.

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    £13.49

  • The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

    Icon Books The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

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    FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON.'Reading The Horologicon in one sitting is very tempting' Roland White, Sunday Times.Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual, beautiful and forgotten English words.From uhtceare in the hours before dawn through to dream drumbles at bedtime, The Horologicon gives you the extraordinary lost words you never knew you needed.Wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling (which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch). A Radio 4 Book of the Week, The Horologicon is an eye-opening, page-turning celebration of the English language at its most endearingly arcane.

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    £9.89

  • Yes! No! but Wait...!: The One Thing You Need to Know To Write a Novel

    Swift Press Yes! No! but Wait...!: The One Thing You Need to Know To Write a Novel

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    Yes! No! But Wait…! is the most straightforward book on writing a novel ever published. It is also the most practical, honest and useful. Tim Lott admits he can’t teach someone how to write a novel (that’s one of the myths propagated by the novel-writing industry). But he can help anyone construct a solid platform on which they can stand to discover whether they have the talent, will and imagination required of any novelist. A distillation of a lifetime’s reading, writing and thinking about stories and how to tell them, Yes! No! But Wait…! is the one book any aspiring author needs.

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    £13.49

  • The Herb Almanac: A seasonal guide to medicinal plants

    Octopus Publishing Group The Herb Almanac: A seasonal guide to medicinal plants

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    A beautiful and accessible seasonal guide to herbalism from the historic botanic garden.Discover the best times of the year for growing specific healing herbs and also when and how to forage for wild medicine, such as water mint, St John's Wort, hawthorn berries and rosehips. Recipes are included for how to use these herbs, along with folklore stories from herb wives and hedge witches, the meanings behind their names and the history of how these natural medicines were discovered.There are plenty of tips for how to create your own medicinal herb garden, even with just a few pots, along with a biodynamic guide for sowing, planting and harvesting. Including detailed hand-drawn line illustrations to help deepen your understanding, The Herb Almanac is the perfect gift for any nature lover.CONTENTS INCLUDES:IntroductionIncluding using herbs as seasonally appropriate remedies and tonics, an overview of herbs in folklore, wild medicine, magic, superstition, ritual, tradition and literature and herbs in religion and floriography (the language of flowers)Gathering and Using HerbsIncluding safe, legal and successful foraging, a brief introduction to growing your own herbs and preparing, drying and preserving herbsWitches' Brews: Poisonous Plants Including an overview of herbs with interesting stories that cannot be easily used, e.g. wormwood, hemlock and mandrakeHerb EncyclopediaIncluding detailed information on over 50 different herbs

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  • Making a Short Speech or Toast: Practical advice, useful ideas and lots of help for anyone asked to speak in public

    Little, Brown Book Group Making a Short Speech or Toast: Practical advice, useful ideas and lots of help for anyone asked to speak in public

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    Most people are called upon to make a speech or toast at some point in their lives. This book will help the inexperienced speaker to stand up with confidence, and deliver a really effective speech or toast that is appropriate for the occasion. It also contains a variety of toasts and quotes to help those with more experience in public speaking.There are guidelines on how to prepare and deliver a mini speech, including tips on introducing humour and how to avoid embarrassing your audience with inappropriate material. A special section includes interesting quotes and toasts to insert into a wedding speech, whether it's by the best man or woman, bridegroom or father of the bride. A workbook section helps the reader with ideas for appropriate beginnings and endings to speeches. There is even an A-Z of sample toasts for all occasions including anniversaries, achievements, and business occasions; and for a range of subjects such as love, life, and friendship.

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    £7.19

  • She Believed She Could So She Did: Inspirational Quotes for Women

    Octopus Publishing Group She Believed She Could So She Did: Inspirational Quotes for Women

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    A sparkling collection of empowering affirmations and inspiring quotes from badass womenInside every woman is a diamond core of strength that helps them achieve anything they put their mind to. Tap into your magic with this beautiful collection of inspirational quotations and life-affirming statements, featuring the wisdom of modern-day icons like Beyoncé, Venus Williams and Amy Schumer, and the classic life advice of trailblazers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie and Maya Angelou.For some extra sparkle every day, let wise words like these inspire you to conquer the world with grit and grace:- You are a diamond - never let them dull your sparkle- She needed a hero so that's what she became- Trust your inner voice - she is a goddess talking to you- You can rule the world; just don't be afraid to wear the crown- Be your own kind of beautiful- Girls with dreams become women with vision

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    Little, Brown Book Group Sounds & Furies: The Love-Hate Relationship between Women and Slang

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    'In terms of a non-fiction account of how historical and contemporary language has been shaped by women, I really recommend lexicographer Jonathon Green's Sounds and Furies'ELEY WILIAMS, author of The Liar's Dictionary'When it comes to distaff dirtiness, mainstream males such as Dickens and Dekker make easy pickings, but Green finds the greatest treasures when he mudlarks on the margins. In Sounds & Furies, he has dredged up some gems.'EMMA BYRNE, Spectator'From fishwives to flappers and from music hall performers to Mumsnetters, women have indeed made contributions to the slang vocabulary of English; by bringing together so much fascinating material about their words and their worlds, this book makes its own contribution to the history of both women and language.'PROFESSOR DEBORAH CAMERON, Professor of Language and Communication, Worcester College, University of Oxford'Green comprehensively disproves that slang is inherently masculine. Mumsnetters and bulldaggers, flappers and slappers, shicksters and hash-slingers all put in their claims as slang-users in their own right in this entertaining and thought-provoking book. Any writer venturing into the contentious area of women as users, creators or objects of slang from now on will look to Green for guidance or for arguments.'JULIE COLEMAN, author of The Life of SlangSlang. The ultimate in man-made languages. The male gaze made verbal. A world where words for intercourse mean 'man hits woman', the penis is a gun, a knife or club and the vagina a terrifying tunnel. Possibly with teeth. Two thousand words for woman and every one a put-down. Even 'mother' is simply short for the grossest of obscenities. Thus the story, now and for several hundred years. But stories are just that and perhaps there's an alternative. In this book Jonathon Green, the leading collector of English-language slang and drawing on forty years of research in the field, asks whether women have another role to play. As slang's active, positive, rebellious subject, rather than its endlessly derided, submissive object. Sounds & Furies represents a quest to overturn a long-established, but far from invulnerable belief system. To show that throughout a recorded history that starts with Chaucer's bawdy, mouthy and magnificently self-willed Wife of Bath and carries on through a cast of working girls and villainesses, playwrights and bestselling authors, shop-girls and fish-wives and through to the modern, on-line worlds of Mumsnet and Tinder, women have always made slang their own. If slang has always been the language of the margins, then women, for all their numbers, have also been consigned to t

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    Michael O'Mara Books Ltd I Used to Know That: English

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    If you can't tell a possessive pronoun from a correlative conjunction, confuse 'disinterested' and 'uninterested' and struggle with the subjunctive, then I Used to Know That: English has the answers. Relearn the essential rules of the English language, from grammar and punctuation to sentence construction and parts of speech. Also helps to improve your spelling and clarifies the vocabulary that often causes confusion. Focusing on simplicity and clarity, this is an accessible yet fun way to revisit the English language while enjoying a walk down memory lane - and remembering the stuff you really shouldn't have forgotten...

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  • Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat: Naval slang and its everyday usage

    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat: Naval slang and its everyday usage

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    As the crow flies'', ''chunder'', ''cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey'', ''three sheets to the wind'' - many terms like these are used in everyday English language conversation and writing. But how many landlubbers know that they derive from naval slang or know what the phrase originally referred to? The navy has helped to shape modern society. The navy is famous for its traditions, quirks and nuances. It is disinctly different to wider society and nowhere is this more evident than in language. The naval community once had its own language, incomprehensible to anyone who was not a sailor, which described and explained his unique world. But on shore leave these men introduced their language to the populations of bustling ports and harbours and the usage slowly spread inland. Today through the mediums of film, television and music, naval slang has been brought to the wider public and has become fully integrated into the English language to point where many phrases are used by people who have no concept of their meaning. Presenting terminology thematically, this book provides a compilation of naval slang throughout the world, from terms relating to ship-handling and seamanship through to food and drink, discipline and insults. The text is further enhanced with original black line drawings that illustrate certain technical terms, such as ''splice the mainbrace''.

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  • How Smart Are You? Test Your Math Iq: Discover Your Math Aptitude and Sharpen Your Skills

    Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc How Smart Are You? Test Your Math Iq: Discover Your Math Aptitude and Sharpen Your Skills

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    Attractive, take-anywhere, write-in quiz book that offers a daily dose of self-discovery!How Smart Are You? Test Your Math IQ is perfect for a handbag, briefcase, or knapsack! This entertaining and enlightening quiz book is great to have on hand anytime and anywhere, be it a long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home. Every day our numerical skills are tested in different ways, from shopping to budgeting to bill paying. But not everyone is comfortable with numbers. How Smart Are You? Test Your Math IQ is a collection of challenging tests and puzzles that will help you hone your math skills.Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored. With a fun, modern cloth cover, elastic closure and overall great package you will want to show off this IQ book wherever you go!Other titles in this series:Who Are You? Test Your Emotional IntelligenceWho Are You? Test Your PersonalityHow Smart Are You? Test Your IQ

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  • Bad Words: And What They Say About Us

    Little, Brown Book Group Bad Words: And What They Say About Us

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    Once upon a time, the worst words you could utter were short, simple and tended to be four letters in length. Now things are more complicated. To be insulted as a 'snowflake' or an 'expert' is arguably worse than being called a **** or a **** or even a ****.So what are today's 'bad words' and how are they different from yesterday's taboo expressions? This entertaining guide to the shifting sands of bad language is indispensable in an increasingly divided world in which abuse becomes ever more widespread and vituperative.Philip Gooden shows how and why taboo words and contentious expressions, including those four-letter ones, were first used in English. He discusses the ways such words have changed over the years and explores how a single syllable or two may possess an almost magical power to offend, distress or infuriate. Bad Words investigates the most controversial and provocative words in the English language in a way that is both anecdotal and analytical. Combining intrigue and scandal, the book delves into expressions connected to religion, ethnicity, nationality, politics, swearing and oaths, and includes contemporary issues like political correctness and elitism.

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  • You're Annoying But I Like You: Cheeky Ways to Tell Your Best Friend How You Really Feel

    Octopus Publishing Group You're Annoying But I Like You: Cheeky Ways to Tell Your Best Friend How You Really Feel

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    I hope we're best friends until we die... I can't be bothered to find another one. Your best friend is your world, but telling them just how much they mean to you can be tricky. So, say it instead with this sassy little book, full of tongue-in-cheek quips and endearingly honest declarations of grudging appreciation.

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  • First Dictionary

    Octopus Publishing Group First Dictionary

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    Accessible, vibrantly illustrated and clearly structured, First Dictionary is designed to inspire children to extend their use and understanding of the English language. Specially commissioned artwork bring the words to life, alongside informative photographs.

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  • The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips and Twocking Chavs

    Orion Publishing Co The Secret Life of the English Language: Buttering Parsnips and Twocking Chavs

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    A more-ishly browsable collection of words and phrases, linguistic quirks, lexical oddities and syntactic surprises.Our langauge is one of delight and curiosity. BUTTERING PARSNIPS, TWOCKING CHAVS is a guided tour of English, exploring the origins of words, their changing meaning, lexical peculiarities, word games and lost words, presented in lists, small passages of narrative text, amusing quotations and nuggets of amazing facts.This must-have compendium shows that words have a matchless power to entertain. Here you will find enough new words and phrases to last a lifetime. Idioms frolic beside cliches, catchphrases, proverbs, eponyms, acronyms, spoonerisms and split infinitives. Text messages cavort alongside business jargon and rap slang to produce a language that is both witty and bizarre, and sometimes frankly outstanding.So whether you're a yuppie or a woopie, a sinbad or dinky, a spod or even a wazzock, these pages will provide endless hours of delight and fascination.

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    £8.09

  • Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent

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    There have been many books about Antarctica in the past, but all have focused on only one aspect of the continent - its science, its wildlife, the heroic age of exploration, personal experiences or the sheer awesome beauty of the landscape- but none have managed to capture the whole story, until now. Gabrielle Walker, author, consultant to New Scientist and regular broadcaster with the BBC has written a book unlike any that has ever been written about the continent. Antarctica weaves all the significant threads into an intricate tapestry, made up of science, natural history, poetry, epic history, what it feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people back there again and again. It is only when all the parts come together that the underlying truths of the continent emerge. Antarctica is the most alien place on Earth, the only part of our planet where humans could never survive unaided. It is truly like walking on another planet. And yet, in its silence, its agelessness and its mysteries lie the secrets of our past, and of our future.

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    £15.29

  • Mindwandering: How It Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Mindwandering: How It Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

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    'An original, provocative and fascinating new theory by one of the world's leading neuroscientists about why the mind wanders - and when and why it's good for you' Daniel Gilbert Your brain is noisy. Certain regions are always grinding away at involuntary activities like daydreaming and intrusive thoughts – taking up to forty-seven percent of your waking time. This is mindwandering. Mindwandering is the first popular book to explore the phenomenon of our wandering minds and the cutting-edge new research behind it. Cognitive neuroscientist Moshe Bar combines his decades of research to explain the benefits and the possible cost of mindwandering within the broader context of psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry and philosophy. He provides you with practical knowledge that can help strengthen your relationships with others, increase your concentration at work and reduce your anxiety. 'Bar's revelatory, pioneering studies are finally available for everyone to enjoy, so we can optimally direct our states of mind to better align with the moment' David Eagleman, New York Times-bestselling author of Incognito and Livewired 'Highlights the role of mindwandering in solving problems, inducing happiness and in teaching us to bring the right mind to the right time' Dr Nancy Etcoff, psychologist at Harvard Medical School 'A gentle and humane book that should be read by everyone interested in the human mind and the human brain' Andy Clark, Professor of Cognitive Philosophy, University of Sussex

    1 in stock

    £9.89

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