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  • Collins Complete Guide To Mediterranean Wildlife

    The only guide currently available for the region, Complete Mediterranean Wildlife describes and illustrates 1500 species commonly found in the world's most popular holiday destination.

    Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and moths, other insects, spiders, slugs and snails, trees and flowering plants are all included, and each section is coded with a symbol for quick reference.

    From Cyprus in the east to the western end of the Mediterranean, the guide also covers species found in Portugal and the Algarve. While most Mediterranean habitats are low-lying, the range of the guide extends into the foothills of mountains. Shells and animals likely to be seen while snorkelling are also described and illustrated.

  • Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde

    'As good as being in the gallery. Enthralling.' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

    The original transcript of the famous Wilde vs Queensberry trial, containing previously unseen details and exchanges. With extensive footnotes and a new introduction, this definitive account is a dramatic read that will delight Wilde enthusiasts and the general reader.

    One of the most famous love affairs in literary history is that of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas. When it became public, it cost Wilde everything. Merlin Holland has discovered the original courtroom transcript of the trial which led to his grandfather's tragedy. Here at last is the true record, without the distortions of previous accounts.

    On 18 February 1895 Bosie's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, delivered a note to the Albemarle Club addressed to 'Oscar Wilde posing as somdomite [sic]'. With Bosie's encouragement, Wilde decided to sue the Marquess for libel. As soon as the trial opened London's literary darling was at the centre of the greatest scandal of his time.

    Wilde's fall from grace was swift: his case lost, prosecution by the Crown soon followed, ending in the imprisonment that destroyed his health - even as his art, as Wilde put it, improved through 'suffering'.

    In this remarkable book we witness Wilde's confidence ebbing under the relentless questioning and see him lose track of the witty lines for which he was famous. Ultimately, it was his wit that betrayed him.

  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel

    The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—an excellent, hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its…blockbuster superfame” (New York).

    For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

    Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

    At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.

  • Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, Eleventh Edition

    Featuring 250 pages of updated detailed mapping and a specially commissioned 72 page introductory section, this atlas presents a comprehensive picture of the world in the 21st century. Since it's first edition in 1967, the atlas has sold over 1 million copies. Its detailed and mapping represents a blend of tradition, authority and style. The 10th edition, published in 1999, was the first completely new edition of the atlas since its introduction. Now this fully revised 11th edition brings all the reference maps and detailed thematic information completely up to date. The preliminary section is introduced by state-of-the-art satellite images of the continents and continues with a series of maps, images, photographs and graphics which present a detailed picture of today's physical world and man's interaction with it. The section also includes an account of the evolution of world maps and of significant developments in cartography, and concludes with detailed geographical information on the world's physical features and the world's states and territories. The reference maps, produced in the distinctive and authoritative Times style, present the most accurate and up-to-date representation of our knowledge of the earth today. The areas shown, and the scale and map projection of each plate, have been specifically chosen to give the best representation of each geographical area. The maps now include a brand new map of the world's physical features. The gazetteer-index to over 200,000 place names and geographical features illustrates the unique scope of the atlas. It includes full cross-referencing with alternative and former names, geographical coordinates of every settlement shown on the maps, and a comprehensive glossary of geographical terms. The atlas includes: a 72-page introductory section; 250 pages of reference maps of continents, countries and oceans; and a 224 page gazetteer index to over 200,000 place names and geographical features.

  • Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh

    The idiosyncratic and witty travelogue of a young Welsh-speaking woman who travels the globe in search of Welsh communities. - The acclaimed debut of a remarkably witty and engaging travel writer (Bill Bryson meets Jan Morris). Her next book will explore the world through its theme parks! - At once a fascinating travelogue and an innovative book about the consequences of language. 'A delightful read - a marvellous mixture of wit, nostalgia, character description and atmosphere setting. Anyone who is Welsh, or who has connections with Wales, should read it, as should anyone who isn't, and hasn't, but who simply wants to work out what on earth is going on in the minds, hearts and mouths of those for whom Welsh is the language of heaven.' Professor David Crystal

  • Cycling in the Costwold (en anglais)

    Twenty-five cycle tours, ranging from short rides suitable for all the family, to half- and full-day rides for more experienced cyclists. Includes stage-by-stage route directions and maps at a scale of 1.5 miles to 1 inch (approx.).

  • The Last Party

    'The loveliest - and certainly the most human - book about pop music I've ever read ... A delightful and humane soap opera, a real page-turner, full of rounded and entirely recognisable characters.'

    Jon Ronson, Daily Telegraph

    THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF BRITPOP - BLUR, OASIS, ELASTICA, SUEDE & TONY BLAIR

    Beginning in 1994 and closing in the first months of 1998, the UK passed through a cultural moment as distinct and as celebrated as any since the war. Founded on rock music, celebrity, boom-time economics and fleeting political optimism - this was 'Cool Britannia'. Records sold in their millions, a new celebrity elite emerged and Tony Blair's Labour Party found itself, at long last, returned to government.

    Drawing on interviews from all the major bands - including Oasis, Blur, Elastica and Suede - from music journalists, record executives and those close to government, The Last Party charts the rise and fall of the Britpop movement. John Harris was there; and in this gripping new book he argues that the high point of British music's cultural impact also signalled its effective demise - If rock stars were now friends of the government, then how could they continue to matter?

    Britpop in numbers:

    -There were an astonishing 2.6 million ticket applications for the Oasis gig at Knebworth in 1996. 1 in 24 of the British public wanted to see them play. In the end the band played to 250,000 fans across two nights with a guest list that ran to 7,000.

    -'Definitely, Maybe', Oasis's debut album, went straight to No 1, selling 100,000 copies in 4 days and outselling the Three Tenors in second place by a factor of 50%

    -On its first day in the shops Oasis's second album, 'What's The Story, Morning Glory', was selling at a rate of 2 copies a minute through HMV's London stores.

    - By 1997 Creation Records (which had been founded 12 years earlier with a bank loan of GBP1,000 by an ex-British Rail Clerk Alan McGee) announced a turnover of GBP36million thanks almost entirely to one band: Oasis.

  • Ship of Magic.

    From the author of the }Farseer Trilogy{, the first book in a new and exciting fantasy series, here appearing in A format paperback. }Ship Of Magic{ follows the fortunes of Althea Vestrit, who on her father's death does not inherit the family liveship as she expected. Published simultaneously with the second book in the series, }The Mad Ship{, in HarperCollins hardback

  • Britain 1558-1689

    A comprehensive text on Elizabethan and Stuart history.

    Includes historical interpretations, document source questions, explanation of difficult words and concepts and a study skills section for exam preparation.

    Britain 1558-1689: A Synoptic Assessment

    Elizabeth I and Religion

    Elizabethan Foreign Policy

    Elizabethan Government and Finance

    Elizabethan Social and Economic History

    James I, Religion, Parliament, Foreign Policy

    The Causes of the Civil Wars

    The Civil Wars and Interregnum, including an in-depth study of Cromwell

    Charles II

    James II, William III and the Glorious Revolution of 1668-9

    Index"

  • Botham: My Autobiography

    A completely revised and updated edition of the bestselling autobiography of cricketing legend Ian Botham, including his first-hand insight into the 1999/2000 winter tour to South Africa.

    Ian Botham's bestselling autobiography is an intriguing cocktail of sex and drugs allegations, personal upheavals, confrontations with his peers, and remarkable achievements both on and off the field.

    From his heroic deeds against the Aussies art Headingly in 1981 through to the dark clouds surrounding the court case with Imran Khan, from battling in the mud for Scunthorpe United FC to walking half the length of the country for Leukaemia Research, it's all here in this unforgettable story of a truly larger-than-life character.

    In an extra chapter for this revised edition, Botham digs deep to unravel the reasons behind the sorry state of English cricket, and provides a compulsive insight into the 1999/2000 winter tour to South Africa where England attempt to recover from a traumatic year under the new leadership of Nasser Hussain.

  • The Last House Of Ulster

    • Winner of the QSPELL Award

    • Chosen as the best book of the year by Maclean's, the Toronto Star,Quill & Quire and NOW Magazine.

    In the 1970s, Charles Foran met the McNallys, a Catholic family living in Belfast. Many years and many trips later, Foran came to see their home as a window onto the often violent and volatile world of Northern Ireland.

    First published to great acclaim in 1995, The Last House of Ulster continues to resonate with readers today. This is the storyof Mairtin, arrested at twenty as a member of the IRA, of his sister Patricia who, dazed and exhausted, approaches a soldier and demands that he lower his gun, and of gentle Sean, who grows up knowing that he must leave Belfast. Mostof all, this is the story of James and Maureen McNally, who struggle to hold on to their own hopes and dreams while raising their family in a war-torn country.

  • Castles

    The book reveals how castles were built, not only for people to live in, but also to keep enemies out. Detailed illustrations show the materials that were used and special precautions that were taken to ensure castles would provide adequate defence. Photographs show several examples of castles and castle remains that can still be visited today.

  • Tommy: The British Soldier On The Western Front, 1914-1918

    The first history of World War I to place centre-stage the British soldier who fought in the trenches, this superb and important book tells the story of an epic and terrible war through the letters, diaries and memories of those who fought it.

    Of the six million men who served in the British army, nearly one million lost their lives and over two million were wounded. This is the story of these men - epitomised by the character of Sgt Tommy Atkins - and the women they left behind.

    Using previously unseen letters, diaries, memoirs and poetry from the years 1914-1918, Richard Holmes paints a moving picture of the generation that fought and died in the mud of Flanders. He follows men whose mental health was forever destroyed by shell shock, women who lost husbands and brothers in the same afternoon and those who wrote at lunchtime and died before tea.

    Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, this book tells the real story of trench warfare, the strength and fallibility of the human spirit, the individuals behind an epic event, and their legacy. It is an emotional and unforgettable masterpiece from one of our most important historians.

  • Tell Me Your Dreams

    The fast-paced new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Best Laid Plans, Morning, Noon & Night and Bloodline. Someone was following her. She had read about stalkers, but they belonged in a different, faraway world. She had no idea who it could be, who would want to harm her. She was trying desperately hard not to panic, but lately her sleep had been filled with nightmares, and she had awakened each morning with a feeling of impending doom. Thus begins Sidney Sheldon's chilling novel, Tell Me Your Dreams. Three beautiful young women are suspected of committing a series of brutal murders. The police make an arrest that leads to one of the most bizarre murder trials of the century. Based on actual events, Sheldon's novel races from London to Rome to Quebec City to San Francisco, with a climax that will leave the reader stunned.

  • Balsamic Vinegar Ckb

    An estimated 1.75 million liters of commercial balsamic vinegar and 1,760 liters of traditional balsamic vinegar are sold annually. Noted for its rich color, intense fruity aroma and exquisite sweet-and-sour flavor, it has become America's most coveted condiment. It is now served in the trendiest restaurants and is frequently featured in gourmet food magazines.

    For gourmets who want to learn more about this uncommon elixir and use it to add a touch of flavor to their own home-cooked meals comes The Balsamic Vinegar Cookbook. Featuring more than 40 tantalizing recipes that make the most of balsamic vinegar's assertive, complex flavor, it offers dishes such as Minestrone Modena-Style, Maple-glazed Balsamic Carrots, Salmon with Gingered Balsamic Vinegar and Strawberry Granita. An engaging history of balsamic vinegar combined with a fascinating look at how it is produced round out this tribute, which also defines terms, clears up misconceptions and provides a list of mail-order sources to ensure that readers have access to the best balsamic vinegar possible.

  • Collins Tree Guide

    The definitive, fully-illustrated guide to the trees of Britain and non-Mediterranean Europe.

  • Purple Hibiscus

    The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love - and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family. This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred - the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

  • The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari

    An internationally bestselling fable about a spiritual journey, littered with powerful life lessons that teach us how to abandon consumerism in order to embrace destiny, live life to the full and discover joy. * This inspiring tale is based on the author's own search for life's true purpose, providing a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy. * It tells the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life: following a heart attack, he decides to sell all his beloved possesions and trek to India. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he meets Himalayan gurus who offer powerful, wise and practical lessons that teach us to: - Develop joyful thoughts - Follow our life's mission - Cultivate self-discipline and act courageously - Value time as our most important commodity - Nourish our relationships - Live fully, one day at a time

  • A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830

    A beautiful new cover for one of Fontana Press's hardiest perennials. `By far the most stimulating, the most instructive and the most readable account of Scotch history that I have read...this splendid work carries us from Knox to Neilson, from the hot gospel of Calvin to the hot-blast of the smelting process - and incidentally seeks to explain the change. For always, in following this lucid narrative, we see an original mind at work, questioning and explaining, as well as illustrating.' Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times `This is a fine history of Scotland. It combines rich and deep scholarship with an elegant and lucid style...No one who professes an interest in Scotland can afford to miss reading it.' Times Literary Supplement `This remarkable book leaves the reviewer with little to say except that all Scots, and even Englishmen, who are interested in Britain's development, should read it. It is admirably proportioned, based on vast reading, and brings all the main topics together.' Economist

  • The Sun Two-Speed Crossword Book 5

    Test your general knowledge with 80 two-in-one cryptic and coffee time crosswords from Britain's bestselling newspaper. The Sun is Britain's bestselling daily newspaper, with over 3.5 million copies sold every day. This makes The Sun Two-speed Crossword Britain's favourite daily crossword puzzle. The Sun Two-speed Crossword Book 4 is the latest collection of 80 puzzles, featuring cryptic and coffee time - or general-knowledge - clues for each. The twist is that both types of clue lead to the same solution. Clearly laid out with both sets of clues adjacent to the grid across a double-page spread, and all the solutions at the back of the book, The Sun Two Speed Crossword Book 4 will appeal to those wanting a fun and informative break from office or home chores, or a more stimulating intellectual challenge.

  • ARE YOU PSYCHIC?

    Psychic Dorothy Chitty shares her experiences of the spirit world and gives practical exercises, interwoven with powerful inspirational stories, to show how you can open up to your own intuitive gifts. Tap in to universal wisdom every day to create the life you were destined to lead. Contents: * Dorothy reveals how she developed her psychic abilities, and shares her incredible personal encounters with guides, spirits, earth beings, and beings from other worlds * What really happens when we die? The secrets of life after death, according to the spirits. * Practical exercises that really work, on how anyone can tap into their own gifts of intuition to see the future and attract the right people to you. * Freewill and your destiny - how to contact your guides to help you follow your destined path. * How healing with the spirits is all powerful. * Ways to communicate with animals on a deeper level. * How child spirits can help us recover our childhood memories of the spirit world. * A highly personal and practical book for anybody looking for answers from the spirit world.

  • Europe

    Book 2 of this three-book course explores themes and case studies from Europe. It gives pupils solid geography with unique atlas maps. Material is arranged thematically in structured and manageable chapter units.

    1. A sense of place in Europe
    2. Weather and climate
    3. Rivers
    4. Farming
    5. Energy
    6. Ice
    7. Water
    8. France
    9. Sweden
    Index

  • The One Minute Father

    Previously unpublished in the UK, this book shows how fathers can balance demands on their time to become the better parents to their children that they want to be and that their children deserve. With the pressures of 21st century working life an everyday topic of news and conversation, effective and rewarding advice for parents is more important than ever. The One Minute Father has become a buzzword of the current age, and this book is the quickest way to help your children learn to like themselves and to behave. Incorporating One Minute Praisings, One Minute Goals and One Minute Reprimands, the book helps both father and children develop confidence, happiness and satisfaction in their relationships. The same tell-a-simple-story approach works here as in the other Blanchard and Johnson books which have become a worldwide phenomenon. A man who sees that he has been a better provider than parent learns by trial and error how to be more nurturing.

  • Man of the Century: Winston Churchill and His Legend Since 1945

    Original and revelatory portrait of Churchill post Second World War which examines the development of his fame and his posthumous reputation from one of Britain's leading political writers John Ramsden is head of the history department at Queen Mary and Westfield College and a first-rate professional historian. He is a brilliant lecturer with an enviable reputation and is widely admired by the likes of Ben Pimlott and Peter Hennessy, who describes him as 'much better than me'. His first trade book, AN APPETITE FOR POWER: A NEW HISTORY OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY is the book to replace Lord Blake's history - an authoritative, readable, classic history book. Ramsden's second trade book is one on Churchill post-Second World War. This will not be 'yet another book' on Churchill, but a fresh, original biographical study of Churchill's post-war fame and reputation, what he was thought to stand for and how that reputation was constructed. It will contain a lot of new and revelatory material on how his personality, attitudes, and vision of himself have affected our own political perception of ourselves as a nation, and will argue that Churchill's romantic, imperial notion of Britain has contributed directly to many of the political debates of recent years - particularly our attitudes in Europe. This will not be a dry political analysis but an important biographical study of the man who found himself described as the prized possession of the whole world, and of the whole Churchill phenomenon from one of our most interesting and readable historians. This is Ramsden's turf. This aspect of Churchill has never been dealt with in any depth and he will undertake extensive new research amongst archives in Britain and the USA - much of which have either not been drawn on before or have only just been released.

  • Collins Gem Trees: How to Identify the Most Common Species

    The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.