101 Things You Need to Know (and Some You Don't) Tracey Turner 101 of the most fascinating, most disgusting, most unbelievable facts - at your fingertips. Utterly addictive (but not illegal) will keep any 10+ child occupied at weekends, on holiday, in the evening...
101 marvellous facts, brilliantly explained: Why do we have nails? Why is the sky blue? Why can birds stand on electric wires and not be electrocuted? Educate your child with minimum effort, and in blissful peace and quiet. The perfect source of fascinating facts for any child who doesn't want to be Boring when they Grow Old.
101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring Richard Horne So much to do, so little time, so best to start early. Full of things to make, achieve, learn (and some things you shouldn't learn) this is the perfect handbook for any child who wants to revel in being young and not-boring. Can you Make an origami crane? Lie convincingly? Operate as a spy? Parents may need these skills (not origami) to wrest their child's copy from them and indulge in all the fun they should have had.
A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting Robinson Michelle Bearspotting is a dangerous business – you ought to take it seriously, you know. So here's what you need to know for starters – black bears are dangerous and black, brown bears are dangerous and brown. Although sometimes black bears can be a little brown, and brown bears can be a little black. Are you following? You really need to focus here. If you do, this guide will tell you all you need to know when walking in BEAR COUNTRY. Don't leave home without it. Are you ready? Good! Let's go...
A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting is the laugh-out-loud, essential guide for all would-be bearspotters. To be studied with due care and attention. Don't say we didn't warn you...
A Black Fox Running Carter Brian A beautiful lost classic of nature writing which sits alongside Tarka the Otter, Watership Down, War Horse and The Story of a Red Deer
This is the story of Wulfgar, the dark-furred fox of Dartmoor, and of his nemesis, Scoble the trapper, in the seasons leading up to the pitiless winter of 1947. As breathtaking in its descriptions of the natural world as it is perceptive its portrayal of damaged humanity, it is both a portrait of place and a gripping story of survival.
Uniquely straddling the worlds of animals and men, Brian Carter's A Black Fox Running is a masterpiece: lyrical, unforgiving and unforgettable.
A Christmas Advent Story Snow Ivy Let's count down to Christmas! A beautiful first Christmas advent book, with 25 flaps - one for every day of advent. Snow is falling on Christmas Eve and everyone is quiet. The stars are out, we're all in bed, but who will visit you in the night...? Follow the story of a little girl, boy and their dog on their countdown to Christmas Day. Along the way you'll find 25 flaps (one for every day of advent), each introducing a new word in this magical Christmas book. Sing carols in a busy square, watch ballerinas spin and twirl, bake Christmas cookies, look out for reindeer and pick the perfect tree... What will you see? A fantastic Christmas gift. Each spread uncovers a new beautiful Christmas scene such as: ice skating and Christmas lights, Christmas shopping and carol singing, a gorgeous pine tree wood plus lots more. Packed with plenty of charm, in addition to discovering what is under each flap, children will be able to spot lots of lovely things in each scene from snowflakes and Christmas cards to decorations and cookies for Santa. Look out for the sad old snowman throughout and find out what happens to him in the end! This is a book to treasure and children will want to come back to it every year.
A Court of Frost and Starlight Maas Sarah J. Told from the perspectives of Feyre, Rhys and other key characters, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
A Thousand Splendid Suns Hosseini K. Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
Ada's Rules Randall Alice Ada Howard, the wife of the preacher at Nashville's Full Love Baptist Tabernacle, has a whole lot of people to take care of. There's her husband, of course, and the flock that comes with him, plus the kids at the day care centre where she works, two grown daughters, and two ailing, wayward parents. It's no wonder she can't find time to take care of herself. And her husband's been so busy lately she's suspicious some other woman may be taking care of him... Then it comes: the announcement of her twenty-five-year college reunion in twelve months' time, signed with a wink by her old campus flame. It sets Ada thinking about the thrills of young love lost, and the hundred or so pounds gained since her college days, and she decides it's high time to change her body, and her life. So she starts laying down some rules. The first rule is: Don't Keep Doing What You've Always Been Doing. And so begins her unforgettable journey on the way to less weight and more love... For anyone who has ever found themselves at a crossroads, with one hand in their pocket and the other in the cookie jar, Ada's Rules is a warm, funny and soulfully wise novel about falling back in love with the life you have.
Alice Through the Looking Glass Activity and Sticker Book
What happens when Alice goes through the looking glass? And who is the jabberwocky? Find out with this magical activity book, packed full of amazing stickers. Bloomsbury Activity Books provide hours of colouring, doodling, stickering and activity fun for boys and girls alike. Every book includes bright and beautiful illustrations which children and parents will find very hard to resist. Perfect for providing entertainment at home or on the move!
Alice in Wonderland Activity and Sticker Book
What happens when Alice follows the white rabbit? Find out with this magical activity book, packed full of colourful stickers. Bloomsbury Activity Books provide hours of colouring, doodling, stickering and activity fun for boys and girls alike. Every book includes enchanting, bright and beautiful illustrations which children and parents will find very hard to resist. Perfect for providing entertainment at home or on the move!
All the Way Home Gliori Debi Daddy Penguin has to look after the egg while Mummy is finding fish. But he wanders away from the Dad Huddle and he and the egg are whisked up into the air by a gust of wind, landing in the Arctic. Brave Daddy must find out where he is and how to get home. But the Arctic creatures aren't that friendly and he stumbles along in the cold, lost... until he bumps into a reindeer, who takes them to breakfast with the Special Air Navigation Transport Authority...
Can brave Daddy Penguin and his new little one get all the way home before Mummy returns? If only penguins could fly...
Framed as a secret story that loving Daddy Penguin only shares with Little One, adults and their little ones will love cosying up to read this wintry tale with a warm heart.
Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin was shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award, while her No Matter What is a perennial favourite with families all over the world.
And the Mountains Echoed Hosseini Khaled So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one... Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live in the small village of Shadbagh. To Abdullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and how the choices we make resonate through history.
And the Mountains Echoed Hosseini K. Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.
Audition Murakami Ryu Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea. Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past. But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late Ryu Murakami delivers his most subtle and disturbing novel yet, confirming him as Japan's master of the psycho-thriller.
Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black Gordimer Nadine "You're not responsible for your ancestry, are you... But if that's so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls with subversive posters... The past is valid only in relation to whether the present recognizes it".
In this collection of new stories Nadine Gordimer crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti-apartheid activist embarks on an unadmitted pursuit of the possibilities for his own racial identity in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude of living rough on diamond diggings in South Africa, his young wife far away in London. “Dreaming of the Dead” conjures up a lunch in a New York Chinese restaurant where Susan Sontag and Edward Said return in surprising new avatars as guests in the dream of a loving friend. The historian in “History” is a parrot who confronts people with the scandalizing voice reproduction of quarrels and clandestine love-talk on which it has eavesdropped. “Alternative Endings” considers the way writers make arbitrary choices in how to end stories and offers three, each relating the same situation, but with a different resolution, arrived at by the three senses: sight, sound, and smell.
Before We Met Whitehouse L. A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage.
Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home...
And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
Big Magic. Creative Living Beyond Fear Gilbert Elizabeth Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, this beloved author digs deep into her own life to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and generosity, she ponders the mysterious nature of inspiration, asking us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear. Whether we are looking to create art, address challenges in our work, give ourselves permission to embark on a dream long deferred, or simply to infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Blank Gaze Jose Luis Peixoto Against a backdrop of rural Portuguese poverty, a handful of magical characters are living out their destiny: Jose, a shepherd, who is visited by a devil whispering violent words in his ear; Moises and Elias, Siamese twins joined at the tip of their little fingers; Gabriel, a wise man, who is over one hundred years old; and an unnamed character who sits writing alone in a windowless room. The characters are universal, and they are all at the mercy of fate - their lives are pulled in different directions and sometimes even suffocated and snuffed out.
Bloomsbury Concise English Dictionary
A one-stop reference, with over 220,000 definitions, the new fully-updated Bloomsbury Concise English Dictionary is designed to meet the everyday requirements of all global English users and is aimed at everyone who wants to use English with precision and accuracy. With the needs of families and students in mind, particular coverage has been given to the latest terms from science, technology, the Internet, the arts, media, business and finance. In the Bloomsbury Concise English Dictionary readers will find innovative features like Quick Definitions, Quick Facts and Literary Links, plus Spellchecks and Usage Notes to cover common confusions in spelling, grammar and punctuation. "Authoritative, comprehensive and contemporary." - TES Teacher, November 2005
Carry and Play. Christmas Cottingham Tracy Say hello to Santa and his reindeer in this magical carry-around Christmas book. Designed with a handle, this book will make learning first words fun for your baby! Bloomsbury's Carry and Play board books are packed full of bright and beautiful illustrations which young children will adore. The simple, engaging text introduces them to a variety of seasonal topics, including Christmas, Halloween and Easter, and includes first words such as chick, snowman, cat.