• 'The most raw, funny and liberating look at what it is to be a woman.' – FEARNE COTTON'Gritty, funny, poetic and freeing.' – ANNA MATHUR, Psychotherapist and bestselling authorCan women have it all? What does it mean to be a woman and a mother in the modern age?In this passionate, funny and fierce polemic, Paloma Faith delves deep into theissues that face women today, from puberty and sexual awakenings, to battlingthrough the expectations of patriarchy and the Supermum myth. Infused with Paloma's characteristic humour, and raw honesty about thechallenges of IVF and the early years of motherhood, this book is a beautifulcelebration of women's work and the invisible load women carry. Moving from questions around identity and how motherhood impacts on that, to what it evenmeans to be a 'good mother', how we need to embrace messiness,imperfection and the bitter sweet pleasures of being 'selfish' and puttingourselves first. Paloma invites us into her own coming of age and relationship with her mum, toexplore how our bonds with our children evolve into adulthood. We see aglimpse of the complexities and joys of Paloma's experience of jugglingromantic love, heartbreak and dating with the demands of motherhood. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • In Understorey, artist and writer Anna Chapman Parker records in prose and stunning original line drawings a year spent looking closely at weeds, our most ubiquitous and accessible plants. In gardens, on verges or clustered around municipal lampposts, weeds offer a year-round spectacle of wildlife. The benefits to us of being among greenery are well known, but what exactly are these vaguely familiar shapes that accompany our every step, yet pass beneath our notice? How and when do they emerge, bloom and subside, and what would it mean to notice them?Meditating too on how they appear in other artists’ work, from a bramble framing a sixth-century Byzantine manuscript to a kudzu vine installation in contemporary Berlin, Chapman Parker explores the art of paying attention even to the smallest things. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Five years after writing her first nature memoir, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Kate Bradbury has a new garden. It’s busy: home to all sorts of wildlife, from red mason bees and bumblebees to house sparrows, hedgehogs and dragonflies. It seems the entire frog population of Brighton and Hove breeds in her small pond each spring, and now there are toads here, too. On summer evenings, Kate watches bats flit above her and for a moment, everything seems alright with the world. But she knows habitat loss remains a huge issue in gardens, the wider countryside and worldwide, and there’s another, far bigger threat: climate change. Temperature increases are starting to bite, and she worries about what that will mean for our wildlife. In her uplifting new book, Kate writes passionately about how her climate-change anxiety pushes her to look for positive ways to keep going in a changing world. As in her first memoir, she invites you into her life, sharing stories of her mum’s ongoing recovery and her adventures with her new rescue dog, Tosca. One Garden Against the World is a call to action for all of us – gardeners, communities and individuals – to do more for wildlife and more for the climate. Climate change and biodiversity loss go hand in hand, but if we work together, it’s never too late to make a difference. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • What is space? What is time? Where did the universe come from? The answers to mankind’s most enduring questions may lie in science’s greatest enigma: black holes. A black hole is a region of space where gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. This can occur when a star approaches the end of its life. Unable to generate enough heat to maintain its outer layers, it shrinks catastrophically down to an infinitely dense point. When this phenomenon was first proposed in 1916, it defied scientific understanding so much that Albert Einstein dismissed it as too ridiculous to be true. But scientists have since proven otherwise. In 1971, Paul Murdin and Louise Webster discovered the first black hole: Cygnus X-1. Later, in the 1990s, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that not only do black holes exist, supermassive black holes lie at the heart of almost every galaxy, including our own. It would take another three decades to confirm this phenomenon. On 10 April 2019, a team of astronomers made history by producing the first image of a black hole. A Crack in Everything is the story of how black holes came in from the cold and took cosmic centre stage. As a journalist, Marcus Chown interviews many of the scientists who made the key discoveries, and, as a former physicist, he translates the most esoteric of science into everyday language. The result is a uniquely engaging page-turner that tells one of the great untold stories in modern science. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • A collection of vivid and powerful testimonies from the conflict in Ukraine, collated and illustrated by award-winning artist George Butler. While reporting on the war in Ukraine, George Butler has created striking and intimate illustrations to introduce us to the people behind the headlines. His drawings, made in a variety of places, from missile-scarred streets to nursing homes, vividly capture stories of family, tragedy and perseverance. These powerful portraits of war and conflict are a timely reminder of the humanity we all share and our universal need for peace. A stunning, illuminating and sensitive look at stories that deserve to be told. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • 'The thing about our Sue is that she just is Wimbledon.' John McEnroe. Sue Barker first walked through those famous wrought-iron gates aged 13 in 1969 to play in the National Schools event. What Sue didn't know then, was that every year for the next half century, she would be back in some capacity. As a junior, aged 15, as a semi-finalist and Grand-Slam winner ranked No.3 in the world, as a broadcaster leading the BBC coverage for thirty years and for the first time, as a fan in 2023. And now she returns as a storyteller. The magic has stayed the same,but times have changed. With her first-hand insight and perspective, Sue paints an intimate portrait of the place, past and present, full of behind-the-scenes details drawn from her own experiences as well as personal conversations with her former mentors, contemporary players, friends and colleagues - giants of the game such as Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and many others. They share poignant memories with her and some startling revelations, from Sampas's deep regret that he didn't involve his parents more in his Centre Court triumphs to Borg divulging that McEnroe was always the quietest presence in the locker room ... You cannot be serious!From the most talked-about matches and famous rivalries to the fashions and trends, from the stunning breakthroughs, to the near wins and gut-wrenching disappointments, Sue's personal history of Wimbledon is touched throughout by Championship stardust and is as tightly packed with stories as the courts are with blades of grass. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Alan Edwards, the godfather of British music PR, has worked with some of the most legendary artists of our time, from David Bowie to the Spice Girls via the Rolling Stones, the Stranglers, Prince and Amy Winehouse. In I Was There, he describes getting his break in the mid-'70s as a scruffy, stoned 20-year-old just back from the hippie trail; his encounter with London's thriving punk scene, which inspired him to set up his own PR company; broadening his horizons as his work with the likes of Blondie takes him to the US and beyond; and his move into the world of pop with the Spice Girls during the tabloid-crazed '90s. At the centre of this story sits the defining relationship of Edwards' career: his close, thirty-year collaboration with David Bowie. He guides us through a series of vivid, funny, always insightful behind-the-scenes reports, whether he's playing a spontaneous game of football with Bob Marley, listening to Prince discuss the future of civilisation in a nightclub VIP area, or being used as a pawn in the power struggle between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Above all, we're treated to Edwards' fascinating observations about the brilliant artists he was worked with and what makes them tick, as he looks back on his role in the last five decades of music and culture. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • From the author of When America Stopped Being Great, an insightful and urgent reassessment of America’s past, present and future – as a country which is forever at war with itself. The Forever War tells the story of how America’s extreme polarisation is 250 years in the making, and argues that the roots of its modern-day malaise are to be found in its troubled and unresolved past. As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the American experiment is failing. Division, mistrust and misinformation are now the country’s defining characteristics. The storming of the Capitol, the prosecution of Donald Trump and battles over gun rights and abortion raise the spectre of further political violence, and even the possibility of a second civil war. Nick Bryant explains how the hate, divisiveness and paranoia we see today are in fact a core part of America’s story. Combining brilliant storytelling, historical research and first-hand reportage, Bryant argues that insurrections, massacres and civil disturbances should sadly not be seen as abnormalities; they are a part of the fabric of the history of America. The compromises originally designed to hold the union together have never truly been resolved and today, a country that once looked so confidently to the future has become captive to its contentious past. Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • The son of Chinese immigrants in Washington, DC, Edward Wong grew up among family secrets. His father toiled in restaurants and rarely spoke of his native land or his years in the People's Liberation Army under Mao. Yook Kearn Wong came of age during the Japanese occupation in World War II and the Communist revolution, when he fell under the spell of Mao's promise of a powerful China. His astonishing journey as a soldier took him from Manchuria during the Korean War to Xinjiang on the Central Asian frontier. In 1962, disillusioned with the Communist Party, he planned a desperate escape to Hong Kong. When Edward Wong became the Beijing bureau chief for The New York Times, he investigated his father's mysterious past while assessing for himself the dream of a resurgent China. He met the citizens driving the nation's astounding economic boom and global expansion - and grappling with the vortex of nationalistic rule under Xi Jinping, the most powerful leader since Mao. Following in his father's footsteps, he witnessed protests and civil rights struggles in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong. And he had an insider's view of the world's two superpowers meeting at a perilous crossroads. Wong tells a moving chronicle of a family and a nation that spans nearly a century of momentous change and gives profound insight into a new authoritarian age transforming the world. A groundbreaking book, At the Edge of Empire is the essential work for understanding China today. 'A brilliant personal account of China's borderlands and peoples' Francis Fukuyama 'A splendid journey through eighty years of Chinese history ... Edward Wong is about as knowledgeable a guide to China as a reader could ever hope to find' Barbara Demick Published 27th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Rukmini Iyer changed the way we eat when she started the Roasting Tin revolution. Constantly thinking about new ways to deliver fantastic flavour with minimal effort, and breaking out from the tin, The Green Cookbook shares her indispensable tips and recipes for time-pressed home cooks. You’ll find speedy 15 minute meals that come together in one pot or pan, ingenious recipes for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow, flavour-packed family-friendly recipes, flexible batch-cooks to help you prepare for a busy week and even meal plans that help to relieve the mental load. 'Makes cooking from scratch accessible to everyone' Niki Segnit 'Rukmini just keeps pulling all these absolute bangers out of the bag... there’s not a duff recipe in there' India Knight Published 6th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Explore the story of Radiohead - perhaps the finest band of a generation - through the lens of legendary Melody Maker chief photographer Tom Sheehan. Through more than 200 photographs and Sheehan's first-hand memories and stories, journey into the eye of a musical storm. From their earliest days as indie upstarts, through the wild, all-conquering years of OK Computer and into the experimental soundscapes beyond, Tom Sheehan captured Radiohead's world in breathtaking detail. Covering recording sessions, live performances, studio portraits and moments snatched on tour around the world, these photographs - many of which have never been published before - paint an intimate picture of a band pushing the boundaries of music. Accompanied by a biography of Radiohead from Craig McLean (Associate Editor, The Face) drawing on his personal interviews with the band, this book - beautifully presented in a cloth bound hardback - is a unique visual record of a breathtaking musical journey. Published 4th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • It’s 1992. Like every other seventeen-year-old boy, Joe has one eye on his studies, the other on his social life – smoking, Britpop, girls. He’s looking ahead to a gap year full of travel and adventure before university when his teacher – attractive, mid-thirties – takes an interest in him. It seems like a fantasy come true. For his final two years at school, he is bound to her, a woman twice his age, in an increasingly tangled web of coercion, sex and lies. Their affair, a product of complex grooming and a shocking abuse of authority, is played out in the corridors of one of Britain’s major private schools, under the noses of people who suspected, even knew, but said nothing. Thirty years on, this is Joe’s gripping record of the illicit relationship that dominated his adolescence and dictated the course of his life. With a heady dose of nineties nostalgia and the perfectly captured mood of those final months at school, Joe charts the enduring legacy of deceit and the indelibility of decisions made at seventeen. 'Engaging and engrossing, frank and frankly troubling, Seventeen is a book not easily forgotten' - Karen Joy Fowler Published 4th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • 'Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.' So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who travelled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us... and so much more. In an extraordinary story that only he could tell - and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it - Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he's found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humour, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fuelled it despite seemingly having it all. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening - as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for. Published 25th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is known for its incredible diversity in geography, socio-economic status, industries, religion and occupations. From coastal areas to modern suburbs, sparsely-populated uplands, and agricultural regions, the county showcases various ways of life. It encompasses practically every type of occupation and identity found on the island of Ireland. Despite this diversity, the voices of ordinary people have often been overlooked in historical accounts. The narratives of the gentry and wealthy families have been prioritized and recorded, while ordinary people's stories have gone unheard. This is a common pattern worldwide, where those with bigger public profiles are more likely to be written about in the media. Wealthy individuals tend to live in architecturally important homes that become historical landmarks and attract attention, while the lives of those with modest incomes are often forgotten. To rectify this imbalance, it is essential to talk to people and gather their memories and stories passed down in families and communities. This vital work by author and oral historian Deirdre Nuttall attempts to do just that, shedding light on the lives of the less well-connected and bringing a more comprehensive understanding of the rich history of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Published 27th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • The incomparable George Hamilton returns with a superb offering of travails and anecdotes spanning his five decades on our airwaves and on our screens, always at the heart of Irish culture. Picking up where his first offering, The Nation Holds Its Breath, left off, George continues to illuminate the path that took him from the Cregagh Road in Belfast to the most extraordinary locations across the world. Whether going behind the scenes of his beloved Lyric FM show or reliving the dramatic events of the 100-metre final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the reader will be captivated once more by George’s storytelling as he expertly weaves tales and paints the most evocative pictures. Sport, music and travel are intertwined throughout – George’s love for all three evident on every page. His writing style is consistently surprising; the reader is never quite certain where George is taking them but few will be able to resist being caught up in the stories and going along for the ride. The Hamilton Notes is a delightful manifestation of that old adage – ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.’ And there could be no finer raconteur to guide the reader along the way. Published 28th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • By the end of this decade, AI will exceed human levels of intelligence. During the 2030s, it will become 'superintelligent', vastly outstripping our capabilities by almost every measure and enabling dramatic new interventions in our bodies. By 2045, we will be able to connect our brains directly with AI, enhancing our intelligence a millionfold and expanding our consciousness in ways we can barely imagine. This is the Singularity. Ray Kurzweil is one of the greatest inventors of our time with over 60 years' experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Dozens of his long-range predictions about the rise of the internet, AI and bioengineering have been borne out. In this visionary and fundamentally optimistic book, Kurzweil explains how the Singularity will occur and explores what it will mean to live free from the limits of biology. What will we choose if our bodies need no longer define us? What new realms of beauty, connection and wonder might we inhabit? Who will we become if our minds can be stored and duplicated? How will we navigate the risks presented by such awesomely powerful technology? Drawing on a lifetime's expertise and marshalling the evidence of today's rapidly accelerating advances, Kurzweil presents deeply reasoned answers to these questions and argues that we can and will transform life on earth profoundly for the better. 'Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence' BILL GATES Published 27th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • From the experts at Gardeners' World comes the essential guide for budding gardeners, explaining how to garden in ten easy steps. Do you have an outside space that you’re not sure what to do with? Or want to feel the benefits of getting out into nature, but don't know where to start? Gardening: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide is your key to unlocking the world of gardening, created especially for beginners. The team of experts at Gardeners’ World have identified ten easy steps to help you get stuck into gardening, giving you: Hands-on guidance on selecting the right plants for your space, and the right time to plant them - Step-by-step methods guiding you through every gardening job - The skills to create the perfect growing conditions for your plants to thrive - The confidence to tackle any garden problem, with easy troubleshooting solutions - The tools to create an oasis for butterflies, bees, and wildlife - Confidence in taking care of your garden in every season - Expert advice on watering, weeding, and environmentally-friendly pest controls. No matter your experience level, Gardening: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide is the best way to kick-start your gardening journey! Published 27th June 2024 - Order Now.
  • Charly Gaul is a forgotten cycling legend. Once a household name across Europe, the diminutive Luxembourger won the 1958 Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia twice. A unique rider, Gaul was supremely gifted at climbing and resilient even in the foulest weather. His pedalling style was smooth and swift, and he could set an unmatchable metronome rhythm on a mountain climb. 'Mozart on two wheels,' was how one contemporary writer described him; another dubbed him 'The Angel of the Mountains'. At the end of his cycling career Gaul disappeared, becoming a hermit living in a forest in Luxembourg. What drove Charly Gaul into a recluse's life? In Angel of the Mountains, Paul Maunder seeks to uncover the truth about Gaul, his psychology and the circumstances of his withdrawal from society. In rediscovering Gaul's enigmatic life, we find not only an unlikely hero but also a larger truth about the nature of sporting success. Published 20th June 2024 - Order Now.

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