• In Basic AI, leading futurist David L. Shrier delves deep into the rapidly advancing world of artificial intelligence, delivering fascinating insights and exploring the impact this powerful technology will have on our lives and world. Artificial intelligence is driving workforce disruption on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution. In schools and universities, AI technology has forced a re-evaluation of the way students are taught and assessed. Meanwhile ChatGPT has become a cultural phenomenon, reaching 100 million users and attracting a $10 billion dollar investment in its parent company OpenAI. The race to dominate the generative AI market is accelerating at breakneck speed, inspiring breathless headlines and immense public interest. Basic AI provides a rare window into a frontier area of computer science that will change everything about how you live and work. Read this book and better understand how to succeed in the AI-enabled future.
  • Think running isn't for you? Running coach Cory Wharton-Malcolm challenges this idea head-on with this joyful love letter to running and motivational guide for beginners. Advocating running as an inclusive and community-focused activity, Cory shows us how to celebrate the incredible mind-body connection by getting your trainers on and starting your running journey from the couch to the end of the road and beyond. Sharing stories of his own mental and physical health challenges and the way running - both alone and with track buddies - lifted him up, All You Need is Rhythm and Grit includes advice on kit, running routes, pacing, good beats and the will to start and keep going. Cory believes you don't have to be a tall and slim superhuman to run and feel good doing it! For anyone who thinks running isn't for them, here is a vibrant and inclusive guide to one of the most egalitarian sports for people of all genders, all bodies, all identities and every class and colour. 'Everything Wharton-Malcolm does has the aim of helping people achieve the best version of themselves' Evening Standard 'In a world where expectations of others is making people drop out of sport, Cory hooks you back in. With his straight up communication and infectious sense of humour, Cory inspires people from all around the world to find the joy in running.' Chris Watt
  • An acclaimed physicist's accessible yet rigorous introduction to quantum mechanics for nonspecialists. This is a rare and much-needed book: a concise but comprehensive account of quantum mechanics for popular science readers written by a respected physicist. Sam Treiman - who was internationally renowned for his work in particle physics - makes quantum mechanics accessible to nonspecialists. Combining mastery of the material with clear, elegant prose and infectious enthusiasm, he conveys the substance, methods, and profound oddities of the field. Treiman begins with an overview of quantum mechanics. He sketches the early development of the field by Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, and others, and he makes clear how the quantum outlook flies in the face of common sense. As he explains, the quantum world is intrinsically probabilistic. For example, a particle is not in general in some particular place at a given instant, nor does it have a definite momentum. According to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, there is a limit to how well both location and momentum can be specified simultaneously. In addition, particles can move through barriers and otherwise move in regions of space that are forbidden by classical mechanics. If a particle has a choice of different paths, it pursues all of them at once. Particles display wave-like characteristics and waves show particle-like characteristics. Treiman pays special attention to the more fundamental wave outlook and its expression in quantum field theory. He deals here with the remarkable fact that all the particles of a given species are strictly identical, and with the unnerving fact that particles can be created and destroyed. As Treiman introduces us to these and other wonders, he also touches - without resolution - on some of the deep philosophical problems of quantum mechanics, notably how probabilities become facts. Weaving together impeccable science, engaging writing, and a talent for clear explanation honed over Treiman's distinguished career as a physicist and teacher, The Odd Quantum is a remarkable survey of a field that changed the course of modern scientific and philosophical thought.
  • “Every sickness gets better or kills. I am the strangeness in-between.” In this deeply intimate debut collection Trudie Gorman explores the connection between class, poverty, and illness. Journeying from a council estate in the 90s to the fractured ecosystem of the present day, she contends with the grief of losing her body to illness, whilst also finding hope and connection. The body in all of its morphisms is the main character here, while memory, legacy, violence against women, healthcare, working-class culture and love ripple through the collection in vibrant coexistence. The poems are at once visceral and unflinching in their depictions, yet always stretch towards the light, capturing what it means for a life to bloom in the dark. “Gorman’s is an urgent, fresh and essential new voice in Irish poetry.” —Victoria Kennefick “In this startling collection Trudie Gorman dares the reader to look at the sicknesses that riddle society, the ones we refuse to acknowledge. These are poems of violence and tenderness, of love and fear, of fury survival.” —Alice Kinsella
  • The Poetry Book Society Spring Choice 2024. 'It is hard to hurt and then explain the hurt away / so as not to hurt anyone. But have you seen / my life?' ('Child of Lir') The lives depicted by Victoria Kennefick alter, shatter and recombine in stunning monologues, innovative hybrid forms and piercing lyrics: her second book Egg/Shell is a diptych, a double album, which explores early motherhood and miscarriage, and the impact of a spouse's gender transition and the dissolution of a marriage. Acclaimed as one of the boldest poetic voices to emerge in recent years, Kennefick, in the follow-up to her best-selling Eat or We Both Starve, breaks new ground with generosity, emotional complexity, formal ingenuity and wit.
  • The West, history tells us, was built on the ideas and values of Ancient Greece and Rome, which disappeared from Europe during the Dark Ages and were then rediscovered by the Renaissance. But what if that isn't true? What if the story is very different? In this bold and magisterial work of immense scope, Josephine Quinn reveals a new narrative: one that traces the relationships that built what is now called the West from the Bronze Age to the Age of Exploration, as societies met, tangled and sometimes grew apart. She makes the case that it is contact and connections, rather than distinct and isolated civilisations, that drive historical change. It is not "peoples" that make history, people do. 'A work of great confidence, empathy, learning and imagination' RORY STEWART 'Eye-popping, mind-blowing, ground-breaking' LUCY WORSLEY
  • The English language has no specific word for the parent that has lost a child. There exist words for orphan, widow and widower, but there is no word that captures and conveys this tragic type of loss. It has been eleven years since Diane Foley's son, the American journalist James Foley, was kidnapped in northern Syria, and nearly ten since that day in August 2014 when she would learn that he had been murdered by ISIS in a public beheading that would ricochet in video around the world. A whole decade. Time rushes past. And yet, for Diane, that moment is unending. In American Mother, legendary author Colum McCann tells Diane's story as she recalls the months of his captivity, the efforts made to bring him home and the days following his death, in which Diane came face to face with one of the men responsible for her son's kidnapping and torture. A testament to the power of radical empathy and moral courage, American Mother takes us inside one woman's extraordinary journey to find connection in a world torn asunder, and to fight for others as a way to keep her son's memory alive. 'An extraordinary story of grace, forgiveness and moral courage' Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Spanning both the highly successful Sacred Space: The Prayerbook series and the multilingual, global sacredspace.com, Sacred Space moves with the modern world to create both a personal and globally collective space for reflection. In one braid it binds the instant connectivity of the twenty-first century and the prayerful practices of two thousand years of Christianity. For the first time, The Sacred Space Companion brings together reflections on the story of Sacred Space thus far with a wealth of seasonal reflections by Irish Jesuits and all those connected to the work of the Irish Province. Including contemporary prayers by Irish Jesuits, an introduction to Ignatian spirituality, a collection of Ignatian prayers, and an Advent and Lent retreat, The Sacred Space Companion is a companion for a whole year of reflection in the Ignatian tradition.
  • ˜Victory is a life well lived or a day enjoyed." Limerick man Frank O'Mara had the athletics career most only dream of, competing for Ireland in three Olympic Games and breaking Irish and world records. After his retirement from running, he settled in the US with his family and made his way to the top of the telecoms industry. Then at age forty-eight, his life changed forever when he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease. The progression was rapid, causing severe muscle cramps, tremors, and eventually the inability to walk and at times even speak. In this inspiring memoir, Frank recounts his battle with Parkinson's. At first in denial, he eventually found the strength that made him successful as an athlete and in business - using determination, and humour to weather the worst phases of the disease. He learned to face each hurdle as he came to it: to bend, but not break. One man's life-affirming story of facing adversity with grace and courage.
  • In this candid memoir, Amanda Brown chronicles the unimaginable sexual abuse she suffered from the age of eight at the hands of her stepfather, Davy Tweed. A lauded rugby player for both Ulster and Ireland, a DUP councillor and prominent Orangeman, Tweed maintained the veneer of upstanding citizen through his political and sporting life, yet the story at home was very different. No Peace Until He’s Dead is a raw and unflinching account of Amanda’s childhood years, which were marred by both the domestic abuse suffered by her mother at Davy’s hands and Amanda’s own appalling trauma, as well as her fight for justice against her abuser. This transformative memoir was born of Amanda’s courageous pursuit of recovery, and her unwavering determination to find her voice and advocate for other survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. No Peace Until He’s Dead forces us to confront a subject so often obscured by fear and shame, and also serves as a testament that those who have suffered can overcome their past and find happiness.
  • Originally published in 1925, A Golden Treasury of Irish Verse is an impressive and beautifully crafted collection of the best of Irish poetry from ancient times to the early twentieth century. It features folklore and legend, often beautifully translated from Gaelic with contributions from William Congreve, Thomas Moore, Moira O'Neill, Katharine Tynan, Padraic Colum and many more. This edition was created by Irish poet and dramatist Lennox Robinson whose main criteria for selection was that each poem should be excellent. He acknowledges the help of both W.B. Yeats and A.E. Housman in choosing the poems and poets. Capturing wide-ranging themes of love and loss, home and country, freedom and conflict, this beautifully produced collection of uplifting verse makes the perfect gift for poetry lovers everywhere.
  • The spectre of ‘the Disappeared’, those abducted, secretly executed and their bodies buried in remote locations, has overshadowed the debate around the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland for the last two decades. Yet what most people don’t realise is that ‘forced disappearances’ have been part of violent political conflicts in Ireland for over 200 years. This groundbreaking book, the first of its kind, looks at the history of this practice in Ireland and identifies all known victims over the last century, from the North King Street Massacre in 1916 right up to 2003. Ó Ruairc cuts through the exaggeration and myth that pervade the popular history of the ‘Good Old IRA’ to prove that this organisation was particularly ruthless in using this course of action during the War of Independence and Civil War, much more so than their successors in the Provisional IRA or the British forces in Ireland. The author also reveals how his research has helped locate several bodies of those long missing, one of which has already been recovered and given a proper burial. Behind each disappearance there is the story of a life cut short and a family left searching for answers. Ó Ruairc deftly incorporates this human element, preserving the memory of those who were disappeared on both sides of the conflict.
  • A way of life that once encompassed most of humanity is vanishing in one of the greatest transformations of our time: the eclipse of the rural world by the urban. In this new history of peasantry, Patrick Joyce tells the story of this lost world and its people. In contrast to the usual insulting stereotypes, we discover a rich and complex culture: traditions, songs, celebrations and revolts, across Europe from the plains of Poland to the farmsteads and villages of Italy and Ireland, through the nineteenth century to the present day. Into this passionate history, written with exquisite care, Joyce weaves remarkable individual stories, including those of his own Irish family, and looks at how peasant life has been remembered - and misremembered - in contemporary culture. This is a people whose voice is vastly underrepresented in human history. Yet for Joyce, we are all the children of peasants, who must respect the experience of our ancestors. This is particularly pressing when our knowledge of the land is being lost to climate crisis and the rise of industrial agriculture. Enlightening, timely and vital, this book commemorates an extraordinary culture whose impact on our history and our future remains profoundly relevant. "A dozen pages in I realized that I had been waiting for much of my life to read this extraordinary book" Annie Proulx
  • We all feel stuck at times - professionally, personally, financially, emotionally or even just stuck in our own heads. You feel you want more from life but don't know where to start or what a fulfilled life even looks like. Life coach Mark Fennell has given thousands of clients the tools to shift their thinking and find the motivation they need to break through the feeling of being stuck so that they can move forward and make lasting positive change. In this practical and relatable book, Mark provides a roadmap for working through feelings of frustration and helplessness towards a new and purpose-driven future. He will help you find a new approach to decision-making, tune into your gut instinct and build a life that has a sense of purpose to discover who you are destined to be.
  • Dr John Cooper Clarke's dazzling, scabrous voice has reverberated through pop culture for decades, his influence on generations of performance poets and musicians plain for all to see. In WHAT, the original 'People's Poet' comes storming out of the gate with an uproarious new collection, reminding us why he is one of Britain's most beloved writers and performers. James Brown, John F. Kennedy, Jesus Christ: nobody is safe from the punk rocker's acerbic pen - and that's just the first poem. Hot on the heels of The Luckiest Guy Alive and his sprawling, encyclopaediac memoir I Wanna Be Yours, the good Doctor returns with his most trenchant collection of poems yet. Vivid and alive, with a sensitivity only a writer with a life as varied and extraordinary as Cooper Clarke's could summon, WHAT is an exceptional collection from one of our foremost satirists. 'Nothing short of dazzling' Alex Turner
  • From a Bronze Age ship built during the age of Queen Nefertiti and filled with ancient treasures, a Viking warship made for King Cnut himself, Henry VIII's spectacular Mary Rose and the golden age of the Tudor court, to the exploration of the Arctic, the tragic story of HMS Terror and tales of bravery and endurance aboard HMS Gairsoppa in World War Two, these are the stories of some of the greatest underwater discoveries of all time. A rich and exciting narrative, this is not just the story of those ships and the people who sailed on them, the cargo and treasure they carried and their tragic fate. This is also the story of the spread of people, religion and ideas around the world, a story of colonialism and migration which continues today. Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, renowned maritime archaeologist David Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past to tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets. 'Masterful and entrancing - this is big history at its best.' Professor Alice Roberts, author of Ancestors
  • London, 1877. A petite young woman stands before an all-male jury, about to risk everything. She takes a breath, and opens her defence. Annie Besant and her confidant Charles Bradlaugh are on trial for the sordid crime of publishing and selling a birth control pamphlet. Remarkably - forty-five years before the first woman will be admitted to the English bar - Annie is defending herself. Before Britain's highest judge she declares it is a woman's right to choose when, and if, to have children. At a time when women were legally and socially subservient to men, Annie's defiant voice was a sensation. The riveting trial scandalised newspapers, captivated the British public and sparked a debate over morals, censorship and sex. Drawing on unpublished archives, private papers and courtroom transcripts - and featuring an incredible cast including Queen Victoria, George Bernard Shaw and London itself - A Dirty, Filthy Book tells the gripping story of a forgotten pioneer who refused to accept the role the Establishment assigned to her. Instead, she chose to resist.
  • Until recently, the vast majority of investors - those of us without insider access or eye-popping checkbooks - have been locked out of these exciting, high-yield opportunities. But there is a change underway. Alternative investments are coming to the masses, and investors need to know how to navigate their options, assess the merits of these opportunities, and determine how to best take advantage of this massive trend. In The Holy Grain of Investing, you'll discover: Where opportunities will arise as we transition from the free moneyera of zero interest rates to a new more realistic environment. How to take advantage of the trillions flowing into private investments by owning a piece of the firms that managethe assets. How to take advantage of private credit as an alternative (or compliment) to bonds. How and why professional sports teams have become an asset class of their own. How the renewable energy revolution will create new winners and losers. How investments in private real estate can work as an inflationary hedge. Interviews, advice, and insights from some of the world's most formidable titans of industry, such as Howard Marks of OakTree Capital, Vinod Khosla of Khosla Capital, Barry Sternlicht of Starwood, Robert Smith of Vista, and Peter Theil of Founders Fund, among others. The market is changing, and the conventional wisdom no longer applies. Are you ready to add some fuel to your financial fire? No matter your wealth, your experience, your job, or your age, The Holy Grail of Investing will teach you everything you need to know to unleash the financial power of alternative investments.


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