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  • Miss Marple Omnibus Volume II

    Another four of Agatha Christie's twelve, celebrated Miss Marple novels in a single volume, bound in the stylish livery of the new series. A Caribbean Mystery As Miss Marple dozes in the West Indian sun, an old soldier talks of elephant shooting and scandals. Then he dies - shortly after offering to show her a picture of a murderer. It's not long before the deceptively frail detective finds herself investigating a most exotic murder...A Pocket Full of Rye Rex Fortescue, 'king' of a financial empire, was in his counting house; his 'queen' was in the parlour...and that's exactly where they were when they died. There are baffling similarities between the rhyme and the crime and it takes all Miss Marple's ingenuity to find them...The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Marina Gregg, the famous actress, witnesses a murder in her country home. But what gave her the expression of frozen terror that only Dolly Bantry saw? Dolly, of course, knows just who can find out: her old friend Miss Marple...They Do It With Mirrors To fulfil a promise to an old schoolfriend, Miss Marple stays in a country house - with 200 juvenile delinquents and seven heirs to an old lady's fortune. One of them is a murderer - with, it seems, a talent for being in two places at once...

  • Phylloxera: How Wine Was Saved for the World

    A historical investigation into the mysterious bug that wiped out the vineyards of France and Europe in the 1860s - and how one young botanist eventually 'saved wine for the world'.

    In the early 1860s, vines in the lower Rhone valley, and then around Bordeaux, inexplicably began to wither and die. Panic seized France, and Jules-Emile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. Magnifying glass in hand, he discovered the roots of a dying vine covered in microscopic yellow insects. The tiny aphid would be named Phylloxera vastatrix - 'the dry leaf devastator'. Where it had come from was utterly mysterious, but it advanced with the speed of an invading army. As the noblest vineyards of France came under biological siege, the world's greatest wine industry tottered on the brink of ruin. The grand owners fought the aphid with expensive insecticide, while peasant vignerons simply abandoned their ruined plots in despair. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea.

    Planchon, aided by the American entomologist Charles Riley, discovered that the parasite had accidentally been imported from America. He believed that only the introduction of American vines, which appeared to have developed a resistance to the aphid, could save France's vineyards. His opponents maintained that this would merely assist the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, encouraged by the French government's offer of a prize of 300,000 gold francs for a remedy, increasingly bizarre suggestions flooded in, and many wine-growing regions came close to revolution as whole local economies were obliterated. Eventually Planchon and his supporters won the day, and phylloxera-resistant American vines were grafted onto European root-stock. Despite some setbacks - the first fruits of transplanted American vines were universally pronounced undrinkable - by 1914 all vines cultivated in France were hybrid Americans.

    Phylloxera is an entertaining, revealing and frequently astonishing account of one of the earliest and most successful applications of science to an ecological disaster.

  • The Spanish Holocaust

    Selected as the Sunday Times History Book of the Year for 2012, this is a meticulous work of scholarship from the foremost historian of 20th-century Spain.

    The culmination of more than a decade of research, The Spanish Holocaust seeks to reflect the intense horrors visited upon Spain during its ferocious civil war, the consequences of which still reverberate bitterly today.

    The brutal, murderous persecution of Spaniards between 1936 and 1945 is a truth that should have been told long ago. Paul Preston here offers the first comprehensive picture of what he terms the Spanish Holocaust : mass extra-judicial murder of some 200,000 victims, cursory military trials, torture, the systematic abuse of women and children, sweeping imprisonment, the horrors of exile. Those culpable for crimes committed on both sides of the Civil War are named; their victims identified.

    The Spanish Holocaust illuminates one of the darkest, least-known eras of modern European history.

  • Royal Flash

    Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with. Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world. A mission calls for a master of disguise, deceit and treachery: there's only one man for the job. When a legendary femme fatale delivers him into the clutches of the dastardly Otto von Bismarck, Flashman will need all the cunning and seductive charm he can muster to escape this plot.

  • Best Baby Names For Canadians

    What are the most popular first names in the NHL? In Quebec? In the far North? There are shelves of baby books out there, but none that takes a uniquely Canadian perspective. The Best Baby Names for Canadians offers an A to Z listing of more than 10,000 girls’ and boys’ names drawn from the comprehensive Collins database of names. Each entry features detailed origins, meanings, short-forms and pronunciations. Then, for true added value and interest, The Best Baby Names for Canadians features fun-to-read lists, resources, trivia and facts on what Canucks arecalling their kids.

    • The most popular names in Canada and in each province

    • You Say Brianna, I say Tianna: Canadian vs. American names

    • Your baby’s name and the stars

    • Endangered names and up-and-coming handles

    • Nicknames to know about

    • Names from the far North, Quebec and other distinctive regions of Canada

    • First names first: the names of 1,000 well-known Canadians

    • 2 minutes for name-calling: the most popular names of NHL players

    • Choosing a name: 25 real-life stories from Canadian parents and children

    From Aidan to Zoe, The Best Baby Names for Canadians will become the must-have baby name book for Canadian parents everywhere.

    Well-known Cancerians: Actors Dan Aykroyd, Genevieve Bujold and Pamela Anderson, and Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella were all born on Canada Day (July 1).

    When it comes to naming girls, Canadian parents choose T-names more often than Americans. Taryn, for example, is four times more popular in Canada than in the U.S.

    Canadian parents prefer boys’ names with Celtic origins more than Americans do. Liam is five times more popular in Canada than in the United States.

  • Men are from Mars Women are from Venus

    The legendary relationships guide that mothers recommend to their daughters, friends give as gifts and brothers steal from their sisters, MEN ARE FROM MARS AND WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS is inarguably the definitive book on having a happy relationship. `A treasure', `a bible' and `an heirloom' are some of the words used to describe the book that has saved countless relationships and improved innumerable others. Now repackaged to relate to a new generation of readers, this phenomenal book continues to carry its legacy of understanding and trust into the world. Since its first publication, over a staggering 15 million copies of MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS have sold globally to single men and women looking for guidance on how to find the perfect partner, married couples seeking to strengthen their bond, and divorcees hoping to fathom where it all went wrong. Gray's insights into how to allow your other half to "pull away" like an elastic band, prevent your emotional baggage from polluting your current relationship, and translate the phrases of the opposite sex are as relevant now as when they were first published. With straightforward, honest writing from that precious male perspective, Gray unlocks the secrets hidden in your partner's words and actions to enable you both to reach true mutual understanding and a lifetime of love. Discover for yourself why thousands believe that MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS should be mandatory reading for everyone.

  • Cool!

    Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness. Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don't know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie's thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him - even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can't 'wake up'. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

  • AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

    Agatha Christie's world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again... and again...

  • Murder in Lamut

    The second novel of a major new Feist acquisition, returning to his best-loved series. Written with Joel Rosenberg. The second Riftwar collaboration, Murder in LaMut, written by masters of fantasy Raymond E. Feist and Joel Rosenburg. The heavy action was supposedly at Crydee these days which meant that the one place they could be sure the three of them were not going was Crydee. Come spring, the privateer Melanie was due in Ylith, and its captain could be counted on for a swift conveyance away for sure, and likely not to murder them in their sleep. That would be bad for business. But away where? That wasn't Durine's worry. Kethol would surely be able to find the three of them somebody who needed men who knew which part of the sword you used to cut with and which part you used to butter your bread, and Pirojil would be able to negotiate a price at least half again what the employer was ready to pay. All Durine would have to do was kill people. That was fine with him. Durine, Kethol and Pirojil are three mercenaries who have spent twenty years fighting other people's battles: against the Tsurani and the Bugs and the goblins, and now it seems they've run out of Tsurani, Bugs and goblins to kill. The prospect of a few months of garrison duty offers a welcome respite; but then they are given an assignment that seems, on the surface, like cushy work - to protect a lady and her husband and deliver them safely to the city of Lamut. It should all have been so simple... Raymond E. Feist is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga, the Serpentwar Saga and the epic Krondor series. Joel Rosenberg is best-known for The Guardian of the Flame sequence. His other fantasy work includes D'Shai novels and the Keeper of the Hidden Ways series.

  • TRUTH AND BEAUTY: A Friendship

    Bestselling author and Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett's first work of non-fiction is a searing, emotionally wrenching account of her long friendship with the critically acclaimed, and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy. 'It is remarkable for me to remember now that I thought it would be possible to walk away from her, that she might have gone on living, but without me. I know now I never would have had the strength of my convictions. I am living in a world without Lucy. I have no choice about that. If she were alive and I had that choice, I wouldn't have been able to last without her for a day.' What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honour for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction,Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little explored world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together. Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life: losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined. This is a tender, yet sometimes brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

  • Selected Books: The Pilgrim's Regress / Prayer: Letter to Malcolm / Reflections on the Psalms / Till We Have Faces / the Abolition of Man

    A comprehensive volume containing five of C S Lewis's best known inspirational and spiritual works. This new paperback contains five of C.S.Lewis's classic works, which are no longer available separately but are presented here in paperback as a highly readable and accessible volume. Each title a gem, each page a delight to read, here finally is the chance to own a library of some of the most loved C S Lewis titles - in one volume. The Pilgrim's Regress (1933), Lewis's first prose work' explains in allegory the elusive experience he calls Joy and its part in his conversion. Prayer: Letters to Malcolm (1964) was Lewis's last book in which he corresponds with an imaginary friend on various aspects of prayer. Reflections of the Psalms (1958) shares Lewis's thoughts on the Psalms which he knew almost by heart through daily attendance at his college chapel. The Abolition of Man (1944) examines the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honour in contemporary society. Till We Have Faces (1956), described by Lewis as `the favourite of all my books', retells and interprets the story of Cupid and Psyche.

  • Pavane Opus 50 pour orchestre --- Conducteur

    Le conducteur d'orchestre de la celebre Pavane Opus 50 du compositeur francais Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). Langage : Francais - Anglais - Allemand Contenu : Introduction Editorial Notes Introduction Notes sur l'edition Einfuhrung Zur Edition Pavane op. 50

  • Effective Use of a Bilingual Dictionary (Collins Tips for Busy Language Teachers)

    Series of booklets that will save you time, offering you practical advice and suggestions in French German and Spanish.

  • The Lord of the Rings

    This deluxe slipcased volume contains the definitive version of the text, featuring for the very first time full-colour facsimiles of pages from the Book of Mazarbul, illustrations by Tolkien that he intended for inclusion in the 'Bridge of Khazad-dum' chapter. Also appearing are previously unpublished family trees and two full-size fold-out maps. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy and epic adventure has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. This deluxe cased volume contains the complete text, fully corrected and reset, and features for the very first time the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, illustrations done by Tolkien and intended for inclusion in the famous 'Bridge of Khazad-dum' chapter. Also appearing are previously unpublished family trees and two, full-size fold-out maps. Sympathetically packaged to reflect the classic look of the original, this brand new volume will prove irresistible to collectors and new fans alike.

  • Teacher's Notes

    A teacher's guide containing actions on how to use the workbooks plus help with planning lessons. Clear practical background guidance on teaching phonics is provided.

  • When Things Fall Apart

    Pema Chodron reveals the vast potential for happine

  • Mary for All Christians

    Reviews the beliefs held about Mary, focusing on dogmas and devotions. The author explores current debates on her place in the Scripture, her Immaculate Conception and Assumption and the values represented by her in contrast to those of today. The book is aimed at all Christians.

  • Teacher's Notes

    This "Teacher's Book" aims to provide support for the non-specialist and a wealth of teaching ideas, such as suggestions for games with the "Flashcards". It is aprt of the "French Plus+" language course. This course is specially designed for students working towards Level 3 of the National Curriculum at ages 14-16, who are unlikely to achieve a grade "G" at GCSE. It is particularly appropriate for resourcing the NEAB's Certificate of Achievement in French. It provides manageable units of work that are achievable and entirely self-standing. Set in a young adult context, the course aims to be non-patronising and should interest both genders.

  • The Namesake

    'The Namesake' is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America. 'When her grandmother learned of Ashima's pregnancy, she was particularly thrilled at the prospect of naming the family's first sahib. And so Ashima and Ashoke have agreed to put off the decision of what to name the baby until a letter comes...' For now, the label on his hospital cot reads simply BABY BOY GANGULI. But as time passes and still no letter arrives from India, American bureaucracy takes over and demands that 'baby boy Ganguli' be given a name. In a panic, his father decides to nickname him 'Gogol' - after his favourite writer. Brought up as an Indian in suburban America, Gogol Ganguli soon finds himself itching to cast off his awkward name, just as he longs to leave behind the inherited values of his Bengali parents. And so he sets off on his own path through life, a path strewn with conflicting loyalties, love and loss... Spanning three decades and crossing continents, Jhumpa Lahiri's much-anticipated first novel is a triumph of humane story-telling. Elegant, subtle and moving, 'The Namesake' is for everyone who loved the clarity, sympathy and grace of Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut story collection, 'Interpreter of Maladies'.

  • The One Minute Manager: Increase Productivity, Profits and Your Own Prosperity

    With a new foreword by Ken Blanchard The original, bestselling blockbuster which has transformed businesses world wide. The blockbuster number one international bestselling phenomenon is back ...not that it ever really went away. This easily-read story quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands. The One Minute Manager also includes information on several studies in medicine and in the behavioural sciences, which help readers understand why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. The book is brief, the language is simple, and best of all ...it works.

  • 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

  • The Speckled People

    The childhood world of Hugo Hamilton is a confused place. His father, a brutal Irish nationalist, demands his children speak Gaelic at home whilst his mother, a softly spoken German emigrant who escaped Nazi Germany at the beginning of the war, encourages them to speak German. All Hugo wants to do is speak English. English is, after all, what the other children in Dublin speak. English is what they use when they hunt down Hugo (or Eichmann as they dub him) in the streets of Dublin, and English is what they use when they bring him to trial and execute him at a mock seaside court. Out of this fear and confusion Hugo tries to build a balanced view of the world, to turn the twisted logic of what he is told into truth. It is a journey that ends in liberation but not before this little boy has uncovered the dark and long-buried secrets that lie at the bottom of his parents' wardrobe.

  • GCSE English

    High GCSE grades are gained through a combination of good knowledge, good understanding and good exam technique. The Exam Practice range is all about exam technique and because it's written by the people who mark the exams, it really will help students improve their performance. The content of Exam Practice GCSE English has been thoroughly updated to match the changes to the 2005 GCSE exams and provides examples of exam questions across all the exam boards. With key skills highlighted, lots of questions to try and tips from top examiners, this book really will give students the confidence to do brilliantly! This new edition includes Tony Buzan's revolutionary Mind Maps which will help to make study and revision easier.

  • HUNTERS OF THE DUSK

    Darren Shan, Mr Crepsley and Vancha Marsch, are the hunters of the dusk. Their quarry - the Vampaneze Lord. But friends old and new may stand in their way... It is six years after Darren was made a Vampire Prince and following a grim prophesy made by Mr Tiny, the vampires know the ascension of the Vampaneze Lord is at hand. Mr Tiny warns the vampires that there will be only three opportunities for the Vampaneze Lord to be vanquished and only three vampires who may succeed: Vancha Marsch, Larten Crepsley... and Darren Shan. Leaving the enclave of Vampire Mountain, Harkat, Darren and Mr Crepsley are shadowed by a creature of the night, do battle with the vampaneze, meet the mysterious Evanna and pay a visit to some old friends at the Cirque Du Freak. But no friend can prevent the bloody trail of bodies - the Vampaneze Lord may be more than a match for the hunters of the dusk.

  • Teacher's Resource Book 1

    Concise teaching notes provide practical advice on differentiation; homework suggestions; and assessment advice written by an Inspector for Assessment. It is part of the "Vital 1" French language course. "Vital 1" is designed for students in the lower half of the ability range in their first year of GCSE or Standard Grade. It includes 14 units divided into half-term modules and out into a vocational context for enhanced motivation.