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A Reluctant Enterprise

Groomed for high-stakes business since her childhood in Sweden, Sylvie Thorn resides in Manhattan. As Thorn Enterprise’s US branch president, she goes into business with Maeve DeForest, a party-loving socialite.

Aeron DeForest, Maeve’s clandestine daughter, was brought up by nannies and sent off to boarding schools and has always been invisible to her mother. After college, Aeron moves to the Adirondacks and becomes a successful horror novelist.

When Maeve dies, Sylvie learns Maeve has a daughter, and she needs Aeron to sign vital papers. After an initial clash, they reluctantly start working together. Just when they start to believe in love and their all-consuming passion, outside forces threaten to keep them apart forever.

A Learning Experience

Earth is not alone. There is a towering civilisation out in the galaxy, far greater than anything we can imagine. But we are isolated from the galaxy … until now.
When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth, intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship – and their lives.
To Steve, the captured starship represents a great opportunity, one to establish a new civilisation away from Earth and its increasingly oppressive bureaucracy. But with the aliens plotting their revenge and human factions suspicious of the new technology, it will be far from easy to create a whole new world …
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A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king – a man born to rule England, who believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale, and leaving a legacy of division between the peoples of Britain that has lasted from his day to our own.
Edward I is familiar to millions as ‘Longshanks’, conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (‘Braveheart’). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king’s astonishingly action-packed life. Earlier Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructing – at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon – the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. He raised the greatest armies of the English Middle Ages, and summoned the largest parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom. The longest-lived of all England’s medieval kings, he fathered no fewer than fifteen children with his first wife, Eleanor of Castile, and after her death he erected the Eleanor Crosses – the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.
In this book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England’s destiny – a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward’s opponents (including Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Robert Bruce) to resist him, and the very different societies that then existed in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The result is a sweeping story, immaculately researched yet compellingly told, and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.

A Feast of Sorrows Stories

Angela Slatter’s first U.S. collection features twelveof the award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, and addstwo new stories to her marvelous cauldron of fiction. Stories peopled by womenand girls-fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical-who take thepaths less travelled, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embracetransformation in all its forms.
Reminiscent ofAngela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh:fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales andforklore. Includes an introduction by Theodora Goss, author of *The Thorn andthe Blossom*.
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A Farewell to Arms

At 18, Ernest Hemingway was eager to fight in the Great War. Poor vision kept him out of the army, so he joined the ambulance corps instead and was sent to France. Then he transferred to Italy where he became the first American wounded in that country during World War I. Hemingway came out of the European battlefields with a medal for valor and a wealth of experience that he would, 10 years later, spin into literary gold with *A Farewell to Arms*. This is the story of Lieutenant Henry, an American, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse. The two meet in Italy, and almost immediately Hemingway sets up the central tension of the novel: the tenuous nature of love in a time of war. During their first encounter, Catherine tells Henry about her fiancé of eight years who had been killed the year before in the Somme. Explaining why she hadn’t married him, she says she was afraid marriage would be bad for him, then admits:
> I wanted to do something for him. You see, I didn’t care about the other thing and he could have had it all. He could have had anything he wanted if I would have known. I would have married him or anything. I know all about it now. But then he wanted to go to war and I didn’t know. The two begin an affair, with Henry quite convinced that he “did not love Catherine Barkley nor had any idea of loving her. This was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards.” Soon enough, however, the game turns serious for both of them and ultimately Henry ends up deserting to be with Catherine. Hemingway was not known for either unbridled optimism or happy endings, and *A Farewell to Arms* , like his other novels ( *For Whom the Bell Tolls* , *The Sun Also Rises* , and *To Have and Have Not* ), offers neither. What it *does* provide is an unblinking portrayal of men and women behaving with grace under pressure, both physical and psychological, and somehow finding the courage to go on in the face of certain loss. *\–Alix Wilber*

A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent Into Depression

The financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 is the most alarming of our lifetime because of the warp-speed at which it is occurring. How could it have happened, especially after all that we’ve learned from the Great Depression? Why wasn’t it anticipated so that remedial steps could be taken to avoid or mitigate it? What can be done to reverse a slide into a full-blown depression? Why have the responses to date of the government and the economics profession been so lackluster? Richard Posner presents a concise and non-technical examination of this mother of all financial disasters and of the, as yet, stumbling efforts to cope with it. No previous acquaintance on the part of the reader with macroeconomics or the theory of finance is presupposed. This is a book for intelligent generalists that will interest specialists as well.
Among the facts and causes Posner identifies are: excess savings flowing in from Asia and the reckless lowering of interest rates by the Federal Reserve Board; the relation between executive compensation, short-term profit goals, and risky lending; the housing bubble fuelled by low interest rates, aggressive mortgage marketing, and loose regulations; the low savings rate of American people; and the highly leveraged balance sheets of large financial institutions.
Posner analyzes the two basic remedial approaches to the crisis, which correspond to the two theories of the cause of the Great Depression: the monetarist–that the Federal Reserve Board allowed the money supply to shrink, thus failing to prevent a disastrous deflation–and the Keynesian–that the depression was the product of a credit binge in the 1920s, a stock-market crash, and the ensuing downward spiral in economic activity. Posner concludes that the pendulum swung too far and that our financial markets need to be more heavily regulated.

A Death in the House: And Other Stories

**Ten thrilling and intriguing tales of space travel, war, and alien encounters from the multiple Hugo Award–winning Grand Master of Science Fiction.**

From Frank Herbert’s *Dune* to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series to Philip K. Dick’s stories of bizarre visions of a dystopian future, the latter half of the twentieth century produced some of the finest examples of speculative fiction ever published. Yet no science fiction author was more highly regarded than Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, winner of numerous honors, including the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This magnificent compendium of stories, written during science fiction’s golden age, highlights Simak at his very best, combining ingenious concepts with his trademark humanism and exploring strange visitations, remarkable technologies, and humankind’s destiny in the possible worlds of tomorrow. Whether it’s an irascible old man’s discovery of a very unusual skunk that puts him at odds with the US Air Force, a county agent’s strange bond with the sentient alien flora he discovers growing in his garden, the problems a small town faces when its children mature too rapidly thanks to babysitters from another galaxy, or the gift a lonely farmer receives in exchange for aiding a dying visitor from another world, the events detailed in Simak’s poignant and beautiful tales will thrill, shock, amuse, and astonish in equal measure.

One of the genre’s premier literary artists, Simak explores time travel and time engines; examines the rituals and superstitions of galactic travelers who have long forgotten their ultimate purpose; and even takes fascinating detours through World War II and the wild American West in a wondrous anthology that no science fiction fan should be without. **
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**Ten thrilling and intriguing tales of space travel, war, and alien encounters from the multiple Hugo Award–winning Grand Master of Science Fiction.**

From Frank Herbert’s *Dune* to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series to Philip K. Dick’s stories of bizarre visions of a dystopian future, the latter half of the twentieth century produced some of the finest examples of speculative fiction ever published. Yet no science fiction author was more highly regarded than Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, winner of numerous honors, including the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This magnificent compendium of stories, written during science fiction’s golden age, highlights Simak at his very best, combining ingenious concepts with his trademark humanism and exploring strange visitations, remarkable technologies, and humankind’s destiny in the possible worlds of tomorrow. Whether it’s an irascible old man’s discovery of a very unusual skunk that puts him at odds with the US Air Force, a county agent’s strange bond with the sentient alien flora he discovers growing in his garden, the problems a small town faces when its children mature too rapidly thanks to babysitters from another galaxy, or the gift a lonely farmer receives in exchange for aiding a dying visitor from another world, the events detailed in Simak’s poignant and beautiful tales will thrill, shock, amuse, and astonish in equal measure.

One of the genre’s premier literary artists, Simak explores time travel and time engines; examines the rituals and superstitions of galactic travelers who have long forgotten their ultimate purpose; and even takes fascinating detours through World War II and the wild American West in a wondrous anthology that no science fiction fan should be without.
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During his fifty-five-year career, CLIFFORD D. SIMAK produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born in 1904 on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the *Minneapolis Star-Tribune,*  writing fiction in his spare time.
Simak was best known for the book  *City* ,  a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel  *Way Station.  *In 1953  *City*  was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association&;s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
 
DAVID W. WIXON was a close friend of Clifford D. Simak&;s. As Simak&;s health declined, Wixon, already familiar with science fiction publishing, began more and more to handle such things as his friend&;s business correspondence and contract matters. Named literary executor of the estate after Simak&;s death, Wixon began a long-term project to secure the rights to all of Simak&;s stories and find a way to make them available to readers who, given the fifty-five-year span of Simak&;s writing career, might never have gotten the chance to enjoy all of his short fiction. Along the way, Wixon also read the author&;s surviving journals and rejected manuscripts, which made him uniquely able to provide Simak&;s readers with interesting and thought-provoking commentary that sheds new light on the work and thought of a great writer.

A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz & Rapid

Playing blitz is one of the great joys in every chess player’s life. In modern times, faster time controls have become more important than ever. Every day, innumerable numbers of rated blitz and rapid games are being played in online and over-the-board competitions and championships.In blitz, even more than in ‘classical chess’, it is important to make the right decisions quickly and almost instinctively. That is why world-famous opening expert Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov and his son, International Master Vladimir Sveshnikov, have created a chess opening repertoire for club players that is forcing, both narrow and deep, and aggressive. The aim is to be in control as much as possible. You want to be the one who decides which opening is going to be played, you want to dictate the technical and strategic choices. And you want to keep the pressure, increasing your opponent’s chances to stumble.In designing their repertoire, father and son Sveshnikov have made a crucial choice: they do not want you to end up in positions where finding the theoretically best move is all-important, but in positions where it is relatively easy to keep finding the moves with the greatest practical effect and use.If you play the lines the Sveshnikovs have selected, your results will improve. You may even end up playing their variations in ‘slow chess’ as well.

50 Super Facile Gluten-Free Vegan & Vegetarian: Guida Pasto Completo: Colazione, Antipasti, Antipasti, Dolci, Bevande E Ricette Fornello Lento Per I Principianti

Se siete pronti per una Gluten-Free, Vegan o esperienza culinaria vegetariana, è assolutamente d’amore le ricette di questo libro!
Vegetariani o vegani possono essere alcuni dei piatti più difficili da mettere insieme, soprattutto senza glutine pasti. No perché è difficile da preparare, ma perché è difficile a venire con idee pasto. Quando ho deciso di provare piatti vegani senza glutine, non avevo idea di quello che stavo facendo. Ho sprecato un sacco di soldi su ingredienti costosi solo per finire con qualcosa che assaggiato orribile ed era immangiabile.
Ero quasi rinunciato fino a quando ho deciso di fare un altro tentativo, ma questa volta ho fatto ricerca prima e praticato ogni giorno fino a quando ho trovato ricette senza glutine che gran gusto! Ho deciso di fare un libro di ricette di tutti i miei piatti preferiti senza glutine vegan o vegetariano da condividere con gli altri che sono alla ricerca di idee pasto completo compreso, torte dolci, biscotti e bevande anche deliziosi.
Spero che ti piace queste meravigliose ricette tanto come faccio io!

365 Days of DIY Hacks – Home, Parenting, Pets, Gifts, Budged

365 Days of DIY Hacks – Home, Parenting, Pets, Gifts, Budged
After a busy, chaotic day, there is nothing better than coming back home and relax in a personal soothing refuge. If you have a vision of a perfect home in your head and you strive for happiness in your stress-free oasis, this book can help you to accomplish your goals. If you have a lack of ideas and you are not crafty, this book will inspire you to add value to your home. The book offers plenty of practical DIY hacks and how-to solutions for more productive and pleasurable life.
You will be able to enhance your home décor, refresh your rooms, get rid of the surplus and organize your household items with these great DIY hacks. The projects are very attractive and you will want to materialize many of them. However, just make sure not to overfill your home with a lot of things. Balance is the key to a happy home!
“Home is where the heart is.” – Pliny the Elder.
This book consists of 365 DIY hacks that everyone can do. Of course, every DIY project is not for everyone. DIY project ought to make your life easier and improve your personal environment. Choose only those projects and hacks that seem right for you and listen to your heart. Do not be discouraged by mistakes, they are an integral part of any success. Just keep practicing and love what you do. You can create your dream home by doing something small every day that keep you inspired. Make your personalized gifts, decorate your room with household items you already have, make a comfy space and positive atmosphere for you, your family and guests.
365 do-it-yourself household hacks included in this book contain easy to follow instructions and bring you the possibility to maximize your lifestyle.

2020 Guide to the Night Sky: A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Britain and Ireland

EXPANDED AND REVISED
“This is a great guide to the night sky at a great price”
*Astronomy Now* The bestselling, practical guide to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages per month January-December 2020. An easy introduction to stargazing and a useful reference for seasoned astronomers. Designed for Britain and Ireland but usable anywhere in the world between 40°N and 60°N, covering most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States. Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Content includes: • Advice on where to start looking • Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see • **NEW** Special, detailed charts for positions of planets, minor planets and comets in 2020 • **NEW** Seasonal charts • **NEW** Details of dark sky sites • Details of objects and events you might see in 2020 **

1970s Childhood

A 1970s childhood was, for many, a life of happy-go-lucky freedom set against a soundtrack of pop music played on a transistor radio dangling from the handlebars of a Raleigh Chopper. It was a playground battlefield of Sindy versus Action Man or a dexterous display of how to handle Clackers without painfully rapping them across the knuckles. After-school television meant a choice of ‘Blue Peter’ or ‘Magpie’, while chewing on an Aztec chocolate bar and flicking through *Shoot* or *Jackie* magazine. Yet it was also a decade of strikes, the three-day week and the Winter of Discontent which passed most children by unless a power cut meant no television. This fully illustrated book is a celebration of that childhood, its highs, lows and scraped knees, that will readily bring back the forgotten memories of a generation that grew up without mobile phones, the internet and 24-hour shopping.