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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot)

Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection. First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!

Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection. First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!

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Tales From the Perilous Realm

The definitive collection of Tolkien’s classic “fairie” tales, in the vein of The Hobbit, illustrated by Oscar winner Alan Lee

Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien’s four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) are gathered together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. This new, definitive collection of works — which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 — comes with a brand-new foreword and endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by Alan Lee, in the style of his other award-winning Tolkien work, most recently in The Children of Húrin.

The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoy some of Tolkien’s often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. With dragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights and dwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffs of all ages.
### Review
Roverandom: ‘An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today! would leap to life when read aloud to a child’ Independent Farmer Giles of Ham: ‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’ Sunday Times Leaf by Niggle: ‘A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie’ New York Times The Adventures of Tom Bombadil: ‘Something close to genius’ The Listener Smith of Wootton Major: ‘Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty’ New Statesman
### About the Author
Alan Lee was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkien’s work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including Faeries, The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Illiad.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as *The Hobbit* , *The Lord of the Rings* , and *The Silmarillion*. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

The definitive collection of Tolkien’s classic “fairie” tales, in the vein of The Hobbit, illustrated by Oscar winner Alan Lee

Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien’s four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) are gathered together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. This new, definitive collection of works — which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 — comes with a brand-new foreword and endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by Alan Lee, in the style of his other award-winning Tolkien work, most recently in The Children of Húrin.

The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoy some of Tolkien’s often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. With dragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights and dwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffs of all ages.
### Review
Roverandom: ‘An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today! would leap to life when read aloud to a child’ Independent Farmer Giles of Ham: ‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’ Sunday Times Leaf by Niggle: ‘A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie’ New York Times The Adventures of Tom Bombadil: ‘Something close to genius’ The Listener Smith of Wootton Major: ‘Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty’ New Statesman
### About the Author
Alan Lee was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkien’s work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including Faeries, The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Illiad.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as *The Hobbit* , *The Lord of the Rings* , and *The Silmarillion*. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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Supercharged Food

Supercharged Food is a simple and inspiring guide to eating for optimum health. It features more than 90 recipes that are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free, each bursting with nutrient-rich or ‘super’ foods that will help nourish and heal your body. Whether you have coeliac disease, food allergies or you just want to improve your health, this is your one-stop shop for easy, vibrant and flavourful meals that will jump-start your immune system, boost your energy levels and maintain your long-term wellbeing.

Supercharged Food is a simple and inspiring guide to eating for optimum health. It features more than 90 recipes that are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free, each bursting with nutrient-rich or ‘super’ foods that will help nourish and heal your body. Whether you have coeliac disease, food allergies or you just want to improve your health, this is your one-stop shop for easy, vibrant and flavourful meals that will jump-start your immune system, boost your energy levels and maintain your long-term wellbeing.

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Split Infinity

On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay through a mysterious “curtain” revealed by a loving robot.
Beyond the curtain lay Phaze—a world totally ruled by magic. There, his first encounter was with an amulet that turned into a demon determined to choke him to death. And there, he soon learned, his alternate self had already been murdered by sorcery, and he was due to be the next victim.
“Know thyself!” the infallible Oracle told him. But first he must save himself as he shuttled between worlds.
On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games.
On Phaze, he could survive only by mastering magic.
And if he used any magic at all, the werewolf and the unicorn who were his only friends were determined to kill him at once!

On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay through a mysterious “curtain” revealed by a loving robot.
Beyond the curtain lay Phaze—a world totally ruled by magic. There, his first encounter was with an amulet that turned into a demon determined to choke him to death. And there, he soon learned, his alternate self had already been murdered by sorcery, and he was due to be the next victim.
“Know thyself!” the infallible Oracle told him. But first he must save himself as he shuttled between worlds.
On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games.
On Phaze, he could survive only by mastering magic.
And if he used any magic at all, the werewolf and the unicorn who were his only friends were determined to kill him at once!

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SpellBreaker

History doesn’t always happen as its written.”History is written by the victors. Truth is written by the Larentii.” — Nefrigar, Chief ArchivistWylend Arden, Fifth-level warlock and King of Karathia for more than twenty-thousand years, had quite a story to tell.”It began like this,” he said, his smile slightly crooked as he lifted his cup of wine to me.”I had an older brother, born to one of my father’s legitimate mates. His name was Wellend and he was heir to the Karathian throne. On his sixteenth birthday, my father gifted him with the Heir’s Ring, as was proper.”After thousands of years, Wylend’s niece and nephew are making a bid for the Karathian throne. All they need, it seems, is a book and a ring to prove their inheritance. It matters not to Deris and Daris Arden whom they murder or which worlds they destroy in their quest to wrestle the throne from seemingly legitimate heirs. If they conquer the Karathian King and take the throne, their greed will demand that the Alliances be next…Unless their spell can be broken.

History doesn’t always happen as its written.”History is written by the victors. Truth is written by the Larentii.” — Nefrigar, Chief ArchivistWylend Arden, Fifth-level warlock and King of Karathia for more than twenty-thousand years, had quite a story to tell.”It began like this,” he said, his smile slightly crooked as he lifted his cup of wine to me.”I had an older brother, born to one of my father’s legitimate mates. His name was Wellend and he was heir to the Karathian throne. On his sixteenth birthday, my father gifted him with the Heir’s Ring, as was proper.”After thousands of years, Wylend’s niece and nephew are making a bid for the Karathian throne. All they need, it seems, is a book and a ring to prove their inheritance. It matters not to Deris and Daris Arden whom they murder or which worlds they destroy in their quest to wrestle the throne from seemingly legitimate heirs. If they conquer the Karathian King and take the throne, their greed will demand that the Alliances be next…Unless their spell can be broken.

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Siren Island: Shipwrecked (An Erotic Adventure Series)

Book 1 of The Siren Island Series
The adventure begins…
After surviving a horrific shipwreck, Lucy Wordsworth finds herself on a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean. Among the survivors is her fiancé’s despicable older brother, Jack Carlyle, who seduces her at the first opportunity. Together they discover a hidden pool inhabited by three beautiful, sex-starved Sirens, who are determined to pleasure them in shocking and unexpected ways.
This story contains erotic romance, oral sex, forced seduction, double penetration, lesbian sex, rimming, and an orgy. All characters are eighteen and above. Adult 18+

Book 1 of The Siren Island Series
The adventure begins…
After surviving a horrific shipwreck, Lucy Wordsworth finds herself on a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean. Among the survivors is her fiancé’s despicable older brother, Jack Carlyle, who seduces her at the first opportunity. Together they discover a hidden pool inhabited by three beautiful, sex-starved Sirens, who are determined to pleasure them in shocking and unexpected ways.
This story contains erotic romance, oral sex, forced seduction, double penetration, lesbian sex, rimming, and an orgy. All characters are eighteen and above. Adult 18+

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Shadowed

“This is all that’s left?” Bill Jennings, Director of the Joint National Security Agency and Homeland Security Office glanced up at his assistant. Six names on a piece of official letterhead had been passed to the aging Director. Bill was two months away from retirement and the president and other high-ranking officials were already vetting candidates to fill his position.
Bill shook his head at the list of children still living. Another piece of paper resting under his hand listed the names of the dead. There were nearly seven hundred of those and he still wasn’t sure they’d gotten information on all the children involved. He worried about many other children listed as missing – had they been abducted? How could he explain these things to the president, let alone someone coming in to take over his job? Bill sighed heavily. “Where are they now?” he asked.
“These six,” Vince Jordan, Bill’s assistant, tapped the paper containing the names of the half-Elemaiyan children still living, “are relocated, but we’ve seen how unsuccessful that has been in the past. You know where the seventh one is, through Mr. Winkler.”
“Yes. I do know where the seventh one is,” Bill agreed.
“Do you think, sir,” Vince mused aloud, “that we might put these six,” he tapped the paper again, “where the seventh one is?”
Of the hundreds of Bright Elemaiyan children born to human parents, only seven remain. Six of those have been relocated, but the Dark Elemaiya are closing in to destroy them. The seventh, Ashe Evans, resides in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. Government authorities, in an effort to save the relocated six, approach the residents of Cloud Chief seeking shelter for the children and their human families. Ashe must find a way to keep them safe as murders begin to pile up outside Cloud Chief’s protected boundaries.

“This is all that’s left?” Bill Jennings, Director of the Joint National Security Agency and Homeland Security Office glanced up at his assistant. Six names on a piece of official letterhead had been passed to the aging Director. Bill was two months away from retirement and the president and other high-ranking officials were already vetting candidates to fill his position.
Bill shook his head at the list of children still living. Another piece of paper resting under his hand listed the names of the dead. There were nearly seven hundred of those and he still wasn’t sure they’d gotten information on all the children involved. He worried about many other children listed as missing – had they been abducted? How could he explain these things to the president, let alone someone coming in to take over his job? Bill sighed heavily. “Where are they now?” he asked.
“These six,” Vince Jordan, Bill’s assistant, tapped the paper containing the names of the half-Elemaiyan children still living, “are relocated, but we’ve seen how unsuccessful that has been in the past. You know where the seventh one is, through Mr. Winkler.”
“Yes. I do know where the seventh one is,” Bill agreed.
“Do you think, sir,” Vince mused aloud, “that we might put these six,” he tapped the paper again, “where the seventh one is?”
Of the hundreds of Bright Elemaiyan children born to human parents, only seven remain. Six of those have been relocated, but the Dark Elemaiya are closing in to destroy them. The seventh, Ashe Evans, resides in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. Government authorities, in an effort to save the relocated six, approach the residents of Cloud Chief seeking shelter for the children and their human families. Ashe must find a way to keep them safe as murders begin to pile up outside Cloud Chief’s protected boundaries.

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Sexy Lexy

Working Out the Kinks Muscles weren’t the only things fitness guru Lexy Clark stretched. In fleeing to Drake’s Point, California, and buying an inn, she strained the truth. Her bestseller–Workout Sex, A Girl’s Guide to Home Fitness–had been written for active women with busy lives. Its publicity campaign had led to Lexy’s days being filled with men who wanted her to spend her fifteen minutes of fame in compromising positions. Changing her name and moving to a remote little town seemed the best escape. Until she met Sam Worth. Lexy couldn’t imagine a better partner for “home fitness”–and maybe more. Just thinking about him raised her resting heart rate. But Sam was too smart to buy Lexy’s innkeeper disguise for long, and too familiar with fame’s downside to become involved with a celebrity. She was willing to let him uncover everything about her–except the truth. For when fame caught up with her, would Sam still want… SEXY LEXY

Working Out the Kinks Muscles weren’t the only things fitness guru Lexy Clark stretched. In fleeing to Drake’s Point, California, and buying an inn, she strained the truth. Her bestseller–Workout Sex, A Girl’s Guide to Home Fitness–had been written for active women with busy lives. Its publicity campaign had led to Lexy’s days being filled with men who wanted her to spend her fifteen minutes of fame in compromising positions. Changing her name and moving to a remote little town seemed the best escape. Until she met Sam Worth. Lexy couldn’t imagine a better partner for “home fitness”–and maybe more. Just thinking about him raised her resting heart rate. But Sam was too smart to buy Lexy’s innkeeper disguise for long, and too familiar with fame’s downside to become involved with a celebrity. She was willing to let him uncover everything about her–except the truth. For when fame caught up with her, would Sam still want… SEXY LEXY

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Secrets of Good Design for Artists, Artisans and Crafters

Practical and aesthetically pleasing, this visual meditation on the constituents of good design considers all manner of construction, form, and ornamentation. It answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, concise, and practical directions. The book’s appeal lies chiefly in the integrity of its own design, consisting of hand-lettered text and pleasingly styled and proportioned illustrations.Author Burl N. Osburn addresses basic questions — What are the qualities of good design, and how does balance affect design? What is good proportion, and how is ornament used? — and explores design choices in a variety of expressions. Featured arts and crafts include the use of wrought iron, methods of cutting wood, the decoration of clay and leather, the basic textile structures, the nature of the tapestry weave and design of block-printed textile, the development of repeat pattern and the geometry of repeating ornament, and attaining typographic unity. Students learn to analyze a project’s requirements, draw up specifications, and design the final product. A valuable guide for teachers and students, this volume also constitutes a practical resource for professional and amateur artists and crafters.

Practical and aesthetically pleasing, this visual meditation on the constituents of good design considers all manner of construction, form, and ornamentation. It answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, concise, and practical directions. The book’s appeal lies chiefly in the integrity of its own design, consisting of hand-lettered text and pleasingly styled and proportioned illustrations.Author Burl N. Osburn addresses basic questions — What are the qualities of good design, and how does balance affect design? What is good proportion, and how is ornament used? — and explores design choices in a variety of expressions. Featured arts and crafts include the use of wrought iron, methods of cutting wood, the decoration of clay and leather, the basic textile structures, the nature of the tapestry weave and design of block-printed textile, the development of repeat pattern and the geometry of repeating ornament, and attaining typographic unity. Students learn to analyze a project’s requirements, draw up specifications, and design the final product. A valuable guide for teachers and students, this volume also constitutes a practical resource for professional and amateur artists and crafters.

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Science of Yoga

**Explore the physiology of 30 key yoga poses, in-depth and from every angle, and master each asana with confidence and control.** Did you know that yoga practice can help lower your blood pressure, decrease inflammation and prevent age-related brain changes? Recent scientific research now backs up what were once anecdotal claims about the benefits of yoga to every system in the body. *Science of Yoga* reveals the facts, with annotated artworks that show the mechanics, the angles, how your blood flow and respiration are affected, the key muscle and joint actions working below the surface of each pose, safe alignment and much more. With insight into variations on the poses and and a Q &A section that explores the science behind every aspect of yoga, look no further than *Science of Yoga* to achieve technical excellence in your practice and optimise the benefits of yoga to your body and mind.

**Explore the physiology of 30 key yoga poses, in-depth and from every angle, and master each asana with confidence and control.** Did you know that yoga practice can help lower your blood pressure, decrease inflammation and prevent age-related brain changes? Recent scientific research now backs up what were once anecdotal claims about the benefits of yoga to every system in the body. *Science of Yoga* reveals the facts, with annotated artworks that show the mechanics, the angles, how your blood flow and respiration are affected, the key muscle and joint actions working below the surface of each pose, safe alignment and much more. With insight into variations on the poses and and a Q &A section that explores the science behind every aspect of yoga, look no further than *Science of Yoga* to achieve technical excellence in your practice and optimise the benefits of yoga to your body and mind.

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Satantango

**At long last, twenty-five years after the Hungarian genius L aszlo Krasznahorkai burst onto the scene with his first novel, *Satantango* dances into English in a beautiful translation by George Szirtes.**
Already famous as the inspiration for the filmmaker Bela Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece, *Satantango* is proof, as the spellbinding, bleak, and hauntingly beautiful book has it, that ‘the devil has all the good times.’
The story of *Satantango* , spread over a couple of days of endless rain, focuses on the dozen remaining inhabitants of an unnamed isolated hamlet: failures stuck in the middle of nowhere. Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all trust and its constant betrayal are Krasznahorkai’s meat. ‘At the center of *Satantango* ,’ George Szirtes has said, ‘is the eponymous drunken dance, referred to here sometimes as a tango and sometimes as a csardas. It takes place at the local inn where everyone is drunk. . . . Their world is rough and ready, lost somewhere between the comic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death.’
‘You know,’ Mrs. Schmidt, a pivotal character, tipsily confides, ‘dance is my one weakness.’

**At long last, twenty-five years after the Hungarian genius L aszlo Krasznahorkai burst onto the scene with his first novel, *Satantango* dances into English in a beautiful translation by George Szirtes.**
Already famous as the inspiration for the filmmaker Bela Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece, *Satantango* is proof, as the spellbinding, bleak, and hauntingly beautiful book has it, that ‘the devil has all the good times.’
The story of *Satantango* , spread over a couple of days of endless rain, focuses on the dozen remaining inhabitants of an unnamed isolated hamlet: failures stuck in the middle of nowhere. Schemes, crimes, infidelities, hopes of escape, and above all trust and its constant betrayal are Krasznahorkai’s meat. ‘At the center of *Satantango* ,’ George Szirtes has said, ‘is the eponymous drunken dance, referred to here sometimes as a tango and sometimes as a csardas. It takes place at the local inn where everyone is drunk. . . . Their world is rough and ready, lost somewhere between the comic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death.’
‘You know,’ Mrs. Schmidt, a pivotal character, tipsily confides, ‘dance is my one weakness.’

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Salute the Dark

**Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic Shadows of the Apt continues with the fourth instalment in this bestselling fantasy series, *Salute the Dark. ** ** *All must face the end of days . . .** The vampiric sorcerer Uctebri has at last got his hands on the Shadow Box and can finally begin his dark ritual – a ritual that the Wasp-kinden Emperor believes will grant him immortality. But Uctebri has his own plans both for the Emperor and the Empire. The massed Wasp armies are on the march, and the spymaster Stenwold must see which of his allies will stand now that the war has finally arrived. This time the Empire will not stop until a black and gold flag waves over Stenwold’s own home city of Collegium. Tisamon the Weaponsmaster is faced with a terrible choice: a path that could lead him to abandon his friends and his daughter and to face degradation and loss. Yet it might bring him before the Wasp Emperor with a blade in his hand. But is he being driven by Mantis-kinden honour, or manipulated by something more sinister? **Continue this immersive epic fantasy adventure with *The Scarab Path*. ****
### Recensione
*Salute the Dark* fulfills the promise of the Apt series . . . An A++ based on my three reads of the book so far ( *FantasyBookCritic blog* )
Intense fighting scenes, finely tuned politicking and a few genuine surprises effortlessly coalesce to generate a spectacular instalment ( *TheTruthAboutBooks.com* )
### Descrizione del libro
They fight for their lives . . . but can they win?

**Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic Shadows of the Apt continues with the fourth instalment in this bestselling fantasy series, *Salute the Dark. ** ** *All must face the end of days . . .** The vampiric sorcerer Uctebri has at last got his hands on the Shadow Box and can finally begin his dark ritual – a ritual that the Wasp-kinden Emperor believes will grant him immortality. But Uctebri has his own plans both for the Emperor and the Empire. The massed Wasp armies are on the march, and the spymaster Stenwold must see which of his allies will stand now that the war has finally arrived. This time the Empire will not stop until a black and gold flag waves over Stenwold’s own home city of Collegium. Tisamon the Weaponsmaster is faced with a terrible choice: a path that could lead him to abandon his friends and his daughter and to face degradation and loss. Yet it might bring him before the Wasp Emperor with a blade in his hand. But is he being driven by Mantis-kinden honour, or manipulated by something more sinister? **Continue this immersive epic fantasy adventure with *The Scarab Path*. ****
### Recensione
*Salute the Dark* fulfills the promise of the Apt series . . . An A++ based on my three reads of the book so far ( *FantasyBookCritic blog* )
Intense fighting scenes, finely tuned politicking and a few genuine surprises effortlessly coalesce to generate a spectacular instalment ( *TheTruthAboutBooks.com* )
### Descrizione del libro
They fight for their lives . . . but can they win?

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RSPB Spotlight Sparrows

Sparrows are often considered familiar to the point of invisibility, but the recent steep decline in numbers of both native British species is a reminder that these unassuming chatterboxes deserve a little more attention.
Of all the true sparrow species found worldwide, only two occur in the British Isles. Globally, the story of the House Sparrow is one of dramatic expansion: from humble origins in the Middle East where they spread, along with agriculture, to become the most widely distributed bird on the planet. The smaller, more active Tree Sparrow has also spread extensively, following the domestication of rice rather than wheat, and both species have been heavily persecuted in recent years. In *Spotlight* *Sparrows* , Amy-Jane Beer examines the causes behind the decline of these familiar species, and explores their biology and life cycle, social behaviour, and the significant role that sparrows play in human culture, from Shakespeare and Edith Piaf to Captain Jack Sparrow.
The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photography and informative expert text.

Sparrows are often considered familiar to the point of invisibility, but the recent steep decline in numbers of both native British species is a reminder that these unassuming chatterboxes deserve a little more attention.
Of all the true sparrow species found worldwide, only two occur in the British Isles. Globally, the story of the House Sparrow is one of dramatic expansion: from humble origins in the Middle East where they spread, along with agriculture, to become the most widely distributed bird on the planet. The smaller, more active Tree Sparrow has also spread extensively, following the domestication of rice rather than wheat, and both species have been heavily persecuted in recent years. In *Spotlight* *Sparrows* , Amy-Jane Beer examines the causes behind the decline of these familiar species, and explores their biology and life cycle, social behaviour, and the significant role that sparrows play in human culture, from Shakespeare and Edith Piaf to Captain Jack Sparrow.
The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photography and informative expert text.

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Roma Eterna

The Roman Empire never fell. Riven by political ambition and internal dissent, thrown into turmoil by rebellion and civil war, it changed and adapted, and somehow it survived. The balance of power between Constantinopolis in the east and Roma in the west ebbed and flowed, but the Empire endured. And it continued to expand, encountering the New World while still dominating the old.
Robert Silverberg’s superbly accomplished and ambitious novel explores over fifteen hundred years of Roman history through the very human stories of some of those who lived it. The young soldier encountering the exoticism of the New World for the first time; the minor official exiled to Arabia, for some misdemeanour, whose meeting with a religious fanatic may have changed the course of history; the military hero seizing his destiny; the innocent British aristocrat witnessing at first hand the bloody destruction of the royal family, and the children who find the last emperor in a decaying house in an old wood are all vividly and memorably portrayed.

The Roman Empire never fell. Riven by political ambition and internal dissent, thrown into turmoil by rebellion and civil war, it changed and adapted, and somehow it survived. The balance of power between Constantinopolis in the east and Roma in the west ebbed and flowed, but the Empire endured. And it continued to expand, encountering the New World while still dominating the old.
Robert Silverberg’s superbly accomplished and ambitious novel explores over fifteen hundred years of Roman history through the very human stories of some of those who lived it. The young soldier encountering the exoticism of the New World for the first time; the minor official exiled to Arabia, for some misdemeanour, whose meeting with a religious fanatic may have changed the course of history; the military hero seizing his destiny; the innocent British aristocrat witnessing at first hand the bloody destruction of the royal family, and the children who find the last emperor in a decaying house in an old wood are all vividly and memorably portrayed.

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Riding the Unicorn

Released in the US for the first time, this is Paul Kearney’s stunning novel of second chances in a world of battle and danger.
John Willoughby is being pulled between worlds. Or he is going mad, ‘riding the unicorn’ as his prison officer colleagues would say. It’s clear to Willoughby it must be the latter. Disappearing in the middle of his prison shift from among convicts, appearing in a makeshift medieval encampment for minutes before tumbling back to the real world, Willoughby believes his mind is simply breaking apart.
He finds no solace at home, with a wife who has grown to dislike him and a daughter who can barely hide her disgust. He’s realised he isn’t worth anyone’s time, barely even his own, and falls into drinking and violence guaranteed to bring about his downfall. Except in this other world, in this winter land of first-settlers he is a man with a purpose, a man upon whom others must rely. Persuaded to kill a King so as to save a people, Willoughby finds that in another world, with a second chance he may be the kind of man he had always wanted to be after all. **

Released in the US for the first time, this is Paul Kearney’s stunning novel of second chances in a world of battle and danger.
John Willoughby is being pulled between worlds. Or he is going mad, ‘riding the unicorn’ as his prison officer colleagues would say. It’s clear to Willoughby it must be the latter. Disappearing in the middle of his prison shift from among convicts, appearing in a makeshift medieval encampment for minutes before tumbling back to the real world, Willoughby believes his mind is simply breaking apart.
He finds no solace at home, with a wife who has grown to dislike him and a daughter who can barely hide her disgust. He’s realised he isn’t worth anyone’s time, barely even his own, and falls into drinking and violence guaranteed to bring about his downfall. Except in this other world, in this winter land of first-settlers he is a man with a purpose, a man upon whom others must rely. Persuaded to kill a King so as to save a people, Willoughby finds that in another world, with a second chance he may be the kind of man he had always wanted to be after all. **

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Reuse Methodology Manual for System-On-A-Chip Designs

Reuse Methodology Manual for System-on-a-Chip Designs, Third Edition outlines a set of best practices for creating reusable designs for use in an SoC design methodology. These practices are based on the authors’ experience in developing reusable designs, as well as the experience of design teams in many companies around the world. Silicon and tool technologies move so quickly that many of the details of design-for-reuse will undoubtedly continue to evolve over time. But the fundamental aspects of the methodology described in this book have become widely adopted and are likely to form the foundation of chip design for some time to come. Development methodology necessarily differs between system designers and processor designers, as well as between DSP developers and chipset developers. However, there is a common set of problems facing everyone who is designing complex chips. In response to these problems, design teams have adopted a block-based design approach that emphasizes design reuse. Reusing macros (sometimes called “cores”) that have already been designed and verified helps to address all of the problems above. However, in adopting reuse-based design, design teams have run into a significant problem. Reusing blocks that have not been explicitly designed for reuse has often provided little or no benefit to the team. The effort to integrate a pre-existing block into new designs can become prohibitively high, if the block does not provide the right views, the right documentation, and the right functionality. From this experience, design teams have realized that reuse-based design requires an explicit methodology for developing reusable macros that are easy to integrate into SoC designs. This manual focuses on describing these techniques. Features of the Third Edition: Up to date; State of the art; Reuse as a solution for circuit designers; A chronicle of “best practices”; All chapters updated and revised; Generic guidelines – non tool specific; Emphasis on hard IP and physical design.

Reuse Methodology Manual for System-on-a-Chip Designs, Third Edition outlines a set of best practices for creating reusable designs for use in an SoC design methodology. These practices are based on the authors’ experience in developing reusable designs, as well as the experience of design teams in many companies around the world. Silicon and tool technologies move so quickly that many of the details of design-for-reuse will undoubtedly continue to evolve over time. But the fundamental aspects of the methodology described in this book have become widely adopted and are likely to form the foundation of chip design for some time to come. Development methodology necessarily differs between system designers and processor designers, as well as between DSP developers and chipset developers. However, there is a common set of problems facing everyone who is designing complex chips. In response to these problems, design teams have adopted a block-based design approach that emphasizes design reuse. Reusing macros (sometimes called “cores”) that have already been designed and verified helps to address all of the problems above. However, in adopting reuse-based design, design teams have run into a significant problem. Reusing blocks that have not been explicitly designed for reuse has often provided little or no benefit to the team. The effort to integrate a pre-existing block into new designs can become prohibitively high, if the block does not provide the right views, the right documentation, and the right functionality. From this experience, design teams have realized that reuse-based design requires an explicit methodology for developing reusable macros that are easy to integrate into SoC designs. This manual focuses on describing these techniques. Features of the Third Edition: Up to date; State of the art; Reuse as a solution for circuit designers; A chronicle of “best practices”; All chapters updated and revised; Generic guidelines – non tool specific; Emphasis on hard IP and physical design.

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