My First Reading Library Level 1&2 A box set of 50 paperback editions from the award-winning Usborne Very First Reading and First Reading series to inspire your child as he or she learns to read.The first 22 Very First Reading titles let your child, with your help, take the first steps in reading, following the phonics methods used in schools.The next 12 books are delightful short stories for children to try reading themselves, taken from the Usborne First Reading series Level One.16 further books with slightly longer stories from the Usborne First Reading series Level Two will build stamina and reading confidence.See Extras to view all titles in this box set.
Illustrated Odyssey A beautiful edition of Homer′s classic tale from Ancient Greece, vividly retold to delight modern readers. Dramatic, stylish illustrations bring to life brave Odysseus′ encounters with furious gods, bewitching goddesses, terrifying monsters and a man-eating Cyclops... A beautiful gift for any child who loves adventure stories.
Turner: The Extraordinary Life And Momentous Times Of J. M. W. Turner Franny Moyle tells the story of the man who was considered visionary at best and ludicrous at worst. A resolute adventurer, he found new ways of revealing Britain to the British, astounding his audience with his invention and intelligence. Set against the backdrop of the finest homes in Britain, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, this is an astonishing portrait of one of the most important figures in Western art and a vivid evocation of Britain and Europe in flux.Set against this spectacular and ultimately controversial career, Moyle also excavates the private Turner. Psychologically wounded as a child, by a family torn apart by death and mental illness, she suggests a man who could not embrace relationships fully until the very end of his life. Only then did he succumb to his love for the widowed Sophia Booth, concealing this all too human aspect of his life behind an assumed identity. She mines the poignancy of his final years, when, with his health ailing, Turner sought solace in a secret private life that had eluded him before and that he knew would scandalise the new generation of Victorians.
Picture Books Gift Set - 20 Time-Honoured Stories Titles in this collection (20) Jack and the BeanstalkBlack BeautyThe Owl and the PussycatThe Town Mouse and the Country MouseThe Magic Porridge potLittle Red Riding HoodThe Tinder boxThe Wind in the WillowsNoah′s ArkGoldilocks and the Three BearsThe Enormous TurnipSnow White and the Seven DwarfsAlice in WonderlandOld Macdonald had a FarmThe Gingerbread ManThe Story of Robin HoodThe Three Little PigsThe Reluctant DragonAnne of Green GablesCinderella
Spectacles When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn′t kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say ′Why is our house full of this shit?′Sadly, a recycling ′incident′ destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it′s left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as ′Is Mary Berry real?′, ′Is it true you wear a surgical truss?′ and ′Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?′Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.Thank you for reading.
Precocious Fiona Palmer is (un)happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affair.Intercut with the realities of their adult relationship, Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen-year-old. Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship, but it was always one which she controlled.Or did she?
Of All That Ends Suddenly, in spite of the trials of old age, and with the end in sight, everything seems possible again: love letters, soliloquies, scenes of jealousy, swan songs, social satire, and moments of happiness.Only an ageing artist who had once more cheated death could get to work with such wisdom, defiance and wit. A wealth of touching stories is condensed into artful miniatures. In a striking interplay of poetry, lyric prose and drawings, Grass creates his final, major work of art.A moving farewell gift, a sensual, melancholy summation of a life fully lived.
I Contain Multitudes In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage.In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change the way you think about the natural world, and the way you see yourself.
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One In today′s economy the average job tenure is only four years, and falling. Roles change constantly. Even smart, motivated people hit professional plateaus.′What′s next?′ is a question we all have to answer more frequently. But how do you advance without getting stuck?In Pivot, Jenny Blake, co-creator of Google′s Career Guru Programme, shows you how to build upon your assets - your strengths, interests and networks - to launch a new career with meaning and adventure. You will learn how to redirect your energy, scan for opportunities and identify new skills without falling prey to ′analysis paralysis′ or ′compare and despair′.No matter your age, industry, or bank balance, pivoting is the crucial skill you need to stay agile and keep you moving forward.
The Righteous Mind In The Righteous Mind, psychologist Jonathan Haidt answers some of the most compelling questions about human relationships:Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different moral universe? Why do ideas such as ′fairness′ and ′freedom′ mean such different things to different people? Why is it so hard to see things from another viewpoint? Why do we come to blows over politics and religion?Jonathan Haidt reveals that we often find it hard to get along because our minds are hardwired to be moralistic, judgemental and self-righteous. He explores how morality evolved to enable us to form communities, and how moral values are not just about justice and equality - for some people authority, sanctity or loyalty matter more. Morality binds and blinds, but, using his own research, Haidt proves it is possible to liberate ourselves from the disputes that divide good people.′A landmark contribution to humanity′s understanding of itself′ The New York Times′A truly seminal book′ David Goodhart, Prospect′A tour de force - brave, brilliant, and eloquent. It will challenge the way you think about liberals and conservatives, atheism and religion, good and evil′ Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works′Compelling . . . a fluid combination of erudition and entertainment′ Ian Birrell, Observer′Lucid and thought-provoking ... deserves to be widely read′ Jenni Russell, Sunday TimesJonathan Haidt is a social and cultural psychologist. He has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 1995 and is currently a visiting professor of business ethics at New York University′s Stern School of Business. He is the co-editor of Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well Lived, and is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis and continues to enjoy worldwide success today.He’s one of only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band - the other two being Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Revered as a drummer, he’s the only performer of distinction to have appeared at both the UK and US original Live Aid concerts, the creator of numerous worldwide hits, and is an Oscar winner for the song ‘You′ll Be in My Heart′, from the Disney film Tarzan.Phil Collins′ life has also been rich with experience outside of music, starting with his career as a child