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An unmissable paraquel to the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire is at once a thrilling recap of the books so far, a reference guide to characters, and a treasure-trove of bonus content. As the Skulduggery Pleasant series nears its end (again), relive the adventure in this compendium of all things Skulduggery. Featuring a unique run-down of the books so far, it also includes an invaluable reference tool for the dizzying cast of characters, as well as bonuses, surprises, and a dark story all of its own. The Grimoire is an essential book for any Skulduggery fan.Show more
This audiobook narrated by Christopher Ragland delivers a manifesto for the dawning age of active materials Things in life tend to fall apart. Cars break down. Buildings fall into disrepair. Personal items deteriorate. Yet today's researchers are exploiting newly understood properties of matter to program materials that physically sense, adapt, and fall together instead of apart. These materials open new directions for industrial innovation and challenge us to rethink the way we build and collaborate with our environment. Things Fall Together is a provocative guide to this emerging, often mind-bending reality, presenting a bold vision for harnessing the intelligence embedded in the material world. Drawing on his pioneering work on self-assembly and programmable material technologies, Skylar Tibbits lays out the core, frequently counterintuitive ideas and strategies that animate this new approach to design and innovation. From furniture that builds itself to shoes printed flat that jump into shape to islands that grow themselves, he describes how matter can compute and exhibit behaviors that we typically associate with biological organisms, and challenges our fundamental assumptions about what physical materials can do and how we can interact with them. Intelligent products today often rely on electronics, batteries, and complicated mechanisms. Tibbits offers a different approach, showing how we can design simple and elegant material intelligence that may one day animate and improve itself—and along the way help us build a more sustainable future. Compelling and beautifully designed, Things Fall Together provides an insider's perspective on the materials revolution that lies ahead, revealing the spectacular possibilities for designing active materials that can self-assemble, collaborate, and one day even evolve and design on their own.Show more
Are you an executive leader who wants to create efficient and effective change – and be well rewarded for your success? This audiobook provides a step-by-step approach to help you drive fast, consistent internal innovation and allow your business to react positively to any changes in the market. It explains clearly how to create an agile, innovative organisation that can learn from its own mistakes and become a company that people will fight to work for. When you've listened to this audiobook, you will have: • A step-by-step formula for reacting quickly to any changes in the market • A tool to connect strategy to daily operations • A concept to build a basic change management framework • A technique to measure the impact of software deliveryShow more
From New York Times best-selling author and natural-health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, an illustrated guide and cookbook with smart strategies, cutting-edge research, and 50 delicious recipes to support immunity. For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a wakeup call, forcing us to take a frank look at how well our immune systems could serve us during challenging times. Is your immune health up to par? Could it save you from a monumental threat? In this new book packed with up-to-the-minute information and illustrated with gorgeous photography, natural-wellness expert Dr. Joseph Mercola offers a powerful toolkit for strengthening immunity and supporting health. Eating a wide array of herbs and spices on a regular basis, he explains, can go a long way toward strengthening your immune system and preventing illness. And herbs can be much more than mere culinary seasonings. Upgrade Your Immunity with Herbs showcases 19 different medicinal herbs and spices-from Ashwagandha to Echinacea to Rhodiola-and offers ways to use them in delicious and creative preparations for everything from teas and tonics to full meals. And while there's little question that diet is the most important contributor to immune health, Dr. Mercola also shares insight into other factors that play key roles. You'll discover: § How to know much water you need each day (you may be surprised) § 11 ways to improve your sleep - and your immunity § What vitamins and minerals your diet should include § The common (but easy-to-quit) habit that's linked to cancer, excess inflammation and poor immune health § And more Here is all you need to know to build an immune system you can trust-and eat well in the process. This audio product contains a PDF with supporting material, and the PDF is available to downloadShow more
Brought to you by Penguin. This collection of letters forms a fascinating day-by-day account of Steinbeck's writing of EAST OF EDEN, his longest and most ambitious novel. The letters, ranging over many subjects - textual discussion, trial flights of workmanship, family matters - provide an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck, the creative genius, and a private glimpse of Steinbeck, the man. © John Steinbeck 1969 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
This is THE book on anger, the first book to explain exactly why we get mad, what anger really is - and how to cope with and use it. Often confused with hostility and violence, anger is fundamentally different from these aggressive behaviours and in fact can be a healthy and powerful force in our lives. What is anger? Who is allowed to be angry? How can we manage our anger? How can we use it? It might seem like a day doesn't go by without some troubling explosion of anger, whether we're shouting at the kids, or the TV, or the driver ahead who's slowing us down. In this book, the first of its kind, Dr. Ryan Martin draws on 20 years plus of research, as well as his own childhood experience of an angry parent, to take an all-round view on this often-challenging emotion. It explains exactly what anger is, why we get angry, how our anger hurts us as well as those around us, and how we can manage our anger and even channel it into positive change. It also explores how race and gender shape society's perceptions of who is allowed to get angry. Dr. Martin offers questionnaires, emotion logs, control techniques and many other tools to help readers understand better what pushes their buttons and what to do with angry feelings when they arise. It shows how to differentiate good anger from bad anger, and reframe anger from being a necessarily problematic experience in our lives to being a fuel that energizes us to solve problems, release our creativity and confront injustice.Show more
Edgar Allan Poe, born Edgar Poe, was born in Boston Massachusetts on 19th January 1809 but orphaned at an early age. Taken in by the Allan family his education was cut short by lack of money and he went to the military academy, Westpoint, where he failed to become an officer. His early literary works were poetic but he quickly turned to prose. He worked for several magazines and journals till in January 1845 'The Raven' was published and became an instant classic. Thereafter followed the works for which he is so rightly famed as a master of the mysterious and the macabre. Poe died at the early age of 40 in 1849 in Baltimore Maryland.Poe was also an early proponent of the detective story and announced his entry to this genre with the classic short story 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'.Show more
Edgar Allan Poe, born Edgar Poe, was born in Boston Massachusetts on 19th January 1809 but orphaned at an early age. Taken in by the Allan family his education was cut short by lack of money and he went to the military academy, Westpoint, where he failed to become an officer. His early literary works were poetic but he quickly turned to prose. He worked for several magazines and journals till in January 1845 'The Raven' was published and became an instant classic. Thereafter followed the works for which he is so rightly famed as a master of the mysterious and the macabre. Poe died at the early age of 40 in 1849 in Baltimore Maryland.Poe was also an early proponent of the detective story and announced his entry to this genre with the classic short story 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and followed it with this sequel 'The Mystery of Marie Rogêt'.Show more
The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it. ‘Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it. If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.’ This is Jonathan Franzen’s controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.Show more
Edward Everett Hale was born on April 3rd, 1822, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a prodigy, gifted with extraordinary literary skills. At only 13 he graduated from Boston Latin School and enrolled at Harvard College. There, he settled in with the literary set, won two Bowdoin prizes and was elected Class Poet. He graduated in 1839. Hale now moved on to Harvard Divinity School and joined a group who had broken ranks with Calvinistic theology. These idealistic young people believed they were the vanguard for a moral revolution. They believed man was not totally depraved and that he could strive for higher and better things. Their purpose was to show him how. Hale was licensed to preach as a Unitarian minister in 1842. His literary career started quite late. It wasn't until 1859 that he was first published in the Atlantic with his short story "My Double and How He Undid Me." In 1863 the Atlantic published perhaps his best-known work "The Man Without a Country," written to strengthen support for the Union cause during the Civil War. His style of writing fiction as though it were fact helped readers to believe in the sometimes extravagant premise. He wrote across several literary forms including fiction, history and biography. Throughout his career Hale also published through various magazines using each outlet to advance several social reforms, including religious tolerance, the abolition of slavery and wider education. He was the author or editor of more than sixty books; fiction, travel, sermons, biography and history.Edward Everett Hale died in Roxbury, by then part of Boston on June 10th, 1909 at the age of 87. He was buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.Show more
Benét was born on 22nd July in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His father was a serving Army colonel and his first decade dictated that family life and education was centered at the base his father was serving from. From ten it became a little more stable when he was dispatched for a traumatic year to the Hitchcock Military Academy in San Rafael, California before graduating from the Summerville Academy in Augusta, Georgia and thence to Yale University, at age 17, where he quickly established himself in its deep literary traditions. He edited as well as contributed a selection of light verse to the campus humor magazine, The Yale Record, and gave freely and generously of his time thereafter to keep Yale producing new literary talents. Prodigiously his first book was published at 17 and for he obtained his M.A. in English when he submitted a poetry volume as his thesis.Whilst travelling in France, in the early 20s, he met and quickly married a fellow writer and poet, Rosemary Carr. She would also collaborate with him on several works. In Paris he wrote the book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War 'John Brown's Body', for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.Benét was immensely gifted. A mere glance at his literary CV dazzles with literary gems. Some of his poems seem to foretell both the rise of machines and of Fascism. He won the O'Henry Award on three occasions, for his short stories as well as an incredible four Pulitzers; two for poetry and two for short stories. Add in his several novels, speech-writing, radio scripts and various other pursuits and you have some measure of the man. In 1930, Benét was hit with debilitating attacks of arthritis of the spine which made the rest of his life one of much pain and discomfort.Stephen Vincent Benét died in his wife's arms on 13th March 1943 of a heart attack in New York City. He was 44. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Western Star, an ambitious and projected five, six or nine book narrative poem (there are various accounts of its projected length) on the settling of the United States, for which he only finished the first book.Show more
Richard Edward Connell Jr was born on the 17th October 1893, in Poughkeepsie, New York. He began his writing career as a journalist for The Poughkeepsie Journal as well as attending Georgetown College for a year and then Harvard University. At Harvard, Connell edited The Lampoon and The Crimson. He subsequently worked for The New York American and as a copy writer for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson.During the First World War Connell served in France with the US Army and was the editor of his camp's newspaper.After the war, he turned to writing short stories, and eventually wrote over 300 of them for the periodicals and journals of the day including regular contributions to The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. The attention of his audience kept him popular for decades. He is perhaps best remembered for his macabre short story 'The Most Dangerous Game', written in 1924. In 1942 he was even nominated for an Academy Award (Best Original Story) for the Frank Capra movie 'Meet John Doe' based on his story 'A Reputation'.Richard Connell died on 22nd November 1949 in Beverly Hills, California. He was 56.Show more
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