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Brought to you by Penguin. In 1975, as a child, Richard Beard was sent away from his home to sleep in a dormitory. So were David Cameron and Boris Johnson. In those days a private boys' boarding school education was largely the same experience as it had been for generations: a training for the challenges of Empire. He didn't enjoy it. But the first and most important lesson was to not let that show. Being separated from the people who love you is traumatic. How did that feel at the time, and what sort of adult does it mould? This is a story about England, and a portrait of a type of boy, trained to lead, who becomes a certain type of man. As clearly as an X-ray, it reveals the make-up of those who seek power - what makes them tick, and why. Sad Little Men addresses debates about privilege head-on; clearly and unforgettably, it shows the problem with putting a succession of men from boarding schools into positions of influence, including 10 Downing Street. Is this who we want in charge, especially at a time of crisis? It is a passionate, tender reckoning - with one individual's past, but also with a national bad habit. © Richard Beard 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Brought to you by Penguin History is swamped by patriotic myths about the aerial combat fought between the RAF and the Luftwaffe over the summer of 1940. In his gripping history of the Battle of Britain, Len Deighton drew on a decade of research and his own wartime experiences to puncture these myths and point towards a more objective, and even more inspiring, truth. 'The most honest attempt yet to tell how the Battle of Britain really was' Andrew Wilson, Observer 'Revolutionised thinking about the Battle of Britain in a way that has not been seriously challenged since' The Times © Len Deighton 1977 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. A comforting book that will offer relief to anyone moving through intense grief and loss, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shares accessible, healing words of wisdom to transform our suffering. In the immediate aftermath of a loss, sometimes it is all we can do to keep breathing. With his signature clarity and compassion, Thich Nhat Hanh will guide you through the storm of emotions surrounding the death of a loved one. How To Live When A Loved One Dies offers powerful practices such as mindful breathing that will help you reconcile with death and loss, feel connected to your loved one long after they have gone and transform your grief into healing and joy. © Thich Nhat Hanh 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
So magnificent, yet so out of control – Your true essence is hidden behind 'masks' created by transient personas that have hijacked your authentic, genuine, and unfakeable being. You are encouraged and taught to see reality as you are, but the problem with this is that you create a distorted view of actuality. Step forward a fresh new way to dissolving mental, emotional and physical blockages, and becoming unafraid to dive deeper into life's true nature and use it as a platform to unveil the true depths of our unfakeable being, its knowledge and infinite potential in order to achieve even our most ambitious goals in life and become the best, truest version of ourselves. 'The Unfakeable Code® is much more than a simple self-help guide. Within the Book, Selimi explains how perception is merely the tip of the iceberg in how we experience life and its nature. The author, Tony J. Selimi guides readers through a five-step method (many of the principles which Tony has used himself and with others) in order to dissolve the detrimental beliefs, energies, skewed perceptions and habits gathered through our experiences and gained passive knowledge, while simultaneously bestowing the knowledge of life's true secrets and 'how they operate [both] within us and [within] our environment' - a process that regularly occurs for each and every one of us, but mostly goes unseen due to the distraction, obstructions and noise in our lives. In this way, 'The Unfakeable Code®' is an exploration of the intricate network that ties our authentic self together within our environments, and how recognizing the delicate connections between these aspects can help anyone - no matter their past experiences - to grow and flourish in every key area of life.Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. From the UK's foremost literary psychoanalyst, a dazzling new book on the universal urge to change our lives. We live in a world in which we are invited to change - to become our best selves, through politics, or fitness, or diet, or therapy. We change all the time - growing older and older - and how we think about change changes over time too. We want to think of our lives as progress myths - as narratives of positive personal growth - at the same time as we inevitably age and suffer setbacks. So there are the stories we tell about change, and there are the changes we actually make - and they don't always go, or come, together . . . This sparkling book is about that fact. © Adam Phillips 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. 50,000 years ago, we were not the only species of human in the world. There were at least four others, including the Neanderthals, Homo floresiensis, Homo luzonesis and the Denisovans. At the forefront of the latter's ground-breaking discovery was Oxford Professor Tom Higham. In The World Before Us, he explains the scientific and technological advancements - in radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, for example - that allowed each of these discoveries to be made, enabling us to be more accurate in our predictions about not just how long ago these other humans lived, but how they lived, interacted and live on in our genes today. This is the story of us, told for the first time with its full cast of characters. © Tom Higham 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Connect with your higher nature--a practical guide to universal spirituality A spiritual awakening is taking place around the globe--and you can be a part of it. Discover a new expression of faith at the crossroads of world traditions with Modern Spirituality. This inclusive guide is full of everyday applications for spiritual concepts like mindfulness, karma, and your higher nature--helping equip you on the journey to a more meaningful, fulfilling life. Build your personal practice by tapping into key principles of spirituality while cultivating positivity, power, and purpose. Explore exercises to help you activate the ideas and skills you're learning--all supported by modern psychological and scientific understanding. It's time to embark down the path of healing and growth. In Modern Spirituality, you'll find: Accessible spirituality--Learn seven core principles and delve into approachable practices like mindfulness, yoga, and prayer with this easy-to-follow guide. Eye-opening exercises--Discover guided meditations, mind-body exercises, journal prompts, and other effective tools for spiritual and psychological growth. All are welcome--No matter where you are in your journey of spirituality, or whether you have a religious background, you can draw from these lessons and find support. With a blend of proven techniques and traditional principles, Modern Spirituality is your practical guide to a modern spiritual practice.Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. Meet the traders who supply the world with oil, metal and food - no matter how corrupt, war-torn or famine-stricken the source. 'This jaw-dropping study shows how much money and global influence is concentrated in the hands of a tiny group . . . As the authors roam from oilfield to wheatfield, they reveal information so staggering you almost gasp.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Fascinating and revealing . . . A gripping book.' ECONOMIST 'The definitive, eye-opening story of the most powerful and secretive traders in the world.' BRADLEY HOPE, co-author of Billion Dollar Whale The modern world is built on commodities - from the oil that fuels our cars to the metals that power our smartphones. We rarely stop to consider where they come from. But we should. In The World for Sale, two leading journalists lift the lid on one of the least scrutinised corners of the economy: the workings of the billionaire commodity traders who buy, hoard and sell the earth's resources. It is the story of how a handful of swashbuckling businessmen became indispensable cogs in global markets: enabling an enormous expansion in international trade, and connecting resource-rich countries - no matter how corrupt or war-torn - with the world's financial centres. And it is the story of how some traders acquired untold political power, right under the noses of Western regulators and politicians - helping Saddam Hussein to sell his oil, fuelling the Libyan rebel army during the Arab Spring, and funnelling cash to Vladimir Putin's Kremlin in spite of strict sanctions. The result is an eye-opening tour through the wildest frontiers of the global economy, as well as a revelatory guide to how capitalism really works. A Financial Times Best Read of 2021. 'Blas and Farchy shine light on what's long been the financial markets' darkest corner - the crucial, yet underappreciated, role commodity traders play in global finance and geopolitics . . . The World For Sale is a fascinating, eye-opening read.' GREGORY ZUCKERMAN, author of The Man Who Solved the Market 'The World for Sale draws back the covers on a sector where civil wars, dubious regimes and the collapse of states have often been just another business opportunity . . . Intriguing and, at times, alarming.' HELEN THOMAS, Business Editor, BBC Newsnight 'Javier Blas and Jack Farchy should be awaiting the call from Hollywood. The World for Sale contains at least half a dozen narrative threads that would form the basis of a good thriller. But the authors' main achievement is to subject the biggest commodity players, and their impact on the real world, to proper critical scrutiny.' REUTERS 'A remarkable book . . . The colour is fantastic . . . Tracking down some of the biggest names in the business to their German castles and stud farms and persuading them to talk is a rare scoop.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Javier Blas and Jack Farchy deftly peel back the curtain on the amoral swashbucklers of capitalism who trade in commodities . . . The World for Sale is a gripping account of how they achieved their stranglehold over the world economy, and their troubling influence on global politics.' BRAD STONE, author of The Everything Store © Javier Blas, Jack Farchy 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
As gripping as it is gruesome, How to Solve a Murder is a fascinating insight into the career of a pathologist told by experts in the field. Includes a foreword from Dr Richard Shepherd, bestselling author of Unnatural Causes. FRACTURED SKULLS. GAS MASKS. BRAIN BUCKETS. VATS OF ACID. PICKLED BODY PARTS. Not the usual tools of trade, but for Chief Forensic Medical Scientist Derek and Forensic Secretary Pauline they were just part of a normal day in the office inside the world-famous Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London. Derek has played a pivotal role in investigating some of the UK’s most high-profile mass disasters and murder cases. Derek’s innovative work on murder cases, in particular, has seen him credited as a pioneer of forensic medical science, after developing ground-breaking techniques that make it easier to secure a conviction and also identify a serial killer. Warmly recalled and brilliantly told, these intriguing revelations will open your eyes to the dark world inhabited by those who investigate death and murder (typically most horrid), and unveil the secrets of how each case is solved.Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. The short stories of Kingsley Amis - the great master of post-war comic prose - are dark, playful, moving, surprising and extremely funny. This definitive collection gathers all Amis's short fiction in a single volume for the first time and encompasses five decades of storytelling. In 'The 2003 Claret', written in 1958, a time machine is invented for the weighty task of sending a man to 2010 to discover what the booze will taste like. In 'Boris and the Colonel' a Cambridge spy is unearthed in the sleepy English countryside with the help of a plucky horse, while In 'Mason's Life' two men meet inside their respective dreams. The collection spans many genres, offering ingenious alternative histories, mystery and horror, satirical reflections and a devilishly funny attacks. Amis's stories reveal the scope of his imagination and the warmth beneath his acerbic humour, and they all share the unmistakable style and wit of one of Britain's best loved writers. © Kingsley Amis 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. Competition is stiff for the position of sub-librarian in Aberdarcy Library. For John Lewis, the situation is complicated by the attentions of daunting and desirable village socialite, Elizabeth Gruffyd-Williams, who is married to a member of the local Council. Pursuing an affair with her whilst keeping his job prospects alive is John's predicament, as he finds himself running down Welsh country lanes at midnight in a wig and dress, resisting the advances of local drunks and suffering the long speeches of a 'nut-faced' clergyman. At times tenderly satirical and at times riotously slap-stick, Amis sends up an array of rural stereotypes in this story about a man who doesn't know what he wants. © Kingsley Amis 2013 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. Just when Stanley Duke thinks it safe to sink into middle age, his son goes insane. As if that wasn't terrible enough, Stanley finds himself beset on all sides by women - neurotic, cantankerous, half-baked or just plain capricious. As one by one they gnaw away at his composure, Stanley wonders whether insanity is not something with which all women are intimately acquainted. © Kinglsey Amis 1984 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
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