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A collection of political tales-first published in British workers' magazines-selected and introduced by acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, unique tales inspired by traditional literary forms appeared frequently in socialist-leaning British periodicals, such as the Clarion, Labour Leader, and Social Democrat. Based on familiar genres-the fairy tale, fable, allegory, parable, and moral tale-and penned by a range of lesser-known and celebrated authors, including Schalom Asch, Charles Allen Clarke, Frederick James Gould, and William Morris, these stories were meant to entertain readers of all ages-and some challenged the conventional values promoted in children's literature for the middle class. In Workers' Tales, acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen brings together more than forty of the best and most enduring examples of these stories in one beautiful volume. Throughout, the tales in this collection exemplify themes and ideas related to work and the class system, sometimes in wish-fulfilling ways. In "Tom Hickathrift," a little, poor person gets the better of a gigantic, wealthy one. In "The Man Without a Heart," a man learns about the value of basic labor after testing out more privileged lives. And in "The Political Economist and the Flowers," two contrasting gardeners highlight the cold heart of Darwinian competition. Rosen's informative introduction describes how such tales advocated for contemporary progressive causes and countered the dominant celebration of Britain's imperial values. The book includes archival illustrations, biographical notes about the writers, and details about the periodicals where the tales first appeared. Provocative and enlightening, Workers' Tales presents voices of resistance that are more relevant than ever before.Show more
Teachers are the most important determinant of the quality of schools. We should be doing everything we can to help them get better. In recent years, however, a cocktail of box-ticking demands, ceaseless curriculum reform, disruptive reorganisations and an audit culture that requires teachers to document their every move, have left the profession deskilled and demoralised. Instead of rolling out the red carpet for teachers, we have been pulling it from under their feet. The result is predictable: there is now a cavernous gap between the quantity and quality of teachers we need, and the reality in our schools. In this book, Rebecca Allen and Sam Sims draw on the latest research from economics, psychology and education to explain where the gap came from and how we can close it again. Including interviews with current and former teachers, as well as end-of-chapter practical guidance for schools, The Teacher Gap sets out how we can better recruit, train and retain the next generation of teachers. At the heart of the book is a simple message: we need to give teachers a career worth having.Show more
Lucy's life is being made hell by Melanie Prosser and her bullying sidekicks - the present takers - who threaten her every day at school for presents and money. Too ashamed to tell her parents, and too scared to tell her teacher, Lucy finds an unexpected ally in Angus Burns. But when push comes to shove, there's only one thing to do: take on the present takers at their own game, to silence them once and for all.Show more
A teenage sailor disappears from HMS Defiance, an infamous closed case reopens, and Lieutenant Danielle Lewis fights for truth and survival in this high-octane military thriller.After events aboard the submarine HMS Tenacity, Lieutenant Danielle "Dan" Lewis of the Royal Navy's Kill Team was warned not to pursue those responsible. She should walk away and stop investigating, but her thirst for justice means she can't let it go.But even as Dan defies the order, continuing to track a sailor on the run, her investigative skills are needed on a new case. A young Wren (member of the Women's Royal Naval Service) has gone missing from the warship Defiance, last seen going aboard but never seen leaving. There is no trace of the girl, and Dan must work her way through a web of witness accounts to uncover what might motivate her to run-or what might motivate a predator to take her.Following in the wake of the missing girl, Dan soon closes in on her quarry but is forced to question whether she is the one who was being hunted all along.Show more
The only audiobook for all self-respecting girls from the team behind THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS'The Daring Book for Girls' is the manual for everything that girls need to know - and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes!There have been pale imitations of our 'Dangerous Book for Boys' trying to create the same for girls. But nothing has achieved that same feeling of freedom and adventure that the 'Dangerous Book' had in abundance. But now 'The Daring Book for Girls' will fill that gap. It is a real daring book written by real girls for real girls. And what real girls want, just look at their comments on-line, is adventure, excitement, and just as much danger as the boys.So here we present to you Famous Women Spies and Pirates, Women Who Changed the World, How to Make and Fly a Kite, Seven Daring Wonders of the World, How to Survive in the Wild, and how to try to begin to understand why boys show you they fancy you by pulling your hair.The only cooking you'll find in 'The Daring Book for Girls' is cooking over a fire, in the wilderness, while your friends tell you ghost stories to scare you witless!Show more
Once upon a time, Eden had it all; she was one of the most successful young singers in the UK, and the darling of the pop industry. Life couldn't have been better. But just two years after a sell-out tour, Eden is regarded as a has-been, better known for her drinking and the kiss-and-tell stories that a string of men have sold to the papers. Desperate to get back in the big time, Eden begins recording a new album with songwriter Jack Steele, a man who drives her crazy for all the wrong reasons. And then she's asked to be a judge on the TV talent show Band Ambition. It's just the break she needs and she's determined not to mess it up, so falling in love with Stevie, a contestant on the show, is probably not a very good idea. But Eden has always followed her heart, and she is sure Stevie is 'the one'. But is Eden setting herself up for another fall?Show more
Two hundred meters below the ocean’s surface, you can’t run, you can’t hide, and the truth won’t set you free. An officer hangs himself in the engine room of naval submarine HMS Tenacity. A woman’s murder bears disturbing similarities to an old case. Lieutenant Danielle “Dan” Lewis grasps for the truth—before it submerges in the gray waters of the English Channel. Cramped, claustrophobic, and under strict command, the confines of HMS Tenacity are unwelcoming in the best of circumstances. For Dan, the only female aboard, who must methodically interrogate a tight-knit and hostile crew, it’s her own special place in hell. Recently reassigned to the Special Investigation Branch’s Kill Team, Dan’s hardheaded reputation precedes her. But facing an obstinate ship’s company, a commanding officer too eager to close the case, and a constant threat of unfriendly male interest, she learns that under enough pressure, everyone has their breaking point. “The murky world of submarines and murder make Tenacity addictively readable, and memories of it linger like dreams.”—Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling authorShow more
A brand new detective series with a supernatural twist – The X Files meets Line of Duty in your next obsession! ‘Detective fiction with a refreshing difference – tense and twisted’ Susi Holliday ‘A brilliant, clever murder mystery’ Jane Casey Even in your dreams you’re not safe… The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye. It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moony – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moony wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that. Does she? As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies. Twisty, original and compelling, SLEEP TIGHT is perfect for fans of Alex North and Cara Hunter. PRAISE FOR C.S. GREEN: ‘Brilliant’ Jenny Blackhurst ‘Unusual, intriguing and funny in places’ Sinead Crowley ‘I read it one sitting, totally gripped’ Erin Kelly ‘Had me gripped from first page to last’ Ruth WareShow more
'Sex Addiction: A Guide for Couples and Those Who Help Them is a practical book that provides empathic support, guidance, information and pragmatic strategies for couples who want to survive sex and porn addiction - whether that's together, or apart. Sex and porn addiction devastates couple relationships, and unlike the impact of infidelity, there is no 'before' to get back to and no 'after'. This book adopts the metaphor of a boat, presenting addiction as the tidal wave that devastates the relation-ship, leaving both crew members fighting for survival. There's guidance to ensure each partner makes it safely back to shore and advice on surveying the damage to your relation-ship and deciding if you want to save it and set sail again. You'll find practical advice for both the partner and the addicted partner, including first-hand accounts of couples that have already undertaken the journey. 'Show more
Despite her fascination with Jack the Ripper, Detective Constable Lacey Flint has never worked a big case or seen a dead body up close. Until now... As she leaves a south London estate one night, she is horrified to find a woman has been viciously stabbed, right next to Lacey's car. Thrown headlong into her first murder hunt, Lacey's quiet life changes overnight. Then Lacey receives a familiar hand-delivered letter, written in red blood, and it is clear the police have a Ripper copycat on their hands. Lacey must be the bait if they are to prevent a second, brutal murder. But can this inexperienced DC outwit a killer whose infamous role model has never been found?...Show more
Series 6-9 of the BBC Radio comedy drama following the fortunes of three forty-something sisters Sisters Anna, Victoria and Charlotte are back for four more series, in which relationships are forged, hearts are broken and family ties are strained - but not severed. Older sister Anna continues to live her life on her own terms, despite her sisters' insistence on being there for her. But when she suffers a couple of knocks to her confidence and needs a shoulder to cry on, they are too self-absorbed to be any use. Fortunately, niece Emily provides moral support, and Anna reciprocates with some down-to-earth advice about Emily's love life. With their daughter away at university, Emily's parents find themselves reassessing their marriage. Roger is tempted to stray, while Victoria become even more insecure - and a death in the family sends shock waves rippling in unexpected directions. Meanwhile, Charlotte's star rises and falls, as she makes her soap opera debut and finally acquires celebrity status, only to have her bubble cruelly burst. With her acting career seemingly on the decline, she embarks on a quest to find herself - and makes some surprising discoveries... Written by Simon Brett, this much-loved sitcom stars Rosemary Leach as Anna, with Angela Thorne as Victoria, Celia Imrie and Felicity Montagu as Charlotte, Lisa Coleman as Emily and Bill Nighy as Roger. Produced by Maria Esposito (Series 6-8) and Simon Brett (Series 9) Music composed by Elizabeth Parker, BBC Radiophonic Workshop Cast Anna - Rosemary Leach Victoria - Angela Thorne Charlotte - Celia Imrie/Felicity Montagu Roger - Bill Nighy Eddie - James Greene Emily - Lisa Coleman With Edward de Souza, Christian Rodska, Joanna Monro, Will Ing, Jane Gibson, Alan Cowan, Alison Skilbeck, Simon Brett, Tracy-Ann Obermann, Bruce Alexander, James Vaughan, Colin Starkey, Kenny Blythe, Natalie Casey, Jason Done, Michael Jayston First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14 July-18 August 1999 (Series 6), 31 January-7 March 2001 (Series 7), 2 January-6 February 2002 (Series 8), 1 January-5 February 2003 (Series 9)Show more
The final four series of this BBC Radio comedy drama about sisterhood and sibling rivalry In these final four series, Anna is trying to remain calm and centred in the midst of the familial chaos that surrounds her. Her sisters Victoria and Charlotte are more combative than ever, and when a row blows up between them, Anna is stuck in the middle. Having graduated from university, her niece Emily is preparing for marriage and motherhood. But her wedding plans cause ructions, as Victoria and Charlotte make her celebrations all about them. The baby's birth sends Victoria into competitive granny mode - while Anna receives a heart-warming surprise. Having dallied with a string of lovers, Charlotte finally gets engaged - but there are more twists to come in her complicated love life. Her professional life is in turmoil too: with daughter Gisele starring in a TV series, will Charlotte keep chasing her own big break as an actress, or try and make it as a model instead? As the sisters look forward to new beginnings, one thing is certain - they'll always have each other... Scripted by Simon Brett, this hugely popular comedy stars Rosemary Leach as Anna, with Angela Thorne as Victoria, Celia Imrie and Felicity Montagu as Charlotte and Lisa Coleman as Emily. Written and produced by Simon Brett Music composed by Elizabeth Parker, BBC Radiophonic Workshop Cast Anna - Rosemary Leach Victoria - Angela Thorne Charlotte - Celia Imrie/Felicity Montagu Roger - Bill Nighy/Jonathan Coy Eddie - James Greene Emily - Lisa Coleman Nick - Kieran Hill George - Bruce Alexander With Sheila Mitchell, Richard Syms, James Vaughan, Bridget McConnell, Rowland Davies, Richenda Carey, Bruce Alexander, Judy Flynn, Marianne Borgo, Stephen Thorne, Bill Wallis, Colin Starkey, Susan Jameson, Jon Glover, Chris Emmett, Joanna Monro, Michael Simkins First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January-3 March 2004 (Series 10), 19 January-23 February 2005 (Series 11), 26 April-31 May 2006 (Series 12), 11 April-16 May 2007 (Series 13)Show more
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