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Rod Green has worked as an editor and author for more than 35 years. He began working on children's magazines and has since written a wide variety of books for children, covering a whole range of subjects from pirates and giant vehicles to unicorns and Santa Claus. Rod lives in Surrey.
This self-styled little book actually manages to include photos and information on a huge number of tractors, enough to satisfy the most ardent tractor fan. Starting with the steam engines that replaced horses by the 1850s, it features traction engines, two and four wheeled tractors, combine harvesters and crop pickers. It explains the different tasks tractors are used for at home and in other parts of the world with clear photographs and short, informative lines of text. Concluding with a glossary and index it’s a useful and practical first information book and one that will please its intended audience very much. ~ Andrea Reece
Rod Green explores the personal and political intrigues that have dogged the House of Windsor, including the Queen's fascinating relationships with prime ministers from Winston Churchill and Antony Eden to Margaret Thatcher. Set against the colourful backdrop of key events - such as the 'Great Smog' that brought London to a halt in 1952; the IRA murder of Lord Mountbatten during the Northern Ireland 'Troubles'; the crisis triggered by the death of Princess Diana; the wedding of Prince William and his 'commoner' bride, Kate Middleton; the recent wedding of Prince Harry to Hollywood star Meghan Markle; and the changing face of world politics - this is the story not only of the head of a dynasty, but also a history of our times.
What is it about Scotland that people love so much? Scotland is famous for many things, as any Scotsman will happily tell you. The list of Scottish inventions is as long as Loch Ness, stretching from penicillin and the telephone to Irn Bru and Grand Theft Auto but, while that Scotsman is busy explaining how Scotland gave the world whisky, television and Long John Silver, spare a thought for the nation and its people. The Scots are a peculiar race with characters as varied and changeable as the unpredictable Scottish weather. In Scotland people will tell you that they love the summer, it's one of the best days of the year, and that wry sense of humour is what inspires The Wicked Wit of Scotland. This funny and beautifully observed book pulls together stories, quotes, quips and anecdotes from Scots talking about Scotland and others from all over the world relating what they most admire about the country that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling described as `one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world. The history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whisky is delicious. But don't eat the macaroni pies.' Featuring wit and wisdom from writers such as Armando Iannucci and Compton Mackenzie, Stanley Baxter and Neil Munro, the sometimes dubious delights of Scottish cuisine are discussed, along with the culture, folklore, politics and sport that will help us to understand just what makes Scotland tick.
This is a book for the independent and adventurous-minded man. It offers useful but often long-neglected skills and imparts wisdom gleaned from many sources, including servicemen, explorers, mountaineers, sailors and adventurers of every kind. Here, among many other manly virtues, the reader can learn how to: - Navigate by the sun and stars - Tickle a trout - Survive a sandstorm - Safely cross a swollen river - Land a light aircraft - Cope with suspected poisoning - Break up a dogfight In an age when people are less and less self-reliant, Man Up! shows how, with a little forethought and a lot of good sense (and just a few handy implements), coupled with sound background knowledge and the right attitude, difficult and potentially risky situations can be confronted and dealt with. Cheerfully written and admirably concise, the book reaches back to the knowledge and experience of yesteryear, when help was never just a mobile call away, GPS didn't exist, and toughness - mental as well as physical - and independence were valued far above technology. Whether lighting a fire in a downpour, treating a broken limb or harvesting food from the wild, Man Up! will teach you these skills, and many more.
The Trotter family have been pillars of the Peckham community for decades, so when a bin man found this folder of documents at the bottom of the refuse chute in Nelson Mandela Towers and saw that it had official council and even police documents in it, he thought it might be worth something. He passed it to his gaffer, who passed it to his gaffer, and it was then decided that this valuable overview of the area's modern history seen through the experiences of a family whose connections stretch throughout the borough, should be published in the public interest... Documents include the Trotters' family tree, paperwork from Rodney's school days, snapshots from family holidays, and even the first chapter draft of Rodney's novel. The book will be illustrated with never-before-seen memorabilia and ephemera, from Raquel's original dating agency form, from before she met Del, to a set of promt cards Del created for Trigger: 'DON'T let Roy Slater fit you up for stealing 3,000 Green Shield stamps ever again, even if you did get an electric blanket and a toaster when you came out of jail. DO try to remember that Dave is actually called Rodney.'
The best-selling, award-winning master of cross sections presents a selection of well-loved emergency vehicles in this brilliant lift-the-flap book. Look inside an ambulance, police car, fire engine, rescue helicopter, waterbomber, lifeboat and more to find out their inner workings. With over 40 flaps to lift, Stephen Biesty brings his fantastic immersive artwork to a new younger age group in this interactive title.
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