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  • In the vineyards, wine caves, and cellars of France as war and occupation came to the country winemakers acted heroically not only to save the best wines but to defend their way of life. This title presents the true stories of vignerons who sheltered Jewish refugees in their cellars and of winemakers who risked their lives to aid the resistance.

  • @2@@20@'A LOT OF US WOULD LIKE A RUBIN IN OUR LIVES'@21@ @18@The Times Magazine@19@ - @20@'JUST READ THIS BOOK... IT'S EXCELLENT'@21@ Viv Groskop - @20@'FASCINATING, PERSUASIVE'@21@ @18@Guardian@19@@3@@2@ Many experts suggest one-size-fits-all solutions for habit change, but as we all know from experience, there's no single magic answer. @18@Better Than Before@19@ shows us how to understand habits and to change them for good, and gives us the thrill of recognition and relief, because at last, we'll have the vocabulary and framework to change our habits successfully. Solutions exist!@16@Along the way, Rubin uses herself as a guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers some of the most pressing questions - oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore: @16@- Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?@16@- I want to help someone else make a change. But how?@16@- Why do practically all dieters gain the weight back - plus more?@16@- How quickly can I change a habit?@16@- Why can I make time for everyone else, but can't make time for myself?@16@Whether you want to get more sleep, finish a project, maintain a healthy weight, or stop checking devices, habits make it possible. With Rubin's signature mix of rigorous research and easy humour, @18@Better Than Before@19@ will make us eager to start work on our own habits - even before we've finished the book.@3@

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  • @2@@20@**A refreshingly original biography for fans of The Darkest Hour**@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@'The must-read biography of the year.' @18@Evening Standard@19@@21@@3@@2@@20@'@21@@20@He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' @18@The Times@19@@21@@3@@16@@2@@20@The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.@21@@3@@2@On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, and written in conjunction with the Churchill Estate, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.@3@@2@Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he embraced large-scale strategic bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. @3@@2@@20@Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. @21@@16@@20@ @21@@16@@20@@18@The Churchill Factor@19@ is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.@21@@3@

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  • A wake-up call for all managers working for international companies... A warning sign for all those multinational companies that risk getting on the radar of the American justice system

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  • The international bestselling story of one British soldier's brave choice to exchange places with a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz.

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  • TV's queen of transformation, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, shares unmissable beauty secrets, and her top 10 recipes for style: the best wardrobe investment you'll make all year.

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  • Published to coincide with two Darwin anniversaries in 2009, this is a compelling look at the evolution/creationism debate

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  • In the Mediterranean, one of the most fought-over regions in the world, the figures of potentates and conquerors appear god-like: Thutmosis, Leonidas, Xerxes, Pyrrhus, Hannibal, Caesar and Vercingetorix. This is the history of incredible men, brave and reckless, lucky and ill-fated.

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  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama interprets the ancient wisdom of the Buddha for the modern world. He speaks to us abour the paths to self- realisation, and the need to overcome negative emotions in order to develop one's inner consciousness.

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  • 'I asked Jai what she has learned since my diagnosis,' Randy Pausch wrote about his wife in The Last Lecture. 'Turns out, she could write a book titled Forget the Last Lecture; Here's the Real Story.' In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own journey, from wife and mother to caregiver, widow and parent to three young children. She paints a vivid portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people who faced a grim prognosis and the gut-wrenching decisions it often required.

    With advice artfully woven into a personal narrative, Dream New Dreams will resonate note only with the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture an international bestseller, but also to all those who are embarking on a journey of loss and recovery themselves.

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  • @2@@20@'Lively...in giving us the daily details of their lives in the women's own voices Dunlop does them and us a fine service' New Statesman@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@'Dunlop is engaging in her personal approach. Her obvious feminine empathy with the venerable ladies she spoke to gives her book an immediacy and intimacy.' Daily Mail@21@@3@@2@@20@'An in-depth picture of life in Britain's wartime intelligence centre...The result is fascinating, and is made all the more touching by the developing friendships between Dunlop and her interviewees.' Financial Times@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@18@The Bletchley Girls@19@ weaves together the lives of fifteen women who were all selected to work in Britain's most secret organisation - Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.@3@@2@The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War wasn't matched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations. There had always been girls at the Park but soon they outnumbered the men three to one.@3@@2@A refugee from Belgium, a Scottish debutante, a Jewish 14-year-old, and a factory worker from Northamptonshire - the Bletchley Girls confound stereotypes. But they all have one common bond, the war and their highly confidential part in it. In the middle of the night, hunched over meaningless pieces of paper, tending mind-blowing machines, sitting listening for hours on end, theirs was invariably confusing, monotonous and meticulous work, about which they could not breathe a word.@3@@2@By meeting and talking to these fascinating female secret-keepers who are still alive today, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary journeys into an adult world of war, secrecy, love and loss. Through the voices of the women themselves, this is a portrait of life at Bletchley Park beyond the celebrated code-breakers, it's the story of the girls behind Britain's ability to consistently out-smart the enemy, and an insight into the women they have become.@3@

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  • 1917, post-Russian Revolution, an unlikely and eccentric band of British spies are smuggled into newly Soviet Russia to thwart Lenin's plan to destroy British rule in India, as a precursor to toppling the democracies of the West. The spies, under Mansfield Cumming, were the unsung founders of the present-day MI6.

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  • John Follain, who covers Italy for the Sunday Times, tells the definitive inside story of this extraordinary case.

    Shortly after 12.30pm on 2 November 2007, Italian police were called to the Perugia home of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. They found her body on the floor under a beige quilt. Her throat had been cut.

    Four days later, the prosecutor jailed Meredith's flatmate American student Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend. He also jailed Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter. Four years later Knox and Sollecito were acquitted amid chaotic scenes in front of the world's media.

    Uniquely based on four years of reporting and access to the complete case files, Death In Perugia takes readers on a riveting journey behind the scenes of the investigation, as John Follain shares the drama of the trials and appeal hearings he lived through.

    Including exclusive interviews with Meredith's friends and other key sources, Death in Perugia reveals how the Italian dream turned into a nightmare.

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  • English is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. Melvyn Bragg explores the story of the English language - from its beginnings as a minor Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language.

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  • Provides the application of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual values to the world of work. This book shows us how to place our working lives into the context of our lives as a whole. It helps us to reach a pathway that can lead us to true life fulfilment and purpose.

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  • The bestselling account of the Battle of Trafalgar, by the authors of FINEST HOUR Two hundred years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte dominated Europe and threatened Britain with invasion. Against him stood the Royal Navy and the already legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson.

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  • Takes a look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. This work puts the English national character under the anthropological microscope, and finds a strange culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. It also discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.

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  • While Lance Price was Alasdair Campbell's deputy in the Downing Street Press Office at the end of the 1990s and then Director of Communications at the Labour Party, he kept an informal journal of his experiences. This title publishes these diaries that offer a perspective of Tony Blair as Prime Minister and the kind of government he runs.

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  • Presents the story of the Sicilian mafia, the world's most famous, most secretive and most misunderstood criminal fraternity. This book reconstructs the history of the Sicilian mafia from its origins, from the lemon groves and sulphur mines of Sicily, to the streets of Manhattan.

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  • Graham Hancock's multi-million bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returned with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light. On the heels of the very successful hardcover edition, Hancock returns with this paperback version including two chapters brimming with recent reporting of fresh scientific advances (ranging from DNA to astrophysics) that substantially support the case. Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap. The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilizing the Earth's crust and causing the global Deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world. A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding, occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gives for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as 'the Sages', 'the Magicians', 'the Shining Ones', and 'the Mystery Teachers of Heaven'. They travelled the world in their great ships doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilization burning. They settled at key locations - Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in the Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru and across the Pacific where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia. Everywhere they went these 'Magicians of the Gods' brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price. A memory and a warning to the future... For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12,800 and 11,600 years may not be done with us yet. Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide 'dark' fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within its debris stream and threatens the Earth. An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe, and in the Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt,warns that the 'Great Return' will occur in our time...

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