25 Years of Big Ideas

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We publish science, history, politics, philosophy, psychology, humour and much else besides.
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Long before the European Enlightenment, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain advanced our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy.
From Musa al-Khwarizmi who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad to al-Jazari, a 13th-century Turkish engineer whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft and the reciprocating piston,
Ehsan Masood tells the amazing story of one of history’s most misunderstood yet rich and fertile periods in science, via the scholars, research, and science of the Islamic empires of the middle ages.
Science and Islam (Icon Science), Ehsan Masood
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'Queer: A Graphic History Could Totally Change the Way You Think About Sex and Gender' ViceActivist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel.From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’ – Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we’re invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media. Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.
Queer: A Graphic History, Meg-John Barker
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In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world’s most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley as part of the biggest museum evacuation in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. Saving Mona Lisa is the sweeping, suspenseful narrative of their struggle.
Saving Mona Lisa, Gerri Chanel
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World-leading productivity expert Graham Allcott’s business
bible is given a complete update for 2019.

Do you waste too much time on your phone? Scroll through
Twitter or Instagram when you should be getting down to your real tasks? Is your attention easily distracted? We’ve got the solution: The Way of the
Productivity Ninja.

In the age of information overload, traditional time
management techniques simply don’t cut it anymore. Using techniques including
Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage, this fully
revised new edition of How to be a Productivity Ninja offers a fun and accessible guide to working smarter, getting more done and learning to love what
you do again.
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'Reads like a thriller you can't put down' — Megha Rajagopalan, China Bureau Chief, Buzzfeed News

'ensures you’ll never think about Southeast Asia in the same way ever again.' — Geographical Magazine
Essential to understanding Southeast Asia in the 21st century, Hello, Shadowlands reveals a booming underworld of organised crime across a region in flux— a $100 billion trade that deals in narcotics, animals and people —and the staggering human toll that is being steadily ignored by the West.
From Myanmar’s anarchic hills to the swamplands of Vietnam, jihadis are being pitted against brothel workers, pet thieves against vigilantes and meth barons against Christian vice squads.
Hello, Shadowlands takes a deep plunge into crime rings both large and small. It also examines how China’s rise and America’s decline is creating new opportunities for transnational syndicates to thrive.

Focusing on human stories on both sides of this crime wave, the acclaimed Bangkok-based broadcaster and journalist Patrick Winn intimately profiles the men and women of the region who are forced to make agonizing choices in the absence of law.
Hello, Shadowlands, Patrick Winn
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'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' PD Smith, GuardianWhen she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made?Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.
From childcare, education, food and interior design (not to mention 'hygge') to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.
The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
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In volume II of self-standing Short Guides to 25 of the world's greatest operas, Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, and Great Operas provides another compendium in his ebook series.

Much more than a standard reference book, this ranges across influential operas from Monteverdi's Poppea, Gluck'sOrfeo and Weber's Freischütz via Debussy's mysterious and symbolist Pelléas et Mélisande, to Britten's Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Here are Short Guides to Donizetti's comic operas La Fille du Régiment and Don Pasquale, and Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and Smetana's folksy Bartered Bride.

There are guides to dramatic 'historical' operas: Verdi's Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera, The Sicilian Vespers, as well as Mussorgsky's evocative Boris Godunov.

You can be briefed about opera 'shockers', Strauss's Salome and Elektra, Janáček's horrific Jenůfa and Poulenc's emotional Dialogues des Carmélites.

These dramas are tempered by a Short Guide to Norma by Bellini ─ a favourite of Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland ─ and romantic opera such as Massenet's Manon and Werther, Dvořák's charming Rusalka, and Humperdinck's bewitching Hänsel und Gretel.

Alongside plot summaries and notes on musical points of interest, Michael Steen shares expert knowledge with a lightness of touch and wit that makes each guide accessible and easy to read. He delves into the historical and cultural context, picking out snippets of fascinating information to entertain, amuse and enlighten.

These will enhance appreciation and enjoyment at home, in the opera-house and cinema, and facilitate appreciation and discussion in the foyer, at a picnic or just with a glass of champagne. This compendium is an indispensable reference guide for both seasoned opera-goers and those enjoying opera for the first time.
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When should you adopt an aggressive business strategy? How do we make decisions when we don’t have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible?
Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. Economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine explain why, in these situations, we sometimes cooperate, sometimes clash, and sometimes act in a way that seems completely random.
Stylishly brought to life by award-winning cartoonist Tom Humberstone, Game Theory will help readers understand behaviour in everything from our social lives to business, global politics to evolutionary biology. It provides a thrilling new perspective on the world we live in.
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Epigenetics is the most exciting field in biology today, developing our understanding of how and why we inherit certain traits, develop diseases and age, and evolve as a species.

This non-fiction comic book introduces us to genetics, cell biology and the fascinating science of epigenetics, which is rapidly filling in the gaps in our knowledge, allowing us to make huge advances in medicine. We’ll look at what identical twins can teach us about the epigenetic effects of our environment and experiences, why certain genes are 'switched on' or off at various stages of embryonic development, and how scientists have reversed the specialization of cells to clone frogs from a single gut cell.

In Introducing Epigenetics, Cath Ennis and Oliver Pugh pull apart the double helix, examining how the epigenetic building blocks and messengers that interpret and edit our genes help to make us, well, us.
Introducing Epigenetics, Cath Ennis
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Plenty of books on sex suggest that it has to be done in a certain way, or in a certain kind of relationship, or with certain people. This isn’t that kind of book. Enjoy Sex is a truly practical, friendly guide through the confusing, and sometimes alarming, world of sex and sexuality. Its radical approach puts your experience at the heart of the book, and invites you to explore what might be enjoyable to you.
With the authors’ engaging and thoughtful style, the book challenges the messages we receive about ‘normal’ sex, looks at how to understand and care for yourself, delves into ideas of pleasure for different bodies, ages and tastes, explores relationships, and tackles the tricky topics of communication and consent.
So, throw out the rule book and learn to listen to your own desires. This may just be the most helpful book about sex ever.
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Sociology is interested in the ways people shape the society they live in, and the ways society shapes them. Simply, it is the study of what modern society is and how it functions.

In the series’ inimitable style, Introducing Sociology traces the origins of sociology from industrialization, revolution and the Enlightenment through to globalization, neoliberalism and the fear of nationalism – introducing you to key thinkers, movements and concepts along the way.

You will develop insight into the world around you, as you engage your ‘sociological imagination’ and explore studies of the city, theories of power and knowledge, concepts of national, racial and sexual identity, and much more.
Introducing Sociology, John Nagle
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‘At last, a book that tells you exactly where to stick your apostrophe … funny and useful, the perfect stocking filler.’ David Marsh, GuardianApostrophes are a pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly. Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers – wont to insert and remove apostrophes at will, for visual effect – this is a light-hearted pocket-sized guide to getting the things right.Simon Griffin lets off steam so that we don’t have to, showing precisely why ‘Rhianna and Jennifer’s photos were all over the internet’ is quite different to ‘Rhianna’s and Jennifer’s photos’ or what words apostrophes are replacing in sentences such as ‘He’d like you to buy him some cocaine’, or ‘They’ve got it all on camera.’Elegantly produced, this is the perfect gift for any pedant, as well as an indispensable guide in all our moments of grammar-related frustration.*MAY BE SUPPLIED WITH EITHER A GREEN OR BLUE COVER*
Fucking Apostrophes, Simon Griffin
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From a young age, Neymar was identified as a future great of world soccer. Since his move to Barcelona in 2013 he has progressed at an unstoppable rate, not simply coping but thriving under the pressure of expectation.

Having established himself as a vital prong alongside Messi and Suarez in Barcelona's attack, 2015/16 saw him vying to take the starring role. His performances made his a serious contender for the Ballon d'Or, an award long-dominated by the unfaltering Messi and Ronaldo. It now seems only a matter of time before he adds the accolade to his ever-growing trophy collection.

Fully updated and drawing on exclusive interviews with those who have known and worked with him, Neymar paints a compelling picture of the life and career of a global icon.
Neymar – 2017 Updated Edition, Luca Caioli
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Season after season, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to prove that he is one of football’s true greats. A three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and the man whose astonishing goalscoring feats have fired much of Real Madrid’s recent success, he is driven by an insatiable desire to succeed and to improve himself year after year.

Here Madrid-based journalist Luca Caioli tells the inside story of the global superstar, featuring insights from those who know him best: coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself.

Updated to include all the action from 2014/15 – a campaign in which he claimed the European Golden Shoe for a record fourth time – Ronaldo lays bare the career of a modern footballing icon.
Ronaldo – 2017 Updated Edition, Luca Caioli
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Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of our time: a magician with uncanny ability to beat defenders, find space and score goals. 2016 saw him win the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time, further emphasising his status as the greatest footballer in the world today, and possibly ever.

Messi is Luca Caioli’s classic portrait of modern football’s undisputed superstar, now fully updated to include all the action from 2015/16. Featuring exclusive testimony from those who know him best, including coaches, teammates and even Messi himself, it offers an unrivalled behind-the-scenes look at the life of a football superstar.
Messi – 2017 Updated Edition, Luca Caioli
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'Gavin's insightful teaching should be available to all' Bruce Daisley, VP Europe, Twitter
Think negotiation is a boardroom battlefield? Think again.We all need to negotiate in our professional and personal lives, but negotiation doesn’t have to be a fight to get what you want. In fact, you’ll create better deals and better relationships through collaboration.
In Negotiation, Gavin Presman shares his ethical and mutually-beneficial approach, showing you how to prepare for and engage in every negotiation to achieve better results for yourself and others – whether you’re drawing up a contract with a new client, buying a house or, often the trickiest of all, settling family disagreements.
With step-by-step guidance, illustrative examples and checklists to refer back to, this is a practical and empowering guide that will improve the negotiating skills of any reader, enhancing personal and professional relationships in the process.
Negotiation, Gavin Presman
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Change can often seem like an impossible task, but this practical book will help you put it into perspective. With guidance from two experts, you’ll recognise the behaviours and thoughts that hold you back, and will develop skills to think more positively, act more calmly and feel better about yourself.

Using the same tools employed by CBT practitioners, this book is full of activities and experiments to explore and challenge, stories and exercises to provide perspective, and a clear framework to encourage and guide you. The authors’ friendly and supportive approach will help you learn to manage recurrences of negative thinking and behaviours, and to develop strong coping strategies.

CBT incorporates the latest therapies and research, including ACT and mindfulness, and explicitly addresses problem areas like insomnia and depression.
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THE INCREDIBLE AS-IT-HAPPENED STORY OF LEICESTER CITY’S MARCH TO PREMIER LEAGUE VICTORY

In August 2015 bookmakers priced Leicester at 5000–1 to win the Premier League – the same odds as Elvis being found alive.
On 2 May 2016, the impossible happened – Leicester won, to ecstatic celebrations in the city and around the world.
Relive this remarkable season with Rob Tanner, the Leicester Mercury ’s chief football writer, from the great escape of 2015 to the curtain-closer at Stamford Bridge, via Ulloa’s last-gasp winner at Norwich and Vardy’s stunning volley against Liverpool.
Detailing the key matches and turning points, Tanner’s book tells the inside story of Leicester City’s heroic year of triumph – and the players who under Claudio Ranieri’s inspired leadership became the most unlikely champions in football history.
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THIS IS A FREE EBOOK SAMPLER. IT INCLUDES THE FIRST 30 PAGES
OF THE FULL BOOK. If you would like to purchase Natalie Reynolds’ We Have a Deal in full, you can do so with all good ebook retailers.
In this sampler,
you’ll develop an understanding of why negotiation matters, types of negotiation, and key mistakes to watch out for when making deals.
We Have a Deal goes beyond negotiation theory, exploring the unwritten rules of deal-making and influencing. Not only will you master the practical skills of negotiating like a pro, you’ll also develop an appreciation
of why it matters, and why others react the way they do in certain negotiating
situations. From developing a flexible approach, to overcoming obstructive
behaviour and other obstacles, this book will help you to understand the underlying motivations and get the best out of every deal.
If you enjoy this free sampler, why not check out the
complete book and master the skills of negotiation?
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From Plato to Virginia Woolf, Structuralism to Practical Criticism, Introducing Literary Criticism charts the history and development of literary criticism into a rich and complex discipline.

Tackling disputes over the value and meaning of literature, and exploring theoretical and practical approaches, this unique illustrated guide will help readers of all levels to get more out of their reading.
Introducing Literary Criticism, Owen Holland
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