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From legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA master Rickson Gracie comes a riveting, insightful memoir that weaves together the story of Gracie’s stunning career with the larger history of the Gracie family dynasty, showing how the connection between mind and body can be harnessed for success both inside and outside the ring. Undefeated from the late 1970s through his final fight in the Tokyo Dome in 2000, Rickson Gracie amassed hundreds of victories in the street, on the mat, at the beach, and in the ring. He has joined the pantheon that includes Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan as one of the most famous martial artists of the twentieth century. Jiu-Jitsu, the fighting style developed and pioneered by his family, has become one of the world’s most prominent martial arts, and Vale Tudo, the “anything goes” style of Brazilian street fighting over which the Gracies had a monopoly, was an early precursor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Simply put, without the Gracie family, there would be no sport of ‘MMA’, no 4-billion-dollar UFC empire, and no ‘Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’ at strip malls all across America. In Breathe, for the first time, Rickson will share the full story of how his father and uncles came to develop Jiu-Jitsu, what it was like to grow up among several generations of world-renowned fighters from the Gracie clan, and the principles and skills that guided him to his undefeated record. From learning to assert himself on the streets of Rio to gaining fame and honour in Japan and emerging through heartbreaking tragedy, the martial arts master shares tales of overcoming challenges, extolling universal virtues and showing readers how pride and ego are the enemies of success. With never-before-seen photos and profound insights into the sport and way of life that only a studied legend can provide, Breathe is an entertaining and magnified view of an enduring legacy.
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12 Bytes
'Briskly and breezily, 12 Bytes joins the dots in a neglected narrative of female scientists, visionaries and code-breakers' Observer Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding and provocative essays from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson Drawing on her years of thinking and reading about Artificial Intelligence in its bewildering manifestations, Jeanette Winterson looks to history, religion, myth, literature, politics and, of course, computer science, to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are happening now. With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most interesting talking points, from the algorithms that data-dossier your whole life, to the weirdness of backing up your brain. 'Her writing engulfs you in lucid, fairytale-like realities that take you on gender-bending and time-warped explorations of religion, love, sex, and sexual identity.' Independent *A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIANFINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD*
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12 Rules for Life : An Antidote to Chaos
12 Rules for Life : An Antidote to Chaos
by Peterson, Jordan B. Health & personal development Hardback
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2021 Guide to the Night Sky : Bestselling Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland
2021 Guide to the Night Sky : Bestselling Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland
by Dunlop, Storm, Tirion, Wil, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy United Kingdom, Great Britain Paperback
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500 Beautiful Words You Should Know
500 Beautiful Words You Should Know
by Taggart, Caroline Language Hardback
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A Girl Called Jack : 100 delicious budget recipes
A Girl Called Jack : 100 delicious budget recipes
by Monroe, Jack Lifestyle, sport & leisure Paperback
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A Higher Loyalty : Truth, Lies, and Leadership
A Higher Loyalty : Truth, Lies, and Leadership
by Comey, James Language Hardback
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A Manual for Heartache
A Manual for Heartache
by Rentzenbrink, Cathy Health & personal development Hardback
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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled
by Wax, Ruby Health & personal development Paperback
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A Promise to Nadia : A True Story of a British Slave in the Yemen
A Promise to Nadia : A True Story of a British Slave in the Yemen
by Muhsen, Zana, Crofts, Andrew Yemen Paperback
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A State of Fear
This is a book about fear. Fear of a virus. Fear of death. Fear of losing our jobs, our democracy, our human connections, our health and our minds. It's also about how the government weaponised our fear against us – supposedly in our best interests – until we were one of the most frightened countries in the world.But why did the government deliberately frighten us? How has this affected us as individuals and as a country? Who is involved in the decision-making that affects our lives? How are behavioural science and nudge theory being used to subliminally manipulate us? How does the media leverage fear? What are the real risks to our wellbeing?Ahead of any official inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura Dodsworth explores all these questions and more, in a nuanced and thought-provoking discussion of an extraordinary year in British life and politics. With stories from members of the general public who were impacted by fear, anxiety and isolation, and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists.
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A Walk In The Woods : The World’s Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
A Walk In The Woods : The World’s Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
by Bryson, Bill Northeastern & North Atlantic states Paperback
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