A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker
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A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker
Publisher : Michael Joseph (30th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 336 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241542736 SIGNED COPY   About the Author Matt Baker is our much-loved television presenter, and from Blue Peter, to Countryfile, to The One Show, he has charmed a nation. Matt grew up in County Durham on a hill farm before his career in entertainment began. As a teenager he was a British champion gymnast and when Blue Peter was looking for a new presenter Matt put together a striking showreel somersaulting in the farmyard and riding a unicycle. In his seven years on the show Matt won two BAFTAs for Best Presenter two years in a row and a Royal Television Society Award. Matt has also presented Radio 4's Open Country, Secret Britain, One Man and His Dog, as well as starring in a host of musicals and presenting BBC Sport's Gymnastics coverage for many years. Matt has raised over 40 million pounds for Children In Need with his Rickshaw Challenge, and is also a trustee of the charity. Matt lives with his wife, children, his sheepdogs and his many beloved farm animals.
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Aftershocks by Anne Fine
A family mix-up means Louie has to tag along with his engineer father and his team as they head for a routine job in the farthest flung and most neglected province of the Federation. A massive earthquake, with ensuing tsunami, devastates the entire isolated coastal region, laying bare the other-worldly manner in which the silent and strange Endlanders deal with life, death, and the hinterlands of memory and loss. Their curious and unsettling ways raise ghosts for Louie, who has recently lost his own brother. This modern fable - part ghost-story, part coming-of-age novel, and part astute social and family observation - explores the ways in which grief can affect not only individuals, but communities at large.   a weird and wonderful triumph; a challenging, powerful book – this is Fine at her very best The Times Children's Book of the Week, February 2022 -- Alex O'Connell ― The Times fast-paced and vivid -- Charlotte Cripps ― The Independent The former Children's Laureate never writes the same book twice and this is a startlingly original concept: part a dystopian story of a climate affected future, part very creepy ghost story, part coming of age, part an agonisingly accurate portrait of a family under stress and ultimately a philosophical examination of how individuals and society handle death and grief. If this sounds a lot for a relatively slim novel, be reassured that you are in the hands of an expert who writes without a wasted word... A brilliantly rewarding read. -- Joy Court ― LoveReading4Kids Anne Fine has crafted a story which is gripping, atmospheric, deeply moving and full of wisdom... I am astounded by the power of this book. -- Veronica Price ― V's View from the Bookshelves The most life-affirming book I have read regarding grief and the hold it can have over those who are left behind. -- Sarah Broadley ― My Book Corner blog A very other-worldly novel that explores ideas of loss and grief both on a macroscopic and microscopic level and the kinds of collateral damage that can arise from this within families... how well Anne realises the emotional capacity of boys and how timely that feels amidst discussions on toxic masculinity. -- Jake Hope ― reading consultant ... a gripping supernatural yet spiritual read that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. -- Emma Kuyateh ― Primary Teacher Bookshelf
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Britney Spears – The Woman In Me
Britney Spears – The Woman In Me
SPRAYED EDGE INDIE EDITION Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery UK; 1st edition (24 Oct. 2023) Language ‏ : ‎ English Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1398522527   Description The Woman in Me is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope. In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in history. One of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop music, Britney has more than 150 million records to her name including hits like Oops I Did it Again, Womanizer, Toxic and many more. In 2021, Britney was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and her album Blackout was added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives in 2012. Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.
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Cheesed Off! by Jake Hope
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ UCLan Publishing (3 Mar. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912979748
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912979745
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby - 7 years
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  Join the fun with photos, presents, party foods and some special surprise guests in this enjoyable and engaging story...   "Whisker twitchingly fun!" - The Daily Mouse's Nose Paper   "A brie-lliant party story!" The Cheesy Smellograph
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Diamond by Jessie Keane
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Diamond by Jessie Keane
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (3 Feb. 2022) Language ‏ : ‎ English Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 544 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529363047 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529363043 Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 4.8 x 23.6 cm   SIGNED COPY BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Richard Beaumont, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her?
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Free Speech: And Why It Matters
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Free Speech: And Why It Matters
ISBN: 978-0349135380 Author: Andrew Doyle Cover: Paperback Pages: 144 Language: English Category: Democracy, Religious History of Christianity, Political Science   Each book is sold with a signed bookplate (Publication Date - 25th Feb 2021)   The Keystone of Civilisation Free speech is one of the most important issues of our time. With increased political division, more and more are calling for greater restrictions on our ability to speak our minds. In this incisive and fascinating book, Andrew Doyle addresses the most common concerns of free speech sceptics, and offers a timely and robust defence of this most foundational of principles. Over the past decade, many people have detected a pattern of minor changes in our culture. A new identity-based conceptualisation of ‘social justice’ has brought with it a mistrust of unfettered speech, appealing for greater intervention from the state. And yet without free speech, no other liberties exist. In the age of identity politics – with the collusion of Big Tech enabling some voices to be heard and silencing others, such as Parler – defenders of the concept run the risk of being accused of complicity with those considered repellent. But there is no contradiction in holding individuals in contempt for their repugnant views and simultaneously defending their right to express them. We all have a right to incivility, just as we have the right to opinions that are considered to be beyond the purview of permissible thought. Likewise, those who wish to criticise such forms of dissent are free to express their disapproval however they see fit within the law. This is the liberal system, and it works. Andrew Doyle believes the concept of free speech is nothing less than the keystone of our civilisation. Readers may have reservations about this view. Readers may believe that unlimited speech enables the worst elements among us to commit harm. But a society that abandons freedom of expression risks exacerbating the very problems about which many of us are rightly concerned. ‘Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.’ – John Milton, Areopagitica Andrew Doyle is a writer, broadcaster and satirist whose commentary on political and cultural issues is regularly published in the national press. He is a panellist on The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) and often appears on Sky News. In 2019, he toured the UK with his stand-up show Friendly Fire. He is the author, as Titania McGrath, of the satirical books Woke: A Guide to Social Justice and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism. He has a doctorate in Renaissance literature from the University of Oxford, where he also worked as a stipendiary lecturer. He was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast.  
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Frontline by Dr Hilary Jones
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Frontline by Dr Hilary Jones
Publisher : Welbeck (2nd Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 464 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1787397521 SIGNED COPY   Review 'The doctor hits the spot and deserves to be read' Jeffrey Archer 'My diagnosis is that Frontline is a story to get the heart racing' Daily Express 'An enthralling tale and Jones' medical expertise never gets in the way of the action' Daily Mirror 'Dr Hilary is a master storyteller, and Frontline is an utterly absorbing page-turner' Lorraine Kelly, CBE 'Frontline succeeded where (Sebastian Faulks') Birdsong failed; in actually making me cry' National Federation of Pensioners magazine. Book Description The first book in a series charting the rise of a prominent British medical family in the twentieth century. From wars to a pandemic, the discovery of penicillin to the birth of the NHS, successive generations of the Burnett family are at the vanguard of life-saving developments in medicine. About the Author Doctor Hilary Jones is a General Practitioner and regular contributor to multiple newspapers and television shows. He is a well-known and trusted face to millions in the UK.
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Odd Boy Out by Gyles Brandreth
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Odd Boy Out by Gyles Brandreth
Publisher : Michael Joseph (16th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 448 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241483718 SIGNED COPY   Review Hilarious, ribald, eye-popping, unforgettable, will make you laugh out loud ― Daily Mail A whirlwind of witticisms and of funny tales, both short and tall . . . 'I feel I have lived my life in a magic garden where the sun is always shining' he writes, and in Odd Boy Out he offers us yet another glimpse of that bright, shining sun ― Mail on Sunday Warm, witty, charming. A moving and very affectionate family history. An enthusiast for life ― The Times A fabulous raconteur with a great many tricks up his sleeve. His infectious zest for life means he has a story for almost every well-known person you can think of ― Daily Telegraph A magnificent raconteur. A witty account of a most unusual life ― Independent Brilliant pen portraits of his father and myriad friends present a framework for Gyles's contemplation of his extraordinary life. Light-hearted and dark events alike are described with his customary deceptively jaunty style, making them funny, moving, and sometimes deeply shocking -- Sheila Hancock Staggeringly brilliant, funny and touching, I loved it -- Joanna Lumley A hilarious and revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family ― Eastern Daily Press He's cheery, fun and has a fabulous grasp of the English language, so Gyles Brandreth's autobiography makes for a scintillating read. His hilarious - and sometimes moving - account of his life from early childhood days through to the adult world of politics and television is candid. It is also a story around his everyday family life, and about happiness, ambition and love. It offers a fascinating insight into a portrait of Britain, too ― People’s Friend Magazine Hugely enjoyable. Engaging ― Choice Magazine About the Author Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox. Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.
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Standing on the Shoulders – Dan Walker
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Standing on the Shoulders – Dan Walker
Publisher : Headline (13th Oct. 2022) Language : English Hardcover : 368 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1472291271   Signed Copy.  
'SUCH AN INCREDIBLE READ' ZOE BALL 'ONE OF THE YEAR'S MOST INSPIRING BOOKS' HOLLY WILLOUGHBY With a foreword by 2021 Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, and including chapters on Rose and her mum, the 3 Dads Walking, Martin Hibbert, Paul and Nick Harvey, the heroes of Fishmongers' Hall, and Jimi Olubunmi-Adewole. Dan Walker is back, determined to keep shining a light on the kindness, compassion and selflessness which continue to characterise so many people and their actions right across the country. As one of the UK's leading journalists, Dan has made it his life work to focus on people who often act as the catalysts for change: the unheralded champions who frequently go without getting the recognition they deserve. The new book from the author of the bestselling Remarkable People contains a totally fresh batch of humble heroes whose actions, bravery and determination have helped shape their communities. Standing on the Shoulders asks who are these little-known marvels and what makes them tick? What do they have in common? What can we all learn from them? Is there something special in the chain of events? What does it take to make a lasting impact on others? History can be cruel and forgetful to those who don't shout about their own success or good deeds, but Standing on the Shoulders is a beautifully-written and illuminating celebration of ordinary people and the extraordinary things they do. It is also a timely reminder of the goodness and positivity that drives us forward during challenging times.
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The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry
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The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry
Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (14th Oct. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 224 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241542736 INDIE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COPY Lenny Henry's hilarious adventure, The Boy with Wings, is for readers of 9 to 12 and illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell. Includes an exclusive comic book adventure illustrated by Mark Buckingham. An ordinary kid is about to become an EXTRAORDINARY hero! Wings? Check. A super-cool, super-secret past? Check. An impossible mission to save the world from a fur-ocious enemy? Check. When Tunde sprouts wings and learns he’s all that stands between Earth and total destruction, suddenly school is the least of his problems. Luckily, his rag-tag group of pals have got his back, and with his new powers, Tunde is ready to fly in the face of danger. So what if he can’t even stand up to the school bully? He’s the boy with wings – this is his destiny. No pressure then. . . About the Author Sir Lenny Henry has risen from being a star on children's television to becoming one of Britain's best known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. He is co-founder of Comic Relief. Lenny is a strong advocate for diversity and has recently co-written the book Access All Areas: The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond.
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The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse
The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse
Publisher : Special indie Edition Language : English Cover Type: Paperback ISBN-13 : 978-1509806911   INDIE SPECIAL EDITION   'Another meticulously researched and stunningly written novel by a much-loved and highly accomplished author. I adored it!' - Santa Montefiore Piracy. Romance. Revenge. Across the seas of the seventeenth century, two seafarers are forced to fight for their lives. The sequel to The City of Tears, The Ghost Ship is the third novel in the Joubert Family Chronicles from bestselling author Kate Mosse. The Barbary Coast, 1621. A mysterious vessel floats silently on the water – its hull splintered and its sails tattered and burnt. For months the Ghost Ship has hunted pirates to liberate enslaved prisoners. Now it – too – finds itself hunted. But the ship’s crew hides a secret, and the stakes could not be higher. The bravest among them are not who they seem: if arrested, they will hang for their alleged crimes. Can they survive their journey and escape their fate? A sweeping and epic love story, The Ghost Ship is a tale of adventure and buccaneering, love and revenge, stolen fortunes, piracy and hidden secrets on the high seas.
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The Hotel Avocado – Bob Mortimer
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The Hotel Avocado – Bob Mortimer
Publisher : HB Royal Language : English Cover Type: Hardcover ISBN-13 : 978-1398529625   INDIE SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION   THE HILARIOUS AND GRIPPING NEW NOVEL BY NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR BOB MORTIMER Gary Thorn is struggling with a big decision. Should he stay in London, wallowing in the safety of his legal job in Peckham and eating pies with his next door neighbour, Grace and her dog Lassoo, or should he move to Brighton, where his girlfriend Emily is about to open The Hotel Avocado? Either way, he’d be letting someone down. But sinister forces are gathering in a cloud of launderette scented vape smoke, and the arrival of the mysterious Mr Sequence puts Gary in an even worse predicament: soon he might be dead. All Gary wants is a happy life. But he also wants to be alive to enjoy it… PRAISE FOR THE SATSUMA COMPLEX ‘Funny, clever and sweet’– Sunday Times ‘The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut whose surrealist humour sets it apart’ – Observer
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