A Year of Simply Living (Signed)
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A Year of Simply Living (Signed)
Instead of barging through the day on autopilot, really stop to think about the tiniest little things that added a moment of joy. No, of course stopping and smelling the flowers won't cure all our ills and woes. But taking the time to savour the things that bring pleasure, really being in that moment and appreciating it, can remind you that most days have moments that buoy your mood.' - JO ELVIN, MAIL ON SUNDAY YOUIf there is one thing that most of us aspire to, it is, simply, to be happy. And yet attaining happiness has become, it appears, anything but simple. Having stuff - The Latest, The Newest, The Best Yet - is all too often peddled as the sure fire route to happiness. So why then, in our consumer-driven society, is depression, stress and anxiety ever more common, affecting every strata of society and every age, even, worryingly, the very young? Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt?So what is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we've lost sight of the things - the simple things - that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That make us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple? Kate Humble's fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring - and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.
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And Away by Bob Mortimer
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And Away by Bob Mortimer
Publisher : Gallery UK (16 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 352 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1398505292 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 16th September 2021.   The long-awaited first autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer. Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away… Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie to You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him ‘The Cockroach King’ after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing. Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny, And Away… is Bob’s full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure.)
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Belonging: The Autobiography by Alun Wyn Jones
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Belonging: The Autobiography by Alun Wyn Jones
Publisher : Macmillan; Air Iri OME edition (16 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 320 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529058093 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 16th September 2021.   SIGNED COPY   Alun Wyn Jones is the most capped rugby player of all time. Seen by many as one of the greatest ever Welsh players, he has won three Grand Slams for Wales and was named the best player of the 2019 Six Nations Championship. Born in Swansea, AWJ made his test debut for Wales in June 2006 against Argentina, and came to prominence in the 2007 campaign before Wales won the Grand Slam in 2008. And he has not looked back. In March 2009 against Italy he captained the Welsh side for the first time before being selected on the 2009 Lions Tour of South Africa. He was subsequently selected for the 2013 Lions Tour of Australia and the 2017 Lions Tour of New Zealand. On 31 October 2020, against Scotland, he became the most capped rugby player of all time, with 149 caps. Brilliant, honest and combative, his autobiography, written with Tom Fordyce, is the story of one of the most compelling and singular figures in rugby. Told with unflinching honesty, this is the ultimate book for all fans of the sport.
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Buccaneer Boys (Signed)
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Buccaneer Boys (Signed)
This lavishly-illustrated book traces the history of the aircraft and the tasks it fulfilled. In addition to describing events and activities it provides an insight into the lifestyle of a Buccaneer Squadron and the fun and enjoyment of being a 'Buccaneer Boy' in addition to being part of a highly professional and dedicated force.
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Canberra Boys (Signed)
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Canberra Boys (Signed)
Fascinating accounts from the operators of an English Electric Classic.
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Dara McAnulty – Wild Child
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Dara McAnulty – Wild Child
Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (8 July 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 64 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529045321   SIGNED COPY, with FREE fold-out poster.   Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty – winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist – on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi sensory journey. This beautiful gift book, illustrated in full colour by Barry Falls, is divided into five sections: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland and wandering on the river bank. Dara pauses to tell you about each habitat and provides fantastic facts about the native birds, animals and plants you will find there – including wrens, blackbirds, butterflies, tadpoles, bluebells, bees, hen harriers, otters, dandelions, oak trees and many more. Each section contains a discovery section where you will have a closer look at natural phenomenon such as metamorphoses and migration, learn about categorization in the animal kingdom or become an expert on the collective nouns for birds. Each section finishes with an activity to do when you get home: plant wild flowers, make a bird feeder, try pond dipping, make a journey stick and build a terrarium. Dara ends the book with advice for young conservationists.
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Fast Forward : Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist: Volume II
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Fast Forward : Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist: Volume II
ISBN: 978-1472132574 Author: Stephen Morris Cover: Hardback Pages: 464 Language: English Category: Biography   This book is signed with a bookplate   To mark the publication of ‘Fast Forward’, Stephen Morris’s new book about his New Order years, an extended and free-to-view in conversation with DJ/writer Dave Haslam will be broadcast on Thursday 26th November by Gorilla TV, a free online channel founded by Tim Burgess and his team. 'Fast Forward’ by Stephen Morris is the sequel to his acclaimed ‘Record Play Pause’ which covered his early life and his time with Joy Division. The book is published by Little, Brown on 3rd December 2020. To watch the Stephen Morris interview on Thursday 26th November, and to view the archive of Gorilla TV shows to date; https://gorillatelevision.com  
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Fleet Air Arm Boys
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Fleet Air Arm Boys
Volume One: Air Defence Fighter Aircraft since 1945 True Tales from Royal Navy Air Crew, Maintainers and Handlers
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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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Glorious Rock Bottom (Signed Bookplate)
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Glorious Rock Bottom (Signed Bookplate)
DARK, HONEST, UPLIFTING. THIS IS A SOBRIETY MEMOIR LIKE NO OTHER. 'This is a book that tears down walls.' Marian Keyes'Bryony Gordon is a terrific, compassionate writer whose razor-sharp honesty slices through every sentence of this compelling memoir.' Liz Day'Poetic, raw and very important.' Fearne CottonBryony Gordon is a respected journalist, a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning mental health campaigner. She is also an alcoholic. In Glorious Rock Bottom Bryony opens up about a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom - for her, a traumatic event and the abrupt realisation that she was putting herself in danger, time and again - saved her life. Known for her trademark honesty, Bryony re-lives the darkest and most terrifying moments of her addiction, never shying away from the fact that alcoholism robs you of your ability to focus on your family, your work, your health, your children, yourself. And then, a chink of light as the hard work begins - rehab; twelve-step meetings; endless, tedious, painful self-reflection - a rollercoaster ride through self-acceptance, friendship, love and hope, to a joy and pride in staying sober that her younger self could never have imagined. Shining a light on the deep connection between addiction and mental health issues, Glorious Rock Bottom is in turn, shocking, brutal, dark, funny, hopeful and uplifting. It is a sobriety memoir like no other.
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