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A Life Beyond Boundaries

Author: Benedict Anderson

Publisher: Verso (2016)

Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. He was expelled from Suharto's Indonesia after revealing the military to be behind the attempted coup of 1965, an event which prompted reprisals that killed up to a million communists and their supporters. Banned from the country for thirty-five years, he continued his research in Thailand and the Philippines, producing a very fine study of the Filipino novelist and patriot Jose Rizal in The Age of Globalization. In A Life Beyond Boundaries, Anderson recounts a life spent open to the world. Here he reveals the joys of learning languages, the importance of fieldwork, the pleasures of translation, the influence of the New Left on global thinking, the satisfactions of teaching, and a love of world literature. He discusses the ideas and inspirations behind his best-known work, Imagined Communities (1983), whose complexities changed the study of nationalism. Benedict Anderson died in Java in December 2015, soon after he had finished correcting the proofs of this book. The tributes that poured in from Asia alone suggest that his work will continue to inspire and stimulate minds young and old.

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Accessing Books - A Guide For Dyslexic Adults

Author: Anon

Publisher: (2015)

A new free resource book on dyslexia is available. Although written mainly for adults who have dyslexia it may be of interest to a more general audience that includes parents of children with dyslexia. Written anonymously by an adult who has dyslexia it takes a holistic approach to reading. It describes skills, alternative formats (large print sources, audio source, audiobook sources etc.) and dyslexia friendly options, Also, it considers why an adult might want to engage with books (benefits, strategies), the position regarding copyright and more.

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And On That Bombshell

Author: Richard Porter

Publisher: Orion Books Ltd (2016)

I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. I basically used to check spelling and think of stupid gags about The Stig. I also got to hang around with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It didn't feel like something you should get paid for. From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, working on Top Gear was quite a rollercoaster ride. We crossed continents, we made space ships, we bobbed across the world's busiest shipping lane in a pick-up truck. We also got chased by an angry mob, repeatedly sparked fury in newspapers, and almost killed one of our presenters. I realised that I had quite a few stories to tell from behind the scenes on the show. I remembered whose daft idea it was to get a dog. I recalled the willfully stupid way in which we decorated our horrible office. I had a sudden flashback to the time a Bolivian drug lord threatened to kill us. I decided I should write down some of these stories. So I have. I hope you like them. And now, a quote from James May: 'Richard Porter has asked me to "write a quote" for his new book about the ancient history of Top Gear. But this is a ridiculous request. How can one "write a quote"? Surely, by definition, a quote must be extracted from a greater body of writing, for the purpose of illustrating or supporting a point in an unrelated work. I cannot "write a quote" any more than I could "film an out-take". 'Porter, like Athens, has lost his marbles.' - James May

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Esther The Wonder Pig

Authors: Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (2016)

In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever. It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need. Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek's adventure from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

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Etiquette For Renaissance Gentlemen

Authors: Baldesar Castiglione, George Bull

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

A classic guidebook for noblemen Upon its publication in 1528, Castiglione’s handbook was considered something of an instant classic and went on to influence upper-class life and manners for centuries to come, as well as much of the Italian literature that followed it. Using a discussion among courtiers ‘soldier-scholars’ as a framing device, these excerpts from Castiglione’s landmark volume touch upon such wide-ranging topics as love, war, women, politics, art and religion, providing us with a fascinating glimpse into Renaissance thought. The Book of the Courtier is published in Penguin Classics.

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How To Use Your Enemies

Author: Baltasar Gracián

Part of a series: Penguin Little Black Classics

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2015)

A seventeenth-century Spanish priest's shrewd maxims on using guile and pragmatism to succeed in a dangerous world

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Little Victim: The Real Story Of Britain's Vulnerable Children And The People Who Rescue Them

Authors: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2011)

In Baby X we learned how super-tough cop Harry Keeble and his colleagues in Hackney's Child Protection Unit rescued dozens of kids, faced lynch mobs and undertook the impossible job of interviewing paedophiles. Now, in Little Victim, Harry takes us through an extraordinary year in the life of the unit, as the team investigates some of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever encountered. These include a middle-class mother who shook her baby to death, the children kept in a cage, the rape of a three-year-old boy and an innocent grandfather falsely accused of paedophila. Little Victim provides a unique insight into the complex issue of child abuse in the UK. Continuing his battle to bring Britain's child abusers to justice, Harry is pushed right to the edge as he confronts horrors past and present.

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Mainstream Books - What Constitutes A Good Choice For You

Author: Anon

Publisher: (2015)

An activity that supports people with dyslexia to engage with mainstream books.

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Notes On A Nervous Planet

Author: Matt Haig

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (2018)

The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. - How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? - How do we stay human in a technological world? - How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

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OCR A2 Psychology Student Book

Authors: Alan Bainbridge, William Collier, Sandra Latham

Publisher: Heinemann (2008)

This Student Book is tailored to the 2008 OCR A Level Psychology specification - Heinemann work closely with the Psychology team at OCR to provide the best support they can. This text includes comprehensive support for all four options at A2 to engage students. It features student-friendly exam support - the unique Exam Cafe pages giving students a motivating way to prepare thoroughly for their exams. There is support for all options - at A2, you choose two options from a possible four. They're all included in this "A2 Student Book", providing all the support needed in one place. It also includes interactive, engaging activities and weblinks that will really get students thinking.

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