The Signals Are Talking
By Amy Webb
A Washington Post BestsellerWinner of the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in Business TechnologyAmy Webb is a noted futurist who combines curiosity, skepticism, colorful storytelling, and deeply reported, real-world analysis in this essential book for understanding the future. The Signals Are Talking reveals a systemic way of evaluating new ideas bubbling up on the horizon-distinguishing what is a real trend from the merely trendy. This book helps us hear which signals are talking sense, and which are simply nonsense, so that we might know today what developments-especially those seemingly random ideas at the fringe as they converge and begin to move toward the mainstream-that have long-term consequence for tomorrow.With the methodology developed in The Signals Are Talking, we learn how to think like a futurist and answer vitally important questions: How will a technology-like artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, biohacking, bots, and the Internet of Things-affect us personally? How will it impact our businesses and workplaces? How will it eventually change the way we live, work, play, and think-and how should we prepare for it now?Most importantly, Webb persuasively shows that the future isn't something that happens to us passively. Instead, she allows us to see ahead so that we may forecast what's to come-challenging us to create our own preferred futures.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart (Books 1-4)
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Meet Jack Stalwart. Code name: COURAGE.Jack is an ordinary kid who becomes a secret agent by night, thwarting evil all over the world as he searches for his missing brother, Max.The critically acclaimed bestselling middle grade series, now available in omnibus for the first time!
The Smarter Screen
By Shlomo Benartzi, Jonah Lehrer
The typical office worker now spends the majority of their waking hours staring at a screen. In the 21st century, every business is a digital business, which is why it's so critical to understand how we think and behave online.Acclaimed behavioural economist Shlomo Benartzi has teamed up with science writer Jonah Lehrer to reveal a toolkit of cues and nudges for the digital age. Using provocative case-studies and engaging reader exercises, Benartzi shows how businesses can update their nudges to help consumers make better decisions on screens. Up-to-the-minute research will help optimise your business's online presence, from designing a webshop that helps your customers find what they are looking for, to laying out your website so that it both attracts and holds attention.This book will help you transform the challenges of the digital world into powerful new opportunities that will drive your success.
The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers
By Dawn Dais
They're getting bigger. And you're not getting any more sleep.Second in the Sh!t No One Tells You series, in The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers Dawn Dais tells it like it is - again - offering real advice for parents of growing children. Filled with tips, encouragement, and a strong dose of humour, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers is a survival handbook for parents on the edge.Chapters include: You Suck at This. It's not just your imagination. Walking Is Hard. Bruising is considerably less difficult. Remember When You Judged Other Parents? Prepare to eat your words, with a side of karma's a bitch. Restaurants Are Battle Zones. Spoiler Alert: You are not the victor. Kids Get Sick. Then everyone gets sick. This Childhood Will Be Televised. Hello, camera phones. Your TV Has Been Hijacked. By things with very high-pitched voices. Coming from one empathetic parent to another, the tips in this book are real, clever, honest, and designed to make life with a terrible two- or three-year-old a little bit more manageable. Hilarious, helpful, and handy, this book will be appreciated by any parent who has asked: Why didn't anybody warn me that unconditional love would be so much work?"
By Nora Roberts
Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives...Meara Quinn is in trouble. Fiercely independent and scarred by a tough childhood, she is convinced that love is for other people. She is certainly not going to fall for Connor O'Dwyer - her best friend's brother. He may be drop dead gorgeous, with a good heart and a wicked smile, but he's never taken his relationships seriously. Safer for them to stay friends, share the odd pint - nothing more. And loving Connor would be a dangerous business. With his sister Branna and his American cousin Iona, Connor has inherited a dark gift, passed down through generations. The cousins use their powers for good, but they are being hunted by evil. An evil that is determined to destroy them - and everyone they care for... In the enchanted woods of County Mayo, Meara must fight the one thing she fears the most - her own heart.
The Soul of It All
By Michael Bolton
After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has cemented himself as one of the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lvied thus far - into the venues, busses, limos and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed 'vagabond vampire' life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies and torments.From a 14-year-old kid performing in dive bars to struggling to provide for his wife and kids, to finally breaking thorugh with the Soul Provider album, Bolton has fought for and earned a life most just dream of. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his life, chock-ful of all the incredible stories, and the star-studded cast you'd expect, including: Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 14: The Mission to Find Max: Egypt
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
The Mission to Find Max (Book 14) Jack joined the Global Protection Force for two reasons: to thwart evil around the world and to rescue his brother, Max, who went missing while working as a GPF agent. The GPF refused to share any details with Jack about Max's whereabouts, but on two previous missions, Jack had collected clues that pointed to Max is being in Egypt. Now Jack has reason to believe that King Tut's diadem-a crown thought to have magical powers-is the cause of Max's disappearance. The crown was so important that King Tut was buried with it on his head, but when the boy-pharaoh's tomb was opened in 1922, an assistant archaeologist named Omar Massri stole the artifact. Could a descendant of Massri somehow be involved in Max's disappearance? Jack and his old friend Kate must prevent an ancient and terrible curse of the pharaohs from wreaking havoc, or else Egypt-and Jack's brother-could be doomed.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 13: The Hunt for the Yeti Skull: Nepal
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
The Hunt for the Yeti Skull (Book 13) Jack has become the most decorated secret agent for the Global Protection Force, but during the day he's still just an ordinary kid who has to put up with annoying people-like Marko Mayer, a new student in Jack's rock-climbing class. When Jack and Marko race to the top of the wall, Marko stomps on Jack's hand and wins-then has the nerve to gloat! But Jack has no time to sulk-the GPF needs him in Nepal. A plane carrying a team of scientists has gone missing over Mount Everest. They were thought to be carrying the first true Yeti skull ever recovered-proof that the legendary Abominable Snowman really existed. Jack quickly discovers that a greedy collector is behind the theft-and he may have hired Jack's archnemesis for the job. Can Jack and his fellow agents use their climbing skills to brave the highest mountain on earth and recover the priceless skull?
She Bets Her Life
By Mary Sojourner
What sets She Bets Her Life apart is Mary Sojourner's ability to take both an objective and a deeply personal look at the psychological and physiological impact of gambling addiction on women. Having lived it, Sojourner is brutally forthcoming, and with her penchant for research and fact-finding, the narrative is teeming with important information and resources to help steer women with gambling addictions (and their loved ones) toward help and healing.
Start & Run A Restaurant 2nd Ed
By Carol Godsmark
This book covers all apsects of the restaurant business - from initial start-up, to building up a regular trade. Running a restaurant can be a most rewarding and stimulating business - both on the personal and financial level, if you approach it with professionalism and dedication, together with inagination and flair. This book is full of up-to-date information for the aspiring or novice restaurateur, as well as those already in the business and striving to meet customer expectations. It covers: - Business and financial planning - Getting planning permission - Planning, designing and equipping the kitchen and restaurant - Dealing with environmental health officers and their required standards - Choosing a name, marketing the business and getting into guides - Planning the menu and choosing your suppliers You'll find all you need to know for the day-to-day running of the restaurant, plus tips from several experienced restaurateurs.Acknowledgements; Foreword; Preface; 1. Running your own restaurant; 2. Choosing your restaurant; 3. Location, design and legal requirements; 4. Financing your business; 5. Running a safe business; 6. Design and equipment for the kitchen and restaurant; 7. Marketing your business; 8. Staffing for the well-run restaurant; 9. Designing menus; 10. Choosing suppliers; 11. Wine and other drinks; 12. The day to day running of your restaurant; 13. Customer relations and being a customer; Glossary; Useful contacts; Bibliography; Index.
Start and Run a Residential Letting Agency
By Steve Martin
The letting industry is booming. With most properties too expensive for people to get on the housing ladder, a dearth of lending instruments, the need for a flexible and transient workforce, high divorce rates, and an increase in immigrants coming to the UK, more and more people are looking for rental accommodation. The requirement for professional letting and managing agents is high. Providing you have some business acumen and determination, you can run a successful lettings business without any specific prior knowledge. This book will provide much of the information you will need, and shows you how and where to get additional information, training and resources. The book provides a complete guide to starting and running your own residential letting agency even if you have no previous knowledge of the industry. It will also provide valuable information for anyone buying into a lettings franchise, or for people already working in the industry.Contents: Acknowlegements; Preface; 1. Background to the property letting and Management Business; 2. Where do I start?; 3. Setting up the Business; 4. Marketing; 5. Business Finance; 6. Staffing your Business; 7. Customer service and Exceeding Customer's Expectations; 8. Business Legal Requirements; 9. Complying with the Latest Letting Regulations and Legislation; 10. The Letting Process; 11. The Property Management Process; 12. Client Accounting Procedures; 13. Additional Income Sources; 14. The Next Step - Expanding and Diversifying; Index
Speaking For Myself: The Autobiography
By Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair's much-anticipated autobiography takes the reader from a childhood in working-class Liverpool to the heart of the British legal system and then, as the wife of the Prime Minister, to 10 Downing Street. It has been an astonishing journey for a woman whose unconventional childhood was full of drama, and who grew up with a fierce sense of justice. Cherie Blair was the first British Prime Minister's wife to have a serious career, rising to the top of her profession at a young age, only to find herself in a new and challenging role in the public eye. In her autobiography she will speak for the first time about what it was like to combine this role with her full and rewarding life as a working mother. As a barrister and a judge, Cherie Blair is used to speaking on behalf of other people. At last she speaks for herself, offering a warm, intimate and often very funny portrait of a family living in extraordinary circumstances.
Saints And Sinners: Omnibus 6
By Tom Holt
PAINT YOUR DRAGON - The cosmic battle between Good and Evil ... But suppose Evil threw the fight? And suppose Good cheated? When sculptress Bianca's recreation of St. George and his scaly chum gets a bit too life-like it opens up a whole new can of wyrms ... The dragon knows that Evil got a raw deal and is looking to set the record straight. And George (who cheated) thinks the record's just fine as it is. OPEN SESAME - Just as the boiling water was about to be poured on his head and his life flashed before his eyes, Akram the Terrible, the most feared thief in Baghdad, knew that this had happened before. Many times. And he was damned if he was going to let it happen again, just because he was a fictional character. Meanwhile, back in Southampton, Michelle gets a bit of a shock when she puts on her Aunt Fatima's ring and the computer and the telephone start to bitch at her. But that's nothing compared to what the kitchen appliances have to say ...
By Robin Pilcher
Since the split of her 18-year marriage, Liz Dewhurst has lived with her son, Alex, and her father on their family farm on the east coast of Fife. Liz's acrimonious divorce and the decline of the business has left them burdened with debt - Liz wants to keep the farm but her father feels it sensible to sell to a company who wants to make the land into a golf course. The arrival of Arthur, a professor, seems to bring more trouble but Liz's misgivings about taking in a lodger evaporate when she realises that not only does Arthur's presence help her lonely father but that she too, enjoys his company. Arthur, also divorced, is anxious to live life to the full, and asks Liz to accompany him on a trip to Spain. Liz refuses at first, but then thinks why not? When Arthur breaks his ankle, she is joined by Will, Arthur's estranged son, and with Arthur being the patient from hell and Liz feeling that she shouldn't be there, the return journey to Scotland is not an easy one but on the way the unexpected happens...
Shackleton's Forgotten Men
By Rt. Hon. Lord Shackleton K.C., P.C., O.B.E., Lennard Bickel
This is a dramatic true story of Antarctic tragedy and survival among the heroic group that was to lay supplies across the Great Ross Ice Shelf in preparation for the Endurance expedition. Launched by Shackleton (and led by Captain Aenaes Mackintosh), this courageous crew completed the longest sledge journey in polar history (199 days) and endured near-unimaginable deprivation. They accomplished most of their mission, laying the way for those who never came. All suffered some died. Now Australian writer Lennard Bickel honors these forgotten heroes. Largely drawn from the author's interviews with surviving team member Dick Richards, this retelling underscores the capacity of ordinary men for endurance and noble action.
The Secrets Of Love And Lust
By Simon Andreae
Subtitled THE SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX, LOVE AND MARRIAGE this groundbreaking and controversial book is a massively informed yet highly entertaining study of the evolution and nature of sexual desire. Arguing that our sexuality is the result of three interlocking forces - gender, culture and constitution - Simon Andreae examines the process through which we become straight or gay, grow up to desire blondes or brunettes, breasts or buttocks, people who do or don't look like our parents, and sex which is wild or tame. In the process he confronts some of the most fascinating questions which underpin all our lives: why do men and women fantasise about different things, what's so special about one person and not another, and why do we fall in (and out) of love? Whether he is discussing the science of the gay gene, the flagellatory impulses of the Christian clergy, the value of vibrators, or the escapades of a lovesick medieval baron, Andreae digs to the root of the human sex-drive and explores it in lucid and compelling prose.