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by Brent Weeks

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Twelve

Glass Jaw

Eric Dezenhall
Authors:
Eric Dezenhall
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Countdown

Read an exclusive extract from Alan Weisman’s brilliant new book, Countdown.

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Countdown

Read an exclusive extract from Alan Weisman's brilliant new book, Countdown.

How To Books

50 Cautionary Tales For Managers

Peter Honey
Authors:
Peter Honey

Managing is a perilous business: how to 'let go' yet stay in touch, how to balance short-term tactics with longer-term strategy, how to motivate people to do more with less, how to 'walk the talk' when you don't feel like it, how simultaneously to be an inspirational leader and an effective manager - the dilemmas are endless. Peter Honey has spent more than 35 years advising managers, from a wide cross-section of functions and organisations, and draws on his experiences in this entertaining, insightful book. The whole of management life is revealed in 50 short stories, some sad, some funny - all based on real managers and real events. You'll find control-freaks, autocrats, egotists, bullies, perfectionists, ditherers and eccentrics as well as a few managers simply striving to do their best in difficult circumstances. Peter Honey bravely offers each flawed manager practical advice in a bid to improve their performance and make life more tolerable for their colleagues. The result is a realistic, engaging and ultimately effective book from which any manager, at whatever level, can learn a great deal.Contents: Part 1: Stories about directors and senior managers 1. A manager who wanted solutions, not problems 2. A manager who preferred defernece to consultation 3. A manager who was convinced thta his interventions made a difference 4. A manager who enjoyed victimising graduates 5. A manager surrounded by sycophants 6. A manager who loved to ask questions 7. A manager who loved to keep things simple 8. A manager who succumbed to a staff attitude survey 9. A manager with a reputation for being calm and unruffled 10. A manager who showed his frustration in an unusual way 11. A manager who was democratic to a fault 12. A manager who was wedded to short-termism 13. A manager who lapsed into long silences 14. A manager who was desperate to keep in touch 15. A manager who couldn't admit he waas still learning 16. A manager who strove to give a student a really interesting week of work experience 17. A manager who was hooked on initiatives 18. A head teacher who hardly ever put a foot wrong 19. A manager with Jekyll and Hyde characteristics 20. A amanger who was a know-all adn went to great lengths to win every argument 21. A manager who lacked social skills 22. A manager who became the victim of unintended consequences 23. A manager who failed to walk his talk 24. A manager who loved to wander around 25. A manager who couldn't resist relying on his predecessor's advice Part 2: Stories about middle and junior managers 26. A manager who insisted words could only be used if preceise definitions had been agreed 27. A manager who sampled 360 degree feedback and promptly went into denial 28. A manager who thought brainstorming was the answer to just about everything 29. A manager who couldn't resist tinkering with written reports 30. A story about two managers vying for promotion 31. A manager who found it convenient to disappear for long periods 32. A manager who preferred resistance by inertia 33. A maanger who was reluctant to go home 34. An insecure manager clinging on for survival 35. A manager with unquenchable enthusiasm 36. A manager who was punished for exposing dishonesty 37. A manager who thought he was accident prone 38. A manager who prided himself on his time management 39. A manager who liked to slip away unnoticed 40. A manager who oozed cliches 41. A maanager who encountered fierce resistance 42. A manager who stuck to his story 43. A manager with a low tolerance for ambiguity 44. A manager who got budget dumping down to fine art 45. A manager who recommended ways to improve staff motivation 46. A manager thought he had overslept 47. A manager who was too big for his boots 48. A manager prone to being caught out 49. A manager who reverted to type 50. A manager whowas prone to tantrums

Abacus

Wasted

Georgia Gould
Authors:
Georgia Gould
Jericho Books

Damaged Goods

Dianna E. Anderson
Authors:
Dianna E. Anderson
by Amanda Carlson

Full Blooded

Read the first chapter of Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson, the start of an exceptionally fast-paced and irresistibly sexy new urban fantasy trilogy!

Piatkus

How to Build a Billion Dollar App

George Berkowski
Authors:
George Berkowski
How To Books

Wake Up and Smell the Profit

Hugh Gilmartin, John Richardson
Authors:
Hugh Gilmartin, John Richardson

Witty, authoritative, comprehensive and fun, Wake Up and Smell the Profit is the ultimate guide to making more money in your coffee business.In this book you'll find the sharpest insights and the best ideas from two of the UK's top Coffee Business Gurus. Together 'The Coffee Boys' have 40 years' experience in how to make money in the coffee selling business. Whether you operate a single site espresso bar, a Michelin starred restaurant or chain of hotels, there is something in this book for everyone.With 52 motivating tips and suggestions (plus an extra bonus idea for good measure), all you need to do is apply one initiative a week for a year and you could have a much more profitable and easier to manage business within twelve months.With this book you'll be able to:A* Make more money and work lessA* Have happier customers who spend more moneyA* Win more customers without spending a fortuneA* Enjoy running your business moreA* Create customers who rave about your business and consequently generate more customers through word of mouthWhat are you waiting for?Contents: Introduction; 1. It's all about the money - the good news; 2. It's all about the money - the bad news; 3. It's all about the money - a little story; 4. Focus on coffee for profit; 5. Great coffee (profits) come from great training; 6. Great coffee sales come from one thing - great taste; 7. It's all about the food; 8. There are three ways and only three ways to grow your business; 9. Be brave about your prices; 10. Know your figures and have a plan - a plan that works for you!; 11. Get accountable and know your figures; 12. Know your food cost for every single item; 13. Know your labour/wage cost and stay accountable; 14. It's your fault - get this and then get it again; 15. A coffee shop is all about people - and people need clear rules; 16. Make sure your employees understand the numbers; 17. Every pound is not equal. A pound earned is worth a lot less than a pound saved; 18. View your coffee business as if you were a customer; 19. View the business every day as if you were an employee; 20. Break the whole selling process down and make it better; 21. Keep your toilets spotless; 22. Treat lunch like a restaurant; 23. Create food stories about your star products and sell, sell, sell; 24. Get crafty with your menu and signage; 25. Watch your language; 26. Say hello; 27. Don't point and watch your body language; 28. Nod your head when asking a customer if they would like something; 29. Thank them; 30. The Granny Rule; 31 Keep the kids occupied; 32. Sell more coffee with cake and more cake with coffee Up selling and cross selling; 33. Sell more cold drinks; 34. Get your customer flow right; 35. Make it easy for the customer to buy; 36. Work out your lifetime customer value; 37. Consider the sizes - carefully; 38. Make it accessible and open. Make it all look great; 39 Use your sign wisely. Spend money and make yourshop look obvious; 40. Get creative with signage; 41. Avoid A"sour faced hagsA"; 42. Make the customers feel you care; 43. Use the list -cheapest marketing you'll ever do; 44. Create a catering side to your business; 45. Post the utility bills; 46. Incentives for saving money and making money; 47. Get creative with your marketing and steal ideas from other industries; 48. Create a A"bibleA"; 49. Beware staff attitudes towards business ownership; 50. Make a big deal of the big days; 51. Think wisely before you open your second shop; 52. Give a bit extra; 53. Work A"onA" the business not A"inA"it; And finally; Thanks; More from The Coffee Boys.

Hachette Books

The Art of Tough

Barbara Boxer
Authors:
Barbara Boxer

After serving in Congress for more than thirty years as both a congresswoman and a senator, Senator Boxer has proven herself to be a passionate advocate for significant issues of our time, including the military, civil rights, universal health care, and the environment. With a who's who of politics of the past three decades, Boxer shows all of the machinations that it takes to make government work, much of it off the record. Featuring names beloved and reviled, Boxer takes us behind the scenes to show us what it has been like to deal with George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitch McConnell, as well as Tip O'Neill, the Clintons, Obama, and so many more. Raised in a Jewish, working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, Boxer was a journalist who decided she could make a difference and ran for local office in California, inspired to fight tooth and nail to help bring that American dream of "a more perfect union," into fruition.Behind closed doors in secret negotiating rooms, Boxer has seen it all: petty squabbling, bare-knuckled dysfunctional debate, and vicious character assassinations. Drawing back the curtain, Boxer leads readers in a master class in statecraft, revealing the truth behind controversial policies, temperamental elected officials, and sensational media headlines that have dominated our national discourse. In this passionate, heartfelt testament to one woman's life's work to improve democracy for all, Senator Boxer offers her views on how American government is flawed and can be rescued to ultimately flourish, but only with the full participation of the nation at large.

Sphere

The Art Of Drowning

Frances Fyfield
Authors:
Frances Fyfield
How To Books

Likely Stories

Hugh Scott
Authors:
Hugh Scott

If you are a writer, no matter how famous, Likely Stories can be a course of study or a source of inspiration on creative writing; or simply a treasure trove of entertaining tales and words you've never heard of. Originally published as articles in the Writers' Forum magazine, these tales tell of the author's adventures when he meets his Guru, a fabulous and wise Being who appears in many guises and who guides his pupil in the sometimes bewildering ways of creative writing. Each story covers an aspect of creative writing such as If you are a writer, no matter how famous, Likely Stories can be a course of study or a source of inspiration on creative writing; or simply a treasure trove of entertaining tales and words you've never heard of. Originally published as articles in Writers' Forum magazine, these tales tell of the author's adventures when he meets his Guru, a fabulous and wise Being who appears in many guises and who guides his pupil in the sometimes bewildering ways of creative writing. Each story covers an aspect of creative writing such as character, dialogue, atmosphere, writers' block, vocabulary, etc. Tales...;...in Which my Guru Startles Me by Discussing Dialogue.; ...in Which An Eskimo Adds to my Knowledge of Character. ; ...in Which My Unconscious Mind makes Writing Easier and Better.;...in Which I Learn that Furniture alone doth not an Atmosphere make.;...in Which I Lose Financially but Gain advice about Prepositions. Whatever they are.PrefacE; Tale One, in Which my Guru Startles Me by Discussing Dialogue; Tale Two, in Which my Guru Throws Himself onto the Tarmac to Talk Further about DIALOGUE; Tale Three, In Which a London BOBBY Teaches Meabout CHARACTER; Tale Four, in Which An Eskimo Adds to my Knowledge of Character; Tale Five, in Which I am Entranced by a Talk on Style; Tale Six, where SHOES Smoulder and Facts are Kicked Out of My Story; Tale Seven, in Which I Shrivel in The desert while LEARNING about the Short Story; Tale Eight, During Which I Get Something for Nothing and Advice on He Said and Body Language; Tale Nine, in Which a Not So Dumb Animal tells me about EDITING; Tale Ten, in Which my Guru Rekindles my Love of Vocabulary; Tale Eleven, in Which I Survive my Mother's Cake and Learn about Description; Tale Twelve, which Takes Place in Maxim's where the World almost Ends, and I learn about Mouth Shapes; Tale Thirteen, in Which I DIE and Listen to an Angel baffling me with MOUTH SHAPES Tale Fourteen, in Which My Unconscious Mind makes Writing Easier and Better; Tale Fifteen. How to Skin your DINNER and Give your Writing a KICK in the Pants; Tale Sixteen, in Which I Learn that Furniture alone doth not an atmosphere make; Tale Seventeen describes a flying sausage THIEF, and moreon creating Atmosphere; Tale Eighteen, in Which I am set Free from the Terror that is Writers' Block; Tale Nineteen, in Which I Discover the SHOCKING Truth about the Rules of Writing; Tale Twenty, Which may SCARE the UNDERWEAR off You, Yet Impart knowledge about the Supernatural story; Tale Twenty-One, in Which I Lose Financially but GAIN ADVICE about Prepositions. Whatever they are Tale Twenty-Two, Concerning the Theft of my Breakfast and a Ticking-Off because of my VERBS; Tale Twenty-Three, In which I Escape from DRACULA, but get entangled with Environment; Tale Twenty-Four, where I am blamed for being skinny, then kicked around for my mental inanition; Tale Twenty-Five advises Me to fling Caution to the wind 'nd Write a Bally Poem; Tale Twenty-Xis, in which My Guru suggests I work LESS and write more Tale Twenty-SeveN, in which I LeaRN TO STOP KIDDING Myself; Tale Twenty-Ate, in Which adjectives get the BooT except for jolly nice helpful Ones; Tale Twenty-Nine. How to Win with Vim, and TELL when to Use SHOW; Tale Thirty, in Which I Change JOBS and get a mouthful of Vocabulary.

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Philip Gould: When I Die

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Forever

Feel The Heat

Kate Meader
Authors:
Kate Meader

IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT . . .Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time working at her family's Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she's tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious (if voluptuous) butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she's cooked up a recipe for disaster . . . Jack Kilroy's celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili's oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he's even more aroused by how this beautiful, funny woman is unimpressed by his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his rabid, bitch-fork-wielding fan base. Now as he's about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions-and turn up the heat in his kitchen?

Constable

Consumer Kids

Ed Mayo and Agnes Nairn
Authors:
Ed Mayo and Agnes Nairn

This book will shock you.Consumer Kids shows how, more than ever before, and perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, our children are being tracked and targeted by big business, which sells them back their dreams, packages their childhood and exploits their vulnerabilities.It looks at why children torture their Barbies, how boys feel about David Beckham, why mums are cooler than dads, why children in the toughest families make the most ardent consumers and why, above all, too much marketing makes you unhappy. This hard-hitting exposé is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the deeper implications of the runaway commercial world we live in.

Forever

Undeniable

Shannon Richard
Authors:
Shannon Richard

Grace King fell in love with Jax Anderson, her big brother's best friend, when she was six years old. Eleven-year-old Jax came to her rescue when some older boys were bullying her, becoming Grace's knight in scuffed-up sneakers on the spot.Eighteen years later, Jax is the town Sheriff and Grace is the head baker at her grandmother's cafe. They are all grown up - and still pretending there's nothing between them. But when a heated argument at the Sleepy Sheep bar turns into a heated makeout session, the days of denying their attraction are over.Now the whole town is buzzing about Jax and Grace, and not all the buzz is good. Grace's family is no stranger to scandal, and when a new secret about her parents is revealed not even Jax can protect her. As the rumours and accusations fly, can they hold on to their new relationship?

Virago

Our Cheating Hearts

Kate Figes
Authors:
Kate Figes
Piatkus

Burnt Paper Sky

Gilly Macmillan
Authors:
Gilly Macmillan

Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.But what really happened that fateful afternoon?Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Piatkus

Break in Two

MJ Summers
Authors:
MJ Summers