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A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare

By Peter Ackroyd

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The man and the plays - without the boring bits - with commentary by Peter Ackroyd.

An accessible and entertaining journey through the life, times, and work of the Bard - Enigma. Master of language. The greatest comedian in history? The most famous writer in the world. But isn't he a little bit boring?

This is an essential guide for anyone who has previously avoided the Bard, and is the perfect introduction for first time students or seasoned theatre lovers. The book contains a full commentary of all the plays by bestselling and reknowned writer Peter Ackroyd as well as full descriptions of the cast and the drama; not forgetting the best speeches, and the wit and wisdom from across the works.

There is also an opportunity to explore the poems and a complete set of sonnets, as well as an investigation of who the dark lady might have been.

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The complete sonnets; the greatest speeches; the best lines.

Perfect for students struggling through their first play or for theatre lovers anywhere.

Entertaining, accessible, Shakespeare without the boring bits.

Biographical Notes

Peter Ackroyd is a world renowned novelist, biographer, poet, TV presenter and historian. He has written a number of ground breaking books about London including the novel Hawksmoor, as well as London: the Biography and Thames: Sacred River. His biography of William Shakespeare was considered by the Independent to 'set a new standard for accounts of Shakespeare's life'. In 2003 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literarure.

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Jonathan Black
Authors:
Jonathan Black

'We will certainly be recommending the book to all our parents. It's quite simply the best available' - George Fussey, Head of Career Education, Eton College'One of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced' - Baroness Gillian ShephardFrom the Financial Times careers adviser, this book of wisdom will help you feel more empowered about your career. You can read it from beginning to end, or dive into specific sections for immediate advice on, for example, writing your CV. How to Find the Career You've Always Wanted is made up of three sections:Stepping Back - What's this all about? The bigger issues that frame the whole area of your career and jobs; looking down on your career map from 10,000 feet. Practicalities - What do I do on Monday morning? CVs, applications, interviews and all the other details on your map. Along the Way - Or, how do I keep going? How to cope with the hurdles and challenges that you might encounter while you're travelling along your route It includes an extensive set of real examples to bring it all alive, and is grounded with helpful statistics and sociological research.Jonathan Black is Director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. He himself has had many different jobs, including: management consultant, professional publisher, co-found of a start-up company, finance director, aerospace engineer, computer salesman and strategy direct. In this book, he dispenses wisdom accrued in the course of a long and varied career, in which he has helped many thousands find the career of their dreams.'Indispensable, inviting and engaging' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci'A book about how to lead a happy life' - James Hodgson, Bedford School'A uniquely powerful guidebook' - Mark Byford, Egon Zehnder'The definitive careers guide' - David Palfreyman, OBE'Wise, calming and pragmatic' - Emma Jacobs, FT'A true career design compendium' - Caroline Konrad, Ryerson University'Winningly combines anecdotes, surveys and years of professional experience' - Dr Tim Hands, Winchester School'Elegant, light and humorous style' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci'From an expert at the top of his game' - David Palfreyman, OBE

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Authors:
Louisa Hall

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David Sedaris
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David Sedaris

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'He's like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue' Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated? For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From the family home in Ralegh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then teacher in Chicago he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland... Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

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Authors:
Richard Ingrams

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Hachette Australia

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Michael Veitch

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Alexander Parker, Tim Richman
Authors:
Alexander Parker, Tim Richman

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Jennifer Egan
Authors:
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A Brief History of Florence Nightingale

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Praise for Small's earlier work on Nightingale: 'Hugh Small, in a masterly piece of historical detective work, convincingly demonstrates what all previous historians and biographers have missed . . . This is a compelling psychological portrait of a very eminent (and complex) Victorian.' James Le Fanu, Daily TelegraphFlorence Nightingale (1820-1910) is best known as a reformer of hospital nursing during and after the Crimean War, but many feel that her nursing reputation has been overstated. A Brief History of Florence Nightingale tells the story of the sanitary disaster in her wartime hospital and why the government covered it up against her wishes. After the war she worked to put the lessons of the tragedy to good use to reduce the very high mortality from epidemic disease in the civilian population at home. She did this by persuading Parliament in 1872 to pass laws which required landlords to improve sanitation in working-class homes, and to give local authorities rather than central government the power to enforce the laws. Life expectancy increased dramatically as a result, and it was this peacetime civilian public health reform rather than her wartime hospital nursing record that established Nightingale's reputation in her lifetime. After her death the wartime image became popular again as a means of recruiting hospital nurses and her other achievements were almost forgotten. Today, with nursing's new emphasis on 'primary' care and prevention outside hospitals, Nightingale's focus on public health achievements makes her an increasingly relevant figure.

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Little, Brown

The Lie of the Land

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Authors:
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Derek Wilson
Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Little, Brown

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Roger Hutchinson
Authors:
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At the beginning of each decade for 200 years the national census has presented a self-portrait of the British Isles.The census has surveyed Britain from the Napoleonic wars to the age of the internet, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, possession of the biggest empire on earth and the devastation of the 20th century's two world wars.In The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker, Roger Hutchinson looks at every census between the first in 1801 and the latest in 2011. He uses this much-loved resource of family historians to paint a vivid picture of a society experiencing unprecedented changes.Hutchinson explores the controversial creation of the British census. He follows its development from a head-count of the population conducted by clerks with quill pens, to a computerised survey which is designed to discover 'the address, place of birth, religion, marital status, ability to speak English and self-perceived national identity of every twenty-seven-year-old Welsh-speaking Sikh metalworker living in Swansea'.All human life is here, from prime ministers to peasants and paupers, from Irish rebels to English patriots, from the last native speakers of Cornish to the first professional footballers, from communities of prostitutes to individuals called 'abecedarians' who made a living from teaching the alphabet.The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is as original and unique as those people and their islands on the cutting edge of Europe.

FaithWords

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PublicAffairs

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C-SPAN, Susan Swain, Richard Norton Smith
Authors:
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