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  • London: A Traveller's Reader

    By Peter Ackroyd, Thomas Wright
    Authors:
    Peter Ackroyd, Thomas Wright
    Loved and hated in equal measure, London was for centuries the world's greatest city. Its streets, teeming with history, have always worn a variety of influences, reflecting the diverse crowds who have walked them. Its citizens have witnessed everything from pilgrimages, celebrations, acts of heroism and moments of religious contemplation to riots, executions, grisly murders and disastrous plagues and fires. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs of London's most interesting inhabitants and visitors, this anthology compiled by acclaimed historian Thomas Wright and with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd tells the story of the city from its earliest years.Here you will find John Evelyn's famous account of the Great Fire in 1666, Dickens's brilliant evocation of the Gordon Riots of 1780, an eyewitness description of the execution of Charles I, and Churchill's recollections of the Blitz. There are also less familiar, though no less vivid, excerpts, which provide an entertaining, sometimes risqué glimpse into the life, customs and morals of this great city.
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    Low-Cost Living 2nd Edition

    By John Harrison
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    John Harrison
    When economic conditions are tough, we all need to watch our spending. John Harrison's simple, tried and tested methods will help you to enjoy a better standard of living while saving money and helping the environment.Discover the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, raising chickens, making butter, cheese and bread, and brewing your own beer.Save energy, save on your bills.Harvest food for free and avoid waste.Play the supermarkets at their own game and get the best deals.See how to recycle, re-use, make do and mend.Find out if solar power is right for you and whether wind power makes domestic sense.
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    The Low-Carb, Healthy Fat Bible

    By Sally-Ann Creed
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    Sally-Ann Creed
    Like many others, Sally-Ann Creed spent decades of her life navigating the maze of health, lifestyle and diet misinformation, all while suffering with chronic illness. With the help of her 'health hero' Dr Robbie Simons, Creed now leads a healthy, happy life and is a pioneer of the Low-Carb, Healthy Fat (LCHF) lifestyle. In this beautifully illustrated book, Creed delivers her LCHF manifesto, offering simple, clear and practical guidance that will convince even the most reluctant, world-weary dieters. The Low-Carb, Healthy Fat Bible delivers the perfect lifestyle for hunger-free weight loss. At its heart is an emphasis on delicious, uncomplicated recipes based around real food cooked from scratch, rather than unhealthy processed foods.
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    Leading Teams

    By Rob Yeung
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    Rob Yeung
    Written for all levels of people in businesses of all sizes, this guide provides techniques for transforming teamworking. It covers the key points about leading teams.

    Low-Carb Slow Cooker

    By Sarah Flower
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    Sarah Flower
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    Learning To Counsel, 4th Edition

    By Jan Sutton, William Stewart
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    Jan Sutton, William Stewart
    Drawing on their numerous years experience as counsellors, tutors, and writers, Jan Sutton and William Stewart introduce readers to the basic principles that underpin counselling practice. Written in a clear, concise and jargon-free style, and with its wealth of case studies, examples of skills in practice, and practical exercises, this new edition is an ideal text for those embarking on a counselling or psychotherapy course, trainee counsellors, counselling tutors to use in training, professionals working in the area of health care, management and education, and counsellors working in the voluntary sector. It provides insight into various counselling approaches; clarifies the nature of counselling and the role of the counsellor, and assists readers to develop a repertoire of key counselling skills and qualities, such as active listening, genuineness, unconditional positive regard, empathy, goal-setting, etc. The book also addresses the important issues of ongoing supervision to enhance counselling practice, and counsellor self-care to reduce the risk of burnout.
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    The Ludicrous Laws of Old London

    By Nigel Cawthorne
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    Nigel Cawthorne
    London abounds with all manner of ludicrous laws, and not all of these curious statutes have been relegated to the past. Despite the efforts of the Law Commission there are medieval laws that are still in force, and the City of London and its livery companies have their own legal oddities. Laws are made in the capital because parliament is here; so are the Old Bailey, the Law Courts, the House of Lords and, now, the Supreme Court. The privy council, which sometimes has to decide cases, also sits in London, and there were other courts that used to sit in London, from prize courts concerning war booty to ecclesiastical courts. Having maintained its 'ancient rights and freedoms' under Magna Carta, the City felt free to enact its own laws, many of which seem to have had to do with what people could wear. Until quite recently, for example, a man could be arrested for walking down the street wearing a wig, a robe and silk stockings - unless he was a judge. And all human folly has been paraded through the law courts of London, to the extent that it is difficult to know where the serious business of administering justice ends and where farce begins. As law is made in the courtroom as well as in parliament and elsewhere, judges like to keep a firm hand, but sometimes so-called jibbing juries will simply not do what they are told. All sorts of oddities get swept up into the law. Legislators particularly love to pass Acts about sex. If sexual services are being offered in a London massage parlour, for example, a police officer must then search the premises for school children. According to The Children and Young Persons Act of 1933 it is against the law for children and 'yowling persons' between the age of four and sixteen to frequent a brothel. A writ was introduced under both Edward III and Henry IV to ban lawyers from parliament as there were too many of them, the reason being that it was easier for a lawyer to spend his time in London attending parliament that it was for a knight of the shires. But because parliament was already packed with lawyers it was difficult to make any such rule stick. Then an effective way of excluding them was found. They were denied the wages paid to members in those days. Sadly, these days, parliament and the government are packed with lawyers once again. And they are being paid.A law passed in 1540 - and still in force today - makes it illegal for barbers in the City of London to practise surgery; with impeccable impartiality, the Act also forbids surgeons to cut hair. Finally, never forget that under the Vagrancy Act of 1824, you can be convicted of being 'an idle and disorderly person, or a rogue, vagabond, or incorrigible rogue'. The same act also outlaws people 'professing to tell fortunes', including 'palmistry'. Under the Act, it is an offence merely to be suspected.
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    The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    By Denis O. Smith
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    Denis O. Smith
    '"Is it really possible, do you suppose," said Sherlock Holmes to me one morning, as we took breakfast together, "that a healthy and robust man may be so stricken with terror that he drops down dead?"' So begins 'The Adventure of the Brown Box'. Even better than his first collection, twelve new stories from the much praised Denis O. Smith, including 'The Adventure of the Velvet Mask', 'The Adventure of the Tomb on the Hill', and 'The Secret of Shoreswood Hall'.Smith's stories are of the sort most eagerly devoured by avid fans of Holmes and Dr Watson: a would-be client tells Holmes a strange tale, and he is drawn in to a seemingly impenetrable mystery. Whether in the shrouding fog of London, or far from the city, deep in the countryside, these fast-paced stories, set in the late nineteenth century, before Holmes's disappearance at the Reichenbach Falls, recreate with wonderful fidelity the world of Conan Doyle's best Holmes stories. This captivating anthology brings to a new audience the very best of Denis O. Smith's work in a satisfyingly hefty compendium.
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    A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs and Spices

    By Mona Hamadeh
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    Mona Hamadeh
    This cornucopia of delicious vegetable recipes has been assembled by the author of Everyday Lebanese Cooking. It focuses on those recipes that make Lebanese cuisine one of the healthiest in the world because of the huge variety of vegetarian dishes on which it is based. Vegetable and pulse dishes are what most Lebanese prefer to eat most of the time. This book includes, of course, the famous mezze and speciality sweets and also peasant food from the rural mountains, traditional dishes from the north and south along the Mediterranean coast, and street food including the familiar Falafel wraps. These are affordable recipes that often turn only a few simple ingredients into a delicious meal with a stunning combination of flavours.The majority of these dishes are suitable for vegans as dairy and eggs are seldom used in cooking.
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    The Little Book of Resilience

    By Matthew Johnstone
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    Matthew Johnstone
    The Little Book of Resilience is about how we can fortify our lives mentally, emotionally and physically. It is not about what happens when we get knocked down but more about what happens when we get up again. It is a book about what resilience is and how we grow and maintain it. The first step in understanding resilience is accepting what you can and cannot change. You can't change the weather but you can certainly change the way you interact with it; using an umbrella, a jacket or sunscreen. Just as you can't change your history, family, race, or past hurts and events but with the right direction and understanding you can certainly change how you look and feel about them moving forward. Life doesn't always turn out as we'd expected. It can be complex, harsh, joyful, mean, hilarious and utterly perplexing. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we will be able to cope with whatever life throws our way. For the majority of life's adversities, there is no magic pill or silver bullet - to get over anything we generally have to go through it - but if we're prepared to learn from that experience, good can certainly come from bad. We can grow to be wiser, more empathetic and understanding and from that we can create greater purpose in our lives.
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    Living with an Open Heart

    By Russell Kolts, Thubten Chodron
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    Russell Kolts, Thubten Chodron
    Living with an Open Heart contains brief readings which blend Buddhist and western psychology. It thoughtfully presents ideas and techniques drawn from Buddhism, western psychological approaches, as well as the authors' personal experiences in working to develop compassion in their own lives and in their work with others. Designed to be easy to dip into, this fascinating book is organised into brief chapters to include discussions, reflections and contemplations, personal stories, and specific techniques for deepening compassion. Each chapter provides fuel for thought and contemplation as the reader goes through his or her day, inspiring their motivation to be compassionate, helping them to understand compassion, and giving them specific methods for applying it in their lives.
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    Love Alters

    By Emma Donoghue
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    Emma Donoghue
    With this anthology, honoured on first publication as a Lambda Literary Award finalist, Emma Donoghue offers an eloquent and timely definition of the modern lesbian short story. Breaking out beyond North American writer, she assembles an impressively broad array of twenty-nine writers from South Africa to Trinidad, from Australia to Ireland, and from Jamaica to New Zealand. The greater international range is evident not just in subject matter, but in style, too: the writers have little in common other than that they have written on lesbian themes. The intention was not to compile a 'Best of' collection; the focus is very much on new stories rather than those already much-anthologised. Well-known authors are represented, but not by their best-known work, and widely anthologised authors make way for less familiar names.Chronologically, the focus is on the modern side of the watershed marked by the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York and the ensuing Gay Liberation and Women's Liberation movements. Importantly though, these are stories that read like stories. The first section, 'Child's Play' deals with the taboo topic of the sexuality of young girls; 'Present Tense' is concerned with contemporary adult life; while 'Family Values' reclaims that term from right-wing fundamentalists by embracing very different angles on family life. 'Past Times' reflects the burgeoning cultural confidence evident in the growing genre of lesbian historical fiction, while the final, very eclectic 'Possibilities' points to new tendencies in lesbian fiction at the millennium, exploring beyond the boundaries of naturalism.The anthology includes stories by Dorothy Allison, Madelyn Arnold, Rebecca Brown, Anne Cameron, Christine Crow, Jane DeLynn, Elise D'Haene, Emma Donoghue, Mary Dorcey, Marion Douglas, Patricia Duncker, Dale Gunthorp, Susan Hampton, Jane Harris, Annamarie Jagose, Aileen La Tourette, Tanith Lee, Jenifer Levin, Anna Livia, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Ingrid Macdonald, Sara Maitland, Shani Mootoo, Sigrid Nielsen, Jane Rule, Ali Smith, Michelene Wandor, Marnie Woodrow and Shay Youngblood.
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 12

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    GAUGE by Sommer MarsdenHeather's ready for some early morning make-up sex, but it's hard to gauge if Bobbi's awake or playing possum. When it becomes clear that Bobbi's not just awake, but interested, the real question becomes who's in charge...LET ME DEMONSTRATE by Lynn LakeLittle Kaylee seeks an older woman's advice about her recent love troubles. Only, the sensitive talk session soon becomes a sensual oral session, with Kaylee doing most of the telling and showing ...SEDUCING YOUR PEN FRIEND by Dominique JamesAnneka travels from her home in Sweden to spend a couple of weeks with her pen friend Gemma in Cheshire. The pair know most things about each other apart from one very important detail. Anneka is a lesbian. They've never discussed it at all, and Anneka knows Gemma has a boyfriend, but once the pair meet in the flesh, the chemistry between them is obvious, leading to a meeting of flesh of a much more intimate kind. Even TJ's untimely interruption cannot stop the eruptions of passion between the pair, and he is shown the door for good.
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 11

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    THE GO-TO GIRL by Courtney JamesKay has a reputation for being the go-to girl. If something needs fixing, she's your woman. But when she helps Nadine, the newest member of staff, with a computer problem, she doesn't expect Nadine to have a unique way of showing her gratitude...FORBIDDEN TOUCHES by Chris WestlakeDebbie quickly discovers that Las Vegas is all about glamour, glitter and...gorgeous croupiers in skimpy bikinis! Her inhibitions are stripped naked when she hits the jackpot with one of the girls, who lets her break all of the rules of the game...PAINT IT RED by Kannan FengAbigail convinces Harley to play with make-up, and while Harley doesn't care for the results, she has plenty of interesting ideas about a certain red lipstick applied to some unusual areas!CORE PLEASURE By Elizabeth ColdwellMimi wants to get fit, and Pilates instructor Lia comes highly recommended. But can Mimi resist her attraction to her sexy tutor, much as she wants to adopt more intimate positions than Pilates usually allows?
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 10

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    ADDICTED TO LUST by Chris WestlakeJoanna is caught with her frilly panties on the floor and her fingers between her legs (awkward), her manager sends her to a group to combat her uncontrollable sexual cravings. The only problem (or bonus) is that the group contains other girls with the same hunger. Has Joanna finally met her sexual match?HAIR TODAY, COME TOMORROW by Dominique JamesDominique welcomes lesbian friend Debbie for a quiet, intimate, sexy night in. A lover of bondage and domination, Debbie finds herself on her knees, her hands tied behind her back as she slides her chilli-hot curry-coated tongue over Dominique's intimate places.TISHA AND NARINE'S AFTER-HOURS FETISH PARTY by Giselle RenardeTisha and Narine are lovers who work together all day at a focus group facility, and who also happen to share a boot fetish...not to mention an exhibitionist bent! Their boardroom boasts professional camera equipment and web streaming capabilities. Why not make use of it when the day is done? After all their clients have left in the evening, Tisha and Narine greet the paying customers who watch them online at 'Tisha and Narine's After-Hours Fetish Party.'
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 9

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    SHUSH by Kannan FengMarjo wants to get her hands on a special book at the library, and her girlfriend Kendall wants to get her hands, and much more, on Marjo.BLACKOUT by Giselle RenardeZahra can't concentrate on her own housewarming party once quirky Casey shows ups. In stark contrast to all Zahra's jaded friends, this slender red-head is ebullient and carefree as a grown-up Pippi Longstocking. When a blackout shuts down the city, the new home-owner is enthralled to introduce Casey to a new world of sensuality. But you know what they say about assumptions, and Zahra soon discovers her mistake . . . A FIST FULL OF FUN by Dominique JamesSiobhan has planned a special surprise for her submissive lover Julia's birthday, a way in which they can confirm their mutual love by proving they can cast aside jealousies. Siobhan has arranged for several of their lesbian friends to use Julia in any way they want, and Siobhan promises not to be jealous. After visits from most of them and a day of sexual delight and torment, along comes local LGB Charity organizer Imogen, who turns out to be far more dominant than Siobhan; so much so she takes over both of them.
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 8

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    READING BETWEEN THE THIGHS by Chris WestlakeAmanda is a prim and proper librarian who fills her days stacking books and her evenings playing with herself under her desk (yes, right under the nose of the gullible students). Her happy arrangement is only disturbed when somebody catches her with her pants down and an inexcusable smile on her face. Sexual games follow, and at the 'climax', Amanda discovers what really happens after hours at the library. MOTEL HUSTLE by Lynn LakeSasha's the night manager at a sleazy swampland motel, a way-station for runaways and getaways. She meets the most interestingly desperate people . . .
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 7

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    KIDNAP LOVER by Dominique JamesEmma was no stranger to BDSM, but being kidnapped by an unknown number of strangers was too much, especially when she was taken in the back of a van to some unknown farm in the middle of nowhere. But does she know these people? Could one be her dominant lover Anna? Does her impending birthday have anything to do with it?SEX SHOP DEAL OF THE DAY by Chris WestlakeRose is the perfect desperate housewife - rich, pampered and BORED! She's given a thrill when a young sales assistant does more than measure her inner thigh - she spreads them wide. Rose becomes addicted to excitement, and gets caught stealing an item of lingerie. The manageress and the sales assistant dish out their own unique form of punishment, which turns out to be pussy-licking good!MUSE by Maggie MortonYoung Ona is 100% certain that she's a lesbian. Sadly, she's never had even a mere kiss from a woman. But that lack of experience might be gone for good when a gorgeous artist makes a surprising request that Ona pose for her - completely naked.
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 6

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    SHY GIRL by Kannan Feng Tanya's a shy girl, but her girlfriend Valentine knows exactly what shy girls need. When Valentine wants to hear a very special word out of Tanya's mouth, she's willing to use some very unfair (and painful!) tactics to get her way.THE CHASE by Chris Westlake Jennifer is on holiday in France with her friends when she spots a French girl she desperately wants to say 'Oui' to. She follows the girl into the woods, and it is quickly apparent that the girl is not going on a picnic (unless 'eaten out' got lost in translation). Jennifer ends up on all fours on a wooden boat in the middle of a river (and no, she has not dropped a penny).FIRST NIGHT ON A WATERBED by Giselle Renarde Janelle has never spent a night on Wanda's waterbed. She's not convinced there's anything to like about a mattress full of liquid until Wanda shows her the joys of sex on the sloshing waves. But how will Wanda react when Janelle blurts, 'I love you' for the first time?HEN DAY by Eva Hore Organizing a Hen's day for her sister gives this sister more on the day than she bargained for. Who would have thought a Hen's Day could turn into a passionate affair for more than two of the guests.
  • Lesbian Erotica, Volume 5

    By Barbara Cardy
    Authors:
    Barbara Cardy
    ROLE-PLAY REVERSAL By Chris WestlakeEmily has joined the amateur dramatics where she plays the sort of rich spoilt housewife that every milkman longs to meet on his round. The tables are turned when Deana, the sassy ebony minx who plays her meek maid in the play, turns out to be a dominatrix with her own set of handcuffs! When Emily is licked out on stage, it seems that there could be a third role in this production . HOLY MATRIMONY By Chloe Ramsay Chloe's invited to a wedding where she doesn't really know anyone . . . boring - until she sees Heather in the receiving line! The chemistry is instant. The need is instant. The wedding breakfast was anything but - two minds, two needs across the hall. A slip of paper passed to her. 'Room 218'. The need accelerates as she makes her way to her room. Then . . . crash. A meeting of minds and a collision of bodies. Fire, more fire and ultimate bliss.WOMEN'S TOP FANTASIES by Dominique James Psychologist Dominique uses her knowledge of women's favourite fantasies. Alongside her husband, she coaxes her best friend Debbie into that list of fantasies. Her aim is to inflame her husband, starting with a bit of bondage as she ties him to their bedroom chair. When Debbie arrives, unaware of the plan, the two women get a bit carried away with it, Dominique's husband getting sidelined along the way as the pair get lost in a lesbian free-for-all.SERVING SARA By Angel ProppsSara Dahl hates her job as a member of a caterer's wait staff almost as much as she delights in tormenting the guests at the functions she works at. When she meets beautiful blond Jamie she decides to teach her how much fun and humbling serving others can be!