Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy
By Tim Harford
Based on the series produced for the BBC World ServiceWho thought up paper money? How did the contraceptive pill change the face of the legal profession? Why was the horse collar as important for human progress as the steam engine? How did the humble spreadsheet turn the world of finance upside-down?The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously-changing system of immense complexity, it offers over ten billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every fifteen years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. It delivers astonishing luxury to hundreds of millions. It also leaves hundreds of millions behind, puts tremendous strains on the ecosystem, and has an alarming habit of stalling. Nobody is in charge of it. Indeed, no individual understands more than a fraction of what's going on. How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend?From the tally-stick to Bitcoin, the canal lock to the jumbo jet, each invention in Tim Harford's fascinating new book has its own curious, surprising and memorable story, a vignette against a grand backdrop. Step by step, readers will start to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be going next.Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the gramophone widened inequality; how barbed wire shaped America. We'll meet the characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, or were ruined by them. We'll trace the economic principles that help to explain their transformative effects. And we'll ask what lessons we can learn to make wise use of future inventions, in a world where the pace of innovation will only accelerate.
Fifty Million Rising
By Saadia Zahidi
While the news out of the Muslim world has been focused on the threat of extremism from ISIS and Al Qaeda, a quiet but powerful shift has been taking place among women. In the last 10 years alone, nearly 50 million Muslim women have entered the workforce, arming them with more purchasing and earning power and giving them greater autonomy. Saadia Zahidi, a Senior Director at the World Economic Forum, argues that these profound changes will not only empower women; they will also revolutionize and strengthen the economies of their countries. Zahidi documents this revolution through the stories of the remarkable women who are at the forefront of this shift, from McDonald's workers in Pakistan, to middle class software technicians in Egypt, to the heads of global Saudi conglomerates. Zahidi calculates that if female labor participation rose to Western levels, the GDP of many Middle East regions would spike dramatically.The implications are enormous. As businesses learn how to integrate the new female talent pool, their business models will need to adapt to accommodate their new consumers and their new talent. New businesses are already beginning to emerge that cater to women's purchasing power, creating new opportunities for female entrepreneurs, and growing the health, education, food, beverage, and retail sectors that are critical to a diversified, stable economy. At the same time, the new economic and social power of women will force the hands of politicians and policymakers who still consider women second class citizens. Many of these women face a backlash from conservative voices and even members of their families. But because this is an economic revolution, Zahidi argues that it will endure, overcoming cultural mores and forever remaking these societies in ways that we, too, can learn from.
The Father Effect
By John Finch, Blake Atwood
Based on the short film and full length feature film, THE FATHER EFFECT is a must read for any man or woman who has lost their fathers through divorce, death, or disinterest. John Finch always struggled after his father's suicide when he was eleven, but it wasn't until he was raising his own three daughters when he truly understood their futures relied on him coming to terms with his past. To move forward, he needed to forgive both his father and himself. This journey led to THE FATHER EFFECT, a book containing practical help for any person with a deep father-wound. THE FATHER EFFECT will lead you through positive lessons on forgiveness and teach you how to change your legacy as a person, parent, and partner.
Faces of Praise!
By Carol M. Mackey, B. Jeffrey Grant-Clark
This full-color photo gift book that turns chart-topping contemporary gospel music into Bible-based devotions is a three-way blessing for readers: a perfect companion to favorite gospel recordings, an encouraging daily devotional and a unique photo collection.Here are never-before-seen four-color images of the top 60 contemporary gospel artists taken on stage, as they led worship concerts. B. Jeffrey Grant-Clark met with, worked alongside, and photographed all these gospel icons-- Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, the award winning duo Mary Mary and many more--during his decades-long music career. He joins author Carol M. Mackey to create FACES OF PRAISE! which pairs these gospel artists and their most popular, uplifting songs with applicable scripture, inspirational text and prayers. Each image shows the artists as they worship, revealing their passion for God and inspiring hope, joy, and endurance in readers Beautifully designed, FACES OF PRAISE! is a perfect companion to gospel recordings, an encouraging devotional and a unique photo collection. Artists included:Yolanda Adams Shari Addison Crystal Aikin Rance Allen Vanessa Bell Armstrong Amber Bullock Kim Burrell Jonathan Butler Myron Butler Shirley Caesar Byron Cage Erica Campbell Kurt Carr Jacky Clark-ChisolmDorinda Clark-Cole Karen Clark-Sheard Tasha Cobbs Y'Anna Crawley Andrae Crouch Kirk Franklin Travis Greene Deitrick Haddon JJ Hairston Fred Hammond Tramaine Hawkins Israel Houghton Keith "Wonder Boy" Johnson Le'Andria Johnson Canton Jones John P. KeeDeon Kipping Mary Mary Donnie McClurkin William McDowell Vashawn Mitchell J. Moss William Murphy Jason Nelson Charisse Nelson-McIntosh Smokie Norful Kelly Price Hart RamseyJoann Rosario Marvin Sapp Kierra Sheard Richard Smallwood Micah StampleyKathy Taylor Ton'ex Tye Tribbett Trin-i-tee 5:7 Uncle Reece Hezekiah Walker The Walls Group Melvin Williams Michelle Williams BeBe Winans Cece Winans Marvin Winans Vickie Whininess
By Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson
An Uncensored Conversation About Sex and Self from the Creators of the Top-Rated Guys We F*cked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast'They are the voices of a new generation of women for whom no sexual encounter is off limits' Times MagazineComedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson started Guys We F*cked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast in 2013, intending to interview guys they'd slept with to learn more about themselves and squash the stigma so often associated with sexual women. As the podcast grew, and Corinne and Krystyna got to know their fans, stories of sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse and crippling shame became common topics of discussion along with those humorous conversations highlighting overall sexual confusion among many adults. The podcast is now a community of over a million listeners worldwide and a place where any and all taboo sex topics are discussed freely, both with celebrity guests and the real people in their lives.F*cked follows that model, as Corinne and Krystyna bring a mix of raw, ridiculous and serious sexual conversation to the page that will include topics like:· Why shame is completely made up and how we can stop giving into it· Sexual exploration and how it sometimes ends in a trip to A&E· Stuff we should stop doing: Snooping, nitpicking our bodies, and faking orgasms· Asking your sexual partner uncomfortable questions· How to get yourself out of an unsafe situation· Masturbation, threesomes, porn, sex toys, butt stuff and much, much moreThis is a guide to love and sex for anyone who has ever felt afraid to be their authentic sexual self. It won't talk down to you or coddle you, because you're better than that. Despite what Rom-Coms and glossy magazines tell you, you can handle sexual exploration without the assistance of a man, a glass of rosé, or a Xanax-and more importantly, you're fine all by yourself.
By Tommy McDonald
Move over, Tofurkey. VegNews Magazine's 2015 Company of the Year offers their first cookbook, dedicated to delicious, satisfying vegan "wheat meat" recipes. Founded in 1997 in Seattle, Washington, Field Roast Grain Meat Co. creates artisan vegan meats, made with real ingredients and traditional food making practices. Chef Tommy McDonald shares fundamental techniques and processes that will enable the reader to make vegan grain meats (sausages, stuffed roasts) at home - for everyday (sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf) to holiday (the popular Celebration Roast). The 100 recipes are flexible: want to make your own meats? Great! Want to use Field Roast products instead? That will work too. Field Roast products (grain meats and Chao non-dairy cheeses) are not soy-based; rather they are made with vital wheat gluten, veggies, and spices - all-natural ingredients for authentic, hearty taste. Field Roast's ever-expanding array of products (roasts, sausages, deli slices, loaves, a frankfurter, a burger, and vegan cheese) can be found in retail outlets and on restaurant menus nationwide.
Feel Good 101
By Emma Blackery
The Sunday Times BestsellerTHIS BOOK WON'T CHANGE YOUR LIFEBut it might just help you change it yourselfOnly you can take the steps you need to help yourself become the strong, independent, fearless person you dream of being. It took me a long time - and a lot of real lows, excruciating heartaches and countless mistakes - to get there. The sole purpose of this book's existence is the hope that it may speed up that journey to happiness for you.In FEEL GOOD 101, YouTube's most outspoken star Emma Blackery is finally putting pen to paper to (over)share all her hard-learned life lessons. From standing up to bullies and bad bosses to embracing body confidence and making peace with her brain, Emma speaks with her trademark honesty about the issues she's faced - including her struggles with anxiety and depression. This is the book Emma wishes she'd had growing up . . . and she's written it for you.
The Fish Book
By Paul Peacock
This book will give you the knowledge and confidence to choose, prepare, cook and enjoy fresh food and seafood. It explains simply how to gut, clean and fillet fish and how to deal with shellfish and crustaceans such as crab and lobster, and what knives and tools you'll need for the job.The numerous recipes take into consideration sustainable fishing and advise on which fish can be used instead of those at risk. The book also encourages the use of locally caught produce rather than those shipped around the world.As well as recipes for cooking sea and river fish, shellfish, crustaceans you'll discover how to preserve fish.
By Anna Yusim
Over the past 15 years, psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim has made a startling discovery that flies in the face of most modern medical teaching, including her own. Her patients' primary complaints, ranging from anxiety to depression to sexual dysfunction, often coincide with spiritual neglect--an all too common problem in Western cultures that champion intellectual development over spiritual care. Medical research is now substantiating what Dr. Yusim has known to be true for many years: spirituality is a powerful path to healing. Drawing from the best in Western medicine (and her training at Stanford, Yale, and NYU), as well as teachings from Kabbalah, Buddhism, and South African shamanistic traditions, Dr. Yusim has developed a program that marries empirical science and spirituality for true healing. Using the techniques Dr. Yusim has used to help over 1,000 individuals realign with their higher purpose--authenticity, empowerment, meaning, and connection--FULFILLED tunes readers in to the voice of their soul and teaches them how to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Filled with practical wisdom, interactive exercises, and fascinating research, and integrating the best of Western medicine with Eastern philosophy, FULFILLED will appeal to skeptics and seekers alike, and to readers who are looking for more meaning, joy, and happiness in their lives.
The Fallen Children
By David Owen
One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?'A powerful and disturbing new take on an original classic' Tim Bowler, author of Carnegie Medal-winner River Boy'I loved this book . . . Pacy, gripping, intriguing [and] poignant' Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire and Radio SilenceYoung people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.But change is coming . . .One night, everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they're pregnant - and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.As the news spreads around the tower, its residents turns against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha's life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.The Fallen Children has one cover design but 360 different colourways. Each one is numbered from 1 to 360 on the spine. The colour you receive will be completely random.'THE FALLEN CHILDREN is ATTACK THE BLOCK meets VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and feels like the London I know. It's very cool' - Juno Dawson'An ingenious twist on a classic. Surprisingly tender and moving, completely convincing and gripping' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave'Read THE FALLEN CHILDREN if you'd like less middle-class kidlit, allegorical commentary on society and teens, and dead good books' - Non Pratt
The Fourteenth Letter
By Claire Evans
A mysterious keepsake, a murdered bride, a legacy of secrets...One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society.As she takes her fiancé's hand, a stranger brandishing a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl's life. Amid the tumult, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: 'I promised I would save you.'The following morning, just a few miles away, timid young legal clerk William Lamb meets a reclusive client, whom he was never meant to meet. He finds the old man terrified and in desperate need of aid: William must keep safe a small casket of yellowing papers, and deliver an enigmatic message: The Finder knows.With its labyrinth of unfolding secrets, Claire Evans' riveting debut will be adored by fans of Kate Mosse, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jessie Burton.
By D. Nolan Clark
'Gripping writing, a brilliantly realised future culture and sympathetic characters . . . An entertaining and compelling read' SFXFEAR THE SILENCEAfter centuries of devastating interplanetary civil war, mankind has found a time of relative peace. That peace is shattered when an unknown armada emerges from the depths of space, targeting an isolated colony planet. As the colonists plead for help, the politicians and bureacrats look away. But battle-scarred Commander Aleister Lanoe will not abandon thousands of innocents to their fate. Forsaken skies is the explosive first novel from D. Nolan Clark, an epic tale of a fight against the odds - and the terror of realising that we're no longer alone in the cold vacuum of space.
By Christine Feehan
Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa's real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit - something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.Praise for Christine Feehan:'The queen of paranormal romance! The one who started it all! I love everything she does' J.R. Ward'After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire series), Feehan is the person most credited with popularising the neck gripper' Time'Suspenseful, engaging - fraught with magic, action and romance . . . I HAVE to read the next one in the series' Smexy Books
Fly Fishing For Salmon
By Allan Sefton
Taking up salmon fly fishing is surprisingly difficult if you have not got lots of help and encouragement even if you fish for other species. There are many barriers......wilderness locations, cost, jargon and all the technical problems involving tackle and technique.The purpose of this book is to break all those barriers down. It will explain clearly what the absolute beginner needs to know. It will help solve the technical problems and common faults faced by 'improvers' and those advancing from trout fly fishing and other disciplines. Many experienced anglers are confused by some modern techniques and this guidance will get them right up to date.
By Ken Baker
In this YA series, Brooklyn Brant is a celebrity news blogger dying to have her big break. Her blog, Deadline Diaries, features the clickbait hook-ups, break-ups, and screw-ups of the Hollywood glitterati, but she has yet to nab the one juicy scoop that will establish her as the ultimate insider. Actress Taylor Prince is America's sweetheart,beautiful, talented, successful, and sober. With a Golden Globe win, Oscar nom, clothing and fragrance line, and too many magazine covers to count, Taylor is ready to celebrate her sixteenth birthday with a big poolside bash. However, she is not prepared for a police raid and blacking out in the arms of a dangerously handsome stranger. Brooklyn is called by Taylor's assistant to locate the missing starlet under the radar and on a very tight deadline. And she will need both her sleuthing and journalistic skills to solve the mystery and get the story of a lifetime. In this suspenseful, dual narrative thriller alternating between the perspectives of Brooklyn and Taylor, author Ken Baker uses his in-depth experience with celebrity journalism and behind-the-scenes truths to explore the ugly underbelly of Hollywood's obsession with finding the ever elusive fountain of youth. [Excerpt:]"Sources are to a news-breaking blogger what water is to a plant: Everything but the sun."
Four Nights With the Duke
By Eloisa James
Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him-so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.Which Mia will never do.Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart-and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.Eloisa's witty, romantic Georgian romances are perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas and Georgette Heyer
By Michelle Burford, Michelle Knight
The #1 New York Times BestsellerMichelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken. In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
By James Canton
Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to become predictive, adaptive, and agile,to become Future Smart. Dr. James Canton, a renowned global futurist and visionary business advisor, illuminates the pivotal forces and global power shifts that everyone must understand today to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape:Regenerative medicine will extend our lifetimes and rebuild our bodiesRobots and drones will drive our cars, teach our kids, and fight our warsSmart machines will design, manage, and service 40% of all global businesses,energy, commerce, finance, and manufacturing,without humansDigital consumers who live always connected will challenge every business to change its strategyClimate change wars will redefine security and resourcesMost of us are not prepared to meet the challenges the future will bring, but these changes are coming fast. Armed with knowledge, those who are Future Smart can take action to reinvent themselves, their businesses, and their world.
By Connah Brecon
Try as he might (or might not), Frank is a bear who is always late. And when he starts school, the trouble really begins. Frank has very good reasons, like the time he had to save a cat stuck in a tree and the morning he found himself challenged to a charity dance-off, and even the time he had to rescue a family of bunnies from a huge, smelly ogre. Frank's teacher has heard enough of Frank's excuses, but what happens when a giant zombie lizard king really does attack the school? Sometimes there is truth to the most unusual of circumstances, and being helpful can pay off in the most unexpected ways.
By Chris Brookmyre
One crime brought them together . . .Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead.Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of a local gangster, and Jasmine must finally enter his violent domain to seek answers.. . . a second will break them apartDetective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is in fear for her life.When she discovers a symbol daubed on the head of Fallan's alleged victim, it unearths secrets that will threaten everything Catherine holds dear.One murder. Two women. A lifetime of lies revealed.