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Little, Brown

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng
Authors:
Celeste Ng
Robinson

Ten Women Who Changed Science, and the World

Catherine Whitlock, Rhodri Evans
Authors:
Catherine Whitlock, Rhodri Evans

Ten Women Who Changed Science tells the moving stories of the physicists, biologists, chemists, astronomers and doctors who helped to shape our world with their extraordinary breakthroughs and inventions, and outlines their remarkable achievements.These scientists overcame significant obstacles, often simply because they were women their science and their lives were driven by personal tragedies and shaped by seismic world events. What drove these remarkable women to cure previously incurable diseases, disprove existing theories or discover new sources of energy? Some were rewarded with the Nobel Prize for their pioneering achievements - Madame Curie, twice - others were not and, even if they had, many are not household names.Despite living during periods when the contribution of women was disregarded, if not ignored, these resilient women persevered with their research, whether creating life-saving drugs or expanding our knowledge of the cosmos. By daring to ask 'How?' and 'Why?' and persevering against the odds, each of these women, in a variety of ways, has made the world a better place.AstronomyHenrietta Leavitt (United States of America) (1868-1921) - discovered the period-luminosity relation(ship) for Cepheid variable stars, which enabled us to measure the size of our Galaxy and the Universe.Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (United Kingdom/United States of America) (1900-1979) - showed that the Sun, and hence the Universe, is composed mainly of hydrogen.PhysicsLise Meitner (Austria) (1878-1968) - fled Nazi Germany in 1938, taking with her the experimental results which showed that she and Otto Hahn had split the nucleus and discovered nuclear fission. Chien-Shiung Wu (United States of America) (1912-1997) - Chinese-American who disproved one of the most accepted 'laws of nature', that not all processes can be mirrored. She showed that the 'law of parity', the idea that a left-spinning and right-spinning sub-atomic particle would behave identically, was wrong.ChemistryMarie Curie (France) (1867-1934) - the only person in history to have won Nobel prizes in two different fields of science. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (United Kingdom) (1910-1994) - British chemist who won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 1964. Among the most prominent of a generation of great protein crystallographers. The field was revolutionized under her. She pioneered the X-ray study of large molecules of biochemical importance: the structures of cholesterol, penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin, leading to DNA structure analysis by Franklin etc.MedicineVirginia Apgar (United States of America) (1909-1974) - of Apgar Score fame.Gertrude Elion (United States of America) (1918-1999) - won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1988 for developing some important principles for drug development.BiologyRita Levi-Montalicini (Italy) (1909-2012) - the so-called 'Lady of the Cells'. She won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1986 for her co-discovery in 1954 of NGF (nerve growth factor).Elsie Widdowson (United Kingdom) (1906-2000) - a pioneer of the science of nutrition who was instrumental in devising the WW2 diet, in part through self-experimentation.

Robinson

A Brief History of the Martial Arts

Jonathan Clements
Authors:
Jonathan Clements

Folk tales of the Shaolin Temple depict warrior monks with superhuman abilities. Today, dozens of East Asian fighting styles trace their roots back to the Buddhist brawlers of Shaolin, although any quest for the true story soon wanders into a labyrinth of forgeries, secret texts and modern retellings.This new study approaches the martial arts from their origins in military exercises and callisthenics. It examines a rich folklore from old wuxia tales of crime-fighting heroes to modern kung fu movies. Centre stage is given to the stories that martial artists tell themselves about themselves, with accounts (both factual and fictional) of famous practitioners including China's Yim Wing-chun, Wong Fei-hong, and Ip Man, as well as Japanese counterparts such as Kano Jigoro, Itosu Anko and So Doshin.The history of martial arts encompasses secret societies and religious rebels, with intimate glimpses of the histories of China, Korea and Japan, their conflicts and transformations. The book also charts the migration of martial arts to the United States and beyond. Special attention is paid to the turmoil of the twentieth century, the cross-cultural influence of Japanese colonies in Asia, and the post-war rise of martial arts in sport and entertainment - including the legacy of Bruce Lee, the dilemma of the ninja and the global audience for martial arts in fiction.

Moon Travel

Moon New Orleans (4th ed)

Laura Martone
Authors:
Laura Martone

This full-colour handbook includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning.New Orleans native Laura Martone offers an insider's take on the Big Easy, from shopping on Magazine Street to listening to old-time jazz in Faubourg Marigny. Martone also includes a handful of fun trip itinerary ideas, including "A Romantic Weekend," "Mardi Gras," and "Haunted New Orleans." With tips on taking carriage rides through the French Quarter, visiting the Art District's museums, and bicycling in City Park, Moon New Orleans gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Sphere

A Wild and Lonely Place

Marcia Muller
Authors:
Marcia Muller

Even a midlife crisis doesn't stop PI Sharon McCone from getting involved in the case of the 'Diplo Bomber', a terrorist who has maimed or killed half a dozen foreign diplomats. San Francisco homicide cop Adah Joslyn enlists McCone's help when the bomber warns that his next target will be the San Francisco-based consulate of Azad, an oil-rich Arab emirate. But it's not until McCone meets the engaging nine-year-old granddaughter of the Azad consul that she gets hooked. The case is as puzzling and frustrating as any she's worked on, taking her from San Francisco's seamy underworld to the sparkling beauty of a remote Caribbean island. And just when McCone thinks she's finally figured out who the bomber is, even she's surprised by one final, macabre twist.

PublicAffairs

Geek Heresy

Kentaro Toyama
Authors:
Kentaro Toyama

After a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can't deliver.Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cabinets because teachers don't know what to do with them. Mobile phone apps meant to spread hygiene practices in Africa fail to improve health. Executives in Silicon Valley evangelize novel technologies at work even as they send their children to Waldorf schools that ban electronics. And four decades of incredible innovation in America have done nothing to turn the tide of rising poverty and inequality. Why then do we keep hoping that technology will solve our greatest social ills?In this incisive book, Toyama cures us of the manic rhetoric of digital utopians and reinvigorates us with a deeply people-centric view of social change. Contrasting the outlandish claims of tech zealots with stories of people like Patrick Awuah, a Microsoft millionaire who left his engineering job to open Ghana's first liberal arts university, and Tara Sreenivasa, a graduate of a remarkable South Indian school that takes impoverished children into the high-tech offices of Goldman Sachs and Mercedes-Benz, Geek Heresy is a heartwarming reminder that it's human wisdom, not machines, that move our world forward.

Blackfriars

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng
Authors:
Celeste Ng

Amazon.com's no. 1 Book of the Year 2014'No wonder it beat Hilary Mantel and Stephen King to win Amazon's book of the year' Stylist Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. And if you loved Everything I Never Told You, don't miss Celeste Ng's second novel Little Fires Eveywhere, now available

Sphere

Chinese Puzzle

Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
Authors:
Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
Moon Travel

Moon Spotlight Michigan’s Traverse Bays & Mackinac Island

Laura Martone
Authors:
Laura Martone

Moon Spotlight Michigan's Traverse Bays & Mackinac Island is a 110-page compact guide covering the best of northern Michigan, including Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula, Petoskey, and Cheboygan. Author Laura Martone offers her firsthand advice on must-see attractions and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation, making navigating this popular vacation area uncomplicated and enjoyable. This Spotlight guidebook is excerpted from Moon Michigan.

Moon Travel

Moon Spotlight Detroit & Ann Arbor

Laura Martone
Authors:
Laura Martone

Moon Spotlight Detroit & Ann Arbor is a 110-page compact guide covering the best of Southern Michigan, including Detroit's treasured Belle Isle and one-of-a-kind The Henry Ford, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, one of America's pioneer wildlife conservation centres. Author Laura Martone offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps, making navigating these diverse areas uncomplicated and enjoyable.This Spotlight guidebook is excerpted from Moon Michigan.

Moon Travel

Moon Michigan (5th ed)

Laura Martone
Authors:
Laura Martone

World traveller Laura Martone spends summers with her family on Michigan's Big Bear Lake, and she shares her favourite Michigan experiences, from indulging at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City to exploring Detroit's rhythmic roots and auto museums. Martone provides itineraries for trekking through the Upper Peninsula, touring lighthouses on the Great Lake shoreline, and splurging on a luxury B&B on the popular Mackinac Island. Moon Michigan is packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations. Complete with details on where to ice fish, sample local fudge, and go golfing in the Lower Peninsula, Moon Michigan gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Moon Travel

Moon Florida Keys (2nd ed)

Laura Martone
Authors:
Laura Martone

World traveller Laura Martone shares the best ways to experience the Florida Keys, from diving the fascinating underwater coral reefs and shipwrecks of Key Largo to hiking and camping in the less touristy Middle Keys. Martone offers unique trip ideas for a variety of travellers, including Historic Architecture, Underwater Journey, and Romantic Key West Getaway. Complete with information on taking trolley tours, swimming with dolphins, and attending festivals like the Key Largo Pirates Fest, Moon Florida Keys gives travellers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. Coverage includes:Miami and the EvergladesKey LargoIslamoradaMarathon and the Middle KeysBig Pine and the Lower KeysKey West

C & R Crime

Black Lotus

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

With a triple murder on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads to a clash of wills with Reiko, his headstrong wife.September, 1693, and a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual centre for hundreds of Buddhist nuns, monks, priests and orphans, is burned to the ground, leaving three dead. Samuri-detective Sano Ichiro quickly discovers the victims did not die in the fire; they were brutally murdered before the fire began.His investigation of the incident leads him to Haru, an orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of her innocence. But will Reiko risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru could not be the multiple murderer?

Robinson

A Brief History of the Samurai

Jonathan Clements
Authors:
Jonathan Clements

'Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements' guide will keep you on the hook' Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

C & R Crime

The Cloud Pavilion

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
C & R Crime

The Concubine's Tattoo

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
C & R Crime

Way of the Traitor

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
C & R Crime

Bundori

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
C & R Crime

Shinju

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

Seventeenth-century Tokyo is the setting for Rowland's first book in a murder mystery series featuring Sano Ichiro the Senior Police Commander in the district of Edo. Ichiro is a samurai whose academic background puts him at odds with most of his peers.When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in what seems to be a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the cause was their forbidden love. Everyone, that is, but Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and being warned off by his superiors, the shogun's Most Honourable Investigator of Events, Situations and People suspects this double death was not only a tragedy - it was murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for the killer across every level of society, determined to find answers to a mystery no one else seems to want solved . . .

Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyväskylä, Finland, and his website iswww.muramasaindustries.com.