Related to: 'Mozart's Starling'

Award-winning author of Tipping The Velvet

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in Wales. She has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith and The Night Watch have been adapted for television. Sarah Waters has been named Author of the Year four times: by the British Book Awards, the Booksellers' Association, Waterstone's Booksellers and the Stonewall Awards. She lives in London.

Virago

Apple Bough

Noel Streatfeild
Authors:
Noel Streatfeild

So your brother's a world-famous violinist? That's amazing! Or is it?The Forums are a musical family, and one child, Sebastian, shines out as a prodigy. He is a brilliant violinist and when his talent is recognised, he is wanted the world over. Myra, Wolfgang (named after Mozart) and Ettie thought it was wonderful at first, but after four years of touring the world with their brilliant brother they've changed their minds. Now, what they long for, is a home of their own, not a hotel in Vienna or Venice or Moscow. But to their mother and father, a life of travel is exciting - all any child could want. How can the children make the grown-ups see sense?Myra makes a plan - 'Operation Home' - and is determined to make it succeed.

Corsair

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Alex Preston, Neil Gower
Authors:
Alex Preston, Neil Gower

'A magical book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography' Tom Holland'Delightful . . . an original look at the literature inspired by Britain's birdlife' the Guardian, Best Nature Books of 2017When Alex Preston was 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars, leave behind the hides and the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds didn't disappear though. Rather, it went underground, and he began birdwatching in the books that he read, creating his own personal anthology of nature writing that brought the birds of his childhood back to brilliant life. Looking for moments 'when heart and bird are one', Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Moving from the 'high requiem' of Keats's nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes's brooding 'Hawk in the Rain' to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this is a book that will make you look at birds, at the world, in a newer, richer light. Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds.'As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a memoir/gallimaufry of ornithological obsession by Alex Preston. He watches birds in the sky and on the page darting between myths, stories and memoir like a swift. The characterful illustrations by Neil Gower add a whole new dimension to this gorgeous book' Damian Barr, Guardian Best Books of 2017

Center Street

Just Life

Neil Abramson
Authors:
Neil Abramson

An unidentified virus is spreading through a New York City neighborhood. Desperate for answers, the medical community can only determine the cause is zoonotic, their theory shifting from an avian-source to canine. Despite the lack of information, the politically ambitious governor calls in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine of all dogs. As the situation escalates, veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her loyal crew must protect the animals in their no-kill shelter. But when Samantha is forced to secure the help of her estranged father, she will have to confront the painful past that haunts her. As he did in UNSAID, Neil Abramson explores the interconnectedness of humans and the animals who share our homes and lives, in a timely novel that will resonate long after you've turned the last page.

PublicAffairs

The Revenge of Analog

David Sax
Authors:
David Sax

The more advanced our digital technologies, the more we come to realize that reality rules. David Sax reassures us surviving members of team human that material existence is alive and well, and makes a compelling case for the reclamation of terra firma and all that comes with it." - Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We've begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed. Businesses that once looked outdated, from film photography to brick-and-mortar retail, are now springing with new life. Notebooks, records, and stationery have become cool again. Behold the Revenge of Analog.David Sax has uncovered story after story of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and even big corporations who've found a market selling not apps or virtual solutions but real, tangible things. As e-books are supposedly remaking reading, independent bookstores have sprouted up across the country. As music allegedly migrates to the cloud, vinyl record sales have grown more than ten times over the past decade. Even the offices of tech giants like Google and Facebook increasingly rely on pen and paper to drive their brightest ideas.Sax's work reveals a deep truth about how humans shop, interact, and even think. Blending psychology and observant wit with first-rate reportage, Sax shows the limited appeal of the purely digital life- and the robust future of the real world outside it.

Sphere

Industrial Evolution

Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
Authors:
Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy

Guess who's coming to dinner?Take a couple of techno-geniuses on the wrong side of the law, add a politician so corrupt his quest for the presidency is quite promising, then throw in a secret civilization of freaky, subterranean dwellers who haven't seen daylight in a long time - it all adds up to one big pain for Remo.It's not as if he doesn't have enough problems with Chiun or with CURE yanking his chain at every turn. But a diabolical father-son team of uber-inventors are now self-styled gods of the Mole People, turning a network of abandoned mines into an underground city -thanks to an army of albino cannibals and truckloads of unsuspecting slave labour from terra firma. Sure, the Destroyer has taken on fetid, flesh-eating monsters and smart-ass psychos before, but now there's a bigger threat looming within the House of Sinanju -something impossible, unthinkable. . . and disastrously real.Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.

Hachette Australia

Today I Will...

Carmen Warrington
Authors:
Carmen Warrington

You know you 'need' to meditate - because you've been told to - or maybe you want to learn to meditate but find it too difficult to establish a meditation practice. The answer you're looking for is affirmations, which work like mini meditations: your attention can be focused on the affirmation for a short period of time and give your brain a chance to let go of extraneous thoughts. You can repeat affirmations throughout the day for little moments of calm. The affirmations in TODAY I WILL... can help you develop mindfulness in a busy world, in just a few short minutes a day. They also provide moments of inspiration to uplift your everyday life. Each affirmation encourages you to make simple changes to daily routines and ways of thinking. The practical purpose, wisdom and joy associated with each affirmation are explained to you as you are guided towards your calm and creative nature.Start changing your life in a positive way: TODAY I WILL ...

Corsair

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman
Authors:
Jennifer Ackerman

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight.In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research - the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states - Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are revolutionizing our view of what it means to be intelligent.Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools.But beyond highlighting how birds use their unique genius in technical ways, Ackerman points out the impressive social smarts of birds. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They display a strong sense of fairness. They give gifts. They play keep-away and tug-of-war. They tease. They share. They cultivate social networks. They vie for status. They kiss to console one another. They teach their young. They blackmail their parents. They alert one another to danger. They summon witnesses to the death of a peer. They may even grieve.This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science. Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world.

Black Dog & Leventhal

National Wildlife Federation's World Of Birds

Kim Kurki, National Wildlife Federation
Authors:
Kim Kurki, National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds introduces kids ages 7 through 12 to more than 120 different species of birds in their native environments, with detailed illustrations and exciting, memorable information from Kim Kurki and the experts at the National Wildlife Federation.From the National Wildlife Federation, publishers of Ranger Rick, the popular nature magazine for kids, comes this exciting, dynamic, and wonderfully illustrated guide for young naturalists.National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds is arranged by habitat and identifies more than 100 birds. Kim Kurki?s engaging and highly accurate illustrations give kids a true and close-up appreciation of each bird species, such as its size, shape, color, and markings, as well as its habitat, call, and behavior. Kids will learn to recognize the birds by their individual characteristics, such as the male cardinal?s distinctive crest, the kestrel?s helicopter hover, and the goldfinch?s enchanting song. You?ll also discover what makes each bird amazing, including which is the fastest flier, which lays the biggest egg, and which spends years of its life in the water, never touching land.The excellent illustrations, nontechnical language, and fascinating facts throughout make this an ideal guide for beginner bird-watchers?of any age!

Black Dog & Leventhal

Black Dog Opera Library Box Set

Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Authors:
Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Black Dog Opera Library is the best, easiest and most informative and budget-friendly way to enjoy four of the greatest operas of all time. Finally available again, and packaged with gorgeous new covers, are four of the most popular operas in the Black Dog Opera Library: Carmen, La Boh?me, La Traviata, and The Marriage of Figaro.Each book in the library includes the complete opera on 2 CDs, featuring world-class performances and orchestras; the complete libretto, plus its English translation; an exciting history of the opera; a biography of the composer; a synopsis of the story, broken down by act and scene; and dozens of photographs and drawings depicting performances, singers, sets, costumes, and more.Carmen features Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, and Kostas Paskalis, with Rafael Fru?beck de Burgos conducting the Orchestra of the Th??tre National de l'Op?ra.La Boh?me features Nicolai Gedda and Mirella Freni, with Thomas Schippers conducting the Orchestro e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.La Traviata features Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, and Rolando Panerai, with Aldo Ceccato conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.The Marriage of Figaro features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heather Harper, Judith Blegen, Geraint Evans, Teresa Berganza, and Birgit Finnil?, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the English Chamber Orchestra.Listen. Enjoy. Learn.Also available as individual titles.

Little, Brown US

The Urban Bestiary

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Authors:
Lyanda Lynn Haupt

In THE URBAN BESTIARY, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose "home" is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, THE URBAN BESTIARY is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.

Running Press Adult

1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know

Sharon Stiteler
Authors:
Sharon Stiteler

Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies in America, and 1,001 Secrets Every Bird Watcher Should Know is the first photographic guide and fact book written in a humorous conversational tone that appeals to every age and skill level. Replete with sound information, 1,001 Secrets will expose many birding myths: a bald eagle cannot carry off a four-month old baby, and crows do not go sledding for fun. This accessible guide includes fun facts, such as where certain birds got their names, how birds eat, how they find a life partner, and how they build a home for the chicks. Other useful information includes identification tips, migration patterns, and where the best birding vacation spots are. Packed with full-colour photos, 1,001 Secrets Every Bird Watcher Should Know is a fun, informative read for every bird watcher.

Robinson

Mammoth Books presents Missing Persons and Mysterious Deaths

Jon E. Lewis
Authors:
Jon E. Lewis

Alexander LitvinenkoMr Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian living in London, was poisoned by Polonium-210, traced by alpha detectors to a British Airways flight from Moscow to Heathrow. A Champions League match between Arsenal and CKSA Moscow had brought thousands of Russian fans to London. Was one of them responsible for Litvinenko's death?American MIA in VietnamIs it possible that prisoners of war still remain left behind in Vietnam?ChemtrailsPolluted contrails that rain death and disease. Who would commit such a ruthless act?Christopher MarloweMarlowe was a rake and a radical, a homosexual and an atheist, but what really happened to this notorious free-thinking Elizabethan in 1593?Diana, Princess of WalesMohamed Al-Fayed, Harrod's owner and the man who might have become Diana's father-in-law, points the finger at Prince Phillip, the Queen's husband, an accusation which sparked a multi-million pound investigation.Dr David KellyThe UK scientist and weapons expert found dead just days after being identified as the source who cast doubt on the claim that Saddam Hussein could have fired a weapon of mass destruction at 45 minutes notice. Was it suicide, or murder?Elvis PresleyElvis is supposedly alive and well, and has been spotted countless times since his death in 1977. But Elvis fans inadvertently add to the hysteria by dressing like him - has anyone actually seen the real Elvis Presley?Gemstone FileThis 1,000 page document claims that a great deal of suppressed information has played a role in shaping world events since the 1950's. Do the mafia and other corrupt politicians have anything to do with the Kennedy assassinations and other major historical events?Hilda MurrellDid campaigner Hilda Murrell suffer a state-sponsored death because she knew too much? Or was this really just an unfortunate end to a botched burglary?HIV and AidsWas Human Immunodeficiency Virus deliberately engineered as part of a racist plot to reduce the world's population?John F. KennedyWho was with Lee Harvey Oswald when he supposedly killed the US President?Jimmy HoffaThe ex-president of the US Teamsters Union ate a meal at Machus Red Fox restaurant in Detroit, paid for his meal and walked straight out straight into an American mythology. What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?John LennonIt seems clear that John Lennon's assassinator, Mark David Chapman, was simply a deranged fan, or is there some truth to the theory that he was actually a Manchurian Candidate, brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command?Karen SilkwoodLabour union activist Karen Silkwood was allegedly murdered to prevent her blowing the whistle on the Kerr-McGee nuclear company.Malcolm XHayer, Butler and Johnson were convicted of first-degree murder, but with all the evidence gathered, is it possible that the FBI set up Malcolm X for assassination by black radicals?Marilyn MonroeHer death may well have been assumed to have been a suicide if not for her long string of high-profile boyfriends. But if one of them killed her, which one was it?Martin BormannHitler's right hand man and head of the Nazi party Chancellery death has continued to cause controversy despite his supposed death in 1945. Bormann is said to have lived on after the war and stayed hidden from view, yet forensic identification documents state otherwise, so why do the conspiracy theories on Bormann persist?Martin Luther KingTo this day millions believe James Earl Ray did not have the capability to execute Martin Luther King alone, but is it true that Ray was merely a patsy?Montauk PointSupposedly a centre for research into exotic psychological welfare techniques, the Montauk project actually calls into question our whole experience of reality, truth and the universe.Norman KirkThe radical leader of the New Zealand Labour Party had begun a series of attacks on trilateralists, two years later he was found dead, quickly replaced by Wallace Rowling. Are those who think his sudden death from a heart attack just a bit too convenient right to suspect foul play?PROMISWas conspiracy researcher Danny Casolaro silenced to stop his investigation into the theft of PROMIS software?Robert F KennedyPalestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan, the man arrested for the assassination of Robert Kennedy, cannot have committed the crime alone. His gun held a mere eight bullets, yet Kennedy was shot eleven times.Robert MaxwellThe corpse of British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was found floating close to his yacht off the Canary Islands on the 5th of November 1991. Many people believe Maxwell's death is dubious, why then, was his family so happy to accept his accidental death?Rudolf HessIn 1941 Hitler's Deputy Fuhrer flew a stolen Me110 German fighter plane to Britain on what Hitler affirmed was a mad private 'peace mission', did Hitler approve of Hess's star-crossed plan? Or perhaps he was lured to Britain?Tupac ShakurDid Notorious BIG, fellow rap superstar contract the hit on rival Tupac Shakur, or is he alive and well living in Witness Protection?Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart was supposedly killed by his rival composer Antonio Salieri, but not necessarily by cold-blooded physical murder. Some believed Salieri ordered Mozart to work himself to death by anonymously commissioning a requiem mass against an impossible deadline. But why then would his wife allow Salieri to teach their son music?

Back Bay

Crow Planet

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Authors:
Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Constable

Lady of the Loch

Helen Armitage
Authors:
Helen Armitage
Black Dog & Leventhal

The Marriage Of Figaro (Book And CDs)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Authors:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Black Dog Opera Library is the best, easiest and most informative and budget-friendly way to enjoy four of the greatest operas of all time. Finally available again, and packaged with gorgeous new covers, each book in the library includes the complete opera on 2 CDs, featuring world-class performances and orchestras; the complete libretto, plus its English translation; an exciting history of the opera; a biography of the composer; a synopsis of the story, broken down by act and scene; and dozens of photographs and drawings depicting performances, singers, sets, costumes, and more.The Marriage of Figaro features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heather Harper, Judith Blegen, Geraint Evans, Teresa Berganza, and Birgit Finnil?, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the English Chamber Orchestra.Also available:La Boh?me featuring Nicolai Gedda and Mirella Freni, with Thomas Schippers conducting the Orchestro e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma;?Carmen featuring Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, and Kostas Paskalis, with Rafael Fru?beck de Burgos conducting the Orchestra of the Th??tre National de l'Op?ra. La Traviata featuring Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, and Rolando Panerai, with Aldo Ceccato conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Listen. Enjoy. Learn.

Basic Books

Why Birds Sing

David Rothenberg
Authors:
David Rothenberg

Alex Preston

Alex Preston is a bestselling and award-winning novelist, most recently of the critically-acclaimed In Love and War. He appears regularly on BBC television and radio. He writes for GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country Magazine as well as monthly fiction reviews for the Observer. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

Helen Armitage

Helen Armitage is a writer and book editor with an MA in Screenwriting and Screen Research. She has ghosted several biographies and one novel. She lives in London.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an ecophilosopher, naturalist, and author of several books, including The Urban Bestiary, Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. A winner of the Washington State Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer. Since its first performance in 1791, The Magic Flute has been a crowd pleasing opera and it remains one of the most celebrated in its genre.