The Story of India
Author: Michael Wood
Publisher: Random House
Marco Polo described India as 'a land of wonders' in the 13th century, and his observation is no less true today. Everything about India is older, bigger, more colourful, more diverse and more intriguing than anywhere else. It is the land of a multitude of many armed gods and goddesses, home to the architectural splendours of the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and Lutyens' Delhi. India is the world's largest democracy, a nuclear power and a rising economic giant -abut also the world's most ancient surviving civilisation, with unbroken continuity stretching back into prehistory. From the Buddha and Alexander the Great to Ghengis Khan, Akbar the Great and Mahatma Gandhi, India's history is a five-thousand-year epic. For half of that time India has been at the centre of world history and at the start of the 21st century, in the era of globalization, India has once again become a leading player on the world stage. In his landmark BBC2 series India, Michael Wood goes on six eye-opening journeys around the subcontinent to uncover the fabulous sights and sounds, the dazzling achievements and the dramatic history of the world's most influential civilization. This sumptuously illustrated book will be a magical mix of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India -apast, present and future.
Author: Sophia Bennett
Nonie's passion is fashion. Humanitarian Edie wants to save the world. And budding actress Jenny has just landed a small part in a Hollywood blockbuster. But when these three friends meet a young African refugee girl called Crow, wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and sketching a dress, they get the chance to pool their talents and do something truly wonderful, proving that fashion fairy tales really can happen.
Author: Terry Deary, Martin Brown
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EMILY MORTIMER, BILL NIGHY, AND PATRICIA CLARKSON Short-listed for the Booker Prize “A beautiful book, a perfect little gem.” — BBC Kaleidoscope “A marvelously piercing fiction.” — Times Literary Supplement In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop — the only bookshop — in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one. This new edition features an introduction by David Nicholls, author of One Day.
A book of imagination for the little Nina in all of us. Make a little mess, collect some little snowflakes, and draw the things a little bird might say in this book that asks its owner to make his or her mark on every page. Keith Haring presented Nina’s Book of Little Things to a friend’s daughter on her seventh birthday. Now everybody can enjoy this classic book, back in print in a stylish new edition, featuring a back-page pocket for extra items and a band to keep everything safely stowed.
The Lillian Lectures
Author: Wendy Agnew
Publisher: Coach House Books
Hide under your bed! Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret meets South Park in The Lillian Lectures, a collection of short poems and cheerfully nasty illustrations that will turn your universe on its head. Remember how strange you thought sex and God were when you were little? Six-year-old Melanie is weirder and naughtier than you ever were, and now she's passing her wealth of wacky wisdom on to her little sister, Lillian. Your mom would never let you play with them, but you sure would have wanted to; Melanie is the ultimate bad influence.
Pheobe Millbury must marry a duke--before her two cousins do--in order to inherit the family fortune, but the vicar's daughter finds herself torn between the wealthy Calder and his illegitimate but captivating younger brother Rafe.
The Last Days of Paris
Author: Alexander Werth
Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton 
When several leading society figures begin acting out of character, Holmes is enlisted on an investigation that will see him team up with famed ghost hunter Thomas Carnacki, and the famous occultist Aleister Crowley. As London fills up with mindless zombies, possessed by the spirits in the air, Holmes must descend beneath the city via the new underground train network to combat the source. A brand-new original novel, detailing a thrilling new case for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation.
The study of metal hydrides opens up promising avenues for the solution of world energy problems, as well as casting light on the interactions of hydrogen with materials, the role of hydrogen in materials science, and the chemistry of metal hydrides, all of which are discussed in this book in terms that range from a global look at the new vision of energy and how hydrogen fits into that future to reviews such as a look at nickel hydride over the last 40 years. Very specific current research in such areas as hydrogen in materials science discuss properties like superconductivity, diffusion EMF, magnetic properties, physicochemical properties, phase composition, and permeability. Hydrogen can also be used as a processing or alloying agent, and in the synthesis of battery electrodes, composite materials and alloys. The interaction of hydrogen with many metals, composites and alloys offers potential hydrogen storage systems. There is also a discussion of hydrogen sensors.
Next to Verdi's Ada, Giacomo Puccini's La Bohme is the most popular opera ever written. Performances of Ada, La Bohme, Carmen, and Don Giovanni ? the four operas most often performed ? constitute approximately 75 percent of the yearly schedule of operas throughout the world. This volume contains everything the opera goer needs to derive full satisfaction from La Bohme except the musical score itself. Most important, it provides the complete text of the Italian libretto, just as it is actually sung; that is, where a singer repeats a phrase several times, each of the repetitions is given here. And facing the Italian text is a completely new translation of the libretto into modern, idiomatic English. In addition to the libretto and English translation, this edition provides a careful, concise summary of the plot of La Bohme and a complete list of the opera's characters. There is also a brief, highly informative introduction by the translator that traces Puccini's masterpiece back to its source in Henry Murger's autobiographical novel La Vie Bohme, illuminating the early history of the opera and its later development. Opera lovers can use this book with their own recordings of the opera, read it before attending a performance, or can easily take it along to the performance itself. Those who have regretted the lack of a good, authentic, readable edition of the Italian libretto of La Bohme, and have complained of the stodginess of existing English translations, will recognize in this book a first-rate aid to the understanding of one of Puccini's most celebrated operas.
Just scratch with the stylus . . . and watch the pictures burst into color! Super Scratch Art Pads are a fun and easy way to create colorful drawings. Each page features a line illustration on a black background. When you trace the picture with the included stylus, it reveals the bright, vivid color beneath. The result is beautiful! Nature in all its beauty blooms colorfully when you scratch these drawings with your stylus. You'll find trees, flowers, and more on the stunning pages.