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  • Activity Book 1a

    Collins New Primary Maths Activity Book 1A is packed with exciting activities to help build and develop the skills needed to be successful in Maths. Each page features lots of hands-on, highly visual activities with a low level of text to give pupils confidence in learning maths.

  • First-Time Parent

    Anticipating the questions and concerns of all new mothers, this book provides practical advice and level-headed reassurance. It addresses the needs of the baby and those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life.

  • ISAAC'S STORM: The Drowning of Galveston

    Galveston, Texas, 8 September 1900. It's another fine day in the Gulf according to Isaac Cline, chief observer of the new US Weather Bureau, but one day later, 6-10,000 people were dead, wiped out by the biggest storm the coast of America had ever witnessed. Isaac Cline was confident of his ability to predict the weather: he had new technology at his disposal, 'perfect science', and, like America itself, he was sure that he was in control of his world, that the new century would be the American century, that the future was man's to command. And the coastal city of Galveston was a prosperous, enthusiastic place - a jewel of progress and contentment, a model for the new century. The storm blew up in Cuba. It was, in modern jargon, an X-storm - an extreme hurricane - and it did not circle around the Gulf of Mexicao as storms routinely did. On 8 September 1900 it ploughed straight into Galveston. It was the meteorological equivalent of the Big One. It was to be the worst natural disaster ever to befall America to this day: between six and ten thousand people died, including Isaac Cline's wife and unborn child. With them died Cline's and America's hubris: the storm had simply blown them away. Told with a novelist's skill this is the true story of an awful and terrible natural catastrophe.

  • The Children of Hurin

    Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of The Children of Hurin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, eagles and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien. There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World. In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Turin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Hurin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Turin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled. The earliest versions of this story by J.R.R. Tolkien go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed; but long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he wrote it anew and greatly enlarged it in complexities of motive and character: it became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.

  • If You Could See Me Now

    Tender, magical and captivating - a story of family, friends, and the unlikeliest of romances from the No. 1 bestselling author, Cecelia Ahern. What if love was right there in front of you - you just couldn't see it? Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count. But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic. Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again?

  • Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes

    If you're hungry for good food but short on time you'll love Ching's quick and easy Chinese recipes. The bestselling author is the master of fresh flavours and simple ingredients and her all-time favourites and exciting new dishes are a delight to cook and share.

  • Pet Cat, Big Cat

    What are the differences between your pet cat, and a big cat in the wild? Find out in this photographic non-fiction book.

    - Red / Band 2A - A simple recount

    - Text type - Non-fiction

    - The focus phonemes in this book are i, c, h and l. Other phonemes practised are s, a, t, p, n, k, e, o, r, m, d, g, u, h, f and b.

    - Children can compare and contrast pet cats and big cats alongside each other on the final spread.

    - Alison Hawes also wrote Red 2A The Big Red Bus; Red 2B Thick and Thin and Pond Dipping.

    - This book is paired with a fictional story that features a cat: Red 2A Cat and Dog in a Mess by Shoo Rayner.

  • Life: Selected Quotations

    A treasury of selected quotations from one of the world's best-loved and best-selling writers and the author of The Alchemist. * Paulo Coelho is seen by millions as an alchemist of words. The ideas and philosophies in his internationally renowned books touch the aspirations of readers searching for their own path and for new ways of understanding the world. * This uplifting compilation of Paulo Coelho's most perceptive and enlightening quotations offers extracts from his bestselling titles, including The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage and Eleven Minutes, as well as insights from interviews and previously unpublished sayings. * Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout, with Life you can start each day with inspirational guidance from one of the most loved and influential authors of our time.

  • Authorised Daily Prayer Book

    The official prayer book for Orthodox Jews in the UK, with supporting commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.The Hebrew Daily Prayer Book is the official prayer book for all Orthodox Jews in the UK.With both Hebrew and English translations on facing pages, and an attractive and readable layout, this Standard Edition Prayer Book is ideal for synagogue use and indivudual reading.The Hebrew Daily Prayer Book also features commentary from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, one of the UK s foremost religious thinkers, whose sensible and sensitive approach brings new insights into the most familiar things.

  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Quest to Educate the World's Children

    In 1998 John Wood was a rising executive at Microsoft . Then a trip to Nepal inspired him to set up schools and libraries in the developing world. Fuelled by the same drive that made him a top executive, Wood took his business acumen into the charity sector and created Room to Read, a stunningly effective organisation that has created a network of more than 2,000 schools and libraries throughout Asia and Africa in only six years. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles John Wood's incredible journey, his first years at Microsoft, his life-changing decision to leave, and the adventure that followed. Wood shares the methods he uses to manage Room to Read, taken from the boardroom of one of the world's most influential companies and applied successfully in a very different setting. His story is an inspirational example of how to create success on your own terms and change your world. After earning an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, John Wood joined Microsoft in 1991. He quickly ascended to become Microsoft's director of business development in China and the surrounding regions. In 1999, he founded Room to Read, a charity that promotes literacy throughout the developing world. He lives in San Francisco.

  • The Gift

    Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern in this heartwarming bestseller. If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be? Lou Suffern wishes he could be in two places at once. His constant battle with the clock is a sensitive issue with his wife and family. Gabe wishes he was somewhere warm. When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou's world is changed beyond all measure... An enchanting and thoughtful Christmas story that speaks to all of us abut the value of time and what is truly important in life.

  • Tattoo Sourcebook

    Whether you're tattoo-curious or tattoo-crazy, this title has everything you need to pick and choose the perfect design for you. Browse the nearly 2000 designs included - everything from Celtic and tribal to butterflies and fairies.

  • Death of Kings

    The sixth novel in Bernard Cornwell's epic and bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major Autumn 2015 TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series. Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying. Rivals for his succession are poised to tear the kingdom apart. The country Alfred has worked thirty years to build is about to disintegrate. Uhtred, the King's warrior, Viking born but Saxon bred, wants more than anything else to go and fight to reclaim his stolen Northumbrian inheritance. But he knows that if he deserts the King's cause, Alfred's dream - and indeed the very future of the English nation - will very likely vanish. Death of Kings is an outstanding novel by a master storyteller of how England was made - and very nearly lost.

  • Birds of North America

    A comprehensive illustrated field guide to the birds of North America, ideal for the travelling birdwatcher. Each species found in the area is illustrated in every plumage in which they can be seen in the wild. The text concentrates on the characteristics and appearance of each species, which aids identification in the field.

  • The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History

    This volume is an A-Z of alternative history. It helps you discover everything you wanted to know about secret societies like the Freemasons, the historical mystery of Atlantis, why King Arthur, Leonardo da Vinci and Hitler are key figures, plus conspiracy theories, forgotten sciences, and ancient wisdom.

  • Blast Off to the Moon

    How did we first try to get to the Moon? What were the first creatures in space? And why do footprints never disappear on the Moon? Find out all about space travel and Moon landings in this simple non-fiction report accompanied by amazing photographs.

    Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language.

    Text type: A simple non-fiction report.

    A diagram of some of the different attempts to get to the moon on pages 14-15 help children recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities.

    Curriculum links: ICT: the information around us"

  • Faster than Lightning: My story

    The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet.

    Whether you know Athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma uniting supporters around the world.
    In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012.
    Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain s millions of fans will love.

  • No Logo

    'No Logo' was a book that defined a generation when it was first published in 1999. For it's 10th anniversay Naomi Klein has updated this iconic book. By the time you're twenty-one, you'll have seen or heard a million advertisements. But you won't be happier for it. This is a book about that much-maligned, much-misunderstood generation coming up behind the slackers, who are being intelligent and active about the world in which they find themselves. It is a world in which all that is 'alternative' is sold, where any innovation or subversion is immediately adopted by un-radical, faceless corporations. But, gradually, tentatively, a new generation is beginning to fight consumerism with its own best weapons; and it is the first skirmishes in this war that this abrasively intelligent book documents brilliantly.

  • Innocent Smoothie Recipe Book: 571/2 Recipes from Our Kitchen to Yours

    The hard-working people at innocent spend their days blending all kinds of delicious ingredients to create smoothies and juices that taste good and do you good. These are their secret recipes.

    This book contains fancy juices, healthy smoothies for kids, some posh stuff and tons of classic innocent smoothies, as well as recipes from proper foodies like that nice Jamie Oliver. Stuffed full of helpful advice on how to get your five a day, how to wreck a juicer, how to play monkey tennis and - perhaps most importantly - how to make innocent smoothies, the 'innocent smoothie recipe book' is a vital tome for any kitchen shelf.

  • Bigger Than Hitler-better Than Christ: Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ

    In this electrifying autobiography, Rik stands naked in front of his vast legions of fans and disciples and invites them to take communion with the blood he has spilled for them during his thirty year war on show business.

    He invented alternative comedy with The Young Ones, he brought down the Thatcher administration with The New Statesman and he changed the face of global culture with his masterpiece Bottom. Not only was his number one single 'Living Doll' the saviour of rock 'n' roll but he also rescued the British film industry with the vast revenues created by his legendary movie Drop Dead Fred. In 1998, he survived an assassination attempt and spent five days in a coma before he literally came back from the dead. Having completed countless phenomenal feature films, TV series, live extravaganzas and radio voice-overs since then, Rik Mayall is now poised on the brink of a whole new epoch-shattering revolution.

    For the first time ever, Rik reveals in print the deep inner truth behind his gargantuan ascent to the pinnacle of international light entertainment - the mental hospitals he has broken out of, the television executives he has assaulted, the drugs he has definitely not taken, the charities he has bankrupted, the countless pregnancies he has engendered, and so much more.

  • Witch Week

    Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits! SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH When the note, written in ordinary ballpoint, turns up in the homework books Mr Crossley is marking, he is very upset. For this is Larwood House, a school for witch-orphans, where witchcraft is utterly forbidden. And yet magic keeps breaking out all over the place - like measles! The last thing they need is a visit from the Divisional Inquisitor. If only Chrestomanci could come and sort out all the trouble.

  • Overheard in a Dream

    Bestselling author Torey Hayden's novel is a fascinating study of a fractured family, a troubled child, and a psychiatrist's attempts to rescue them. Conor, aged nine, arrives in the play therapy room of child psychiatrist James Innes with the diagnosis "autistic". His mother Laura, an aloof, enigmatic novelist, can't handle him. His rancher father, embroiled in divorcing Laura, does not feel there is anything wrong with Conor. His six year old sister Morgana insists he really does see ghosts. As James becomes convinced Conor is not autistic, he is drawn first into Conor's strange world of "things the cat knows" and then into Morgana's stories of her friend the "Lion King". James is pulled most deeply, however, into Laura's world; at first that of a lonely, rather difficult woman and then, eventually, into the world of her imagination, an enthralling world that seems almost real - and that hides a terrible secret.

  • Coleridge

    Timely reissue of the second volume of Holmes's classic biographies of one of the greatest Romantic poets.

  • Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan)

    The Number One bestselling crime series featuring Dr Tony Hill, hero of TV's Wire in the Blood. The award-winning Val McDermid is at the height of her powers in this tense masterclass in psychological suspense. The race is on to uncover the identity of a murderer with nothing to lose - and everything to kill for. When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Robbie was adored, so the public want answers - but the answers aren't coming, and trails are running cold. Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties - and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? And what are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking for Tony and Carol - and the death toll keeps rising...

  • The Times Quotations

    The only quotation dictionary you need buy, with over 17,000 quotations drawn from the Collins database and The Times archive of quotations. Why does one enjoy reading quotations? Is it because we seek inspiration in the words of others? Is it to share in the philosophising of a higher intellect's wisdom? Is it because we simply want to laugh at a witty remark? It is for all these reasons and more. Not only poets and philosophers capture the thinking of our time but, in modern times, it is politicians, television presenters, pop stars, footballers and anyone who is in the limelight for five minutes or more. As Philip Howard states in his introduction, 'Words are man's defining characteristic and our only true immortality.' From the topical (including a large selection from the high points of the Times Quotes of the Week) to the classical, the Times Book of Quotations is the definitive reference. It includes Socrates and Irvine Welsh on consumerism, Tony Blair and Al Capone on crime, and Shakespeare and Rod Stewart on sex. Thematically arranged, supported by comprehensive yet straightforward indexing, and newly revised and updated, The Times Book of Quotations remains the indispensable anthology of the wit and wisdom of all ages. 'It's better to be quotable than to be honest.' Tom Stoppard 'Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote. And think they grow immortal as they quote.' Edward Young 'It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.' Winston Churchill