Life of Pi
One boy, one boat, one tiger... After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg)...
325 Best-ever Italian Recipes
Featuring chapters on antipasti, soups, salads, pasta and rice dishes, fish and meat dishes, desserts, baking and bread, this title includes popular Italian classics such as: Tomato and Fresh Basil soup, Tricolore Salad, Spaghetti Carbonara...
Stig of the Dump
Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets 'somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black...
The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
Mummy, Mummy, What's in Your Tummy?
A fantasy lift-the-flap book for children awaiting the arrival of a new baby brother or sister. Every day Mummy's tummy gets bigger and bigger but what could be inside? A fairy with wings? A boat painted blue? The Man in the Moon? This little...
My Kitchen Table: 100 Recipes for Entertaining
Raymond Blanc is renowned for his exquisite cuisine and here he has chosen 100 sensational, but easily achievable recipes that will wow your guests and impress your friends. From a simple, but classic French Onion Soup or Coq au Vin to the finest Roast Rib of Beef or Pork Fillet with Onion and Garlic Puree and not forgetting desserts - a perfect Black Cherry Tart or Strawberry Sorbet, this book will become the first book to turn to when you need a meal to impress, whether for a weekend banquet or weeknight feast.
Vegetarian Food for Kids
Here you'll find plenty of ideas for quick and easy meat-free meals along with advice to help you ensure that young vegetarians get all the nutrients they need while tucking into great-tasting food. Start each day with an energy-boosting Breakfast-choose a Strawberry Orange Yogurt Smoothie; Multi-grain Pancakes; or Apple and Raisin Muffins. Lunchboxes & Snacks that pack a powerful nutritional punch include Potato and Sweet Bell Pepper Tortilla Squares and Chickpea Bites. Soups & Fast Food provides quick fixes for when time is short-try a bowl of Pizza Soup; Noodles with Sesame Peanut Sauce; or Cornmeal and Sweetcorn Fritters. The fun recipes featured in Kids' Favorites means veggie kids don't have to miss out-treat them to Mushroom Barley Burgers or Bean and Vegetable Tacos. Family Feasts is full of great dishes the whole family will love, such as Cheesy Polenta Pie; Mac n' Cheese with Spinach; and Vegetable Chili with Pumpkin.
The British Olympics
History records that the Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece nearly three thousand years ago, died out around 393 AD, and were triumphantly reborn in 1896, in the Greek capital of Athens. Rather less well known is how, during the intervening centuries, an assortment of British writers, romantics, sportsmen and visionaries helped nurture that revival. Indeed, as sports historian Dr Martin Polley argues in this, the 12th book in the acclaimed Played in Britain series, our nation's fascination with all things Olympian has played a pivotal role in shaping the Games as we know them today, culminating in London becoming in 2012 the first city ever to stage a third modern Olympiad. Consider, for example, that the first published use of the word 'Olympian' in the English language dates from around 1590. Its author? William Shakespeare. And that the first games of the post-classical era to adopt the formal title 'Olympick' took place in the Cotswolds village of Chipping Campden in 1612. It was an English traveller, Richard Chandler, who rediscovered the lost site of Olympia in 1766, and a Shropshire doctor, William Penny Brookes, who, in 1850, founded the Much Wenlock Olympian Games, an annual community festival that inspired Pierre de Coubertin to revive the Games at an international level. Other Olympic festivals surfaced in London (to celebrate Queen Victoria's accession), in Liverpool, and in the north-east town of Morpeth, while the words 'Olympic' and 'Olympian' became steadily more ingrained in the popular imagination throughout the Victorian era. Britain's Olympic heritage gained added momentum in the 20th century. At White City in 1908, London built the world's first modern, purpose-built Olympic stadium, while in 1948 London stepped in to save the Games by offering Wembley Stadium. Also in the late 1940s, at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire, the modern Paralympics were born when sporting contests were organised for injured servicemen. Thus the 2012 Games represent the culmination of over four hundred years of British enthusiasm and ingenuity; an attachment that has left in its wake a trail of fascinating stories, characters, sites, buildings and artefacts. Leading the reader on a marathon journey, The British Olympics charts them all, making this a vital and entertaining source for anyone with an interest in the Games, in sport, and in the wider narrative of Britain's social and cultural heritage.
Paula Radcliffe has managed to be both very successful in her field and incredibly popular with the Great British Public. She was the underdog for so long -- narrowly missing out on medals in the 1999 World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympics -- that fans longed to see her win. Paula's rosy manner hides a tough resolve to succeed and in 2002 her luck began to turn. She won gold medals at both the Commonwealth and European championships and started to grab the headlines, bringing Britain's focus back to athletics. Paula's bravery is not limited to the track, however. She has become a passionate spokesperson against drug cheats and, inspired by her own battle with the condition, she is widely admired for her patronage of asthma charities. And even though Athens in 2004 proved to be more Greek tragedy than triumph, her popularity remains undimmed. Her remarkable life story of highs and lows is fully chronicled in this fascinating and inspiring autobiography.
In Pursuit of Glory
The controversial memoir from Britain's most successful cyclist - winner of two gold medals at the 2008 Olympics - updated for the paperback edition. Bradley Wiggins is the son of a professional cyclist, and he first competed at twelve...
My Olympic Story
Follow Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong's amazing life from a small town in Ghana to the slopes of the 2010 Winter Olympics, via the Snowdome in Milton Keynes. As the first Ghanaian skier in the Winter Olympics, this fascinating autobiography shows how...
The Story of The Olympics
A brilliant introduction to the history of The Olympics, from the traditional games of Ancient Greece, to their revival by Pierre de Coubertin and the pomp and ceremony of the modern Games. Specially written as part of the Usborne Reading Programme for children growing in reading confidence and ability, featuring humorous illustrations throughout by Paddy Mounter. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth (Paperback)
"Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year" - This is shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, from the Olympics to big city marathons, Runner's World contributor Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his family (and his running shoes), he moved from Devon to the small town of Iten, in Kenya, home to hundreds of the country's best athletes. Once there he laced up his shoes and ventured out onto the dirt tracks, running side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls and barefoot schoolchildren. He ate their food, slept in their training camps, interviewed their coaches, and his children went to their schools. And at the end of it all, there was his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in his first marathon, an epic race through lion country across the Kenyan plains.
The Fairyland Olympics
Olympic fever has reached Fairyland! The Health and Safety Goblins have checked all of the venue details, the opening ceremony has been planned with music from the Mermaids of the Seven Seas Choir, the Fairy-Godmother-designed decorations are in...