A powerful account of the life of Tamerlane the Great (1336-1405), the last master nomadic power, one of history's most extreme tyrants, and the subject of Marlowe's famous play. Marozzi travelled in the footsteps of the great Mogul Emperor of Samarkland to write this wonderful combination of history and travelogue. The name of the last great warlord conjures up images of mystery and romance: medieval warfare on desert plains; the clash of swords on snow-clad mountains; the charge of elephants across the steppes of Asia; the legendary opulence and cruelty of the illiterate, chess-playing nemesis of Asia. He ranks alongside Alexander as one of the world's great conquerors, yet the details of his life are scarcely known in the West. He was not born to a distinguished family, nor did he find his apprenticeship easy - at one point his mobile army consisted only of himself, his wife, seven companions and four horses - but his dominion grew with astonishing rapidity. In the last two decades of the fourteenth century and the beginning of the fifteenth, he blazed through Asia. Cities were razed to the ground, inhabitants tortured without mercy, sometimes enemies were buried alive - more commonly they were decapitated. On the ruins of Baghdad, Tamerlane had his princes erect a pyramid of 90,000 heads. During his lifetime he sought to foster a personal myth, exaggerating the difficulties of his youth, laying claim to supernatural powers and a connection to Genghis Khan. This myth was maintained after his death in legend, folklore, poetry, drama and even opera, nowhere more powerfully than in Marlowe's play - he is now as much a literary construct as a historical figure. Justin Marozzi follows in his path and evokes his legacy in telling the tale of this fabulously cruel, magnificent and romantic warrior.
A remarkable novel from the National Book Award-winning author of `Going After Cacciato' and `The Things They Carried', which combines the power of the finest Vietnam fiction with the tension of a many-layered mystery. In a remote lakeside cabin deep in the Minnesota forests, Kathy Wade is comforting her husband John, an ambitious politician, after a devastating electoral defeat. Then one night she vanishes, and gradually the search for Kathy becomes a voyage into the darkest corners of John Wade's life, a life of deception and deceit - the life of a man able to escape everything but the chains of his darkest secret.
ISOLATION, FRUSTRATION, REJECTION. Why is it so hard to be a stepmother?Inspired by her own experiences as a stepmother, existing research and arealization that many stepmothers out there are struggling, psychologistElizabeth Church answers this question and more in this "Bible forstepmothers" that has garnered much media attention.
Moving beyond prescriptive, cookie-cutter how-to books, UnderstandingStepmothers is like an empathetic and informative session with a hundredwomen friends - all stepmothers, but with diverse expectations and experiences.
An eleven-year-old boy discovers he has strange powers, and a future that holds mystery, adventure - and death! Bending his knees, Jimmy let go of the windowsill and slowly tipped backwards. Surely this is impossible, he thought, even as he could feel himself doing it. He pushed out with his legs and the thrust sent him flying backwards into the air. . .Then his fingers locked on to the cold wire of the fence, poised in a perfect handstand on the top. Who are the mysterious men chasing Jimmy across the city? Why are they after him? What are Jimmy's parents keeping from him and who can he trust? And how come he can suddenly do all this really cool stuff. . .? Find out in this electrifying debut novel from Joe Craig. Young, multitalented and brimming with ideas, this new HarperCollins author is destined to become a firm favourite with children everywhere.
The earliest and most influential expeditions of the man now considered to be the greatest living explorer.
The Danakil Diary is the account of two journeys Thesiger made into the Danakil country in Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, in 1930-34 at the age of 24 - which, today, he still regards as the most dangerous he undertook.
It was an extraordinary journey and a remarkable achievement. Thesiger succeeded in penetrating country that had wiped out two Italian expeditions and an Egyptian army before him, discovered what happened to the Awash River (one of the area's last geographical mysteries to be solved) and managed to survive amongst the Danakil tribesmen, to whom a man's status depended on the number of men he had killed and castrated.
Besides giving early proof of Thesiger's descriptive genius - with his portrayal of the beautiful, savage landscapes, and their varied wildlife - The Danakil Diary reveals youthful evidence of his fierce motivation and uncompromising will, which are familiar hallmarks of his sixty years of travel among primitive peoples in some of the harshest and remotest areas of the world.
The sequel to the cult classic The Dice Man, this book can also change your life! Larry Rhinehart is the son of an infamous father - the renegade psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart, otherwise known as the Dice Man. Luke became a cult figure in the seventies, inspiring thousands to follow him into the anarchic world of Dice Living, where every decision is made not by the self, but by the roll of the dice. Larry, however, is emphatically not a follower. He has grown up to have a great respect for order and control. A wealthy Wall Street analyst, all set to marry the boss's daughter, Larry has got life where he wants it. Until rumours begin to circulate about the reappearance of his long-vanished father - and Larry's carefully organized world begins to look a lot less certain. By turns funny, moving and wildly erotic, The Search for the Dice Man is a journey of the body and spirit never to be forgotten.
Christopher Hibbert's acclaimed biography of Queen Victoria is as impressive and authoritative as the great woman herself. In 1837 an eighteen-year-old girl, raised by a German mother, inherited the throne of the United Kingdom. She was to reign as queen - and later Empress of India - for almost sixty-four years, presiding over twenty prime ministers and a period of unprecedented social and political change. Her era became synonymous with moral rigidity and colonial expansion, and this absorbing biography of Queen Victoria, the unlikely figurehead of a vast and powerful empire, explores how the young monarch transformed herself into a formidable matriarch and the epitome of an age. Embracing her life and family, her politics and personality, her love for Prince Albert and her relationship with John Brown, Hibbert's touching biography is a persuasive portrait of a remarkable woman.
Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past...
Tease your mind. Test your wits. Entertain your brain. Wake up or wind down with this superb crossword collection complied by the Editor of The Times Crossword. The Times Crossword is the most famous crossword in the world. This new selection provides enthusiasts with 80 puzzles. The first Times Crossword was published on 1 February 1930 and over 21,000 different puzzles have appeared in the newspaper since then. It continues to baffle, infuriate, challenge and delight its devotees. Previously published as The Times Crossword book 2.
In this classic Seussian tale, the good doctor primes his readers against all the little mishaps and misadventures that can befall even the best of us from bang-ups and hang-ups to lurches and slumps encouraging us to take life in our stride!
With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.
As the first step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 17 of Dr. Seuss's best-selling books, including such perennial favourites as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels, with the standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. Oh, The Places You ll Go! belongs to the Yellow Back Book range.
A Practical Guide to developing your own extraordinary powers.
We all have the potential to develop our psychic and intuitive abilities. Through using this book, you may discover that you are a natural healer or a latent clairaudient. You could awaken a powerful clairvoyant vision. Activating your psychic potential is safe, transformational, and fun.
exercises to encourage your unique psychic abilities
techniques for awakening your inner wisdom
ways to develop the latest powers of your mind
affirmations, visualizations, and practical guidance to enhance your spiritual growth
The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount - read `Landscape and Memory' to have these explained... `Landscape and Memory' is a history book unlike any other. In a series of journeys through space and time, it examines our relationship with the landscape around us - rivers, mountains, forests - the impact each of them has had on our culture and imaginations, and the way in which we, in turn, have shaped them to answer our needs. This is not a conventional history book, but a book that builds up its argument by a series of poetic stories and impressions which cumulatively have the effect of a great novel. The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount - at the end of this wonderful book we understand where these ideas have come from, why they are so compelling and how they still lie all around us.
Updated with healing Superjuices and the most refreshing smoothies. It's bigger, better and more colourful than before.
Our new edition of this extremely helpful guide to using juice contains all the right updates for today's juice market. Superjuices such as Wheatgrass are now included along with delicious, fresh fruit smoothies.
Juicing For Health will also look more attractive than ever before - with a larger format and a 2 colour design throughout.
Juicing For Health is comprehensive without ever rambling. It includes:
Over 200 juice recipes and blends. - The vitamin & mineral content of over 60 different fruit & vegetable juices. - The basic healing qualities of each fruit and vegetable juice. - Nutritional therapy juice blends for a whole range of specific - and more general - ailments. - Beginner-friendly guide to starting up and managing a healthy detox programme. - A-Z Vitamin & Mineral hotlist - with the "Best Fruits" and "Best Vegetables" for each nutrient.
David Beckham's popularity transcends sport and cultural divides. This is his personal story of his career to date, for Manchester United, Real Madrid and England, and of his childhood, family and private life. With new chapters featuring David's first account of his debut season for Real and England's fortunes in Euro 2004. This is Beckham's fascinating life story in his own words. His complex relationship with United boss Alex Ferguson and how it was like playing alongside the likes of Cantona, Schmeichel and Keane. The England story, from being vilified by the nation before returning as the prodigal son and captain of his country. And his acrimonious falling-out with his manager and departure from Old Trafford in June 2003. Now from Beckham himself, we gain a vivid and eye-opening insight into the family man behind the famous footballer, the international model and fashion leader. He describes how he first met and then married ex-Spice girl Victoria Adams, and the upbringing of their two children Brooklyn and Romeo. How his family's every step is monitored by a posse of newshounds and paparazzi. Also, the influence of his parents, growing up as a shy youngster in the family home
In the spring of 587 A.D., 2 men set out from the great desert monastery of St Theodosius, near Bethlehem. It was the start of an extraordinary journey across the entire Byzantine world, and William Dalrymple has followed in their footsteps.
A management guide outlining a simple, three-point plan for inspiring employees.
A cutting-edge science book in the style of 'Fermat's Last Theorem' and 'Chaos' from an exciting and accessible new voice in popular science writing.
Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing 'wet' materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko's foot.
The amazing power of the gecko's foot has long been known - it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling - but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The fine scale of the gecko's foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation.
The gecko's foot is just one of many examples of this new 'smart' science. We also discover, amongst other things, how George de Mestral's brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison.
The new 'smart' science of Bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow's world.
This sequel to the "Bedside Book of Bridge" collects articles describing the challenges, downfalls and joys encountered in the game. Quizzes and games provide an extra challenge while tips from teachers and players worldwide should give the reader a better understanding of the game.
Melrose and Croc are two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series, Emma Chichester Clark.
Our endearing duo are thrilled to be taking an exciting trip to town. Little Green Croc just can't wait to rush off into the bright lights and bustle of the city, but the slightly more worldly-wise Melrose advises caution - the crowds are big and Croc is a very small crocodile, and if they are not careful, he might end up...LOST! Thankfully the friends are reunited for a happy ending.
This entertaining urban adventure for the loveable pair is sure to amuse children and parents alike, and shows the dazzling potential of the Melrose and Croc series.
Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud is a beautifully written account of Sun Shuyun's journey to retrace the steps of one of the most popular figures in Chinese history - the monk Xuanzang, who travelled to India searching for true Buddhism. Xuanzang should be known as one of the world's great heroes. His travels across Asia to bring true Buddhism back to China are legendary, and his own book provides a unique record of the history and culture of his time. Yet he is unknown to most of us and even to most Chinese, whose knowledge of Buddhist history has been eradicated by decades of Communist rule. Sun Shuyun was determined to follow in his footsteps, to discover more about Xuanzang and restore his fame. She decided to retrace his journey from China to India and back, an adventure that in the 8th century took Xuanzang eighteen years and led him across 118 kingdoms, an adventure that opened up the east and west of Asia to each other - and to us. A man of great faith and determination, Xuanzang won the hearts of kings and robbers with his teaching, his charm and his indomitable will. Against all odds he persuaded the Confucian emperors to allow Buddhism to flourish in China. At the heart of the book lies Sun Shuyun's own personal journey towards understanding the Buddhist faith of her grandmother, recognising the passionate idealism of the communist beliefs of her own family and discovering her own ideological and personal path through life.
Fabulous food that might also save your life from the winner of the BBC4 Food Programme's Healthy Eating Award
"The science of nutrition feeds our mind, the food feeds our body and the way we approach cooking and serving it can feed our spirit."
Each of the 100+ recipes will boost your health - and will do you good especially if your concerns include - Weight Loss - Digestive Problems - Heart Disease - Cancer - Diabetes - Lack of Energy - Fertility Problems -
Jane Sen's creativity with flavours and food types in the kitchen is always balanced out by her common sense approach to health and her serious expertise as a nutritionist.
Each chapter's themed around a vegetable or plant type - and each recipe has additional information - either nutritional, historical or simply anecdotal. Chapters include:
- Live Leaves - recipes using leaves
- Darling Buds - recipes using flower buds
- Buried Treasure - vegetables that grow under ground
- Mediterranian Marvels - what keeps those Italians going for longer...
- Forest Floor & Underwater - mushrooms and sea vegetables
- Big Bulbs - onion varieties, garlic, fennel, celeriac...
-... and there are plenty of dessert recipes too!
In 1842 a "barren island" was reluctantly ceded by China to an unenthusiastic Britain. "Hong Kong", grumbled Palmerston, "will never be a mart of trade". But from the outset the new colony prospered, its early growth owing much to the energy and resourcefulness of opium traders, who soon diversified in more respectable directions. In 1859 the Kowloon Peninsula was sold to Britain, and in 1898 a further area of the mainland, the "New Territories", was leased to Britain for 99 years - the arrangement from which the present difficulties spring. Despite its extraordinary economic success, which has made it one of the world's leading commercial centres, Hong Kong has never quite shaken off the raffishness of its early days. It has continued to be a source of embarrassment to British governments, and now, as its enforced return to China approaches, its future is the focus of worldwide attention and speculation. This work is an evocation of Hong Kong and the characters of those who shaped it, from its buccaneering origins to its post-war growth.
Presenting ideas for RE teachers at lower-secondary school level, this collection draws on the six major faiths practised in Britain, with the emphasis on Christianity, and contains practical, creative and investigative work, stories, role plays, games and quizzes. Detailed teachers' notes and photocopiable worksheets are provided.
This map of Israel and Jordan shows the physical relief of the area in colour and provides detailed coverage of towns and cities, roads and railways, mountain ranges, rivers and lakes.
A revised and updated edition of this popular mid-price dictionary of quotations, which has been in print since 1983. With classic modern quotations ranging from Tony Blair on the `Hand of History' (`This is not a soundbite'), to Homer Simpson's advice on life: `Keep looking shocked and move slowly towards the cakes', and the cream of ancient wisdom from Euripedes to Shakespeare. Other sources include Clausewitz on war, Ken Dodd on Freud, William Blake on angels, Julie Burchill on sex ( `If what you want is cuddling, you should buy a puppy'.), Ian Rankin on life (`People talk about life as a river, but it's not like that at all, it's a series of punctuated moments'), Philip K. Dick on reality (`Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away'), and General Stanley Maude's 1917 address to the people of Baghdad: `O people of Baghdad, remember that for 26 generations you have suffered under strange tyrants, who have endeavoured to set one Arab house against another in order that they may profit by your dissensions. This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain and the Allies for there can be neither peace nor prosperity, where there is enmity and misgovernment'.
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