• Business, Economics & Law

      The Future of Finance

      The LSE Report

      by Adair Turner

      In the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008‐9 much has been written about reforming the world financial system. But it is rarely based on an in‐depth analysis of the underlying weaknesses within the system. Nor does it usually tackle the key question of what a financial system is for. This book corrects this state of affairs. It is the result of the work of the Future of Finance Group – British academics, financiers, journalists and officials from the Financial Services Authority, the Bank of England and the Treasury. They met twelve times, for what many of those present described as the best and most searching discussions they had ever participated in. The issues at stake are extraordinarily difficult and profound. The central question is: what is the financial system for? Standard texts list five main functions –but if we study how financial companies really make their money, it is extraordinarily difficult to see how closely this corresponds to the textbooks, and it is also difficult to explain why the rewards are so high and why the system is prone to boom and bust. To answer these questions much of the abstract theory of finance has to be abandoned in favour of a more realistic model of how the different agents actually behave. Central to this is opacity and asymmetric information, combined with short‐term performance‐related pay. While the book acknowledges the benefits brought by the spread of financial innovation and the creation of new, complex financial instruments, the authors on balance come down in favour of a radically simplified and slimmer financial system. They describe the necessary international regulatory and institutional reforms and argue strongly that only a worldwide system of regulation embodied in a worldwide treaty organisation, like the WTO, could have a chance of successfully implementing the necessary changes.

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      March 2016

      Thirty Secret Years

      A.G. Denniston's Work in Signals Intelligence, 1914-1944

      by Robin Denniston

      30 Secret Years reveals how an enterprising Scottish linguist was able to decipher German naval messages in the Admiralty in World War One. Alastair Denniston became head of the British government’s cabinet noir or cipher-breaking bureau in 1919, developed his team of fellow experts between the wars by spying on the Soviets from Whitehall. In 1939 he went on to lead an enlarged body of secret service men and women to Bletchley Park where they solved the vast problems of machine encipherment, enabling Churchill to avoid defeat in 1941 and invade western Europe in June 1944. It is the story of how one man, working in obscurity and total secrecy, influenced the course of world history over 30 years of war and peace, told by his son.

    • Individual actors & performers

      An East End Life

      by Derek Martin

      As long-suffering EastEnders patriarch Charlie Slater, Derek Martin has become one of British TV's best loved stars. Now in this witty and revealing memoir, Derek tells of his extraordinary journey from growing up in the real East End of London during the Blitz to taking up residency in Albert Square. Derek's journey to Albert Square has proved to be an eventful one. A bone fide East Ender, born within the sound of Bow Bells, Derek grew up during the Blitz in a tight-knit, working-class family. In this candid memoir he describes those tough early days, his stint in the police, life on the wrong side of the law and how he turned his dream of being an actor into a reality. But not before trying his hand as a professional gambler and acting as a runner for the notorious East End gangster Charlie Kray, brother of twins Ronnie and Reggie. Determined to be an actor, Derek began his hugely successful stage and screen career firstly as a stuntman; before landing memorable TV roles in series such as Law and Order, Minder, King and Castle, The Governor and doomed soap Eldorado. In this frank and revealing tale, Derek pulls no punches as he admits past mistakes and describes his remarkable transformation into one of our best loved actors. Meet the man behind the character as he shares with readers his heartbreak over two marriage break ups and his devotion to his twin boys. An East End Life is a truly remarkable story spanning nearly seven decades, packed with tears and laughter that will endear you to this popular star.

    • Individual actors & performers

      On the Beat

      My Story

      by Graham Cole

      Actor Graham Cole pounded the beat in ITV1 police drama The Bill for more than two decades and won plaudits for his carefully crafted portrayal of dependable PC Tony Stamp, the television cop most like the real thing. While on screen Tony Stamp became a Sun Hill stalwart and the sort of old-fashioned policeman you would want on your side, off-screen Graham worked tirelessly with the real police to make sure he's kept up to date with frontline officers. Graham worked in the NHS as a porter before starting his acting career doing summer seasons and working in holiday camps. His television break came as an extra playing monsters in Doctor Who and appearing in episodes of shows such as Only Fools and Horses and Secret Army. Later his skill at stage fighting landed him work as an extra in The Bill and it wasn't long before he was given a full-time job as area car driver and all round good guy Tony Stamp. Now, in a witty and candid memoir, he reveals just what it was like to star in one of television's most enduring series, the key events he's seen during his time on the show and how he really felt about leaving after 25 years. On The Beat is the entertaining autobiography of a likeable star who reveals the inside story behind the scenes of Britain's favourite police drama and the ups and downs of an actor's life.

    • General & world history

      A Greater Love

      by Olga Watkins

      The true story of a woman's incredible journey into the heart of the Third Reich to find the man she loves. When the Gestapo seize 20-year-old Olga Czepf's fiance she is determined to find him and sets off on an extraordinary 2,000-mile search across Nazi-occupied Europe risking betrayal, arrest and death. As the Second World War heads towards its bloody climax, she refuses to give up - even when her mission leads her to the gates of Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps... Now 89 and living in London, Olga tells with remarkable clarity of the courage and determination that drove her across war-torn Europe, to find the man she loved. The greatest untold true love story of World War Two.

    • Television

      Only Fools and Horses

      The Official Inside Story

      by Steve Clark

      At its height more than24 million peoplewatched the classic comedy seriesOnly Fools and Horses, making it Britain's most popular television programme ever. The hilarious exploits of wheeler-dealer Del Trotter and his dopey brother Rodney enthralled everyone from real market traders to members of the Royal Family. Only Fools and Horses - The Official Inside Storytakes us behind the scenes to reveal the secrets of the hit show and is fully authorised by the family of John Sullivan, the show's creator and writer. Containing in-depth interviews with the show's stars including Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and key members of the production team, this engaging tribute includes a comprehensive episode guide. It also reveals how the show was rejected when it was first offered to the BBC, how Sir David Jason nearly missed out on the starring role and the tragedy of the death of one of its stars during filming. Written by bestselling author Steve Clark, the only writer on set for the filming ofOnly Fools and Horses, spin-offThe Green Green Grassand prequelRock & Chips, the book gives a fascinating and unique insight into this legendary series.

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      March 2016

      Cribs For Victory

      The Untold Story of Bletchley Park's Secret Room

      by Joss Pearson

      Cribs For Victory is a posthumous account of the secret code-breaking process in Bletchley Park’s Fusion Room during World War II by Major Neil Webster, one of the key members of the team involved. The Fusion Room was the central unit where decrypted German messages obtained from Hut 6 were compared with the corresponding data extracted by the log readers from the daily radio traffic between enemy stations, thus enabling a complete wartime picture of the enemy order of battle to be constructed. Neil Webster’s liaison role between traffic analysis and cryptography meant he was centrally involved in the search for ‘cribs’ – short pieces of enciphered text where the meaning is either known or can be guessed, allowing the whole cipher to be broken. His book describes this intensive search in detail, the intellectual and technical challenge, the personal stories, the setbacks and the triumphs.

    • Self-help & personal development

      Master Key Arcana

      by Charles F. Haanel and others (Thomas Troward, Dr. T.R. Sanjivi, James Allen)

      When The Master Key System was first released circa 1916, it created quite a stir. It was supposedly banned by some groups and rumors abounded about it influencing some of the most wealthy and powerful people in the world. Master Key Arcana contains a wealth of new writings by Charles F. Haanel and others, some of which were “lost” as time passed. It is the perfect companion to those who have read The Master Key System. It is also a wonderful introduction to what many consider to be the finest book ever written on the powers of the mind and how to attain your goals, dreams, and desires. Included in this handy and illuminating tome are: ▪ A unique psychological chart to help assess where you stand and how you can improve. ▪ Writings about The Master Key System to help you better understand Haanel and his ideas. ▪ Writings that influenced Mr. Haanel, such as Judge Thomas Troward and Henry Drummond. ▪ Images of Haanel’s original and now rare correspondence courses. ▪ The “lost” parts of The Master Key System published for the first time in over sixty years. Master Key Arcana is a wonderful look at the influences of The Master Key System, how it influenced others, and how to best utilize it to attain your full potential. The “lost” parts are worth the price of admission alone. The results of reading this book, though, are priceless.

    • History: specific events & topics
      March 2006

      Another Man's Shoes

      by Sven Somme

      Another Man's Shoes is a gripping first-hand account of a Norwegian scientist's escape from German custody during the Second World War after his arrest for spying. Written just after the war, Sven Somme vividly describes his 200-mile trek across the mountains, pursued by German soldiers, in a bid to reach Sweden and freedom in 1944.

    • Computing & IT
      February 2008


      Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology

      by Chris Potts

      Ian is a Chief Information Officer (CIO) who is about to go on a journey of change - whether he likes it or not. He will be expected to explore, challenge and radically recast the complex, often hostile relationships that can exist between a business and the people in its Information Technology (IT) department. On the way, Ian, his Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other key stakeholders, experience a transformation in how a business needs to think about the value of its IT people and the work that they do. This results in some truly groundbreaking innovations in the scope and contribution of Ian's role as CIO, the people that work for him and the strategy that he leads. Watch the characters in this extraordinary business novel as they meet the challenge, struggle and grow. Share in Ian's transformation, and join the author in observing key messages as the adventure unfolds. Part entertaining novel and part enlightening textbook - FruITion takes the reader through a discovery process revealing indispensable messages about the next generation of strategies for Information Technology. - Jeremy Hall, Managing Director, IRM UK Strategic IT Training FruITion brings vividly to life the issues of being a CIO in today's corporate world and how IT, when properly integrated into the objectives of a business can drive massive value creation. His insights into how to win the engagement war and bring technology strategies alive for the non technical are absolutely spot on. - Steve Adams, COO and Managing Director for Card Services, Euronet Worldwide The modern CIO is to be seen as part of the business rather than a service provider to the business. Chris Potts is at the forefront of thinking that will put us all there if we act on his inspiration. - David Brown, CIO of Scottish WaterMore from the author, Chris PottsThe debate over the CIO role, and about the extent to which it should be about business or technology, is taking place in an increasing vacuum of strategic context. Some CIOs have abandoned strategy altogether, while others persevere with a traditional IT Strategy founded in the mindset of the mainframe era. Meanwhile, business managers and staff continue to develop their knowledge of technology and understanding of how to exploit it. There seems to be a presumption that the next-generation strategic purpose of the CIO will be an incremental step on from what has gone before - significant, maybe, but still incremental. What if the CIO's new strategic context is not incremental but disruptive, requiring a very different mindset and skillset? And, most crucially, what if the corporate strategists - rather than the CIO community - are the ones deciding what context is? Their offer to the CIO: you can become one of the corporate strategists like us, but not with your traditional scope and approach to strategy. What does that offer look like and what does it mean for incumbent CIOs and the people who work for them? Chris Potts works with executives and CIOs in industry-leading companies around the world, formulating and executing the new generation of corporate strategies for exploiting IT. He delivers public seminars that are founded on his own breakthrough work with clients, and has provided training to some of the worlds leading consultancies.

    • Fiction
      April 2011

      White Lies

      by Lynn Michell

      "A debut novel which possesses and is possessed by a rare authority of voice… the mother’s voice that sings White Lies into unforgettability. Hers and Eve’s. Their thoughts and writing ring like music." — The Scotsman. About this book: First accepted for publication in hardback by Quartet Books. By 1950, Kenya was on the verge of one of the bloodiest wars of decolonisation fought in Britain’s twentieth century empire. Britain’s Gulag. Eve is dutifully typing her father’s dictated memoirs of his time as a soldier in WWII and in Nairobi during the Mau Mau uprising. With growing unease, she questions his account of what really happened in Kenya. A different story – of love and adultery – written by Eve’s mother, comes to light after her death. The two young sisters recount fragments of their time in Africa; their naive voices break into the adult deceptions. White Lies is about different kinds of war and different kinds of loving. It explores the fragility and partiality of memory and our need to re-write the past so that it does not jar with the stories we tell ourselves and others. About the author: Lynn Michell has published 13 books including an illustrated writing scheme for schools, a book about ME, and two books published by The Women’s Press.

    • Computer science
      April 2009

      Data Modeling for the Business

      A Handbook for Aligning the Business With It Using High-level Data Models

      by Steve Hoberman, Donna Burbank, Chris Bradley

      Learn about the High-Level Data Model and master the techniques for building one, including a comprehensive ten-step approach and hands-on exercises to help you practice topics on your own. Hear one of the authors, Steve Hoberman, talk about this book. In this book, we review data modeling basics and explain why the core concepts stored in a high-level data model can have significant business impact on an organization. We explain the technical notation used for a data model and walk through some simple examples of building a high-level data model. We also describe how data models relate to other key initiatives you may have heard of or may be implementing in your organization. This book contains best practices for implementing a high-level data model, along with some easy-to-use templates and guidelines for a step-by-step approach. Each step will be illustrated using many examples based on actual projects we have worked on. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but the pain points and lessons have been preserved. One example spans an entire chapter and will allow you to practice building a high-level data model from beginning to end, and then compare your results to ours. Building a high-level data model following the ten step approach you’ll read about is a great way to ensure you will retain the new skills you learn in this book. As is the case in many disciplines, using the right tool for the right job is critical to the overall success of your high-level data model implementation. To help you in your tool selection process, there are several chapters dedicated to discussing what to look for in a high-level data modeling tool and a framework for choosing a data modeling tool, in general. This book concludes with a real-world case study that shows how an international energy company successfully used a high-level data model to streamline their information management practices and increase communication throughout the organization—between both businesspeople and IT. One of the most critical systems issues is aligning business with IT and fulfilling business needs using data models. The authors of Data Modeling for the Business do a masterful job at simply and clearly describing the art of using data models to communicate with business representatives and meet business needs. The book provides many valuable tools, analogies, and step-by-step methods for effective data modeling and is an important contribution in bridging the much needed connection between data modeling and realizing business requirements. Len Silverston, author of The Data Model Resource Book series

    • Computer science
      October 2011

      Data Modeling Made Simple with PowerDesigner

      by Steve Hoberman, George McGeachie

      Data Modeling Made Simple with PowerDesigner will provide the business or IT professional with a practical working knowledge of data modeling concepts and best practices, and how to apply these principles with PowerDesigner. Hear one of the authors, Steve Hoberman, talk about this book. You'll build many PowerDesigner data models along the way, increasing your skills first with the fundamentals and later with more advanced feature of PowerDesigner. This book combines real-world experience and best practices to help you master the following ten objectives: This book has ten key objectives for you, the reader: You will know when a data model is needed and which PowerDesigner models are the most appropriate for each situation You will be able to read a data model of any size and complexity with the same confidence as reading a book You will know when to apply and how to make use of all the key features of PowerDesigner You will be able to build, step-by-step in PowerDesigner, a pyramid of linked data models, including a conceptual data model, a fully normalized relational data model, a physical data model, and an easily navigable dimensional model You will be able to apply techniques such as indexing, transforms, and forward engineering to turn a logical data model into an efficient physical design You will improve data governance and modeling consistency within your organization by leveraging features such as PowerDesigner’s reference models, Glossary, domains, and model comparison and model mapping techniques You will know how to utilize dependencies and traceability links to assess the impact of change You will know how to integrate your PowerDesigner models with externally-managed files, including the import and export of data using Excel and Requirements documents You will know where you can take advantage of the entire PowerDesigner model set, to increase the success rate of corporate-wide initiatives such as business intelligence and enterprise resource planning (ERP) You will understand the key differentiators between PowerDesigner and other data modeling tools you may have used before

    • Travel writing
      May 2000

      Riding the Mountains Down

      by Bettina Selby

      Bettina Selby, mother of three grown-up children, decided at the age of 47 to undertake an adventurous project and cycle alone from Karachi to Khatmandu. The journey took five months and was full of hazards. Although she enjoyed much kindness and hospitality, the reaction of some local men to an unaccompanied Western woman on their roads was intensely curious, at times brusque, sometimes escalating to dangerous violence Bettina Selby also had to face the intense physical stresses of keeping going in broiling heat on dust blown and treacherous roads shared with ancient busses, speeding trucks driven by maniacs, farm carts and herds of quadrupeds. In the mountains the ride became even more dangerous (avalanches, floods, dacoits, stone throwing children), but Bettina survived it all, logging some 5000 miles in the process. She had no backup, and no possibility of being in touch with home for weeks at a time. This book is a remarkable account of her journey and gives a very different picture of the Indian sub-continent from what today’s tourist sees. A travel book of extraordinary fascination and charm. Richard West Sunday Telegraph

    • Travel writing
      January 2003

      Riding the Desert Trail

      By Bicycle to the Source of the Nile

      by Bettina Selby

      One wet and windy day in the British Museum, Bettina Selby decided, almost on an impulse, to travel the length of the Nile Valley, from the Mediterranean Sea to the mysterious Mountains of the Moon and the great lakes of central Africa. She designed a special ‘all terrain’ bicycle for the journey; and suitably equipped with insect repellants, sun hat and an invaluable filter pump for purifying the waters of the Nile, a Swiss army penknife and an impractical aerosol spray for keeping rabid dogs at bay, she set off on her 4500-mile adventure. It took her from the Pyramids, the great temples of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and all the magnificence of Egypt, to the empty burning sands of the Nubian Desert; from Cairo’s congenial bustle, and the hospitality of remote Nile-side villages, to the starving refugee camps of war-torn southern Sudan; from the world of international aid (about which she has very mixed feelings) to the terrifying child-soldiers of Uganda - the ruined paradise where her journey ends. Vivid, moving and observant, alive with the encounters that befall a solitary traveller in remote and often dangerous countries,Riding the Desert Trail is travel writing at its most exciting and exhilarating. Bettina Selby writes as well as she travels TLS

    • Travel writing
      May 2000

      Beyond Ararat

      A Journey Through Eastern Turkey

      by Bettina Selby

      Beyond Ararat is a journey to the cradle of civilization, where the Tigris and the Euphrates rise. Along the corridor of ancient invasion fought over by Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, Arabs, Mongols, Kurds nd Armenians, Bettina Selby follows by bicycle, travelling among today’s survivors living uneasily together under Turkish rule. An enthusiastic, perceptive and sympathetic traveller Irish Independent The journey begins along the strange and beautiful Black Sea coast of Turkey, the poath of Xenoophon and the Ten Thousand, of Jason and the Golden Fleece. From the Russian border her route swings south over vast plains and rugged mountains to the ghost town of Ani and to Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah’s ark. It was a hard journey through some of the most magnificent scenery in the world - and some of the least predictable people, where a lone female cyclist never knew whether to expect kindness and hospitality, or stones and bullets and attacks from savage dogs. Travelling alone and by bicycle offers unique relationships with both land and people. Bettina Selby interweaves her account with insights into the problems of an area re-establishing its position as the bridge between East and West. She brings alive the rich historical background so vital for understanding this troubled part of the world. An enthusiastic, perceptive and sympathetic traveller Irish Independent

    • Canoeing & kayaking
      March 2016

      Kayak Across The Atlantic

      by Pete Bray

      This first-hand account of an epic voyage across the North Atlantic ocean in a kayak in 2001 tells the story of Pete Bray's successful attempt to make the first ever solo unsupported crossing in a paddle-powered kayak. The author's first attempt a year earlier ended abruptly off the coast of Newfoundland when he had to be rescued. Kayak Across The Atlantic vividly describes the pain and discomfort he endured during his second attempt, encountering some of the worst weather for many years, and his sheer determination to succeed during the 76 days he was at sea.

    • Archaeological methodology & techniques
      March 2016

      Saving The Tsars' Palaces

      by Christopher Morgan & Irina Orlova

      Millions of people annually visit the great country palaces built by the tsars in a circle round St. Petersburg. Created by artists from all over Europe, with untold serf labour at their disposal, the palaces were intended to impress and they do. Today, in the corner of most rooms, a single black and white photograph shows the same room in 1944, amid the smouldering wreckage found by Russian soldiers returning after the three-year siege of Leningrad. Forced to abandon the palaces, the Nazis vented their anger on the treasures they occupied.The story behind these photographs is in many ways more impressive even than the rooms themselves. It is the story of a relatively small band of talented Russians who were determined not to allow their country’s heritage to be swept away by all the horrors of the twentieth century. The palaces today are truly the work of Russians but restorers have to be self-effacing. There have been books about what they did but not about them. In Saving The Tsars’ Palaces, Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova vividly recount the remarkable story of those who battled to save the palaces, not just during and after the war, but during the Revolution and the harsh times that followed.

    • Local history

      Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks

      by Mary Wright

      In late 19th century Cornwall hand-knitting was a vital cottage industry and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey or knit-frock. Contract-knitting - the occupation of many Cornish women - had died out by the 1920s and was almost forgotten until author Mary Wright started asking old people what they remembered of it. Her research has resulted in a remarkable picture of social history. Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks includes many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of thirty local patterns.

    • Puzzles & quizzes

      The Official Only Fools and Horses Quiz Book

      by Dan Sullivan, Jim Sullivan

      The book has been written by Dan Sullivan and Jim Sullivan, who, as sons of the creator of the Only Fools and Horses, are uniquely placed to use their knowledge of the show to set such brain-teasers as: What is the title of Rodney's prize winning painting? At what train station do Del and Raquel first meet? According to Trigger he once owned a hat. What colour was it? What does the 'A' on Del's O-level exam results stand for? What is Joan Trotter's middle name? It s a lovely jubbly stocking filler which will entertain all the family and remind them of many classic moments from the much-loved comedy series.

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