• The natural world, country life & pets
      November 2007

      al-Andalus

      How nature has shaped history

      by Clive Finlayson

      Clive Finlayson is also author of al-Andalus, an equally evocative, wonderfully illustrated, personal tribute to the Iberian Peninsular which he modestly sums up as "the story of olives, tuna, cork forests, vultures, wolves and humans". This "story" embraces the multi-lateral disciplines of history, geography and ecology. The historical element spans some five million years, from the opening of the Strait of Gibraltar to the present day; its geographical breadth takes in the old territory of al-Andalus, from Tarifa and Gibraltar in the south to the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees in the north; and its ecological scope extends from the coastal marshes of Doñana to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. However, this is also the story of the countless individuals who had an impact on the land and its surrounding waters - from the earliest fishermen through the Romans to the tuna industry controllers of today - and it vividly relates the medieval struggle between Islam and Christianity and the role of the landscape in that struggle. From a loving appreciation of the richness of the Peninsular's wildlife to an intriguing account of the last Neanderthal, this book will strike a warm chord of interest in all Hispanaphiles. But beyond the visual luxury and the detective work there emerges a strong intent as fellow academic, José Carrión, Professor of Evolutionary Botany at the University of Murcia, notes, with the following subtle analogy: "The main purpose of the book is to make an argument for a compelling association between biodiversity and human past and future. The emphasis is on making readable a modern approach to historical ecology; how to cook chance and constraint, and make the meal enjoyable. Ultimately this book is about the thin, though not straight, line that exists between the fate of humans and the fates of other living beings. The final taste is that something crucial is at stake". Author's Note: Clive Finlayson is a Gibraltar-born biologist and his work has included research into the ecology of birds and that of the Neanderthals. He has been Director of the Gibraltar Musuem since 1991 and is also the territory's Director of Heritage.

    • The natural world, country life & pets
      October 2013

      A Guide to Wild Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar

      by Clive Finlayson, Geraldine Finlayson, Stewart Finlayson

      A Guide to Wild Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar is a unique book that brings together the history of exploration of the 'wild' country that is the Iberian Peninsular in the 19th Century. The authors retrace the footsteps taken by four British naturalists based in Gibraltar and Jerez: Abel Chapman, a vitner from Sunderland, among whose achievements was the saving from extinction of the Spanish ibex and large involvement in the establishment of Africa's first game reserve, now the Kruger National Park; Walter Buck, a native of Jerez who became British Vice-Consul in that city, and together with Chapman described the countryside, people and wildlife of Spain in two classic books Wild Spain (1893) and Unexplored Spain (1910); Leonard Howard Loyd Irby, an army officer and keen ornithologist who devoted his time to the study of birds in southern Iberia aftern his arrival in Gibraltar in 1868 and published his findings in his Ornithology of the Straits of Gibraltar (1875);and William Willoughby Cole Verner, also a military man, who was a keen naturalist and explorer and wrote in 1909 My Life among the Wild Birds in Spain on his retirement in Algeciras. Quoting liberally from the works of these intrepid naturalists and embellishing the book with their own exquisite photographs, the Finlayson family has produced an evocative image of a landmass so diverse that their predecessors, Chapman and Buck, recognised that "included within its boundaries are nearly all the physical conditions of Europe and northern Africa". The book is, however, not only a fascinating travelogue but also a plea for conservation as some of wild Iberia's treasures are now under serious threat. The grand Egyptian vulture,for example, the authors maintain, may well be extinct in Andalucía in a decade's time. Happily there is a counter-balance with the recovery of some species like the glossy ibis and the purple gallinule. A Guide to Wild Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar is a multi-facetted, cleverly conceived book that is directed at anyone who has an interest in the natural history of the three territories that make up the Iberian Peninisular. It tells the reader where to go to find unique species or natural phenomena like the migration of birds of prey. In substance, it is visually stunning 21st Century snapshot of one of Europe's ecologically richest lands. Author's Note: Clive Finlayson is a Gibraltar-born biologist and his work has included research into the ecology of birds and that of the Neanderthals. His wife, Geraldine, was also born in Gibraltar and is a biogeographer. She has worked on many field projects including inside the Doñana National Park. Their son, Stewart, is a keen naturalist and is reading for a PhD in biology. He is intimately familiar with the wildlife of Iberia and also heads the Gibraltar Museum Caving Unit.

    • Domestic animals & pets
      April 2017

      The Large Puppy Book for Families

      by Hester M. Eick

      Children and dogs living together in harmony Do you already enjoy a colourful family life at home, but still don’t want to miss out on having a puppy? With this book, you won’t have to! Hester M. Eick knows what kind of puppy will be the best for your family, and which breed will be the most suitable for your home. She gives you tips for the initial period for getting to know one another, and explains how the whole family can contribute to proper feeding, care and training, and what general principles you ought to follow. Case studies and stories from real-life situations show you how you can actively organise everyday activities with your child(-ren) and puppies, and enjoy all the ensuing fun at home in a suitably relaxed fashion.

    • Domestic animals & pets
      September 2017

      Brain Games for Dogs

      by Christina Sondermann

      Puzzle games made quickly and easily For a well-adjusted and happy dog, mental exercise is just as important as the daily walk. In this book, you’ll find many creative ideas for mental exercises that you can quickly and easily try out at home, and present your dog with a real challenge. Discover how much puzzle fun there is in everyday objects, and how you can transform an existing game into a completely new game experience – endless fun guaranteed!

    • Dog obedience & training
      April 2019

      Canine colleague:

      Reconciling dog and professional life

      by Christiane Wittig, Michaela Hares

      Do you want to take your dog with you to work? This guide provides many decision-making aids and arguments to persuade your employer and colleagues and tips for your own work organization and structuring your daily work routine. It also offers many tips how to train your dog how to behave in office: stay in place, ignore incoming visitors, keep calm when someone is knocking at the door and how to provide some activity in between. Key selling points: Increasing acceptance of dogs in offices Considers both employers and employees Training tips for dogs in daily work life

    • Dog obedience & training
      May 2019

      Thinking around the corner

      Distance control exercises for a better communication with your dog

      by Katrien Lismont:

      The distance control exercises described in this book, based on a triangle shape, are essentially borrowed from the training of working retrievers, but they are of general use to enhance every dog’s impulse control and help him to get along in our modern world. The author turns this concept into a team-play to encourage focus, happy excitement, cooperation, self-control and a clear communication between dog and owner. Key selling points: Unique newly developed concept Successful training for a more patient and focused dog New ideas for qualitative activities

    • Dog obedience & training
      May 2019

      Shake paws on it!

      Smart Dog Training easily explained

      by Christine Kompatscher

      This book includes all aspects of everyday dog training: house-training, walking on leash, recall, dealing with unwanted hunting behavior, car driving, self-control, politeness training and much more. An entertaining and smart dog training book, written with much heart and humour. Every chapter is opened with a short personal, funny story of the author and her dogs Smilla and Balou. Key selling points: Facts on positive reinforcement training easily explained Encouraging tips for every dog owner Training experience that really helps you in everyday life

    • Biography: science, technology & engineering
      March 2015

      Thank you, Madagascar

      Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly

      by Alison Jolly

      Madagascar is one of the world’s natural jewels, with over ninety per cent of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Few people knew it better than the pioneering primatologist and conservationist, Alison Jolly. Thank You, Madagascar is her eyewitness account of the extraordinary biodiversity of the island, and the environment of its people. At the book’s heart is a conflict between three different views of nature. Is the extraordinary forest treasure-house of Madagascar a heritage for the entire world? Is it a legacy of the forest dwellers’ ancestors, bequeathed to serve the needs of their living descendants? Or is it an economic resource to be pillaged for short-term gain and to be preserved only to deliver benefits for those with political power? Exploring and questioning these different views, this is a beautifully written diary and a tribute to Madagascar.

    • Biography & True Stories
      June 2014

      Dark Night, Black Horse

      by J.G. Harlond

      A true story about a young boy who 'rescues' his father's favourite black stallion from Nationalist troops during the Spanish Civil War. The events take place in Coín in Andalucía, southern Spain.

    • Agriculture & farming

      The Right Colour

      by Andy Frazier

      This touching tale tells of a calf born in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd, an unusual calf that although is black in colour, is the wrong kind of black. Her times of hardship and degradation evolve her into a somewhat exceptional character. Now an old lady nearing the end of her life she tells her own extraordinary and comical tale of her exciting journey towards fulfilling her destiny.

    • Self-help & personal development

      What Your Animals Tell Me

      by Dr. Monica Diedrich

      This is not only a book about animal communication but reveals many things animals feel and want from their humans. Through over 50 case stories, this book will open your eyes to the rich inner world of your pets, their hopes, fears, concerns, thoughts and feelings. Never again will you say: It's only an animal. In this book, you will learn: To communicate with your pets to heal them and relieve suffering and stress. Learn whether animals have souls. Where they go when they die. How they communicate from the other side. That they understand about death and euthanasia and they take pride in their appearance. How, in multi-pet households, they establish a pecking order under the top dog; or top cat. Learn how to deal with behavior problems. Know why they love us totally and unconditionally.

    • Self-help & personal development

      Pets Have Feelings Too!

      Understanding Your Pet's Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Needs

      by Dr Monica Diedrich

      My dog can't walk. How did he get hurt? Why does my pet use the carpet instead of the grass? Does my cat have a soul? Do animals reincarnate? Can an animal be my soul mate? These are some of the questions for which you will get an answer in this book. Sharing over 60 heart-warming case studies in this book, animal communicator Dr Monica Diedrich answers these and many other unusual pet questions. You will marvel at the unique ways in which pets can guide their own physical recoveries, and your heart will be touched by the depth of their emotional and spiritual healings as well. You will even discover pet soul mates and the love pets show by coming back again to help their special people to heal or learn new lessons. Dr Monica's writing is filled with conversation, laughter, tears of empathy and, most of all, love. The book will show you, in an easy-to-read style: How pets use the language of pictures How one small pet detective described the burglars How another solved the mystery of his death That some pets can tell doctors what's wrong and how to fix it How pets help people to heal The importance of talking to your pet out loud That many problems can be fixed if you would listen to your pet That pets know when it's time to leave How some people learned important lessons from their pets during serious illnesses and other difficult life experiences.

    • Medicine

      The Psychedelic Traveller

      Short Stories

      by ANTHONY JAMES

      A collection of short stories from adventures and fantastic imaginings aroud the world. Each story is set in a different country, from Brazil to Siberia, from new Zealand to India. Each story is a cameo in itself, each one of a different mood, be it playful, or dark, of conflict or good humour. Stories will remind those who travel widely of the pitfalls and opportunities and remind all the readers that there is nothing more wonderful than this wonderful world and the ppeople in it.

    • Fiction
      February 2014

      The Boy and The Crow

      by Brendan Walsh

      The Boy and the Crow is the gripping, fast-paced story of 16-year-old big city gang member, Daniel Cagney. Convicted of a crime in juvenile court, he is sentenced to spend a year’s probation on the Vermont farm of his grandparents, whom he has not seen for many years. From the moment he arrives at the farm, Danny struggles to adjust to his new life on foreign turf. He continues to believe that it is only a matter of time before he escapes to the city, but a young crow, which he almost kills one day, “conspires” to change his mind. Under his grandparents’ watchful eyes, Danny begins to resist the pull of the ghetto that he has left behind. He meets a beautiful girl who accepts him for who he is, but her zealous father wants him out of his daughter’s life for good. To make matters worse, Danny soon becomes the target of local bullies and the county sheriff. Then, his fellow gang members come calling.

    • Health & Personal Development
      August 2013

      Tiger Wisdom Guidebook & Oracle Cards

      by Jane Corbett

      My book offers pure impartial guidance from the Tiger, a truly wonderful and awe inspiring majestical big cat, 48 beautiful Tiger Oracle cards, each featuring a different characteristic of the tiger and the world which it inhabits accompany the book, See the world from a different point of view, using the spirit of the tiger. who is strong, silent, and focused, by focusing on its energy users are able to relieve themselves of the daily stresses and worries of life and seek guidance from a non-judgemental source by conducting a reading either for themselves or someone else. Each of the cards and the meaning behind them is covered in depth within the book, as well as the correct methods to complete a card reading successfully. My book also includes a wealth of information about the tiger as well as raising awareness about this critically endangered species. Both are presented in a box set.

    • The countryside, country life

      Ohio Hill Country

      A Rewoven Landscape

      by Carolyn Platt (author)

      A fascinating survey of the geologic, environmental, and human history of southeastern OhioThe southeastern third of Ohio is quite different from the flat or gently rolling portions of the state, differing in landscape, geologic history, ecology, and human history. It is the deeply dissected hill country that was formed over many millions of years by sediments eroded from four ancient mountain ranges. Continuing erosion and massive runoff from great ice-age glaciers further shaped the land and its drainage systems.In Ohio Hill Country, author Carolyn Platt describes how plant and animal life evolved to fill the many niches and microclimates afforded by the area’s weathered sandstones and shales and the ravines cut by area streams. She introduces readers to places such as the Hocking Hills and the Edge of Appalachia in Adams County, which are still home to an exotic and diverse group of flora and fauna.When European settlement began at the end of the eighteenth century, Platt explains, it inevitably caused enormous changes in plant cover and in the animal populations inhabiting the area’s thick, old-growth woodlands. Farms supplanted forests, and stock replaced many wild animals, which were both hunted for food and exterminated because they competed with domestic animals. Burgeoning iron furnaces of the Hanging Rock Iron Range, coal mining that continues today, and other forces of development have altered the original fabric of the region.The Hill Country, poorer than the rest of the state, offers both beauty and fascination. In some aspects, such as the re-growth of forests, the region has recovered from humans’ rough handling. It is an old and complex landscape with exciting and intriguing natural and human histories. With engaging, readable prose complemented by maps and beautiful color photographs, Ohio Hill Country instills an understanding of and appreciation for southeastern Ohio’s geology, ecology, and human history.

    • Trees, wildflowers & plants
      April 2012

      Colorado Flora

      by William A Weber, Ronald C Wittmann

      This book describes the remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants. Together, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species so that they can be better stewards of our priceless and irreplaceable biological heritage. These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges, basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys contain interesting anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. Each volume includes a background of botanical work in the state, a complete glossary, indices to common and scientific names, references and suggested readings, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J Popovich on moonworts.

    • Trees, wildflowers & plants
      April 2012

      Colorado Flora

      by William A Weber, Ronald C Wittmann

      This book describes the remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants. Together, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species so that they can be better stewards of our priceless and irreplaceable biological heritage. These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges, basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys contain interesting anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. Each volume includes a background of botanical work in the state, a complete glossary, indices to common and scientific names, references and suggested readings, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J. Popovich on moonworts.

    • The Earth: natural history general

      The Eastern San Juan Mountains

      Their Ecology, Geology, and Human History

      by Rob Blair (Editor) , George Bracksieck (Editor)

      A companion to "The Western San Juan Mountains" (originally published in 1996), "The Eastern San Juan Mountains" details the physical environment, biological communities, human history, and points of interest in this rich and diverse mountain system. A natural division between the eastern and western slopes of the San Juans is the north-south line that runs approximately through Lake City, south of the crossing of the Piedra River by US Highway 160. In this super guidebook, twenty-seven contributors -- all experts in their fields -- artfully bring the geology, hydrology, animal and plant life, human histories, and travel routes of these eastern slopes to life. Designed to inform researchers, educators, and students about the region's complex systems, The Eastern San Juan Mountains also serves as an informative guidebook to accompany visitors along their travels on the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, which stretches between South Fork and Lake City. This book deserves a place next to "The Western San Juan Mountains" on the bookshelf of every naturalist, researcher, resident, educator, student, and tourist seeking a greater understanding of this marvellous place and its history.

    • Fiction

      Red Flag Warning

      A Serial Arson Mystery

      by Kurt Kamm

      Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into infernos and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men on the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, setting fires and taunting investigators, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Arson Unit struggles to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation. Who is NiteHeat? Is it Ruffy, the 911 dispatcher who has failed firefighter training? Is it Mikey, a dropout who appears at every fire and steals firefighting equipment? Is it Father Dom who claims the fires are started by Satan? Discover the incendiary device triggered by a cooking timer from Williams Sonoma. Did you ever wonder how wildland arson investigators find the point of origin and evidence in a fire which consumes thousands of acres? Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an arsonist? Read RED FLAG WARNING.

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