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The Mirror and the Light
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The mirror & the light

"The final instalment of an historical fiction tour de force plotting the rise and fall and Thomas Cromwell. A masterpiece…"

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Paperback:A world for me and you:2022 Paperback
Author: Asika, Uju
Author: Poh, Jennie
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Wren & Rook
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this uplifting picture book, you imagine a world where everyone looks identical, where all food tastes the same, where we all speak the same language. A world that is pretty boring. But with an explosion of colour, the pages soon come to life. This joyful picture book encourages children to imagine the world as a vast library, with room on the shelves for everybody's story. It is a celebration of our incredibly diverse world as it really is: home to 195 countries with thousands of different cultures, 10 million colours and 6500 different languages.
31 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:The storm is here, America on the brink:2022 Hardback
Author: Mogelson, Luke
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index In early 2020, Luke Mogelson, who had been living in France and covering the Global War on Terrorism, returned home to report on the social discord that the pandemic was bringing to the fore in the US. Soon, he found himself embedded with militias descending on the Michigan state capitol. From there, the story swept him on to Minneapolis, then to Portland, and ultimately to Washington, D.C. His stories for The New Yorker were hailed as essential first drafts of history. 'The Storm Is Here' is an eyewitness account of how - during a season of sickness, economic uncertainty, and violence - a large segment of Americans became convinced that they needed to rise up against dark forces plotting to take their country away from them, and then did just that.
360 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0241567548
Hardback:Broadcasting Britain, 100 years of the BBC:2022 Hardback
Author: Seatter, Robert
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index Discover the BBC's central role in reflecting our ever-changing world. Created 100 years ago, on 18th October 1922, the BBC transformed people's lives at the turn of a dial, bringing voices out of the ether and conjuring the magic community of radio. Now, our lives are inextricably linked to broadcasting. It is how we remember where we come from and who we are - from the Moon Landing to the 9/11 attacks, from Monty Python to EastEnders, from Live Aid to London 2012. Head of BBC History Robert Seatter charts the story of a broadcaster and a nation, reflecting the story of all our lives across ten tumultuous decades. Nick Robinson, a familiar face and voice on television and radio, writes the foreword.
296 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0008395764
Hardback:Devil dogs, King Company from Guadalcanal to the shores of Japan:2022 Hardback
Author: David, Saul
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index In this history, Saul David follows one extraordinary troop across the course of the Second World War. The 'Devil Dogs' of K Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines were part of the legendary first Marine Division. They landed on the beaches of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942 - the first US ground offensive of the war - and fought their way across the Pacific. A band of unexpected and singular characters - ordinary men from very different backgrounds, drawn from cities, towns and settlements across the United States - they were bound together by an extraordinary mission, and an unshakeable belief that however damaging the turmoil they faced might be and however terrible the war, it was worth fighting.
xx, 604 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0008546339
Hardback:Charlie's good tonight, the life, the times and the Rolling Stones:2022 Hardback
Author: Sexton, Paul
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mudlark
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index Charlie Watts was one of the most decorated musicians in the world, having joined the Rolling Stones, a few months after their formation, early in 1963. A student of jazz drumming, he was headhunted by the band after bumping into them regularly in London's rhythm and blues clubs. Once installed at the drum seat, he didn't miss a gig, album or tour in his 60 years in the band. He was there throughout the swinging sixties, the early shot at superstardom and the Stones' world conquest; and throughout the debauchery of the 1970s, typified by 1972's 'Exile on Main St.', considered one of the great albums of the century. By the 1980s, Charlie was battling his own demons, but emerged unscathed to enhance his unparalleled reputation even further over the ensuing decades. This is his story.
xxiii, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Colditz, prisoners of the castle:2022 Hardback
Author: Macintyre, Ben
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers Includes bibliographical references and index In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their Nazi captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth. The astonishing inside story is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of snobbery, class conflict, homosexuality, bullying, espionage, boredom, insanity and farce. With access to an astonishing range of material, Ben Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters of multiple nationalities hitherto hidden from history, with captors and prisoners living for years cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.
xxii, 353 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0241590450
Hardback:More more more, making maximalism work in your home and life:2022 Hardback
Author: Llewelyn-Bowen, Laurence
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index Let master of Maximalism Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen show you how to create and curate a space that you can truly love spending time in. 'More More More' is overflowing with Laurence's signature style, exuberance and a lifetime's experience in lavish living and take-no-prisoners individuality. Part narrative treatise, part visual celebration of Maximalism through the ages, it is rich in history, anecdotes and quite a few rules, most of which are to be broken. Having spent his entire career encouraging people to reject decorative modesty, Laurence will not only show the reader how to embrace Maximalism in their home, but promises to change how they live within it. Minimalists beware. It's all about giving yourself the confidence you lack by curating your own perfect haven of chaos, so that you can live with and love your stuff - in surroundings that are anything but beige.
270 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm (hbk)
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034901700X
Hardback:Zarifa, a woman's battle in a man's world:2022 Hardback
Author: Ghafari, Zarifa
Author: Smith, Hannah Lucinda
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Zarifa Ghafari was three years old when the Taliban banned girls from schools, and she began her education in secret. She was seven when American airstrikes began. She was twenty-four when she became mayor - the only female mayor in the country - of Maidan Wardak, Kabul. An extremist mob barred her from her office; her male staff walked out in protest; assassins tried to kill her six times. Finally, they killed their father. Ghafari stood her ground. She ended corruption in the province, promoted peace and tried to lift up women. When the Taliban took Kabul in 2021, Ghafari had to flee. This memoir describes the work she did, the women she still tries to help as they live under Taliban rule and her vision for how grassroots activism can change their lives and the lives of women everywhere.
271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
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0861542509
Hardback:What we owe the future, a million-year view:2022 Hardback
Author: MacAskill, William
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: Humanity is in its infancy. Our future could last for millions of years - or it could end tomorrow. Astonishing numbers of people could lead lives of great happiness or unimaginable suffering, or never live at all, depending on what we choose to do today. As we approach a critical juncture in our history, we can make profound moral decisions about how humanity's course plays out. We can create positive change on behalf of future generations, to prevent the use of catastrophic weapons and maintain peace between the world's great powers. We can improve our moral values, navigating the rise of AI and climate change more fairly for generations to come. The challenges we face are enormous. But so is the influence we have. If we choose wisely, our distant descendants will look back on us fondly, knowing we did everything we could to give them a world that is beautiful and just.
352 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1398204080
Paperback:Fossils:[2022] Paperback
Author: Sipperley, Keli
Year: [2022]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Raintree
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Book band level: Purple"--Back cover Originally published: 2021 Includes bibliographical references and index Plants and animals from millions of years ago left behind fossils. Fossils can teach people about the past. They are also used for fuel. Discover why fossils are an important part of nature!
32 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 23 cm (pbk)
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