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A Question Of Existence

  • Hardback
  • £P.O.R.

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  • ISBN: 9781840722680
  • Publication date: 28 Feb 2001
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  • Imprint: Spruce
Cassell

What Would Nietzsche Do?

Marcus Weeks
Authors:
Marcus Weeks

Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life's questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from 'Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?' to 'Should I get a takeaway tonight?'; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks's illuminating commentary on each philosopher's answer to the question at hand, you'll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it. A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.

Cassell

What Would Freud Do?

Sarah Tomley
Authors:
Sarah Tomley

Ever wondered what Wilfred Bion would have to say about your horrible boss's behaviour? Or how Carl Jung would feel about your mid-life crisis red Ferrari? Ever wondered if Eric Berne might have the perfect answer to the question, 'Does my bum look big in this?'?Find answers to all of life's important questions with What Would Freud Do?. The book is split into sections such as 'What am I like?', and 'Why am I acting like this?', leaving no stone of the human psyche unturned. Questions include:-'Why can't I find Mr/Ms Right?'-'Why do I keep buying the same chocolate brand?'-'Is my partner lying to me?'-'Why do I always buy the more expensive option?'With Sarah Tomley's enlightening commentary throughout, this book provides the answers to the most deep and meaningful (or, indeed, shallow and meaningless) questions that you have ever pondered. A pocket guide to facing the hurdles and obstacles of life, with the advice of all the greatest psychologists at your fingertips.

Hamlyn

The Secret Language of Dogs

Victoria Stilwell
Authors:
Victoria Stilwell

Recent studies into the minds of canines show that they have a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. The Secret Language of Dogs is a guide to understanding your dog, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond, and helping them to learn in the most effective way possible so they feel confident navigating the human world with success. Along the way, you'll learn the answers to questions such as:-What do different tail wags mean?-What does being right-pawed say about my dog's personality?-How can I tell the difference between boredom barking and warning barking?-What does it mean when my dog spins around, arches his back, or gives me the whale eye?-Do dogs feel guilt?-How do dogs perceive human faces?-Why do some scientists think dogs' emotional experience is even greater than ours?Filled with adorable full-colour photographs and instructive illustrations, this insightful 'dog decoder' will soon make you dog's best friend.

Ilex Press

Illustration: What's the Point?

Mouni Feddag
Authors:
Mouni Feddag
Mitchell Beazley

RHS Gardening for Mindfulness

Holly Farrell
Authors:
Holly Farrell
Mitchell Beazley

How to Eat Better

James Wong
Authors:
James Wong
Mitchell Beazley

Vintage Fashion & Couture

Kerry Taylor
Authors:
Kerry Taylor

"I thought I knew almost everything about the history of fashion until I met Kerry Taylor. The inside-out knowledge she has of garments will inspire both students and designers to look at fashion with fresh eyes." - Sarah Mower, US Vogue "This beautiful book by Kerry Taylor - the go-to woman for vintage and antique couture - is a treat for collectors and fashion lovers alike." - The Wall Street Journal"Whatever my question about vintage, Kerry Taylor has the answer. Her expertise, knowledge and historical anecdotes have raised the level of interest in this subject hugely." -Lisa Armstrong, Daily Telegraph Named one of Glamour Magazine's "Must-Read Style Books"! Profiled by Vogue and The New York Times and courted by style icons with wardrobes to sell and top designers in search of inspiration, Kerry Taylor is one of the world's leading experts on vintage fashion and couture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Kerry tells the story of a century of fashion through the work of its key design talents and the memorable women who have worn their creations. All the fashion stars are here from Poiret to McQueen via Lanvin, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Madame Grès, Dior, Balenciaga, Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Vivienne Westwood, Alaïa, and Margiela. For each designer Kerry explores their career through a dazzling range of clothes and accessories, explaining what makes each item so desirable to the collector or wearer of vintage fashion. Each chapter includes at least one 'style icon' whose relationship with fashion has had a lasting impact, including Baba D'Erlanger, Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso and Kate Moss. Illustrated with a mix of gorgeous fashion photography plus images from Kerry's own astonishing archive, this book is set to become an invaluable guide for collectors of vintage (whatever their budget) and all those who love fashion.Contents includes...Foreword by Hubert de GivenchyPrologue by Christopher Kane1900sPaul PoiretLucileMariano Fortuny1920sJean PatouJeanne LavinChanel in the Twenties1930sElsa SchiaparelliStyle Icon Wallis SimpsonMadeleine Vionnet - The Architect of Couture1940sThe effects of War on Fashion in EuropeAmerican Fashion in the FortiesChristian Dior - The Saviour of French Haute Couture1950sPierre BalmainCristóbal Balenciaga - The MasterStyle Icon Grace Kelly1960sMary QuantHubert de Givenchy Style Icon Audrey Hepburn1970sYves Saint Laurent in the SeventiesZandra RhodesVivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren1980sItalian MastersAzzedine AlaïaJohn Galliano1990sThe New RomanticsThierry MuglerStyle Icon Kate Moss2000sLater McQueenStyle Icon Daphne GuinnessCollecting VintageTaking Care of your Collection..And so much more!

Mitchell Beazley

RHS How Do Worms Work?

Guy Barter
Authors:
Guy Barter

Ever wondered how worms breathe? Or why exactly trees are so big? This book covers all aspects of gardens and gardening, and will satisfy all your horticultural curiosity. Packed with photographs, vintage engravings and diagrams, this book will answer everything from the practical to the quirky and whimsical. Feature boxes provide practical guidance, so that you can apply your new-found knowledge to your own garden. Written by the head of the RHS Members' Advisory Service, this book is the ideal gift for fact-loving gardeners with curious minds.

Hamlyn

The Chase

With a brand new format and new questions from the show, The Chase: The Greatest Chases is the ultimate indulgence for fans of ITV's most popular quiz programme. Containing 50 of the most difficult chases where contestants actually beat the Chaser, this book challenges you to do the same and defeat one of the show's stars: The Governess, The Beast, The Sinnerman, The Barrister and The Vixen. Have you got what it takes to beat them at their own game, and answer the questions that they couldn't?With over 3,500 tough questions to test yourself against, this is the ultimate challenge for viewers who reckon they could take on a Chaser... and win.

Ilex Press

Fifty Paths to Creative Photography

Michael Freeman
Authors:
Michael Freeman

The most important practical photography book in a decade. "A really inspiring book" - Amateur Photographer magazineThe eagerly awaited follow up to global bestseller The Photographer's Eye will show you the paths the greatest photographers took to excellence so you too can take stand-out drilling photographs.In Freeman's own words: "There's a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius. You have it or you don't. End of story. I don't agree"By looking at the work of other great photographers, as well as Freeman's own work, the book provides the reader with 50 "paths" they can explore to think about taking photos, looking at subjects from cliché to zen, so you will be able to hit the right point in surprise, originality, insight and execution every time.

Cassell

The Turnip Prize: A Retrospective

Trevor Prideaux, Royston Weeksz OBE, FRSA
Authors:
Trevor Prideaux, Royston Weeksz OBE, FRSA

The Turnip Prize is a spoof UK art award satirising the less well known Turner Prize. Originally inspired by Tracey Emin's 1999 Turner Prize-shortlisted 'My Bed', the Turnip Prize aims to celebrate the best of the worst of contemporary art. Every year, locals send in their least inventive creations to the judges in the village of Wedmore in Somerset, who then have the dubious honour of choosing the winner. From "Poo Tin' (a tin filled with poo, topped by am image of Vladimir Putin), to "Ewe Kip" (a toy sheep having a nap), the Turnip Prize pays particular attention to the quality of the art's punning title, and to evidence of a 'considerable lack of effort'. The winner is awarded a turnip impaled on a rusty six-inch nail.Including 40 images of entries from throughout the prize's not-so-illustrious history, The Turnip Prize: A Retrospective features pontificating critical analysis of each piece by Royston Weekz, FRSA, along with insightful comments from the competition judges (such as, 'Complete b*ll*cks'). The ultimate gift for art-lovers and art-establishment sceptics alike.

Cassell

Dances with Limeys - Living with the British

Reginald D. Hunter
Authors:
Reginald D. Hunter

Before he left the States for the UK back in 1997, Hunter's sister warned him not to be too smiley or friendly - 'they're suspicious of optimism'. He laughed, hugged her goodbye and merrily boarded the plane. One attempt at a chirpy greeting on the London Underground was enough to teach him the truth of his sister's words, with an entire carriage staring at their feet, or at him, in horror. The ensuing years living among the British have continued to throw up more questions - and occasionally some answers - for Hunter: experiencing weather that is best for suicidal, alcoholic, posthumously-famous poets leads him to ponder whether early Britons committed a cosmic violation that resulted in the punishment of endless rain; while the British tendency to start relationships in a vague, alcohol-induced fashion continues to prove perplexing for someone used to American dating etiquette. One of the most popular and thought-provoking comedians in the UK, and a regular on TV, Reginald D. Hunter explores the good, the bad and the ugly of living in Britain in this, his first book, Dances with Limeys.

Hamlyn

Think Tank

This fun quizbook will delight both fans of the programme and quiz enthusiasts alike. Featuring rounds from the show, 30 complete quizzes and 750 questions it's sure to test your general knowledge and tickle your trivia bone. Sections include the Think Tanks answer bank as well as a selection of Question Impossibles for the final round. To add to the mix, throughout the book are some of the weirder responses the contributors have given. There's also a Foreword from the host himself describing what it's like recording the show.Think Tank is sure to be a daytime quiz classic. Why not enjoy the quiz with your family with this fun, fact-filled quizbook.

Cassell

The Great Emoji Quizbook

Martin Toseland
Authors:
Martin Toseland
Mitchell Beazley

I Got 99 Problems but a Stitch Ain't One

Genevieve Brading
Authors:
Genevieve Brading

Sassy attitude meets classic crafts - what's not to love? With this collection of punchy cross-stitch patterns, you can try your hand at this easy, stylish craft that's taking the world by storm, and liven up your home at the same time. From the fierce and cheeky to the motivational, this book has a cross-stitch for every situation. Hang them up to brighten your morning, to add a bit of fun to your party, or to inject your home with serious style. These patterns will also make the perfect gift for your style-conscious friends. Featuring 20 designs, including: - Haters gonna hate- What would Beyoncé do? - In Taylor we trust- Selfie-free zone- To Bieber or not to Bieber? That is the question. - No speaking before coffee- I make it tequila o'clock

Hamlyn

The Telegraph: Pub Quiz Volume 1

This brand new collection of 4000 general knowledge questions is set by Gavin Fuller, Mastermind's youngest ever champion, and compiled from his weekly quiz in the popular Weekend section of the Telegraph. With questions on anything and everything, from the Classics to The Magic Roundabout, this is perfect for all who love a challenge, and can be used to set your own quizzes with family and friends..For die-hard pub quiz fans, this book also includes Gavin's Snorter questions, the most fiendishly difficult questions from his quiz each week. With such a wide variety of questions, it's fun for everyone, and you might even surprise yourself with what you know!

Cassell

The Invention of Numbers

Peter Bentley
Authors:
Peter Bentley

Numbers are at the heart of the existence of the universe and everything in it, and yet a lot of us have little understanding of their creation, let alone their part in philosophy, art, music, physics, literature, religion and computing. Dr Bentley's fascinating history of the origins of numbers will unlock the secrets of these things that we take for granted and shows how numbers seem to take on human characteristiscs - as they can be perfect or irrational, amicable or prime, real or imaginary.From zero to infinity, learn about the way numbers have shaped our world, discover amazing facts and enjoy the pure beauty of mathematical logic.

Cassell

Cracking Philosophy

Martin Cohen
Authors:
Martin Cohen
Cassell

Distraction Pieces

Scroobius Pip
Authors:
Scroobius Pip

The Times Bestseller (Non-Fiction)Join Scroobius Pip as he gets to the bottom of what matters most in life: whether getting Russell Brand to expound on capitalism, Jon Ronson on the perils of social media, Simon Pegg on the power of satire, Killer Mike on race relations in the United States or Howard Marks on drugs and cancer, Pip elicits thought-provoking material by rummaging through the minds of some of the most interesting creatives of our time. Distraction Pieces features both curated highlights from the iTunes-chart-topping podcast - from Akala to Howard Marks via the likes of Adam Buxton, Romesh Ranganathan and Amanda Palmer - and exclusive new content, with chapters on politics, social media, music, comedy and more. Featuring illustrations by tattoo artist mr heggie, this is a must-have for fans of the Distraction Pieces podcast, and a must-read for anyone interested in the creative mind.

Mitchell Beazley

Dinner Tonight

Lindsey Bareham
Authors:
Lindsey Bareham

"What shall we have for dinner?" In this collection of simple, accessible and mouth-watering recipes from the winner of the Guild of Food Writers' British Food Writer of the Year Award, Lindsey Bareham helps solve this never-ending question. Packed full of ideas from Lindsey's award-winning weekly column in The Times, this book will become your go-to source for a quick fix after a long day. Recipes range from Roast tomato tarte tatin and Chorizo beef sliders to Homemade fish fingers with cheat's tartare sauce; from Miso cod with crunchy vegetable salad and Pulled chicken, ham & leek pie to Strawberry almond crumble and Chocolate puddle pudding.