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A Question Of Existence

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  • £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

Weber's Complete BBQ Book

Jamie Purviance
Authors:
Jamie Purviance

We all love to get the barbecue out on a hot summer's day and enjoy some down-to-earth al fresco dining, but why restrict ourselves to only one season in the year? This comprehensive guide shows you how to cook food the Weber way to get the most from your grill throughout the year, and contains everything the avid barbecue enthusiast needs to know. Enjoy over 150 delicious triple-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and fruit, as well as invaluable ideas for rubs, marinades and sauces. You will also find expert answers to common questions about barbecuing, plus tips and advice on safety, upkeep, fuel and lighting methods.From simple kebabs to elaborate rotisseries, a grilled cheese salad or a tasty fruit pudding, Weber's Complete BBQ Book is packed with an extensive range of delicious recipes for all-year-round barbecuing.

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.

Mitchell Beazley

How to Eat Better

James Wong
Authors:
James Wong
Ilex Press

Illustration: What's the Point?

Mouni Feddag
Authors:
Mouni Feddag

Of all the graphic arts, illustration is currently the most dynamic and exciting. In every medium - advertising, book publishing, product design, houseware and home furnishings - new talents are emerging, making their mark and (in some cases) a fortune out of their illustration skills.But why? In this uniquely presented book, gifted illustrator Mouni Feddag takes on the subject and gives it the treatment it deserves. Witty, dynamic, wide-ranging and visual, this title answers the big questions that illustration throws up, including: What's the point of hand-drawn things?What's the point of pictures?What's the point of looking good?What's the point of decoration?What's the point of commercial art?What's the point of repetition?

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Gardening for Mindfulness

Holly Farrell
Authors:
Holly Farrell
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

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
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

Succinct, cheerful and globally understood, emojis are everyone's second language. Who knew you were so multilingual?! So why not test your emoji decoding skills with these emoji strings, covering the best culture, your favourite tunes, the greatest films and the biographies of the famous and infamous in your other tongue?Each emoji string is given a difficulty rating, ranging from easy (smiling face with sunglasses), moderate (anguished face) and difficult (pouting face) levels. With a wide range of questions and topics, all broken down into a series of clever icons, this book is guaranteed to put a smiley on your face.CHAPTERS:1. An emoji history of the world2. Whose life is it anyway?3. Movie strings4. The literary emoticon5. Ode to a smiley6. Plays for today7. The Bardicon8. Smiley fables9. Emojis sing!10. E-sports

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

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

This guide covers the main schools of thought from the Ancient Chinese philosophies of Confucius and Lao Tzu, Ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Plato, Zeno and Pythagoras through to those most influential of philosophers studied the world over - Hegel, Marx, Descartes, Kant, Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein to name but a few. It also discusses the big questions such as 'What is truth?', the relationship between philosophy and religion and the problem of morality..Accessible, well-informed and fully-illustrated, this is a wonderful book for anyone who is keen to know more about the history of philosophers and their theories.

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.