Dances with Limeys - Living with the British
By 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.
By 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.
By Diarmuid Gavin
His work has long been recognised for its innovation and his reputation for clashes with the so-called gardening 'establishment' are famous. He has won many accolades including Silver Gilt at Chelsea Flower Show, however, arguably his biggest achievement was to popularize gardening through the medium of television and move it away from the exclusive and stultifying atmosphere of a private club. This is Diarmuid's characteristically open and honest account of his chaotic, inspired and infuriating (to himself and others) road to success.
By Steve Luck
The growth in popularity of digital photography in recent years has been unprecedented. Much of the reason for this is the low cost of the equipment needed, and advances in editing and printing technology which have put the medium within reach of anyone who fancies trying their hand at creating digital pictures. So, can anyone pick up any digital camera and take a picture! Well, yes, but taking a good picture requires a little more than that. In this book, Steve Luck looks at the features of the different types of camera available and explains the key terms - ISO, megapixels, white balance, etc - to help you choose your camera wisely and knowledgeably and so make you pictures stand out from the crowd. The ability to manipulate your images is of course the other main attraction of the digital camera. This book gives you a comprehensive introduction to the basic image editing techniques in Photoshop - cropping, sharpening, adjusting colour, correcting red-eye, removing blemishes - and tells you exactly what you need in terms of computer software.It then looks at some of the more advanced image-editing techniques, such as selective blurring, dodging and burning, as well as how to get the best results from printing.