What Would Marx Do?
By Gareth Southwell
Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction to social media? Or whether Plato would be able to help resolve your constant arguments about what to watch on TV? Or if Hobbes would agree to feed your pet hamster while you're away on holiday?When it comes to the really important questions, who better to ask than the greatest political minds in history, with What Would Marx Do? Using 40 everyday questions and problems as springboards for exploring the great political questions of our time, this book will give you a crash course in political philosophy, and an introduction to the theories and ideas of the greatest political philosophers of all time. Includes questions such as:-Should I bother to vote?-Who should look after the baby?-Do you earn enough?-My car has just been stolen! But can I hold the thieves responsible?-Should I watch what I say on Twitter?-Should your children benefit from your success?-Is it wrong to want a bigger house?With quirky illustrations and intriguing and original takes on the biggest (and smallest) everyday questions, What Would Marx Do? is guaranteed to leave you with a better grasp on political philosophy, and able to discuss Marxism, Libertarian Socialism and Populism with ease.
What Would Freud Do?
By Sarah Tomley
What Would Freud Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 psychological thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems. Ever wondered what a great therapist like Freud or Jung would have to say about your horrible boss, your phone-checking addiction or an occasional wish to cheat on your partner? Ever wished someone would explain why you sometimes act like an idiot just when you want to look good, or generally keep doing things you don't really want to do?From Erich Fromm on how to find Mr/Mrs Right, to Jaak Panksepp on road rage and Magda Arnold on how to deal with 'banter', these theorists have intriuging suggestions for ways to see and do things differently. Divided into five sections, including 'What am I like?', and 'Why am I acting like this?', other questions include:-'My family's a nightmare -- shall I cut them off?'-'Is my partner lying to me?'-'Why do I keep buying the same brand all the time?'-'How can I stop people unfriending me on social media?'-'Why do I lie when she says "Does my bum look big in this?"'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.
What Would Nietzsche Do?
By Marcus Weeks
What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems.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.
What Would Keynes Do?
By Tejvan Pettinger
Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Or whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover (through economics)? Ever pondered over what Milton Friedman might get you for Christmas?By comparing and contrasting what the greatest economists of all time would have to say about 40 questions from your everyday life, What Would Keynes Do? will help you get to grips with all the important economic theories in an original and thought-provoking way.Includes such puzzling conundrums as:-Should I park in an illegal parking space and risk a fine? -Should I go to University or start working straight away? -Should I leave my children all my wealth after my death or spread it out throughout my life?-Should I ever commit a crime? -If I enjoy drinking beer, how much should I drink? -Is it OK to be selfish? -Should I vote for a political party which promises to raise taxes?
Vinyl Me, Please
Putting the style in your stylus, Vinyl Me, Please is more than your average book of music recommendations. Brought to you by the vinyl subscription club of the same name - 'the best damn record club there is'* - Vinyl Me, Please is a lively, visually handsome guide to the 100 albums you need to own on vinyl and why, with added extras: cocktail recipes to match your listening needs, and 'Like this, then listen to this' suggestions.With Vinyl Me, Please, your record collector needs are in safe hands: arranged alphabetically, this chic tome is your font of knowledge on what sounds work best on vinyl, while it also simultaneously captures the aesthetic thrills that crate-diggers derive from their passion. *If they do say so themselves.
Ukulele for Beginners
By Will Grove-White
Interested in the ukulele and want to learn how to play it? This is the book for you.Originally published as Get Plucky, this all-encompassing guide to the ukulele is written by Will Grove-White, one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Clearly written, beautifully designed, and chock-full of photos and illustrations, Ukulele for Beginners is the perfect teach-yourself ukulele book for adults and children alike, and a must for anyone with an interest in the instrument.- No knowledge of music required- Clearly written and easy to understand- Full colour photographic illustrations- Chords to learn and songs to strum- Simple and advanced strumming techniques- Tips and tricks for writing your own songs- How to play in a group- Play along with the songs onlineAlso includes:- Pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary- A complete history of the ukulele- Biographies of great uke players from past and present- Ukulele revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong, Elvis Presley and more...
The Turnip Prize: A Retrospective
By 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.
Trump on Trump
By George Beahm
One thing you cannot deny about Donald Trump is that he speaks his mind... and the results are fascinating!Get to know how that mind works by reading his words. This is an unbiased collection of Trump's most famous and interesting quotes and thus an unofficial guide to his thinking.Brash, outspoken and successful, Donald Trump is a political phenomenon. Some of his more contentious comments have outraged the immigrant community, feminist groups and even the Pope. Whether you like him or loathe him, he's impossible to ignore.Now you can understand more about this most infamous public figure and form your own opinion about the way he thinks. Covering the time since Trump announced that he was running for Republican candidacy, this book looks at excerpts and speeches and puts them into context. Among many topics it covers his views on business, America and other countries; his opinion of himself, women and those who stand, or have stood, against him.This is a fascinating insight into the world's most controversial politician.
Time to Think
By Nancy Kline
The power of effective listening is recognised as the essential tool of good management. In this book, Kline describes how we can achieve this, and presents a step-by-step guide that can be used in any situation. Whether you want to have more productive meetings, solve business problems or build stronger relationships, this book offers you a new world of possibilities.
This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History
By Chuck D
Foreword by Shepard Fairey.As featured in Best stocking-filler books of 2017 - The GuardianIf you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop. The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!Kendrick LamarThis book is required reading for those who claim to know hip-hop, love hip-hop, and want their information from a true Master and General of the hip-hop culture...Public Enemy #1, Chuck D!Ice-TChuck D wasn't put here to play any games. He created the greatest hip-hop album in my opinion to date, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. But the very first minute he sonically appeared to us, I knew rap was changed forever. Power, awareness, strength, and militancy is his stance in a world obsessed with punishing poor people. I knew he would righteously and boldly die so that a little young boy he didn't even know from Queensbridge could live. He attacked wickedness head-on being the rappin' rhino terror that he is. He represented for all of us putting his life on the line and making the right music fighting for hip hop, the youth, truth, and justice. Chuck D made the lane for people like me to walk.NasReading this book is like reliving my life all over again. Chuck D is Dope!!!LL Cool JIn the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip-hop and rap have become a billion-pound worldwide cultural phenomenon that reaches well beyond music, into fashion, movies, art and politics. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre - until now.This massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history, from Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control." Also included are key events in hip-hop history, from Grandmaster Flash's first scratch through to Tupac's holographicappearance at Coachella.Throughout the book, Chuck offers an insider's perspective on the chart toppers, artists and key moments. Illustrating the pages are more than 150 portraits from mADurgency, an artist collective specialising in art and design for the hip-hop community.
By John Fisher
In this seminal pet psychology book, John Fisher examines the mind of the dog with examples taken from his practical experience, with the aim of explaining to owners how the world appears from a dog's point of view.The first section of the book traces the ancestry and inherent behaviour of dogs, from their origins as pack animals related to the wolf or the jackal. The second part examines what most people describe as problem behaviour, which is just normal canine behaviour exhibited in the wrong place. The book concludes with an A-Z of common problems, their causes and cures.In the 1980s and 1990s John Fisher revolutionised dog training, first in England, then in the US. With his self-deprecating manner and 'Oh! So British' sense of humour he taught us to 'Think Dog'.
Texts From Your Ex
We've all drunk-texted an ex, but these painfully funny posts from the massively popular Instagram account 'Texts From Your Ex' take things to extremes as they plead, rant, insult, and just downright confuse their intended targets. From those with zero shame ("Let's take a bubble bath together?!"), to the chancers ("U wanna go to Mexico with me?" "No" "What about New Mexico?") and the deluded ("I'm moving to England and I'd like you to come with me"), and some of the best put downs you wished you'd thought of ("Not today, Satan"), you will simultaneously cringe and cry with laughter at these hilarious exchanges between exes.
By Harry Borden
'A masterpiece and deeply moving' - Alain de Botton'A wonderful piece of work' - Lynn Barber"...something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority. By flicking through the pages you can sense the amount of research, patience and hard work that has been invested. The portraits, as always with Borden are simple, effective and very telling." - Martin ParrSurvivor is a unique and powerful testimony of what it is to live with memories of the Holocaust.Over the course of five years, acclaimed photographer Harry Borden has travelled the globe photographing survivors of the Holocaust. The people featured vary in age, gender and nationality, but are all tied together by their experience and survival of one of the darkest moments in human history.Each photograph is accompanied by a handwritten note from the sitter, ranging from poems, to memories, to hopes for the future, creating a strong sense of intimacy between sitter and reader. At the end of the book is a section providing more information about the person in each portrait, and about how and what they survived, together with the historical context of the events they lived through. Thought-provoking and touching, this book conveys the dignity and humanity of each subject's character.
By DJ Hooch
STREET DANCE: THE BEST MOVES is the perfect introduction to major street dance styles with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. As well as learning the various types of street dance, including B-boy, Popping, Locking, Hip Hop and House - and the basic moves of each of these - you'll get tips on the best tracks to dance to, what clothes to wear to look the part, and be given expert advice from top dancers across the globe. .Throughout the book there are also embedded videos, showing the step-by-steps put into practice so you can check you're doing it right!
The Story of Astronomy
By Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
Journey through time and space with the greatest astronomers in history. Astronomy is one of the oldest of all the sciences. And yet, its history is also so much more than the history of a science, reflecting our entire culture and providing insight into the evolution of humankind's ideas and ideals over the centuries. This fascinating book tells the amazing story of the development of astronomy, through the key characters in its history from Copernicus to Hubble and Halley, the excitement of new discoveries and the ways in which the history of the skies has affected our lives and how we look at the planet on which we live.The Story of Astronomy celebrates changing perspectives (from the Ancient Greeks to the latest scientific advances) as different cultures, philosophers and scientists sought to come to terms with their, and earth's, place in the Cosmos.Exhaustively researched and containing interviews with many of the world's leading astronomers, including Stephen Hawking, this is the ultimate history of how the universe has revealed itself to us over the millennia.
Speeches that Changed the World
By Beatrice Hollyer, Lucy Smith
Many believe it is a matter of luck as to whether you are blessed with a baby who sleeps well or are landed with one who doesn't. It isn't. Beatrice Hollyer and Lucy Smith provide clear, sensible and effective advice on how to achieve peaceful, problem-free nights in Sleep - from the first days of infancy throughout childhood. Taking a cue from the baby, and working with their natural instinct, this book puts parents in charge. Avoiding conflict over sleep, this approach builds trust, communication and confidence in your relationship with your baby. Instead of a one-size fits-all approach, Hollyer and Smith offer guidelines that can be adapted for each particular parent and baby. By understanding her needs, reading and responding to her signals and following her lead, you can strongly reinforce your baby's natural tendency to adapt to sleeping all night. Although focusing on establishing good sleep habits from the start of life, the principles put forward in this book can also be used to solve a sleep problem in a child of any age, usually in less than a week.
The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries
By the Sex Pistols
'...short, sharp, to the point, minimal. 'Never Mind the Bollocks' is a blackmail note - and we got you all to pay up!' - JOHN LYDON 'When we first went in Wessex [recording studios] we went in through this side door. Freddie Mercury was there doing a vocal take and we walked right through with our guitars. He threw a wobbler.' - STEVE JONES ''God Save The Queen' was definitely the pinnacle. It all went sour after that.' - PAUL COOK 'Malcolm was a shit-stirrer. I think he's got a short attention span. He played this game of pitching me against John. Now we realise there was a lot of false information going between us.' - GLEN MATLOCK On the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols', The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries is the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977- the recording and release of 'Never Mind the Bollocks...' and the year the Sex Pistols changed everything. From 'God Save the Queen' to 'Holidays in the Sun' and everything in between, it was a year of chaos and creation.Straight from the mouths of the Sex Pistols and their collaborators, with first-hand stories of secret gigs, recording sessions, fights, record label meltdowns and a media storm like nothing ever seen before, The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries is the inside line, told by the people who were there.Packed with photography and rare items from the Sex Pistols archives - from gig posters and early album art to master tapes and notes from recording sessions - this is the final word on a year like no other.
By Suzi Godson
Studies show that couples who continue to have sex are happier. Suzi believes the quality of our sex lives is really important, because it affects every part of people's lives. So, the better your relationship, the happier you're going to be - and sometimes our sex lives are the trickiest part to get right. In this collection of over 100 Question & Answers from Suzi's Sex Counsel columns, she tries to make us all feel as good about our relationships as we can. The Q&As range from the everyday to the incredible - so you're going to learn a lot about the world of relationships, and you're going to feel a lot more fantastic - and confident - about your own. Informative and entertaining, Suzi has a proven wit that is a hit with readers and critics alike. She is a straight-talking, sex-advocating sensation.
The Sex Book
By Suzi Godson
"The Sex Book" explores the subject of sex, health and sexuality in a straightforward, uninhibited, accessible and adventurous way. Designed as a guide, the book explains everything you want to know about conventional and unconventional sexual behaviour in gender neutral, straightforward language with bold visuals. A wealth of information is balanced with practical advice and personal experience. The book presumes little and the tone is witty and direct. It avoids the usual stigma attached to sex manuals by having a detached editorial approach that packs gritty sex between beautiful contemporary graphics. Ranging from G-spots to sex diets, "The Sex Book" speaks plainly and openly about a subject at the emotional and spiritual hub of everyone's life. At long last - a contemporary guide to sex; for absolutely everyone, whatever their orientation.