Shanghai Baby, interdit, saisi et pilonné dans son pays comme au bon vieux temps de la Révolution culturelle, bouscule hardiment les tabous et souffle un vent nouveau et provocateur sur la Chine.
Coco, une jeune femme sans complexes animée d'une prodigieuse soif de vivre et de tout découvrir, raconte le roman de sa vie aimantée par ces deux pôles que sont Tiantian le frère de coeur, peintre fragile et impuissant, et Mark, l'amant allemand. Pour décor, Shanghai et le goût de ses nuits scintillantes.
A mother is brutally raped by a man on their North Dakota reservation where she lives with her husband and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Traumatized and afraid, she takes to her bed and refuses to talk to anyone - including the police.
Winter Parva, a Cotswolds village, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha, things aren't as they seem...
A revolution is under way across the globe, yet very few people understand it. Basic Blockchain will explain everything you need to know to understand the technology that will soon disrupt and revolutionise everything from financial and health services to the property market and how we vote. Born of an obscure body of research on game theory developed at MIT, originally championed by child pornographers and drug dealers seeking to launder ill-gotten gains, accelerated by entrepreneurs seeking to improve financial access for the poor, funded by giant corporate interests attracted to the potential for billions of dollars of cost savings, blockchain heralds a new era of financial inclusion, legal inclusion for the dispossessed and lower prices for consumers. In short, it will enact radical change on our lives. In this book, David L. Shrier, one of MIT and Oxford University's leading futurists, explains for the general reader: - The history of blockchain, its apocryphal progenitor Satoshi Nakamoto and the socioeconomic context of its origins in the 2008 financial crisis. - How blockchain works, including the core technologies that drive it such as cryptographic hashes and network theory, all described in simple, understandable terms. - The potential of blockchain, including its impact on our jobs, industry and society as a whole. Blockchain is the new internet, and it will disrupt and transform the economy and society in the same way. Most people don't understand it (yet), but this accessible book, written by a global authority on blockchain, is the essential introduction to the next technological revolution.
In The Learning Revolution Sanjay Sarma argues that the emerging focus on actual 'learning' over ineffectually just 'educating' is timely and essential to our future. In a networked and digitised world, our ability to learn over the course of a lifetime has never been greater. But as a result, the demands for a dynamic, adaptive, and enduring approach to knowledge acquisition and application have increased - we can't just 'do our learning in school' and then settle in for the long haul of a narrowly defined, static work life. In this book, readers will travel to the forefront of the current revolution in our understanding of learning, as the convergence of technology, neuroscience, and experimentation fundamentally transforms the act of learning from a craft, to a science, and, ultimately, to something that we engineer - to ever greater outcomes for ourselves, our children, our students, our colleagues, and humanity at large. The Learning Revolution shows why the pace of learning is far more important than the kind of learning; why cramming is a really poor way to actually learn information; how we can prime curiosity to maximize information absorption and storage; and how our knowledge develops through stages of recognition, fluency and creative application.
Phryne Fisher - she of the grey-green eyes and diamante garters - is rapidly tiring of the boredom of chit-chatting with retired colonels and foxtrotting with weak-chinned wonders. Instead, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective - on the other side of the world.
Whether foiling kidnappers' plans, walking the wings of a Tiger Moth or simply deciding what to wear for dinner, Phryne handles everything with her usual panache and flair. This title takes you on an adventure with glamorous heroine Phryne Fisher.
When Phryne Fisher arranges to go to Ballarat for a week, she eschews the excitement of her Hispano-Suiza for the sedate safety of the train. But as the passengers sleep, they are all overcome by chloroform poisoning.
With a foreword by Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge and Master of Churchill College. Ten Women Who Changed Science tells the moving stories of the physicists, biologists, chemists, astronomers and doctors who helped to shape our world with their extraordinary breakthroughs and inventions, and outlines their remarkable achievements. These scientists overcame significant obstacles, often simply because they were women their science and their lives were driven by personal tragedies and shaped by seismic world events. What drove these remarkable women to cure previously incurable diseases, disprove existing theories or discover new sources of energy? Some were rewarded with the Nobel Prize for their pioneering achievements - Madame Curie, twice - others were not and, even if they had, many are not household names. Despite living during periods when the contribution of women was disregarded, if not ignored, these resilient women persevered with their research, whether creating life-saving drugs or expanding our knowledge of the cosmos. By daring to ask 'How?' and 'Why?' and persevering against the odds, each of these women, in a variety of ways, has made the world a better place. Astronomy Henrietta Leavitt (United States of America) (1868-1921) - discovered the period-luminosity relation(ship) for Cepheid variable stars, which enabled us to measure the size of our Galaxy and the Universe. Physics Lise Meitner (Austria) (1878-1968) - fled Nazi Germany in 1938, taking with her the experimental results which showed that she and Otto Hahn had split the nucleus and discovered nuclear fission. Chien-Shiung Wu (United States of America) (1912-1997) - Chinese-American who disproved one of the most accepted 'laws of nature', that not all processes can be mirrored. She showed that the 'law of parity', the idea that a left-spinning and right-spinning sub-atomic particle would behave identically, was wrong. Chemistry Marie Curie (France) (1867-1934) - the only person in history to have won Nobel prizes in two different fields of science. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (United Kingdom) (1910-1994) - British chemist who won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 1964. Among the most prominent of a generation of great protein crystallographers. The field was revolutionized under her. She pioneered the X-ray study of large molecules of biochemical importance: the structures of cholesterol, penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin, leading to DNA structure analysis by Franklin etc. Medicine Virginia Apgar (United States of America) (1909-1974) - of Apgar Score fame. Gertrude Elion (United States of America) (1918-1999) - won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1988 for developing some important principles for drug development. Biology Rita Levi-Montalicini (Italy) (1909-2012) - the so-called 'Lady of the Cells'. She won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1986 for her co-discovery in 1954 of NGF (nerve growth factor). Elsie Widdowson (United Kingdom) (1906-2000) - a pioneer of the science of nutrition who was instrumental in devising the WW2 diet, in part through self-experimentation. Rachel Carson (United States of America) (1907-1964) - marine biologist and author of Silent Spring who is credited with having advanced the environmental movement.
'Witty, pacy and fascinating . . . the best book on science I've ever read.' Karl Dixon How many bananas would it take to give you radiation sickness? Can human beings really spontaneously combust? What's the strongest acid ever made? The answers to all these questions and many, many more can be found in the periodic table of elements. Passionate science educator Tim James provides an informative, entertaining and quirkily illustrated guide to the table that shows clearly how this abstract and seemingly jumbled graphic is relevant to our day-to-day lives. As he puts it, elements are 'the building blocks nature uses for cosmic cookery; the purest substances making up everything from beetroot to bicycles.' In June 2016, with the addition of four final elements - nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson - the table was finally completed, enabling Elemental to examine the table in its final form. Whether you're studying the periodic table for the first time or are simply interested in the fundamental building blocks of the universe - from the core of the sun to the networks in your brain - Elemental is the perfect guide.
It's Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. 'My baby boy...' she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
The year is 92BC and Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Gordianus is not yet called 'The Finder' - that title belongs to his father. But at each of Seven Wonders, wide-eyed Roman encounters a mystery to challenge his powers of deduction.
'I can't imagine how they whittled it down to just 50 people' - comedian Nik Rabinowitz 'A fantastic thought-provoking book that renews my appreciation for history. It reminds us how we got here and how we can avoid things getting worse' Mandla Shongwe, SAFM Lifestyle A fascinating, terrific read. Gareth Cliff, CliffCentral From drug lords, drug cheats and the morally corrupt to political despots and plain, old crackpots - the twentieth century certainly saw its fair share of villains. Be it through politics, war, sport, culture or just their general idiocy, these are men and women of infamy who have steered our good ship Humanity towards the World-War-fighting, smart-phone-tapping age we are mired in today. 50 People Who Messed Up the World brings together the nastiest names from the last century and beyond in one highly unpleasant yet hilarious package. Nasty names such as Stalin, Hideki Tojo and Chairman Mao make up a murderer's row of historically horrible figures, alongside more recent sordid celebs including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Lance Armstrong. Each entry offers a sharply sardonic and scathingly thorough profile, accompanied by hilarious mono illustrations from award-winning cartoonist Zapiro. Treading the delicate balance between cynicism and optimism, Alexander Parker and Tim Richman offend and entertain in equal measure in this delightfully scornful read.
From Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People , published in 1936, which has sold over 30 million copies to date, to the mind management programme of Professor Steve Peters' The Chimp Paradox , a concise and insightful guide to seventy of the most influential self-help books ever published An entertaining, accessible companion, for readers of self-help books and sceptics alike. The titles include classics on achieving success, confidence and happiness, mindfulness, how to change your life, self-control, overcoming anxiety and self-esteem issues and stress relief. The chronological arrangement of the titles reveals the intriguing story of how early self-improvement titles were succeeded by increasingly personality-based, materialistic titles and shows how breakout classics often influenced other titles for decades to come. Each book is summarised to convey a brief idea of what it has to offer the interested reader, while a 'Speed Read' for each book delivers a quick sense of what each writer is like to read and a highly compressed summary of the main points of the book in question. This is a work of reference to dip into, that acknowledges that some of the most powerful insights into ourselves can be found in texts that aren't perceived as being 'self-help' books, and that wisdom and consolation can be found in the strangest places.
From the founder of Bitcoin Market Journal comes a user-friendly book that explains the groundbreaking technology behind bitcoin and blockchain for non-technical readers. When John Hargrave first invested in cryptocurrency, the price of a single bitcoin was about $125; a few years later, that same bitcoin was worth $20,000. Today, it has fallen to $6,400 but that's still fifty times what he paid. Bitcoin has unleashed a tidal wave of new cryptocurrencies, which have the potential to fundamentally disrupt the world economy. Already, these new digital assets are worth Â£380 billion - value created out of thin air in just the last few years. Cryptocurrency is especially complicated because it marries finance and technology: two complicated subjects that get even more complex when put together. Blockchain for Everyone is the key to understanding that complexity: a guide that helps people understand these new digital assets and teaches them how to invest wisely. Sir John Hargrave is an entrepreneur and the author of three books, including Mind Hacking . Over the past year, Sir John Hargrave has been writing, teaching and speaking around the world explaining bitcoin and blockchain in simple terms that everyone can understand.
The most contentious area of English, the one that raises the most debate, discomfort and even fear is the use of taboo words and contentious expressions. Many people assume that these words must relate principally to sex and body parts but forbidden terms shift through the ages, with the result that current verbal taboos are just as likely to occupy racial and even political areas rather than sexual ones. However blase or sophisticated we consider ourselves, plenty of these terms, whether connected to sex or religion or race, retain their power to shock as well as having an intrinsic fascination. Where do they come from? When did they enter the English language and how have they changed in form or impact over the years? And how is it that a short string of letters and sounds, a single syllable or two, can possess the almost magical power to offend, distress or infuriate? Are we less or more easily upset or outraged these days or is it that our focus shifted to different areas? Does the requirement to be shocked meet some psychological need and exist independent of the actual taboo terms? Bad Words looks at the history and current state of some of the most controversial and provocative words in the English language. These range far beyond the seven 'dirty words' which US comedian William Carlin promised would 'infect your soul, curve your spine and lose the war for the Allies', and the book - discursive, anecdotal, analytical - will cover expressions connected to religion, ethnicity, nationality, politics, swearing and oaths, using examples from past and present, and concentrating especially on those expressions which have an intriguing or scandalous history. Among the terms examined are: alternative; alt-right; arse; arsehole; balls; bastard; bitch; black; blind; bloody; bollocks; bourgeois; bugger; bullshit; bureaucrat(-cy); butch; capitalism; censorship; chink; choice; Christmas; class; cock; cocksucker; coloured; communist(ic)/commy; crap; crazy; cretin; cuck; cum; cunt; customer; dago; deaf; delivery; (holocaust/climate change) denier; dick; dickhead; dumb; dyke; elite/elitist; English; evolution; extremist; faggot; fanny; fart; fascist; federal; feminist; forefathers; freedom; frog; fuck; gay; gentleman; ghetto; girl; God; gook; gyp/gyppo; heritage; Hitler; holocaust; identity politics; investment; Irish; Jesus (Christ); jew(ish); kike; knob; kraut; lady; lefty; lez; liberal; manpower; marxist; mental; metropolitan; moderate; moron; motherfucker; multicultural; nazi; negro; niggardly; nigger; nutter; organic; Orwellian; paddy; piss; politically correct; poof; populist; prick; pro-choice; pro-life; psycho; pussy; queer; racist; regime; retard(ed); schizo; Scottish; scum; shit; slag; slut; snowflake; socialist; solution; spade; spaz/spastic; spic; suburban; system; terror(ist); tits; traveller; turd; twat; unacceptable; vagina; victim; wanker; Welsh; whore; wop; workmanlike; yid; zionist Some of the by-ways of dangerous language explored include: minced oaths, double entendres, bowdlerisms, euphemisms and expurgations, speech codes, hate speech, and censorship. And then there's the little matter of political correctness, and its misuse especially by those on the right . . . Bad Words provides an entertaining overview of all kinds of dark linguistic nooks and crannies as well as examining the traditional four-letter favourites.
The heist of the century has taken place in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, and Vicki's on/off boyfriend, Sir John Smythe, is a prime suspect. Despite his insistence that he is no longer in the business of stealing antiquities and art objects, even Vicky isn't one hundred percent certain he has not fallen back into his old habits.
Palast, an investigative reporter, spent five years trying to find out what is really going on in politics and big business. In this volume he reveals what PR companies, lobbyists and politicians spend their time keeping hidden.
When we look at Chinese history for a guide to business, we commonly reach for Sun Tzu's The Art of War , but that is a military text. It focuses on an enemy, not a trading partner, and it certainly doesn't mention customers and their role in strategy. To come to terms with Chinese commerce, we don't need to know the Art of War . We need to know the art of business. This book explains Chinese business in history: its practices, values and achievements. As we explore business through time, we discover the strategies which enabled Chinese merchants to become rich and gain insights into how Chinese business evolved, and continues to evolve. The Art of Business goes beyond the Silk Road, Marco Polo and the opium trade to examine how the many different Chinese businesses made money. It asks how merchants mastered the spatial and temporal dimensions of the market and built substantial wealth in doing so. It explores the commercial revolutions that occurred in the Tang and Song dynasties and the late Ming, and reveals business practices carried into the Ching dynasty. It explores salt merchants, the porcelain industry, Huizhou and Shanxi merchant groups, and Howqua, who became the world's richest man. The evolving nature of world commerce will place new demands on tomorrow's businesses. By examining the past, we can better understand the future in which China will once again stand like a giant.
All it took was one small item on the regional news for Kimberly Guyver and Rachel Golinski to know that their old life was catching up with them. They wondered how they'd been naive enough to think it wouldn't. They hoped they still had a chance to leave it behind - just one more time - but within hours, Rachel's home is burning.
Charles Maddox, dismissed from the police force, is working as a private detective. On a cold and bright Autumn morning, a policeman calls on Charles at his lodgings with information that may be related to a case he is working on. He goes to a ruined cemetery to find a shallow grave containing the remains of four babies has been discovered.
From their initial online encounter, through a shared appreciation of erotic literature, to the highly explicit and shocking story of their brief relationship, the author charts the labyrinths of lust of Ellie and 'Monsieur', set against the landscape of Facebook, text messages and the Pigalle hotel room in which they meet every Tuesday morning.
Once we move outside the present day, can we ever return or do we move into an alternate world? What happens if our meddling with Nature leads to time flowing backwards, or slowing down or stopping all together? This title shows what happens once you start to meddle with time and the paradoxes that might arise.
Features Gordianus the Finder, the famed detective of Ancient Rome. This collection includes the story of a beautiful Nubian actress who begs Gordianus to solve an impossible problem: how can she have just seen her beloved brother in the market place when she had previously watched him die a gruesome death as a gladiator?