*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO* 'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time' Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidant, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
First published in 1972 under the title TOTAL WAR, THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR was designed by its authors to show a rising generation why the Second World War happened and how it was conducted. In this bold feat of compression they give as much stress and space to political, social and moral forces (not to mention intelligence and other activities 'behind the line') as to the ensuing clashes of arms. This acclaimed analysis of the causes and courses of the Second World War has stood the tests of time and criticism.
The more you find out about penguins, the more they seem to have in common with another oddly endearing flightless biped. Namely, us. --Flipping Brilliant Think March of the Penguins meets Life's Little Instruction Book by way of National Geographic. Award-winning nature photographer Jonathan Chester captures the essence of the Antarctic's most popular residents to illustrate the similarities between penguins' lives and our own. Patrick Regan's clever narrative offers surprising insights and humorously entertaining life lessons. The appeal of penguins is undeniable and universal. And we can learn a lot from these fat, funny birds. Lessons like: * The meek sleep alone, * It's better to be smart than cute, and * You can be too thin. (After all, the book explains, if the Olsen twins ever get locked in a walk-in cooler for days and are forced to live off their own body fat, they're goners. Penguins? They're good for months.) Flipping Brilliant includes helpful environmental information about the penguin habitat and the effects of global warming, including Web sites that show how you can help.
A champion of organic, locally produced and seasonal food and founder of acclaimed Californian restaurant Chez Panisse, Alice Waters explores the simplest of dishes in the most delicious of ways, with fresh, sustainable ingredients a must, even encouraging cooks to plant their own garden. From orange and olive salad to lemon curd and ginger snaps, Waters constantly emphasizes the joys and ease of cooking with local, fresh food, whether in soups, salads or sensual, classic desserts.
The Essential Writings Of One Of The Greatest Statesmen And Morally Influential Figures Of The Twentieth Century Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Was Born In Porbander On The Western Coast Of India. His Childhood And Early Upbringing Were Undistinguished But As An Adult He Initiated And Was Involved In A Series Of Novel Forms Of Peaceful Protests Which Established Him As One Of The Most Important Leaders Of The Twentieth Century And One Whose Message And Relevance Transcended National Boundaries. This Meticulously Edited Volume Culled From The Collected Works Of Gandhi Contains A Representative Selection Of His Writings Focusing On Themes Which Were Central To Gandhi S Philosophy. The Reader Is Divided Into Eight Sections And Discusses The Following In Detail: Gandhiji S Complete Rejection Of What Is Known As Modern Civilization Together With Its Materialistic Nature; The Doctrines Of Swaraj And Swadeshi, Which Meant More To Him Than Mere Independence For The British; The Creed Of Non-Violence, The Centrepiece Of His Political Theory; His Role In Mass Movements Particularly In The Non-Co-Operation Civil Disobedience And Quit India Movements; His Views On Women And Sex; His Arguments Against Caste And Untouchability; His Thoughts On Capitalism And Socialism; His Commitment To A United India; His Firm Belief In Religious Tolerance And Finally, His Lifelong Struggle Towards The Attainment Of Both Home Rule And Self Rule.
They may slobber, but they’re loyal, sensitive, and affectionate. Dogs have a lot to teach us. Illustrator Patrick Moberg has assembled a beautiful, witty, and heartfelt collection of illustrated lessons in this charming guide to becoming a better person. Lessons include: • Give and accept affection, freely and often. • When someone kindly prepares food for you, devour it smiling like it’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten. • Take naps. • Let your friends know you miss them. The perfect gift for dog lovers, Lessons from a Dog is Life’s Little Instruction Book inspired by man’s best friend. Watch the book trailer at https://vimeo.com/108790601.
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings is firmly established as the world's leading guide to recorded jazz, a mine of fascinating information and a source of insightful - often wittily trenchant - criticism. This is something rather different: Brian Morton (who taught American history at UEA) has picked out the 1000 best recordings that all jazz fans should have and shows how they tell the history of the music and with it the history of the twentieth century. He has completely revised his and Richard Cook's entries and reassessed each artist's entry for this book. The result is an endlessly browsable companion that will prove required reading for aficionados and jazz novices alike. 'It's the kind of book that you'll yank off the shelf to look up a quick fact and still be reading two hours later' Fortune 'Part jazz history, part jazz Karma Sutra with Cook and Morton as the knowledgeable, urbane, wise and witty guides ... This is one of the great books of recorded jazz; the other guides don't come close' Irish Times