Mozart by Paul Johnson

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Mozart’s music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart’s own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and times in rich detail. 

Johnson charts Mozart’s life from age three through to his later years—when he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozart’s image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died.

The result—a bold, invigorating portrait of one of the most popular and influential composers of all time—is a welcome addition to Johnson’s extraordinary body of work and makes a perfect gift for classical music lovers and fans of biographies.

About the Author

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Beginning with Modern Times (1985), Paul Johnson‘s books are acknowledged masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for Forbes and The Spectator, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143126065 

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Little Humans by Brandon Stanton

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When Brandon Stanton started a photography project in 2010 to capture the extraordinary in everyday New Yorkers, he didn’t realize it would take off almost overnight.

He now has over three million dedicated followers from all over the world who can’t get enough of Humans of New York.

In this heart-warming photographic picture book, Brandon’s lens is trained on the littlest humans of New York – the ones who get back up when they fall, who have an impeccable taste in fashion, and who love with all their hearts.

With spare text and a mix of all-new exclusive photos and fan favourites, Little Humans is sure to appeal to fans of HONY and those who have yet to discover it.

About the Author

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Brandon Stanton studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before founding the “Humans of New York” blog in the summer of 2010. His first book, Humans of New York, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. His photographs have appeared in VogueThe Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.  David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, called Humans of New York his favorite Tumblr blog. Brandon Stanton lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447294320

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Matt’s Kitchen Garden by Matt Moran

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Acclaimed chef Matt Moran shares his passion for local produce with this stunning collection of recipes.

Inspired by the market garden at his Sydney restaurant Chiswick, as well as time spent visiting producers all around Australia for his TV series Paddock to Plate, Matt dishes up a mouth-watering selection of recipes with this trademark deft touch and winning flavour combinations. Try the fresh, palate-sharpening pickled vegetables and dukkah or seared kingfish with radish, avocado and wasabi to start with, then tuck into slow-cooked lamb with hummus, tomato salad and mint salsa. For sweet treats, look no further than apricot and rosemary tarts or berries and meringue with passion fruit curd.

About the Author

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Matt Moran is the executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning ARIA restaurant, which enjoys one of the most enviable reputations and locations in Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the harbour. More recently he has opened North Bondi Fish and also, been awarded the tender for the Art Gallery of NSW restaurant and café.

While Matt‘s main focus remains his restaurants, he displays his passion for cooking in TV shows such as MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, The Chopping Block, My Restaurant Rules and his award-winning TV show, Paddock to Plate. He is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, Matt MoranWhen I Get Home and Dinner At Matt’s.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9781921383618

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500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie & Kath Webber

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Featuring designs from the traditional to the contemporary, 500 Crochet Blocks is an indispensable reference for any crochet enthusiast. Comprehensive instructions and international crochet charts show how to easily create scores of motifs. Use your creativity with the motifs to make wonderful projects for the home, wearables with flair, and special fun and fanciful decorations for the holidays.

There are easy step-by-step instructions accompanied by helpful  illustrations on a variety of subjects including basic stitches such as slip knot, making a chain, single and double crochet stitches, and how to make a turning chain. You will also find instructions for working in the round, several types of textural stitches, and notes on increasing and decreasing. Charts feature information on yarn weights and the appropriate size hook for basic weights. Helpful tips are included, as well as finishing instructions such as blocking, shaping, and joining pieces. Included is a handy chart on reading a pattern.

About the Authors

Hannah Elgie

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Hannah Elgie has been crafting since she was a child. She has run her own craft business, taught knitting, crochet, sewing, felt-making and pottery painting, and contributed to a variety of craft publications and programmes in the UK.

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Kath Webber

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Kath Webber is a journalist and editor with an addiction to crochet. She has had patterns published and also teaches crochet in the UK.

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Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432305178

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A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

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In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militiaman, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a skeptical remove from the adult world, his relation to others wary and tactical.

By the time he had reached the cusp of adulthood, Asad had honed an array of wily talents. At the age of seventeen, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, he made good as a street hustler. He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya and, to the astonishment of his peers, married her. Buoyed by success in work and in love, Asad put $1 200 into his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg, South Africa. And so began a shocking adventure in a country richer and more violent than he could possibly have imagined.

A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human – personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad’s is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something of permanence on this earth.

About the Author

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Jonny Steinberg was born and bred in South Africa. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Three-Letter Plague as well as Midlands and The Number, which both won South Africa’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Steinberg was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently a lecturer in the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868424429

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There Was a Little Girl by Brooke Shields

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Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain Brooke Shields’ new memoir explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri.

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. Raised by her Newark­tough single mom, Teri, Brooke’s early years seemed magical. She was such a beautiful baby that at eleven months old she became a model, the start of a career that made Brooke the most famous child, and then teen, of her generation.

Teri’s skills as both mom and manager were formidable—she chose great projects for Brooke, such as the Cannes Palm d’Or winner Pretty Baby, the huge hit The Blue Lagoon, and the iconic Endless Love. On set, she fiercely protected Brooke from the temptations that waylaid so many child stars. But in private she was troubled, sometimes abusive, and drinking so much that thirteen­year ­old Brooke staged an intervention.

While the bond Teri created with Brooke was incredible, it could also be stifling, making it difficult for Brooke to become her own person. As Brooke grew into adulthood the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. But when Teri died in 2012 Brooke was by her side, loving and conflicted to the end. Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, scarred, and complicated woman who was her mother. And now, she’ll share her story with the world.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780525954842

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The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe is the new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe’s fifteenth wonderful adventure.

Even the arrival of her baby can’t hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – in spite of Mma Ramotswe’s belated claims that she is only ‘an assistant full partner’ – she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters and more?

Luckily, help is at hand, from the only person in Gaborone more gently determined than Mma Makutsi . . .

Mma Ramotswe, of course.

About the Author

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his works have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781408704349

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Louis Botha’s War by Adam Cruise

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Twelve years after fighting against the British during the Anglo-Boer War, Louis Botha went to war on Britain’s side. As prime minister of the Union of South Africa at the outbreak of the First World War, Botha agreed to lead his country on a campaign against the Germans across the border in South-West Africa. But first he would have to deal with a conflict at home.

Many Afrikaners balked at the prime minister’s decision, and so began a war on two fronts. While Union Defence Force troops gathered on the border and prepared to launch an offensive, a handful of Botha’s former comrades incited an Afrikaner rebellion intent on keeping South Africa out of the war, or worse, siding with Germany.

Louis Botha’s War is the story of how a former Boer War fighting-general-turned-politician crushed a rebellion, rallied his country’s first united army to fight in harsh conditions and defeated the enemy in the Great War’s first successful Allied campaign. Botha’s actions and these events would determine the fate of South-West Africa, and its relationship with its southern neighbour, for the next eighty years.

About the Author

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Adam Cruise was born in Johannesburg and studied at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. He is a travel writer who has published articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers, as well as a book, In the Pursuit of Solitude, about a six-month journey through the remote recesses of southern Africa. He is also a conservation correspondent, whose commentary on significant wildlife matters such as the current elephant and rhino crises has been widely publicised. He currently lives in Nice, France.

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Published by Zebra Press (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781770227521

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Tom Clancy’s Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney

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International stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove himself by breaking the deadlock. His plans hang on the country’s nuclear ambitions, a program previously impeded by lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found and, coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.

There’s just one more stage to this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.

About the Author

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Mark Greaney is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect. He co-authored #1 NYT bestsellers Command Authority, Threat Vector and Locked On. He is also the bestselling author of the Gray Man series, including Dead Eye, The Gray Man, On Target and Ballistic

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780718180010

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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

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After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years – to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before. Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way.

Tender, compelling and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

About the Author

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Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Her novel Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and her latest novel, Private Life, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post. She lives in northern California.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447275619

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