- DISRAELI: A Personal History
Disraeli is one of the most fascinating men of the 19th century. This masterly biography, written by an outstanding popular historian, concentrates on his intriguing private life. Superb politician, orator, writer and wit, Benjamin Disraeli was - according to Queen Victoria - `the kindest Minister' she had ever had, who `reached the top of the greasy pole' [in his own words] despite considerable antisemitism. He enjoyed many scandalous affairs before marrying a widow twelve years older than himself - an extremely eccentric woman to whom he remained deeply and touchingly devoted for the rest of his life. Disraeli had never intended to be a politician. He had begun his astonishing career by working unenthusiastically in a lawyer's office; he had tried unsuccessfully to found a newspaper; he had written a novel which lay unproductively in the publisher's office. A conspicuous dandy, sprightly, attentive and witty, he was attractive to women, enjoying many liaisons until he contracted a venereal disease in a St James's Street brothel. He married in 1839. `Dizzy married me for my money,' Mary Anne used to say. `But, if he had the chance again, he would marry me for love.' They lived in a large country house, Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, which he bought with mostly borrowed money, and soon became one of the most gifted of parliamentarians and as celebrated as any politician in England. As an antidote to his grief at his wife's death in 1872 he threw himself back into the political life, becoming Prime Minister for the second time in 1874, displacing Gladstone much to the Queen's delight.
- Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different - And How To Help Them Become Happy And Well-Balanced Men
A word of mouth bestseller which has become one of the best loved and most successful books in the parenting field. Steve Biddulph's Raising Boys is to be re-released this month with some startling new research on what helps - and what harms - boys. In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men. Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls with their own very special psychological and physical make-up. Home, society and education have failed boys badly - and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally-confident adults. While it is essential that boys spend more time learning about manhood from their fathers, Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys. This extended edition explores some important topics: . * How Adhd may be caused by stress in the first year of life. * Whether boys should start school later than girls. * Help for single mothers raising sons. * How to choose a sport that does more good than harm. * What we can do about boys and binge drinking. * What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving - and how we can keep our sons safe. Raising Boys offers parents real-life situations, thought-provoking insights, humour and help.
- Britain 1558-1689
A comprehensive text on Elizabethan and Stuart history.
Includes historical interpretations, document source questions, explanation of difficult words and concepts and a study skills section for exam preparation.
Britain 1558-1689: A Synoptic Assessment
Elizabeth I and Religion
Elizabethan Foreign Policy
Elizabethan Government and Finance
Elizabethan Social and Economic History
James I, Religion, Parliament, Foreign Policy
The Causes of the Civil Wars
The Civil Wars and Interregnum, including an in-depth study of Cromwell
James II, William III and the Glorious Revolution of 1668-9
- ONE MAN'S BIBLE
The new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of international bestseller `Soul Mountain'. `Unforgettable. "One Man's Bible" burns with a powerfully individualistic fire of intelligence and depth of feeling.' New York Times Moving between the nightmare of the Cultural Revolution and the tentative, limited liberties of the China of the 1990s, `One Man's Bible' weaves memories of a Beijing boyhood and amorous encounters in Hong Kong with a fictionalized account of Gao Xingjian's life under the communist regime - where a single sentence spoken ten years earlier can make one an enemy of the state. A fluid, elegant exploration of memory, This novel is a profound meditation on the essence of writing and exile, on the effects of political oppression on the human spirit - and on how that spirit can triumph.
- The Dalai Lama's Book of Love and Compassion
The Dalai Lama is one of the most renowned and loved spiritual leaders in the world. This book is one of a series of bite-sized introductions that make his writing accessible to everybody. In this volume, His Holiness describes how to bring love and compassion into our daily lives. He explores the fundamentals of the Buddha's teaching, from basic advice on how to love more fully to the importance of compassion.