Well, it looks like
’s World Cup journey is well
and truly over; quelle surprise. Never mind; pour yourself another beer and bung
another burger on the barbie, there are still plenty of things to enjoy about a
British summer. Hang on though. Do you worry that you drink too much? Or perhaps
you fear that your dependence on drugs, food, sex, or some other vice is
spiralling out of control, and taking your quality of life with it? Who Says I'm an Addict? A Book for Anyone Who is Partial to
Food, Sex, Booze or Drugs by David
Smallwood is a down-to-earth, accessible read that offers insight
into the root cause of addictive behaviour - and will help the reader take the
steps necessary for recovery, whether they just feel concerned about some of
their behaviours or believe that they have a serious problem. David Smallwood is a highly-renowned addiction
expert, currently Treatment Director at
One40 Ltd of England Harley
Street, and his previous experience includes managing
the addiction unit at the Priory. He looks in detail at all areas of addiction
with compassion, clarity, and wisdom and this book is guaranteed publicity in
health and wellness publications as well as national newspapers. Who Says I'm an Addict? (978 1781804094. £12.99)
is published in paperback this month by Hay House and you can find out more and order it here.
And if you need a bit of help and guidance from some of those fantastic Hay House authors right now, then don’t’ forget about Hay House Radio, which you can listen to at www.hayhouseradio.com/ - radio for your soul!
There was a very interesting article on poetry and its relevance today in Newsweek this week – which of course includes mention of our own fabulous poetry publisher Carcanet. The article discusses whether poetry is an “archaic and redundant practice” or does it in fact “provide the essential intellectual nourishment to survive our time-pressed, emotionally-bereft 21st century lives.” As the article points out, the $64,000 question is not necessarily whether the general public like poetry, but whether they will actually buy poetry – there are lots of interesting statistics and comments about the state of poetry publishing in the
at the moment, and you can read the entire
article here. UK
How old are you? No – how old are you really? Why not play this fun game on buzz feed where you answer 15 questions which will reveal your true age!
Now, here’s a funny thing. When I took this quiz may age came up as 42. Which sadly, is not true. But according to the comments below the quiz, this has happened to quite a few other people too. And now I’m wondering; is this a weird co-incidence or could this be a Douglas Adams related joke??
Just a thought – see here to be reminded why 42 is indeed the answer to life, the universe and everything. And of course this spring does mark the 10th anniversary of Douglas Adams’ death. Hmmm….
Who among you has dreamed of giving up their life as a bookseller, and becoming an actor instead? Well, Covering Shakespeare: An Actor’s Saga of Near Misses and Dogged Endurance by David Weston (hb, 978 1783190645 14.99) may encourage you to do just that. Or alternatively it may possibly convince you that a life in books is at least slightly more secure than one on the stage. This title from the award-winning author of Covering McKellen is a witty and amusing memoir of tales of life behind the scenes which also gives an insight into all of Shakespeare’s plays. David Weston has appeared in twenty-nine of Shakespeare’s thirty seven plays and has worked with all the major companies to the outmost limits of the Fringe; from
Hollywood to Hong Kong
with the great, the mediocre and the forgotten. He has stories and reminiscences
about them all as well as advice for young actors, all written in his inimitable
style. Benedict Nightingale, theatre critic on The Times has
written the foreword for this book and says of it: “A most enjoyable and
informative book; very distinctive and very entertaining. I like it a lot and am
sure many others will.” Covering Shakespeare: An
Actor’s Saga of Near Misses and Dogged Endurance is published by
Oberon Books in August.
Shakespeare is right back on the curriculum for our schools it’s true, with Michael Gove announcing recently that GCSE English literature students will be required study at least one full Shakespeare play, as opposed to extracts. But is Michael Gove right – or would another author be more relevant to the children of today? Let’s have a look at one of those epic rap battles to help us decide shall we!
I see John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars has grabbed the number one book chart spot this week the general release of the film today. It looks as if this teen romance (which trounced Tom Cruise's latest action movie when it opened at the
will increase the sales of this bestselling paperback still further. Read about
it and watch the trailer on the BBC news page here. US
What better time than today to remember a true sporting genius. Bobby Moore: Sporting Legend is published in August. This is a new paperback edition of the definitive biography of
’s sporting hero. In this
definitive and authorised biography, award
winning sports writer Jeff Powell – for many years a close family friend to Moore and
his family – has created a powerful and fitting tribute to the
legend, recreating the golden era of English football and the man at its helm.
Apart from passionate accounts of England Moore’s
greatest moments in football, Powell’s unique access to and his family
enabled him to reveal the very private side of this supremely gentle
man. The book gives insights into Moore ’s friendships with Franz Beckenbauer,
Eusebio and Pele, as well as with his 1966 World Cup winning
teammates and managers. The Daily Telegraph said “It is Powell's lucid
picture of Moore the footballer...which makes the most indelible impression...an
admirable portrait.” This title was
originally published in 1994 and is the authorised biography (with 16 pages of
photos) now published in B format paperback. It has been written with full
access to Bobby Moore and his family: its author Jeff Powell delivered the eulogy at Bobby Moore’s
funeral, describing it as “one of the saddest yet one of the most moving days
of my life.” This extraordinary story of a footballing life is a vital title
for the sports section of every bookshop. Bobby
Moore- Sporting Legend by Jeff Powell (978 1849547390£9.99, pb) is
published by Robson Press. Moore
You can order Bobby Moore here (and I bet Roy Hodgson wishes he could.)
And finally, if you want to laugh rather than cry about
’s performance last night,
then have a look at this entertaining summary of the evening's
That’s all for now folks, more next week!
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