The Joy of Small Things

The Joy of Small Things
Author: Hannah Jane Parkinson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2021-10-05
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 178335237X

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'This book is a not-so-small joy in itself.' NIGELLA LAWSON 'Parkinson has the gift of making you look with new eyes at everyday things. The perfect daily diversion.' JOJO MOYES 'Always funny and frank and full of insight, I absolutely love Parkinson's writing.' DAVID NICHOLLS 'I loved this book . . . Parkinson's writing transports you to unexpected places of joy and comfort . . . these pages contain happiness.' MARINA HYDE 'The twenty-first century feels a lot more bearable in Parkinson's company.' CHARLOTTE MENDELSON Drawn from the successful Guardian column, these everyday exultations and inspirations will get you through dismal days. Hannah Jane Parkinson is a specialist in savouring the small pleasures of life. She revels in her fluffy dressing gown ('like bathing in marshmallow'), finds calm in solo cinema trips, is charmed by the personalities of fonts ('you'll never see Comic Sans on a funeral notice'), celebrates pockets and gleefully abandons a book she isn't enjoying. Parkinson's everyday exaltations - selected from her immensely successful Guardian column - will utterly delight. FEATURES BRAND NEW MATERIAL 'A compendium of delights.' OBSERVER 'Delightful . . . a love letter to those little moments of bliss that get us through the daily grind.' RED


Author: Ingrid King
Publisher: Mango Media Inc.
Total Pages: 117
Release: 2016-02-05
Genre: Calico cats
ISBN: 1633532933

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Explore the wonderful world of tortoiseshell cats and tortoiseshell cat behavior Tortie cat behavior: With about 2 million tortoiseshell cats in the United States, these special felines tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and often very possessive of their humans. Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable. In Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude, cat expert Ingrid King (The Conscious Cat) brings her professional and personal experience to explore why these cats are so special. With expert insights combined with stunning photography and passages dedicated to the cats and their passionate guardians, King offers a new perspective on these exceptional cats.

Their Lips Talk of Mischief

Their Lips Talk of Mischief
Author: Alan Warner
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2014-08-19
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0571311296

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High up in the Conrad Flats that loom bleakly over Acton, two future stars of the literary scene - or so they assume - are hard at work, tapping out words of wit and brilliance between ill-paid jobs writing captions for the Cat Calendar 1985 and blurbs for trashy novels with titles like Brothel of the Vampire. Just twenty-one but already well entrenched in a life eked out on dole payments, pints and dollops of porridge and pasta, Llewellyn and Cunningham don't have it too bad: a pub on the corner, a misdirected parental allowance, and the delightful company of Aoife, Llewellyn's model fiancée, mother of his young baby - and the woman of Cunningham's increasingly vivid dreams.Alan Warner's superb new novel sees the author of Morvern Callar at the top of his game.

How to Be the Purrfect Guardian to Your Feline Companion

How to Be the Purrfect Guardian to Your Feline Companion
Author: Tilly Anger
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2004
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1412042402

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A different cat book. "May this book help you to always be a guardian, one who guards, protects, cares for, and defends your feline companion." Author Tilly Anger approaches the guardian concept with stories, examples, and resources that provide the reader with insights, knowledge, humor, and valuable tips on caring for your feline companion. Visit Wintergreen, a private forest. You'll meet "the masked companions," the Tonkinese cat-children who live at Wintergreen. The first cat-child, Harley, steals hearts and never met a stranger. Colonel A.J. Ramsey is the author's lovable Tonkinese shadow; the shy cat child, the timid love bug who hides his extensive fears with extraordinary bravado. The cat-children who taught their guardians about optimism, and unconditional love, will enchant you, and capture your heart. You'll learn the importance and joy of clawed paws. "Think of clawed paws as providing your feline companion with four wheel drive or independent suspension." DO NOT declaw, as you can teach where to scratch. Stories, examples, and case studies will show you teaching "where to scratch" is easy and fun. You'll learn how to keep your kitten or cat safe, how to prepare for, and manage a feline emergency, and how to be a loving, caring guardian for your feline companion. The author also includes a sensitive and thoughtful chapter on euthanasia. "As a guardian, euthanasia will be one of the most difficult decisions you ever encounter." This chapter will help those who face the difficult decision of euthanasia. It is also appropriate for individuals who would like to console a friend who has lost a pet. The chapter contains frequently asked questions, and sensitive answers, regarding the euthanasia process, burial or cremation, memorials, and etiquette. Note from the author Author's royalties will go towards rescuing unwanted cats, spaying and neutering them, and finding guardians who will provide loving, caring, homes.


Author: Fay Weldon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2015-02-12
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1784081019

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'She's a Queen of Words' CAITLIN MORAN. 'One of the great lionesses of modern English literature' HARPER'S BAZAAR. 'Readable, articulate and fascinating' THE SCOTSMAN. 'Outrageously funny' DAILY EXPRESS. 'Sharp, witty, incisive' THE TIMES. 'Wise, knowing, forthright' INDEPENDENT. Reviewers have been describing Fay Weldon's inimitable voice for years. Now, here is Fay Weldon in her own words. Choosing and and introducing twenty-one of her favourite short stories written throughout her fifty year career as one of Britain's foremost novelists. Included as a bonus is a new novella, The Ted Dreams, a ghost story for the age of cyber culture, big pharma, and surveillance.

Tom Brown's School Days

Tom Brown's School Days
Author: Thomas Hughes
Total Pages: 424
Release: 1886
Genre: Boys

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Author: Nicola Barker
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 1580
Release: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0061857238

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“Hilarious and erudite, spooky and unconventional, Darkmans is a dazzling achievement.” — Washington Post Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Darkmans is an exhilarating, extraordinary examination of the ways in which history can play jokes on us all... If History is just a sick joke which keeps on repeating itself, then who exactly might be telling it, and why? Could it be John Scogin, Edward IV's infamous court jester, whose favorite pastime was to burn people alive—for a laugh? Or could it be Andrew Boarde, Henry VIII's physician, who kindly wrote John Scogin's biography? Or could it be a tiny Kurd called Gaffar whose days are blighted by an unspeakable terror of–uh–salad? Or a beautiful, bulimic harpy with ridiculously weak bones? Or a man who guards Beckley Woods with a Samurai sword and a pregnant terrier? Darkmans is a very modern book, set in Ashford [a ridiculously modern town], about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also a book about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession, about comedy, art, prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers something quite dark—quite unspeakable—into its ear. The third of Nicola Barker's narratives of the Thames Gateway, Darkmans is an epic novel of startling originality.

The Guardian Angel

The Guardian Angel
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 454
Release: 2023-09-03
ISBN: 338702083X

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The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots
Author: Beatrix Potter
Publisher: Penguin
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2016-09-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0515157066

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From the creator of Peter Rabbit comes the tale of a serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains. Beatrix Potter created some of the world's most beloved characters, and they will be coming to life in a movie slated for Spring 2018. And this book, written in 1941 but never illustrated, introduces the charming Kitty-in-Boots, who has been imagined by Quentin Blake. When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all—Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains, and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.

Oh No, George!

Oh No, George!
Author: Chris Haughton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 33
Release: 2022-10-11
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1536227781

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George tries very hard to be a good dog, but he is tempted to eat the delicious cake on the kitchen table, chase the cats, and dig up the flowers.