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Think of shipbuilding on the Mersey and, instantly, Cammell Laird comes to mind. That business, in its various guises over nearly two hundred years, represents the greatest achievement in the industry that the region ever made. But she was by far not alone in this business: at one time there were many industrialists working in the Mersey valley on maritime enterprises ranging from shipbuilding to engine and sail manufacture and the supply of any materials needed to make vessels seaworthy.
John Hobson has compiled this light-hearted collection of snippets of knowledge in the form of rhyming couplets. He found it great fun and hopes his readers do too.
Energy can be produced from many a natural source,
waterfalls, volcanic steam, the tides and wind of course.
Another with potential to out-do them all by miles
is the mc² created by renewing people’s smiles.
Michael Ashton’s work for Excalibur Securities takes him to some dangerous places.
Go into any church or cathedral in Britain and you are likely to see memorials to the departed. Many will be in white stone sometimes with red-brown veining which can be mistaken for marble. If the memorial dates from before 1670 the stone is most likely to be alabaster which is a crystalline form of gypsum whose source was centred on the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and North Somerset.
The Burdz are simple creatures who live in a place called Burdle. They like to eat brikake, which are made of compressed leaves, vegetables and herbs. They are partial to their own home-brewed cordials made from berries and other juicy things. The Burdz are very adventurous and inquisitive creatures and one of their most remarkable attributes, it has to be said, is that they are not afraid of anything at all. The Burdz cannot fly using their wings but they are very inventive, and build all sorts of contraptions in order to get airborne.
An Asian man is found shot dead on a remote moor road between Bradford and Halifax and a police search begins to discover his identity. Meanwhile, an Asian woman reports that her husband has gone missing. The two are found to be connected and the police believe this to be an honour killing. This is the story of the police investigation culminating in a trial of those thought to be responsible. A powerful, intense and compelling read.
Zoey Alastair thinks she’s an ordinary girl until one day, when she gets swept away to another dimension by Logan, a charming nelquist, leading her to a new home. But her wonderful fantasy takes a twist when the truth is thrown at her and her days may be numbered. Her journey grants her the experience of a lifetime as she falls in love, gets terror-stricken, feels anguished, and puts her life on the line to save billions.
This is a delightful book for children which tells the story of two cats, Ember and Beamish, who have lived together for a long time. Then one day Beamish decides to leave and this is the story of Ember's search for her.
From the author of The Ice Walk – Surviving the Soviet Break-up and the New Russia
In her new book, Helen Womack turns herself upside down on a journey of self-discovery to Oz. At the same time, the land Down Under is turned inside out, as Helen explores the continent from a starting point at its desert heart, rather than its coast and cities. This is an Australia that is both familiar and very foreign.