- THE PERFECT MILE
The inspirational story of three international runners attempting to achieve what no one had managed - to break the four-minute mile barrier. It was the ultimate test of endurance, and the human drama that unfolded is told here for the first time. In sport, running the four-minute mile was the elusive Holy Grail, considered by most to be beyond the limits of human endeavour. Then in late 1952, shortly after the Helsinki Olympics, three men set out to challenge the record books: Roger Bannister, the Oxford medical student, the great British hero who epitomised the ideal of the amateur athlete; John Landy, the tireless Australian, the romantic who trained night and day in search of perfection; and the American Wes Santee, son of a Kansas ranch hand, a natural runner and the quickest of the three ('I was just born to run fast'). Three men, each of contrasting character, competing thousands of miles apart, but all with the same valedictory goal. The Perfect Mile is the stirring account of their quest for sporting martyrdom, charting their journey through triumph and failure, culminating in the moment when Bannister broke the record in a monumental run at the Iffley Road cinder track in Oxford in May 1954. It was a feat that became one of the most celebrated in the history of British sport. Far from bringing an end to the rivalry, this watershed moment turned out to be merely the prelude to a final climactic battle three months later - the ultimate head-to-head between Bannister and Landy in what was dubbed `the mile of the century' at the Vancouver Empire Games. Bascomb provides a fascinating account of what happened and an invaluable insight into the motivations and characters of three amazing achievers.
- Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
Johann Sebastian Bach created what may be the most celestial and profound body of music in history; Frederick the Great built the colossus we now know as Germany, and along with it a template for modern warfare. Their fleeting encounter in 1747 signals a unique moment in history where belief collided with the cold certainty of reason. Set at the tipping point between the ancient and modern world, Evening in the Palace of Reason captures the tumult of the eighteenth century, the legacy of the Reformation, and the birth of the Enlightenment in this extraordinary tale of two men.
- The Baby Sleep Book: How to Help Your Baby to Sleep and Have a Restful Night
Drawing on considerable experience as both parents and professionals in the paediatric profession, the best-selling parenting experts Dr. William and Martha Sears have produced the definitive guide to the frequently fraught and troublesome topic of sleep. The Sleep Book is designed as a practical and contemporary guide to parenting, ensuring you can get your child to sleep and making sure night time isn't dreaded. Containing the latest medical research, and providing informed and considered advice on all the issues, this book offers guidance and support to keep you and your child rested and refreshed. Includes advice on all aspects of sleep such as: * 8 infant sleep facts every parent should know * 31 ways to get your baby to sleep and stay asleep * Bedwetting * Hidden medical causes of night waking * Sleep trainers * Night weaning - 12 alternatives for the all-night nurser * Night terrors * 5 reasons why high need infants sleep differently * Sleep safety * SIDS: the latest research on how sleeping with your baby is safe * Co-sleeping: Yes, No, Sometimes An invaluable resource for parents of young children, The Baby Sleep Book provides guidance on how to get your baby to sleep, what to do if he wakes up to often, what to do if he sleeps to much. It also helps with moving the place of sleep, sleepwear, managing the sleep time of more than one child, and night time feeding.
- David Beckham: My Side
David Beckham's popularity transcends sport and cultural divides. This is his personal story of his career to date, for Manchester United, Real Madrid and England, and of his childhood, family and private life. With new chapters featuring David's first account of his debut season for Real and England's fortunes in Euro 2004. This is Beckham's fascinating life story in his own words. His complex relationship with United boss Alex Ferguson and how it was like playing alongside the likes of Cantona, Schmeichel and Keane. The England story, from being vilified by the nation before returning as the prodigal son and captain of his country. And his acrimonious falling-out with his manager and departure from Old Trafford in June 2003. Now from Beckham himself, we gain a vivid and eye-opening insight into the family man behind the famous footballer, the international model and fashion leader. He describes how he first met and then married ex-Spice girl Victoria Adams, and the upbringing of their two children Brooklyn and Romeo. How his family's every step is monitored by a posse of newshounds and paparazzi. Also, the influence of his parents, growing up as a shy youngster in the family home
- Dogs Who Came to Stay
The touching story of a man who learned about love and death from his dogs. Autobiography with a heart. * The story: The poignant autobiographical story of a middle-aged bachelor whose life is changed when a pregnant stray dog arrives in his garden and teaches him about love and coming to terms with death. * Themes: relationships, coming to terms with death, the individual and society, people and the environment * Autobiography * Suitable for both boys and girls * KS3/KS4 (S1-S4)