Michael Palin, the No.1 bestselling author, explores an exotic country that is now a global superpower.
Brazil is one of the four new global super powers with its vast natural resources and burgeoning industries. Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, it is also one of the few countries Michael Palin has never fully travelled. His timely book and series take a closer look at a remarkable new force on the world scene.
From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World, where he encounters the Yanomami tribe and their ongoing territorial war with the gold miners, Michael Palin explores this vast and disparate nation in his inimitable way. He journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. He travels down the north-east coast to meet the descendants of African slaves with their vibrant culture of rituals, festivals and music. He visits the shanty towns of Rio and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. He goes to Sao Paolo, where the rich commute by helicopter. He travels south to meet German and Japanese communities, meets supermodels in the making and wealthy gauchos in the Pantanal before ending his journey at the spectacular Iguaçu Falls.
WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
Towards the beginning of the twenty-first century, Borussia Dortmund were on the verge of going out of business. Now they are an international phenomenon – one of the most popular clubs and fastest-growing football brands in the world. Every fortnight, an incredible number of foreigners eschew their own clubs and domestic leagues and travel to Dortmund to watch football, while people from all corners of the world dream of doing the same – of standing on the largest terrace in the world, the Yellow Wall.
How did this happen? How could a club that hasn’t won a European trophy in twenty years so thoroughly capture people’s imaginations?
Building the Yellow Wall tells the story of Dortmund’s roller-coaster ride from humble beginnings and lean decades to the revolution under Jürgen Klopp and subsequent amazing success and popularity. But it also tells the story of those people who have done as much for the club’s profile as any player, coach or chairman – Dortmund’s unique supporters.
Diaries celebrating a dog’s joy at owning a human, by the most famous dog in Britain.
Buster has written these diaries himself – whenever he could remember where he hid the manuscript in his garden. In it he lays bear the truth of how The Man has held Buster back, pretending to protect fur and feathers. Buster’s last book was an instant bestseller and, outrageously, The Man took all the credit. To add insult to injury, there were no extra biscuits. Worse, The Man forced Buster to eat low-fat ones, while he himself continued to eat lots of chocolate ginger nuts.
Despite The Man’s best efforts, Buster still gets into lots of scrapes, and, although his sight and hearing are failing somewhat, he still wants to ‘go courting’ – especially in springtime. Buster remains unaware of what happened that day at the vet’s, and no one will explain it to him, but they continue to allude to something.
On a visit to Ireland a gentleman tapped his nose and said to The Man, ‘You can’t fool me. I’ve worked it out. You wrote the book.’ Buster was so upset by this vile calumny that he wanted to give the gentleman a good nip. Then he remembered the words of someone called Robert Kennedy who The Man goes on about: ‘Don’t get angry. Get even.’ And he has. And this time it’s personal.
As Buster says, ‘No more Mr Nice Dog.’
A Labour of Love is a unique and intimate anniversary book marking ten years of the international smash hit BBC TV series Call the Midwife. Written by actor and author Stephen McGann, a founding member of its starring cast, A Labour of Love is the up-close and personal story of Call the Midwife as told by the cast and crew who’ve made it into the iconic drama it is today. A Labour of Love is warm, moving and funny – a journey through the Call the Midwife years with personal reflections, anecdotes and insights from co-stars, producers, technical crew and guests – all related with love and affection by someone who was there at the birth, and who watched it grow to become a cherished worldwide success.
The book has ten chapters for each of the ten years of Call the Midwife from 1957 – 1966, filmed from 2011 to 2021. Within each chapter, Stephen chats to the key cast and crew about their personal feelings, thoughts and memories of filming key moments of the drama that year – and we explore some of the themes, locations, fun times and technical challenges that stood out in the season for them.
Filled with heart-warming stories, hilarious anecdotes, fascinating facts and figures as well as beautiful photos from the show and behind-the-scenes, this is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of Call the Midwife.
Modern Peruvian cuisine – with soul
Food is a serious business in Lima and restaurateur Martin Morales, whose top Soho restaurant opened to wide acclaim in 2012, has travelled the length and breadth of Peru to discover the country’s best dishes. This collection is his life’s passion; it will inspire home cooks to try fresh, healthy and delicious new recipes.
From sizzling barbecued anticuchos, superfood quinoa salads, delicate baked corn breads, juicy saltados and lucuma ice, CEVICHE brings the colours and tastes of Peru to the home kitchen.
With its uniquely tactile design, it is impossible not to love.
Cherry shows you how to host a Jubilee party with a difference.
Cherry Menlove is an expert on all things homemade, and who better to help you to create the perfect summer celebration for your friends and family? Transporting you to a world of handmade luxury, Cherry presents three simple elements to help you to host the perfect party – from how to create and decorate delicious Summer Jam Thumbprint Cookies, to making a Regal Tea Cosy, and organising games and activities to entertain the children. With easy-to-follow steps and beautifully illustrated, Cherry will show you that party planning can be inspiring, adventurous and most of all, simple.
Create the party of the season that will be remembered for years.
Who better to help you celebrate the autumn and Fall months than the nation’s favourite homemaker, Cherry Menlove? Presenting three simple elements to create the perfect Halloween, Firework and Thanksgiving celebrations for you and your family, Cherry inspires with easy-to-follow craft projects, delicious recipes and unique decorating ideas. Cherry makes party planning fun, adventurous and most of all, stylishly simple.
Imagine that all the great discoveries of Ancient Egypt had happened in the last few years…and you will have some conception of the great excitement over recent finds in Peru
Peru wears its ancient cultures wrapped around in layers, like one of the mummified bodies so well preserved by the nitrates of its deserts. After his acclaimed book on the Incas, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson unwraps those layers to show how civilisation emerged so early and so spectacularly in this toughest and most arid of terrains.
Many of the extraordinary cultures of Ancient Peru, from the lines of Nasca to the temple-cult of Chavín, buried in the mountains, and the great pyramids of the coast, have only started to give up their secrets and antiquity in just the last few years.
Hugh Thomson has been at the forefront of some of these discoveries himself, having made headlines with his work near Machu Picchu. Now he takes the reader on a journey back from the world of the Incas to the first dawn of Andean civilisation, to give an immensely personal and accessible guide to the wonders that have been revealed.
Michel Roux has a justifiable reputation as someone who knows everything there is to know about food, how it should taste and how it should be cooked. He is very serious-minded about cooking and his masterly performances on MasterChef have created a wide and admiring fan base. ‘MasterChef shows cooking as it should be and it’s very good at showing the passion and skills required in becoming a chef and you learn something about food.’ For food has always been at the forefront of his life and the recipes in this book are a distillation of his vast knowledge and experience, made available to the home cook.
The reign of Elizabeth I – a Golden Age? Try asking her subjects…
Elizabethans did all they could to survive in an age of sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings, galleons and guns. Explorers set sail for new worlds, risking everything to bring back slaves, gold and the priceless potato. Elizabeth lined her coffers while her subjects lived in squalor with hunger, violence and misery as bedfellows. Shakespeare shone and yet the beggars, doxies and thieves scraped and cheated to survive in the shadows.
These were dangerous days. If you survived the villains, and the diseases didn’t get you, then the lawmen might. Pick the wrong religion and the scaffold or stake awaited you. The toothless, red-wigged queen sparkled in her jewelled dresses, but the Golden Age was only the surface of the coin. The rest was base metal.
A humorous and affectionate look at modern Spain, and a celebration of the country’s greatest book, from the pen of a brilliant young writer.
When in 1987 Miranda France spent a year living in Madrid, the post-dictatorship ebullience was at its height. Pornography and soft drugs were legalised alongside more basic freedoms, such as divorce, party-affiliation and kissing in the street. In 1998 she returned to make a journey through the great cities and towns of central Spain – Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and others. With the new prosperity, much has changed.
But much has also endured, as she learns from the people she meets, who include a private detective, a shepherd, various nuns, two belly dancers and a Castilian separatist. She also discovers that Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE’ published in 1605 and the most translated book after the Bible – is a work of genius which still helps to explain the Spanish character: today’s Spaniards still suffer from Don Quixote’s delusions, and are as stubborn, inflexible and unrealistic as they have always been.
Get to know ‘Not-so Great Britain’ in this crackingly acerbic collection of insulting and downright offensive quotations about cities, towns and other locations in the British Isles.
Towns, cities, counties and constituent countries all come in for a lambasting in this bad-tempered and thoroughly entertaining journey round the British Isles (or, as the Irish insist on calling them, the Hibernian Archipelago), from the nauseatingly Nordic Shetlands to the suspiciously Froggy Channel Islands, from ‘the arse end of the world’ (Wigan) to the ‘heaving Sodom of the south coast’ (Brighton).
And it’s not just the places that come in for a hammering – the people too are mocked and reviled, from the imbecilic, dimwitted folk of County Kerry to the inbred, turkey-fancying natives of Norfolk, from the tight-fistedness of the inhabitants of Aberdeen to the light-fingeredness and incessant whinings of the Scouser.
And – unlike Boris Johnson of The Spectator – Mr Plinth will not be saying ‘Oops. Sorry!’