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    • <p>Number one bestselling series. With Sabina's family in Scotland, Alex Rider meets the mogul Desmond McCain. But a simple card game between them rapidly leads to a duel to the death – one that could ultimately result in the destruction of an entire East African country. Alex Rider – in the jaws of death... Read by: Dan Stevens Runtime: 9 hours 4 minutes Discs: 10 Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking.</p>

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    • <p>Charles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a King who was above the law: in the end the man they briefed was the radical barrister, John Cooke. He was the bravest of barristers, who risked his own life to make tyranny a crime.</p>

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    • <p>Published to mark the 800th anniversary of the charter, this book reveals the compelling story behind this document, as well as what life was truly like in England in 1215. It also offers a detailed look at the medieval world.</p>

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    • <p>A multiple rapist is on the loose, a woman reports that her baby has been stolen and someone is trying to blackmail the local supermarket by poisoning some of the stock. When two young girls are reported missing, the Denton crime wave reaches terrifying heights. As DI Jack Frost staggers exhausted from case to case, something nasty arrives at the station in the form of Detective Chief Inspector Skinner. The scheming, slippery Skinner clearly has his eye on the Superintendent's office, but his first job is to manipulate the transfer of the unorthodox Frost to another division. Will Frost find the missing girls before his new nemesis forces him away from Denton once and for all?Read by: David Jason</p>

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    • <p>Roman Centurions 31 BC-AD 500: The Classical and Late Empire.</p>

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    • <p>Whether it was 'the batille', 'the spike', 'the work'us' or simply 'the house', the Victorian workhouse was the cause of dread and shame for thousands of men, women and children. This book looks at the principles that lay beind the New Poor Law of 1834, at the design and construction of workhouses, and at the lives of those who entered them.</p>

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    • <p>Edward Pellew, captain of the legendary Indefatigable, was quite simply the greatest frigate captain in the age of sail. An incomparable seaman, ferociously combative yet chivalrous, a master of the quarterdeck and an athlete of the tops, he was as quick to welcome a gallant foe into his cabin as to dive to the rescue of a man overboard. He is the likely model for the heroic but all-too-human Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's novels. Pellew was orphaned at eight, but fought his way from the very bottom of the Navy to fleet command and a viscountcy. Victories and eye-catching feats won him a public following. Yet as an outsider with a gift for antagonizing his better-born peers, he made powerful enemies. Redemption came with his last command, when he set off to do battle with the Barbary States and free thousands of European slaves. Contemporary opinion held this to be an impossible mission, and Pellew himself, in leading from the front in the style of his direct contemporary Nelson, did not expect to survive. Pellew's humanity as much as his gallantry, fondness for subordinates and blind love for his family, and the warmth and intimacy of his letters, make him a hugely engaging and sympathetic figure. In Stephen Taylor's magnificent new life he at last has the biography he deserves. This paperback book has 368 pages and measures 12.5 x 2.5 x 19.5cm</p>

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    • <p>This lavishly produced new study features a full-scale colour reproduction and commentary on one of the British Library's greatest treasures, the manuscript world map of 1550 produced by Pierre Desceliers. The map is one of the most important of the 'Dieppe School' of cartography that flourished in Normandy from the 1540s to the 1560s</p>

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    • <p>The Ultimate Deep Sleep CD is specifically designed to restore natural healthy sleep patterns and to eliminate unhealthy habits and anxious thought patterns connected to the inability to sleep. The blend of gentle background music and soft hypnotic voice re-educates the mind and body to become re-acquainted to the meaning of sleep.</p>

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    • <p>A BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama of William Shakespeares Twelfth Night staring David Tennant as Malvolio in Shakespeare's comedy of disguise, madness and love. One of Shakespeare's happiest plays, Twelfth Night is both a comedy of misrule and a trenchant attack on puritanism. Disguise and deceit leads to misadventure, madness and mistaken love. Orsino loves Olivia, but she loves Cesario, who really does love Orsino (for Cesario is actually Viola). But Malvolio believes his mistress, Olivia, loves him, as he is a victim of a trick played on him by those who would make him mad. Naomi Frederick and Paul Ready are Viola and Orsino in his sparkling BBC Radio 3 production. 2 CDs - runtime: 2 hours</p>

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    • <p>Meet the Victorians in their strangest forms.</p>

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    • <p>A moreishly entertaining and richly informative miscellany of facts about Rome and the Roman world.</p>

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    • <p>This new historical atlas, richly illustrated with photographs, artwork recreations and full-colour maps, explores the world's earliest civilisations from the first farming settlements of Mesopotamia, via Egypt, Greece and Rome, to the civilisations of the Far East, Europe and America.</p>

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    • <p>Alan Bennett gives A.A. Milne's characters the voices you felt they were always meant to have in this collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl.</p>

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    • <p>Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler's final completed Philip Marlowe mystery. Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In "Playback", Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer. Clyde Umney instructs him to meet the eight o'clock train from Chicago, and shadow one of the passengers. The lady in question, Eleanor King, is beautiful, classy and clearly unhappy. Obediently, Marlowe follows her - all the way to Esmerelda, where she's going under the name Betty Mayfield and being leaned on by a cheap blackmailer. Stuck doing a sneaky job for people he doesn't like, Marlowe feels even grubbier than usual: and he's soon in more trouble than usual too as he comes up against gangsters, hard men and a hitman... Starring Toby Stephens, this exciting dramatisation retains all the verve of Chandler's last novel. Read by: Tony Stephens &amp; Co Runtime: 1 hour Discs: 1</p>

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    • <p>Features four adventures of Doctor Who, including "'The Daleks' Master Plan" (13 episodes, first broadcast October 1965-January 1966); "The Massacre" (4 episodes, first broadcast February 1966); "The Celestial Toymaker" (4 episodes, first broadcast April 1966); and, "The Savages" (4 episodes, first broadcast May-June 1966).</p>

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    • <p>A young man suddenly emerged claiming to be Richard of York, the younger of the Princes in the Tower. As such, he tormented Henry vii for eight years. He tried three times to invade England and behaved like a prince. Officially, however, he was proclaimed to be Perkin Warbeck, the son of a Flemish boatman.</p>

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    • <p>Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year.</p>

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    • <p>Defeating the mighty Persian Empire at the age of 22, Alexander the Great rapidly conquered the rest of the then known world. This book traces the career of Alexander who was destined to become one of the greatest generals the world has known, and celebrates his legacy to Greek civilization.</p>

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    • <p>Traces the story of the realm from its supposed foundation by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons some two thousand years later. This title portrays legendary and semi-legendary figures such as Lear, Cymbeline, Merlin the magician and the most famous of all British heroes, King Arthur.</p>

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    • <p>Combining clinical hypnotherapy techniques with digital recording technology, this CD help you draw on your inner talents and your creativity to develop the courage and self-belief to live your life to the full. It also helps you let go of any self doubts or fears and to express your true potential.</p>

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    • <p>Helps you develop a memory that gets stronger by using hypnotherapy techniques. This CD can be used for different types of exam preparation, or to improve concentration and generally develop a stronger memory. It aims to guide you into a deeply relaxed state of mental and physical relaxation.</p>

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    • <p>In 70CE, after four years of Jewish rebellion, Roman legions devastated the great city of Jerusalem. Sixty years later, its ruin was completed when Emperor Hadrian built a new city on top of it that Jews were forbidden even to enter. This title explores the history of a titanic struggle whose repercussions are still felt today.</p>

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    • <p>A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison.</p>

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    • <p>Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA gets cops' noses out of joint. If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up in jail – or worse, in a box in the ground...Read by: Ray Porter Runtime: 7 hours 12 minutes Discs: 6 Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking.</p>

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    • <p>Combines clinical hypnotherapy techniques with digital recording technology to change the listener's fearful perception of flying by using desensitisation techniques and post hypnotic suggestions. This CD aims to guide you into a relaxed state of mind &amp; body.</p>

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    • <p>Combines hypnotherapy techniques with recording technology to guide you into a relaxed state of mind &amp; body and help you to feel more energised and motivated. This CD offers a number of positive subliminal suggestions, which are embedded in the fade out music to facilitate the overall effect.</p>

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    • <p>In a series of 54 full-colour maps covering 3,000 years and spanning the whole of Europe, this book comprehensively charts the dramatic history of the Celts from their origins in the Bronze Age to their present-day diaspora. It deals with the Continental Celts, the Atlantic Celts and the modern Celts and their state of culture.</p>

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    • <p>The Battle of Waterloo was one of the great British victories. This guide to the battlefield was written by one of the greatest experts on the Battle.</p>

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    • <p>This text, using contemporary memoirs, letters, newspapers and regimental order books, reconstructs the common man's version of the Moorland Battle and the repression and brutality that followed it for the highlanders. It challenges the rose-tinted legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden.</p>

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    • <p>In interviews ranging from 1972 to 1989, Roald Dahl talks about writing for children; his medical inventions to aid his ailing son and wife (the actress Patricia Neal) when they were seriously ill, and writing his short stories. He also covers his school days; military service; writing for films (including 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang') and the link between cruelty and laughter. BBC Archive Voices features interviews with some of the key figures from the fields of entertainment, sport, politics and literature - many of which haven't been heard since their original transmission. This is a unique window into the past and is a chance for us to hear those who contributed to the richness of our cultural heritage. With access to the entire archive of BBC Radio and television, we can now witness some of the most lively, entertaining and informative encounters in BBC broadcasting. Read by: Roald Dahl Runtime: 1 hour Discs: 1</p>

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    • <p>The adventurous young women who sailed to India during the Raj in search of husbands. Perfect for fans of SINGLED OUT - a great book club option.</p>

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    • <p>In interviews ranging from 1968 to 2009, Paul McCartney talks about touring the UK with Wings (which was then a new band); a mid-70s offer to re-form the Beatles; the early days of the Beatles, and their final break-up. He also discusses his solo albums; receiving the freedom of the City of Liverpool; Christmas with his family; his love of music, and his career since the break-up of the Beatles up to 2009. BBC Archive Voices features interviews with some of the key figures from the fields of entertainment, sport, politics and literature - many of which haven't been heard since their original transmission. This is a unique window into the past and is a chance for us to hear those who contributed to the richness of our cultural heritage. With access to the entire archive of BBC Radio and television, we can now witness some of the most lively, entertaining and informative encounters in BBC broadcasting. Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary. Read by: Paul McCartney Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes Discs: 2</p>

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    • <p>The ancient Greeks gave us our alphabet and much of our scientific, medical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic theory, and the rules of logic and geometry; laid the foundations of philosophy, history, tragedy and comedy; and debated everything from the good life and the role of women, to making sense of foreigners and the best form of government, all in the most sophisticated terms. But who were they? In Eureka!, Peter Jones tells their epic story, which begins with the Trojan War and ends with the rise of the Roman Empire, by breaking down each major period into a series of informative nuggets. Along the way he introduces the major figures of the age, including Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid and Archimedes; explores the Greek myths and the role of the gods;provides fascinating insights into everyday life in ancient times; and shows us the very foundations of Western culture. Eureka! is both entertaining and illuminating, and will delight anyone who ever wanted to know more about our ancient ancestors. This hardback book has 384 pages and measures 15.2 x 3.6 x 21cm.</p>

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    • <p>King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood - greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? This book offers a compelling portrait of an extraordinary king, whose reign marked a momentous turning point in the history of Britain and Europe.</p>

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    • <p>Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman - defying tradition she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a range of sources, this book strips away the myths and misconceptions and restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.</p>

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    • <p>Tells the story of the 100-year quest to understand an ancient computer, the scientific artefact we have from antiquity. This title reveals a diverse cast of characters - ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau - and explores the roots of modern technology in Ancient Greece, the Islamic world and medieval Europe.</p>

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    • <p>The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle. In essence, the French cannot bear the idea that Napoleon, their greatest-ever national hero, was in any way a loser. Especially not against the traditional enemy - les Anglais.</p>

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    • <p>Offers a collection of thirteen fantastic audio stories based on Peppa Pig, the hit TV show, featuring newly recorded narration, original TV dialogue, music, and special effects from the Milkshake and Nick Jnr series.</p>

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    • <p>Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.Read by: Emma Galvin Runtime: 4 hours 11 minutes Discs: 4 Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking.</p>

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    • <p>Warren Mitchell stars with Martin Jarvis, Samuel West and Juliet Aubrey in this BBC Radio 4 production of Shakespeare's thrilling courtroom drama. Shakespeare's classic play explores the eternal themes of love and hate, mercy and justice, with parallel stories centred on the moneylender, Shylock, and the lovers, Portia and Bassanio. Shylock's angry insistence on the repayment of his debt from Bassanio ends in the Venetian courts where he demands his 'pound of flesh'. Portia meanwhile, a wealthy young Venetian woman, must marry one of her many suitors. Her late father's will has set the challenge by means of three caskets, one gold, one silver and one lead. The climax of the play takes place in court, with Portia, now disguised as a man and defending the life of Antonio, imploring Shylock to show mercy. This superb production of Shakespeare's dramatic and complex play is directed by the award-winning Peter Kavanagh and features specially-composed music by the renowned Barrington Pheloung. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.</p>

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    • <p>This title presents Ken Stott stars as Macbeth and Phyllis Logan as Lady Macbeth in this BBC Radio 4 production of Shakespeare's notorious 'Scottish play'. Shakespeare's famous tragedy, describing how a lust for power and the prophecy of three witches transform a brave nobleman into a traitor and murderous tyrant, has mesmerised audiences since its first performance over four centuries ago. Macbeth's temptation and descent into evil, his wife's ruthlessness and subsequent madness and the overarching presence of the supernatural are brilliantly evoked in this BBC Radio archive production from 2000, directed by the renowned Richard Eyre. Featuring a distinguished cast and specially-composed music, it brings new depth and excitement to this classic, chilling tale of malevolence and terror. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors. Includes 2 x CD Running time 1 hour 50 mins</p>

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    • <p>A challenge to the whole basis of thinking on the subject of classical civilization. The author argues that it has its roots in Afroasiatic cultures, and that these influences have been systematically ignored, suppressed or denied since the 18th century.</p>

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    • <p>'The most chilling witch-hunt in English history ... fascinating' Independent on Sunday</p>

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    • <p>A major new narrative account of one of history's greatest and most epic mysteries: the strange death of the Roman Empire.</p>

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    • <p>Affirmations are like seeds. It takes time for them to germinate, take root and grow. Life-changing and soul-satisfying benefits are possible by using this tape with determination and consistency.</p>

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    • <p>The story of the wars that led to the break-up of Alexander the Great's vast empire after his death in 323 BC and the brilliant cultural developments which accompanied this birth of a new world.</p>

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    • <p>Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus', their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome. This hardback book has 482 pages and measures: 24 x 16 x 4cm</p>

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