Snakes are superbly secretive reptiles, celebrated by many for their highly tuned senses and their complex and mysterious seasonal behaviours. Though some people may be fearful of them, these important reptiles play a crucial role in many habitats. And an encounter with any one of our native snake species is an experience worth cherishing.
In Spotlight Snakes, Jules Howard takes readers on a journey through the ecology and lifestyle of Britain's three native snake species: the Barred Grass Snake, the Smooth Snake and our only venomous snake species, the Adder. As well as uncovering their unique hunting styles and courtship rituals, he delves into the myths and legends at the heart of humankind's widespread and sometimes troublesome fascination with these animals. He also charts the conservation challenges our native snakes face in the modern age and explores the solutions conservationists are employing to help these extraordinary predators remain a vital part of British ecosystems for generations to come.
The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photographs and informative expert text.
An “arresting” and deeply personal portrait that “confront[s] the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on” (The New York Times Book Review). It’s difficult to overstate the profound risk Charles Darwin took in publishing his theory of evolution. How and why would a quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, produce one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? Drawing on a wealth of manuscripts, family letters, diaries, and even ships’ logs, Adrian Desmond and James Moore have restored the moral missing link to the story of Charles Darwin’s historic achievement. Nineteenth-century apologists for slavery argued that blacks and whites had originated as separate species, with whites created superior. Darwin, however, believed that the races belonged to the same human family. Slavery was therefore a sin, and abolishing it became Darwin’s sacred cause. His theory of evolution gave a common ancestor not only to all races, but to all biological life. This “masterful” book restores the missing moral core of Darwin’s evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about human origins (Publishers Weekly, starred review). It will revolutionize your view of the great naturalist. “An illuminating new book.” —Smithsonian “Compelling . . . Desmond and Moore aptly describe Darwin’s interaction with some of the thorniest social and political issues of the day.” —Wired “This exciting book is sure to create a stir.” —Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging
Do you have a message for the world but are crippled by anxiety?Is fear of speaking in public holding you back from what you want out of life?Do you want to be recognised for your talent, but the thought of performing is paralysing?
Turn your performance anxiety into authentic power in ten easy steps. Learn how to deal with public speaking nerves and how to overcome interview anxiety from a clinical hypnotherapist, coach, singer-songwriter, and former sufferer who has turned her own fear around using the very methods she teaches.
Combining clinical knowledge, coaching exercises, and transformational hypnotherapy, this practical step-by-step program will quiet the negative voices in your head that prevent you from standing out and take your speech, audition, gig or presentation to an entirely different level.
Subjects covered include:The 6 Fundamental Mind Hacks for Achieving Lasting Performance Success The Wise Heart Approach to Transform Stage Fear into Stage PresenceThe LAMA Method for Creating a New Confident You The Highly Successful Performer Mindset that will allow you to Master Any Performance Situation
Plus two bonus sessions on how to:Overcome Fear of Rejection Deal with Trauma Safely
This book is about how to receive divine healing. Can God still heal? Yes! Can we live in good and perfect health today? Yes! Our God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Expect your healing as you read. Here, you will read some incredible testimonies that will instantly increase your faith in God and His unlimited ability and wiliness to intervene even in worst situations. For example, God still cures incurable and terminal diseases. He still raises the dead. Have you read about a man who was raised from death after staying two days in the mortuary? Now, if God can do that, why do you think nothing can be done about that your condition? There are many other incredible testimonies here. There are ten powerful, illuminating chapters in this book: All Things are Possible, Healing is Your Right, Origin of Sickness, Word of God, Name of Jesus, Holy Spirit, Power of Faith, Retaining Your Healing. You will also learn about the roles of prayer, anointing oil, laying of hands, compassion (love), obedience, angels, praise and worship, etc, in our quest to receive and retain our healing. This book is designed for you to receive your healing as you go through it, and it’s very practical.
Enjoy Our Universe is a guide for an enjoyable visit to the universe. The "universe" refers to all "observable things", ranging in size from the entire cosmos to elementary particles. This small tome on fundamental physics, cosmology, Higgs bosons, time travel, and all that is unlike any other analogous audiobook. Its scientific statements are correct or, at least, they coincide with the opinions held by the vast majority of experts. It establishes clear distinctions between things we know for sure — in the sense of having strong observational support for them — and things that we know that we do not know, or we do not understand. In this sense, it is scientifically honest.In descriptions of our universe and of the way it functions, beauty is a recurring word. This audiobook's idiosyncrasies remind us of our own smallness and eccentricities even as we read about the logic, function and magnificence of the universe.
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.
The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.
An in-depth look at the team who worked with the renowned British railway engineer, with numerous photos included.
To renowned engineer Nigel Gresley must go great credit for many of the London and North Eastern Railway’s achievements, but those around him have faded into obscurity and are now largely forgotten, even though their contributions were immense. To redress this imbalance, Tim Hillier-Graves has explored the life of Gresley and his team, and sought to uncover a more expansive picture of these events. This in no way diminishes Gresley’s stunning accomplishments—but builds a fuller and more authentic view of a dynamic period in railway history.
The book draws upon many sources of information, some of it previously unpublished, to present a fascinating picture of all that happened and all that was achieved, often in the most difficult of circumstances, by a very gifted team of engineers and their exceptional leader.
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