Title: Dannii: My Story [Hardcover]
Author: Dannii Minogue
Author: Dannii Minogue
Title: Full Circle [Hardcover]
Author: Ellen MacArthur
(Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph (2 Sep 2010)
Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 3.8 cm
In October 2009 Ellen MacArthur, one of the greatest sportswomen in the world, announced her retirement from competitive sailing. Many were in disbelief. How could the woman who had fought so hard to set so many records give up racing? But Ellen had found an even tougher challenge than sailing solo round the globe. Now Ellen is ready to write about her incredible last ten years, including the trip which changed her life. She speaks honestly about the trials of fame after coming second in the Vendee Globe in 2001; about her frustrations in missing the record for the West-East transatlantic crossing by just 75 minutes in 2004; the dramatic capsize and dismasting she experienced prior to her record attempt, and then the ultimate triumph of her spectacular, record-breaking, non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2004–5, sharing every painful and exciting moment of her 71 days alone at sea. And of course she tells of the fateful trip to South Georgia in 2005 which caused her to decide to leave competitive sailing behind for ever and focus all her ambition and energy towards a new and much bigger race . . . Ellen’s searingly honest story is a story of triumph over incredible adversity and will inspire others to follow in this remarkable woman’s wake.
About the Author
Ellen MacArthur has been named Sailor of the Year twice, crowned World Champion, named Sunday Times Person of the Year 2001 and was runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Ellen is from Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and lives in Cowes. or)
Authors: PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Once it seemed being immortal was a gift to Ever Bloom – now it’s a curse. And she’s a danger to herself.
Ever has been dabbling in Magyck – seeking to explore her own powers, hoping to find a future for her relationship with Damen. But she’s not in control – in fact, the magyck has bound her eternally to her immortal enemy, Roman. Whenever he’s near, she feels his heartbeat, his breath, his blood racing in her veins. Ever is in deep – and the one person who might be able to help her must never find out what she’s done . . .
An Bord Snip Nua Recommended Cuts In Public Expenditure (Mc Carthy Report) by Annette J Dunlea
As a result of declining global conditions, a collapse in the building industry and a contraction in bank lending, an Irish financial crisis emerged in 2008. In response, Brian Lenihan established a Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes to examine the current expenditure programmes in each Government Department and to make recommendations for reducing public service numbers so as to ensure a return to sustainable public finances. The Minister appointed Mr Colm McCarthy, School of Economics, University College Dublin, as member and Chair of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes. Colm McCarthy said the Government was borrowing €400m a week and paying a substantial rate of interest on that borrowing and this could not continue. An Bord Snip Nua issued its findings, commonly known as the McCarthy report, on 16 July 2009.The report was in two volumes. It recommended approaches to a potential €5.3bn in savings, including recommendations for 17,300 public service job cuts and a 5% drop in social welfare. The panel of advisors consisted of : Maurice O’Connell, former Governor of the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland , William Slattery, Managing Director, State Street Corporation and Mary Walsh, former Partner PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Pat McLaughlin, Business Consultant and former Deputy Chief Executive of the HSE.
The group was charged with identifying cuts in spending and staff numbers, quangos (quasi-autonomous government organisations) that could be merged or abolished and recommending ways of obtaining better value for taxpayers’ money. The group had scope to examine the terms and conditions, tenure and pension entitlements of new recruits to the public service. The group was charged with reducing or discontinuing expenditure programmes with a view to eliminating the current budget deficit by 2011. Its brief also includes full freedom to make recommendations on any aspect of public sector reform, which Mr Lenihan said would be crucial to the restoration of competitiveness in the economy.Colm Mc Carthy said said the board had to look to the big items of spending, which are health, education and social welfare.The body identifies these three as areas where significant savings could be made. A range of outdated and restrictive working practices and allowances add greatly to the cost of providing public services,’ the report said.
Key Recommendations of the Mc Carthy report are:
1. Cut 17,300 Public service Jobs
2. Reduce Welfare Payments by 5%…(1& 2 savings €850 million)
3. All citizens to receive only 1 welfare payments, no double benefits ( saving €100 million)
4. Abolish the Dept. of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht and redistribute its jobs
5. Dept. Of Arts, Sports and Tourism dramatically reduce spending and consider abolishing it
6. Transfer Payments and Expenditure of Programmes in Agriculture To Be Cut Back
7. Reduce the number of special needs assistants and English language teachers.
8. Introduce charges and copayment mechanisms for services: school transport, medicines and home help
9. Further reduce allowances for tds and senators
10. Reduce the number of local authorities from 34 to 22
11. Half the number of gardai from 700 to 350
12. Reduction and changes to child benefit (savings €513 million)
13. End payments of community employment service schemes (savings €100 million)
14. Cut benefits for dental, optical and hearing services (savings €92 million)
15. Grading of job seekers allowance by age ( savings €70 million)
16. Cut the Family Support Agency (savings €30 million)
17. Change the eligibility for family income supplement (savings €20 million)
18. Taxing household benefits package (€11.6million)
19. Cut size of Dept. of Health and Children by 10% over 3 years (€91million)
20. Revise income guidelines for medical cards to the basic rate of social welfare (€100million)
21. Private patients in public hospitals to pay higher fees
22. Increase in Drugs Payment Scheme ( €37 million)
23. €5 Levy per prescription (€70 million)
24. Hold an open competition to provide services under the general medical services scheme (€370 million)
25. Revise the structure of state agencies
26. Support for all Irish companies to be processed through Enterprise Ireland.
27. Regulators offices and ombudsmans offices to be merged
28. VECs cut from 33 to 22
29. Rise in pension age and apply to public servants
30. Recommend the government implement the recommendations of the Green Paper on Pensions 2007 (raise pension age and workers’ contribution to pension)
31. Rationalisation of industrial relations institutions 32. Payments of 1% of economic output a year into the pension reserve fund to be suspended.
Proposed savings and staffing reductions are listed here:
Dept Millions Staffing Reductions
Agriculture, Fisheries & Food €305 million, -1,140 jobs
Arts, Sports & Tourism €105 million, -170 jobs
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources €66 million, -106jobs
Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs €151 million, -196 jobs
Defence €53 million, -520 jobs
Education & Science €746 million, -6,930 jobs
Enterprise, Trade & Employment €238 million, -594 jobs
Environment, Heritage & Local Government €130 milion, -30 jobs
Finance Group of Votes €83 million, – 660 jobs
Foreign Affairs €42 million, – 65 jobs
Health & Children €1,230 million, -6,168 jobs
Houses of the Oireachtas Commission €8 million, – 42 jobs
Justice Group of Votes €136 million, -540 jobs
National Treasury Management Agency €5 million, – 40 jobs
Taoiseach’s €18 million, -77 jobs Transport €127 million, – 80 jobs
The Mc Carthy report has recommended some radical measures to cut government spending.He said it is feasible to get out of the current situation by controlling the expenditure better.Mr McCarthy added that the areas of health, education and social welfare account for more than three quarters of Government spending and this has to be reduced.The report has shown the scale and magnitude of the financial problems facing the Government.It is important that Ireland’s reputation internationally is restored.An Bord Snip Nua was given a specific but limited task and it delivered a range of options that identified savings in public expenditure of over €5 billion.The Report recommended a new benchmarking examination and says this should include the possibility of pay cuts and an international comparison of pay rates. Recently, Mr.Lenihan conceded that the proposed €3 billion package for next year would not be sufficent.Next month, he will announce a four-year budget plan in an effort to give clarity to the international markets and give detailed specifics about major planned tax and spending measures. The budget deficit for this year will be around 11.6 per cent of GDP – before taking account of bank bailout costs: a shortfall of €18.5 billion. If the cost of the bank bailout is included, the figure rises to 32 per cent of GDP.
The populace are nervous and are asking where will the money come from? A 5% cut across all credits, for example, would result in income tax at 20 per cent being paid on earnings over €34,770, and yield about €300 million in additional income tax.In addition, the government has already signalled that it intends to change the structure of the myriad of income taxes: income tax, income levy, health contribution and PRSI being unified.It seems inevitable that some state companies and assets will be sold off eg : Dublin Dock, ESB and Bord Gais. Another option available to the government is to take funds from the €11 billion in the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF). Nevertheless, a set of proposals has been made and now decisions will have to be made. Turning McCarthy’s proposals, and so many other vital measures, into a recovery plan will require courage and strength.Mr Cowen urged people to face the economic crisis with “renewed fortitude and courage”, saying Ireland needed a “major national effort” to get through the recession.
Author: Karen Wheeler
‘The Good Food Guide’ is compiled from scratch every year. All reviews are based on reader feedback and inspections are carried out anonymously. We pay for every meal we review and do not accept advertising; ‘The Good Food Guide’ is completely independent and impartial.
‘The Good Food Guide’ was the brainchild of the journalist and social commentator Raymond Postgate, who wanted to improve the lot of British diners in the aftermath of the Second World War. Since its inception in the early 1950s, ‘The Good Food Guide’ has sought to ‘raise the standard of cooking in Britain’ by offering unbiased reviews of dining establishments in the UK.
Today, we continue to pride ourselves on being completely independent and impartial. ‘The Good Food Guide’ is compiled from scratch every year, and all reviews are based on reader feedback and inspections are carried out anonymously. We pay for every meal we review and do not accept advertising.
This year s Guide includes over 1,300 recommendations, from the Cornish coast to the Scottish Highlands, as well as foodie features, interviews with top chefs and £50 worth of money-off vouchers. To celebrate this special anniversary, we are offering two readers the chance to win a day at the exclusive Raymond Blanc Cookery School at his world-renowned restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will include a full day’s cookery course with hands-on tuition from Raymond Blanc’s experienced cookery school chefs, an exclusive goodie bag and a chance to meet Raymond Blanc himself. For more details and how to enter, see ‘The Good Food Guide 2011′.
The Penobscot Expedition is an extraordinary story, one that has fascinated the author for years, and will now fascinate his readers.Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The war of Independence was in its third year and no other British troops stood between Canada and New York.The State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British, but when they sent a fleet of forty vessels to ‘captivate, kill and destroy‘ they underestimated their enemies, calm in battle and ready for victory.Told from both sides of the battle, the main characters are all real figures from history. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts, we meet many of the war’s greatest heroes, including Paul Revere and John Moore, each of whom become famous subjects of war poetry
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.
With a triple platinum no. 1 album, two no. 1 singles, two Brits, two MOBO awards, a sell-out UK tour and a no. 1 bestselling book, it has been quite a year for JLS! Follow them backstage in this private diary and discover what life is like as the UK’s hottest boy band!
By far the most successful band ever to come out of the X Factor, JLS went from strength to strength in 2009 and are set to become one of the biggest boy bands the UK has ever seen. With their loyal legion of screaming fans, JLS are a true pop sensation.
Since finishing X Factor – as the first band ever to make the finals – the boys have achieved things that did not seem possible 12 months ago. Two no. 1 singles, a no. 1 bestselling book, a no.1 album, two Brits and two MOBO Awards are just a few of the amazing list of achievements that JLS have notched up in 2009.
Just Between Us: Our Private Diary is an exclusive peek inside their phenomenal world. Join Aston, Ortisé, Marvin and JB as they hang out with their famous friends, appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, team up with Alexandra Burke on their triumphant return to X Factor, create mass hysteria by switching on the Christmas lights in Manchester and much much more.
Jam packed full of unseen photos shot especially for the book, plus behind-the-scenes gossip and never-before-seen video footage of the band, the awesome story of JLS’s year is a must-have for any true fan.
JLS comprise of Aston Merrygold, 21, Marvin Humes, 24, Jonathan “JB” Gill, 22 and Oritsé Williams, 22. Formed in 2007 JLS hit the headlines as they became the first band to reach The X Factor finals.
From the bestselling author of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII, and the one woman who destroyed two of his queens.
The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves.
She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her. Katherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne’s path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer’s death.
The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty, is Philippa Gregory’s most compelling novel yet.
Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of historical novels. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. Works that have been adapted for television include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen’s Fool. The Other Boleyn Girl is now a major film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Peter F. Hamilton’s startling perspectives on tomorrow’s technological and cultural trends span vast tracts of space and time, his stories are as compelling as they are epic in scope, and yet they are always grounded in characters – human, alien and other – who, for all their strangeness, still touch our hearts and fire our imaginations. Now, in The Evolutionary Void, Hamilton concludes the highly acclaimed Commonwealth saga that has unfolded in The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void.’The master of widescreen baroque’ – Guardian ‘Compulsively readable and abundantly full of ideas’ – The Times ..‘Epic, multi-stranded, full of wonders’ – SFX
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. His previous novels include the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling and groundbreaking Night’s Dawn Trilogy. His most recent novels are Pandora’s Star (2004) and Judas Unchained (2005) — which constitute the Commonwealth Saga — and The Dreaming Void (2007), and The Temporal Void (2008) the first two novels in the Void trilogy, of which The Evolutionary Void is the concluding volume.
Tite: Under The Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin [Hardcover]
Author: Bruce Chatwin
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2 Sep 2010)
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 4.6 cm
‘I am most certainly in the mood for writing letters’ Bruce Chatwin is one of the most significant British novelists and travel writers of our time. His books have become modern-day classics which defy categorisation, assimilating elements of fiction, essay, reportage, history and gossip, inspired by and reflecting his incredible journeys. Tragically, Chatwin’s compelling narrative voice was cut off just as he had found it. One month before his death he lamented, ‘There are so many things I want to do.’ ‘Bruce had just begun’ said his friend, Salman Rushdie, ‘we saw only the first act’. While we shall never know the surprise of his unwritten works, Chatwin left behind a body of writing that is striking for its freshness; an authentic conduit which allows us to return to him and to be rewarded: a wealth of letters and postcards that he wrote, from his first week at school until shortly before his death at the age of forty-eight. Whether typed on Sotheby’s notepaper or hastily scribbled, Chatwin’s correspondence reveals more about himself than he was prepared to expose in his books; his health and finances, his literary ambitions and tastes, his uneasiness about his sexual orientation; above all, his lifelong quest for where to live. Written with the verve and sharpness of expression that first marked him out as a writer, Chatwin’s letters gives a vivid synopsis of his changing interests and concerns throughout his life. Careful and considered in drafting his published work, the letters are Chatwin’s only unedited writing, and a paean to a disappearing mode of communication: tangible proof of a life as it was lived, and possibly one of the last great collections of a writer’s letters. Comprising material collected over two decades from hundreds of contacts across five continents, Under the Sun is a valuable and illuminating record of one of the greaAbout the Author
Bruce Chatwin reinvented British travel writing with his first book, In Patagonia, and followed it with four other books, each unique and extraordinary. He died in 1989. Elizabeth Chatwin was born in the U.S.A. She came to London in 1961 to work at Sotheby’s, where she met Bruce Chatwin.They married in 1965. She now keeps Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester in 1957 and grew up in the Far East and Latin America. He is the author of The Vision of the Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham and Betty Trask awards, The High Flyer, for which he was nominated as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, The Dancer Upstairs, and most recently, Inheritance. His non-fiction includes In Tasmania, winner of the 2007 Tasmania Book Prize, and an acclaimed biography of Bruce Chatwin. test and most enigmatic writers of the twentieth century.
Author: Carol Ann Duffy
That saying? Behind every famous man . . . ? From Mrs Midas to Queen Kong, from Elvis’s twin sister to Pygmalion’s bride, they’re all here, in Carol Ann Duffy’s inspired and inspirational collection, The World’s Wife. Witty and thought-provoking, this is a tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred look at the real movers and shakers across history, myth and legend. If you have ever wondered how, exactly, Darwin came up with his theory of evolution, or what, precisely, Frau Freud thought about her husband, then this is the book for you.
‘Inventive, subversive and written with great rhythmical and rhyming dash’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Carol Ann Duffy reveals the foibles of the great, the ghastly and the ordinary bloke, and the sufferings of those closest to them. The result is a melange of history lesson, fairy-tale and modern-day domestic tragedy, with the occasional joke thrown in for good measure’ Scotsman
Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.