- Hardcover:400 pages
- Publisher:Little, Brown (17 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3.8 cm
Author: Victoria Twead
- Paperback:196 pages
- Publisher:New Generation Publishing (3 Oct 2009)
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
About the Author
Author: S. J. Parris
- Hardcover:416 pages
- Publisher:HarperCollins (3 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 4.1 cm
The second in a major new series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno, philospher, scientist and heretic, for all fans of C.J.Sansom and The Name of the Rose.
Autumn, 1583: Queen Elizabeth’s rule is under threat. Plans for an invasion to put Mary Stuart on the throne of England are secretly being laid. And an astrological phenomenon believed to herald the death of one age and the dawn of another has led to frenzied speculation of terrible events to come.
Giordano Bruno, the maverick and charismatic agent of Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to the queen, has infiltrated the plotters at the French embassy. His mission is to secure the evidence that will allow the execution of Mary Stuart and her cohorts for treason. But his position there is tenuous – while the ambassador trusts him, his beautiful and cunning wife Marie seems determined to prise out his secrets.
Meanwhile, the murder of a maid of honour within the palace walls involves Bruno in deeper mysteries. Occult symbols carved into her young flesh point to black magic, but the truth could be even more sinister…
About the Author
S.J.Parris is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt. Born in 1974, she has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer.
- Paperback:272 pages
- Publisher:Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Aug 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
Small is Beautiful is E F Schumacher’s stimulating and controversial study of world economies. This remarkable book is as relevant today and its themes as pertinent and thought-provoking as when it was first published thirty years ago.
Small is Beautiful looks at the economic structure of the Western world in a revolutionary way. Schumacher maintains that Man’s current pursuit of profit and progress, which promotes giant organisations and increased specialisation, has in fact resulted in gross economic ineffieciency, environmental pollution and inhumane working conditions. Schumacher challenges the doctrine of economic, technological and scientific specialisation and proposes a system of Intermediate Technology, based on smaller working units, communal ownership and regional workplaces utilising local labour and resources.
About the Author
Before the publication of Small is Beautiful, his bestselling reappraisal of Western economic attitudes, Dr E. F. Schumacher was already well known as an economist, journalist and progressive entrepreneur. He was Economic Adviser to the National Coal Board from 1950 to 1970, and was also the originator of the concept of Intermediate Technology for developing countries and Founder and Chairman of the Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd. He also served as President of the Soil Association (Britains largest organic farming organisation, founded thirty years ago) and as Director of the Scott-Bader Company (pathfinders in polymer chemistry and common ownership).
Born in Germany, he first came to England in 1930 as a Rhodes Scholar to study economics at New College, Oxford. Later, at the age of twenty-two, he taught economics at New College, Oxford. Later, at the age of twenty-two, he taught economics at Columbia University, New York. As he found theorising without practical experience unsatisfying, he then went into business, farming and journalism. He resumed the academic life for a period at Oxford during the war, afterwards serving as Economic Adviser to the British Control Commission in Germany from 1946 to 1950. In later years, his advice on problems of rural development was sought by many overseas governments.
Dr Schumacher was awarded the CBE in 1974. He died in 1977.
- Paperback:320 pages
- Publisher:Monday Books (12 May 2010)
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 2 cm
”A wonderful book, funny and insightful in equal measure, and an ideal gift for all doctors and those brave enough to use them”. Dr Phil Hammond GP (Private Eye magazine, Channel 4′s Countdown)
Author: Simon Kernick
- Hardcover:368 pages
- Publisher:Bantam Press (17 Feb 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
Dennis Milne is a man with a past, and a past that involves murder. A former cop, he’s earned his living killing the bad guys – drug-dealers, corrupt business men – people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. For the past two days, he’s been in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made herself some poor life-choices, and some even worse enemies.
DI Tina Boyd is a woman on a mission. Tough, spiky and determined, she’s looking for the man she holds responsible for the death of her lover. She knows he’s ruthless. She knows he’s dangerous. But he’s in Manila, and she’s determined to find and kill him – before he kills her.
Two cops with pasts that haunt them – and a present that could see them both dead. They are about to meet. And when they do, it’s payback time …
About the Author
Author: David Edgerton
- Hardcover:464 pages
- Publisher:Allen Lane (31 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton’s bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat by less well equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Britain’s War Machine, by putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, demolishes some of the most cherished myths about wartime Britain and gives us a very different and often unsettling picture of a great power in action.
About the Author
- Paperback:260 pages
- Publisher:Kailyard Publishing (15 Sep 2009)
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
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Author: Peter James
- Hardcover:544 pages
- Publisher:Macmillan (3 Jun 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-0230747258
I WANT THEM TO SUFFER, AND I WANT THEM DEAD …
Carly Chase is traumatised ten days asfter being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare.
The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.
The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic. Someone has sworn revenge and won’t rest until the final person involved in that fatal accident is dead.
The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees – she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready …
About the Author
Peter James was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. His novels, many of which have been Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers, have been translated into thirty languages and three have been filmed. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Near Brighton in Sussex.
- Paperback:576 pages
- Publisher:Penguin; Reprint edition (1 May 2008)
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3 cm
Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors.
Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors’ beliefs now dominate our world – and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq – this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.
About the Author
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker. The Shock Doctrine has been translated into more than twenty languages. It was a hardback bestseller in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, nominated for multiple awards including the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the New York Public Library Bernstein Award for Journalism.
Naomi Klein writes an internationally syndicated column for The Guardian and The Nation and reported from Iraq for Harper’s magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia. Her first book was the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, called “a movement bible” by The New York Times.
- Paperback:288 pages
- Publisher:Pan (4 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margaret’s life in service was about to begin…
As a kitchen maid – the lowest of the low – she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were.
Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids’ curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress’s nephew, Margaret’s tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Below Stairs is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.
‘Enormous gusto, salty humour, wisdom’ Evening Standard
‘Shrewd, unabashed, wickedly funny, a unique front-line report of her life’s experiences’ Jack De Manio, BBC
About the Author
Margaret Powell was born in 1907 in Hove. Aged fifteen, she went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success. She died in 1984
Irish Bankruptcy Laws by Annette J Dunlea
Published In The Carrigdhoun Newspaper p.11 30th April 2011
Bankruptcy is a process where the property or assets of an individual, who is unable or unwilling to pay their debts (called a debtor), is transferred to a person given charge of the property by the High Court (called a trustee) to be sold.When the property or assets are sold, the costs, expenses, court fees and certain priority debts are paid. After this, the net proceeds are distributed to those owed money (the creditors).The process of bankruptcy in Ireland is very much out of date in comparison with other countries such as the UK and as such the range of bankruptcy alternatives is limited.Bankruptcy is an option for any individual or company.The present Irish bankruptcy procedures are cumbersome and too costly to implement.It is an area in need of radical reform.However,the number of bankruptcies is increasing dramatically.
In bankruptcy cases, the Official Assignee in Bankruptcy, an officer of the Courts Service, is the trustee to whom this property is transferred. This is the person who administers the estate of bankrupt persons.Bankruptcy proceedings are brought in the High Court. The application for a bankruptcy order is filed in the Office of the Examiner of the High Court. Following this, the proceedings are dealt with by the High Court.The High Court makes a debtor bankrupt either at the request of a creditor or at his own request. In either case, this request is made in a document called a bankruptcy petition. This must be filed in the Office of the Examiner of the High Court.When the petition is filed, the petitioning creditor or debtor undertakes to the court to advertise notice of the bankruptcy in various newspapers. The advertisement must also contain details of the place, date and time of the next time this is before the court.The petitioner must also lodge €650.00 towards the costs and outlays of the bankruptcy in the Official Assignee’s Office and give an undertaking to the Official Assignee as to the further costs and outlays which may be incurred.A creditor may petition for bankruptcy against a debtor where the debtor has committed an act of bankruptcy within the previous three months.All property held by you when you are made bankrupt vests in the Official Assignee for the benefit of your creditors.The role of the Official Assignee is to sell or otherwise dispose of this property and distribute the proceeds to your creditors.
A bankruptcy proceeding has two aims:
1. To give the individual a fresh start by freeing them from the pressures of creditors
2. To ensure that all assets, like property and investments, are distributed fairly among the creditors.
1. When bankrupt, you can’t apply for more credit.
2. It will cost you approximately €490 to declare yourself bankrupt.
3. If you own your own home, it might have to be sold
4. Some of your personal possessions might have to be sold, for example, its likely you will lose your car and any luxury items you own.
5. Many professions don’t let people who have been made bankrupt carry on working.
6. If you have a business, it’s more than likely that the Official Receiver will close down the business, dismiss your employees and sell off the assets.
7. Becoming bankrupt can affect you if you want to leave the country in the future.
8. Bankruptcy is not kept private. A list of bankrupt people is published on the internet and your case could also be published in your local newspaper.
9. When you are no longer bankrupt you could have another order, called a bankruptcy restriction order, made against you. These orders can be made, for example, where you did not co-operate with the Official Receiver, or you took on debts knowing that you had no hope of paying them back. They can last for 15 years and will make your financial affairs very restricted.
10. Bankruptcy can ruin your potential to run a business because you cannot trade under any other name.
11. A handful of bankruptcy cases are publically examined in court.
12. Your credit rating will be completely damaged for a long time, up to 6 years.
13. Student Loan debts will not be written off.
14. The Official Receiver may make you sell your most expensive and valuable assets.
15. You could lose your job and any chance of promotion.
16. You cannot be a director of a limited company.
17. If you are a professional, your status can be lost.
1. Their is no more pressure as you don’t have deal with the creditors anymore.
2. You are allowed to keep certain items, such as household goods and a reasonable amount to live on.
3. You can make a fresh start one year after the bankruptcy order is over.
4. All the debts you owe can usually be written off.
5. After a bankruptcy order, most creditors have to call off any court action.
6. Many creditors have to stop tracking you for the owed debts and make their claim to the trustee instead.
7. It’s the opportunity for a financial start over.
8. No more dealing with creditors
Unlike in many other countries such as the UK and USA where bankruptcy legislation has been modernised to enable people with overwhelming debts to obtain access to the protection of the courts relatively easily, Ireland’s bankruptcy legislation is arguably out of date and in much need of modernisation.Because of the complexities of the current bankruptcy legislation in Ireland many people feel that obtaining a discharge from bankruptcy may realisticaly be complicated and as such prefer to deal with their debt problems without entering into the Irish bankruptcy process. Discharge form bankruptcy in Ireland can be achieved in a number of ways.It is worth noting however that enough funds must have been realised in the via the bankruptcy in order to cover the costs, fees, expenses and preferential debts arising in the bankruptcy.Where the bankruptcy has lasted for twelve years,the debtor’s property has been fully realised, and the court is satisfied that the debtor has disclosed any property acquired since bankruptcy and that it would be reasonable and proper to discharge the debtor from bankruptcy.Where the debtor’s creditors have been paid in full,together with such interest as the court allows.
The Law Reform Commission has published new proposed bankruptcy legislation.The Law Reform Commission’s Report is on Personal Debt Management and Debt Enforcement.The Commission’s 440 page Report makes 200 recommendations for reform, and also includes a draft Personal Insolvency Bill.Under Ireland’s Memorandum of understanding with the International Monetary Fund, new personal bankruptcy legislation must be passed by the first Quarter 2012. It is clear that the proposed legislation, if passed, will present much more option options to individuals facing bankruptcy.
The main recommendations in the Report are:
1. Debt Enforcement Office to oversee non-judicial debt settlement system
A small Debt Enforcement Office would oversee throughout the State the proposed new non-judicial debt settlement arrangements.
2. Two new processes: Debt Settlement Arrangement and Debt Relief Order
3. Proportionate and holistic debt enforcement mechanisms
4. Replacing outdated processes and abolishing imprisonment for debt
5. Judicial personal insolvency law: reform of the Bankruptcy Act 1988.
The main recommendations are:
1. automatic discharge from bankruptcy after 3 years, subject to: leaving the bankrupt’s full estate in the bankruptcy; and allowing the High Court’s Official Assignee in Bankruptcy to order the bankrupt make repayments for up to 5 years
2. increase from €1,900 to €50,000 the minimum debt level required to bring a creditor’s bankruptcy petition
3. significant reduction in number of priority debts in bankruptcy
4. introduce system for bankruptcy similar to the procedures for the restriction and disqualification of company directors
6. Regulation of debt collection undertakings
A licensing system would be introduced to regulate debt collection undertakings, which representative bodies in the sector have already supported. This would also put existing voluntary codes of practice on a statutory footing.The licensing system would also deal with unprofessional debt collection undertakings and debt collectors who engage in criminal acts such as harassment.The Commission considers that the regulation of debt collection undertakings should be seen in the wider context of the proposed regulation of money advisers which may form part of a Central Bank Reform Bill due to be published shortly. While money advice and debt collection involve different activities, they are closely connected and the Commission suggests one regulatory body should be responsible for both.
- Hardcover:416 pages
- Publisher:Sphere (10 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4 cm
About the Author
Author: Nicholas Shaxson
- Paperback:336 pages
- Publisher:Bodley Head (6 Jan 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
* Dirty money, tax havens and the offshore system describe the ugliest and most secretive chapter in the history of global economic affairs.
* Tax havens have declared war on honest, law-abiding people around the world.
* Wealthy individuals hold over ten trillion dollars offshore.
* Tax havens are the most important single reason why poor people and poor countries stay poor.
* Britain and the United States are the world’s two most important tax havens.
* Tax havens now lie at the very heart of the global economy. Over half of world trade, and most international lending, is processed through them.
* Tax havens have been instrumental in nearly every major economic event, in every big financial scandal, and in every financial crisis since the 1970s, including the latest global economic crisis. Treasure Islands will show how this happens and reveal what the economics text books will not tell you.
About the Author
- Paperback:584 pages
- Publisher:Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 2 edition (19 Nov 2009)
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.6 x 3.6 cm
The Financial Times Guide to Investingis the definitive introduction to the art of successful stock market investing. Beginning with the very basics of why companies need investors and explaining what investors do, Glen Arnold takes you through the practicalities of buying and selling shares. He describes different types of investment vehicles and advises you how you can be successful at picking companies, understanding their accounts, managing a sophisticated portfolio, measuring performance and risk and setting up an investment club.
The second edition of this bestselling introduction to investing explains how the financial markets operate, shows you what you need to know to be successful and encourages you to follow and act on your own judgements. Thoroughly updated to help you invest with skill and confidence, new sections include:
- Online investing, website information and tools including screenshots and virtual portfolios as well as computerised counterparty trading
- Detailed updating of tax rates and legislation, increases in ISA allowances and revisions to capital gains tax
- A jargon-busting glossary to help you understand words, phrases and investing concepts
- Recent Financial Times articles and tables which illustrate and expand on case studies and examples
- Up-to-date statistics on the returns you can expect on shares and bonds Investing can be profitable and fun and The Financial Times Guide to Investing 2nd edition, explains step-by-step both the essentials of investing as well as describing how the financial markets really work. It details the practicalities of investing, such as how to go about buying shares and describes the variety of financial securities you can buy, from bonds and unit trusts through to exchange traded funds.
Exploding the myths that only the wealthy can afford to buy and sell shares and showing you why you can be just as successful trading on your own as you would be by employing a fund manager, this authoritative guide book will help you build a profitable personal financial portfolio.
- What is investment
- The rewards of investment
- Understanding stock markets
- Using the financial media
- Buying and selling shares
- Pooled investments
- Investing in bonds
- Futures and options
- Financial spreadbetting
- Analysing companies and industries
- Mastering company reports and accounts
- Key investment ratios and measures
- Tricks of the accounting trade
- Managing your portfolio
- Mergers and takeovers
- Taxation and investors
- Measuring performance
- Investor protection
- Investment clubs
About the Author
Glen Arnold is a businessman, investor and a professor of finance at Salford University. He’s the author of numerous finance and investing books including Corporate Financial Management, The Handbook of Corporate Finance and The Financial Times Guide to Value Investing, all published by Financial Times-Prentice Hall.
- Paperback:856 pages
- Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (2 Mar 2009)
- Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.2 x 3.8 cm
About the Author
Author: Michael Korda
- Hardcover:784 pages
- Publisher:JR Books Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Mar 2011)
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 6.8 cm
About the Author
Title: Confessions of a GP
Author: Benjamin Daniels Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: The Friday Project; (Reissue) edition (4 Aug 2011)
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can’t remember why he’s come to see the doctor. A woman with a common cold demanding (but not receiving) antibiotics. A man with a sore knee. A young woman who has been trying to conceive for a while but now finds herself pregnant and isn’t sure she wants to go through with it. A 7-year-old boy with ‘tummy aches’ that don’t really exist.
These are his patients.
Confessions of a GP is a witty insight into the life of a family doctor. Funny and moving in equal measure it will change the way you look at your GP next time you pop in with the sniffles.
About the Author
Dr Benjamin Daniels is a GP. That is about as much as we can reveal about him
Title: The Intelligent Investor Collins Business Essentials)
Author: Benjamin Graham
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition edition (23 Oct 2003)
Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 4.2 cm
The classic bestseller by Benjamin Graham, “The Intelligent Investor” has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham’s book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of “value investing”, which helps protect investors against the areas of possible substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies with which they will be comfortable down the road. Over the years, market developments have borne out the wisdom of Graham’s basic policies, and in today’s volatile market, “The Intelligent Investor” is the most important book you will ever read on making the right decisions to protect your investments and make them a success. Featuring new chapter updates – which append every chapter of Graham’s book, leaving his original text untouched – from noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, this HarperBusiness Essentials edition of the timeless classic offers readers an even clearer understanding of Graham’s wisdom as it should be applied today.
About the Author
Benjamin Graham was the most influential investor of all time. His work laid the foundation of modern security analysis and The Intelligent Investor is considered to be the definitive text on value investing. His life and work have been the inspiration for many of today’s most successful businesspeople. Updated edition Jason Zweig, a respected financial journalist, writes for Money magazine. He was recently awarded the 2002 Excellence in Investor Education Award for his dedication to informing and educating the public on value investing.
Title: The Sentry: A Joe Pike Novel
Author: Robert Crais
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Orion (3 Mar 2011)
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.6 cm
Dru Rayne and her uncle are Louisiana refugees who relocated to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. Now, five years after the storm, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a neighbourhood gang intent on extorting protection money, he offers his own brand of protection. But neither Dru nor her uncle want his help – and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store — agents who seem more than willing to let the gang have their way. But Pike is falling for Dru, and won’t back away whether she wants his help or not. As the violence escalates, the gang targets Pike, who, with Elvis Cole’s help, learns that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem. It soon emerges that everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans have been lies. Now, a vengeful and murderous force from their past is catching up with them, pitting Pike and Cole against the combined forces of South American crime lords, rogue federal agents, and contract assassins on the bloody hunt for twelve million dollars in missing stolen cash.
About the Author
Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. Crais began a successful career in television in the 1970s, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY & LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In addition to the Cole & Pike novels, he has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family.