Becky Smethurst: A Brief HIstory of Black Holes
Published 1st September 2022
Right now, you are orbiting a black hole.
Earth goes around the Sun, and the Sun goes around the centre of the
Milky Way: a supermassive black hole – the strangest and most
misunderstood phenomenon in the galaxy.
In A Brief History of Black Holes University
of Oxford astrophysicist, Dr Becky Smethurst charts the scientific
breakthroughs that have uncovered the weird and wonderful world of
black holes, from the collapse of massive stars to the iconic first
photographs of a black hole in 2019.
tale of discovery, you’ll learn: why black holes aren’t really ‘black’,
that you never ever want to be ‘spaghettified’, how black holes are
more like sofa cushions than hoovers, and why beyond the event horizon,
the future is a direction in space rather than in time. Full of wit and
learning, this captivating book explains why black holes contain the
secrets to the most profound questions about our universe.
Matthew Ball: The Metaverse
Published 19th July 2022
the leading theorist of the Metaverse comes the definitive account of
the next internet: what the Metaverse is, what it will take to build
it, and what it means for all of us.
term “Metaverse” is suddenly everywhere, from the front pages of
national newspapers and the latest fashion trends to the plans of the
most powerful companies in history. It is already shaping the policy
platforms of the US government, the European Union, and the Chinese
what, exactly, is the Metaverse? As pioneering theorist and venture
capitalist Matthew Ball explains, it is a persistent and interconnected
network of 3D virtual worlds that will eventually serve as the gateway
to most online experiences, and also underpin much of the physical
world. For decades, these ideas have been limited to science fiction
and video games, but they are now poised to revolutionise every
industry and function, from finance and healthcare to education,
consumer products, city planning, dating, and well beyond.
us on an expansive tour of the “next internet,” Ball demonstrates that
many proto-Metaverses are already here, such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox.
Yet these offer only a glimpse of what is to come. Ball presents a
comprehensive definition of the Metaverse before explaining the
technologies that will power it―and the breakthroughs that will be
necessary to fully realize it. He addresses the governance challenges
the Metaverse entails; investigates the role of Web3, blockchains, and
NFTs; and predicts Metaverse winners and losers. Most importantly, he
examines many of the Metaverse’s almost unlimited applications.
internet will no longer be at arm’s length; instead, it will surround
us, with much of our lives, labor, and leisure taking place inside the
Metaverse. Bringing clarity and authority to a frequently misunderstood
concept, Ball foresees trillions of dollars in new value―and the
radical reshaping of society.
Paul Sexton: Charlie's Good Night
Published 15th September 2022
Featuring forewords from bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, this is the official and fully authorised biography of the world’s most revered and celebrated drummer.
The newly formed Rolling Stones are on the hunt for a permanent
drummer. Their sights are set on Charlie Watts, a jazz musician already
well-known within London’s rhythm and blues clubs. Fortunately for
future Stones fans the world over, they persuade him to take on the job.
installed at the drum seat, Charlie would not miss a beat for the rest
of his life. He was there throughout the swinging sixties as the Stones
reached superstardom and for the well-documented debauchery of the
1970s, typified by the iconic album Exile on Main St.
Battling his own demons by the eighties, Charlie emerged unscathed,
cementing his reputation as the thoughtful, cultured but no less
compelling counterpoint to his more raucous bandmates.
almost 60 years – through all the band bust-ups, bereavements and
changes in personnel both on stage and off – Charlie remained the rock
at the heart of the Rolling Stones. At the same time, he was the
antithesis of the rock-star archetype, an intensely private man who
valued his family above all else.
Drawing on new interviews with his family, friends and former bandmates – including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – Charlie’s Good Tonight is the remarkable life story of Charlie Watts: official, authorised and as it’s never been told before.
Rebecca Wilson: Fast Family Food
Published 15th September 2022
Wilson shares a whole new range of simple, healthy and delicious
everyday meals that you can cook with just 10 minutes of prep time.
Wilson - the award-winning Sunday Times bestselling author, Instagram
sensation and mum behind the phenomenally popular family food account
@rebeccawilsonfood is on a mission to show you how to make quick and
impressive meals for all the family, even the littlest ones, to all
Packed with recipes for making the most of your slow cooker, stovetop, oven and more.
whether you need to whip up a quick on-the-go lunch, fill up your
freezer with batch-cooking saviours, or enjoy a comforting slow-cooked
dinner with your loved ones, Rebecca's ingenious, easy-to-follow and
stress-free recipes will soon become your family favourites, asked for
time and time again.
Sure to get your tastebuds tingling, this quick and easy cookbook promises:
- Over 100 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Features 80-100 all-new photographs
- Every recipe is analysed by paediatric dietitian Lucy Upton of The Feeding Trust
- Includes motivational parenting quotes throughout
provides plenty of options to suit all kinds of dietary needs and also
shares her top tips for freezing and reheating meals, how to keep
children entertained while you prep, and how to guide your child
through their weaning journey so that you can spend less time in the
kitchen and more time together around the table. All recipes featured
throughout this comfort cookbook are suitable for young children from
six months, and are irresistible for older siblings and adults too.
philosophy is that parents and carers can wean their babies,
introducing them to a variety of new foods, whilst sharing the same
meals alongside them. This means parents and carers can cook just once
for the entire family, no matter what age the little ones are. A
must-have cookbook for mums and family cooks looking for healthy meals
to nurture their young family, as well as environment-conscious
shoppers who want to enjoy convenience foods but without having to
worry about plastic consumption, additives and other nasties found in
mass-produced baby foods.
Cinzia Baylis-Zullo & Sophia Tuxford: The Girls' Bathroom
Published 4th August 2022
ALL THE LIFE ADVICE AND UPLIFTING CHAT YOU'D EXPECT IN THE GIRL'S BATHROOM ON A NIGHT OUT
all need incredible women in our life to build us up and keep us on
track. To give us those tips and tricks we never knew were essential,
and to advise us against making the same mistakes again and again.
In The Girls Bathroom, Sophia
& Cinzia, the girls behind the chart-topping podcast, will supply
you with all the girl chat, support and relationship advice you could
If you need help with:
- Learning how to keep your life organised and together
- Manifesting and achieving your goals
- Keeping your head in the dating world
- Embracing and falling in love with being independent or single
- Finding a healthy lifestyle that works for you
- Enjoying the present and being comfortable in your skin
Then this is the book for you.
their learnings, experiences and truth to the book, Sophia & Cinzia
will show you you're not alone. No topics are off limits.
THIS IS THE ONLY BOOK FOR YOUNG WOMEN FINDING THEIR WAY IN LIFE
Lucy Worsley: A Very Elusive Woman
Published 8th September 2022
did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was 'just' an
ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn't? As Lucy Worsley says, 'She
was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern'. She went surfing in Hawaii,
she loved fast cars, and she was intrigued by the new science of
psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness.
So why - despite all the evidence to the contrary - did Agatha present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure?
was born in 1890 into a world which had its own rules about what women
could and couldn't do. Lucy Worsley's biography is not just of an
internationally renowned bestselling writer. It's also the story of a
person who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an
astonishingly successful working woman.
access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy
Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us
realise what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was - truly a
woman who wrote the twentieth century.
Iain MacGregor: The Lighthouse of Stalingrad
Published 28th July 2022
The sacrifices that enabled the Soviet Union to defeat Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45 are
sacrosanct. The foundation of their eventual victory was laid during
the battle for the city of Stalingrad, resting on the banks of the
river Volga. For Germany, the catastrophic defeat was the beginning of
their eventual demise that would see the Red Army two years later flying their flag of victory above the Reichstag. Stalingrad is seen as the pivotal battle of the Second World War,
with over two million civilians and combatants either killed, wounded
or captured during the bitter winter of September 1942. Both sides
endured terrible conditions in brutal house-to-house fighting
reminiscent of the Great War.
Within this life-and-death struggle for the heart of the city and situated on the frontline was a key strategic building, codenamed: 'The Lighthouse'. Here, a small garrison of Red Army guardsmen withstood German aerial bombardments and fought off daily assaults of infantry and armour. Red Army newspaper reports at the time would be seized upon by the Moscow media needing
to place a positive spin on the fighting that had at one point looked
beyond salvation. By the end of the war, the story of this building
would gather further momentum to inspire Russians to rebuild their
destroyed towns and cities until it became the legend it is today,
renamed after the simple sergeant who had supposedly led the defence - 'Pavlov's House'.
In time for the eightieth anniversary, The Lighthouse of Stalingrad will shed fresh insight on
this iconic battle through the prism of the men who fought one another
over five months and the officers who commanded them. A riveting narrative,
informed by both German and Russian archives to unearth unpublished
memoirs and eyewitness testimonies from veterans and civilians alike,
this book will celebrate the real heroes and provide a truer picture of how this mighty battle finally ended.
Alan Taylor: The Alan Rickmam Diaries
Published 4th October 2022
Alan Rickman remains one of the most beloved actors of all time across almost every genre, from his breakout role as Die Hard's
villainous Hans Gruber to his heart-wrenching run as Professor Severus
Snape, and beyond. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice and the
knowing wit he brought to each role continue to captivate new audiences
But Rickman's artistry wasn't confined
to just his performances. Rickman's writing details the extraordinary
and the ordinary in a way that is anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy
and utterly candid. He takes us behind the scenes on films and plays
ranging from Sense & Sensibility, the Harry Potter series, Private Lives, My Name is Rachel Corrie and many more.
diaries run from 1993 to his death in 2016 and offer insight into both
a public and private life. Here is Rickman the consummate professional
actor, but also the friend, the traveller, the fan, the director, the
enthusiast: in short, the real Alan Rickman. Here is a life fully
lived, all detailed in intimate and characteristically plain-spoken
prose. Reading the diaries is like listening to Rickman chatting to a
Madly, Deeply also includes a selection of Rickman's early diaries, dating from 1974 to 1982, when his acting life first began.