There has been a great debate in recent months about legalizing weed. One particularly excellent addition to the debate was Professor Green’s recent documentary ‘Is it Time to Legalise Weed?’ (available on iPlayer here http://bbc.in/2v9YvY2). Professor Green sets out on a journey that takes him from drug-stash robbers on the streets to senior politicians in Westminster, to discover “what weed is now”.
The economic argument for legalizing weed has been particularly important. The Liberal Democrats included legalization as part of their general election manifesto and made the claim that a regulated cannabis market in the UK would raise £1bn annually. In an article in The Guardian from May 17th entitled ‘Liberal Democrats: we would raise £1bn in tax by legalising cannabis’ (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/17/liberal-democrats-1bn-tax-legalising-cannabis) Jessica Elgot reports that according to research commissioned by Nick Clegg when he was deputy prime minister estimated that ‘aggregate annual government benefits would be between £750m and £1.05bn.’
In this context, we are pleased to publish Weed by David Schmader next month.
The vast majority of marijuana users are high-functioning, life-loving, adults—from lawyers to authors, even parents— Weed is a tour guide to the current state of recreational marijuana, from types of ingestion to the available varieties (and their differing potencies).
This definitive, hands-on, guide will educate and entertain the novice and experienced user alike. Complete with history, ways to enjoy, recipes, safety and legality tips, and medical-use information, this witty guide is perfect for the new world of decriminalised recreational marijuana.
Written to answer all the basic questions that many are too frightened to ask, full of facts and practical information and wittily entertaining.
Find Weed by David Schmader here: http://bit.ly/2wDXSCA
Horses are born to move – a foal can walk, trop and gallop within hours of birth. But not all horses move equally well and the way a horse moves can have a real impact on how you ride. In Horse Gaits, Susan Harris presents more than 300 eye-opening drawings that show you exactly how horses move. She illustrates movement common to all horses, pinpoints movement problems, reveals how a human in the saddle affects a horse’s movement and helps you become a better, more accomplished rider.
Illustrated with 300 colour drawings that show exactly how horses move, illustrating movements common to all horses and pinpointing movement problems. Everything a rider needs to become better and more accomplished.
Horse Gaits focuses on what is common and natural to all breeds of horses, appeals to everyone involved with horses from riders, trainers and, even, competition judges.
‘It is … revolutionary and marvellously illustrated.’
Jilly Cooper, author of Riders
Find Horse Gaits here: http://bit.ly/2fi3fBk
Like other dyslexics, Ronald Davis had unusual gifts of creativity and imagination, but couldn’t function ‘properly’ at school; it wasn’t until he was an adult that he discovered techniques that allowed him to read easily.
Written from personal experience of having dyslexia, this breakthrough book offers unique insights into the learning problems and stigmas faced by those with the condition, and provides the author’s own tried and tested techniques for overcoming and correcting it.
The experience of being dyslexic is fully explained, from its early development to how it becomes gradually entrenched, as a child comes to rely on non-verbal perception. Davis demonstrates that people with dyslexia have special talents of perception, imagination and intuition, which can be used to enable them to master the problems they have with reading and mathematics. He shows how the dyslexic mind works and how problems are compounded through failure and frustration.
Ronald Davis was told at age 18 that he would never be able to read properly, and was diagnosed in his twenties with dyslexia. After a successful business career Ronald Davis discovered that he and other dyslexics thought in terms of three-dimensional pictures rather than words, which made learning to read by conventional methods difficult. He has gone on to found the Davis Dyslexia Association International, which teaches his methods to thousands of children.
Here’s what others have said about The Gift of Dyslexia:
“A revolutionary training programme.”
“A system that uses models to represent difficult-to-grasp words is claiming remarkable success in treating dyslexia… 97 per cent success rate and is used in more than 30 countries.”
‘Times Educational Supplement’
“The Davis method… tackle(s) the causes of dyslexia… helping clients to understand and take control of their own thought processes.”
Find The Gift of Dyslexia here: http://bit.ly/2eZvodG
We were very sad to hear about the death of Brian Aldiss at the age of 92 this past weekend. One of the greatest science-fiction writers of his generation, ‘one of the most exhilarating aspects of reading Aldiss is the diversity of his imagination’ writes Christopher Priest in The Guardian. Like Philip Roth, Aldiss is credited with introducing a frank discussion of sexuality into the culture with The Hand-Reared Boy, a book every bit as transgressive and funny as Portnoy’s Complaint.
The Hand-Reared Boy is a landmark novel of our time. It was the first British novel to explore, frankly and with a gleeful honesty, the sexual awakening of a teenage boy. It was regarded as so outrageous that thirteen publishers initially refused to publish it. The Hand-Reared Boy no longer shocks, instead it stands as the classic novel of teenage self-discovery and the realisation of a young boy of love, and the fact that other people are more than sexual objects.
The Hand-Reared Boy is the exciting opening to the Horatio Stubbs trilogy and provoked shock (Rachel Cooke writing in The Observer that it was “So filthy, I read it with the door of my office closed, as if afraid of being caught.”) as well as wide literary claim when it was longlisted for the 1970 Lost Booker Prize. A great book that holds up astoundingly well, it is an excellent entry point into this great writers work.
Brian Aldiss was a bestselling writer since the 1950’s, and was best known for his science fiction. He won every major science fiction award (as well as influencing the work of Stanley Kubrick), three Hugo Awards (1962, 1973, 1987) and two British Science Fiction Association Awards (1972 and 1982). In addition, he also published poetry and autobiography. He will be greatly missed.
Find The Hand-Reared Boy here: http://bit.ly/2xnIF9r
Archery Anatomy by Ray Axford looks for the first time at archery techniques from the point of view of the interrelationship between the anatomy of the human body and the anatomy of the bow. By highlighting the primary power sources involved in the performance of the sport it enables coaches and archers alike to understand and perfect their skills in ways that use the natural movements of archer and bow in co-ordination.
Reprinted eight times, Archery Anatomy is the key book for the budding archer. Previous books have emphasised, quite rightly, the importance of the right mental approach to the sport – concentration, determination, motivation and visualisation. However, mental powers on their own are not enough to guarantee a good performance. Archery is a natural psychophysical motor skill that depends on efficient use of bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Archery Anatomy combines clear, accurate drawings and diagrams with explanatory text to provide a primer on the subject that is accessible even to those with no technological bias.
The book is not tied to any specific national or international rules; it can be used by archers throughout the world to gain an understanding of the bio-mechanics of the sport. Originating from the author’s awareness that the basic problems of most archers stemmed from their ignorance of these aspects, it should make an invaluable contribution to the overall improvement of performance standards.
Ray Axford took up archery in 1975 and qualified as a County Coach in 1982. He has coached throughout the South of the UK and has also lectured widely on human anatomy and biomechanics. He has provided illustrations for the National Coaching Manual and has written and illustrated articles for archery magazines.
“This is a book which everyone involved with the coaching or instruction of archery should possess, including those at the receiving end… The subject-matter and its presentation are such that they will still be valid for half a century hence, and probably for much longer.”
‘The British Archer’
Find Archery Anatomy here: http://souvenirpress.co.uk/product/archery-anatomy/
On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children.
Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city.
Nagasaki was published in paperback last week and has already garnered some excellent review coverage. Here’s what people are saying about the book:
“In-depth interviews with five particular survivors who were all within the radius of the bomb’s impact on that fatal morning. Their graphic descriptions of the aftermath of the nuclear explosion read like something straight out of hell: staggering heat, spontaneous fires, tornado-force winds, scenes of utter ruin.”
“Southard interviews Taniguchi and 12 others. On top of this, the book draws on the testimonies of those who rushed to help survivors in the aftermath, the people who tried to help Nagasaki rebuild and then manage the effect for years afterwards. It makes for devastating reading.”
‘Camden New Journal’
Find Nagasaki here: http://bit.ly/1ON1Iip
We are very excited to announce that Dr Barry Prizant has won the Dr. Temple Grandin Award for Outstanding Literary Work of the Year for Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism at the Autism Society 2017 Awards.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is now among the most commonly diagnosed developmental disabilities, affecting 1% of the population. Uniquely Human is based on 40 years of practical experience with schools, hospitals, families and academic study.
Dr Prizant’s revolutionary approach is to understand autism as a different way of being human. By understanding autistic behaviours as responses based on that individual’s experiences he seeks to enhance the child’s abilities, teach skills and build coping strategies for a better quality of life.
With a wealth of inspiring stories and practical advice Uniquely Human conveys a deep respect for the qualities in people with autism that make them special. Offering a compassionate and insightful perspective, this groundbreaking perspective that could be life-changing and uplifting.
This is essential reading for any parent, teacher or therapist of a person with autism. An internationally acclaimed expert who views autism not as a disability but as a unique way of being human.
Find Uniquely Human here: http://bit.ly/2f4PaG9