Nagasaki

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.

To mark the 72nd anniversary of Nagasaki, we are publishing Susan Southard’s excellent account of the event and its aftermath. 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.

Susan Southard has interviewed the hibakusha over many years and her intimate portraits of their lives show the consequences of nuclear war. Nagasaki tells the neglected story of life after nuclear war and will help shape public debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.

“Susan Southard’s remarkable book… This is indeed a topical but enduringly relevant testament and one that should be read as widely as possible.”
Jeremy Corbyn

 

“Our time to understand the survivors’ experience of nuclear war is running out. Only they can tell us what it was like and their lives are coming to an end.”
New York Times

 

“Does for Nagasaki what John Hersey did for Hiroshima… Takes us beneath the mushroom cloud with harrowing, damning, eloquent intimacy.”
John W. Dower, Pulitzer-winning author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of WWII

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Published today, find Nagasaki here: http://bit.ly/1ON1Iip

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The FitMama Method

We’re very excited to announce as part of #BookLoversDay 10 limited edition copies of The FitMama Method by Marie Behenna. Available at only £15 you can get your copy with a personalised inscription from the author herself by contacting souvenirpress@souvenirpress.co.uk or Direct Message @SouvenirPress on Twitter.

The FitMamaMethod: Your Complete Guide to Confidence and Fitness for Birth has been devised by Marie Behenna based on her own experience of pregnancy and birth, and her work as a personal trainer. It encompasses not only exercise but also advice on diet, nutrition, posture, recovery and general well-being.

Marie Behenna has been preparing pregnant women for birth, both physically and mentally, for over twenty years, and by following her unique programme of gentle exercises, you’ll find that you gain confidence and knowledge as your pregnancy progresses. The FitMama™ Method will guide you through the physiological changes of pregnancy, the choices you can make during labour and delivery, and how to ensure a full and swift recovery. You won’t need complicated equipment and you can perform the exercises in the privacy of your own home.

The FitMama™ Method includes advice to the expectant dad and many ‘what you should know’ tips from previous FitMama™ programme participants.

Here are some of the reviews of the book:

“A brilliant, no-nonsense resource for women looking for advice on staying active throughout their pregnancies.”                                                                                                   ‘Bodyfit’

 

“Aims to help pregnant women and new mums look after their bodies… Easy to read and reassuring… An excellent way to be informed.”   –      Parents in Touch

 

“This useful book provides pregnant women with the tools to understand their bodies, exercises for how to keep fit during pregnancy and outlines how being fit and active during pregnancy can aid a better delivery experience.” – ‘The Green Parent’

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Telling Tales in Greek

We are very excited to publish Telling Tales in Greek by Lorna Robinson next month. A sequel to the acclaimed textbooks from the Iris Project Telling Tales in Latin and Distant Lands, Telling Tales in Greek is narrated by the chatty and wily Greek hero Odysseus, who introduces readers to some of the best-loved stories from Greek mythology.

‘I loved Greek myths and stories from a very young age, thanks largely to the Usborne Greek Myths and Legends, which my parents bought for me and my brother. I remember that it contained the most striking images and tales of strange creatures and vengeful gods. There was something unearthly and powerful about them, something that drew me in, and made me want to stay in that world to explore further.  A ghostly Cerberus, a huge minotaur with twisting horns, the faces of gods and heroes, all these looked out at me from those pages and lured me inside.’ – Lorna Robinson

Discover the tale of the Trojan War, and Odysseus’s long journey home: from the golden apple that sparked all the trouble, the great duel between Hector and Achilles as well as all the adventures, and weird and wonderful creatures, that Odysseus met along the way.

Along the way, readers pick up Ancient Greece’s alphabet and grammar, while exploring how Greek myths still speak to us today. Soham De’s illustrations bring the stories alive for a wide range of learners.

Telling Tales in Greek contain the vocabulary and grammar needed for the OCR Entry Level Greek qualification, making this book the ideal first introduction to Greek.

Here’s what people had to say about Telling Tales in Latin:

“Really inviting and engaging, with clear explanations and beautiful and fun illustrations by Soham De…an inviting, absorbing, and embracing learning experience…It’s a beautiful beginners’ book, the like of which most of us never had in the past, and I look forward to its success and the love that its students will have for it in years to come.” ‘The Classics Library’

 

“This would be an excellent choice of text to teach children aged 9 and upwards the rudiments of Latin, and as the book has all the vocabulary needed for the OCR exam, it is a very versatile text indeed.” ‘The Garden Window’ blog

 

Find Telling Tales in Greek here: http://bit.ly/2u4v2e1

Telling Tales in Latin: http://bit.ly/2obTyY6

Distant Lands: http://bit.ly/2vbCiYq

 

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International Beer Day!

Happy International Beer Day! Did you know Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids while consuming a healthy amount of beer or that beer contains a high level of silicon which increases the calcium deposits and minerals for healthy bone tissue? Beer is good for you. What better reason to go out and grab a beer on this great day?

Another way to celebrate is with Down Beer Street by Mika Rissanen & Juha Tahvanainen, a history of the world seen through a pint glass. Discover the decisive role beer has had in the course of history, how it is central to many European cultures and customs, inspired art and, even, brought armies together in a ceasefire in the midst of world war. The history of beer stretches back as far as humans have engaged in agriculture, it has been a basic food as long as bread.

Beer is thought to even predate bread as a basic foodstuff, and the history of beer stretches from mankind discovering agriculture all the way up to craft beers. Archaeologists have found Stone Age vessels that were used for fermenting beer from grain, and it is found in cultures as diverse as Mesopotamia, Egypt under the pharaohs and Greece. Down Beer Street outlines the entire history of beer in 24 chapters.

Christianity (especially the role of Irish monks) made beer respectable and commercial brewing began in monasteries in the Middle Ages. Down Beer Street explores beer’s influence in 24 key historical moments, from Martin Luther’s Reformation (and his favourite beer) and Peter the Great’s modernisation of Russia to the rise of the Nazis and Heineken’s role in football history.

Includes potted histories of some of the world’s most famous beers, from Guinness to Carlsberg, Whitbread Bitter, Spitfire Kentish Ale, to Peroni Nastro Azzurro and, even, Ur-Bock Dunkel (once Martin Luther’s favourite beer).

A celebration of the quirky, and influential, Down Beer Street will appeal to anyone who has watched ‘QI’; in a series of short, entertaining chapters the authors provide a pint-sized history of the world.

Find Down Beer Street here: http://bit.ly/2pkLyns 

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Amanda Waring and The Heart of Care

Did you catch The Victoria Derbyshire show this morning? Our very own Amanda Waring discussed the care homes shortfall on the programme. Care is a major issue in our society and Amanda’s words will enlighten and touch all who want to know more. You can find the programme here: http://bbc.in/2u3K4EL (the relevant section starts at 09:15)

The Heart of Care by Amanda Waring encourages all carers to look into themselves and question their attitudes, prejudices and behaviour. Combining anecdote, reminiscence, practical advice and role-model exercises that really work, Amanda Waring gently motivates and educates us all to be better carers. Acknowledging that the path can be hard, she includes tips and advice to keep carers engaged and motivated when the going gets tough. Essential reading for all who care for an elderly person, whether stranger or loved one, The Heart of Care promotes respect for the dignity and intrinsic worth of others, regardless of age or disability.

Don’t just listen to us, here’s what others thought of The Heart of Care:

“A timely reminder of the notion and importance of care in its most fundamental and basic terms, that of dignity, trust and compassion… Amanda Waring’s heartfelt enthusiasm… is certainly inspiring.” – ‘Journal of Community Care’

 

“A practical, supportive little book that would be of use to anyone caring for older people… its common-sense approach is refreshing.” – ‘Nursing Standard’

 

“Ways that could transform how we deliver care… promote better elder and end-of-life care.” – ‘The Lady’

 

“The author communicates her care and commitment in simple language… She communicates her message with clarity and passion… Her book will be helpful and stimulating in any care home.” – ‘Caring Times’

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Information about Amanda Waring’s second book The Carers Bible will be announced soon so watch this space!

Nagasaki at 70

The 9th of August marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of 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. Susan Southard has interviewed the hibakusha over many years and her intimate portraits of their lives show the consequences of nuclear war. Nagasaki tells the neglected story of life after nuclear war and will help shape public debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history. Nagasaki is the first study to be based on eye-witness accounts of Nagasaki in the style of John Hersey’s Hiroshima.

Praise for Nagasaki

“Susan Southard’s remarkable book… This is indeed a topical but enduringly relevant testament and one that should be read as widely as possible.” Jeremy Corbyn

 

“Our time to understand the survivors’ experience of nuclear war is running out. Only they can tell us what it was like and their lives are coming to an end.” New York Times

 

“Does for Nagasaki what John Hersey did for Hiroshima… Takes us beneath the mushroom cloud with harrowing, damning, eloquent intimacy.” John W. Dower, Pulitzer-winning author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of WWII

 

“It is the personal accounts that speak loudest.” The Economist

 

“Moving as an intimate chronicle of individual lives: like a good documentary film-maker, Southard allows her subjects, with all their attractive and quirky qualities, to speak for themselves.” Financial Times

 

“Provides the material and personal stories of one of the darkest days in human history… One of the definitive histories of the end of World War II. Essential.” Library Journal

 

Find Nagasaki here: http://bit.ly/1ON1Iip

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Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy is the trend of the summer. Writing in The Times, Fiona Wilson says: ‘In the past couple of years the art of modern calligraphy has exploded in the UK, with classes appearing across London and big brands from Mulberry to McDonald’s commissioning the work of young artists. The actress Meghan Markle, the girlfriend of Prince Harry, is doing it; before her career took off, she did calligraphy for Dolce & Gabbana and the wedding of the pop star Robin Thicke. “It’s super-lucrative,” she told Esquire.’

Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe is the book all of you wishing to take up modern calligraphy need.

Discover how to create your own unique script. Even though the art of calligraphy is centuries old, Molly Suber Thorpe is ready to teach anyone how to find their own unique style. All crafts, from knitting to making home decorations, have undergone a revival of popularity as they offer an escape from our increasingly digital world, as well as an opportunity to express your own creativity. Molly Suber Thorpe provides an accessible and comprehensive guide to getting started on your own calligraphic projects.

Crafts like Modern Calligraphy can sometimes be daunting, so here are some of the things users have said about the book:

‘The projects are quite nice, really inspiring and beautifully photographed and presented. I am quite pleased to have this book in my collection and believe I will come back to it when I have calligraphy projects in the future!’ – Amanda, Goodreads

‘I used this book as a guide for both the placecards and invitation envelopes at my wedding, and everything came out GORGEOUS. I was a complete novice to start, and went from never having held a calligraphy pen to very professional-looking placecards in the span of like 4 months.’ – Katie, Goodreads

‘I love this modern calligraphy trend and was so excited to find this book in which Ms. Thorpe generously tells you everything you need to know. I find myself trying it out on any little scrap of paper I can find. Nothing is safe! My organization bins are now all labeled in modern calligraphy.’ – Missy, Goodreads

Find Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe here: http://bit.ly/2mHVRQC

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