Weed by David Schmader

Today is the publication date of an exciting new book Weed by David Schmader. The debate around weed legalisation has been particularly lively in the past year. From the Liberal Democrats’ general election-proposal to legalise weed from calls from Russell Brand at the Labour Party Conference to an important event run by the Adam Smith Institute at the Conservative Party Conference this week, it seems that everyone is finally taking the issue seriously.

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.

“A witty guide full of history, recipes, safety and legality tips, and medical information.”
—Publishers Weekly

“[Weed] is smoothly written and completely thought out, covering the basics of usage (smoking, vaping, consuming edibles, and applying the substance topically) as well as ‘marijuana etiquette’ (don’t bogart, man!). There are recipes for classic pot brownies and cannabis-infused oil, and humor reigns the day (the advice for scoring includes offering homemade banana bread to the neighbors if you’ve ever smelled pot smoke wafting from their door). It’s irreverent, to be sure, but serious advice includes what do to if you’re high, and don’t want to be, as well as a chapter on safety and legality.”
—Booklist

Weed: The User’s Guide is an encyclopedia of marijuana history, use, and culture for those questions you’re afraid to ask at your friendly neighborhood pot shop…The book is hilarious and entertaining and thoroughly Schmader-y.”
Seattle Weekly

Find Weed by David Schmader here: http://bit.ly/2wDXSCA

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Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Two centuries after his death Alexander Hamilton is headline news again.

He is one of the most compelling of America’s Founding Fathers, an orphan who came to America with little but ambition. He went on to become a General in the Revolutionary War, created the US’s financial system and is immortalised on the $10 bill.

Hamilton’s life is fascinating, and it can serve as an example to us all. For anyone interested in success, romance, money, honour or duelling Hamilton has worthwhile advice.

Combining biography and history with humour, this is advice that has survived for over three hundred years:
Seduce with your strengths
Go to war for your promotion
Being right trumps being popular
Learn from your enemies

Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life is a perfect accompaniment to the US musical Hamilton arriving in the UK, about which Barack Obama said “It’s brilliant”.

Out early next month, preorder your copy here: http://bit.ly/2g4esG5

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Back to University

University term time is coming up and for many students that means the opportunity to try new things. For many students this will likely mean smoking marijuana for the first time. It’s important that students understand what they are doing and Weed: The User’s Guide by David Schmader is the 21st century guide to enjoying marijuana.

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.

David Schmader outlines weed’s 12,000 year history, from the questions: “Was Jesus a stoner?” and “Did cannabis create civilization?” to the criminalisation of marijuana in the twentieth-century (despite the objections of the American Medical Association) and the recent world-wide campaigns for legalization.

Complete with ways to enjoy weed, recipes, safety and legality tips, this witty guide is preparation for the new world of decriminalised recreational marijuana. It is a guide to the types of marijuana available, their differing potencies, how to maximize your experience, as well as safety and health tips (but “what you won’t find in this book is reckless encouragement to smoke marijuana”) and an outline to how medicinal marijuana can help differing health conditions. Weed is an easily understood education in the world of marijuana but, mostly, a fun guide to getting high safely.

Find Weed by David Schmader here: http://bit.ly/2wDXSCA

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Weed by David Schmader

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

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Horse Gaits

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

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Find Horse Gaits here: http://bit.ly/2fi3fBk

Gift of Dyslexia

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.”

‘Daily Express’

“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.”

‘The Times’

 

Find The Gift of Dyslexia here: http://bit.ly/2eZvodG

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Brian Aldiss

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.

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Find The Hand-Reared Boy here: http://bit.ly/2xnIF9r