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Coast (Paperback, New title): Libby Purves Coast (Paperback, New title)
Libby Purves
R302 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R73 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A stunning glimpse of some of Britain's finest coastline, from the granite columns of the Giant's Causeway on the Northern Irish coast and the rocky cliffs of Wales and South West England to the great open horizons of the East Anglian shore. However, this is not just a celebration of Britain's beauty, but an investigation into the preservation and maintenance of the UK's coastline. The Trust owns a remarkable amount of coastline, looking after it not only as a landlord and at times a harbourmaster, but caring for natural habitats, archaeological sites and historic buildings. Here is a chance to view some of the most unforgettable images of, and discover less-known truths about, our extraordinary coastline.

Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback): Stella Gibbons Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback)
Stella Gibbons; Introduction by Libby Purves 1
R248 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R44 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Robert Poste's child is back at Cold Comfort Farm. But all is not well. Flora finds the farm transformed into a twee haven filled with Toby jugs and peasant pottery, and rooms labeled 'Quiete Retreate' and 'Greate laundrie.' It is, Flora winces, 'exactly like being locked in the Victoria and Albert Museum after closing time'.
Worse, the farm is hosting a conference of the pretentious International Thinkers Group--a group made up of the 'sadistic owl' Mr. Peccavi, loathsome Mr. Mybug and the overpowering Mrs. Ernestine Thump.
And worst of all, there are no Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. All the he-cousins have gone abroad to make their fortunes and the female cousins are having a pretty thin time of it. Once again the sensible Flora decides to take the situation in hand.

How Not to Be a Perfect Mother (Paperback, New edition): Libby Purves How Not to Be a Perfect Mother (Paperback, New edition)
Libby Purves
R252 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R67 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fresh new look brings this parenting classic up-to-date for a new generation of mothers and mothers-to-be. Taking an irreverent and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of motherhood, Radio 4's Libby Purves has created an invaluable survival guide so that even the most unpromising madonna can cope with the baby years. This is a parenting book with a difference- rather than a serious tome laying down the law, Libby Purves' lighthearted book shamelessly describes how to cut the corners and bend the rules that never mattered much anyway. Forget the other parenting books that hide the real truth- this is the true battle manual for mothers on the front line! This timeless guide to coping with motherhood has been revised, bringing it up-to-date for a whole new generation of mothers and mothers-to-be. Based on Libby Purves' own experience of domestic havoc with two babies and on the wit and wisdom of fifty like-minded mothers, this motherhood companion guide is full of down-to-earth tips and hilarious anecdotes. Topics covered include pregnancy, preschoolers, sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers. This is an invaluable guide to being an imperfect mother- and, more importantly, enjoying it.

Mischief Among the Penguins Paperback - Hand (man) wanted for long voyage in small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much... Mischief Among the Penguins Paperback - Hand (man) wanted for long voyage in small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure. (Paperback, New edition)
H.W. Tilman; Foreword by Libby Purves; Afterword by Tom Cunliffe
R341 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R45 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Hand (man) wanted for long voyage in small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure.' So read the crew notice placed in the personal column of The Times by H.W. 'Bill' Tilman in the spring of 1959. This approach to selecting volunteers for a year-long voyage of 20,000 miles brought mixed seafaring experience: 'Osborne had crossed the Atlantic fifty-one times in the Queen Mary, playing double bass in the ship's orchestra'. With unclimbed ice-capped peaks and anchorages that could at best be described as challenging, the Southern Ocean island groups of Crozet and Kerguelen provided obvious destinations for Tilman and his fifty-year-old wooden pilot cutter Mischief. His previous attempt to land in the Crozet Islands had been abandoned when their only means of landing was carried away by a severe storm in the Southern Ocean. Back at Lymington, a survey of the ship uncovered serious Teredo worm damage. Tilman, undeterred, sold his car to fund the rebuilding work and began planning his third sailing expedition to the southern hemisphere. Mischief among the Penguins (1961), Tilman's account of landfalls on these tiny remote volcanic islands, bears testament to the development of his ocean navigation skills and seamanship. The accounts of the island anchorages, their snow-covered heights, geology and in particular the flora and fauna pay tribute to the varied interests and ingenuity of Mischief's crew, not least after several months at sea when food supplies needed to be eked out. Tilman's writing style, rich with informative and entertaining quotations, highlights the lessons learned with typical self-deprecating humour, while playing down the immensity of his achievements.

"Yachting Monthly's" This Cruising Life - A Collection of Amusing Stories from the Popular Yachting Monthly Column... "Yachting Monthly's" This Cruising Life - A Collection of Amusing Stories from the Popular Yachting Monthly Column (Paperback)
Libby Purves; Illustrated by Mike Peyton
R278 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R53 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Libby Purves puts her finger right on the nub of what makes cruising so enjoyable, so amusing and so exasperating in her popular column in Yachting Monthly. By popular request, this book gathers together the best of that column.

Do You Think You're Clever? - The Oxford and Cambridge Questions (Paperback): John Farndon, Libby Purves Do You Think You're Clever? - The Oxford and Cambridge Questions (Paperback)
John Farndon, Libby Purves 1
R252 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happens if I drop an ant? What books are bad for you? What percentage of the world's water is contained in a cow? The Oxbridge undergraduate interviews are infamous for their unique ways of assessing candidates, and from these peculiar enquiries, professors can tell just how smart you really are. John Farndon has collected together 75 of the most intriguing questions taken from actual admission interviews and gives full answers to each, taking the reader through the fascinating histories, philosophies, sciences and arts that underlie each problem. This is a book for everyone who likes to think they're clever, or who thinks they'd like to be clever. And cleverness is not just knowing stuff, it's how laterally, deeply and interestingly you can bend your brain. Guesstimating the population of Croydon, for example, opens a chain of thought from which you can predict the strength of a nuclear bomb ...and that's just the start of it.

A Little Learning - Broodings from the Back of the Class (Paperback, New Ed): Libby Purves A Little Learning - Broodings from the Back of the Class (Paperback, New Ed)
Libby Purves
R941 Discovery Miles 9 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This lively selection brings together journalist and broadcaster Libby Purvesa (TM) experiences as journalist, parent, governor and former pupil of half a dozen assorted schools from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, displaying her eclectic and provocative opinions and ideas on teaching and learning. This collection of the best of her writing in the Times Educational Supplement covers - sometimes thoughtfully, sometimes mockingly - everything from national policy to the eccentricities of headteachers and the limitations of IT.

Education professionals over the years have received her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, inspiration and occasional fury. From ministerial madness to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of teenagers, this book is dedicated to the amusement of a cadre of professionals Libby once planned to join, until she lost her nerve. It is dedicated, with thanks and admiration, to all teachers.

A A Free Woman - A Free Woman Complete & Unabridged (Audio cassette): Libby Purves A A Free Woman - A Free Woman Complete & Unabridged (Audio cassette)
Libby Purves; Read by Juliet Prague
R1,964 Discovery Miles 19 640 Out of stock
Continental Drift (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Libby Purves Continental Drift (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Libby Purves
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Out of stock

Henry is a radio DJ: young hip and single, but fretting about his little son. Philip is an ex-MP, ruined by scandal and disowned by his party; Diana, his long-suffering wife, is struggling to find a life of her own. Marianne is three stone overweight after glumly replacing her husband with chocolate eclairs and gin. Lizzie is battling with illness and trying not to think about it. Into their lives, by accident, comes Eva: a naive and happy Polish backpacker working her way round Europe. As the values of their comfortable world clash with those of emerging Eastern Europe, the five English characters find comedy, tragedy and romance unfolding with bewildering speed.

In the Cage (Paperback, first single volume ed): Henry James In the Cage (Paperback, first single volume ed)
Henry James; Foreword by Libby Purves
R342 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R23 (7%) Out of stock

In this small masterpiece of unrequited love, Henry James, as in his greatest novels, depicts a moral consciousness torn between emotional impulses and the demands of society. Working in a post office in Mayfair, a young woman is exposed to the cryptic but alluring correspondence of the social elite, and in particular, to lines written by the dashing Captain Everard. As she memorizes the messages he telegraphs, she becomes increasingly attracted to the life described to her, fixated by scandal and gossip a world apart from her ordinary existence.

A Little Learning - Broodings from the Back of the Class (Hardcover, New edition): Libby Purves A Little Learning - Broodings from the Back of the Class (Hardcover, New edition)
Libby Purves
R3,240 Discovery Miles 32 400 Out of stock

This lively selection brings together journalist and broadcaster Libby Purvesa (TM) experiences as journalist, parent, governor and former pupil of half a dozen assorted schools from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, displaying her eclectic and provocative opinions and ideas on teaching and learning. This collection of the best of her writing in the Times Educational Supplement covers - sometimes thoughtfully, sometimes mockingly - everything from national policy to the eccentricities of headteachers and the limitations of IT.

Education professionals over the years have received her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, inspiration and occasional fury. From ministerial madness to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of teenagers, this book is dedicated to the amusement of a cadre of professionals Libby once planned to join, until she lost her nerve. It is dedicated, with thanks and admiration, to all teachers.

Mother Country (Paperback, New ed): Libby Purves Mother Country (Paperback, New ed)
Libby Purves
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

Everyone agreed that Shark Grayson wasn't fit to keep her baby. A herion addict, living in a sordid London squat, she was already close to death when her American lover took charge, carrying of the baby Alexander to give him an affluent future and a loving home in the Midwest. But now Alex is 27 and afflicted by his lost roots and a romantic vision of England. When a business trip provides the chance to go and trace his unknown relatives, he discovers that while some British people are, indeed, very hard to get along with, others turn out to be more closely akin to him that he ever could have imagined. Novelist Libby Purves is an award-winning cloumnist for "The Times; she is also a recipient of an O.B.E. for her services to journalism.

Casting Off (Paperback, New ed): Libby Purves Casting Off (Paperback, New ed)
Libby Purves
R112 R90 Discovery Miles 900 Save R22 (20%) Out of stock
A Long Walk in Wintertime (Hardcover): Libby Purves A Long Walk in Wintertime (Hardcover)
Libby Purves
R267 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R53 (20%) Out of stock
Home Leave (Hardcover): Libby Purves Home Leave (Hardcover)
Libby Purves
R267 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R53 (20%) Out of stock
More Lives Than One (Hardcover): Libby Purves More Lives Than One (Hardcover)
Libby Purves
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Out of stock
Nature's Masterpiece (Paperback): Libby Purves Nature's Masterpiece (Paperback)
Libby Purves
R158 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R31 (20%) Out of stock
A Free Woman (Hardcover): Libby Purves A Free Woman (Hardcover)
Libby Purves
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Out of stock

Sarah Penn and Maggie Reave are sisters, who are very different. Sarah has married kind, reliable Leo and settled contentedly into small-town life. Maggie, light-hearted and footloose, has spent fifteen years drifting round the world with a backpack. Now Maggie has come home, to a dank, dull British winter. Just for a few months, she says, while she learns Chinese for the next expedition. The Penn children are delighted: the boys revel in her tales of pamperos and pythons, and anxious fifteen-year-old Samantha is only too glad to have someone to help her with a pregnancy test. Even Leo, struggling with a precarious family bookshop, finds a use for his wayward sister-in-law. Fate, however, has an unexpected adventure in store; it rocks the whole family, bringing up dark shadows from their common past, and confronts Maggie with the hardest decision of her life.

A Free Woman (Paperback, New ed): Libby Purves A Free Woman (Paperback, New ed)
Libby Purves 1
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

Sarah Penn and Maggie Reave are sisters, as different as a tabby and a tiger. Sarah has married kind, reliable Leo and settled contentedly into small-town life. Maggie, light-hearted and footloose, has spent fifteen years drifting round the world with a backpack and a cheerful willingness to do any menial job as long as it has no future. But now Maggie has come home, pregnant, and undecided whether or not to keep the baby. And as she dicusses this with her sister, lets slip that she's had an abortion before, and that the father was Maggie's husband. This throws everything into confusion, but Christmas brings reconciliation and a new baby.

Mother country (Hardcover): Libby Purves Mother country (Hardcover)
Libby Purves 1
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock
Radio - A True Love Story (Hardcover): Libby Purves Radio - A True Love Story (Hardcover)
Libby Purves 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Out of stock

Libby Purves has had an ongoing love affair with the radio since her childhood, when she saved her pocket money to buy a DIY transistor set. This was the 1950s, pre-television, when the family would gather round the "wireless" to listen to classic shows such as "The Glums" and "Listen With Mother". Libby's enthusiasm lasted through the teenage years of Radio Luxemburg and pirate station Caroline, and while at university she answered an ad for student volunteers for Radio Oxford. From then on she was hooked and entered the BBC as a trainee Programme Operations Assistant. The next 30 years saw her as one of the most successful and popular BBC Radio 4 broadcasters, working on "The Today Programme", "Midweek" and "The Learning Curve". In this book, she takes readers behind the scenes of these programmes with anecdotes about the personalities involved, near-disasters and triumphs, and also makes a plea for continued funding and support for the radio.

Continental drift (Hardcover): Libby Purves Continental drift (Hardcover)
Libby Purves 1
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Out of stock

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see yourselves clearly... Henry is a young, hip, radio DJ; Philip is an ex-MP ruined by scandal and disowned by his party; Diana, his long-suffering wife; Marianne's replaced her husband with chocolate eclairs and gin; and Lizzie is battling with illness. When Eva, a naive and happy Polish backpacker comes into their lives, the values of their comfortable world clash with those of Eastern Europe. And the five English characters find comedy, tragedy and romance unfolding with bewildering speed.

Continental Drift (Paperback, New Ed): Libby Purves Continental Drift (Paperback, New Ed)
Libby Purves 2
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see yourselves clearly . . . Henry is a young, hip, radio DJ; Philip is an ex-MP ruined by scandal and disowned by his party; Diana, his long-suffering wife; Marianne's replaced her husband with chocolate eclairs and gin; and Lizzie is battling with illness. When Eva, a naive and happy Polish backpacker comes into their lives, the values of their comfortable world clash with those of Eastern Europe. And the five English characters find comedy, tragedy and romance unfolding with bewildering speed.

Acting Up (Hardcover): Libby Purves Acting Up (Hardcover)
Libby Purves
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Out of stock

The Andersons are a military family with honours and traditions stretching back 200 years. When the second Iraq war breaks out, it is only natural that their newest generations should be represented in the ranks of British officers.

Shadow Child (Hardcover): Libby Purves Shadow Child (Hardcover)
Libby Purves 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Out of stock

'Family love is one of the most powerful elemental forces on earth, and at that moment, our last moment as a unit of three, we rode a great curling triumphant wave of it, all together. Death may have thought that he won, but I think otherwise.' There is no right way to deal with the loss of a beloved son. Marion and Tom are doing their dignified best, but their own relationship is taking a battering. So when a fierce, strange woman turns up and demands to see the dead boy, Marion is almost glad of the distraction. Against Tom's wishes, she determines to find out more about her son's life away from home. The quest takes her out of her comfortable, conventional world to a shabby office in East London, and a series of shocks. Tom, furious, finds his own solution, and amid scandal, sorrow and exaltation the quiet Middle-Englanders discover that there is more than one kind of family.

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