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The true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray, whose love is tested to the limit when their perfect life falls apart.
When Tom puts his small daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he has everything he could ever want - the house of his dreams, the life of a writer, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way. By the next morning, all of this is in jeopardy as Tom succumbs to the devastating illness that is sepsis.
As Tom and Nic battle to hold their family and their marriage together, the strength of their relationship is the only thing that can save them.
'We were doing about 620 miles-per-hour, 200 feet above the desert, in total darkness. Everything was running on rails as we approached the target. Then all hell broke loose. I remember the missile being fired at us; I broke left and shouted, "Chaff!" 'All I could see was a flame, like a very large firework, coming towards me. Then there was a huge white flash. I remember an enormous wind and then I was knocked unconscious. My last thoughts were that I was going to die.' The Royal Air Force's Tornado bomber was a Cold War invention, designed primarily to deliver tactical nuclear weapons onto Warsaw Pact targets in the hope of slowing a mass Soviet onslaught. We who flew her in the 1980s knew that if we ever went to war, there would be very little to come home to. Then, in 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighbouring Kuwait, setting in motion a chain of events that had unimaginable political, military and personal repercussions, which still reverberate around the globe today. This is the story of my fellow aircrew at the heart of Operation Desert Storm, almost none of whom had any prior experience of armed combat. It is the story of the Tornado's missions, of those who did not return - and of the families who watched and waited as one of the most complex conflicts in recent history unfolded live on television. It is a story of untold fear and suffering, and astounding courage in the face of what, for us, was hitherto unimaginable adversity. '"No! Not my dad!" I screamed. 'Suddenly, reality kicked in; all the pieces clicked into place - what I was seeing on the news, conversations at home between my parents about friends being killed in aircraft crashes... At 12 years old, a light was turned on in my head, and I understood what it all meant. I broke down in tears...'
'The epic story of an iconic aircraft and the breathtaking courage of those who flew her' Andy McNab, bestselling author of Bravo Two Zero 'Compelling, thrilling and rooted in quite extraordinary human drama' James Holland, author of Normandy 44 From John Nichol, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Spitfire, comes a passionate and profoundly moving tribute to the Lancaster bomber, its heroic crews and the men and women who kept her airborne during the country's greatest hour of need. 'The Avro Lancaster is an aviation icon; revered, romanticised, loved. Without her, and the bravery of those who flew her, the freedom we enjoy today would not exist.' Sir Arthur Harris, the controversial chief of Royal Air Force Bomber Command, described the Lancaster as his 'shining sword' and the 'greatest single factor in winning the war'. RAF bomber squadrons carried out offensive operations from the first day of the Second World War until the very last, more than five and a half years later. They flew nearly 300,000 sorties and dropped around a million tons of explosives, as well as life-saving supplies. Over 10,000 of their aircraft never returned. Of the 7,377 Lancasters built during the conflict, more than half were lost to enemy action or training accidents. The human cost was staggering. Of the 125,000 men who served in Bomber Command, over 55,000 were killed and another 8,400 were wounded. Some 10,000 survived being shot down, only to become prisoners of war. In simple, brutal terms, Harris's aircrew had only a 40 per cent chance of surviving the war unscathed. Former RAF Tornado Navigator, Gulf War veteran and bestselling author John Nichol now tells the inspiring and moving story of this legendary aircraft that took the fight deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.
Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Seb the dragon needs to peg his big socks up on the washing line, but the wind keeps blowing them off! This funny story was written by Clare Helen Welsh. Pink B/Band 1B offers emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. The focus sounds in this book are: /b/ /f/ ff Pages 14 and 15 contain a fun "I Spy" Letters and Sounds activity, which uses visual support to help children embed phonic knowledge. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.
A mother's gritty yet often humorous account of bringing up her five children in a lion research camp; a 21st-century My Family and Other Animals with a dark side
'An astonishing story ... Nicholls carries us through her experiences with a searing honesty that for me was hugely educational and deeply moving' – Jeremy Irons
'An unflinchingly brave, generous book filled with the wisdom of one who has seen both the beauty and the darkness the world has to give' – Sophie Dahl
'Read the whole beautiful book to the end. You'll never see another memoir like this' – Richard Dawkins
'A wonderfully rich and honest memoir of an extraordinary life by an extraordinary person . . . a special book' – Tim Butcher
'UNDER THE CAMELTHORN TREE is remarkable, wild as a pride of lions - heartbreaking, relentlessly truthful, funny. Kate Nicholls steps into life's beauties and hardships with a rare and extraordinary courage' – Erica Wagner, Harper's Bazaar
'A breathtaking memoir written with an abundance of wit, honesty and love.' – Harry Michell
Kate Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana: an experience that would change each of their lives. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, Kate home-schools her family while they also learn at first hand about the individual lives of wild lions. Their deep attachment to these magnificent animals is palpable.
The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When the author is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control.
In this powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir, we witness the devastation of living with a mother whose resilience is almost broken, and how familial structures shift as the children mature and roles change. Under the CamelthornTree addresses head-on the many issues surrounding motherhood, education, independence, and the natural world; and highlights the long-lasting effect of gender violence on secondary victims. Above all, it is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.
n Boek vir jong kinders wat belang stel in die planete, sterre, ruimtemanne, vuurpyle en ruimtestasies. Jong kinders kan op 'n pret en leersame wyse met belangrike feite oor die ruimtereis kennismaak, en aangemoedig word om self tonele te ontwerp met meer as 250 plakkers van onder andere ruimteskepe, -pakke en -toerusting, teleskope, maanwandelaars en buiteruimtelike wesens. Dit is ín kreatiewe en opwindende boek van die Britse uitgewershuis Usborne wat Protea Boekhuis in Afrikaans vertaal en aan 'n Suid-Afrikaanse mark bekendstel.
Indie crime thriller starring Nick Stahl as Noah Cordin, a young small-town detective investigating the accidental murder of an eight-year-old boy during a house robbery. Along with his partner, Leslie Spencer (Rachel Nichols), Noah must overcome the obstacles posed by small-town loyalties and deep-rooted suspicions to track down the perpetrators. Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer co-stars as Nat Collins, a local barmaid who appears to be implicated in the crime.
The crew of the Starship Enterprise come out of retirement when Earth is threatened by a massive energy field. Captain Kirk (William Shatner), now an Admiral, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of the television regulars are all on board for what proved to be the first of a series of movie adventures.
US Ambassador Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is persuaded to substitute a newborn baby whose mother has died in childbirth for his own stillborn son. By the age of five the child, Damien, seems to be exerting a malevolent influence on the Thorn household, suffering a violent fit when he is taken to church and causing his nanny to hang herself. Thorn searches for an answer to his son's behaviour and meets maverick priest Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who tries to convince him that Damien is in fact the Antichrist and must be stopped at all costs. The Ambassador at first dismisses this as the crazy rantings of a religious maniac, but subsequent events suggest that maybe the priest had a point.
Family comedy starring Ice Cube as Nick, a smooth operator who is interested in a young, attractive divorcee - Suzanne (Nia Long), mother of a 7-year-old-boy and an 11-year-old-girl. Trying to get together with Suzanne, Nick volunteers to bring her children to meet her out of town. Missing the plane, they must make the long journey by car. What Nick doesn't know is that Suzanne's children think that no man is good enough for their mum and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him.
Collection of 12 episodes from the classic science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry. Setting out on a five-year mission, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) leads the crew of the USS Enterprise as they look to discover new worlds in the darkest reaches of space. The episodes are: 'The Corbomite Maneuver', 'Arena', 'Space Seed', 'This Side of Paradise', 'The Devil in the Dark', 'The City on the Edge of Forever', 'Operation: Annihilate!', 'Metamorphosis', 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', 'Mirror, Mirror', 'The Trouble With Tribbles' and 'Return to Tomorrow'.
Agent Under Siege by Lena Diaz Can they outsmart a killer who escaped justice? The Kentucky Ripper is in prison... or is he? When no one will help Teagan Ray find the man who really abducted her, former profiler Bryson Anton agrees to investigate. But soon their search takes two jolting turns-brutal attacks from a cunning suspect... and a powerful mutual attraction. The Fugitive by Nichole Severn She's about to find out who she can trust When Raleigh Wilde reappears in Deputy Beckett Foster's life as a fugitive he's shocked, and unwilling to help clear her name, until he learns she's pregnant-with his child! But with a killer trying to silence Raleigh the lawman must do whatever it takes to ensure he doesn't become a fugitive father.
Another collection of episodes of the CITV animated series based on the bestselling children's books by Francesca Simon. The episodes are: 'Horrid Henry Is Too Cool for School', 'Horrid Henry and the Single Sock Saga', 'Horrid Henry Takes the Blame', 'Horrid Henry Eco Warrior', 'Good Morning Henry' and 'Horrid Henry Looks at Love'.
Another collection of episodes of the CITV animated series based on the bestselling children's books by Francesca Simon. In this instalment Henry decides to fight everyone in his way to get Killer Boy Rats tickets and Peter becomes Chief Secretary of the Purple Hand Gang. The episodes are: 'Horrid Henry Knows It All', 'Horrid Henry Flicks the Bogey', 'Horrid Henry I Am Not a Hamster', 'Horrid Henry and the Dangerous Data', 'Horrid Henry and the Phantom Phone' and 'Horrid Henry Loses Rude Ralph'.
The Independent Companies of Foreigners are widely regarded as the worst examples of foreign units in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. They were formed, in the last years of these wars, to receive French deserters who had come over to the British in Spain. Each company was intended to serve separately in the garrisons of the West Indies. Instead two of them were used in an active role on the East Coast of America - this did not turn out well. Drawing of British, French and American sources, this book provides a fuller picture of the men, why the units were formed, why they were used as they were and what actually happened. Judgement can then be made whether the bad reputation of the units, and the soldiers in them, is justified.
All 24 episodes from the sixth season of the American crime drama following an elite team of FBI profilers. The Behavioral Analysis Unit continues to analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Episodes are: 'The Longest Night', 'JJ', 'Remembrance of Things Past', 'Compromising Positions', 'Safe Haven', 'Devil's Night', 'Middle Man', 'Reflection of Desire', 'Into the Woods', 'What Happens at Home...', '25 to Life', 'Corazon', 'The Thirteenth Step', 'Sense Memory', 'Today I Do', 'Coda', 'Valhalla', 'Lauren', 'With Friends Like These', 'Hanley Waters', 'The Stranger', 'Out of the Light', 'Big Sea' and 'Supply and Demand'.
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