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Little Book of Big Ideas
Quotations and extracts providing the essence of the big ideas that have shaped our world. From relativity to gaia, from communism to eco-feminism, from Darwinism to racial equality, here are quotations from all the bright sparks.
A teenage Nigerian girl struggles to shed her cultural roots in the US... An Inuit girl is rowed by her parents to the shore, unaware of the fate that awaits her... A Filipina maid in Hong Kong gets entangled with her employer... The lover of an African freedom fighter has to choose between fidelity and survival...Includes a story each from Orange Prize winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, Caine Prize 2008 winner Henrietta Rose-Innes, and emerging authors such as Chika Unigwe from Nigeria, Lucinda Nelson Dhavan from India, Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe and Elaine Chiew from Malaysia. One World is a collection that speaks with the clarity and intensity of the human experience. The swift transition from story to story, from continent to continent, from child's perspective to adult's; together, these evoke the complex but balanced texture of the world we live in. The diversity of subject, style and perspective results in vivid and poignant stories that will haunt the reader.
No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism
This No-Nonsense Guide demystifies the often invisible impacts of global tourism, one of the biggest industries in the world. From labor conditions to development by stealth; to the role of elites and the cultural impacts on both the visitor and the visited. It also takes in themes like the gap year, the role of travel and vacations in western cultures, and examines the 'happy smiling faces' syndrome and asks whether this is just a reworking of old colonial relationships.
Ever since T-shirt-wearing James Dean appeared in Rebel without a Cause, this little piece of clothing has become the most ubiquitous cotton item – worn by the whole world, from celebrities to kids in the poorest villages in Africa. Whether you are talking Gap plain, Nike branded, Che Guevara iconic or anti capitalist slogan-bearing there's no escaping the T-shirt. This is a whistlestop tour taking in the T-shirt's first outing under the uniforms of the American soldiers in WWI; slavery and cotton mills, fair trade and 'smart' Ts of the future.
No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity
The treatment of sexual minorities - whether lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – varies significantly in different parts of the world. In some countries equal rights have been achieved and progress is being made against discrimination; in others being gay still incurs the death penalty. This No-Nonsense Guide examines all the colors of the sexual rainbow, unearths hidden histories and looks at contributions from medicine and science. It includes a unique global survey of laws that affect LGBT people.
No-Nonsense Guide to Word History
Who was the first black queen? How much do you know about China's history? Most people's knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. This No-Nonsense Guide gives a full picture, revealing the hidden histories and communities left out of conventional textbooks – from the civilizations of Africa, Asia and Latin America to the history of women. Includes a final chapter on how climate change, 9/11, the Iraq war, corporate power and China's headlong growth fit into the broader patterns of world history.
Brief Histories of Almost Anything
Brief Histories of Almost Anything packs 50 books into one! Each slice of history has been pared right down to the most fascinating facts and intriguing asides. With subjects as diverse as Islamic Civilization, Jeans, Money, American Rebels and Contraception there is a surprise around every corner in this book, but one thing you can be certain of is a concise and original view of our collective past. Each mini-history has been thoroughly reconstructed, distilled and refined into a short, sharp and easily digestible shot. Where else would you find the whole of the 20th century reduced to lists of five? Or the history of megalomania from the Roman Empire to the US Empire? Or the key ethical philosophers down the ages summarized in a few pages? Yes, most of the hard work has been done for you. And these tasty morsels have been instilled with a revolutionary twist – one that prefers not to accept a conventional view of history, and which constantly questions the way the world works.
Little Book of Great Women
Quotations from the women who changed the world, or had the guts to try. 'For most of history, Anonymous was a woman', wrote Virginia Woolf. Here are the inspiring words from those who made their names known, and voices heard.
Vegetarian Main Dishes from Around the World
Collected recipes from 10 years of ground-breaking food publishing and support for fair trade. Easy to cook, vegetarian, and very tasty dishes from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With vibrant design and pictures, each Chunky Cook Book includes more than 75 fantastic recipes from all over the world. Clear cooking instructions help you to create the tastes of the world in your kitchen. Try the famous Malaysian gado-gado (salad with peanut sauce), stuffed egg-plant from Haiti or Moroccan khboz (spicy spinach and cheese pastries).
No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy
Following the economic meltdown and the triumph of Barack Obama, have the chances of genuine democracy improved? In this updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, Richard Swift considers the different tools people in power have used to manipulate democratic principles, such as freedom, to their advantage. The book includes chapter-length discussions of topics such as the economic meltdown, Barack Obama, eco-democracy, democratizing the economy and democracy in the global south. It is also a guide to the rich diversity of forms of elected government and contains practical ideas for empowering today's voters around the world.
No-Nonsense Guide to World Poverty
This guide questions conventional thinking about wealth and poverty - is the opposite of poverty really wealth, or is it safety and sufficiency? Seabrook reveals that poverty is everywhere, not just in poor countries. It's just the West hides its poor better. Drawing on experience of poor people all over the world, the author gives voice to those whose views are rarely sought and shows how we all need to live more modestly to make poverty history.
Desserts & Drinks from Around the World
Collected recipes from 10 years of ground-breaking food publishing and support for fair trade. Easy to cook, vegetarian, and very tasty dishes from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With vibrant design and pictures, each Chunky Cook Book includes more than 75 fantastic recipes from all over the world. Clear cooking instructions help you to create the tastes of the world in your kitchen. Try rum cake from Mauritius, Lebanese fruit salad, Caribbean ginger beer, or Iranian muhallabia (rice and almond dessert).
10 Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing
From the traditional village to the riotous cacophony of the capital city, from the chill of exile to the cell of a prisoner of conscience, these stories reflect the vast range of modern African experience. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the leading literary prize for African fiction, often referred to as the 'African Booker Prize', this book showcases all ten of the winning stories, which have emerged from Kenya, Nigeria, Soth Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. As a special bonus it also includes stories by the three African winners of the Booker prize - Nadine Gordimer, Ben Okri and JM Coetzee, whose contribution, Nietveloren is published here for the first time. Includes authors for whom the Caine Prize has been the springboard to successful publishing deals – including Leila Aboulela, Helon Habila and Segun Afolabi.
No-Nonsense Guide to World Health
A clear yet wide-ranging introduction to the state of health worldwide, exploring the ways in which health provision is often determined by ethnicity, class and gender. Starting with a brief history of medical progress this guide delves into current politics of health in the contexts of big business and private health provision, media, gender and the environment.
Jungfrau and Other Short Stories
The Caine prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize, and is awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Each year the winning story and shortlisted entries are collected and published in one volume. The 7th winner is Mary Watson from South Africa for Jungfrau. Chairman of the Judges, Dr Nana Wilson-Tagoe said of Jungfrau, "It is a powerfully written narrative that works skilfully through a child's imagination to suggest a world of insights about familial and social relationships in the new South Africa. It is superbly written and does what a short story should do, by leaving spaces around its narrative in which readers can enter again and again". This story along with the other shortlisted stories and work from the Caine prize writers' workshop are all collected in this volume.
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