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Crossing Over is an exhibition of contemporary art bringing together

art, design and biotechnologies. Integrated in the fabric of the Royal

Institution building, artworks by eleven artists and designers investigate the metaphors, potentialities and anxieties of genetic manipulation and bioengineering. The catalogue includes essays on the single artworks by Caterina Albano, Sarah

Franklin, and Richard Ashcroft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evolutionary science is all the rage and biology the new rock and roll - but how accurate is the information we are being fed? Jim Alexander casts a critical eye over the new popular consensus. Every week scientists announce that they have discovered the gene for something, but did you know that there is no such thing as a gene? And that man, as conventionally defined as somehow separate from animals, doesn't exist... A dramatic refutation of the dominant paradigm in biological thinking, a short introduction to evolutionary theory and the misconceptions that come out of it.

Spirituality in Contemporary Art: The idea of the Numinous is a highly original analysis of how spirituality is conceived of, and represented in contemporary art. This book

analyzes both Eastern and Western artistic approaches and the impacts of new technology on them, opening a new debate between traditional aesthetics and the impacts of digital culture.

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On 21 October 1971 Margrit Schiller was arrested and imprisoned by the German government first for two years and then for another five, for a murder she did not commit. This book is Margrit's own story of political radicalisation in the 1960s, her integration into the German urban guerrilla group (Baader Meinhof) before her arrest, the terror of solitary confinement, and the mysterious deaths of four of her colleagues in prison.

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A mythical journey, ‘Brighde’s Cave’  is an original personal introduction to an important historical Celtic Goddess figure, which imparts inspiration, creativity and insight into the world of the Brighde Priestess Tradition. This story guides the reader through a very personal journey of a woman’s life as a Maiden, Mother and Crone.

 

This is a book that weaves an intimate truth of a mother’s life within the mythology of  Avalon.  As a practising Healer and Brighde Priestess, Isabella reveals in her story

how interwoven healing and the mysteries are.

 

 

BRIGHDE'S CAVE

Isabella Weber

CROSSING OVER

Caterina Albano

DARWIN'S NUTS

Jim Alexander

SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Jungu Yoon

REMEMBERING THE ARMED STRUGGLE

Margrit Schiller

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A bumbling chef from outer space and his dotty ''diner-saur'' arrive on earth for a dream holiday only to find the planet under attack by the most criminal cook in the cosmos. As Gastronimus, Scrumlix and their friends struggle with Mr Grrrumblebum they show the difference between good food and bad, without preaching. Supporters of this book include Save The Children, Sheila Dillon of the BBC Food Programme, the Food Standards Agency, BAFTA-winning children s TV and cookery programme maker Adrian Hedley and Netmums. 

What's Englishness all about? What are the English about? This question has vexed many people, including the English and the French at different times. Being English is an elusive quality that covers traits that range from stiff upper lips to clergymen with no backbone, or religion. The English are supposed to be polite and reserved, witty and well-mannered or raving drunken hooligans depending on who you talk too. This book looks at all of the myths, all of the stereotypes and all of the things, good and bad, that people have had to say about the English.

James Joyce on Irish History? The man who wrote one of the great novels of the 20th century, Ulysses, also had quite a lot to say about Irish history, the Irish character and the nature of everything. His novel may have been boring, according to some people, or total genius according to others, but there is no question that he could be very funny when he wanted to be. The whole question of the relationship between Britain and Ireland, the 'famine', the 'empire' and the twelve centuries of British rule is a complicated and difficult one, which is brought to light by careful selection of great thoughts about Irish history.

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This highly original and informative guide to the mysteries of university study will be an invaluable tool for all new students, combining knowledge, wit and wisdom in equal measure. The book covers everything from how to write essays, how to plan and, most importantly, all of the key cultural information that new students need and often don't have. All the key thinkers that any self-respecting student should have heard of will be referenced, and their context explained.

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR UNIVERSITY

Richard Osborne, John & Mary Reid

GASTRONIMUS & THE LEGEND OF MR GRRRUMBLEBUM

Charlie Duncan

FIONA'S VERY LARGE HANDBOOK OF ENGLISHNESS

Fiona Ledger

JAMES JOYCE'S VERY LARGE HANDBOOK OF IRISH HISTORY

Patrick Read

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Rock 'n' roll has shocked parents, terrified governments and changed the political consciousness of nations. It created the teenager and soundtracked rebellions. Societies sprang up in alarm to check its subversive influence on the young of Britain and America. Rock groups flowered across two continents to asdd a backing track to a newfound freedom of lifestyle. It informed a sexual revolution and condemned wars. It was peace and love: experimentation, non-conformity, individuality.

"Nobody notices great design. They're too busy reading it."

The International bestseller: new edition. Freud for Beginners has been translated into thirty languages and is used on many introductory courses in psychology and sociology. Locating Freud in his historical context this new edition also looks at Freud's followers and his influence on the twentieth century. Unlike other introductions to Freud this book also considers all of the criticisms of Freud's work and methodology. From Freud's detractors and the splits in the psychoanalytic movement to the recent rise of Lacan's work and the feminist critique of Freud all of the 20th century influences are highlighted.

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What's morality all about? Deciding what's right or wrong has never been more difficult, or more complicated and this little book aims to make the reader think, reflect, and laugh at the different approaches to thinking morally. Combining quotes from the philosophers, and particularly Kant, and quick discussions of major topics, all of the issues from sexual morality to murder are debated. Meant to provoke and amuse, these pocket-sized books aim to deal with a difficult topic in a user-friendly and entertaining way. "Rich people have morals, poor people have debts" (anon) sets the tone.

Marriage is generally speaking the union of two things, optimism and wish-fulfillment. This is why it generally ends in three things: Children, boredom and divorce. However it has to be said that people keep getting married, some of them over and over again. So what is marriage ,and who invented it? Marriage may well be the cleverest thing society ever came up with, as a means of making sure everyone behanved, or it may have been one of God's little ways od having a laugh at human inadequacy.

KANT'S VERY LARGE

MORALITY BOOK

Richard Osborne

MARY STOPES VERY LARGE HANDBOOK OF MARRIAGE

Hannah Rae Alton

JIM'S VERY LARGE HANDBOOK OF ROCK N ROLL

Jim Alexander

GRAPHIC DESIGN - THIS WAY

Peter Anderson & Patrick Roberts

FREUD FOR BEGINNERS

Richard Osborne

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A funny and irreverent history of celebrity culture reveals the secret rules of the fame game. Why are we all so fascinated with celebrities? From A-list megastars to Z-list wannabees, celebrities

define and dominate mainstream popular culture like never before. Whether its Britney, Brad and Angelina or Jade, Jordan and Peter, we all want to know what they are doing and where, when and with whom. Our

newspapers and magazines are filled with endless pictures of them offering us a tantalizing glimpse into the minutiae of their daily lives. But how did we get to this point? And what does it tell us about the nature

of fame and celebrity and more importantly, about ourselves?

The credit crunch and the collapse of the housing market, along with rapidly rising unemployment and bank failures, have suddenly brought back into focus the whole question of where Britain is going, politically, culturally and economically. What it means to be British, and what are British values, are issues that cannot be avoided. After a boom that lasted ten years everyone was feeling quite smug about superior Britian, but not anymore.

What does it mean to be British, and how do you define it? This is a fundamental question that is rather difficult to answer.

HOGARTH'S VERY LARGE HANDBOOK OF CELEBRITY

Richard Osborne

UP THE BRITISH

Richard Osborne

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Brought to life: the amazing stories behind Leonardo da Vinci's most celebrated paintings.

'Leo-mania' is a worldwide phenomenon. From great public institutions holding original masterpieces to block-buster exhibitions, Leonardo's work is now widely dispersed and nearly all his surviving paintings are in public galleries, an institution that didn't even exist when he was alive. So how did they get there? Where have they been? And who has ownd them?

Parallel to Kemp's interest in contemporary scientists' work one may find amongst Kemp's published work as a consistent and persistent theme the historical exploration of the possibilities of perceived and represented structures and patterns as organisational imperatives in nature and cognition. Structures in the context of Kemp's writing not only relate to the privileged observation sites in modern science but also act most importantly as instruments for an art history of contextually examined yet philosophically approached continuities.

THE LIVES OF PAINTINGS

Marina Wallace

ACTS OF SEEING

A. Kaniari & M. Wallace

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A survey of the field of art intended to introduce the beginner to the complex questions that stem from the simple idea of 'art'. Painters, theorists and philosophers are all included to show how the idea of art has developed over the last 5,000 years.

ART THEORY FOR BEGINNERS

Richard Osborne