Mark Haddon, Michael Rosen, Zadie Smith, Carmen Callil, Jeanette Winterson, Tim Parks, Blake Morrison, Dr Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, Nicholas Carr & Jane Davis In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music, movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams.
Why should you stop what you're doing and read a book?
People have always needed stories. We need literature - novels, poetry - because we need to make sense of our lives, test our depths, understand our joys and discover what humans are capable of. Great books can provide companionship when we are lonely or peacefulness in the midst of an overcrowded daily life. Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it.
In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives. In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and attention - make books one of them.
Carmen Callil Tim Parks Nicholas Carr Michael Rosen Jane Davis Zadie Smith Mark Haddon Jeanette Winterson Blake Morrison Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai
Michael Rosen How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry.
Michael Rosen Just how did Roald Dahl get into writing? Where did he get his ideas from? What ingredients in his life turned him into the kind of writer he was? Michael Rosen - poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography of the world's No.1 storyteller, written specially for children. Full of stories and funny anecdotes from Roald Dahl's school days and family life, Michael Rosen's fascinating observations creates a vivid picture of one of the most famous writers of all time.
Michael Rosen The incredible story of Émile Zola's escape to London in the aftermath of the scandalous Dreyfus Affair.
It is the evening of July 18, 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter "J'accuse"—and losing. Forced to leave Paris with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return.
This is the little-known story of Zola's time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Émile Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, and the politics of the great writer during this tumultuous era in his life.
Michael Rosen A very happy bear hears the sounds of the city from his quiet home by the sea and decides to find out what city life is like. Buying the ticket and travelling on the train is all very exciting. And so is the city! But after a while the bear finds the city a little too noisy and a little too busy - and people are beginning to laugh at him. He feels very sad and alone, until four children find him and show him the way home, with much fun along the way. A perfect book for reading aloud, with just the right amount of excitement before a wonderfully calming ending - just right for reading before bedtime! Brilliantly read by Michael Rosen. Please note that audio is not supported by all devices, please consult your user manual for confirmation.
Michael Rosen An original story by Michael Rosen, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic <I/>Oliver Twist</I>. Shona is moving house because her dad's lost his benefits. At her new school, she finds that keeping out of trouble isn't easy - just like for Oliver Twist, in her English class readings. After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there's something dodgy about the boys she's met. Some gifts, she comes to learn, aren't exactly free.
Michael Rosen Michael Rosen's seven-year-old son Ripton one day decided to join a pick-up game of baseball with some older kids in the park. At the end of the game Ripton asked his new friends if they wanted to come back to his house for snacks and Nintendo. Over time, five of the boysall black and Hispanic, from the impoverished neighborhood across the parkbecame a fixture in the Rosens' home and eventually started referring to Michael and his wife Leslie as their parents. The boys began to see the Rosens as more than just an arcade of middle-class creature comforts; the Rosens began to learn the full stories of the boys' fractured lives. Soon Michael and Leslie decided that their responsibility, like that of parents everywhere, was to help all their boys get a start in life. So began a turbulent learning experience all round, beautifully and movingly depicted in What Else But Home. It's a quest to escape the previously inevitable, a test of the resilience of a newly assembled family, a love story unlike any other, and a celebration of the fact that, whatever our differences, baseball and commitment can help us bridge them.
Discover the wierd and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007 - 2009.
Michael Rosen Dear flappable reader: Do you bristle at a handshake that resembles a limp fish? Do oblivious pedestrians bring you to the brink? What about museum gift shops, superfluous courtesy (do we need a gas pump to show us gratitude?), behemoth SUVS, or inexplicable operating manuals? Have you had it with screeching leaf blowers, beseeching telemarketers, escalating movie-ticket prices, or proliferating celebrity magazines? Is it children's choirs or karaoke singers, waiters bearing pepper grinders or dinner guests blathering on about salt, that drives you to distraction?
For anyone who has recognized that this peaceful kingdom of ours has more than a few potholes, 101 Damnations is the perfect companion. It's your ticket to the nine circles of personal hell.
Armed with wit, bewilderment, and words to the wise ass, today's leading humorists conduct a brief tour of the trivial and often universal exasperations we all must endure. Among the damning, Henry Alford reveals our wanton desire to affect Britishisms. Sandra Tsing Loh has it in for people who forward "funny" e-mails. Once and for all, Merrill Markoe sets forth cell phone etiquette. And there are many, many others. Ninety-eight to be exact. Make yourself comfortable. Misery loves company.
Michael Rosen Isabel arrives from El Salvador into the home of her new adoptive family where she is welcomed heartily by their loving dog, Bonsey. The two become best friends and share many adventures, until one evening Bonsey does not respond to Isabel's offerings under the table. To the family's dismay, they find that Bonsey has died, but they celebrate his joyful life and peaceful passing.
Michael Rosen This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center'-the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. Considers occupational worlds from finance and advertising to the subworld of drug dealing.
Michael Rosen & Adrian Reynolds Bear is playing on the beach and, seeing the seagulls wheeling above him, decides that he would love to learn how to fly. And there are four children with him who know exactly how to make that happen. An exhilarating story about friends helping each other to realise their dreams - and having great fun doing it Brilliantly read by Michael Rosen.
Michael Rosen Quello della dignità è un concetto sfuggente, soggetto da sempre alle letture più disparate e provocatorie. Ma a prescindere che lo si consideri un principio fondamentale o un artificio retorico senza sostanza, non c'è dubbio che oggi, in un momento storico così confuso, la dignità sia un'idea centrale e irrinunciabile, il perno attorno a cui ruota il dibattito su temi caldi come il rispetto dei diritti umani e la bioetica, nonché la base universalmente accettata della regolamentazione della vita civile. Un argomento concreto e vivo, insomma, e non un astratto oggetto di studio. Così infatti lo affronta Michael Rosen in questo libro, ripercorrendone la storia e analizzando le sfumature storiche, filosofiche e politiche che il suo significato ha assunto nel corso dei secoli.
Michael Rosen Humans can be so confusing, especially when you're a dog. I live with a family of humans, you see. A big, man-human, a big lady-human and a little girl-human. Well, one day the lady-human's tummy started getting bigger and bigger. Then - and you won't believe this - suddenly her tummy got smaller, but there was another human living with us! And the big humans won't let me anywhere near it! Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about . . .
A massively entertaining story perfect for anyone awaiting the arrival of a new baby. Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, is on top form in this brilliant picture book.
'Fresh and entertaining, and ultimately enlightening' Scottish Sunday Herald Brilliantly read by Michael Rosen. Please note that audio is not supported by all devices, please consult your user manual for confirmation.
Michael Rosen More mayhem from the four-legged narrator! When his pet human, Rover, goes to school, our canine hero thinks she is trapped against her will. He goes to the rescue, and when he sees her surrounded by monster masks, leaps to the wrong conclusion and to her rescue, with the usual chaotic consequences!
A brilliant follow-up to bestselling Rover and Howler.
Rover: 'Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing brand of humour'- Guardian
Howler: 'A delight' Independent on Sunday Brilliantly read by Michael Rosen. Please note that audio is not supported by all devices, please consult your user manual for confirmation.
Michael Rosen & Neal Layton A completely topsy-turvey view of a world seen from a dog's eye point of view - a very funny story which turns to real drama when the little girl gets lost on the beach and the search is on to find her ...
Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing brand of humour' The Guardian.
Jules M. Blais, Michael Rosen & John P. Smol The human footprint on the global environment now touches every corner of the world. This book explores the myriad ways that environmental archives can be used to study the distribution and long-term trajectories of chemical contaminants. The volume first focuses on reviews that examine the integrity of the historic record, including factors related to hydrology, post-depositional diffusion, and mixing processes. This is followed by a series of chapters dealing with the diverse archives and methodologies available for long-term studies of environmental pollution, such as the use of sediments, ice cores, sclerochronology, and museum specimens.
Michael Rosen Malcolm is in all ways an ordinary ten-year-old. This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten year old, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans, a school which tries to make interesting things BORING, the famed Italian city of Ponky, and a genie who appears when you rub your nose. It also includes lots of very useful facts, many of which are untrue.
Michael Rosen Il signore e la signora Frettini sono sempre di fretta, non si fermano mai un secondo. Ma questo significa che a volte si dimenticano di fare cose importanti, come per esempio mangiare, fare la spesa e… portare il figlio a scuola! Come se la caverà Harry, che è rimasto chiuso in casa? Per fortuna c’è lo sveglissimo gatto Tigre, che pensa a tutto e a tutti. Ma qualcuno si ricorderà di pensare a lui?
Un simpatico protagonista a quattro zampe dà una piccola lezione morale a un mondo che va sempre troppo di fretta.
Dall’autore di "A caccia dell’orso" (Mondadori, 2013), un libro per primi lettori, con pagine ariose illustrate in bianco e nero dal geniale, sempre ironico, Tony Ross.
Michael Rosen The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book is jam-packed with over 300 hilarious jokes written and selected by bestselling children's author Michael Rosen. In association with the new Laugh Out Loud Book Prize - a new series of awards for funny children's books in the UK.
Michael Rosen The second uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and the peculiar Uncle Gobb go to America, each with a cunning plan ...
Even though Malcolm managed to bamboozle and confuzle Uncle Gobb in the last book (hooray!), it was only temporary (boo!). Uncle Gobb is still living with him and still roaring at him about peas and poetry and Peter Parker.
This time the plan to get rid of Uncle Gobb has to be mega. It has to be epic. It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm's long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn't know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan. A plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all ...
A bonkers book about standing up for yourself, from two crazily creative people. Sure to delight fans of David Walliams, Andy Stanton and Tom Gates.
Michael Rosen When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . .
Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.
Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake. Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.
Michael Rosen The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner
In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.
Different from other children, Rosen and his brother, Brian, grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room. Summers were for communist camping holidays. But it all changed after a trip to East Germany when, in 1957, his parents decided to leave ‘the Party’.
From that point, Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to Aldermaston to march against the bomb; writing and performing in experimental political theatre at Oxford; getting arrested during the 1968 movements. The book ends with a letter to his father, and the revelation of a heartbreaking family secret.
Michael Rosen Quando Terry entra con la mamma nel negozio di animali per comprare un cane, è convinta che sarà lei a scegliere il suo futuro amico peloso, e non il contrario!
Strudel infatti non è un cucciolo qualunque, e prima di accettare di essere comprato deve fare alla bambina qualche domanda:
Quante passeggiate mi farai fare?
Ti piace ballare?
Mi porterai dal dottore?
Mi farai le carezze? (Mi piacciono molto.)
Terry è sbalordita, ma cerca di essere all’altezza delle aspettative di Strudel, sperando con tutto il cuore di essere accettata come sua futura padroncina.
Michael Rosen This retelling of Dickens' tale is another classic in the making. A school production of "A Christmas Carol" has a young boy feeling nervous: his father, who is always away with business, is actually in the audience. Will the play's message of Christmas cheer reach his father's distracted heart?
Michael Rosen & Neal Layton Esta é minha pessoa de estimação. Suas orelhas não ouvem tão bem quanto as minhas. Ela tem as garras muito fracas. O pelo dela só cobre a cabeça. Fui eu que escolhi o nome dela: Totó. Um livro terno, engraçado, todo ao contrário, que acompanha as aventuras de uma menininha com seu cãozinho de estimação (ou será que é um cãozinho com sua menininha de estimação?). Observe como os seres humanos são estranhos nesta visão canina do mundo do autor premiado Michael Rosen e do novo talento Neal Layton.
Michael Rosen Elvira ha sempre sognato di possedere un cucciolo e pare che finalmente la madre abbia deciso di esaudire il suo grande desiderio! Quando la mamma le consegna una boccia di vetro con dentro un pesce rosso, la bambina rimane di stucco. Ma dopo l’iniziale delusione decide di non perdersi d’animo: per cominciare lo chiama Batuffolo, come si addice a un morbido cucciolo peloso, dopodiché cerca di addestrarlo a recuperare oggetti, saltare, stare seduto, insomma lo tratta come un vero e proprio cagnolino.
Il bello è che il pesce sembra capire perfettamente i suoi ordini e si impegna al massimo per non deluderla. Quando Elvira prova a insegnargli a contare, Batuffolo, invece di abbaiare, risponde emettendo bolle dal didietro e si perfeziona al punto da riuscire a creare bolle sonore, diventando presto una star televisiva. Un brutto giorno, però, il pesce viene quasi ingoiato da un vero cucciolo di cane e lo shock gli fa perdere il talento canoro: Elvira però continuerà ad amarlo per quello che è e finalmente lo tratterà come un pesce rosso.
Michael Rosen Con questa storia Rosen rivisita i temi del "Canto di Natale" di Charles Dickens riportandoli al presente attraverso la storia di Harry, un ragazzino impegnato a impersonare il burbero Scrooge nella recita scolastica di Natale, e della sua famiglia. Il papà di Harry, Ray, è un autentico workaholic che trascura la famiglia per gli impegni di lavoro, tanto pressanti da farlo correre in ufficio proprio all’inizio dello spettacolo del figlio.
Ai dialoghi recitati da Harry nel teatrino della scuola si alterna la narrazione della serata del papà che, in parallelo alle esperienze di Scrooge con gli spettri del Natale, incontra in ufficio un collega con cui rimembra la sua infanzia, poi guida in mezzo al temporale per recuperare il suo pc portatile a casa, e infine si ritrova solo nelle stanze vuote che gli appaiono quasi estranee, riflettendo sul suo comportamento nei confronti della famiglia.
Via via che Scrooge, in scena, comprende l’aridità di una vita concentrata sull’accumulo di denaro, a sua volta Ray capisce il valore e l’importanza dei momenti di gioia e condivisione passati con i figli e con la moglie, e ritorna alla scuola in tempo per applaudire Harry.
Michael Rosen A timely retelling of A Christmas Carol for the whole family about a smartphone-obsessed dad. This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens's beloved holiday classic. Harry Gruber plays the role of Scrooge in his school's production of "A Christmas Carol," and he is extra nervous about tonight's performance because his father is in the audience — not away for business, as usual. Will the story's message of Christmas cheer and the redemptive power of love reach his father's distracted Scrooge heart?