The M&A Formula by Peter Zink Secher and Ian Horley

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The turnkey M&A system for growing your business.

The M&A Formula culls the wisdom and experience of the most recognised M&A leaders in the boardroom and lecture hall to give everyone a clear path to repeatable M&A wins.  This pioneering, three-step formula to M&A success is already disrupting conventional practices; lighting the way for innovative, data-backed tactics for locking in advantageous deals, and avoiding costly litigation and outright failures.  Illuminating case studies and hard-won advice from high-profile authorities clearly demonstrate how global corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can fully benefit from this proven approach.

Everything you need to confidently call the shots in your next M&A deal is inside, including:

– The secret to pinning down how a business should benefit from an M&A deal by specifically identifying the business model drivers.

– Concrete strategies for nurturing the right corporate culture of strong leadership and communication so teams can thrive through M&A deals.

– All the tools and insight to take control of the entire transaction without having to blindly rely on external M&A advisors, while still leveraging their expertise.

Erase “failure” and “uncertainty” from your M&A vocabulary with The M&A Formula.

M&A is by far the fastest and most effective way to bring in the new talent, resources and products your organisation needs to gain a competitive advantage.  However, prevalent data shows that typical M&A only succeeds 20-40% of the time.  The future of your company shouldn’t come down to a coin flip.  With The M&A Formula, you can take control of this complex process and blow away the odds.

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London Rules by Mick Herron

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London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one.

Cover your arse.

Regent’s Park’s First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way.  Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble.

Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone’s trying to kill Roddy Ho.

Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath.  But, collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse.

It’s a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules.  Because those things aren’t going to break themselves.

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Can The Euro Be Saved? by Malcolm Sawyer

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The economies of the Eurozone countries are plagued by multiple crises, which cast major doubts over the future of the euro.  In this engaging new book, leading economist Malcolm Sawyer argues that the entire policy framework of the Eurozone was fundamentally flawed from its foundation.  He shows how these ‘design faults’ intensified the crisis and are now locking in perpetual self-defeating austerity.

Sawyer proposed a bold alternative agenda for reviving the continent’s economic prosperity and saving the euro.  He argues, however, that the required solutions are certain to encounter huge obstacles.  He therefore concludes that Europe faces a bleak economic future, blighted by low growth, high unemployment and social division. 

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Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

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We were all surprised when the vuvv landed the first time.  We were just glad they weren’t invading.  We couldn’t believe our luck when they offered us their tech and invited us to be part of their Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance. 

Several years on, jobs are scarce due to the rise of alien tech and there’s no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine.  Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, must get creative to survive.  Since the vuvv crave “classic” Earth culture, recording 1950s-style dates for them to view seems like a brilliant idea.

But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to murmur sweet nothings when they hate each other more with every episode.  Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice. 

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Hackerspaces: Making The Maker Movement by Sarah R. Davies

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A new industrial revolution.  The age of making.  From bits to atoms.  Many people are excited by the possibilities offered by new fabrication technologies like 3D printers, and the ways in which they are being used in hacker and makerspaces.  But why is the power of hacking and making an idea whose time has come?

Hackerspaces: Making The Maker Movement takes the rise of the maker movement as its starting point.  Hacker and makerspaces, Fab Labs, and DIY bio spaces are emerging all over the world.  Based on a study of hacker and makerspaces across the US, this book explores cultures of hacking and making in the context of wider social changes, arguing that excitement about the maker movement is not just about the availability of new technologies, but the kind of citizens we are expected to be. 

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A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens

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”A terrible thing has happened, a thing that the Detective Society must investigate.  But this time I am not just a detective, I’m a witness.  And I think that I might even be a suspect …”

When Hazel Wong’s beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells joins Hazel on a visit to her family’s estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

But they are greeted with a shock: there’s a new member of the Wong family!  As if that isn’t enough, tragedy soon strikes not once but twice.  There’s been a murder and a kidnap and no one is safe from suspicion … not even Hazel.

The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs and sinister private detectives to solve the crimes and discover the villain – before it’s too late.

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Summary Justice by John Fairfax

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The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience.  He was a twenty-one-year-old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder.  He’d said he was innocent.  She’s believed him.

Sixteen years later, Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger’s in Spitalfields.  That night she walks back into Benson’s life.  The price of his rehabilitation – and access to the Bar – is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harebeton, whose family have vowed revenge.  He’s an outcast.  The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him.  But he’s subsidised by a mysterious benefactor ad a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover.  It’s a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson’s first, starts in four days.  The evidence is overwhelming but, like Benson long ago, she swears she’s innocent.  Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive.  But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harebeton on a lonely night in Soho.  

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Star Wars The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein

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Meet the new heroes of The Last Jedi

The evil First Order threatens the galaxy, and only General Leia Organa’s brave Resistance stands in their way.  When the peaceful world Atterra Bravo is under attack, their crack bomber group Cobalt Squadron is called on to help.  Rose and Paige Tico – refugees from the First Order’s devastation, now fighting for freedom with Cobalt Squadron – must devise a daring plan to help the people of Atterra Bravo right under the enemy’s nose.  But will the sisters’ actions save the planet – or lead to all-out war?  A thrilling adventure featuring new heroes from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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There Was A Country: A Personal History Of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

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From the lengendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a long-awaited memoir of coming of age with a fragile new nation only to watch it torn asunder in a tragic civil war.

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967 – 1970.  The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders.  By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect.  He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war’s full horror, immediately after the war, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry.  Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature.

Achebe begins his story with Nigeria’s birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer, so that we may understand both the young country’s keen sense of promise, which too quickly turned to horror, and Achebe’s view of the particular obligation of the artist, especially in a time of war.  For Chinua Achebe, to be a serious writer is to be a committed writer – to speak for one’s history, one’s beliefs, and one’s people, especially when others cannot.

A marriage of history and memoir, vivid first-hand observation and decades of further research and reflection, There Was A Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age. 

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Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee

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Dear Q

In case they keep it from The Children – this is to inform you there has been A MURDER!  What’s more – I was the one that found him.  Must meet.  Cannot tell when I will be free to speak to you so try to check this place every hour.  Will do my best to get here soon as I can.

N. P.

Nancy has a new job as a lady’s maid, and is accompanying her new employer on a visit to the grand and mysterious Midwinter Manor.  But things take a turn for the worse when Nancy discovers a dead body in the library.  With a house full of strange guests, who could possibly be the murderer?

What secrets lurk in the walls of Midwinter Manor?  Are all of the guests what they seem?  Who does the dead body belong to? 

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