The Scramble For Europe by Stephen Smith

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From the harrowing situation of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in rubber dinghies to the crisis on the US-Mexico border, mass migration is one of the most urgent issues facing our societies today.  At the same time, viable solutions seem ever more remote, with the increasing polarisation of public attitudes and political positions.

In this book, Stephen Smith focuses on ‘young Africa’ – 40 per cent of its population are under fifteen – and a dramatic demographic shift.  Today, 510 million people live inside EU borders, and 1.25 billion in Africa.  In 2050, 450 million Europeans will face 2.5 billion Africans – five times their number.  The demographics are implacable.  The scramble for Europe will become as inexorable as the ‘scramble for Africa’ was at the end of the nineteenth century, when 275 million people lived north and only 100 million lived south of the Mediterranean.  Then it was all about raw materials and national pride, now it is about young Africans seeking a better life on the Old Continent, the island of prosperity within their reach.  If Africa’s migratory patterns follow the historic precedents set by other less developed parts of the world, in thirty years a quarter of Europe’s population will be Afro-Europeans.  Addressing the question of how Europe can cope with an influx of this magnitude, Smith argues for a path between the two extremes of today’s debate.  He advocates migratory policies of ‘good neighbourhood’ equidistant from guilt-Rudder self-denial and nativist egotism.

This sobering analysis of the migration challenges we now face will be essential reading for anyone concerns with the great social and political questions of our time.  

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Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800 – 1906 by David Cannadine

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To live in Victorian Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in the human experience.  This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one.

In his dazzling new book David Cannadine has created a bold, fascinating new interpretation of Victorian Britain.  This was a country which saw itself at the summit of the world.  And yet it was a society also convulsed by doubt, fear and introspection.  Repeatedly, politicians and writers felt themselves to be staring into the abyss and what is seen as an era of irritating self-belief was in practice obsessed by a sense of its own fragility, whether as a great power or as a moral force.  Victorious Century is an extraordinary enjoyable book – its author catches the relish, humour and theatrically of the age, but also the dilemmas of a kind with which we remain familiar today. 

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Isadora Moon Puts On A Show by Harriet Muncaster

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Isadora Moon is special because she is different

Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait!  There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children.

Will Isadora be brave enough to perform …?

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Productivity – Get Motivated, Get Organised And Get Things Done by Gill Hasson

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Do you want to get more done with less stress?  Being productive involves finding your own rhythm and getting things done in a way that works best for <u>you</u>; according to your circumstances, your skills and abilities, and the time, energy and resources you have.

Develop your own productivity mindset with a positive, adaptable and flexible approach.

Personal development author Gill Hasson shares her approach to personal productivity – helping you determine what works best for you in prioritising your goals, managing your time and organising your life.  <u>Productivity</u> will help you:

  • Identify what’s stopping you from being more productive
  • Balance your work and personal life
  • Plan your time more purposefully
  • Identify the best time of day to get things done
  • Manage difficulties, stress and setbacks`

Rather than work harder, work smarter.  <u>Productivity</u> show you how!  It explains how to get things done efficiently and effectively on your own terms and in your own way.  

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Adventure Duck vs The Armadillo Army by Steve Cole and Aleksei Bitskoff

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The battle is on – duck for cover!

Adventure Duck’s arch nemesis, Power Pug, is back with a sickly-sweet plan for world domination.  With an armadillo army under his command, the evil pug is digging up the rainforest to build a giant chocolate factory!  Can a new llama sidekick help Adventure Duck win the war?  Because defeat means only one thing …

Death by chocolate!

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Money – Myths, Truths And Alternatives by Mary Mellor

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What does money mean?  Where does it come from and how does it work?

In this highly topical book, Mary Mellor, an expert on money, examines money’s social, political and commercial histories to debunk longstanding myths such as money being in short supply and needing to come from somewhere.

Arguing that money’s immense social value means that its creation and circulation should be a matter of democratic choice, she sets out a new finance system, based on green and feminist concerns, to bring radical change for social good.  

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Step Into Your Power by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

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Slay your fear!  Get out of your comfort zone and express yourself.

Find the lesson!  Bounce back from the dumps, failures and other bummers.

Lift as you climb.  Support your squad.

Speak truth: know your rights and take action

Don’t fit in? Pave new ground

Learn how to step into your power with the help of friendly big-sister figure Jamie Wilson.

How do you achieve your dreams?  And what are your rights?  Find out in this friendly guide, with mentoring moments by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins.  This book gives young girls the tools to unlock their power, be themselves, and maybe just change the world.  

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Be More RBG by Marilyn Easton

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Make yourself heard – on and off the bench

Whether you spend your days arguing your case at work, fighting gender discrimination, or raising the next generation of dissenters, call an adjournment and ask yourself,

”What would RBG do?”

Grab your collar and get motivated to change the world with words of inspirational wit and wisdom from Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

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He: A Novel by John Connolly

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An extraordinary imagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake …

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.

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The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, The Sharmas And The Making Of Modern Britain by Babita Sharma

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Britain is a nation of shopkeepers, and the story of corner shops is the story of who we are.

From the general stores of the first half of the 20th century (one of which was run by the father of a certain Margaret Thatcher), to the reimagined corner shops run by immigrants from India, East Africa and Eastern Europe from the 60s to the noughties, their influence has shaped the way we shop, the way we eat, and the way we understand ourselves. 

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