The Theatre Royal 

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The Theatre Royal in Stratford has been the birthplace of many famous actors and directors, including the enigmatic and controversial Joan Littlewood.
This book is a straightforward and honest look at the history of this infamous theatre’s ups and downs through history.
With quotes from glaring critics, bitter directors, and faithful actors, it is a book that really recreates the entire history of the Theatre Royal.
This is a theatre that survived two world wars, a dearth of funds, many failed projects and many more failed plays.
It was Littlewood who saved the Theatre Royal, who made it a home for so many, and who carved herself indelibly into the modern theatre.
Fifteen years after Littlewood’s death her influence is everywhere, but nowhere more than at her old theatre.
This book charts the origins of the Theatre Royal, its rise to fame, its fall from grace, and its hopes for the future.

The Asperger Teenager’s ToolKit

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Dealing with the everyday realities facing teens with Asperger Syndrome, this book presents a toolkit of tried-and-trusted ideas to help them work through difficulties and find the solutions that work best for them.
This book covers everything they need to know to thrive in their adolescent years, including how to hack your own internal alarm system to overcome anxiety and other difficult emotions.
It also arms teenagers with everything they need to navigate sexuality and relationships, develop a healthy self-image, deal with bullies, be smart with money and stay savvy online… In short, no issue is left unexplored.
Fun and informative, this is a must-read for teens with high-functioning autism, and for those who want to understand what adolescence is like on the spectrum.

Son of York 

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England, 1455
King Henry VI is proving to be an unstable monarch, prone to bouts of mysterious illness and susceptible to manipulation from others.
Richard of York, the most powerful magnate in the land, steps in to manage affairs whilst Henry is unwell. 
Many people prefer York’s rule, which does not please the queen. The country begins to divide and plots start to hatch.
York himself is directly descended from the royal family line, in fact, a little more directly than Henry but he puts this fact aside and strives only to serve the king.
This, however, becomes increasingly difficult due to the acts of the queen, who, now feeling threatened by York, calls her men to get rid of him.
The York family is strong and the two eldest sons, Edward and Edmund are approaching manhood.
Edward, bold and eager, is keen to leave his childhood behind and enter the world of men, of politics, combat and love.
Edmund, the younger brother is more introspective and struggles to project his public image.
Both boys look to York as their mentor, a match for any king; and Richard is proud of them both.
But with sons comes the question of inheritance.
Who will succeed Henry’s throne? His own son, the young Prince Edward, or the capable York and his heirs?
This historical window into the past lifts figures from the history books and gives the personality and purpose behind their actions.
The story bears witness to the extremes of the human condition, from loving tenderness in court to vengeful violence on the battlefield.

Illuminating Women in the Medieval World 

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When one thinks of women in the Middle Ages, the images that often come to mind are those of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the field, and even women of ill repute. In reality, however, medieval conceptions of womanhood were multifaceted, and women’s roles were varied and nuanced. Female stereotypes existed in the medieval world, but so too did women of power and influence. The pages of illuminated manuscripts reveal to us the many facets of medieval womanhood and slices of medieval life—from preoccupations with biblical heroines and saints to courtship, childbirth, and motherhood. While men dominated artistic production, this volume demonstrates the ways in which female artists, authors, and patrons were instrumental in the creation of illuminated manuscripts.

 

Featuring over one hundred illuminations depicting medieval women from England to Ethiopia, this book provides a lively and accessible introduction to the lives of women in the medieval world.

 

Letting Go of Good 

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Letting Go of Good takes a hard look at our long-cherished myths about goodness and worthiness and helps you connect to your genuine desires without being overwhelmed by fear and guilt.
The key techniques for working through the compulsive need to always be good are learning to discern the messages of difficult emotions while connecting to your genuine desires. Practicing psychotherapist Andrea Mathews shares innovative tools for understanding and dialoging with emotions, developing intuition and discernment, and making decisions from a sacred place of desire and true compassion. With illuminating examples from her clinical practice and a powerful exploration of the nature of healing, this book shares a breakthrough approach to creating vulnerable, authentic relationships and a sustainable, spiritual experience of the true Self.

Overcoming Conflict 

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Discover the Right Way to Handle Conflict

Conflict is an unavoidable part of life, but you can control how you respond to it. You have a choice. Difficult situations can make you want to be angry, retaliate, or get even or conflict can help you grow in empathy, honesty, and acceptance. It’s up to you. 

Overcoming Conflict gives you the confidence you need to solve disagreements. You’ll learn
what causes conflict

how to properly discuss differences and issues
the power of forgiveness
practical steps to reconciling relationships
the biblical perspective on conflict resolution
By applying the principles in this book, you will develop new patterns of behavior that will significantly improve your personal and professional relationships and give you greater peace of mind when conflicts arise.

 

The Naturalist’s Notebook 

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Become a more attentive observer and deepen your appreciation for the natural world. The unique five-year calendar format of The Naturalist’s Notebook helps you create a long-term record and point of comparison for memorable events, such as the appearance of the northern lights, a big blizzard, the peak of autumn foliage, or a period of drought. Biologist Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and best-selling author Bernd Heinrich teach nature lovers of all ages what to look for outdoors no matter where you live, using Heinrich’s classic illustrations as inspiration. As you jot down one observation a day, year after year, your field notes will collect into a valuable record of your piece of the planet.

How to Colour like an Artist 

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These simple, step-by-step instructions for techniques using colored pencils offer suggestions and exercises for adult colorists wishing to develop their coloring skills. Full-color photographs illustrate a wide variety of methods including creating texture, layering, and blending. The guide also features eight practice plates from Dover’s bestselling Creative Haven® series.

Deconstructing Dirty Dancing 

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Renowned film critic Roger Ebert said Dirty Dancing “might have been a decent movie if it had allowed itself to be about anything.” In this broadly researched and accessible text, Stephen Lee Naish sets out to deconstruct and unlock a film that has haunted him for decades, and argues that Dirty Dancing, the 1987 sleeper hit about a young middle-class girl who falls for a handsome working-class dance instructor, is actually about everything. The film is a union of history, politics, sixties and eighties culture, era-defining music, class, gender, and race, and of course features one of the best love stories set to film. Using scene-by-scene analyses, personal interpretation, and comparative study, it’s time to take Dirty Dancing out of the corner and place it under the microscope.

Developing Resiliance in young people with Autism using Social Stories

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Young people with autism can be particularly susceptible to setbacks, often leading to depression and a sense of hopelessness. Using Social Stories™, this book introduces a different way of looking at common life setbacks, and offer tools to overcome these obstacles, build resilience and develop coping strategies for the future.
Based on Carol Gray’s highly effective Social Stories™ model, this new guide shows how to help individuals with autism deal with challenges specific to them, and how to bounce back from the negative experiences that they encounter. This book is an invaluable guide for learning to create personalised Social Stories™ that can be used to develop resilience in people with autism and help them to cope better with adversity.