World Book Day - Thursday 5th March 2020

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“The pen is mightier than the sword” (English words first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu) and correspondingly ... books still have a very important role in our lives.  Books are also tactile and give the reader a unique pleasurable experience.  They give a sense of permanence as they sit in your collection on the bookshelf ... reminding you of a good read and giving you comfort that you can always return to them for reference, or simply to read and enjoy again.

World Book Day otherwise known as International Book Day and to give it its full title, World Book and Copyright Day is primarily about Books ... seems obvious ... big clue in the title ... but would you believe some retail outlets think it’s about dressing-up ... hysterical eh!

World Book Day will be recognised in over 100 countries across our planet this year, which is a UNESCO initiative that aims to celebrate both books and reading, especially among younger members of our societies.  On ‘the coat-tails’ of this initiative, has extended its Launch Discount to encourage the ownership of books within households ...

We tend to think children want to read children’s books ... but actually children are interested in everything the world offers and particularly how things work ...

Books don’t have to be factual ... fiction is a big part of book sales with Females buying the most.  Books don’t have to be dull and boring ... they can be well illustrated and humorous ...

If a home has books ... then children are more likely to become book readers ...

There is a phrase he or she is ‘well read’ meaning: having a lot of knowledge from reading widely; knowledgeable ... which is quite significant for the importance of books ... 

The following is a deliberate eclectic thought provoking selection for the parents bookshelves at a height within reach of their children ...


#6 Attack of the 50 Ft. Women

Can 2020 be the year when gender equality really starts to happen? ...

‘Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!, came about after I searched in vain for a single source that explained why women everywhere are still at best second-class citizens’ – Catherine Mayer.

Not a single country anywhere in the world has achieved gender equality.

In more than a few countries, progress for women has stalled or is reversing. Voters in the United States chose a misogynist over a female candidate for president.Yet in many of these countries, the majority of politicians and business leaders profess to believe in gender equality - as well they might.

One report predicts a boost to global GDP of GBP8.3 trillion by 2025 simply by making faster progress towards narrowing the gender gap. Researchers point to many other potential benefits too, not least in improved relations between the sexes and a healthier, more peaceful planet.

If gender equality promises benefits not just to women, but to everyone, why aren't we embracing it? And how can we speed the pace of change?

Fewer than nine percent of world leaders are female, but the few women who have broken through include towering figures such as Angela Merkel. Could 50-foot women save the day? These questions have gripped journalist and author Catherine Mayer since she accidentally founded the Women's Equality Party in March 2015 and watched it grow in months from an idea to a vibrant political force with more than 70 branches across the UK.

In Attack of the Fifty Foot Women, her insightful, revelatory, often hilarious, and hugely inspiring book, she tackles those questions and many more, sharing inside views and experiences from building a party, and bringing together global research with analyses and interviews based on her own far-reaching research.

And she goes further. Campaigning for the Women's Equality Party ahead of elections in May 2016, she noticed that many people found it hard, in the absence of any real-life examples, to envisage a gender-equal world. So she takes us there, to the place she calls Equalia. What is it like? Does gender equality make for a society that is more equal in other ways too? Who does the low-paid jobs? How does gender express itself in a place freed from gender programming? What's the sex like? What's on the telly?


#5 How it Works: The Brother


This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text.

Do you ever find yourself longing for a simpler time? That time before the horrors of speed-bumps, automated supermarket checkouts and infernal switchboard options; the days when telephones had wires and a reassuring rotating dial, a tweet meant birdsong and Brexit might possibly have meant a new kind of breakfast cereal?

Fear not, for you are not alone. What you need are the new manuals for our times, simple primers for the everyday predicaments we find ourselves in.


#4 Fifty Sheds of Grey

Ha ... bet you had to read that title twice ... yes this is a parody ...

Hurt me!' she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. 'Very well,' I replied, 'You've got fat ankles and no dress sense.' Colin Grey's life was happy and simple until the day everything changed - the day his wife read THAT book. Suddenly, he was thrust head-first into a dark, illicit world of pleasure and pain.
Fifty Sheds of Grey is the story of one man's struggle against a tide of tempestuous, erotic desire and of the greatest love of all: the love between a man and his shed. WARNING: This book contains graphic shed-based images. Please don't look if you are easily offended.



In the UK ... as the popular media seems to drift ever further away from Christianity ... and also becomes ever more multicultural ...

Connected Christianity is a clarion call to Christians to robustly engage with the world we live in for the sake of the gospel. It calls us to be both Christian AND worldly, surely an unnerving tension when first considered but absolutely necessary if we are to truly reach the lost of this world we live in with the gospel they so desperately need to hear.

The Great Commission is your commission. You need to feel the weightiness of it. You need to own responsibility for it. It is not the commission merely of your church's pastor. The work of evangelism is not reserved to one man who stands in front of the people on the Lord's Day, or occasionally goes out into the open air. This is the job and responsibility and privilege of every one who names the name of Jesus Christ.

But how do we engage the world meaningfully without compromising the integrity of our Christianity? Is it possible for a follower of Jesus Christ to be both "worldly" and Christian? These are the questions this book seeks to answer.


#2 They Lived to Tell the Tale

This book is a collection of 50 thrilling, horrifying, amazing and inspiring stories about men and women who have survived incredible trials of endurance and achieved heroic feats in adversity. It covers recent traumatic events such as 9/11 and 7/7, takes the reader into jungles, volcanoes and the eyes of storms, and ranges back in history through world wars to the early days of polar exploration. The type of story will be familiar to fans of the RD magazine, but what this book does differently is to take each gripping narrative and add photographs, diagrams, maps and other illustrations that take the reader into the heart of the story and enhance their understanding of the extraordinary events. Also included are information boxes that give the reader extra information on the context of the stories, the people involved and the dangers faced.


#1 History Year by Year

Relive history as it happened - year by year

From the origins of our earliest African ancestors right up until the present day, History Year by Year covers the history of cultures and nations around the world in amazing visual detail.

Discover the events, individuals, cultures, inventions and ideas that have shaped the world in this innovative and visually arresting book that presents the 'who', 'where' and 'what' of history as never before. Explore the past using dynamic timelines that highlight major themes and "stories of the year" as well as bite-sized detail so you can move seamlessly through history.

Completely comprehensive yet perfect for browsing, History Year by Year is an essential addition to any family bookshelf making the past accessible to everyone.

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