Building the Cycling City

The world isrediscovering the bicycle as a multi-pronged solution to acute, 21st-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation. The Netherlands has built an accessible cycling culture that cities around the world can learn from.Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities. Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.
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The Desert Raider

Owen Foster is with the Special Air Service. He’s been missing for about five weeks and Mariyah Khoudry is trying to find out what happened to him. They’re legally married and she might be pregnant. Sergeant Major Bullen, stuck with the duty, will do his best to locate the lad, whether dead or alive. A short story of romance and adventure.
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The Ruthless

Return to a world of crystal armour, savage wilderness, and corrupt dynasties in book two of The Deathless series from Gemmell award-winning author Peter Newman. THE REBELFor years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come. THE RUTHLESSIn the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their ruler to his rightful place. But the child raised to give up his body to Lord Rochant is no ordinary servant. Strange and savage, he will stop at nothing to escape his gilded prison. AND THE RETURNED...Far below, another child yearns to see the human world. Raised by a creature of the Wild, he knows their secrets better than any other. As he enters into the struggle between the Deathless houses, he may be the key to protecting their power or destroying it completely. THE WILD HAS BEGUN TO RISE
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Tasmanian Devil

A fascinating look at this most famous Australian of marsupials.The story of the Tasmanian Devil is a remarkable one - surprising, controversial, funny and tragic. Nor has it been told before. Few mammals have been so negatively named, but this book casts the Tasmanian Devil in a strikingly new light. Far from being a scavenging, ferocious oddity, it is a treasured and valuable wildlife species, and one that faces the threat of extinction. This is the first book published on the animal that has the distinction of being the world's largest marsupial carnivore, and it is packed with information that has either never been published or has only been found in scientific publications.
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Shark

The shark has been our planet's dominant predator for millions of years. But in just fifty years all sharks have become threatened by human activity; victims of a deadly combination of overfishing, pollution and the destruction of their habitats. Although scientific knowledge of sharks is increasing rapidly, there is still much to learn about these complex and elusive animals - and for many species it may already be too late.Despite this, in the popular imagination sharks remain poorly understood and, all too often, despised.Shark: In peril in the sea comprehensively overturns our negative and damaging perception of sharks. Thoroughly researched and written in clear, jargon-free prose by a shark 'outsider', it tells you everything you need to know about these sophisticated guardians of our oceans.Big and small, scary and harmless, this book stands up for sharks!
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The Vagrant and the City

The second short story set in Peter Newman's incredible world of THE VAGRANT. 'It's a story that grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and refused to let go...' Fantasy Faction
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Thylacine

The tragic story of how ignorance, fear and lack of caring led to the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger.Is it still out there?Thousands of Australians, including dedicated and serious scientists, claim to keep seeing it still.The world's largest marsupial predator was deliberately hunted to extinction through fear, ignorance and greed. But was it a savage sheep killer or a shy, fussy, nocturnal feeder? And did it really drink its victims' blood?Once reviled, feared and slaughtered by government decree, the myth of the Tasmanian Tiger continues to grow. So treasured is it now, the Tasmanian Tiger has become the official logo of the island that wiped it out and a symbol of the conservation movement world-wide.A number of Australian species have miraculously reappeared after being labelled as extinct. Perhaps the Tiger is still with us. And if it's not, can it be brought back by cloning?
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Closer to Stone

See the dots, boy. Can you see them? They’re not even towns, most of them. They’re settlements, handfuls of human beings huddled together in the sand. Know this about your brother: he went out into that desert and he did not come back.There has never been a deserter in Bas Adams’ family – from the Somme to Vietnam. So when his brother, Jack, is reported missing from his peacekeeping contingent in Western Sahara, Bas knows he must be found. Their father demands it.From Queensland’s Lockyer Valley to the mountains of southern Algeria, Bas follows Jack’s trail deep into the Saraha Desert, and into a world apart. Nothing could prepare him for what he finds.PRAISE FOR SIMON CLEARY‘A brave and impressive debut’ David Malouf‘Assured and unsettling’ Canberra Times‘A poignant tale’ Age
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Martha Calhoun

Sixteen-year-old Martha Calhoun runs away from her home in Katydid, Illinois after a misunderstood incident with the nine-year-old boy she was babysitting. She discovers a great deal about herself while on the road with a boy she does not even like.
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The Shark God

When Charles Montgomery was ten years old, he stumbled upon the memoirs of his great-grandfather, a seafaring missionary in the South Pacific. Poring over the faint text and faded pictures, he was entranced by the world of black magic and savagery the bishop described, and couldn't help but wonder what drove the Victorian to risk his life among people who had shot, drowned, or clubbed to death so many of his predecessors.Alternately terrifying, moving, and hilarious, with overtones of Melville and Conrad, The Shark God is Montgomery's extraordinary and piercingly intelligent account of both Melanesia's transformation and his own. This defiantly original blend of history and memoir, anthropology and travel writing, marks the debut of a singular new talent.
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