Max Cryer is a language expert with many years’ experience of researching and writing on the subject. A well-known broadcaster and entertainer, he hosts a weekly radio slot on quirks of the English language. In a long career, he has been a schoolteacher, a compere and television host, as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Now a full-time writer living in Auckland, he has written many books, including Who Said That First?, Love Me Tender and The Godzone Dictionary all published by Exisle.
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From our earliest years we have heard proverbs, and many of them are repeated without much thought. In ‘Preposterous Proverbs’, Max Cryer looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world. Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with others on money, animals, sin and death. He has chosen some of the most interesting and perplexing, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth. A great book to dip into.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm | 272 Pages |
A proverb is to speech what salt is to food… Proverbs exist in every language yet rarely do we notice and acknowledge their existence.
Some sayings have become so familiar that we are scarcely aware they are proverbs. It is only when someone like Max Cryer takes the time to look at them that we can see how these ‘pearls of wisdom’ have played such a key role in the moral guidance of our society.
In Preposterous Proverbs, Max looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world.
Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with proverbs on money, animals, sin and death. Max has chosen some of the most interesting, perplexing and beautiful proverbs, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth.
A great book to dip into, Preposterous Proverbs will take you from Greece (‘A thousand men cannot undress a naked man’) to China (‘A dry finger cannot pick up salt’), from Japan (‘Fools and scissors must be carefully handled’) to India (‘A fat spouse is a quilt for the winter’).
Sometimes the wisdom is distinctly odd, sometimes it has become outdated, and sometimes it is simply contradictory. After all, do ‘many hands make light work’ or do ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’? You can’t really have it both ways!
Preposterous Proverbs will be a hoot for anyone who loves literature and is the perfect Christmas gift with it’s cute size and quirky cover.
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False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas — part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their remarkable voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.
False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | Approx. 50 Black & White photos and maps | 368 Pages |
Fed up with feeling nervous? Sick of self-doubt? Ever wonder when or how you will start to be confident and comfortable with yourself? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you have found the right book.
This book is about relaxing, the art of becoming consciously cool and learning to rise above stress. It’s a crash course in training yourself to be cool no matter what’s going on in your life, and the good news is that it’s not difficult. Through the simple practice of spending a few minutes a day working towards a calmer life, you too can take charge of your emotions.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 138 x 105 mm / 5 ½ x 4 ¼ | 120 Pages |
Many baby boomers are seeking to stay in the workforce longer and are looking for satisfying, fulfilling jobs. This book is a step-by-step guide to finding and winning the sort of job most likely to give job satisfaction and success. It sets out how older workers are often valued in the workplace because of their experience, skills, reliability and sense of responsibility before going on to show how to demonstrate these qualities to prospective employers.
Specimen résumés are included in the book and are available for download as templates from the linked website. Job seekers can almost guarantee getting a good job quickly if they follow the author’s recipe for success!
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | 352 Pages |
Good health starts from the inside out, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. So many of the most nutrient-dense foods are commonly available, as well as delicious! In The Essential Edible Pharmacy, nutritionist Sophie Manolas shares her passion for helping people eat their way to the healthiest and greatest version of themselves.
With many simple yet delicious recipes, this inspiring book re-introduces you to 60 nutritionally rich foods and explains exactly why each of them is so good for you. Sophie’s approach doesn’t require a radical lifestyle change or hard-to-find ingredients – this is everyday eating for everyone to enjoy.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 235 x 191 mm / 9 ¼ x 7 ½ Inches | 90 Colour Illustrations | 216 Pages |