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#BookReview: The Teenage Guide to Life Online by Nicola Morgan #MPBooks

The Teenage Guide to Life Online book coverTitle: The Teenage Guide to Life Online

Author: Nicola Morgan

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Teen/YA, Non-fiction, Advice/Self-help

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Description: The internet is part of our daily lives – most of us check our phones far more often than we’d care to admit.  We love our little devices…but too much time online can lead to stress, over-sharing, low self-esteem, loss of concentration and may expose us to online abuse.

Award-winning author Nicola Morgan provides a balanced and well-researched look at what happens to us all, young and old, when we spend time on our screens; the wonderful positives and worrying negatives.  This book will empower you to take control of your time online – to keep it from controlling you!Read More »

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#BookReview: North Wales Trail Running by Steve Franklin #MPBooks

North Wales Trail Running book coverTitle: North Wales Trail Running: 20 Off-Road Routes for Trail & Fell Runners

Author: Steve Franklin

Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors, Running

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Description: North Wales Trail Running is a comprehensive guide to off-road running across North Wales, including Snowdonia, Anglesey and into the Llyn Peninsula and the Clwyds. With 20 runs from 4km to 20.4km in length, this book is suitable for runners of all abilities.
North Wales has some of the most diverse terrain in the UK, from rocky outcrops and large cwms to steep-sided valleys and magical llyns. It is a Mecca for the adventurous runner, and home to the 104km Paddy Buckley Round. In this book, author Steve Franklin has collected together many of his favourite runs, from low-lying loops around idyllic llyns and reservoirs, to serious hands-on-knees fell runs on some of Snowdonia’s biggest mountains. Summit Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Conwy Mountain, and discover quieter corners of the country around Cnicht, the Northern Carneddau and the Crafnant valley.
Each route features clear and easy-to-use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and timings, and refreshment stops and local knowledge.Read More »

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#BookReview: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Let’s Discover Bugs #MPBooks

We're Going on a Bear hunt Let's discover Bugs book coverTitle: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Let’s Discover Bugs

Author: Andrea Cascardi

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s activity book – Colouring, Stickers, things to do

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Description: There’s so much to discover when you step into the wonderful world of bugs!
Fun facts about common flies, mighty beetles, beautiful butterflies and more.
Top tips on bug-finding, packing for an adventure and where to go.
Recipes, games and colour-in-your-own sticker activities.Read More »

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#BookReview: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Let’s Discover Birds #MPBooks

We're Going on a Bear hunt Let's discover Birds book coverTitle: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Let’s Discover Birds

Author: Andrea Cascardi

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s activity book, non-fiction, nature

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Description: There’s so much to discover when you step into the wonderful world of birds!
Fun facts about red robins, swooping seagulls, golden eagles and more.
Top tips on bird-watching, identifying bird song and spotting favourite feathered friends.
Recipes, craft projects and colour-in sticker activities.Read More »

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#BookReview: The Magician’s Glass by Ed Douglas #MPBooks

The Magician's Glass book coverTitle: The Magician’s Glass – Character and Fate: Eight Essays on Climbing and the Mountain Life

Author: Ed Douglas

Publisher:  Vertebrate Publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors, Biography/autobiography

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Description: The Magician’s Glass by award-winning writer Ed Douglas is a collection of eight recent essays on some of the biggest stories and best-known personalities in the world of climbing.
In the title essay, he writes about failure on Annapurna III in 1981, one of the boldest attempts in Himalayan mountaineering on one of the most beautiful lines – a line that remains unclimbed to this day.
Douglas writes about bitter controversies, like that surrounding Ueli Steck’s disputed solo ascent of of the south face of Annapurna, the fate of Toni Egger on Cerro Torre in 1959 – when Cesare Maestri claimed the pair had made the first ascent, and the rise and fall of Slovenian ace Tomaz Humar. There are profiles of two stars of the 1980s: the much-loved German Kurt Albert, the father of the ‘redpoint’, and the enigmatic rock star Patrick Edlinger, a national hero in his native France who lost his way.
In Crazy Wisdom, Douglas offers fresh perspectives on the impact mountaineering has on local communities and the role climbers play in the developing world. The final essay explores the relationship between art and alpinism as a way of understanding why it is that people climb mountains.Read More »

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#BookReview: The Ogre by Doug Scott #MPBooks

The Ogre book coverTitle: The Ogre: Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent

Author: Doug Scott

Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors, Autobiography

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Description: On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of The Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse.

Rising to over 7,000 metres in the centre of the Karakoram, The Ogre – Baintha Brakk is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited by Scott and Bonington in 1977 on expedition with Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, Nick Estcourt, Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third.

The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: in the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington s first ascent and their dramatic week-long descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs. Using newly discovered diaries, letters and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned and themselves still a long way from safety.

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#BookHaul: Vertebrate Publishing February 2018 #MPBooks

I’m still not fully back to blogging yet but I got this wonderful book post recently and just had to share 🙂  This lovely package of books comes from the lovely people at Vertebrate Publishing.  There’s a real mix of different books here, fiction as well as non-fiction and I can’t wait to read them all!  Check these out and tell me if there’s anything that catches your eye?

First some biography style books (descriptions are a bit long):

 

Vertebrate books February 2018 biographies
Both hardbacks and a paperback, can’t wait to read these!

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