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MEDICAL MEDDLERS, MEDIUMS AND MAGICIANS - the Victorian Age of Credulity Published in April 2012 by The History Press
 
 
The Victorians had a thirst for knowledge. This drove them to explore the unchartered corners of the world, plumb the unfathomable depths of science, discover evolution and create some of the engineering and architectural marvels of the world. Yet this open-mindedness also at times made them utterly gullible. Because of their closeness to disease and the ever-present threat of the own mortality, it was inevitable that they would be open to the claims of quacks who promised all kinds of pancreas, and to mediums who offered a means of communicating with the dead. So too did it make them eager for diversion and entertainment by the conjurers and illusionists of the great music halls. Strangely, it was through the magic-making skill of the conjurers that the activities of many of the tricksters and the fraudulent mediums finally came to be exposed. Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians is a box of delights for all students of Victoriana
 
  
THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO KING ARTHUR Published in June 2012 by Golden Guides Press
 
 
 
The Classic Guides series has a user-friendly, magazine-style format with bullet points and box-out breaking up the text. This informative book discusses the main Arthurian legends, the characters and the symbolism of the legend throughout the ages, including a belief during the War that King Arthur would return to defend Britain, plus the Kennedy Camelot administration. It examines the role of Camelot, Excalibur and Merlin, together with the morally confusing Age of Chivalry and the representation of the Grail. Arthurian enthusiast, Dr Keith Souter, also examines the stories of Arthur and his knights in literature, art, film and TV and why we re still captivated with this centuries old legend. He also reveals where, exactly, King Arthur is said to be buried.
 
 THE POCKET GUIDE TO DICE AND DICE GAMES Published February 2012 by Pen & Sword
 
 
 
Dice have been played for centuries and are a staple of the playground, board games and casinos alike. This pocket guide contains their history and clear explanations to popular dice games, including farkle (played since the Middle Ages), Gluckhaus (a German game of fortune, played since Medieval Times), and Jacks, including tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by loaded or crooked dice. Famous dice players include Augustus and Caligula, the Roman Emperors the latter lost all his money playing dice and quickly stole other people s and carried on gaming. In Regency times, fortunes could be won and lost at the roll of a die and it was not only money which was gambled away but estates and even marriages. Full of fascinating facts and useful tips, this is a must-read book for everyone interesting in games, gambling and social history. Did you know? Dice derives from the Latin, datum meaning ought to be played The black marks showing the numbers are called pits Dice were first played in India c. 3000 BC They were originally made from bones, including knuckle and ankle bones Traditionally cubed, they also come in other geometric shapes, incuding the zocchihedron, the 100-side dice and the deltoidal icositetrahedron where each side is shaped like a kite
 
 
THE LITTLE BOOK OF GENIUS Published in October 2011 by The History Press
 
The Book of Genius
 
At any party, there's always one person who stands out from the crowd, because he or she talks more intelligently and tells better jokes than everyone else there. And everyone else wishes they were as knowledgeable and witty as that person. Thanks to Keith Souter's The Little Book of Genius, they can be, or at least appear to be. The first part, which is based on serious scientific foundations explained in an accessible and light-hearted manner, explains some handy techniques for winning an argument, getting your point across, telling a joke and generally making the most of yourself. The second contains the essentials of what you need to know about literature, history, art, music, science, sport and other subjects, so that people will think you are cultured, intelligent and well-read. With the help of The Little Book of Genius, you can be the envy of everyone else at the party!
 
SCHOOLBOY SCIENCE REMEMBERED  Published July 2011 by Pen & Sword
 
 
 
 A fantastic foray into the world of science and schoolday experiments which involve turning household goods into exciting but informative experiments. Dr Keith Souter explains the science behind the simple but fun experiments and, by understanding how they work, it will also help to explain the world around you from the position of the Harvest Moon to the composition and osmosis of food and drink. Discover how to make your own kaleidoscope, crystals and even a steam turbine from an old cocoa tin and why you ll never want to compost a floppy potato again. A must-buy book for everyone interested in what happens when and why. The Theory of Everything is contained in these fact-filled pages. Did you know? Steam engine designer, George Stephenson, was inspired by a kettle lid rattling under the pressure of steam Moth balls or Alka Seltzer can be turned into a self-propelling boat Mirrors can be used to help people recover from strokes and even paralysis
 
 
NOW YOU'RE TALKING - what to say when you are tongue-tied and terrified  Published by Hodder Educational in 2011
 
 
 Tongue-tied at parties? Shy on dates? Dreading the next 'networking' event? Tackle your inner critic and find self-assurance with this empathetic and practical guide to overcoming your social pariah status and learning to make small talk that could seal your success at work, at home or in romantic situations. With an opening chapter on how to simply feel more confident about your ability to charm and impress, this book is packed with psychological insight and advice and, more importantly, with strategies for being charming in any social situation. From parties to work outings, it gives opening lines and practical advice on things like body language - and will even help you cope with the difficult times, when tackling conflict or facing an argument. You will learn to love the prospect of a dinner party with even the most challenging guests, and never be lost for words again.