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In more than twenty years, Jon Frost has worked with the mad, the bad, the brave, the stupid, the spectacular and the heroic.
In Jon's time as a uniformed officer he seized presidential aircraft, a working tank, cars, lorries, boats and coffins; and uncovered wild animals, killer snakes, bush meat, animal porn, poisonous vodka, dodgy medicine, bootleg prescriptions, pirated pills, toxic alcohol, firearms, side-arms, swords, explosives, stolen gold, dirty money, blood diamonds, child pornography and every drug known to man and a few as yet unknown ones. And the dead? He searched them too.
When you've confiscated everything from a suitcase full human hair to a live monkey hidden in the lining of someone's overcoat, you know you can never return to a normal line of work.
But then Jon went into plain clothes and undercover customs work and things became really interesting.
This collection of Raja Rao's short fiction traverses the entire span of his literary career. These vibrant stories reveal his deep understanding of village life and his passion for India's freedom struggle, and showcase his experimentation with form and style. They range from ones written by a struggling young writer to those of later years, displaying a mature, stylistic formalism.
When Tim Hughes joins his precocious schoolfriend Julian in a holiday job sorting out the library of an elderly neighbour, Harald Meades, he doesn't comprehend the emotions, both adult and adolescent, with which he is about to tangle. Harald's mathematician son and his wife are planning to part, and the arrival of their daughter Harriet soon transforms the thoughts and feelings of both boys and puts each to a different test - while the life of their parents and of Meades himself are also changed radically. In his fortieth book, a tragi-comedy of three generations, Stanley Middleton triumphantly proves that he has lost none of the sureness of feeling for his characters, the sense of place or the psychological insights which are so much a part of his earlier novels.
During the Margaret Thatcher years, Britain experienced mass unemployment, trade union strikes, bloody war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and an existential threat to its public service broadcaster, the BBC. Pounded by a coherent free market argument, the BBC had to justify its right to the Licence Fee and its independent place in the 'unwritten' British constitution. It did so by producing memorable programmes for the whole British public (not just for the groups that advertisers liked), bolstered by a surprising amount of help from elements of the Conservative government (although not from Thatcher). Drawing on previously unseen state and BBC papers, many released specifically for this dramatic and revealing account, as well as a compelling range of interviewees, Jean Seaton examines the turbulent controversies (stirred up by programmes such as Maggie's Militant Tendency) and the magnificent triumphs (such as Life on Earth and Morecambe and Wise) of an institution that Britain loved and hated, and in many ways is still defined by.
Thousands of established businesses fail every year because of the way they are organised, or re-organised. Business survival can depend not only on whether its structures and reporting lines meet the needs of the market, but also whether they can adapt in the face of a rapidly changing business environment.
Yet managers seldom talk coherently about structuring or restructuring their operations, let alone take a systematic approach to this vital issue. Too often, companies are restructured for the wrong reasons - for example, because a new CEO wants to make an impact, or to work around a new IT system.
This revised and updated Economist Guide shows how leaders should think about and implement the design of a company, using five easy-to-use guiding principles:
- Design a company around its strategy and the operating context, not for ulterior or non-business reasons;
- Think holistically - don't restructure just one division without taking into account other operations;
- Consider future markets, customers and trends, not just what works best now;
- Invest time and resources: - a redesign can be complicated to implement and must be done without disrupting daily activities; and
- Go back to the basics of how the company operates and its market position; this is not a repair job to fix a short-term problem.
The Penguin relaunch of Georges Simenon's incomparable books continues with four new Inspector Maigret novels A vast emptiness. The room, in the darkness, seemed big as a cathedral. Warm currents of air still drifted from the radiators. Delfosse struck a match. They paused for a moment to take a breath and get their bearings. And suddenly the match dropped. A piercing shriek came from Delfosse . . . Chabot saw something too. Maigret observes from a distance as two boys are accused of killing a rich foreigner in Liège. Their loyalty, which binds them together through their adventures in the seedier side of the city, is put to the test as seemingly irrelevant social differences threaten their friendship.
THE DEFIANT DEBUTANTE Eligible, attractive Alex Montgomery, Earl of Arlington, has always done just as he pleases. Society ladies adore him and a string of mistresses warm his bed. He's yet to meet the woman who could refuse him... Then he's introduced to the strikingly unconventional Miss Angelina Hamilton, who has plans of her own - and they don't include marriage to a rake! FROM GOVERNESS TO SOCIETY BRIDE Lord Lucas Stainton is ruthless, rude beyond belief, and Eve Brody wishes him to the devil... but the position of governess is hers if she'll accept. As sparks fly between them, Eve learns that the dark-hearted lord is close to ruin. Desperately craving the security she's never had, Eve offers a proposal - in return for her secret fortune, she asks only that he take her hand in marriage...