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The Things that Nobody Knows

HERE ARE MANY, MANY THINGS THAT NOBODY KNOWS . . .

Why are so many giraffes gay?
Has human evolution stopped?
Where did our alphabet come from?
Can robots become self-aware?
Can lobsters recognize other lobsters by sight?
What goes on inside a black hole?
Are cell phones bad for us?
Why can’t we remember anything from our earliest years?

Full of the mysteries of life, the universe and everything, The Things that Nobody Knows is a fascinating and unputdownable exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond.

The 21st-Century Screenplay

The 21st-Century Screenplay is the long-awaited, much-expanded successor to the author’s internationally acclaimed Scriptwriting Updated. Many books in one, it offers a comprehensive, highly practical manual of screenwriting from the classic to the avant-garde, from The African Queen and Tootsie, to 21 Grams, Pulp Fiction, Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Whether you want to write short films, features, adaptations, genre films, ensemble films, blockbusters or art house movies, this book takes you all the way from choosing the brilliant idea to plotting, writing and rewriting.

Featuring a range of insider survival tips on time-effective writing, creativity under pressure and rising to the challenge of international competition, The 21st-Century Screenplay is essential reading for newcomer and veteran alike.

England

Despite a thousand years of glorious history, the people of England know surprisingly little of the facts and fables, people and places and events and emblems that have shaped their country and its heritage.

* Where did John Bull come from?

* What is the Long Man of Wilmington?

* Who abolished Christmas?

* When did roast beef become a national dish?

From the White Cliffs of Dover to MG Rover, from Newcastle Brown Ale to Royal Mail, and from John Milton to blue stilton, Nicholas Hobbes explains and celebrates the many facets of Englishness for today’s readers. The result is as entertaining as it is essential.