Monday, 31 October 2011

Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon laid bare in new Haynes Manual

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... Han Solo and Chewbacca could have done with a Haynes Manual for the Millennium Falcon.

Following the skyrocketing success of Haynes’ USS Enterprise Manual last year, the iconic Star Wars™ ship finally gets the Haynes treatment.

Using brand-new, full-colour artwork, cutaways and exploded diagrams together with plenty of photographs, the Haynes Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual provides the most thorough technical description available of the starship that helped to change the course of history.

The book is written by Ryder Windham, a hugely respected authority on Star Wars, having more than 50 books on the subject, and highly regarded by both Lucasfilm and Star Wars fans.

It includes full, technical descriptions of how the Millennium Falcon was illegally altered by its smuggler owner-operators to deliver increased shield power and speed, and carry military-grade weapons.

In true Haynes how-to style, the reader is taken through how to fly the Falcon as well as the technology behind hyperspace travel, special manoeuvres, combat techniques and using the hyperdrive. The controls in the iconic cockpit, which juts out on one side of the starship, are rendered in beautiful colour artwork to describe in detail the Millennium Falcon’s operating systems.

Weapons systems are outlined offering intelligence that would have proved invaluable to the Imperial Navy.  The crew quarters are revealed in detail, complete with recess bunks, medical kits, and even Chewbacca’s hologame table. 

Double-page character profiles for each crewmember offer reminders of the men – and Wookiee – at the helm, along with shots from the original trilogy of Star Wars films.

As if this wasn’t detail enough, the Manual begins with a history of other spacecraft from the Corellian Engineering Corporation that brought us the Millennium Falcon, along with a rundown of the many configurations and options offered by the manufacturer.
The Haynes Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual is destined to become essential reading for all Star Wars fans.

Ryder Windham is the author of over 50 Star Wars books and is highly regarded by Lucasfilm and Star Wars fans. Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas are the acknowledged experts when it comes to illustrating the Millennium Falcon.
Sales Information:
The Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual is available from all good bookshops and direct from Haynes at or call 01963 442030, priced £14.99

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Be That Writer: Poetry

Be That Writer: Poetry: Poetry, if it is anything, must come from the heart. It can rhyme, or be blank verse. Long, in multiple verses, or with only one verse or ...

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart is an absolutely delightful book that will make an ideal present for the person who loves cats.

It is a collection of photographs of cats and kitties. Some cute, some who although looking as if they are a street cat who would not mind going for a few rounds in the ring of life look as if they, too, would enjoy the odd tickle behind the ear, before perhaps biffing you one for your gross impertinence!

The page facing the cat photographs are filled with an extract from the works of a poet or an author (Wordsworth, Wilde, Kipling, Hesse, Calvino, Hood, etc) politicians (Carter, Jefferson, etc) and Philosophers and thinkers like Ruskin, Howard, Locke,Verne, Lao Tzu) and humorists (Twain, Billings, Chaplin, etc) .

It is a modestly sized hardback book that is well presented and well finished. The perfect sticking filler.

It costs £6.99 and is published by Bound Originals and SPANA, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad which, since 1923, has been raising funds to provide free veterinary care, welfare work and training around the world.

The book is edited by Lucy Duckworth and the ISBN is 978-1-906181-08-6.

EDITOR:, If you buy direct from SPANA, you only pay £5.50 and the money raised by the sales go to help SPANA

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Hip new self-transformational book from life coach Gabrielle Bernstein – she has wowed the US and is the new role model in how to feel good

‘So long, Carrie Bradshaw- there's a new role model for go-getting thirty somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the postmodern spiritual set.’ ELLE Magazine

‘This woman will make you smile. Forget what you thought you knew about 'self help'. Life coach Gabrielle Bernstein has wowed the US - and now she's hit the UK to unleash a happy new you... a role model in how to feel good.’ Glamour Magazine

‘Zen bombshell Gabrielle Bernstein has been pegged the Dalai Lama for the Gossip Girl set.’ Huffington Post

How does a New York City publicist and party girl turn into a guru for the next generation? In her new book, SPIRIT JUNKIE: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles (October 2011), Gabrielle Bernstein shares the story of how she transformed her life, offering her spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for.

Though still young (now thirty-one) and still rocking her Louboutins, Bernstein has traded self-doubt and addiction for a new kind of high. In 2005 she became a student of A Course in Miracles, and since then she has been guided to translate and teach those spiritual principles to the next generation.

In the US Gabrielle has established herself as a mentor and spiritual big sister to young women nationwide, who these days are more interested in green juice, yoga, and meditation than nightclubs and the latest fashion trends. Her position as a leader in the new spiritual movement has been further cemented via her worldwide lecture circuit, weekly blogs (on GabbyB.TV), life coaching work with thousands, and her online presence as the founder of, a social networking site dedicated to helping women find mentors.

In this hip self-transformational book, Bernstein shows how to make happiness a way of life and shares the life-changing lessons that she has lived and learned in the hope that other young women will be guided to do the same. SPIRIT JUNKIE shows readers how to tap into their own spirit in their search for happiness. This is not a book on how to get happiness; rather it’s a guide to releasing the blocks to the happiness that already lives inside.

SPIRIT JUNKIE : A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. Published by Hay House, 3rd October 2011, £10.99 pb, also available as an e-book

Download the book jacket image
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Link to the Spirit Junkie video trailer

Also by Gabrielle Bernstein:
Medidating: Meditations for Fearless Romance (November). An hour-long guided meditation CD to help you release romantic illusions, overcome fears and insecurities, activate your attracting power and manifest love into your life.