Blackwell Announces Its Favourite Books Of The Decade

Blackwell, the leading academic bookseller has announced its favourite books of the decade. The list of ten books, chosen f r o m the many hundreds published over the last ten years, are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Blackwell booksellers based in shops around the country voted for their favourites, enabling Blackwell to draw on its expert staff to compile a list of its recommendations.

The wide choice of books shows an eclectic mix of titles, including 2 Booker Prize winners and Richard Dawkins controversial God Delusion. Unusually, there is a strong non-fiction representation in the list showing the breadth of Blackwell booksellers reading choices.

Phill Jamieson, Head of Marketing at Blackwell, commented: “Our booksellers have an excellent reputation for their knowledge and love of books. This list backs this up with a thought-provoking selection of titles”.

Blackwell’s choice of books provides some great inspiration for Christmas Books buying, especially those ‘difficult to buy for’ friends and relatives. Phill Jamieson said: “Customers can choose a book f r o m a personally memorable year to make it into a truly thoughtful gift”.

As a unique feature of this promotion, Blackwell has also invited the authors of the Books of the Decade and those who have featured in its fortnightly Blackwell’s podcast throughout this year to tell of their favourite books of the decade.

There is a remarkably rich and stimulating range of responses, which can be found exclusively online through the Blackwell website. Here customers can discover which novel turns out to be the writers’ favourite, and encounter many gems they may have missed first time around.

Readers will find Costa winning novelist A.L Kennedy rubbing shoulders with Guardian First Book Prize winner Robert Macfarlane, and see Orange prize shortlisted novelist Marina Lewycka’s choices alongside those of ‘Undercover Economist’ Tim Harford and environmental campaigner Mark Lynas.

It all adds up to a unique resource for those looking for unusual present ideas or fresh new directions in which to take their own reading tastes.

About Blackwell Ltd
Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with 44 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. With its wide selection of medical books and law books, Blackwell has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on High Streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Blackwell is a leading supplier of academic books to Libraries across the world.

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MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

MAC Cosmetics has announced the launch of a newly designed website that fuses art and e-commerce.

MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

The website redesign includes a number of new ground-breaking technological features as well as launching a collection of Christmas 2009 gift sets, MAC Palettes and makeup shades for the festive season.

“Websites act as their own entity and they tell you when they want to be redesigned,” said James Gager, Senior Vice President/Creative Director, M·A·C Worldwide. “We looked at the M·A·C website in its entirety and wanted to redesign it in a way that was interactive and playful yet still very M·A·C. We incorporated new technologies that engage our customers in a way that they haven’t been before, by playing with vibrant colour, incorporating videos, and adding edgy new collection and product visuals that will make a serious impact.”

One of the key new features reinforces MAC’s authority in colour with the new Colour Play feature, which is unique to the website. It is an innovative immersion into colour that allows consumers to view, compare and shop for colour and texture across all product groups, from MAC eyeliner to lipstick and glitter.

A second innovation to the site lets the consumer learn how to professionally apply their favourite MAC blush or eye shadow with MAC’s new brush finder; an interactive tool that allows consumers to educate themselves on the various brush types in order to choose one that will best suit their specific needs.

Continuing with the theme of educating the customer, MAC has launched a series of ‘How to’ videos in which MAC’s Senior Makeup Artists offer their expertise via step-by-step tutorials that provide makeup tips, techniques and detailed product benefits; from learning how to apply MAC eyelashes to creating the perfect red lip.

The Christmas colour collection boasts an array of pretty pastels for the lips and smokey purple tones to adorn the eyes. MAC assortment of perfect holiday delights are also back, showcasing perfectly presented Christmas sets such a Naughty Noir Eye Bag – containing MAC mascara, pigment and eye liner.

About MAC Cosmetics
Makeup Art Cosmetics, better known as MAC Cosmetics, was founded in 1984 in Toronto. MAC Cosmetics’ first US store was opened in 1991 in Greenwich Village. Ten years after its initial opening, MAC Cosmetics was acquired by Estee Lauder Companies.

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Animal Crowns UK Pro Surf Tour Champions

The Animal team cleaned up the top spots of the UK Pro Surf tour at the final decider event in Newquay at the weekend. Alan Stokes claimed the overall men’s open tour title and Gwen Spurlock became overall women’s open tour champion too. This is a great finish for Gwen who has taken home the Welsh Junior and British Junior titles already this year.

Animal Crowns UK Pro Surf Tour Champions

The Animal Newquay open was the final stop of the gruelling six round tour that took the cream of UK surfers round the UK best breaks. After the stormy conditions provided by Mother Nature on day one, meaning the event was moved to Towan beach, the competition returned to Fistral. Day two saw a challenging chunky 6ft swell and a strong cross-shore SSW wind testing competitors. Each heat of the day was watched closely by the onlookers to find out who would win overall.

The weekend started with Stokesy holding a slender lead but with six surfers all in with a chance of taking the men’s Pro open tour title. As the heats progressed the contenders were eliminated leaving Newquay surfers Tom Butler and Alan Stokes as the last challengers remaining in the semi finals. Stokesy won his semi but Tom was unable to find the best waves and 3rd place kept him out of the final and handed the victory to Stokes.

Stokesy commented, “It means so much to take this title, it’s the hardest UK title to win as the championship is contested over 5 events. These new chargers like Tom Butler and Reubyn Ash pushed me all the way and made it an anxious but fantastic final event.”

In the Women’s event strong performances were put on by Zoe Sheath and Gabi Rowe. This wasn’t enough to take the overall title from Gwen Spurlock who won the overall UK Pro Surf Tour Women’s event thirty points ahead of the pack. Gwen’s story is one of a true champion, after winning the junior tour in 2007 a serious head injury kept her from the water in 2008. Now sporting a helmet Gwen has not only returned, but won the tour title.

On finding out she’d won the tour Gwen said, “Boom. I’m amazing.” She was pretty stoked that she had won the title.

About Animal
Since their conception, Animal clothing, Animal watches and Animal bags have successfully evolved into household names. The introduction of the Animal estore in 2009 means Animal can now offer Animal products UK wide and in a space unconstrained by shop floor size.

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Designer Jeweler, AstleyClarke.com Wins Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

We are delighted to inform you that AstleyClarke.com has won the Walpole Award for “Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

The annual Walpole awards for Excellence took place last night (16th November 2009), at Banqueting House, London and honored those individuals and companies who have, in the views of the judges, members and industry, achieved the pinnacle of excellence across seven categories including luxury, design, online, international, overseas and emerging talent.

Designer Jeweler, AstleyClarke.com Wins Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

This year, the award for Best Luxury Brand Online was judged by leading industry experts Nathalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter, Brent Hoberman of MyDeco.com, Guy Salter of Walpole, Erik Wachtmeister of A Small World, Martin Bartle of 270 Degrees and Peter Fitzgerald of Google. Judges unanimously agreed that AstleyClarke.com has shown innovation through the use of online technology and marketing, achieving outstanding sales results and a luxury presence online in 2009. The other Nominees were: Anya Hindmarch, Cartier, Hackett, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton.

AstleyClarke.com is now the recognized home of the World’s best collection of designer jewellery and is the ultimate destination for all online jewellery gift shopping.

The award is a fitting accolade; in October AstleyClarke.com re-launched its Designer jewellery website as part of the strategic development of the Astley Clarke brand. It sits within the company’s mission to make Fine Designer Jewellery a more creative and imaginative category for a new generation of luxury consumer. This consumer embraces the attributes of ecommerce and is a high spender in the luxury arena. To compliment the launch of the new website, AstleyClarke.com also opened its newly refurbished showroom in West London.

“I am delighted AstleyClarke.com has won the Walpole Award for Best Luxury Brand Online. Astley Clarke has embraced a gap in the market for online luxury and is a pioneer in changing the way that luxury consumers shop for jewellery online – With exquisite designer jewellery, combined with a return to old-fashioned customer service of the highest standard, AstleyClarke.com has carved a unique niche for itself; moving away from a mass approach to luxury”. Bec Clarke – Founder and Managing Director

AstleyClarke.com
The new AstleyClarke.com website features outstanding jewellery photography; sophisticated gemstone search functions; zoom features and product showcases giving customers an improved view of the products, exquisite front end design, excellent faceted navigation, improved jewellery wish-list and gift reminding features. The site also houses inspirational jewellery content by the AstleyClarke.com design team, International Jewellery designers and leading fashion and jewellery editors. To educate international jewellery shoppers, Astley’s Jewellery Miscellany, written by the in-house gemmologists, covers in-depth information on gemstones, precious metals, design and craftsmanship.

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