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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

The unforgettable oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt

For readers of On Tyranny and Why Nations Fail, a bracing look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world -- and a roadmap for rescuing our own. 

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 Special priceThe Future Is History

The Future Is History

Masha Gessen

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

Kassia St Clair

A new history of ingenuity from the author of The Secret Lives of Colour.

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Altered Traits

Altered Traits

Daniel Goleman, Richard J Davidson

Two New York Times-bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain.

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The Courage to Be Disliked

The Courage to Be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.

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 Special priceThe Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

Michael Jacobs, Hugh Palmer

Provence is a land apart, a territory of outstanding beauty and distinction that has fascinated outsiders since earliest times. This title features photographs and accounts of the most beautiful villages of Provence such as...

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The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Provence

The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Provence

Helena Attlee, Alex Ramsay

The variety of the communities situated within Provence - from the hills and mountains of the Alps and the Luberon, to the rich vine- growing country of the Var, to the delightful resorts of the coast - is revealed in this visual...

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 Special priceIt's All a Game: A Short History of Board Games

It’s All a Game: A Short History of Board Games

Tristan Donovan

From board game cafes to puzzle books, we need diversion more than ever. This cheeky but nostalgic look at the history of board games is the perfect Christmas gift.

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 Special priceTestosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Cordelia Fine

A landmark new book from Cordelia Fine, author of the hugely influential Delusions of Gender

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 Special priceA Mind of Its Own

A Mind of Its Own

Cordelia Fine

Shows the science behind the amazing ways your brain tricks you in everyday life. This work features stories and revealing psychology. It also includes chapters such as: The Immoral Brain, and The Weak-Willed Brain.

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 Special priceThe Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean

What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu's egg? Has anyone ever told you that...

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The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman

Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

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 Special priceHow Proust Can Change Your Life

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Alain de Botton

'Dazzling' John Updike

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 Special priceHidden Paris

Hidden Paris

Caroline Clifton-Mogg

Hidden Paris opens the door to some of Paris's secret interiors - both the old and the new, the classic and the quirky - and sheds a light on how Parisians really live.       

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 Special priceIslam

Islam

Karen Armstrong

Beginning with the flight of Muhammad from Medina in the seventh century and ending with an assessment of the religion today, Karen Armstrong shows how social justice and compassion have always been central to the Islamic...

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 Special priceThe Reality Frame

The Reality Frame

Brian Clegg

Acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg builds up reality piece by piece, from space, to time, to matter, movement, the fundamental forces, life, and the massive transformation that life itself has wrought on the natural world. He...

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The Balkans

The Balkans

Mark Mazower

A short history of the Balkans from the Romans to the present, which provides vital historical and cultural background to contemporary Balkan politics and offers the reader a fresh view of the region's relationship with Europe as...

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A History Of The French Revolution

A History Of The French Revolution

E D Bradby

When picturing the infamous French Revolution most of us think of the guillotine, the mass execution, the terror. E.D. Bradby shows us the other side to the rebellion: the grand ideas.

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 Special priceKoestler: The Indispensable Intellectual

Koestler: The Indispensable Intellectual

Michael Scammell

Best known as the author of the classic  Darkness at Noon , Koestler was one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals, involved in and commenting on almost every political movement of the twentieth...

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 Special priceThe Saboteur

The Saboteur

Paul Kix

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II - Robert de...

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.

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Feel Free: Essays

Feel Free: Essays

Zadie Smith

Arranged into four sections -- In the World, In the Audience, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free -- this collection poses questions we may immediately recognize.

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The One Inside

The One Inside

Sam Shepard

The One Inside is a searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative in which an actor/writer explores and revisits key moments and people from his life-all the while attempting to negotiate with a young woman who threatens to publish...

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The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy

The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy

James Bentley, Hugh Palmer

Celebrated for its fine wine and elegant cuisine, Burgundy is an area of outstanding architecture, charming villages and small towns. This volume pays tribute to Burgundy's history and devotion to the fine arts and crafts of good...

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 Special priceThe Quest for Queen Mary

The Quest for Queen Mary

James Pope-Hennessy, Hugo Vickers

The highly acclaimed unexpurgated notes taken by James Pope-Hennessy for his official biography of Queen Mary, the present Queen's grandmother. Published in full for the first time and edited by much-admired royal biographer Hugo...

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 Special pricePrimate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us

Primate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

This is the road from climate change to primate change.

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The Evolution of Type

The Evolution of Type

Tony Seddon, Stephen Coles

The history of letter design from woodcuts to computer fonts.

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Empire of Secrets

Empire of Secrets

Calder Walton

Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the looming specter of Soviet dominance in Britain's dwindling colonial possessions, the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but virtually unseen role in tipping the scales...

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 Special priceThe Lady with the Borzoi

The Lady with the Borzoi

Laura Claridge

The untold story of Blanche Knopf, the singular woman who helped define American literature.

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 Special priceAnd the Weak Suffer What They Must?

And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

Yanis Varoufakis

The strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must. -Thucydides The fate of the global economy hangs in the balance, and Europe is doing its utmost to undermine it, to destabilize America, and to spawn new forms of...

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Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear

Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear

Elizabeth P. Archibald

Chock-full of incredible advice that's stood the test of time and based on the popular blog, ASK THE PAST is the tongue-in-cheek compilation of hilarious and fascinating answers to everyone's questions, drawn from real antique...

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 Special priceThe Mesmerist: The Society Doctor Who Held Victorian London Spellbound

The Mesmerist: The Society Doctor Who Held Victorian London Spellbound

Wendy Moore

From the author of the No. 1 bestseller WEDLOCK, the story of two pioneering men of science, and a nation in thrall to mesmerism...

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 Special priceConfrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin

Confrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin

Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut

Alain Badiou is probably the most widely read and influential philosopher in France today. Alain Finkielkraut is also a well-known public intellectual in France Both have attracted controversy in the past and they hold strongly...

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 Special priceWe Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

Cynthia Young

This book traces the career of Chim, famed photojournalist and co-founder of Magnum Photos, who dedicated much of his life to documenting war and its aftermath.

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 Special priceSwallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia's Shipwrecks

Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia’s Shipwrecks

Graeme Henderson

Swallowed by the Sea tells the stories of Australia's greatest and most tragic shipwrecks, lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error, treachery or incompetence.

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 Special priceThe Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee

Jared M. Diamond

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel More than 98 % of human genes are shared with two species of chimpanzee.

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 Special priceThe Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries

The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries

Sex Pistols

The inside story of the year that changed everything - as told by the Sex Pistols.

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Primo Levi's Resistance

Primo Levi’s Resistance

Sergio Luzzatto, Frederika Randall

A daring investigation of Primo Levi's brief career as a fighter with the Italian Resistance, and the grim secret that haunted his life

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 Special priceBoys in the Trees: A Memoir

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

Carly Simon

A rhapsodic and beautifully composed memoir from American singer-songwriter legend, Carly Simon.

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Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

Philip Eade

A scintillating new biography of the novelist Evelyn Waugh, by acclaimed biographer Philip Eade.

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 Special priceThe Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite

The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite

Laura Freeman

A luminous memoir about recovery and how one woman discovered an appetite for food and life through reading

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Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell, Erica Segre

From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, Carlo Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.

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And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air

And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air

Bill Streever

A thrilling exploration of the science and history of wind from the bestselling author of Cold.

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 Special priceThe New Urban Crisis

The New Urban Crisis

Richard Florida

Cities are both the engines of innovation and the seedbeds of inequality - how can we keep what's good and break free of the bad?

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 Special priceAlone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk

Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk

Michael Korda

Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of the Second World War and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

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The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

Will Friedwald

Surveys fifty-seven of the greatest twentieth-century jazz and pop albums, including Fred Astaire's The Astaire Story, Ella Fitzgerald's Lullabies of Birdland, and Della Reese's Della Della Cha Cha Cha.

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Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini's Colditz

Castle of the Eagles: Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz

Mark Felton

The little-known true story of one of World War Two's greatest escapes, brought exuberantly to life by acclaimed historian Mark Felton

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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917

Helen Rappaport

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals...

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 Special priceBolder

Bolder

Carl Honore

Bestselling author of In Praise of Slow investigates one of the last taboos - ageing - and the 'age inappropriate' revolution that is taking place across the globe.

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 Special pricePlanting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Richard Aitken

Cottage to mansion, balcony to botanic garden, Planting Dreams will change the way you think about Australian gardens. Acclaimed garden historian Richard Aitken explores the fascinating environmental and social influences that...

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 Special priceHome and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Fredrik Ekelund, Don Bartlett, Sean Kinsella

The author is sitting at home in Skane with his wife, four small children and a dog. Fredrik Ekelund is away, in Brazil, where he plays football on the beach. In this football book, two authors use football and the World Cup in...

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 Special priceRebel Cities: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

Rebel Cities: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

Mike Rapport

A brilliant historical narrative of London, Paris and New York in the Age of Revolution, just as they were transforming into the great global cities we know them to be today.

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 Special priceMorrissey: Alone and Palely Loitering

Morrissey: Alone and Palely Loitering

Kevin Cummins

A photographic portrait of Morrissey at his peak, with many never-before-seen images

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The World Beyond Your Head

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew B Crawford

Drawing on moral philosophy, cognitive science, the work lessons of craftsmen and his own life lessons as an academic and mechanic, Matthew Crawford shows how each of us can learn to live in the world around us.

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