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 Special priceSeashaken Houses

Seashaken Houses

Tom Nancollas

An enthralling history of Britain's historic rock lighthouses, exploring the enduring appeal of these magnificent, isolated sentinels.     

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 Special priceA Certain Idea of France

A Certain Idea of France

Julian Jackson

In six weeks in 1940, France's armies were decisively beaten by Germany. A junior French general, refusing to accept defeat, made his way to England. On 18 June he spoke to his compatriots on the BBC, urging them rally to him in...

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 Special priceGandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World

Gandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World

Ramachandra Guha

Gandhi lived one of the great 20th-century lives. He inspired and enraged, challenged and delighted many million men and women around the world. This magnificent book tells the story of Gandhi's life, from his departure from South...

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 Special priceDangerous Mystic

Dangerous Mystic

Joel F. Harrington

A biography of the 14th century German theologian Meister Eckhart, whose theory of a personal path to the divine inspired thinkers from Jean Paul Sartre to Thomas Merton, and most recently, Eckhart Tolle.   ...

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 Special priceMartin Luther

Martin Luther

Eric Metaxas

A brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern religious history, Martin Luther.

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 Special priceAnthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

Hilary Spurling

The definitive portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's foremost biographers.

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 Special priceThe Europeans

The Europeans

Orlando Figes

A dazzling, highly original account of three remarkable individuals and their part in creating the matchless new culture of 19th-century Europe.

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 Special priceThe Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic Enlightenment

Christopher de Bellaigue

But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the...

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 Special priceThe Book Thieves

The Book Thieves

Anders Rydell, Henning Koch

For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful...

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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 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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 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 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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 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 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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Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story

Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story

DK

This DK visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with beautiful photography that captures famous dancers and key stories. Discover more than 70 of the most famous ballet dances, from The Nutcracker and Swan...

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 Special priceDead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

Helen Whybrow

Collects the top nineteenth-century discovery voyage stories, including those about Fridtjob Nansen's solitary walk to the North Pole, Mary Kingsley's forays into the West African jungle, and Richard Burton's forbidden pilgrimage...

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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Michael J Sandel

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, the moral limits of markets - Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of...

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 Special priceMAD's Greatest Writers: Frank Jacobs

MAD’s Greatest Writers: Frank Jacobs

Frank Jacobs

For over 50 years Frank Jacobs has been one of MAD's influential writers. In the first installment of our MAD's Greatest Writers series, Frank Jacobs personally collects the highlights from his time at MAD Magazine.

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 Special priceNatural Healing Wisdom & Know How

Natural Healing Wisdom & Know How

Amy Rost

A home reference for natural and alternative health and healing. It includes an index of Ailments and Symptoms that guides readers to useful methods and techniques to help them manage specific issues and problems.

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The Knitting Book

The Knitting Book

Frederica Patmore, Vikki Haffenden

Whether you're new to knitting or a wonder with wool, The Knitting Book is the bible no knitter can craft without.    

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Poets in Their Youth

Poets in Their Youth

Eileen Simpson

In 1942, Eileen Simpson - then Eileen Mulligan - married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They moved frequently -...

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The Mythology Book

The Mythology Book

DK

Eighty of the world's greatest myths and characters, from the gods of Greek mythology to the Norse heroes, retold and explained with engaging text and bold graphics.      

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Unlock Your Imagination

Unlock Your Imagination

DK

This incredible activity book contains 250 ideas to keep kids entertained and includes everything needed to play checkers, chess, and snakes-and-ladders.   

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Timelines of Everything

Timelines of Everything

DK

From dinosaurs and Vikings to the history of robots and espionage, discover incredible world history in this lavish collection of timelines. Jam-packed with surprising facts and amazing details, this compendium takes readers on a...

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Writers: Their Lives and Works

Writers: Their Lives and Works

DK

From Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, this DK book features more than 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers.   

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The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK

The stories, events, and teachings contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations explained with accessible text and bold graphics.     

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Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel

Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel

DK

An illustrated account of human movement, travel, exploration, and scientific discovery - from the first trade networks in ancient Sumer to the epic Voyager missions.    

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Star Wars Made Easy

Star Wars Made Easy

Christian Blauvelt

Get a handle on the world's most popular saga with quick Q&As and at-a-glance illustrations. You'll never confuse a Jedi and a Jawa again!     

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The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia

Sandy Ransford, Bob Langrish

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia by Sandy Ransford is a fantastic gift for children who dream of having a horse or pony of their own.    

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 Special priceDC Comics: A Visual History (Updated Edition)

DC Comics: A Visual History (Updated Edition)

Alan Cowsill, Alex Irvine, Matthew Manning

Discover the world behind the DC Universe!    

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Drive: The Definitive History of Driving

Drive: The Definitive History of Driving

Giles Chapman

Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.   

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Franklin and Eleanor

Franklin and Eleanor

Hazel Rowley

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths....

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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 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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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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It'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 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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 Special priceHow Proust Can Change Your Life

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Alain de Botton

'Dazzling' John Updike

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Hidden 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 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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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 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

x 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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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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 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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