October picks for libraries: International non-fiction

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection...

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On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd

On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd

Axel Linden, Frank Perry

Norwegian Wood meets The Tao of Pooh meets a flock of Swedish sheep in this playful, profound and philosophical diary written by a literary academic turned novice shepherd.

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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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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Benjamin Balint

The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of the most enigmatic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless lost cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely trajectory of a trove of...

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Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo is on a mission: to show us that maths is the language of the universe.

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary

Jan Morris

Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection.

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Call Them by Their True Names

Call Them by Their True Names

Rebecca Solnit

An essential new collection of essays from the bestselling phenomenon Rebecca Solnit calling for reflection and context, activism and hope.  

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 Read reviewPapa Goose

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting, Jane Billinghurst

Being father to a gaggle of goslings that won't let you out of their sight is a full-time job...

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The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor

Ben Macintyre

A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians.   

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The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? Stay tuned.

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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Michael Palin

Michael Palin brings to life one of the greatest adventures of all time.  

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Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

Billy Connolly

Accompanying a new BBC series, legendary comic and national treasure Billy Connolly returns to his roots, reflecting on his life, his homeland and what it means - then and now - to be Scottish.

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Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Brene Brown

Research professor and TED talk phenomenon Dr Brené Brown reveals how to choose courage over comfort, so we can step up, make a difference and dare to lead.

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She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

Jill Soloway

From the creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Transparent, a memoir about love, sex and art.

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Speeches of Note: A celebration of the old, new and unspoken

Speeches of Note: A celebration of the old, new and unspoken

Shaun Usher

From Shaun Usher, the author of the international bestseller Letters of Note, comes an obsessively curated, richly illustrated and sumptuously produced collection of speeches from throughout the ages.

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Dominion

Dominion

Paul Lussier

A landmark account of the race to save the planet, by one of the world's foremost experts on climate scienceAt the current rate of carbon pollution, we are we are likely to see the first wave of global catastrophes as a result of...

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 Read reviewHeartland

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman's experience of working-class poverty in America.

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Maison: Parisian Chic at Home

Maison: Parisian Chic at Home

Ines de la Fressange, Marin Montagut, Claire Cocano

A duo of high-profile tastemakers invite readers inside fifteen homes that are infused with the blend of vintage and contemporary style that is the essence of Parisian chic.    

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The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

Huw Lewis-Jones

A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

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