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Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

Richard Lloyd Parry

Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.  

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What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

Tom Slee

A razor-sharp examination of the 'sharing economy'.

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The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms

The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms

Rebecca Solnit

A new collection of 'further feminisms' - searing, smart and provocative essays from one of the most important public intellectuals writing today.

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Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating

Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating

Moira Weigel

Does anyone date anymore?

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We Were Eight Years in Power

We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta-Nehisi Coates

An annotated collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama era by the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, including an interview with the President himself

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Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation...

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 Read reviewThe Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing

When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of...

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Modern Romance

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari

Investigates love in the age of technology. This book enlists some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos...

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant?...

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Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Thomas Rid

A sweeping exploration of man's relationship with machines, and the inventions and myths that shape our world.

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Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

George Monbiot

How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of this life, seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? That our mild, polite existence sometimes seems to crush the breath out of us? This book deals with...

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World

Michael Pollan

The startling truth behind the food we consume in the twenty-first century

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 Special priceOn Photography

On Photography

Susan Sontag

Features a critique of photography that asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. This title examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of...

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Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay

Takes us through the journey of author's evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state...

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Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too...

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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

Naomi Wolf

In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. The myth of female beauty challenges every woman, every day of her life. This book exposes the tyranny of...

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Mythologies

Mythologies

Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers

'Barthes' purpose is to tear away masks and demystify the signs, signals and symbols of the language of mass culture' The TimesIn this magnificent and often surprising collection of essays Barthes explores the myths of mass...

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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, this book questions the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the...

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Madness and Civilization

Madness and Civilization

Michel Foucault

In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II.

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