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"In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland. Much like human families, tree parents l... read more

The Hidden Life of Trees
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During the twentieth century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age th... read more

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
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A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty. I want to do this for all women and young girls - t... read more

Fight Like A Girl: Raise Voices. Raise Courage. Raise the Flag.
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Elena Ferrante is one of the greatest novelists of our time. Read her novels and don't worry about who she is: you will be entranced by her writing. Fragments is a riveting compilation, over the course of her ... read more

Frantumaglia: Fragments: on Writing and Reading
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A delightful and informative guide to writing like Jane Austen, written by the five-times-great niece of Austen herself Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the Engli... read more

The Jane Austen Writers' Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World's Best Novelist
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Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us bo... read more

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie
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Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria, by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty. In January 2016 Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Ser... read more

Notes on an Exodus
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"In this book of brief essays, Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the eth... read more

Ethics in the Real World
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Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating - and fun! - romp through history. Starting with the big bang and ending in the present day (with a... read more

Adam Spencer's Time Machine
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Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in ... read more

Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius
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Britain's culinary Moses brings us the new foodie rules to live by, celebrating what and how we eat. The Ten Commandments may have had a lot going for them, but they don't offer those of us located in the 21st Century much in ... read more

The Ten (Food) Commandments
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In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev's resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan follo... read more

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years
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Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere. Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-know... read more

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The Writer's Room
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In a world that so often challenges us with bewildering events, TimCostello explores the notion of faith and how we all need to believe insomething, no matter what our religious background. From ... read more

Faith: Embracing Life in All its Uncertainty, Beauty and Mystery
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Awards:Shortlisted for Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2015.

This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. 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 animal... read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillness, ... read more

Everywhere I Look
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"Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren e... read more

What the Dog Knows
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In these provocative and penetrating discussions, Roy and Cusack discuss the nature of the state, empire, and surveillance in an era of perpetual war, the meaning of flags and patriotism, the role of foundations and NGOs in limiting dissent, and the ways in which capital but not people can freely cross borders.

Things That Can and Cannot be Said: Penguin Special
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Don Watson on the 2016 US presidential election.
Don Watson travels to the USA at the height of the 2016 presidential election and gives a firsthand account from the campaign trail. Hilarious and perceptive, this is a brilliant insight into one of the most remarkable elections of recent times."

Quarterly Essay 63 - Enemy Within American Politics in the Time of Trump
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Stunning images to reawaken us to the scientific process that drives the amazing diversity of life on earth Evidence of evolution is everywhere. Through 200 revelatory images, award-winning photographer Robert Clark makes one ... read more

Evolution: A Visual Record
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