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Mark Forsyth - author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon - reveals in this essay, specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week, the most valuable thin... read more

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'There are many ways to get sick, many ways to crumble and crash. We are hearts and lungs and kidneys and skin, blood vessels, liver and brain. And we are so much more than this ...' In this essential Qua... read more

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Author: Atul Gawande
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 Philosophy

Awards:New York Times Bestseller Washington Post 10 Best Books of 2014 Apple iBooks 10 Best of 2014 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2014 NPR Best Books of 2014

From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.
In Being Mortal, Gawa... read more

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Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers who have ... read more

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'I need a wife' It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front.... read more

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Author: Sofija Stefanovic
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 Essays

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Sofija Stefanovic visits her eighty-year-old friend Bill and suspects he's being scammed over the internet - not for the first time. Compelled by Bill's devastating stories of online dating, heartbreak and bankruptcy, Sofija ... read more

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Europe is ready to explode. Where will the explosion take place and what will the damage be? This major new book from the bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman presents a bold and provocat... read more

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From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of wh... read more

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Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? To answer these questions, anthropolog... read more

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Here, distinguished neurologist Allan Ropper reveals the stories behind some of the extraordinary and often frightening brain conditions that he and his staff at the Harvard Medical School try - and sometimes fail - to diagnose and treat.

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On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians in a terrorist atrocity that shocked the world. Many were teenagers, just beginning their adult lives. In the devastating ... read more

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The Truth About French Women shows us that French women really are fascinating, but not for the reasons you think. French women have a mystique about them. They have, throughout the ages, been considered by some as a species ... read more

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Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Category:

 Essays

Series:Writers on Writers

When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie - Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith - often refers to the great twentieth-century poe... read more

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This is the groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality and why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it - now expanded and fully updated. Today's... read more

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The David Foster Wallace Reader is a selection of David Foster Wallace's work, introducing readers to his humour, kindness, sweeping intellect and versatility as a writer. A compilation from the one of the most original wr... read more

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Since 2008, award-winning investigative journalist Nick Davies has worked tirelessly - determined, driven, brilliant - to uncover the truth about the goings on behind th... read more

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A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to anal... read more

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Author: Liam Pieper
Category:

 Essays

Series:Penguin Specials

Liam Pieper's made some poor life choices, but he's (usually) meant well. He's tried to write important stories, fight racial prejudice and rescue traumatised puppies. And he's ended up with life-threatening infestation... read more

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Why do we react so strongly to certain places? Why do layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape? When Philip Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensit... read more

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Peter Singer, often described as the world's most influential living philosopher, presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life, one that has emerged from... read more

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