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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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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 Engl... read more

The Jane Austen Writers' Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World's Best Novelist
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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 t... read more

Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow
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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 b... read more

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie
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Was Rochester a murderer? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'Wuthering' mean? Did the Brontes all have tiny feet? To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlo... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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"In Quarterly Essay 64, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of "lifestyle choices," Grant explores what makes for a sustainable community and life, and then asks: what can we do to instigate change?"

Quarterly Essay #64 Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures
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The Stoics' unique blend of practicality and wisdom has been inspiring the most successful among us for centuries, from Roman... read more

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring New Translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius
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 Science

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 anima... read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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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 Se... read more

Notes on an Exodus
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-known true story of women in science In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or "human ... read more

The Glass Universe
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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 - ... read more

Fight Like A Girl: Raise Voices. Raise Courage. Raise the Flag.
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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 ... read more

The Hidden Life of Trees
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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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"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 et... read more

Ethics in the Real World
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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 foll... read more

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years
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Category:

 Science

Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.

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'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times
At the age of thirty-six... read more

When Breath Becomes Air
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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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Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech - not evolution - is respons... read more

The Kingdom of Speech
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In Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart, Twitter's VP of North American media partnerships - and recently named as one of Canadian Business's Power 50 of 2016 list because she 'helps women discover their leadership potential' - draws on her extensive... read more

Our Turn
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