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This Month's Featured Books

The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
Edge of the World combines science, social and economic history to tell an epic tale – of the North Sea and how it shaped our island history. From fish and trade, monks and new ideas, trade and wealth to disease...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
How We'll Live on Mars
Stephen Petranek
In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen. It's clear that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Being Mortal Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande
For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2015
     
Arrival of the Fittest Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle
Andreas Wagner
Discover the final puzzle piece to complete Darwin's theory of evolution in this landmark book from one of today's most inventive scientists. Meticulously researched, carefully argued, and full of fascinating examples from the animal kingdom, Arrival of the Fittest signals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Sea and Civilization A Maritime History of the World
Lincoln P. Paine
A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
How to be English
David Boyle
English culture is confused, muddled and often borrowed. The purpose of this book is to give the reader a complete grounding in the idiosyncrasies of the English and to pin down the absurdities and warmth of Englishness at its best....
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Revolution
Russell Brand
Russell Brand lays bare the discontent running below the surface of life, everything from the political inaction on corruption in the financial industry to the demonization of the poor and the rise of the off-shore rich. Are you angry? Want...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Rising Ground A Search for the Spirit of Place
Philip Marsden
In this extract “ a feeling for the peculiar ambience of a place...’ and “the ability to convey...the sum and substance of a particular locale” sums up for me what Philip Marsden set out to convey in his Rising Ground....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Too Much Information Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think
Dave Gorman
I wish Dave Gorman every success in the promotion of his book, Too Much Information that questions media bombardment, public service announcements and inane TV among other modern day intrusions. Just one less vacuous train announcement, one less brain-dead advertisement...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Virgin Way How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead
Sir Richard Branson
There’s no single magic formula on offer but Richard Branson can share a lifetime’s learning, setting down what he’s learned and what he’s observed in those who have inspired him. Whatever rung you’ve reached on the management ladder there’s plenty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


What Could Possibly Go Wrong...
Jeremy Clarkson
Armed with conviction, curiosity, enthusiasm and a stout pair of trousers, the author hurtles around the world in search of answers to life's puzzles.
 
 

The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration
Bernd Heinrich
The Homing Instinct is an enchanting study of this phenomenon of the natural world, reminding us that to discount our own feelings toward home is to ignore biology itself.
 
 

365 Reasons to be Proud to be a Dad The Greatest Dad Moments in History
Ian Allen
Being a dad is a 365-day job. Let this nifty little book help you along the way, with a hilarious dad-related fact for every day of the year. Packed with...
 
 

Life's Greatest Secret The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code
Matthew Cobb
Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our...
 
 

The Mysterious World of the Human Genome
Frank Ryan
How could a relatively simple chemical code give rise to the complexity of a human being? How could our human genome have evolved? And how does it actually work? In...
 
 

The Invisible Woman Taking on the Vintage Years
Helen Walmsley-Johnson
June 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. From Helen Walmsley-Johnson, adapted from her Guardian columns (Vintage Years), a guide to finding your...
 
 

Grumpy Old Menopause
Carol E. Wyer
Winner for Non-Fiction in The People's Book Prize for 2015. Have you started to write post-it notes with your kids' names on them? Do you need to change your underwear...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Pointless Book Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by You
Alfie Deyes
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book and the accompanying free downloadable app, is the...
 
 

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey...
 
 

The Vital Question Why is Life the Way it is?
Nick Lane
In The Vital Question, Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades. The answer, he argues, lies in energy:...
 
 

Borderland A Journey Through the History of the Ukraine
Anna Reid
A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.
 
 

The Secret Life of Sleep
Kat Duff
Why do we sleep? Do we know how we cross from waking to sleep? And dreams and nightmares how do they fit in? These questions and more are addressed in...
 
 

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election
John Crace
All the politicians you love to hate are skewed on John Crace’s pen and – as we have no actual public recordings of key conversations, he has created them for...
 
 

A Buzz in the Meadow
Dave Goulson
Dave Goulson enchanted with his first book, A Sting in the Tail, a threnody for the Bumble bee, in A Buzz in the Meadow, he bases his book on...
 
 

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how...
 
 

In Your Prime Older, Wiser, Happier
India Knight
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. In Your Prime acts as a witty and opinionated wake-up call for women who are...
 
 

Winston Churchill at the Telegraph
Dr. A. Warren Dockter
With a foreword from Boris Johnson, an anthology of Churchill's writing for the Daily Telegraph together with some of the newspaper's coverage of Churchill's life. It was a surprisingly long...
 
 

Adventures in Human Being
Gavin Francis
In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the...
 
 

The Channel Shore From the White Cliffs to Land's End
Tom Fort
A humorous, discursive, utterly absorbing journey from Dover to Land's End, along the English Channel shore, the busiest waterway in the world
 
 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent...
 
 
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