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Books of the Month

The Evolution of Everything How Ideas Emerge
Matt Ridley
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Matt Ridley explores the Theory of Evolution in Everything from Religion to Politics and the Internet. He highlights how Top-Down thinking such as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps Mapping Out the Modern World
Martin Vargic
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Maps – but not as we know them... Some of Martin Vargic's intricate constructions such as his World map of stereotypes have gone...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells
Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli
The Magpie and the Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Folklore & Magic is a unique treasury of marvels and oddities – a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Illustrated by a unique...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park
Europe is currently dealing with an unprecedented flow of human beings escaping conflict, hunger and political injustice. In Asia there is another flow of refugees undertaking an even deadlier journey from North Korea via China and Mongolia to reach the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2015
Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps
Barbara Bond
A history of MI9's efforts in providing secret mapping during WWII. These maps, often printed on silk, were produced for pilots, the SOE and for smuggling to prisoners as an escape aid. It is one of those stories that has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
History of the World in 100 Modern Objects Middle-Class Stuff (and Nonsense)
Francesca Hornak
From her Sunday Times column Francesca Hornak has taken 100 columns highlighting iconic objects that any middle-class person would see as essential such as a Farrow and Ball sample pots to a Smeg fridge. There are some oddities along the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
London Couture British Luxury 1923-1975
Edwina Ehrman
London Couture is the first book to examine, in detail, the luxurious garments produced by the rarefied London couture industry - from lavish ballgowns to sharply tailored suits and spectacular court dress - as well as the designers who conceived...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2015
Flying the Nest The Early Days of Britain's Best-Loved Animals
Hannah Dale
An adorable set of animal portraits, the colour sketches catching the baby creatures in affectionate detail. Set out with an illustration on each page spread, accompanied by a short piece of text with details on the animal featured. Some of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
Mayday! A History of Flight Through its Martyrs, Oddballs, and Daredevils
David Darling
David Darling’s is a most agreeable voyage through the history of flight and the men – and women who took such risks in the battle to get airborne. There is as much stupidity as bravery on show with a plentiful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog Life Advice for the Imperfect Human
Dan Ariely
With the driest of humour, Dan Ariely presents some of the questions he's answered via his Wall Street Journal column. He has a genius for coming at problems from unforseen angles, gently challenging readers to change and grow. Dan Ariely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
The A-Z of Pointless A Brain-Teasing Bumper Book of Questions and Trivia
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
Delve into the world of Pointless, the huge ratings-winning hit BBC One quiz show, with this brilliant bumper book of over 120 new quiz questions, facts, banter and musings. Written with Alexander and Richard's trademark intelligent wit and beautifully illustrated...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Wet Dog
Sophie Gamand
Portraits of any number of dogs undergoing their regular shampoo and set. Some long-suffering, most resigned and just a few enjoying the whole thing. A lovely array of dogs, some very high maintenance but with a good number of streetwise...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
Telegraph History of the World
Gavin Fuller
A celebration of 160 years of reporting from the end of the Crimea War in 1856 to the Fifa scandals in May this year. A Daily Telegraph reporter always on hand to report war and protest, death and glory. 160...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
Stalin's Englishman The Lives of Guy Burgess
Andrew Lownie
Why did Guy Burgess, 1st class Cambridge scholar and apparently one of the most British of characters, agree to work for a foreign power, of which he knew very little, as a student and continue to serve them as one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
Switch it off
Emlyn Rees, Josie Lloyd
From the authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt , the paper smartphone full of cool stuff to get you really connected with the people in your life... So what are you waiting for? To switch your real...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
Noah Strycker
Noah Strycker gives Birds the great attention they deserve; their variety, skill and emotion, a study of birds where we can also learn much about the human condition. One of Noah Strycker’s contentions is that birds are loaded with personality...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2015
QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance
John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray
Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? This book gathers 180 questions that featured on the BBC TV programme's popular 'General Ignorance' round, and show why, when it comes to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
Nextinction Birds in Trouble
Ceri Levy, Ralph Steadman
The follow-up to the award-winning Extinct Boids. This time the focus is not on the birds that are gone, but the ones that there's still time to save. Cartoonist and friend of the feathered, Ralph Steadman, gives his unique take...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
More Letters of Note Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Shaun Usher
Featuring Richard Burton's farewell note to Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Keller's letter to The New York Symphony Orchestra about 'hearing' their concert through her fingers, the final missives from a doomed Japan Airlines flight, this book offers a collection, which reminds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
Letters of Note Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Shaun Usher
Offers a collection of one hundred and twenty five of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert
Sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear....
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Robert Macfarlane
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015. Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the...

50 People Who Screwed Up Scotland
Allan Brown
Allan Brown, former Scottish journalist of the year, offers us some withering criticism of those who, in his opinion, have screwed up Scotland. Targets range from Alex Salmond to Sean...

Jack Challoner
Gives readers an insight into the minds and lives of some of the great men and women who have helped shape the modern world. This book transports the reader back...

The Man Who Didn't Go to Newcastle
Alison Clink
September 2015 Book of the Month. A wonderfully eloquent, heartfelt and touching recollection of the author’s relationship with her brother, after he...

Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Nina Ansary
September 2015 Book of the Month. A fascinating, behind the scenes view, looking simply and astutely at the history and story of...

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
September 2015 Book of the Month. Stephen Bates, a former Guardian Royal Correspondent, chronicles the ups and downs of the British Monarchy...

The Marshmallow Test Understanding Self-Control and How to Master it
Walter Mischel
The marshmallow test - eat one now or enjoy 2 later? The principles of delayed gratification, will-power and self-control are explained and having indentified these skills Walter Mischel, the originator...

The Making of Home The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of last year, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns...

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us
Diane Ackerman
For good or ill, Humans have changed Planet Earth, we are at a crossroads – will our vision, optimism and inventiveness allow us to find a way forward? Not just...

The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies
Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
I’d like to think there’ll be a copy of this book in every Doctors / Psychiatrists office and when we want to give up smoking, need painkillers for PMT or...

Late Fragments Everything I Want to Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
Kate Gross
Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer as a young woman, Kate Gross was destined never to see her children grow and mature, leave behind a much loved husband and lose all...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

The Organized Mind Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
Daniel J. Levitin
Not waving but drowning in a sea of information overload? Daniel Levitin investigates what the flow of constant information is doing to our poor hunter-gatherer brains. Having given us an...

Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters
Nigel Spivey
A masterly account of how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome came into being, by a prize-winning Cambridge classicist whose writing is as accessible as it is scholarly. A...

Mindware Tools for Smart Thinking
Richard Nisbett
This is an enlightening and practical guide to the most powerful tools of reasoning ever developed, by one of the world's most renowned psychologists. Shows how to reframe common problems...

Four Ways to Click Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships
Amy Banks
Do you find it difficult to 'click' with colleagues, neighbours, in-laws, or romantic partners? How to use your brain to create strong relationships at home, at work and in your...

The Reason for Flowers Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives
Stephen L. Buchmann
Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. An...

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science
Zoe Cormier
Exuberantly curious and shamelessly exuberant, Guerilla Science's Zoe Cormier reinvents popular science for a new generation by breaking all the rules. Let's rock.
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Literally Everything


Cartoonist, Robert Crumb said; “When I come up against the Real World, I just vacillate”. Well, he can happily vacillate here for a while. This section features a whole host of books covering subjects as diverse as Mankind’s place in the Universe (Human Universe by Brian Cox), the history of the human journey to work (Rush Hour by Iain Gateley) and the real business of reading books (Bookworms, Dogears and Squashy Big Armchairs by Heather Reyes). This is the ‘Human’ section in our book lovers’ journey.

If you love reading, then you’ll find something here to fascinate you. There are new and interest-piquing passages here from science, philosophy, politics, history, religion, and all of the things that occupy the lives of humans. And we mean ALL of them. The fight against Cancer, the fight for freedom, feminism, fatality, frailty and fame. It’s too big to list. Have a browse through the titles by using our monthly recommendations past and present. We guarantee you’ll be hooked in minutes!

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