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Books of the Month

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 rapidly approaching the dreaded 40 or have long sailed on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
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 explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 stories of dad derring-do, this book is the perfect buy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 relationship starting in 1897 with a report from the further...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/05/2015
     
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 The Secret Life of Sleep. For the lucky majority sleep...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/03/2014
     
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
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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 his French farmhouse and the 33 acres of meadow he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 us, buffoonery, pomposity and all. So – want to lift...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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: how all life on Earth lives off a voltage with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 ultimate addition to his YouTube channel - a weird &...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Last Month's Featured Books

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...
 
 
How to Run A Government So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy
Michael Barber
Has government and the political process ever been as unpopular as it is today? The financial crisis has revealed that government is definitely not on the side of everyman and...
 
 
Postcards from the Middle East How Our Family Fell in Love with the Arab World
Chris Naylor
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Chris Naylor is a Director of A Rocha...
 
 
Walking Home My Family and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to...
 
 
It's Not Raining, Daddy, it's Happy
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton
The headlines read “Father saves son from speeding car that kills wife”, behind those headlines were Ben grieving for his much-loved wife Desreen and suddenly having to care alone for...
 
 
How to Be a Husband
Tim Dowling
Not wishing to lead by example, Tim Dowling, does however have over 20 years of husbandly experience to offer those who would like to ask; Tim, how can I be...
 
 
Infinitesimal How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
Amir Alexander
The epic story of the origin of calculus. Amir Alexander takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and...
 
 
Noodle Maker of Kalimpong The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet
Gyalo Thondup, Anne F. Thurston
Looks at the Dalai Lama and his immediate family and in particular his brother, also his special envoy, Gyalo Thondup, as well as an insider's view of the vicious and...
 
 
Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames
Caitlin Davies
Downstream is a history and celebration of swimmers' relationship with the River Thames. Weaving from the source in Gloucestershire 215 miles across to the North Sea, the book tells the...
 
 
The Way of the Runner A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running
Adharanand Finn
Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, a place where a 135-mile relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Adharanand Finn - award-winning author of Running...
 
 
Pathlands Tranquil Walks Through Britain
Peter Owen Jones
As one of the prime 'walks correspondents' of The Sunday Times, Peter Owen Jones already has a loyal following. This book will only increase his audience, and will be both...
 
 
Turkish Awakening Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey
Alev Scott
From the European buzz of modern-day Constantinople to the Arabic-speaking towns of the south-east, this book investigates mass migration, urbanisation and economics in a country moving swiftly towards a new...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Glass Cage Where Automation is Taking Us
Nicholas Carr
A look at a future, a path we are already treading with everything from the mundane “recommended for you” seen on online sales websites to the vital automatic cockpit controls...
 
 
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...
 
 
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 People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010
Selina Todd
A history that is both political and personal telling the story of how the working class gained education and rights only to lose them again, to become the sector of...
 
 
Smell of Summer Grass Pursuing Happiness at Perch Hill
Adam Nicolson
A new edition of Adam Nicolson’s autobiographical account of finding the Sussex farm, Perch Hill, at the time, he felt hollowed out, his first marriage over, his ability to write...
 
 
The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Amanda Owen
Well known from her appearances on ITV’s The Dales, Amanda Owen is one of those lucky people living their dreams. Amanda Owen lives in a remote corner of Yorkshire; she’s...
 
 
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change
Caroline Lucas
From Green MP, Caroline Lucas, a clear and concise “outsider’s” view of Westminster politics. Telling of her own experiences battling with the parliamentary system, she also questions the failures in...
 
 
Fashion on the Ration Style in the Second World War
Julie Summers
After so many books devoted to how the nation’s Home Front cooked and gardened during WWI it’s refreshing to see Julie Summers tackling the question of how peoples dealt with...
 
 
Once Upon a Time in the West...Country
Tony Hawks
Not one for the rural life, Tony, partner Fran and their child on the way move to the deep countryside. Is this Tony’s challenge to himself, to take up rural...
 
 
The Village Effect Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters
Susan Pinker
With the benefit of new research, Susan Pinker explains our need for human interaction. Facebook “friends” and other web meeting places are no substitute and it’s been found that without...
 
 
The Golden Thread The Story of Writing
Ewan Clayton
A study of how humans have progressed from communicating with simple symbols to today’s electric writing via the internet. It is both a historical study with Ewan Clayton also looking...
 
 
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics
Katrine Marcal
It’s time to rethink economics based on the views of Adam Smith and his model of the selfish “Economic Man”. Where was Economic Woman – was she selfishly looking after...
 
 
Exotic England The Making of a Curious Nation
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown gives us an engaging portrait of England and Englishness, a view of the best as well as the worst of an island nation and the effects that exploration...
 
 
Wordsmiths and Warriors The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain
David Crystal, Hilary Crystal
David and Hilary Crystal take us on a linguistic journey through Britain tracing the rise of our language. An unusual guide that you can even use to plot your own...
 
 
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson seeks out some of the people who’ve been through a public shaming with their names and misdeeds spread all over the media. He looks at the reasons for...
 
 
Landmarks
Robert Macfarlane
Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the words we use to describe it, an outpouring of...
 
 
The Establishment And How They Get Away with it
Owen Jones
The Establishment, Owen Jones’s account of an elite stuffing cash in their bank accounts faster than you can say knife will make you angry, even more angry at how powerless...
 
 
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s
Virginia Nicholson
This account of women’s lives in the 1950’s will resonant with every generation of women, those who lived through it and those whose mothers and grandmothers experienced this pre-feminist age....
 
 
Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Reveals the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made Pixar so widely admired...
 
 
Blueprint for Revolution How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World
Srdja Popovic, Matthew Miller
As a student activist, part of the group who overthrew Slobodan Milosevic, Srdja Popovic found that humour and ridicule were effective non-violent tools for change. Looking at peaceful protest worldwide...
 
 
Passion into Profit: How to Make Big Money from Who You are and What You Know
Andy Harrington
March 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Can who you are, what you’ve learned and what you know provide a new career...
 
 
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Thomas S. Kuhn
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Challenges long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don't arise from the...
 
 
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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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