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All of the most interesting non-fiction accounts of everything that forms part of the human experience. It’s fascinating, huge and all yours!

Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
Mark A. Miodownik
Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Everything is made of something...From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

100 Buildings, 100 Years
Twentieth Century Society, Tom Dyckhoff, Alan Powers, Timothy Brittain-Catlin
What are people's favourite buildings of the last 100 years? Created by The Twentieth Century Society this beautifully produced, cloth bound book has chosen a building for each year from 1914 to 2014. The buildings were nominated by their supporters...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House
Ben Highmore
'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our pasts: even when standardised as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year
Nick Groom
For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomised and urban lives and our weather becomes ever more unpredictable or extreme?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Welcome to Subirdia Sharing Our Neighborhoods With Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife
John M. Marzluff
Welcome to Subirdia presents a surprising discovery: the suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/12/2014
     

The Good War The Battle for Afghanistan 2006-2014
Jack Fairweather
In its earliest days, the American-led war in Afghanistan appeared to be a triumph - a 'good war' in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. It has since turned into one of the longest and most expensive wars in recent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

The Shape of Shit to Come
Alan McArthur, Steve Lowe
What happened to the future we were promised – for good or ill - the personal jet packs and holidays on the moon? For the real future the authors have been scouring the science press, watching what the geeks are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     


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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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Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject...
 
 
 


The Cancer Chronicles Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
George Johnson
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn...
 
 
 


Human Universe
Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
The nation's favourite scientist looks at the origins of life in our Universe. For somehow the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at...
 
 
 


The Revolution
Russell Brand
Unstoppable comedian Russell Brand wants you to join the revolution. Are you like him, fed-up with the status quo? Do you ask yourself why 1 per cent of the world...
 
 
 


Serving the Reich The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
Philip Ball
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that...
 
 
 


Seven Elements That Have Changed the World Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
John Browne
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly...
 
 
 


The Perfect Theory A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity
Professor Pedro G. Ferreira
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity,...
 
 
 


We Should All be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name....
 
 
 


I Never Promised You a Rose Garden A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition and the General Election
John Crace
Exactly a week after the general election, two men - 'Call me Dave' and 'Call me Nick' - walked side by side into the rose garden of No. 10 Downing...
 
 
 


I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! The Inside Story
Mark Busk-Cowley
Celebrities roughing it in the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, subsisting on a diet of rice and beans and being forced to face all manner of gruesome challenges in order to...
 
 
 


Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe
Gaston Dorren
Welcome to Europe as you've never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing...
 
 
 


My Life in Houses
Margaret Forster
'I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate. I was a lucky...
 
 
 


The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names
John Wright
Latin names - frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel - have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms...
 
 
 


Rush Hour How 500 Million Commuters Survive the Daily Journey to Work
Iain Gately
Each working day 500 million people across the planet experience the miracle and misery of commuting. Whether undertaken by car, bus, train or bicycle, the practice shapes our days and...
 
 
 


Wounding the World How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives
Joanna Bourke
Wars are frequently justified 'in our name'. Militarist values and practices co-opt us, permeating our language, invading our dream space, entertaining us at the movies or in front of game...
 
 
 


Armchair Nation An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV
Joe Moran
But what does your furniture point at?' asks the character Joey in the sitcom Friends on hearing an acquaintance has no TV. It's a good question: since its beginnings during...
 
 
 


Chaser Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words
Dr. John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann
The incredible story of Chaser the dog with owner, John Pilley claiming that she knows more than 1,000 words, not only recognising the names of hundreds of toys but also...
 
 
 


Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover's Alphabet
Heather Reyes
Heather Reyes is an Ambassador for the cause of reading real books and buying them in real bookshops. Her informational book about books will remind you (if you need reminding)...
 
 
 


Whitaker's Almanack 1869

'The Almanack is essentially a Household Book. From it is derived the knowledge ordinarily possessed of the Course of the Seasons, and other Astronomical phenomena, the nature of our Constitution,...
 
 
 


A Very Courageous Decision The Inside Story of Yes Minister
Graham McCann
Graham McCann investigates why the BBC TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were so successful. He looks at how the show’s writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn were...
 
 
 


Walls Travels Along the Barricades
Marcello Di Cintio
The world's walls are supposed to be coming down. We speak of globalization, international markets and global villages; barriers to trade keep falling, and it is now possible to communicate...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Trash An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect.
Tracy Miller, Britney Fuller
'To start: it was just me and my mom. I am an only child, and she is a single parent. My mother is a trash hoarder. Ever since I can...
 
 
 


Confessions of a Ghostwriter
Andrew Crofts
Slip into a secret world, one of suggestive snippets of information and intrigue; time hop through the career of a ghostwriter who has led a life possibly more varied and...
 
 
 


Children of the Days A Calendar of Human History
Eduardo Galeano
From Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy, comes Children of the Days, a new kind of history that shows us...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith...
 
 
 


The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff
Carnival Productions
The household staff of Downton Abbey carry out their duties with effortless dignity, finesse and pride. Yet how do they know how exactly to lay the table, when to leave...
 
 
 


Hand to Mouth The Truth About Being Poor in a Wealthy World
Linda Tirado
Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She has worked all hours as a food service worker in a chain...
 
 
 


WTF Knits
Gabrielle Grillo, Lucy Sweet
Forget scarves and bobble hats. Here are some woollen wonders that will really blow your mind...For the last four years, Gabrielle Grillo has been scouring the web for the most...
 
 
 


Dog Treats An Assortment of Mutts, Mongrels, Puppies and Pooches
Christopher Matthew
From Ozymandias the Steve McQueen of Springers whose acrobatic sex life rivals Errol Flynn's, to terrier Ted, whose Falstaffian appetites (and over-indulgence following the loyal toast) lead to a shameful...
 
 
 


The Bookshop Book
Jen Campbell
We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses,...
 
 
 


Life Story
Mike Gunton, Rupert Barrington
Life Story is a tale of survival, laying bare the extraordinary journey animals must make to achieve life's goal – to continue their bloodline. Whether learning new skills, finding a...
 
 
 


Quick Pint After Work? And Other Everyday Lies
Luke Lewis
Jargon, cliches, euphemisms ...lies. Ever wished there was a phrasebook to help you translate all this endless bullsh*t? When your boss asks 'Can I have a quick word?' (real meaning:...
 
 
 


Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook...
 
 
 


A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction
Terry Pratchett
This title comes with a foreword by Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series - but...
 
 
 


Back in the USSR Heroic Adventures in Transnistria
Rory MacLean, Nick Danziger
Ian Fleming could not have imagined a better place to set his latest thriller: an upstart mini-state at the edge of Europe, Transnistria is a nowhereland, a Soviet museum occupied...
 
 
 


You Are Here Around the World in 92 Minutes
Chris Hadfield
In You Are Here, bestselling author and celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a virtual orbit of Earth, giving us the really big picture: this is our home, from space. The...
 
 
 


Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything
Brendan O'Carroll
Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything is Brendan O'Carroll's hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Mrs. Brown's Family Handbook. If there's one Mammy in the world who knows what's what,...
 
 
 


1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways
John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be knocked...
 
 
 


The Rich From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
John Kampfner
From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and...
 
 
 


Dogs Hanging out of Windows

Ears flapping, eyes wide and nose twitching: a dog hanging out of a window is a spectacular sight. Capturing these moments of delight and canine curiosity, this book is an...
 
 
 


Electric Dreams The Collected Works of Jim'll Paint It
Jim'll Paint It
You name it. I'll paint it. On Paint. Jim'll Paint. It is an enigma. As he says on his wildly successful Tumblr and Facebook pages: Got something in your brain...
 
 
 


Drunk Tank Pink The Subconscious Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
Adam Alter
Adam Alter takes his readers on a tour of the subconscious brain showing how we react to signals and stimuli such as colour without our being aware of what we...
 
 
 


Lists of Note
Shaun Usher
Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes;...
 
 
 


The Best of Matt
Matt Pritchett
No one does it better...From recessions to royalty, the National Health Service to the national rail service and the lot of the beleaguered commuter, Matt reviews the last twelve months...
 
 
 


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