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Books of the Month

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 women in Iran. The author is a historian born in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
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 and their evolution into today's Royalty Inc. He writes about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
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 has been told he has inoperable cancer and a short...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 possibilities that life and work can bring. She began...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 insomnia or any one of a thousand physical and mental...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Bridget and Joan's Diary A Parody: Mad About the Toy Boy
Bridget Golightly, Joan Hardcastle
The diary Bridget Jones might write if she makes it to a care home. Where the tally of daily consumption of wine and cigarettes has translated into tea drunk and loo visits made. Still mad, still wearing purple, Bridget and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     
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 our notions of what home has meant in previous centuries,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Stalin's Englishman The Lives of Guy Burgess
Andrew Lownie
The extraordinary true story of Guy Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge Spy Ring and a linchpin of Cold War espionage.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 for us but for our fellow creatures, for our planet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 of the famous Marshmallow Test, shows how to apply them...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Genius
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 in time to share the excitement and inspiration of some...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
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 Connery and Robert Burns, the 50 people who he thinks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     

Last Month'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.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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....
 
 

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...
 
 

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 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 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension
Matt Parker
A book that exists in more than one dimension! It’s a book that can be cut-up, drawn in and folded into shapes as Matt Parker engages his readers in a...
 
 
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