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The Real World

The Real World

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
     

Drink The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
Ann Dowsett Johnston
The new face of risky drinking is female. The problem: a global epidemic of bingeing. The solution: a brave new approach to female recovery. This is my story, and it's particular. But I am not alone. Drinking problems challenge a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Better Angels of Our Nature A History of Violence and Humanity
Steven Pinker
This title was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012. This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and The Blank Slate , argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millenia...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2012
     

The End of Power From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge isn't What it Used to be
Moises Naim
We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

White Beech The Rainforest Years
Dr. Germaine Greer
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
Suzannah Lipscomb
Join historian Suzannah Lipscomb as she reveals the hidden secrets of palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories of Tudor England. From the famous palace at Hampton Court where dangerous court intrigue was rife, to less well-known houses,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo
David Crane
A sweeping political, social, military and cultural overview of the United Kingdom on the eve, and then the day, of the greatest battle fought by British arms. Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Humans: An A-Z
Matt Haig
Do you: Know a human?; Love a human?; Have trouble dealing with humans? If you've answered yes to any of the above, this book is for you. Whether you are planning a high level of human interaction or just a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

A Million Years in a Day A History of Everyday Life
Greg Jenner
Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

The Glass Cage Where Automation is Taking Us
Nicholas Carr
In The Glass Cage, leading commentator on technology and culture Nicholas Carr shows how automation - in the form of decision-making algorithms - now permeates every aspect of our lives and the radical effects this is having on our ability...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Essays In Love
Alain de Botton
With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter
Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley
[Go] behind the glamorous shop fronts and the glitzy shop floors of Britain's department stores...Here the hidden history is revealed . (Saga Magazine). Meet the shopgirls and hear their incredible true stories of life behind the counter. In this lively...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     


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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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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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 
 


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