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Books of the Month

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 path? Andy Harrington says its not paper qualifications you need but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2015
     

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: Hardback - Released: 05/01/2015
     
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 he shows just how effective – and funny it can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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. There were a few women who were able to buck...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 we are to put an end to it. We know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2015
     
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 language and love that attempts to understand the way we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 this new phenomenon asking is this the voice of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 linguistic tour, all the information you’ll need is provided allowing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 and empire has had on the English and the world....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 baby, washing socks and cooking dinner – or was she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 to the future of writing, how we need to balance the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 networks and face-to-face meetings with other people we lead smaller,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 life with gusto? No, not quite, there’s also the small...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 clothing themselves. Making do, mending, using unorthodox fabrics and ingenuity...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 our politics that are undermining democracy. Like for Like Reading Cameron's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 a mother of 7 (she wants 10) children, a farmer’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 seemed at an end, a mugging that was violent and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 society the Tories and the Right Wing Press demonise at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 analysis of the problems, Daniel Levitin provides some help and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 controlled by algorithms which will soon see driverless cars on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Down to the Sea in Ships Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men
Horatio Clare
A thoroughly salt-soaked view of the working lives of the men who sail the oceans in the modern massive container ships. Travelling alongside, experiencing the rigour of their lives. Horatio...
 
 
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. A fascinating read about the nature of the “stuff” that humans have created and the ways we use and interact...
 
 
Humans: An A-Z
Matt Haig
After all those “guidebooks” and “travel-back-in-time” histories giving us a modern take on Elizabethan England et al, Matt Haig has come up with a guide book for anyone visiting the...
 
 
Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo
David Crane
David Crane’s history not only illuminates the Battle of Waterloo but also brings light to bear on Britain and the toll of the wars with Napoleon, the dead and the...
 
 
White Beech The Rainforest Years
Dr. Germaine Greer
Returning to Australia, Germaine Greer has long been concerned at the degradation of the land. Then, in 2001, a run-down dairy farm was up put for sale. This was her...
 
 
House Guests, House Pests A Natural History of Animals in the Home
Richard Jones
An engaging read that spills the secrets of the animals sharing our homes. Not all of us have geckos or termites, but we certainly have spiders, an unlucky few suffering...
 
 
Midnight in Siberia A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
David Green
A journey to what David Greene calls “The Real Russia”, across Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railway, from Moscow to Vladivostok, a 6,000 journey. This absorbing account examines the new Russia,...
 
 
Naked and Marooned One Man. One Island. One Epic Survival Story
Ed Stafford
How to test your endurance: find an uninhabited tropical island, live there for 60 days, taking nothing – no food, no water, no clothes and no equipment except for a...
 
 
The Nile Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
Toby Wilkinson
An exploration of the River Nile, whose waters form the heart, the centre of Egypt for the ancient tribes who first made their mark in the desert rocks to today...
 
 
The Old Man and the Sea A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft
Anthony Smith
“Fancy rafting across the Atlantic: Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP” - to quote from Anthony Smith’s Daily Telegraph advertisement – and 80-year-old Smith got his crew allowing...
 
 
Where Memories Go Why Dementia Changes Everything - Now with a New Chapter
Sally Magnusson
Sally Magnusson captures so poignantly the sorrow of a child watching a parent disappear into the fog of dementia. In telling her Mother’s story, looking back at the vibrant woman...
 
 
Swallow This Serving Up the Food Industry's Darkest Secrets
Joanna Blythman
Ever wondered about the ingredients in the food you eat? The flavourings, the things that make bread stay fresh, the pre-wash of the pre-washed salad, the way that yoghurt is...
 
 
The Almost Nearly Perfect People Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Michael Booth
Having lived among the Danes for 10 years (the happiest people in the world...official) Michael Booth thought to challenge this and other Scandinavian stereotypes, this book is the result of...
 
 
Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage
Kathleen Winter
With the world warming the High Arctic is undergoing fundamental change and in Boundless Kathleen Winter exposes the new reality of a warming Arctic. Travelling from the Pacific to the...
 
 
Diabetes: Eat Your Way to Better Health
Dale Pinnock
A new series from Dale Pinnock “The Medicinal Chef” showing how some common health problems such as anxiety & depression, diabetes, digestion and heart health can be alleviated, even cured...
 
 
Digestion: Eat Your Way to Better Health
Dale Pinnock
A new series from Dale Pinnock “The Medicinal Chef” showing how some common health problems such as anxiety & depression, diabetes, digestion and heart health can be alleviated, even cured...
 
 
Down To The Sea In Ships Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men
Horatio Clare
Our lives depend on shipping. In every lonely corner of every sea, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These...
 
 
Red Notice How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy
Bill Browder
A sensational denunciation of Putin’s Russia from Bill Browder, an American hedge-fund manager who had employed lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky to investigate Russian officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230...
 
 
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook...
 
 
Gang Leader for a Day
Sudhir Venkatesh
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Describes the author's time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago. This book tells how...
 
 
Mothers We're Nowhere Without Them
Cath Tate
There will be few people who won’t recognise Cath Tate’s greeting cards and her use of early photographic images with dead pan commentaries. Now with Mother’s Day approaching it’s Mothers...
 
 
Heart Disease: Eat Your Way to Better Health
Dale Pinnock
A new series from Dale Pinnock “The Medicinal Chef” showing how some common health problems such as anxiety & depression, diabetes, digestion and heart health can be alleviated, even cured...
 
 
On Immunity: An Inoculation
Eula Biss
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter
Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley
From Victorian times down to the present day, a history of the women who have worked in the growing retail trade. Individual stories are laced into the narrative giving us...
 
 
Drink The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
Ann Dowsett Johnston
A shockingly honest look at women, their relation to drink and the worrying increase of alcoholism among women. As a sufferer herself Ann Dowsett Johnston spares nothing in revealing the...
 
 
Essays In Love
Alain de Botton
The classic book on love by the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy.
 
 
A Million Years in a Day A History of Everyday Life
Greg Jenner
Greg Jenner takes us on an amusing and breathtaking journey through a day and a night detailing our countless rituals and their historical beginnings. Cleaning teeth, telling the time, using...
 
 
A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
Suzannah Lipscomb
A lively and entertaining guided tour to the Tudor buildings of England. It’s a carefully chosen selection of around 50 key locations, all having played their part in Tudor history....
 
 
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
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Argues that in every field of endeavor - business, religion, politics, and all matters of war and...
 
 
The Better Angels of Our Nature A History of Violence and Humanity
Steven Pinker
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around...
 
 
Bad Banks Greed, Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis
Alex Brummer
In the end it’s the message contained in Bad Banks’ subtitle – Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis, that makes you despair, there’s no drawing a line and looking to...
 
 
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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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