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This Month's Featured Books

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 International, that takes its name from the Portuguese for Rock...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
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 know the countryside, induced family and friends to accompany her....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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
     
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 a good husband? Guardian readers and ardent followers of Tim...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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
     
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 position on the world stage. Threatened as it is by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 for those who love walking in the countryside - he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 With The Kenyans - spent six months immersed in this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 story of all those who have been drawn to its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 sometimes deadly struggles within the Potala Palace - the seat...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
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 the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes....
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
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 his little boy Jackson. He poured out his anger and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 woman. Now, one of the world’s leading experts on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 rise of the off-shore rich. Are you angry? Want...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

The Month Before'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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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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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