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Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject and in Gulp, a story of the physicality of eating, you just know it won’t end there – you know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park
Europe is currently dealing with an unprecedented flow of human beings escaping conflict, hunger and political injustice. In Asia there is another flow of refugees undertaking an even deadlier journey from North Korea via China and Mongolia to reach the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little
Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby decided to write a letter to someone in every single country in the world. His Mum Sabine,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
Rise Surviving and Thriving After Trauma by Sian Williams
Rise Surviving and Thriving After Trauma
Sian Williams
Rise is a deeply researched exploration of trauma, grief and illness, and most importantly resilience in the darkest of days. It is an inspiring and powerful piece of work, full of honesty, warmth and wisdom.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
City Squares Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World by Catie Marron
City Squares Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World
Catie Marron
In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world's most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
Skyfaring A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker
Skyfaring A Journey with a Pilot
Mark Vanhoenacker
Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Red A Natural History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey
Red A Natural History of the Redhead
Jacky Colliss Harvey
A New York Times bestseller, Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling. More than just a book for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Marking the twentieth anniversary of Notes from a Small Island, the author makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. He gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Sustainable Medicine by Sarah Myhill
Sustainable Medicine
Sarah Myhill
Winner of The People's Book Prize Best Achievement Award 2016. Dr Myhill brings together her years of experience in ecological medicine to provide a person-centred, sustainable alternative to conventional medicine's focus on individual symptoms and unsustainable poly-pharmacy. She empowers her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2015
Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home by Malachy Tallack
Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home
Malachy Tallack
Follow the latitude line from Malachy Tallack's home on Shetland and you voyage to Greenland, Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia before coming home, a wiser and more grounded person. We learn more of his troubled background as he travels West, troubles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
The Penguin Lessons
Tom Michell
Absolutely adorable, this is an autobiography full of eccentricity, charm and a penguin called Juan Salvador. As a young man in the 1970’s Tom Michell travelled to Argentina to teach at a boarding school. While in Uruguay Tom rescued a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Incognito The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

Incognito The Secret Lives of the Brain
David Eagleman
This book grabs you from the first page, tumbling out facts and information in a down to earth and readable way, with a chatty humour which does not disguise the...

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
June 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that...

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India by Walter Reid

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India
Walter Reid
This is a fascinating yet controversial account of Britain's role in India in the lead up to Independence in 1947 and in particular the last three years. It is a...

The Agile Mind How Your Brain Makes Creativity Happen by Estanislao Bachrach

The Agile Mind How Your Brain Makes Creativity Happen
Estanislao Bachrach
Demystifies the preconceptions we often have about how our brains function to show how creativity really works, and how we can make it work even better. Join the authors on...

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars by Adrian Tinniswood

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars
Adrian Tinniswood
Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to...

Digital vs Human How We'll Live, Love, and Think in the Future by Richard Watson

Digital vs Human How We'll Live, Love, and Think in the Future
Richard Watson
From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow. Richard Watson hereby extends an...

The Gene An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. Majestic in...

The Month Before's Featured Books

1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson

1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
It seems there’s no end to QI facts or the public fascination for them. Here are another 1339 QI facts, a great gift for the person who has everything or...

Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting

Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Lars Mytting
Winner of Non-fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. This has been and continues to be a phenomenal Norwegian bestseller. Whether you are a seasoned...

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read...

Pure, White and Deadly How Sugar is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop it by John Yudkin, Robert Lustig

Pure, White and Deadly How Sugar is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop it
John Yudkin, Robert Lustig
Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence, Professor Yudkin explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types - is brown sugar really better than white?...

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a...

A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters

Reader Reviewed A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned...

Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret. by Casey Watson

Reader Reviewed Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret.
Casey Watson
A very readable, poignant recollection by Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym and is a specialist foster carer. This is Casey’s 12th book and she takes us back to...

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy by Anthony Seldon

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy
Anthony Seldon
A thoughtful yet practical book aimed at anyone who wants to lead a happier and more fulfilled life, written by top headmaster and co-founder of Action for Happiness, Sir Anthony...

The Wood for the Trees One Man's Long View of Nature by Richard A. Fortey

The Wood for the Trees One Man's Long View of Nature
Richard A. Fortey
From one of our greatest science writers, this biography of a beech-and-bluebell wood through diverse moods and changing seasons combines stunning natural history with the ancient history of the countryside...

The Evolution of Everything How Small Changes Transform Our World by Matt Ridley

The Evolution of Everything How Small Changes Transform Our World
Matt Ridley
Matt Ridley explores the Theory of Evolution in Everything from Religion to Politics and the Internet. He highlights how Top-Down thinking such as big Government and Central Banks will fail...

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand by Stephen Bates

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
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 how we perceive Royalty,...

TED Talks The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

TED Talks The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
Chris Anderson
In Ted Talks Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation. This is a lively, fun read with great practical application from...

It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan

It's All in Your Head True Stories of Imaginary Illness
Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan
Winner of the the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. We accept our hearts can flutter with excitement and our brows can sweat with nerves, but on this journey into the very...

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