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Books of the Month

Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son by Alex Hanscombe
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son
Alex Hanscombe
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times in front of her nearly three year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Much needed light is shed on the isolating world of the deaf through the author’s own personal journey recounting how she gradually lost her hearing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer. John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992 aged 22, we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom by Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
May 2017 Book of the Month. Poignant and honest this is one teenager’s experience of fleeing her homeland, a place that had once meant family and tradition but is now torn apart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Philippe Sands
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This immersive book works as both a personal and public examination of the legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers to account at Nuremberg, some of the first stirrings of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Dad, You Suck by Tim Dowling
Dad, You Suck
Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling’s candid and highly humorous weekly Guardian column charts his life with his wife and three sons… unless they are cross with his exposés when they become ‘Sean his life partner and their three adopted research chimps’. Cherry picking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin
Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century
Ron Butlin
This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.Living in mid-eighties Edinburgh, Hume feels somewhat bewildered by the changing social landscape. He observes, on one hand, that Thatcher’s “new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
Four Mums in a Boat by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough. Four middle aged friends who met at a local Saturday morning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Insight The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World by Dr Tasha Eurich
Insight The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World
Dr Tasha Eurich
Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich shatters conventional assumptions about what it takes to truly know ourselves - like why introspection isn't a bullet train to insight,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Out of the Shadow of a Giant Hooke, Halley and the Birth of British Science by John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin
Out of the Shadow of a Giant Hooke, Halley and the Birth of British Science
John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin
Whilst Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time, and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Great Mystery Science, God and the Human Quest for Meaning by Alister McGrath, DPhil, DD
The Great Mystery Science, God and the Human Quest for Meaning
Alister McGrath, DPhil, DD
Alister McGrath, bestselling author and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, explores the question of human nature from both scientific and religious perspectives, and weaves together the results to open up and explore some of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Flavour A User's Guide to Our Most Neglected Sense by Bob Holmes
Flavour A User's Guide to Our Most Neglected Sense
Bob Holmes
For anyone who wants to be a better cook, get the best restaurant experience no matter where you go, or if you just want to make better decisions in the supermarket or about your diet. Flavour will help you discover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2017
The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll
From Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself, Carroll combines cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought in a quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, The Big...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
We Need to Talk A Straight-Talking Guide to Raising Resilient Teens by Ian Williamson
We Need to Talk A Straight-Talking Guide to Raising Resilient Teens
Ian Williamson
How do you talk to your teen when their only focus is the screen in front of them? How do you help them to build relationships when their only connections are to Wi-Fi and 4G? This book offers a series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost by Abdul Rahman Azzam
The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost
Abdul Rahman Azzam
A tale of a real-life Robinson Crusoe and his total retreat from human society. Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman, 2007), The Other Exile is at once a historical adventure...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Bad Choices How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier by Ali Almossawi
Bad Choices How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier
Ali Almossawi
The wildly popular author of Bad Arguments returns with a funny, smart introduction to algorithms -- those perennially misunderstood, increasingly important problem-solving rules that can save you time and lead to better choices, every day.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/04/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Marches by Rory Stewart

The Marches
Rory Stewart
A very personal history of the boundary between Scotland and England, endlessly walking the border country Rory Stewart realises it is really another country, a middleland with its own lost...

Wonderland A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day by Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

Wonderland A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day
Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss
A life-affirming nature diary - with something amazing to see and experience on every day of the year. Distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, expert insight and enthusiasm, award-winning authors and passionate...

Storm in a Teacup The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
A stimulating, detailed, yet remarkably clear book about physics and how to connect to and understand a little more about our world. If you find yourself wondering about the why,...

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of...

The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found by Tom Watkins

The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found
Tom Watkins
The Real Pet Detective is the story of 20 years of missing pets, their owners and Tom's team of expert pet investigators. From recording the owner's voice to lure cats...

Floating A Life Regained by Joe Minihane

Floating A Life Regained
Joe Minihane
Floating is the story of Joe Minihane's attempt to retrace the greatest swimming exploration of our time while facing up to his struggles with anxiety by diving right in. A...

The Village News The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll by Tom Fort

The Village News The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll
Tom Fort
The Village News is a whimsical, funny and informative travelogue by pedal power of a variety of villages across our nation that encapsulate, or showcase, all the best elements of...

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

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young...

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything by Marcus Chown

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
Marcus Chown
Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as...

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the...

Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson

Henry IV
Chris Given-Wilson
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Not one of the famous Henrys, not a “V” or an VIII”, but a modest “IV”, more unfamiliar to us general readers and...

Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

Sleep in Early Modern England
Sasha Handley
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts...

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183
Matthew Strickland
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Messenger by Shiv Malik

The Messenger
Shiv Malik
Shiv Malik nearly lost his journalistic career after being duped by an informant, a reluctant jihadist. Now looking back after six years, Shiv Malik questions his own judgement, the public...

Happy Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect by Fearne Cotton

Happy Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect
Fearne Cotton
Written by Fearne herself drawing on her own personal experiences, this is a simple, friendly and beautiful guide to finding happiness, featuring Fearne's charming hand-drawn illustrations throughout.

Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass

Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
March 2017 Book of the Month. A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training...

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World by Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World
Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
Illustrated with original photography, this title presents portraits of sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are...

Attack of the Fifty Foot Women How Gender Equality Can Save the World! by Catherine Mayer

Attack of the Fifty Foot Women How Gender Equality Can Save the World!
Catherine Mayer
In Attack of the Fifty Foot Women, her insightful, revelatory, often hilarious, and hugely inspiring book, Catherine Mayer shares inside views and experiences from building a party, and bringing together...

The Unmumsy Mum Diary by The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum Diary
The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner
She's back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two...

Modern Women 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women 52 Pioneers
Kira Cochrane
March 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To quote from Jacky Fleming’s book, The Trouble with Women (listed in Like for Like Reading below) “Why...

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