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Books of the Month

Uncivilised Genes Human evolution and the urban paradox by Gustav Milne
Uncivilised Genes Human evolution and the urban paradox
Gustav Milne
January 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Month Gustav Milne gives us an overarching view of the known facts about Human evolution, showing how our outer “shells” mask a very hunter-gatherer interior. We may show Urban cool to the world but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Wisdom & Wordplay 300 original one-liners to enrich your day by Robert Eddison
Wisdom & Wordplay 300 original one-liners to enrich your day
Robert Eddison
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Format: Paperback - Released: 25/10/2017
The Compleat Thunks by Ian Gilbert
The Compleat Thunks
Ian Gilbert
Surprising, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, this is a book filled with 628 thunks. A thunk is quite simply a question that not only makes you think, it has the potential to alter your thoughts. You can read the thunks on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2017
The ABCs of Coping with Anxiety by James Cowart
The ABCs of Coping with Anxiety
James Cowart
A simple, clear book to help those suffering from anxiety and stress. Written by James Cowart, PhD, an American psychologist who specialises in treating depression and anxiety, this is a relatively short book, it feels safe to pick up, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2017
Rules for Mavericks  by Phil Beadle
Rules for Mavericks
Phil Beadle
Quite simply, a go to book for anyone who would like to explore their potential. You do not have to consider yourself (or have been told that you are) a maverick, in order to connect to the thoughts on offer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2017
The Sober Diaries How one woman stopped drinking and started living by Clare Pooley
The Sober Diaries How one woman stopped drinking and started living
Clare Pooley
A bravely honest and brilliantly comic account of how one mother gave up drinking and started living. Think Bridget Jones Dries Out! Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle so...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/01/2018
Life Lessons from Remarkable Women Tales of Triumph, Failure and Learning to Love Yourself by Stylist Magazine
Life Lessons from Remarkable Women Tales of Triumph, Failure and Learning to Love Yourself
Stylist Magazine
If you could share one lesson from your life with every woman, what would it be? Stylist magazine has asked that question of remarkable women from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sport and fashion. With honesty, wit and a serious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2018
How to Be Human: The Manual by Ruby Wax
How to Be Human: The Manual
Ruby Wax
It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact you're on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018
Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby
Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
Stephen Westaby
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award Heart surgery is by its very nature a high-risk business and as Professor Stephen Westaby says ‘the grim reaper sits on your shoulder’, but when it is successful it is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2018
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
Inside the Wave
Helen Dunmore
Category Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Poetry Award New collection by prizewinning poet and novelist: poems about mortality, illness, being alive and the borderline between the living human world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

The Great Pottery Throw Down by Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge

The Great Pottery Throw Down
Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge
The perfect companion for any potter, or lover of pottery out there. As a novice potter myself, and fan of the TV series The Great Pottery Throw Down, I plucked,...

Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives
Stephen Westaby
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award February 2017 Non-Fiction Book...

What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice by Jeremy Vine

What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice
Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show attracts millions of listeners, he is well known for his television appearances on programmes such as Eggheads and even for his moves around the...

The Gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi

The Gift of Anger
Arun Gandhi
From Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather. Arun Gandhi believes that what his grandfather had to say about co-existence...

Viking Britain An Exploration by Tom Williams

Viking Britain An Exploration
Tom Williams
Any historian dealing with the Vikings must firstly fight myth – those horned helmets to name but one and then there’s the sparsity of evidence from a people with so...

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Deborah Cadbury
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month There’s a picture in this book of Queen Victoria’s family at a garden party in 1875, a great crowd of Royalty spawned from...

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria by Victoria Derbyshire

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria
Victoria Derbyshire
I think all of us at some time in our lives when we reach a certain age worry a little about cancer. I think the thought, “how will I react”...

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit by Boris Starling

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit
Boris Starling
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month Published a few days before the start of the 3rd Invictus Games in Toronto where around 550 competitors – all “wounded warriors” will...

How to be Champion by Sarah Millican

How to be Champion
Sarah Millican
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month So good, I wanted to give both the book, and Sarah Millican a thank you hug. I will admit to almost mugging my...

Phil Vickery's Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook by Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery's Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook
Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery has written some seriously good gluten-free cookbooks and now turns to another restricted diet – for diabetics. Given his recipes – you wouldn’t really notice it was a...

Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks

Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies
Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks
Films – what do they know about science, what have they got right and what they have got wrong? (all that clunky computer equipment in Alien for a start). Can...

Really Good Dog Photography by Hoxton Mini Press

Really Good Dog Photography
Hoxton Mini Press
A title that doesn’t lie, these are really good dog photos. Containing the work of some of the best animal photographers there are naturally many different approaches to photographing dogs,...

Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins

Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations
Simon Jenkins
I could just write something like gorgeous or sumptuous and leave it at that but perhaps I should elaborate on this paen of praise showcasing the best Railway architecture in...

The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater

The Christmas Chronicles
Nigel Slater
Can’t wait for it to get to that level of cold when this book will act as a comfort blanket all of its own. Another in Nigel Slater’s exceptional Diary...

How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure by Brian Cox, Robin Ince

How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure
Brian Cox, Robin Ince
From the hosts of the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme comes this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels - a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by...

Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need by Hywel Carver

Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need
Hywel Carver
Both a how to do it and a go-to guide for the mathematically challenged. Knowing maths can save you money and avert disaster. It may be forms or mortgages and...

Escape to Ikaria by Nick Perry

Escape to Ikaria
Nick Perry
A chance read magazine article found in a Dentist’s waiting room sets Nick Perry, his wife and 3 children off on a quest to find a home in Greece. They’d...

The Clyde: Mapping the River by John Moore

The Clyde: Mapping the River
John Moore
I have a book, in similar format and subject on my own area showing excerpts from all the relevant mapping from the earliest to current times, the fascination being one...

And Then You're Dead by Paul Doherty

And Then You're Dead
Paul Doherty
The ideal stocking filler for anyone looking for some good, clean, grisly fun this Christmas. Wryly amusing and gruesomely fascinating, this smart science-based stocking filler provides technical answers to many...

George by Sean Smith

George
Sean Smith
December 2017 Book of the Month Sean Smith has written an engrossing book that takes you behind the public persona of George Michael and introduces you to Georgios Panayiotou, the...

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 by Jenny Landreth

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
Jenny Landreth
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 A funny and bold account of how women fought their way into the water, and of what they did...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert

Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes...

Diversify by June Sarpong

Diversify
June Sarpong
November 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month A powerful – and empowering – manifesto for transforming the world through integration. The central premise of this thought-provoking, forward-thinking work is that...

The Genius Test  by Giles Sparrow

The Genius Test
Giles Sparrow
Are you a genius? Put your knowledge to the test - and learn to think and talk like a genius.

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

A Very British Christmas
Rhodri Marsden
Hmm (bug)… does the world really need another Christmas-themed stocking filler book? Surely the genre is as dead as Old Marley, doornail and all, with nothing new to say, no...

How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation by Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls

How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation
Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls
Containing a wealth of survival knowledge, this book teaches you: how to make fire; how to navigate; how to administer first-aid; how to survive a bear attack; how to drive...

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War by Edward Stourton

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War
Edward Stourton
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British institution unlike any other, and its story during the Second World War is also our story. This was Britain's first total war, engaging...

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe

An Almost Perfect Christmas
Nina Stibbe
From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to...

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