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This Month's Featured Books

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
Love Voltaire Us Apart A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships by Julia Edelman
Love Voltaire Us Apart A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships
Julia Edelman
Based on Edelman's New Yorker article, Excerpts from Philosophers' Breakup Letters Throughout History, Love Voltaire Us Apart is funny, smart, refreshingly original, and brought to life with charming illustrations by Hallie Bateman.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Bestseller Code by Matthew Jockers, Jodie Archer
The Bestseller Code
Matthew Jockers, Jodie Archer
In The Bestseller Code, Archer and Jockers boldly claim that not only can mega-hits be explained and identified - but they've built the algorithm to prove it. Using cutting-edge text mining techniques, they have developed a model that analyses theme,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Girl Who Escaped Isis Farida's Story by Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann
The Girl Who Escaped Isis Farida's Story
Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann
This is a story of incredible courage in the face of unthinkable atrocity. As the battle against ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, The Girl Who Escaped Isis provides an astonishing perspective on this very terrifying global threat.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
Dying A Memoir by Cory Taylor
Dying A Memoir
Cory Taylor
Written in the final months of her life, Cory Taylor's Dying is a deeply moving meditation on death, and a joyful and wise tribute to life.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
Rushing Woman's Syndrome The Impact of a Never-Ending to-Do List and How to Stay Healthy in Today's Busy World by Dr Libby Weaver
Rushing Woman's Syndrome The Impact of a Never-Ending to-Do List and How to Stay Healthy in Today's Busy World
Dr Libby Weaver
Inspired by Dr Libby's clinical experiences and her empathy for women and the many roles they now juggle, this book offers real solutions to restore your health, so that you can stay both productive and healthy. Do you often feel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2017
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
Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History by Matthew Parris
Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
Matthew Parris
A completely updated trawl through tongue scorching invective from the ancient world to yesterday (almost). As well as being breathtakingly rude so many of the comments are outrageously funny although anyone on the receiving end of such rudeness can only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland

Reader Reviewed Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer....

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...

Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst

Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
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 leaving her with rage then...

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...

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...

All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by Tim Shipman

All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class
Tim Shipman
All Out War is a book about leaders and their closest aides, the decisions they make and how and why they make them, as well as how they feel when...

Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey by Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey
Dion Leonard
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A book to put a great big beaming (and somewhat tearful) smile on your face....

Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship by Ulrich Raulff

Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship
Ulrich Raulff
Farewell to the Horse is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the...

Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men by Manal Al-Sharif

Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men
Manal Al-Sharif
A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel. Daring to Drive...

Sleep Better The Science and the Myths by Graham Law, Shane Pascoe

Sleep Better The Science and the Myths
Graham Law, Shane Pascoe
This book presents a combination of sleep hygiene, evidence-based techniques, psychological skills, and mindfulness practices to help improve your sleep. It examines common myths and stereotypes which may damage your...

Science in the Soul Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist by Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
Richard Dawkins
Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins' rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth...

Pinpoint How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds by Greg Milner

Pinpoint How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
Greg Milner
Pinpoint tells the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its presence in almost everything we do. Milner examines the different ways humans...

In Pursuit of Memory The Fight Against Alzheimer's by Joseph Jebelli

In Pursuit of Memory The Fight Against Alzheimer's
Joseph Jebelli
Far more than the story of a disease, In Pursuit of Memory zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer's works and out again to show, entwined with the...

The Secret Life Three True Stories by Andrew O'Hagan

The Secret Life Three True Stories
Andrew O'Hagan
The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for identities: true, false, and in between. We no longer question the reality of online experiences but the reality of selfhood...

Selfie How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What it's Doing to Us by Will Storr

Selfie How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What it's Doing to Us
Will Storr
We live in the age of the individual. We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see...

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...

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
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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