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The Real World

Looking to find out something more about the world we live in, instead of gallivanting off into the realm of fiction? Have a look at our hand-picked non-fiction choices.

How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation

How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation

Author: Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The ultimate survival guide from the world's leading survival expert. Nobody knows survival like Bear Grylls. There is a barely a terrain he hasn't conquered or an extreme environment he hasn't experienced. Over the years - from his time in 21 SAS, through to his extraordinary expeditions climbing (and paragliding over) Everest, travelling through the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage, crossing the world's oceans and taking part in adventures to the toughest corners of each of the seven continents - Bear has accumulated an astonishing wealth of survival knowledge. Now, for the first time, he is putting all his expertise into one book. How To Stay Alive will teach you: - How to survive a bear attack - How to fly a plane in an emergency - How to make fire from virtually nothing - How to drive off-road - How to navigate using the stars - How to administer first-aid - How to escape a burning building - How to survive the most extreme conditions And dozens of other essential skills to survive the modern world.

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Auntie's War The BBC during the Second World War

Author: Edward Stourton Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Auntie's War is a love letter to radio. While these were the years when her sometimes bossy tones earned the BBC the nickname `Auntie', they were also a period of truly remarkable voices: Churchill's fighting speeches, de Gaulle's broadcasts from exile, J. B. Priestley, Ed Murrow, George Orwell, Richard Dimbleby and Vera Lynn. Radio offered an incomparable tool for propaganda; it was how coded messages, both political and personal, were sent across Europe, and it was a means of sending less than truthful information to the enemy. At the same time, eyewitness testimonies gave a voice to everyone, securing the BBC's reputation as reliable purveyor of the truth. Edward Stourton is a sharp-eyed, wry and affectionate companion on the BBC's wartime journey, investigating archives, diaries, letters and memoirs to examine what the BBC was and what it stood for. Full of astonishing, little-known incidents, battles with Whitehall warriors and Churchill himself, and with a cast of brilliant characters, Auntie's War is much more than a portrait of a beloved institution at a critical time. It is also a unique portrayal of the British in wartime and an incomparable insight into why we have the broadcast culture we do today.

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An Almost Perfect Christmas

An Almost Perfect Christmas

Author: Nina Stibbe Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think 'oh, f*** it' and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours.

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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!