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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.

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Far from the Tree Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Author: Andrew Solomon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2014. This is a New York Times Bestseller. Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us. It is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. It is the winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

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Beer Makes Daddy Strong

Beer Makes Daddy Strong

Author: Andy Riley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2011

It's the gift that keeps on giving - just like Dad. Every day should be Father's Day.

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The Vintage Sweets Book

The Vintage Sweets Book

Author: Angel Adoree Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2013

It is hard not to be swept along by Adoree's enthusiasm for the past... - Sunday Times Style Magazine This trademark die-cut version on the Vintage Sweets Book (24 x 19 cm) sits beside the Vintage Tea Party Book and The Vintage Tea Party year. A mini edition of this book is also available. Copy and paste 9781845338312 into the search bar. Angel Adoree invites you on a nostalgic journey to rediscover your childhood fascination with all things sweet. The Vintage Sweets Book shows you that with a 'spoonful of sugar' and a little imagination, you can create your favourite vintage sweets and party treats for every soiree. You'll learn to make love Hearts for your sweetheart, Parma Violets for your gran, Fruit Jellies for your friends, Sugared Mice for the kids, Jazzies for a party and a couple of naughty, sweetie-inspired cocktails for yourself. Each chapter is crammed with delightful retro sweet recipes, tempting cocktails and puddings inspired by the sweets, as well as craft projects to help bring the magic to life. To add a novel twist to your party there are inspired cocktails to go with sweets so the grown-ups can enjoy an extra treat once the kids are in bed. Sample amongst others the delights of a rose lollipop Cocktail, gin Fizz, rocktail, Parma Violet Cocktail, Sarsaparilla Cocktail or a Cough Candy Toddy! Your vintage sweets book includes...Sweetie know-how Sweet beginnings I always like to kill two birds with one stone so, in this chapter, I teach you all the basics of sweetie-making while taking you on a trip down memory lane. You'll learn to make Love Hearts for your sweetheart, Parma Violets for your gran, Fruit Jellies for your friends, Sugared Mice for the kids, Jazzies for a party and a couple of naughty, sweetie-inspired cocktails for yourself! Softball, firmball & hardball sweets Who was the first to discover that some beautiful alchemy takes place when you heat up sugar in a bit of water? Well, whoever they were, I hope they are luxuriating in heaven as we speak! And you will be too when you suck on the spoils of this chapter -Toffee Bonbons, Liquorice, Gumdrops, Marshmallows, Rum & Raisin Fudge, Edinburgh Rock and other glorious delights. Soft-crack & hard-crack sweets Do you find it impossible to resist crunching on a firm sweet? Or do you have the self-discipline to keep sucking? Either way, the sugar thermometer will be your new best friend as you learn to take sugar up to molten temperatures to create your favourite hard sweeties of yesteryear - Toffee, Nut Brittle, Rhubarb & Custard Sweets, Rock, Sherbet Dips - all the old favourites are here.

Drink The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Drink The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Author: Ann Dowsett Johnston Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

The new face of risky drinking is female. The problem: a global epidemic of bingeing. The solution: a brave new approach to female recovery. This is my story, and it's particular. But I am not alone. Drinking problems challenge a growing number of women. The new reality: binge drinking is increasing among young adults - and women are largely responsible for this trend. Women's buying power has been growing for decades, and their decision-making authority has grown as well. The alcohol industry, well aware of this reality, is now battling for women's downtime - and their brand loyalty. Our relationship with alcohol is complex, and growing more so. This book will be essential reading for a huge number of women, a book that's breaks a major taboo. This will be a book for best friends to give one another, mothers to give daughters, sisters to give to each other - a book to read in hiding, when you know you're in trouble. This book will offer companionship for women of every age. It will answer a myriad tough questions. Intimate and startlingly honest, 'Drink' will be a book to change the lives of women of all ages - and those who love them. A book for anyone who thinks they have a problem, or knows someone who may have a problem, and wants to know more. Which means: just about everyone.

Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Author: Anna Funder Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out.

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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!