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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.
In the title it states trees that live for a thousand years, unbelievably there are records of trees living four times as long, for some trees such as the Yew, their growth patterns mean that dating is extremely difficult, some could be up to five thousand years old and for anyone planting a Monkey Puzzle tree in their front garden it’s salutary to note that it will have 2,000 years more to live than you. Together with a breathtaking selection of photographs depicting trees from all over the world, the book is crowded with facts, history, mythology and science. It also beautifully reflects the awe inspiring nature of these trees, some of which have outlived recorded human history. Like for Like ReadingMeetings with Remarkable Trees, Thomas PakenhamWildwood: A Journey through Trees, Roger Deakin
This is an absolute must for all plant lovers. From the author of the highly regarded The Tulip comes a thrilling adventure into botanical history; a compelling insight to the men who first named plants, wrote about their similarities and differences and who grouped and ordered them over hundreds of years beginning in Athens in the third century BC. This journey traced here so exhilaratingly by Anna Pavord is a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos.
12 chapters - one from each month of the year together with 72 pieces on what to do in each month on all aspects of gardening and how to get the best from flowers, plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, through reflections on the weather, soil, the English landscape and favourite old gardening clothes, to office greenery, spring in New York, waterfalls, Derek Jarman and garden design.
Centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the tenth century, then divided between warring neighbours for a millennium, Ukraine finally won independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Tired of their own corrupt governments, Ukrainians mounted two more revolutions, taking to the streets again to demand fair elections and closer ties with Europe. Russia's response, in the spring of 2014, was to reinvade, capturing Crimea and the coalfields of the Russian-speaking Donbass. Threatened by Moscow, misunderstood in the West, Ukraine hangs once more in the balance.
When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely independent people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.
September 2011 Mega Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The first serious yet sympathetic biography, by one of Britain's most distinguished biographers, turns her focus on one of the most vilified woman of the last century, the Duchess of Windsor, the former Mrs Simpson. Based on new archives and material recently made available, this scrupulously researched biography re evaluates the role of politicians in the 1930s, sheds new light on the character and motivations of this powerful, charismatic and complex woman, and questions was this really the romantic love story of the century?
A brilliant collection of some of the best cartoons about the Country Life couple all revolving around the glorious subject of drink! A wickedly funny collection which will make the perfect present. Click here to view the Tottering-by-Gently Annual. Click here to view the Tottering-by-Gently Desk Diary 2011.
There’s no abracadabra to be found here, oh no, but there is magic of a different kind, that of self belief and exploration. This book encourages you to open your mind to techniques which will help you achieve greater creativity, power over your subconscious and to think a little differently. Anthony Alvarado can be a little bit cheeky and his book ‘D.I.Y Magic’ is most definitely a little bit different. I smiled, I nodded, I raised an eyebrow and I connected to this book as I read about connecting to yourself, other people and the world around you. The chapters allow you to dip or submerge, you can try the techniques at once or save them for later, and the illustrations encourage second and third looks. ‘D.I.Y Magic’ offers ‘mind hacks’ for the present day, for the here and now, and I for one, will be dipping my toe in and trying some to inspire me to greater things both large and small! ~ Liz Robinson
A devastatingly hilarious satire that cuts closer to the truth of than any nonfiction account: The creator and star of Comedy Central's acclaimed The President Show opens the vault and imagines Donald J. Trump's presidential archives, exposing documents from his childhood in Queens to his toddlerhood in the Oval Office. The Presidential Archives. Every other president has made a mess of it. Barack Obama is currently spending millions of dollars (probably trillions, if you want to know the truth) building a monument to himself. And they don't even charge admission at these places! No wonder this country is a zillion dollars in debt. And what's the point?!: These guys are already out of office and old news. We hate to say it, folks, but the presidential library is totally broken and needs to be made great again. America, we herewith present the FIRST AND ONLY presidential library to be released in real time, while the president is still in office. (Why delay?) But wait, THERE'S MORE! Who wants the hassle of having to go to some boring building in the middle of nowhere? (The Eisenhower Library is in Abilene, Kansas - yikes!) What if you could have your favorite president's library delivered to your home, today! THAT'S NOT ALL! What if you could carry that library with you EVERYWHERE! Introducing THE DONALD J. TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1. It's all here: the 45th U.S. president's letters, diaries, Oval Office recordings, Moscow hotel tapes, grand jury testimony, sealed indictments, financial records, subpoenas, dossiers, Michael Cohen recordings, AND SO MUCH MORE! Never has wisdom been so accessible! It's the last book you will ever need to buy. Or maybe just the last book published, period. Get yours NOW before the first amendment is abolished! Don't miss VOLUME 2: THE PRISON YEARS - coming soon! Hopefully!
August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on Kitchen Confidential... Everyone loves a bad boy, and Anthony Bourdain does bad better than anyone, with his no-holds-barred behind the scenes expose of the restaurant world. He is unashamedly outrageous – and all the more attractive for it. If I could make any of my heroes have a tenth of his magnetism …
'Fascinating and zeitgeisty.' David Aaronovitch, The Times 'Must be read by every incumbent and wannabe representative of the people.' The Herald, best books of 2013 'Two of our most brilliant political analysts focus entertainingly on an endless succession of great British cock-ups...thoroughly entertaining and erudite.' Observer 'A powerful new book.' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail 'Illuminating and disturbing.' Philip Johnston, Telegraph 'Timely and intelligent.' Prospect 'Fascinating.' Alan Johnson MP, New Statesman 'Grimly entertaining...This book should be a compulsory text for every would-be minister and permanent secretary.' Financial Times 'Compelling...David Cameron is said to have read about Winston Churchill's early warmongering during his summer holidays. It would have been much better for all of us if he had read this.' Independent on Sunday 'One of the hottest books of the season...a deeply depressing catalogue of major projects championed at the highest level that have turned into turkeys.' Scotsman 'Rivetingly told...a feast of fiascos, a banquet of balls-ups.' Francis Wheen, Literary Review 'This is a very apposite book and should be read by ministers, shadow ministers, parliamentarians and civil servants.' Total Politics
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!