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  • In 1960, John Steinbeck set out in his pick-up truck with his dog Charley to rediscover and chronicle his native USA, from Maine to California. He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of the American people. Moving through the woods and deserts, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, Steinbeck observed - with remarkable honesty, insight and a humorous eye - the gamut of America and the people who inhabited it. ISBN 9780141186108
  • Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city's past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life. ISBN 9780571322794
  • Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. ISBN 9780140296037
  • In February 1991, the media mogul and former MP Robert Maxwell made a triumphant entrance into Manhattan harbour aboard his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to complete his purchase of the ailing New York Daily News. Crowds lined the quayside to watch his arrival, taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand and children asked for his autograph. But just ten months later, Maxwell disappeared from the same yacht off the Canary Islands, only to be found dead in the water soon afterward. His empire fell apart, as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light. Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly. ISBN 9780241388686
  • Moonlight, starlight, the ethereal glow of snow in winter ... When you flick off a switch, other forms of light begin to reveal themselves. Artificial light is everywhere. Not only is it damaging to humans and to wildlife, disrupting our natural rhythms, but it obliterates the subtler lights that have guided us for millennia. ISBN 9781783965823
  • In Poems to Fall in Love With Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection. ISBN 9781529023251
  • In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the 'essential nature' of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published. 'The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain' Guardian Introduction by Robert Macfarlane. Afterword by Jeanette Winterson ISBN 9780857861832
  • From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to a career as a writer, John le Carre has lived a unique life. In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, this book invites us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters. 'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre . . ISBN 9780241976890
  • "This book will have you forming new habits before you know it. In the same way you automatically brush your teeth, you can learn how to make other, desirable behaviors into 'no brainers'. I really felt each page was changing my way of thinking." Sinead ISBN 9781444769012
  • "God, I love David Sedaris! This is one of those laugh-out-loud books which gets you into trouble on the dart as you try to stifle your giggles. If you've not discovered him yet, I'm kind of jealous, you've got a treat ahead!" Bob ISBN 9780349113913
  • Economics is broken, and the planet is paying the price. Unforeseen financial crises. Extreme wealth inequality. Relentless pressure on the environment. Can we go on like this? Is there an alternative?In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin. Moving beyond the myths of 'rational economic man' and unlimited growth, Doughnut Economics zeroes in on the sweet spot: a system that meets all our needs without exhausting the planet. The demands of the 21st century require a new shape of economics. This might just be it. *A Financial Times and Forbes Book of the Year* *Winner of the Transmission Prize 2018* *Longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2017* 'The John Maynard Keynes of the 21st century.' George Monbiot, Guardian. ISBN 9781847941398
  • "If your brain could use a tune-up, then this will do the trick. It doesn't give you carte blanche to strut like a peacock in the true Holmes style though... well, maybe a little..." Ann ISBN 9780857867278
  • "A thoughtful mixture of travelogue and art appreciation as Laing examines what it means to be 'lonely' by exploring her own experiences in relation to the art of Hopper, Warhol, Henry Darger and David Nojuarowicz amongst others. Intriguing and illuminating and very readable!" Bob ISBN 9781782111252
  • "This book tells the story of man from stone age to the atomic bomb. Vivid imagery, creative storytelling and a sly humour bring history to life." Ann ISBN 9780300143324
  • "I read this thinking it would be a business book about generating lots of customers but it's much more interesting than that! It's about why people behave the way they do and how small actions can give big results!" Bob ISBN 9780349113463
  • "Outrageously funny, I read this over Christmas and have been passing it on to a multitude of friends ever since. From making his sister lie down in the road to drowning a mouse in a bucket, Sedaris's writing is sharp, clever and funny enough to make me laugh out loud on the DART (much to my embarrassment!)" Bob ISBN 9780349116709
  • "Every so often a book comes along which captures your heart and enriches your life for having read it. A book which has the ability to make you cry and laugh out loud (on public transport!). A book which introduces you to a new hero and captures the enduring spirit of the human soul. This is the book, this is the story you must read." Ciara ISBN 9780349113463
  • "Murakami is best known as a highly original Japanese novelist - but he is also a marathon runner! This thoughtful book on what motivates him to run (and write) is both philosophical and inspiring. It made me buy running shoes (and use them) but also made me appreciative of what life can offer us." Bob ISBN 9780099526155
  • "Boo, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, takes you deep into a Mumbai slum. She does it with ease and focus, smuggling plenty of current Indian issues in the meantime. It's a fascinating read, sometimes hard to believe it's non-fiction. Watched 'Slumdog Millionaire'? Now read this." Marta ISBN 9781846274510
  • "At first I found Norman Mailer hard work (bit of an egotist!) but his account of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' is insightful, stirring and exhilarating. You don't need to be a 'fight-fun' to be swept away by the majesty of Foreman and Ali." Ann ISBN 9780141184142
  • "It is too easy to damn a book with faint praise, and this account of the incredible life of Eric Lomax deserves far better than this mere mortal can conjure up. Profoundly moving." Ann ISBN 9780099582311
  • "Not a dog/wolf training manual, so you've been warned, but a thought-provoking and inspiring book on the nature of the relationship between man and beast." Ann ISBN 9781783784578
  • Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilitiesand strengthsof women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. In her family, she writes, 'country music was foremost a language among women. It's how we talked to each other in a place where feelings aren't discussed.' And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton. Smarsh challenged a typically male vision of the rural working class with her first book, Heartland, starring the bold, hard-luck women who raised her. Now, in She Come By It Natural, originally published in a four-part series for The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression, Smarsh explores the overlooked contributions to social progress by such women, including those averse to the term 'feminism'as exemplified by Dolly Parton's life and art. Far beyond the recently resurrected 'Jolene' or quintessential '9 to 5' Parton's songs for decades have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as 'trailer trash'. Parton's broader career from singing on the front porch of her family's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains to achieving stardom in Nashville and Hollywood, from 'girl singer' managed by powerful men to leader of a self-made business and philanthropy empire, offers a springboard to examining the intersections of gender, class, and culture. Infused with Smarsh's trademark insight, intelligence, and humanity, She Come By It Natural is a sympathetic tribute to the icon Dolly Parton andcall it whatever you likethe organic feminism she embodies. ISBN 9781911590514
  • Use the power of houseplants to combat the pollution and stresses of modern life. Everyday products pollute the air in our homes, and our mental wellbeing is threatened like never before - but help is at hand from the humble houseplant! ISBN 9780241458518
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