Prose: non-fiction

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  • A World on the Wing

    £9.99

    A World on the Wing

    Written from the cutting edge of research into bird migration, A World on the Wing is a landmark work of nature writing that will delight fans of Isabella Tree, Mark Cocker and Chris Packham.

    £9.99
  • Africa Is Not a Country

    £16.99

    Africa Is Not a Country

    ‘Africa Is Not A Country’ is a kaleidoscopic portrait of modern Africa, that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story. So often Africa is depicted simplistically as an arid red landscape of famines and safaris, uniquely plagued by poverty and strife. In this funny and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, creating a fresh and multifaceted view of this vast continent. To unspool this inaccurate narrative, ‘Africa Is Not A Country’ looks to a wide range of subjects, from chronicling urban life in Lagos and the lively West African rivalry over who makes the best Jollof rice, to the story of democracy in seven dictatorships and the dangers of white saviourism and harmful stereotypes in popular culture. It examines how each African country was formed.

    £16.99
  • Allegorizings

    £9.99

    Allegorizings

    Soldier, journalist, historian, author of 40 books, Jan Morris led an extraordinary life, witnessing such seminal moments as the first ascent of Everest, the Suez Canal Crisis, the Eichmann Trial, The Cuban Revolution and so much more. Now, in ‘Allegorizings’, published posthumously as was her wish, Morris looks back over some of the key moments of her life, and sees a multitude of meanings. From her final travels to the USA and across Europe to late journeys on her beloved trains and ships, from the deaths of her old friends Hilary and Tenzig to the enduring relationships in her own life, from reflections on identity and nations to the importance of good marmalade, it bears testimony to her uniquely kind and inquisitive take on the world.

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  • Back in the Day

    £20.00

    Back in the Day

    Melvyn Bragg’s first ever memoir – an elegiac, intimate account of growing up in post-war Cumbria, which lyrically evokes a vanished world. In this captivating memoir, Melvyn Bragg recalls growing up in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton, from his early childhood during the war to the moment he had to decide between staying on or spreading his wings. This is the tale of a boy who lived in a pub and expected to leave school at fifteen yet won a scholarship to Oxford. Derailed by a severe breakdown when he was thirteen, he developed a passion for reading and study – though that didn’t stop him playing in a skiffle band or falling in love. It is equally the tale of the people and place that formed him.

    £20.00
  • Bittersweet

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    Bittersweet

    In this inspiring masterpiece, bestselling author Susan Cain shows the power of ‘bittersweetness’ – a tendency toward sorrow and longing, an acute awareness of passing time, and a piercing joy when beholding beauty. But what are the powers of a bittersweet, melancholic outlook? she asks. And why has our culture been so blind to its value? Bittersweetness recognises that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired. As ‘Bittersweet’ shows, our obsession with happiness is not making us happy, healthy, or whole. It’s only by embracing our darker emotions – as well as the light – that we discover our deepest meaning and connection, love and joy. It can change the way we work, the way we create and the way we love – for it is the hidden source of our love stories, moonshots and masterpieces.

    £20.00
  • Bold Ventures

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    Bold Ventures

    In ‘Bold Ventures’, Belgian poet Charlotte Van den Broeck goes in search of buildings that were fatal for their architects – architects who either killed themselves or are rumoured to have done so. The buildings range across time and space – from a church with a twisted spire built in 17th-century France to a theatre that collapsed mid-performance in 1920s Washington, DC., and an eerily sinking swimming pool in her hometown of Turnhout. Drawing on a vast range of material, from Hegel and Charles Darwin to art history, stories from her own life and popular culture, patterns gradually come into focus, as Van den Broeck asks: what is that strange life-or-death connection between a creation and its creator?

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  • Burn

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    Burn

    On the outside, Ben Short looks like he has it all – a successful career in advertising, a flat in a trendy area of London, an expensive motorbike. But inside, he’s a wreck. Years of suffering with an anxiety disorder and depression have broken him, and his ‘creative’ career has become sterile and suffocating. A drastic change is needed. Like his neighbour’s rescue hawk, he acts on instinct and escapes the city. For a time, he takes on odd jobs – gardening, hedge-laying and labouring in the Cambridgeshire Fens and in the Devon countryside, trying to find somewhere he belongs. That is until he feels the call of the furnace: a glowing charcoal kiln in the West Dorset woods, where he can re-forge his thoughts, put the years of suffering behind him and start afresh by immersing himself in the ancient ways of woods and fire.

    £16.99
  • Cook, Eat, Repeat

    £26.00

    Cook, Eat, Repeat

    ‘Cook, Eat, Repeat’ is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether asking ‘What is a Recipe?’ or declaring ‘Death to the Guilty Pleasure’, Nigella’s wisdom about food and life comes to the fore, with tasty new recipes that readers will want to return to again and again.

    £26.00
  • Dark, Salt, Clear

    £16.99

    Dark, Salt, Clear

    There is the Cornwall Lamorna Ash knew as a child – the idyllic, folklore-rich place her mother is from and where she spent her summer holidays. Then there is the Cornwall she discovers when, feeling increasingly dislocated in London, she travels to Newlyn, a fishing town near Land’s End. This Cornwall is messier and harder; it doesn’t seem like a place that would welcome strangers. Before long, however, Lamorna finds herself on a week-long trawler trip with a crew of local fishermen, afforded a rare glimpse into their world, their warmth and their humour. Out on the water, miles from the coast, she learns how fishing requires you to confront who you are and what it is that tethers you to the land. But she also realises that this proud and compassionate community, sustained and defined by the sea for centuries, is under threat, living in the lengthening shadow cast by globalisation.

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    £16.99
  • Funeral Readings and Poems

    £10.99

    Funeral Readings and Poems

    A beautiful and sustaining volume of poetry which offers inspiration for funeral readings.

    £10.99
  • I Belong Here

    £10.99

    I Belong Here

    Anita Sethi was on a journey through northern England when she became the victim of a race hate crime. After the event Anita experienced panic attacks and anxiety. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces; the Pennines – the ‘backbone of Britain’ – called to Anita with a magnetic force. Although a racist had told her to leave, she was intent on travelling freely and without fear. Anita’s journey through the landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that she belongs in the UK as a brown woman, as much as a white man does. Her journey transforms what began as an ugly experience of hate into one offering hope and finding beauty after brutality. Every footstep is an act of persistence. Every word written against the rising tide of hate speech is an act of resistance.

    £10.99
  • Letters from Brenda

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    Letters from Brenda

    After her mother, Brenda, passed away and her father sold the family home, broadcaster and writer Emma Kennedy found herself floundering, unable to make peace with the complex, charismatic woman who had been her mum. And then they found the letters. This heartbreakingly funny book about the impact of discovering lost letters is a celebration of correspondence; those lost acts of penned love, the vivid snapshots in time scattered back through a life. It is also about a childhood shrouded in shame, the lies Brenda told her family, the madness that set in, and ultimately what it means to be a daughter and a mother. Finally, Emma allows herself to explore what she couldn’t while she was growing up: the question of who her mother really was.

    £16.99
  • Red Sauce Brown Sauce

    £16.99

    Red Sauce Brown Sauce

    The charming and joyful follow-up book from ‘the nation’s taster in chief,’ Felicity Cloake.

    £16.99
  • Sleeping Among Sheep Under a Starry Sky

    £16.99

    Sleeping Among Sheep Under a Starry Sky

    Here is a collection of essays written over the course of the last thirty-five years. Shawn seems to start from the premise that the world ought to be a place where all of us can lie around on cushions writing letters and love poems to each other on multi-coloured paper, as perhaps the women and men of the eleventh-century Heian court in Japan were able to do. Why do we not inhabit a world in which beauty, sensuality, and the adoration of other people, other beings, and the natural world are our principal preoccupations? Why, instead, are we obsessed with a joyless struggle for supremacy over each other? Why have we invented races and nations? Is what we call ‘civilization’ the precipitating cause of our destructiveness and viciousness, our sadism, our love of murder? Shawn himself grew up as a child of privilege and has devoted his life to aesthetic pursuits and hedonism.

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    £16.99
  • Summer

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    Summer

    Returning to the short prose of Autumn and Winter, Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about summer nights to circuses, lawn sprinklers to Mixmasters. But he also writes a diary, where the small events in a family’s life are recorded against a backdrop of thoughts, memories, longings and experiences of art and literature, in an intense pursuit of the meaning of moments as they pass us by.

    £10.99
  • Swamp Songs

    £20.00

    Swamp Songs

    Twilit and sinister, oozing with ague, bad airs, boggarts and other spirits: in the mind’s eye marshes, bogs and swamps are dangerous, crepuscular – and only partly of this world. For centuries wetlands – and their inhabitants – have been the object of our distrust: we’ve drained away their demons, encroached upon and denuded them, ripping away not only their fragile beauty, botany and birdlife, but also the carefully calibrated lives of those that have come to understand and thrive in them. Tom Blass takes us on a journey through these strange lands and waterscapes. Travelling from Romney Marsh to Virginia, from Lapland to the Danube Delta, he meets and engages with the inhabitants of some of the world’s least understood and precarious places, some of which are on the brink of obliteration.

    SKU: 9781408884355 Category: Tags: ,
    £20.00