Prose: non-fiction

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  • A Very Stable Genius

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    A Very Stable Genius

    Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington DC, and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump’s first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close, take readers inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and assess the consequences.

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  • A World On the Wing

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    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, Robert Macfarlane and Adam Nicolson.

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  • Behind the Enigma

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    Behind the Enigma

    You know about MI5. You know about MI6. Now discover the untold stories behind Britain’s most secretive intelligence agency, in the first ever authorised history of GCHQ. For a hundred years, GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters – has been at the forefront of innovation in national security and British secret statecraft. Famed for its codebreaking achievements during the Second World War, and essential to the Allied victory, GCHQ also held a critical role in both the Falklands War and Cold War. Today, amidst the growing threats of terrorism and online crime, GCHQ continues to be the UK’s leading intelligence, security and cyber agency, and a powerful tool of the British state. This book authoritatively tells the entire history of this most unique and enigmatic of organisations – and peer into its future at the heart of the nation’s security.

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  • Cook, Eat, Repeat

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    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
  • I Belong Here

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    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.

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  • Ic3

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    Ic3

    This collection of new writing commissioned from British writers of African descent is divided into three main sections, reflecting first, second & third generations. It focuses on four types of writing – poetry, short fiction, essays & memoirs.

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  • Keats

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    Keats

    The epitaph John Keats wrote for his own gravestone – ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water’ – seemingly damned him to oblivion. When he died at the age of twenty-five, having taken a battering from the conservative press, few critics imagined he would be considered one of the great English poets two hundred years later, though he himself had an inkling. In this brief life, Lucasta Miller takes Keats’s best-known poems – the ones you are most likely to have read – and excavates their backstories. In doing so, she resurrects the real Keats: a lower-middle-class outsider from a tragic and dysfunctional family, whose extraordinary energy and love of language allowed him to pummel his way into the heart of English literature; an atheist and a liberal at a time of repression; a human being who delighted in the sensation of the moment; but a complex individual, not the ethereal figure of his posthumous myth.

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  • Long Players

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    Long Players

    Our favourite albums are our most faithful companions: we listen to them hundreds of times over decades, we know them far better than any novel or film. These records don’t just soundtrack our lives but work their way deep inside us, shaping our outlook and identity, forging our friendships and charting our love affairs. They become part of our story. In this book, fifty of our finest authors write about the albums that changed their lives, from Deborah Levy on Bowie to Daisy Johnson on Lizzo, Ben Okri on Miles Davis to David Mitchell on Joni Mitchell, Sarah Perry on Rachmaninov to Bernardine Evaristo on Sweet Honey in the Rock. Part meditation on the album form and part candid self-portrait, each of these miniature essays reveals music’s power to transport the listener to a particular time and place.

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    £12.99
  • Metropolis

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    Metropolis

    This is a dazzling, globe-spanning history of humankind’s greatest invention: the city. From its earliest incarnations 7000 years ago to the megalopolises of today, the story of the city is the story of civilisation. Although cities have only ever been inhabited by a tiny minority of humanity, the heat they generate has sparked most of our political, social, commercial, scientific, and artistic revolutions. It is these world-changing, epoch-defining moments that are the focus of Ben Wilson’s book, as he takes us on a thrilling global tour of the key metropolises of history, from Urk, Athens, Alexandria and Rome, to Baghdad, Lübeck and Venice, to Lisbon, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, LA, Shanghai and Lagos.

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  • Murakami T

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    Murakami T

    Here are photographs of Murakami’s extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public. Haruki Murakami’s books have galvanized millions around the world. Many of his fans know about his 10,000-vinyl-record collection, and his obsession with running, but few have heard about a more intimate, and perhaps more unique, passion: his T-shirt-collecting habit. In Murakami T, the famously reclusive novelist shows us his T-shirts – including gems found in bookshops, charity shops and record stores – from those featuring whisky, animals, cars and superheroes, to souvenirs of marathons and a Beach Boys concert in Honolulu, to the shirt that inspired the beloved short story ‘Tony Takitani’.

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  • Russian Roulette

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    Russian Roulette

    Graham Greene (1904-91) wrote of Pinkie the mobster, Harry Lime, and the whisky priest, but his own life was the strangest of all his stories. Surviving a tortured adolescence, he sought distraction in Russian Roulette, women, espionage, jungle treks, war reporting, and opium. A Catholic convert, he refused to separate sin and holiness, belief and disbelief. A victim of bipolar illness, he repeatedly came to the point of suicide, and yet survived. Immensely funny, he conducted a lifelong war against boredom and despair by wisecracks and practical jokes. By the end of his life he was commonly regarded as the greatest novelist in the English language and had become an indispensable advocate for human rights throughout the world. This new biography tells the story one of the most remarkable lives of modern times.

    £12.99
  • Seasons At Highclere

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    Seasons At Highclere

    Join Lady Carnarvon as she opens the Castle’s gates to show how the iconic British landmark celebrates and changes each season. This book reveals the treasures within Highclere Castle’s land and estates: Georgian architecture, follies, secret gardens, the monks’ garden, wildflower meadows and the woods of enchantment. Alongside history and anecdotes, this book also details sumptuous recipes for dishes inspired by local, seasonal produce, such as heritage tomato tart, Highclere baked figs with goats cheese, and honeyed winter vegetable salad.

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  • Seasons At Highclere

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    Seasons At Highclere

    A behind-the-scenes exploration of the gardens, grounds, and culinary traditions of the ‘real Downton Abbey’. Join Lady Carnarvon as she opens the Castle’s gates to show how the iconic British landmark celebrates and changes each season.

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    £30.00
  • The Anatomy of Melancholy

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    The Anatomy of Melancholy

    ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the 17th-century English priest and scholar. It ‘opens and cuts up’ the condition of melancholy, or depression as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics, including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself – one of the most unique and uncategorisable works of all time – can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

    £40.00
  • The Ministry of Truth

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    The Ministry of Truth

    In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today’s tumultuous world.

    £9.99
  • The Nightingale

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    The Nightingale

    Each year, as darkness falls upon the woodlands, the nightingale heralds the arrival of spring. Its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists across the centuries and around the world, from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Afghanistan. Discover the unique and charming biography of an infamous yet elusive songbird as naturalist, renowned musician and folk expert Sam Lee tells the full story of the nightingale.

    £14.99