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Learn more about the world we live in and the people who have shaped it in our extensive range of society, philosophy and politics books. From religion to conspiracies and biographies to political books, you're sure to find an interesting read!

  • Black Friday

    Last Christmas

    Greg Wise & Emma Thompson

    Product Code: LSTX
    Hardback
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    Coinciding with the release of the Last Christmas (yes, it is inspired by the Wham! song of the same name) film starring Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, this gift book celebrates everything about the most wonderful time of the year.

    Curated by Emma and her husband Greg Wise, it finds celebrities including Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey and Olivia Colman sharing personal essays about what Christmas really means to them while celebrating the importance of year-round kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance.
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    Why Do Buses Always Come in Threes?

    Product Code: WHYB
    Paperback
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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
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    Churchill

    Christopher Catherwood

    Product Code: CHLL
    Hardback
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    Leading Winston Churchill scholar Dr. Christopher Catherwood reveals what the former prime minister - a man often declared the greatest statesman to have ever lived - was like as a man in this painstakingly researched biography. It's packed with photographs and artefacts from the former PM's life.

    Drawing on archive interviews, artworks and personal notes for some of Churchill's most famous and inspiring wartime speeches, this book explores his hidden history in detail. From being homesick while at boarding school to his successes and failures (he disastrous Gallipoli campaign and his blind spot over India), it reveals him to be a powerful, colourful and remarkable character.

    This is a must-read for anyone who is fascinated in political history and those who have gained an interest in the politician after seeing John Lithgow in The Crown or Gary Oldman's Oscar-winning performance in The Darkest Hour.
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    Finding My Voice - Nadiya Hussain

    Nadiya Hussain

    Product Code: FMVN
    Hardback
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    Nadiya shares the perfect recipe for life in Finding My Voice...

    The Bake Off favourite examines the many different roles assigned to her by gender, culture, religion and society and how all of these elements have helped shape her as a woman.

    Nadiya questions the barriers that women have to cross in order to be accepted and argues how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues throughout our lives despite cultural, social and religious differences.
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    The Little Book of Big Ideas

    Daniel Smith

    Product Code: LBBI
    Hardback
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    Daniel Smith's The Little Book of Big Ideas provides accessible overviews of important human ideas including religion, science, philosophy, economics and art.

    From geometry and genetics to anarchism, art and architecture, this is a concise account of the most important principles of Western thought.

    This book explains where these ideologies have sprung from and how they have impacted civilisation in so many different ways.
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    Events that Changed the World

    Product Code: ETCW
    Paperback
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    This book looks at how the world has changed since the beginning of the 20th century and how various major events have shaped the way we live. It has sections dedicated to humanity and liberty, culture and society, technology, medicine, science, space and the environment and politics and war.

    From the optimistic excitement at the start of the century when extraordinary scientific breakthroughs and new inventions were promising so much to the tumultuous and violent battles that followed, it's a whirlwind read through modern history.

    Covering culture, humanity, war, science and space among many other elements, this book covers everything from the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of JFK to the release of the first personal computer. Other events include The Beatles releasing 'Please Please Me', the moon landing and the Chernobyl Disaster.
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    In My Life - Alan Johnson

    Alan Johnson

    Product Code: AJML
    Hardback
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    Former home secretary Alan Johnson celebrates his love of music in this marvellously entertaining memoir.

    He recalls first hearing Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly's True Love on the radio as a child in the 1950s and how this led to a lifelong passion. He fondly remembers humming Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives while working as a postman and celebrates his love of artists ranging from Lonnie Donegan and The Beatles to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

    A great read for music lovers and those who are interested in politics, this book lets you discover more about Alan Johnson the man while also transporting you back to a world of jukeboxes full of unashamedly romantic love songs and heartbreaking ballads.
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    Very British Problems: Volume 3

    Rob Temple

    Product Code: VRYB
    Hardback
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    From the horrors of the daily commute to the messages hidden in your email exchanges (who knew dropping the 'kind' from 'kind regards' could be so effective?), this humour book covers some of the traits that define the British nation.

    It looks at the awkward moments, cultural peculiarities and odd fixations all Brits have and celebrates everything from the most bizarre British pub names to the history of tea. It even promises to answer the always contentious issue of whether you should put the milk in first...

    So funny and so relatable, the third volume in the bestselling series that inspired the Channel 4 TV series of the same name is one that every Briton needs to devour.
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    Mapping Shakespeare

    Jeremy Black

    Product Code: MPSH
    Hardback
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    This visual exploration of the time in which William Shakespeare lived is filled with jaw-dropping facts and observations. It considers what The Bard was like as a man and covers the cultural changes that took place during his lifetime - 1564-1616.

    From the time of the Tudors to Elizabeth I's reign and the first of the Stuart kings, this book reflects the political changes that were reflected in his works and explains how he worked through maps and illustrations to look at how powerful people viewed their positions in the world.

    Author Jeremy Black also explores the locations of Shakespeare's plays and examines the reasons why he chose to set them in these locations.
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    New Scientist- How to be Human

    New Scientist

    Product Code: HTBH
    Hardback
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    This fascinating book from New Scientist provides a number of answers to one of the questions that everyone ponders from time to time - what is that makes us human? Is it our sense of morality or imagination? Or the fact that we talk? How about the facts we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we're all not quite as human as we think...

    From evolution to email, this book offers a tour around the human body and brain. It reveals how languages change the way our brains are wired; the evolutionary theory that tells us about the people we're attracted to; and why gossiping is the human equivalent of a gorilla picking fleas off its mate.

    Providing answers to all the tricky questions about life and death, this is a book for anyone who wonders what it means to be human.
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  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

    Greta Thunberg

    Product Code: BZASZ
    Paperback
    The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation 'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today' In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.
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  • Rosenshine's Principles in Action

    Tom Sherrington

    Product Code: BZASU
    Paperback
    Barack Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction are widely recognised for their clarity and simplicity and their potential to support teachers seeking to engage with cognitive science and the wider world of education research. In this concise new guide, Rosenshine fan Tom Sherrington amplifies and augments the principles and further demonstrates how they can be put into practice in everyday classrooms.The second half of the book contain Rosenshine's original paper Principles of Instruction, as published in 2010 by the International Academy of Education (IAE) - a paper with a superb worldwide reputation for relating research findings to classroom practice.
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  • First Man In

    Ant Middleton

    Product Code: BUKIX
    Paperback
    Former Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper Ant Middleton tells his incredible life story in this exhilarating and jaw-dropping autobiography.

    He offers an insight into Special Forces training and how you're programmed to understand failure is not an option. He also talks about the lessons he's learned and the personal tragedies he's suffered along the way.
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  • Harry Potter: Collectible Quidditch Set

    Running Press

    Product Code: ARLJB
    Other
    Here is the first officially licensed "Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set" that includes: 1 Quaffle, 2 Bludgers, 1 non-removable Snitch, and 1 16x24" collectible poster all showcased in a decorative Quidditch trunk. Includes lock and key for trunk.
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  • The Chimp Paradox

    Dr Steve Peters

    Product Code: ABGTY
    Paperback
    Prof. Steve Peters, consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O'Sullivan and the England football team describes how he helps his clients manage their minds and fulfil their potential in his bestselling book The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness.

    Dr. Peters knows how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can change people's lives in both a professional and personal capacity, and in this book he shares his mind-management programme that has helped everyone from the likes of Steven Gerrard to senior managers conquer their fears and grow in focus and confidence.

    Using real-life case studies and memorable analogies such as the 'chimp' - the seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds - to explain seemingly complex concepts, this book will help you understand your own behaviour and natural responses to people and situations, control your emotional impulses and help you live a happier life both at home and at work.
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  • The Spy and the Traitor

    Ben MacIntyre

    Product Code: BXIOU
    Paperback
    *Shortlisted for the 2018 Ballie Gifford Prize* 'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARRE A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever...
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  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: AXDIA
    Hardback 7 years +
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    What if a princess didn't marry went on to become an astronaut? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

    Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this essential book introduces children to 100 remarkable women including Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

    A truly empowering, moving and inspirational read.

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
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  • The Salt Path

    Raynor Winn

    Product Code: BUAYI
    Paperback
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    Raynor Winn's The Salt Path was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018.

    It is Raynor's first book and it tells the true story of how she and her partner lost everything but went on to find hope and salvation when they decided to walk all the way across the coastline of the South West of England.

    It's an uplifting read for anyone who enjoys nature and motivational tales of the power of love.
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  • For the Record

    David Cameron

    Product Code: BZOOS
    Hardback
    The memoir of former Prime Minister David Cameron. David Cameron was elected Conservative leader in 2005, promising to modernise the party following its three successive electoral defeats. He became Prime Minister in 2010, forming Britain's first coalition government in 70 years, at a moment of economic crisis, and went on to win the first outright Conservative majority for 23 years at the 2015 general election. In For the Record, Cameron explains how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalising gay marriage, honouring the UK's commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies. He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership - the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria - as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum. He will also provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain's place in the world in the light of Brexit. Revealing the battles and achievements of his life and career in intimate and frank detail, For the Record will be an important assessment of the significant political events of the last decade, the nature of power and the role of leadership at a time of profound global change.
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  • The Prison Doctor

    Dr Amanda Brown

    Product Code: BXZDL
    Paperback
    Horrifying, heartbreaking and eye-opening, these are the stories, the patients and the cases that have characterised a career spent behind bars. Savage beatings, dirty protests, drug addiction, depression and prisoners desperate to turn their lives around, Dr Amanda Brown has seen it all. The no-holds-barred memoirs of a GP who went from working at a quiet suburban practice to treating the country's most dangerous criminals - first in young offenders' institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe's largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. A doctor devoted to caring for those most of us would rather forget.
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  • A Ladybird Book About Donald Trump

    Jason Hazeley

    Product Code: CAXVS
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    *PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW* A Ladybird Book about Donald Trump: A charming introduction to the President of the United States, the important jobs he has to do, and the friends he's made all over the world. This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text. Praise for The Story of Brexit - One of the Best Comedy Books of 2018 - The List - The latest offering in the hilarious Ladybird for Grown Ups series is a funny mickey-take of the Brexit debate (and boy, do we need some fun) - Sunday Post - Hilarious - Stylist
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  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

    Kate Pankhurst

    Product Code: BIBFR
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    Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with this fantastic full colour book. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. List of women featured: Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank
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  • Becoming

    Michelle Obama

    Product Code: BSYYW
    Hardback
    This powerful memoir by the former First Lady of the United States sees Michelle Obama reflect on her experiences in life and how they shaped her world.

    From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to meeting her future husband Barack Obama while working as an attorney, Michelle revisits intimate moments and uses her lively wit to describe her triumphs and disappointments throughout life.

    She also offers an insight into her role in the White House and what it means to her to be an advocate for women all around the world. Her warm, wise and revelatory words are able to resonate with readers as they enjoy her inspiring story.
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  • Invisible Women

    Caroline Criado Perez

    Product Code: BUODN
    Hardback
    From award-winning writer and feminist campaigner, Invisible Women is an exciting and groundbreaking work of journalism and activism about women and the systematic discrimination caused by a data gap that affects half the population.

    This incredible book shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women.

    Caroline Criado Perez brings together an impressive range of case studies stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. This powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.
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