Non-Fiction

Society & Politics

  • English - Hardback - 9780007968688 - Ben Fogle
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    Ben Fogle
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    Book People favourite Ben Fogle reveals what it means to be English in this entertaining series of anecdotes that celebrates the country's signature traits.

    From a cheese-rolling contest in Gloucestershire to queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, this is a brilliant read for anyone who ever wonders what makes the English English. It's full of eccentric peculiarities such as the shipping forecast, jellied eels and Marmite and also celebrates the relentless optimism (especially for better weather) in the face of adversity that is known as 'the Dunkirk spirit'.

    This light-hearted book pays tribute to England's history, culture and ideas and explains exactly what it means to be quintessentially English.
  • Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years - Hardback - 9781509809592 - Nelson Mandela
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    Nelson Mandela
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    Dare Not Linger is a fascinating, thought-provoking and poignant biography of Nelson Mandela's time as president of South Africa. It draws on Mandela's writings during this time and has been completed by Mandla Langa and features a prologue from Mandela's widow, Graca Machel.

    In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa and in his five years in office, he managed to transform a nation that had been divided by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy where everyone was considered equal.

    Mandela kept many detailed notes during his time in charge and this fascinating book reveals how he and his team changed SA for the better. It shows all of the challenges he had to overcome in his quest to achieve his dream of a liberated South Africa.
  • TMGT
    James Owen
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    The Times has a history of receiving incredible letters and this book presents over 300 items of correspondence from the past century from politicians, literary figures and and celebrities.

    The letter section is a forum for debate, a playground for opinion-formers and a noticeboard for eccentrics. Over the years, the Times' letters section has provided a window on the nation's feelings about the events of the time and also covered more trivial events including how to make the perfect porridge.

    Well-informed, well-intentioned, witty, quirky and bizarre, among those you can read letters by are Margaret Thatcher, Benito Mussolini, Graham Greene and John Le Carre.
  • SMIM
    Nicholas Shakespeare
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    Historian Nicholas Shakespeare reveals how Winston Churchill almost didn't become prime minister following the fall of Neville Chamberlain's government in May, 1940...

    Showing how easily events could have gone in a different direction, this biography explains how Churchill was to blame for a disastrous battle in Norway before then going on to rise to the most powerful post in the country just weeks later.

    Based on fascinating new research that delves deep into the backgrounds of all the key players in the government during World War II, this book offers a new perspective on Churchill's election and leadership (as well as the personal issues that appeared) while also covering the dramatic action that took place on the battlefield in Norway.
  • THCN
    Robert Lacey
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    Starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, Netflix's The Crown is one of the streaming services most critically acclaimed and popular (not to mention, most expensive!) Originals and this companion hardback follows the journey of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

    Written by royal biographer Robert Lacey, this book looks back at the Queen's reign, explaining how, after the sudden death of her father, she had to learn her duties very quickly. She was already a wife and mother when she had her coronation and there were also wider issues throughout Britain as the country tried to lift itself after the end of the war.

    Elizabeth also had various personal issues to deal with: her mother doubted her marriage; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her sister had an affair that threatened to destroy the close bond between the church and the crown. Despite all this, she always made sure she came out on top. Fully researched, this is an intimate and informative account of Elizabeth II ? both as a private person and as a public figure.
  • HTBH
    New Scientist
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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.
  • Very British Problems: Volume 3 - Hardback - 9780751570120 - Rob Temple
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    Rob Temple
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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.
  • BENN
    Tony Benn
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    A passionate radical with plenty of charisma, Tony Benn was famed for his original thinking, especially around unconventional causes and important issues that affect us all.

    This is the definitive collection of his diaries, memoirs and speeches over the past seven decades. It's inspiring reading and sure to stir up your emotions, whether you agree with the values the much-missed politician presented or not.
  • WHYB
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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.
  • Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit - Hardback - 9780008240080 - Boris Starling
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    Boris Starling
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    Following the success of the Invictus Games in Toronto, it's clear that sport can change lives and save lives.

    Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the Games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick.

    This tournament is full of inspiring stories about people who have overcome the odds to compete in this momentous sporting event. Among those taking place are triple amputees, cancer survivors, multiple sclerosis patients and PTSD sufferers.

    This book focuses on the people who make the Invictus Games so special and tells their stories. You will be in awe of how they have managed to do so well after such devastating experiences. It's a tribute to the power of the human spirit.
  • QERF
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    Both a celebration and a tribute, Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family is a dazzling pictorial chronicle of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her family and the history of the British monarchy.

    Through stunning photographs and unparalleled insight, the book walks readers through the history of the royal family from the first English Kings all the way through to the next generation of royals, including Prince George.

    Detailing Her Majesty's daily workload, key events, symbolic visits, Royal Residences and much, much more this regally large hardback from the experts at DK will make a wonderful gift for anyone with a keen interest in the Royal Family.
  • BHOB
    David Olusoga
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    Inspired by a landmark BBC Two programme, David Olusoga's Black and British: An Untold Story is a vital re-examination of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.

    Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, this book provides an unflinching history of black and white Britons and how they have been intimately entwined for centuries.

    From Roman Britain to Shakespeare's Othello and how black people were regarded during the medieval times, this book confronts taboos and reveals some previously unknown scandals.
  • Victoria & Albert - Hardback - 9780007968664 - Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan
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    Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan
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    Tying in with the second series of ITV's hit drama series, Victoria, this book provides an in-depth look at the passionate and complicated relationship the Queen embarked on with Prince Albert.

    Both Victoria and Albert were both strong-willed and although they were brought together by an arranged marriage, this did not dampen the spark between them. They were first cousins but could not have had more different personalities - she was impulsive and emotional while he was cautious and logical. They were a very successful couple and this book looks at the differences between their public persona and their private lives.

    Based on the couple's letters and diaries, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into the life of the couple . It's full of rich historical detail and gives insight into this incredible relationship.

    There are also character profiles, interviews with actors and an overview of the production, costumes and props of the show.
  • VLNW
    Tom Fort
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    Historian and travel writer Tom Fort, the bestselling author of The A303: Highway to the Sun, travelled the length and breadth on Britain (by bicycle!) to discover the essence of village life and in this personal and whimsical travelogue he shares his findings.

    The first model for communal living, villages still reside in many places despite the advent of technology and modernity. He explains how the chocolate box image of villages may be true in some cases, but how there are still some 'real' English villages remaining - if you can find them...

    Littered with both historical analysis and personal memories, Tom's journeys take in over 6,000 years of communal existence and he also fondly remembers growing up in the village in rural Oxfordshire where he still lives today.
  • AXLUK
    Yuval Noah Harari
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    FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SAPIENS Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem. Equality is out - but immortality is in. What does our future hold[unk] Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling phenomenon Sapiens envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here[unk] And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers[unk] 'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow
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    Yuval Noah Harari
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    This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. "It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel).
  • AOIVH
    Richard Templar
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    With a stunning new look in 2015, and with more new Rules than ever, get ready to experience the Rules effect. Begin to get more out of life, shrug off adversity more easily and generally be a happier, calmer, more fulfilled person. You'll feel the benefits, and so will everyone around you. It's your life. How good could it be?
  • ARMMT
    Daniel Hannan
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    Is it time to leave the EU? MEP and award-winning political writer Daniel Hannan argues for a British exit ahead of the coming referendum. Hannan argues that the EU is past its sell-by date, rendered obsolete by technological advances, shrinking economically and less relevant to our economic needs than ever. He shows that any renegotiation is doomed to fail: the EU can't reform, can't be democratic and can't be divorced from its goal of ever-closer political union. Staying in does not mean staying the same and a vote to leave - far from being the risky choice - is actually the safe one. Finally Hannan demonstrates that Britain doesn't have to stay in the EU to remain at the heart of Europe and considers the global role a confident nation freed from EU strictures could play.
  • BFPGA
    Naomi Alderman
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    WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 'Electrifying' Margaret Atwood 'A big, page-turning, thought-provoking thriller' Guardian All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived - but where will it end? 'The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale' Cosmopolitan 'Superb. Insightful, thrilling, funny. Well-crafted, compelling, serious-minded' Daily Telegraph 'Fascinating, ingenious, rattles with a furious pace. Deserves to be read by every woman (and, for that matter, every man)' The Times 'Irresistible. Holds a mirror up to the here and now' Mail on Sunday 'Chilling, thrilling, a blast' Financial Times 'A shocking, thrill-a-minute story' Observer
  • AALHB
    Philip G. Zimbardo
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    In The Lucifer Effect, the award-winning and internationally respected psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, examines how the human mind has the capacity to be infinitely caring or selfish, kind or cruel, creative or destructive. He challenges our conceptions of who we think we are, what we believe we will never do - and how and why almost any of us could be initiated into the ranks of evil doers. At the same time he describes the safeguards we can put in place to prevent ourselves from corrupting - or being corrupted by - others, and what sets some people apart as heroes and heroines, able to resist powerful pressures to go along with the group, and to refuse to be team players when personal integrity is at stake. Using the first in-depth analysis of his classic Stanford Prison Experiment, and his personal experiences as an expert witness for one of the Abu Ghraib prison guards, Zimbardo's stimulating and provocative book raises fundamental questions about the nature of good and evil, and how each one of us needs to be vigilant to prevent becoming trapped in the 'Lucifer Effect', no matter what kind of character or morality we believe ourselves to have. The Lucifer Effect won the William James Book Award in 2008.
  • ARVGG
    David Torrence
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    Should the United Kingdom remain a part of the European Union or leave the European Union? This is the question we will all soon be faced with when we head to the ballot boxes to cast our votes. It's a complicated issue. Do you know enough to make an informed decision? This book is an impartial guide to the European Union Referendum, scheduled for 23 June 2016, offering a brief history of Europe in Britain and an up-to-date, clear and concise guide to the implications. Includes timeline, and informative infographics.
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    Roger Bootle
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    The EU needs fundamental reform: it has not delivered the prosperity and growth it promised and the EUs share of world GDP is set to fall sharply. Cut down to size, renationalized, and democratically controlled, the EU could prosper. But there are serious political barriers to this and also real alternatives. Leaving the EU would not be risk-free, but Brexit is a viable option for the UK. With the UK EU referendum approaching, it's time to tackle the trouble with Europe. This new edition includes a major new chapter on the choice facing Britain following the Government's renegotiation.
  • AUDLY
    Tim Marshall
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    All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements...but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.; To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states.; Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.
  • BDMYK
    Danny Wallace
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    Passive aggression. Road rage. Snarky tweets. Queue-jumpers. Idiots who are #justsaying. Fat shamers. Victim blaming. Furious waitresses who refuse to sell you a hot dog...We are ruder than we've ever been. In this incisive and very funny book, Danny Wallace investigates the new wave of rudeness that threatens to overwhelm us. He travels the world, visiting our rudest critics, interviewing psychologists, psychiatrists, bell boys, cab drivers, bin men, barristers, politicians, a limo driver called Jose and at least one expert in cooked meat production. In doing so he uncovers the hidden truths behind what makes us rude, whether it can be caught, and how one small moment of rudeness-like being declined a hotdog-can snowball into disaster. From the jihadist who launched a blistering attack on the "Bad manners" of his fellow ISIS militants, to the mayor in Bogota who recruited an army of mimes to highlight inconsiderate driving - this is a very funny and powerful exploration into the way humans work and why it is surely time for an anti-rudeness revolution.