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Use our hand-picked selection of sociology books to learn about the social structures that influences and shapes our behaviour.

  • The Book of Tea

    Kakuzo Okakura

    Product Code: ARDZW
    Paperback
    'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.' In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony. It is one of 46 new books in the best-selling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
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  • Three Women

    Lisa Taddeo

    Product Code: BYIKQ
    Hardback
    `A masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood' ELIZABETH GILBERT `This is one of the most riveting, assured and scorchingly original debuts I've ever read. I can't imagine a scenario where this isn't one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year' DAVE EGGERS 'Addictive, totally addictive. Brilliant' DOLLY ALDERTON `A fascinating excavation of the intricacies of love and desire, where they conspire and where they conflict. Read this book' ESTHER PEREL 'Indescribably magnificent' MARIAN KEYES 'This book - challenging and heartbreaking - will stay with me. An extraordinary, documentary deep dive into the psychology of women and sex that is as unputdownable as the most page-turning fiction' JOJO MOYES All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women? Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.
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  • Meet Waffle!

    Scholastic

    Product Code: BZIRO
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    Meet Waffle the Wonder Dog! Join the Brooklyn-Bells family in this hilarious book of the much-loved television programme Waffle the Wonder Dog as they embark on life in their new home. When the Brooklyn-Bells discover a puppy in need of a place to stay, they soon discover the newest member of the family has a special skill... Waffle can talk!
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  • All That Remains

    Professor Sue Black

    Product Code: BUMEV
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    The incredible memoir from the Sunday Times bestseller. Professor Sue Black breathes new life into the subject of death.

    Sue Black confronts death every day. As a professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster.

    In All That Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and examining what her life and work has taught her. Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue's book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel.
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  • Notes on Nationalism

    George Orwell

    Product Code: BMGUM
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    'The general uncertainty as to what is really happening makes it easier to cling to lunatic beliefs'Biting and timeless reflections on patriotism, prejudice and power, from the man who wrote about his nation better than anyone. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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  • Sex Power Money

    Sara Pascoe

    Product Code: BZHPL
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    Award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans - sex, power and money. Following her hit book Animal, Sara Pascoe decides to confront her fear of the male libido, and turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans, delving into such questions as: SEX Why don't people care about the welfare of the people they masturbate to? POWER Why is there such stigma around those who work in the sex industry? MONEY Why do some women still want men to buy them dinner? In this comedic and educational hopscotch over anatomy, the history of sexual representation and the sticky way all human interactions are underwritten by wealth, Pascoe explores whether we'll ever be able to escape the Conundrum of Heterosexuality if women can't help but admire status, and men obsess about youth and physicality. Drawing on anecdotal experience, unqualified opinion, interviews and original research, Sex Power Money is thought-provoking and riotously funny: a fresh take on the oldest discussion. Praise for Sara Pascoe's previous book Animal: 'Brilliant.' Frankie Boyle 'Some comics serve up their anxieties just for laughs; Pascoe draws on hers to offer provocative (and positive) new perspectives on the world.' Guardian 'A tremendously exciting voice: timely, intelligent and buzzing with comedic charm . . . Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it.' The Times 'The funniest, best book about sexuality, sex and sexy - and not so sexy - time ever written. I love it.' Jessica Hynes
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  • The Farm

    Joanne Ramos

    Product Code: BXMRQ
    Hardback
    A JO WHILEY RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK What would you sacrifice for a new life? 'A firecracker of a novel, at once caustic and tender, page-turning and thought-provoking. Highly recommended' Madeline Miller 'Ramos's debut novel couldn't be more relevant or timely' O: The Oprah Magazine, '25 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2019' `Exploring everything from white privilege to surrogacy, The Farm is set to be one of the biggest books for 2019' Stylist, 'Books you need to add to your 2019 reading list' `An unsettling, unputdownable read' ELLE, 'Ones To Watch: The New Writers We're Excited To Read In 2019' 'Wow, Joanne Ramos has written the page-turner about immigrants chasing what's left of the American dream ... Truly unforgettable' Gary Shteyngart Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks - a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry - where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the rules. Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future. Stuck living in a cramped dorm with her baby daughter and her shrewd aunt Ate, she sees an unmissable chance to change her life. But at what cost? A brilliant, darkly funny novel that explores the role of luck and merit, class, ambition and sacrifice, The Farm is an unforgettable story about how we live and who truly holds power.
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  • A-Level Sociology: AQA Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice

    CGP Books

    Product Code: BVJNY
    Paperback
    This clear, concise Complete Revision & Practice book from CGP is a perfect way to prepare for the AQA AS-Level Sociology exams - and it's also ideal for Year 1 of the full A-Level course. It's fully up-to-date for the new courses starting in 2015 and beyond, with straightforward study notes explaining all the theory, plus summaries of every sociological study students will need to score a top grade. Practice questions and exam-style questions are included for every topic, and the book is rounded off with a section of in-depth advice on how to do well in the exam.
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  • AQA A-level Sociology Year 2 in a Week

    Collins UK

    Product Code: AWWWV
    Paperback 16 years +
    Exam board: AQA Level & Subject: A-level Sociology First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Left your A-level Sociology revision to the last minute? Don't panic! Revise and prepare the year 2 topics for your A-level Sociology exam in just one week using this effective, concise and manageable revision guide. * A revision planner that breaks all the essential topics down into a manageable 7-day programme * Concise explanations ensure topics can easily be covered in no more than 60 minutes * Summary boxes provide a final recap of the key points * Quick test questions to check recall and understanding * Exam-style questions for exam preparation
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  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    Caitlin Doughty

    Product Code: AREFR
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    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Unforgettable ...a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death' Gavin Francis, Guardian From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, twenty-three-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating.
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  • How to Have Feminist Sex

    Flo Perry

    Product Code: CAXBB
    Hardback
    We talk about feminism in the workplace and we talk about dating after #MeToo, but women's own patriarchal conditioning can be the hardest enemy to defeat. When it comes to our sex lives, few of us are free of niggling fears and body image insecurities. Rather than enjoying and exploring our bodies uninhibited, we worry about our bikini lines, bulging tummies and whether we're doing it 'right'. Flo broaches everything from faking it to consent, stress to kink, and how losing your virginity isn't so different to eating your first chocolate croissant. Her mission is to get more people talking openly about what they do and don't want from every romantic encounter.
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  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

    Caitlin Doughty

    Product Code: BZOKC
    Hardback
    Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poo when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? In the tradition of Randall Munroe's WHAT IF?, Doughty's new book blends her scientific understanding of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious and candid answers to more than fifty urgent questions posed by her youngest fans. Readers will learn what happens if you die on an aeroplane, the best soil for mummifying your dog and whether or not you can preserve your friend's skull as a keepsake. Featuring illustrations from Dianne Ruiz, WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS? will delight anyone interested in the fascinating truth about what will happen to our bodies after we die.
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  • The Unsettling of Europe

    Peter Gatrell

    Product Code: BZOFF
    Hardback
    Migrants have stood at the heart of modern Europe's experience, whether trying to escape danger, to find a better life or as a result of deliberate policy, whether moving from the countryside to the city, or between countries, or from outside the continent altogether. Peter Gatrell's powerful new book is the first to bring these stories together into one place. He creates a compelling narrative bracketed by two nightmarish periods: the great convulsions following the fall of the Third Reich and the mass attempts in the 2010s by migrants to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. The Unsettling of Europe is a new history of the continent, charting the ever-changing arguments about the desirability or otherwise of migrants and their central role in Europe's post-1945 prosperity. Gatrell is as fascinating on the giant movements of millions (such as the epic waves of German migration) to that of much smaller groups, such as the Karelians, Armenians, Moluccans or Ugandan Asians. Above all he has written a book that makes the reader deeply aware of the many extraordinary journeys taken by countless individuals in pursuit of work, safety and dignity, all the time. This is a landmark book on a subject that, decade by decade, will always haunt Europe.
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  • Waffle's Pet Party

    Scholastic

    Product Code: BZJME
    Paperback
    It's time to party with Waffle the Wonder Dog! Join the Brooklyn-Bells family in this hilarious book of the much-loved television programme Waffle the Wonder Dog as they embark on life in their new home. It's Jess's birthday party and another chatty pet is getting all the attention! But Waffle surprises the guests with a show-stopping performance.
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  • Go Away, Unicorn!

    Emily Mullock

    Product Code: BZIPZ
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    The original storybook that inspired the hit new TV show on Disney Channel! Go Away, Unicorn! is the snarky yet sweet story of Alice, a young girl who finds a best friend in the most unlikely of places. Go Away, Unicorn! is a funny, quirky book about the misadventures of an independent young girl, Alice, and her unicorn best friend, who constantly pops in and out of her life unannounced. Alice isn't interested in things like rainbows, glitter, the colour pink and unicorns. So her life is turned upside-down when a real-live unicorn shows up at her birthday party and decides to be her best friend. Unicorn is a wild, wacky, party animal who does everything he can to inject fun into Alice's day. Though she would never admit it, Unicorn's zany and unpredictable personality is the perfect addition to Alice's busy life. While it's hard for her to refuse his bubbly and sparkly personality, he can really be a horn in her side. And that's when you'll hear her say, "GO AWAY, UNICORN!"
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  • Near Death Experiences

    Marisa St Clair

    Product Code: BYZSI
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    Is death really the end? Do we each have a soul or spiritual essence that will journey on once the body has turned to dust? Will death appear as an oblivion or a nightmare? In recent decades - and thanks to sophisticated resuscitation techniques - research has grown into the number of people who have died and then returned to tell us of their experience. Doctors have noted that descriptions of near-death experiences (NDE), despite the people having very little in common, were remarkably consistent. All spoke of a sense of peace, of travelling through a tunnel towards light, of seeing cities of light and hearing celestial music. Some even overheard conversations that wouldn't normally have been possible. Illustrated throughout with colour and black-&-white photographs and artworks, Near-Death Experiences examines in detail a wide range of NDE case studies, including children and adults, sceptics and deeply religious people, as well as those who were expecting death and others caught in sudden accidents. This thoughtful analysis offers a glimmering of what lies beyond.
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  • Colombia - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

    Kate Cathey

    Product Code: BXLRW
    Paperback
    Culture Smart! Colombia will help you to understand the complex and often contradictory nature of the Colombian people why they think and behave as they do and will show you how you can blend in with these fun-loving, self-reliant individualists. As a res
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  • What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

    Nicci Gerrard

    Product Code: BWLGB
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    'Essential reading about love, life and care' Kate Mosse 'Nobody has written on dementia as well as Nicci Gerrard in this new book' Andrew Marr 'Dementia is all around us, in our families and in our genes; perhaps in our own futures. If it's not you or me, it's someone we love.' After her own father's death from dementia, the writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean, for those who live with it, and those who care for them? This truthful, humane book is an attempt to understand. It is filled with stories, both moving and optimistic: from those living with dementia to those planning the end of life, from the scientists unlocking the mysteries of the brain to the therapists using art and music to enrich the lives of sufferers, from the campaigners battling for greater compassion in care to the families trying to make sense of this 'incomprehensible de-creation of the self'. It explores memory, language, identity, ageing and the notion of what it truly means to care. And it asks, how do we begin to value those who become old, invisible, forgotten? What do we owe them, and each other as humans? What, in the end, really matters?
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  • From Here to Eternity

    Caitlin Doughty

    Product Code: BTXQA
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    As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with 'dignity' and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.
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  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Single

    Catherine Gray

    Product Code: BTMVT
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    Single in your late twenties or, hold the phone, in your thirties or beyond? Oh hi! You're in the right place. Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at ten times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single well into our thirties - the average marriage age for women is 35 and 37 for men. But nobody seems to have told society, romcom makers, songwriters, marriage-hungry mothers, 'tick-tock' uncles, our mates or us that. Cue: single anxiety. Love addiction. Spending hours scrolling through dating apps. Being inconsolable when he/she doesn't text. Humming 'Here Comes the Bride' when they do. Catherine Gray went through all of this. And then some. She took a whole year off dating to get her love-hooked head straight. How do we chill our boots about our single status? Detach from 'all the good ones are gone!' panic? And de-programme from urgent, red, heart-shaped societal pressure to find your 'other half*'? We know intellectually that single is far preferable to panic-settling, yet we forget that almost constantly. Why? Psychologists and neuroscientists tell us? Let's start the reverse-brainwash and locate our happily-single sanity, for good. Are you in? *Spoiler: you're already a whole person.
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  • The Book of Christmas

    Christopher Winn

    Product Code: BSBGR
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    Christmas. The biggest party in the world. The most widely celebrated festival on Earth. But why do we celebrate it the way we do? Over the years great scholars and gifted academics have wrestled each other to a bloodied standstill over the question of Christmas, only to retire baffled and broken. In The Book of Christmas, best-selling author and acclaimed historian, Christopher Winn, casts a revealing eye over the stories, myths and legends of the most celebrated festival of the year: Christmas. In this lovingly written collection of festive myths, legends and (quite often) bizarre traditions, discover the fascinating truth behind some of our most cherished Christmas rituals and customs. Along with a detailed Christmas timeline outlining significant moments and stories throughout history as well as the evolution behind many of the more mainstream customs, Christopher Winn unearths all sorts of unusual and symbolic traditions from around the world; from the Druidical origins of the parasitic plant mistletoe and why we now associate it with kissing, to Japan's predilection for a Kentucky Fried Chicken Christmas dinner, to why we send cards, hang decorations, sing carols, eat turkey and much, much more - discover the fascinating truth (and oddities) behind this very special holiday. Beautifully produced and charmingly illustrated, The Book of Christmas is a treasure trove of all things Christmas to delight the whole family.
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  • The Long, Long Life of Trees

    Fiona Stafford

    Product Code: BNHSR
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    A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.
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  • Social Intelligence

    Daniel Goleman

    Product Code: BJTXA
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    Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the "New York Times" bestseller list for over a year and selling more than 5 million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are 'wired to connect' and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect our lives. Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers, shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies, down to the level of our genes - for good or ill. In "Social Intelligence", Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a 'neural ballet' that connects us brain-to-brain with those around us. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the 'dark side' of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for 'mindsight', as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired. In this book Daniel Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism - provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others.
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  • Letts A-Level in a Week - New Curriculum

    Letts A-Level

    Product Code: AWWWU
    Paperback 16 years +
    Exam board: AQA Level & Subject: AS / A-level Sociology First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2016 (AS), June 2017 (A-level) Left your A-level Sociology revision to the last minute? Don't panic! Revise and prepare the year 1 / AS topics for your AS or A-level Sociology exam in just one week using this effective, concise and manageable revision guide. * A revision planner that breaks all the essential topics down into a manageable 7-day programme * Concise explanations ensure topics can easily be covered in no more than 60 minutes * Summary boxes provide a final recap of the key points * Quick test questions to check recall and understanding * Exam-style questions for exam preparation
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