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10 Books That Will Make You Smarter

These books will teach you about everything from politics to the environment and inspire you to find out more about today's most pressing issues. You'll also be able to wow your friends and family with your new-found knowledge on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the history of a sportswear giant...

10 Books That Will Make You Smarter

We Should All be Feminists

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a Yellow Sun author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eloquent and passionately argued essay asks what feminism means in today’s society. Adapted from her popular Ted Talk, it shines a light on blatant discrimination and the insidious and institutional behaviours that marginalise women around the world. It’s a rallying cry for people of all genders to live by feminist values.

This Is Not A Drill 

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Extinction Rebellion

We need to act now before it’s too late. The environmental activists at Extinction Rebellion have inspired a whole generation to rise up, be radical and rebel in order to save our planet. This book contains facts and stories that will empower you to make a stand and inspire you to demand action.

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

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Marcus Chown

Did you know that in the universe there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? Marcus Chown, the bestselling author of The Ascent of Gravity, reveals how the universe is far stranger than we could have ever imagined. He shares profound facts about the quantum world as he examines the science behind the events that shape our everyday lives.


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Andrew Smith

Revised and updated to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Andrew Smith’s Moondust finds the author setting out to find and interview the astronauts who walked on the moon after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. They reveal how their lives – and ours – have been changed by their life-changing journey. This book also features interviews with would-be settlers of the Mars One project and the scientists who are determined to find signs of life in our solar system. 

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel Quiz Book

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Lonely Planet

Travel the world without leaving your home. No matter what your age and whether you’re a seasoned traveller or just getting started, the Lonely Planet book contains Easy, Medium and Hard quizzes of 100 questions that will help you learn about different countries’ culture, wildlife, landmarks and flags.

Artificial Intelligence 

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Yorick Wilks

Although artificial intelligence has been a mainstay of science fiction writing and films for a long time, it’s becoming more and more prominent in our day-to-day lives. But is this a good thing? AI expert Yorick Wilks examines the history of the technology revealing all about its origins, controversies and achievements. He shares his thoughts on whether it will ultimately prove more beneficial or detrimental to the human race.

Economics in 100 Quotes 

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Dan Smith

Learn about the history of economics from the experts. The key concepts and theories are covered by the quotes in this book – and every one is complemented by a concise commentary piece that explains the meaning of the quotes and places it within a wider context. There are also concise profiles of the economists behind the quotes.

Shoe Dog

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Phil Knight 

Just read it. Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s autobiography will inspire you to follow your dreams as it shows anything is impossible. The passionately written memoir tells Phil’s remarkable story in candid detail – from starting his business at the age of just 24 to the various challenges he’s faced over the years as Nike became one of the world’s favourite sports brands.

The Little Book of Big Ideas

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Daniel Smith

Learn all about 150 concepts and breakthroughs that transformed history as we know it. From art and architecture to anarchism, this is a book that will help you understand the impact that ideologies have had on the way we live – and where they originated.

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference 

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Greta Thunberg

‘Everything needs to change, And it has to start today.’ Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has become the spokesperson for a generation. This book brings together the Nobel Peace Prize nominee’s speeches (delivered to the UN and at mass street protests) and will inspire you to do everything in your power to protect our planet before it’s too late.

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