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The Hidden Life of Trees

• <b>Author:</b> Peter Wohlleben<p>How do trees live? Do they feel pain, or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. In The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language …

The Universe in Your Hand

• <b>Author:</b> Christophe Galfard<p>Imagine if <i>The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy</i> were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe . . .<p><i>The Universe in Your Hand</i> takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly …

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

• <b>Author:</b> Alexander McCall Smith<p>Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.<p>Her methods may not be conventional, and …

In Europe

• <b>Author:</b> Geert Mak & Sam Garrett<p>Geert Mak spent the year 1999 criss-crossing the continent, tracing the history of Europe from Verdun to Berlin, St Petersburg to Auschwitz, Kiev to Srebrenica. He set off in search of evidence and witnesses, looking to define the condition of Europe at the verge of a …

The Space Trilogy

• <b>Author:</b> C. S. Lewis<p>This striking one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis’s classic SF trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr Ransom on Mars, Venus and Earth. It includes an exclusive Foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume.<p>The …

John Crowley's new epic 'Ka' is a late masterpiece in a stellar fantasy career

Neil Gaiman calls John Crowley's best-known novel, "Little, Big," "one of my favourite books in the world." Michael Chabon claims Crowley as an inspiration for his own work, alongside Borges, Steven Millhauser and Thomas Pynchon, "writers who can dwell between worlds." Other fans include the late …

25 Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Books have the power to inspire our imagination, transport us to faraway worlds, and make us think and feel deeply. Luckily, bibliophiles of all ages …

Literature

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

• <b>Author:</b> Neil de Grasse Tyson<p>Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.<p>The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.<p>What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? …

Norse Mythology

• <b>Author:</b> Neil Gaiman<p><b>THE NO 1 SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b> <b><br>Bestselling and much loved author Neil Gaiman, whose novel American Gods has been adapted into a major television series, brings vividly to life the stories of Norse mythology that have inspired his own extraordinary writing in</b> …

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

• <b>Author:</b> Instaread<p>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review <br>Preview: <i><br>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing</i> (2011) by Marie Kondo helps readers discard unnecessary items, reorganize their possessions, and …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Text Messaging

The Shipping News

• <b>Author:</b> Annie Proulx<p>Annie Proulx’s highly acclaimed, international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.<p>Quoyle is a hapless, hopeless hack journalist living and working in New York. When his no-good wife is killed in a spectacular road accident, Quoyle heads for the land of his forefathers – …

Switching from PC to Mac Survival Guide

• <b>Author:</b> Toly K<p>For a PC user, it may be overwhelming to switch to a Mac because of its drastic differences. This book will help you to make a smooth transition to your new Mac by explaining the various features you are already familiar with on a PC and then describing their Mac equivalents. Whether …

How We Learn

• <b>Author:</b> Benedict Carey<p><b>This book will help you to learn Spanish - or the Spanish guitar - faster.</b><p><b>This book will give an athlete the edge to turn Silver into Gold.</b><p><b>This book will give any child the chance to perform better in exams. Full stop.</b><p><i>How We Learn</i> is a landmark book that shakes up everything …

This Will Make You Smarter

• <b>Author:</b> John Brockman<p>Over 150 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers offer their choice of the ideas, strategies and arguments that will help all of us understand our world, and its future, better.<p>Includes contributions from:<b><br>Richard Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Clay Shirky,</b> …

What a Wonderful World

• <b>Author:</b> Marcus Chown<p>With wit, colour and clarity, <i>What A Wonderful World</i> quickly and painlessly brings us up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works. From economics to physics and biology to philosophy, Marcus Chown explains the complex forces that shape our universe.<p>Why do we breathe? …

The Story Grid

• <b>Author:</b> Shawn Coyne<p>WHAT IS THE STORY GRID?<p>The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It's like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done …

Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay …

Jurassic Park

The Knowledge

• <b>Author:</b> Lewis Dartnell<p>Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch?<p>Once you’ve …

The Ghost Walker

• <b>Author:</b> R. D. Lawrence<p>The author of <i>The Zoo That Never Was</i> and <i>Voyage of the Stella</i> has produced another winning nature adventure. Lawrence decides to study the elusive mountain lion in its native habitat and spends ten months alone in the Selkirk Mountains. This is his story of survival, but also …

The World Without Us

• <b>Author:</b> Alan Weisman<p><b>"On the day after humans disappear, nature takes over and immediately begins cleaning house - or houses, that is. Cleans them right off the face of the earth. They all go."</b><p>What if mankind disappeared right now, forever ... what would happen to the Earth in a week, a year, a …

The Sleepwalkers

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Clark<p><b>The pacy, sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War, from acclaimed historian and author Christopher Clark</b><p><b>SUNDAY TIMES and INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012</b><p>The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and …

The March of Folly

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Tuchman<p>In <i>The March of Folly</i> (originally published in 1984) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman explores one of the paradoxes of history – the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests despite the availability of feasible alternatives. She …

Spd Rdng - The Speed Reading Bible - Speed Reading Book Which Gives Techniques, Tips & Strategies For Ultra Fast Reading

• <b>Author:</b> Jan Cisek<p>If you read the book in order, you will effectively be following our two-day workshop, but many of the techniques, insights and suggestions are self-standing and can improve your reading, comprehension, memory and retention so feel free to read them in the order which makes most …

The Great War for Civilisation

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Fisk<p>An astonishing and timely account of 50 years of bloodshed and tragedy in the Middle East from one of our finest and most revered journalists.<p>‘The Great War for Civilisation’ is written with passion and anger, a reporter’s eyewitness account of the Middle East’s history. All the …

Waterloo

• <b>Author:</b> Bernard Cornwell<p>‘Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.’<p>On the 18th June 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre-Bras and the …

What Nature Does For Britain

• <b>Author:</b> Tony Juniper<p>From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in 'natural capital'. Yet we take supplies of clean water and secure food for granted, rarely considering the free work nature does …