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  • THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER & BOOKER PRIZE WINNER

    BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

    'The most absorbing book I read all year.' Roxane Gay
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    This is Britain as you've never read it.
    This is Britain as it has never been told.

    From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .
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    '[Bernardine Evaristo] is one of the very best that we have' Nikesh Shukla on Twitter

    'A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain' Elle

    'Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity' Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter

    'Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' Ali Smith, author of How to be both

    'Exceptional. You have to order it right now' Stylist

    'Sparkling, inventive' Sunday Times

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  • 'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON
    'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN
    'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMES
    THE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN
    In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

    But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

    Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

    Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?
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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

    'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM

    'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON

    'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

    'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN

    'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020

    'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS

    'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES

    'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD

    'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY

    'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL

    'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID

    'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE

    'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA

    'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH

    'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST

    'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER

    'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON

    'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE

    'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH

    'Funny and original' THE SUN

    'Properly funny and totally charming... steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL

    'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR

    'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON

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  • STEP INTO ANOTHER WORLD - OF MAGIC, MAYHEM, MONSTERS AND MANIACAL GODS - IN STEPHEN FRY'S MOMENTOUS SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, MYTHOS

    'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times

    Discover Stephen Fry's magnificent retelling of the greatest myths and legends ever told . . .
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    No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.

    In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling, we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

    Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

    Order TROY now, Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the most legendary story ever told . . .
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    NOW THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MYTHOS SUITE, STEPHEN FRY AND DEBBIE WISEMAN'S MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF FRY'S THRILLING RETELLINGS

    'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian

    'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard

    'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail

    'A rollicking good read' Independent

    SHORTLISTED FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

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  • Discover the most beautiful book of the year as seen on ITV News and in the Guardian

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'James has a way to speak to your soul. This book is nothing short of comforting and heartwarming' VEX KING
    'While the drawings have the charm of Winnie-the-Pooh, the captions have the depth of ancient proverbs' GUARDIAN
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    A guiding light in the darker months, Big Panda and Tiny Dragon is the beautifully illustrated and mindful journey of two friends through the seasons, inspired by Buddhist philosophy

    'Which is more important,' asked Big Panda, 'the journey or the destination?'
    'The company,' said Tiny Dragon.

    Friends Big Panda and Tiny Dragon journey through the seasons of the year together, day and night, in rain and in sun. Travelling through nature, they find hope and inspiration in the world around them, realising that even in the darkest of days, Spring will always return.

    Feel the calming influence of Big Panda, who reminds us of the bigger picture while appreciating the simplicity of small moments.

    Explore your surroundings with the inquisitive eye of Tiny Dragon, our friend who is big in heart if not in stature.

    And on their journey through the ever-changing seasons, join these two friends as they learn how to live in the moment, be at peace with uncertainty, and find the strength to overcome life's obstacles, together.

    Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and spirituality, the story of these whimsical characters makes the perfect gift for anyone looking for a little hope and comfort.
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    'The two friends often find themselves lost but discover beautiful sights they never would have found if they had gone the right way. While the drawings have the charm of Winnie-the-Pooh, the captions have the depth of ancient proverbs' GUARDIAN

  • Winner of the British Cartographic Society Award 2021
    Winner of the John C Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping 2021
    Winner of the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping 2021

    Discover the hidden patterns in human society as you have never seen them before - through the world of data

    In Atlas of the Invisible, award-winning geographer-designer team James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti redefine what an atlas can be. Transforming enormous data sets into rich maps and cutting-edge vizualisations, they uncover truths about our past, reflect who we are today, and highlight what we face in the years ahead. With their joyfully inquisitive approach, Cheshire and Uberti explore happiness and anxiety levels around the globe; they trace the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us; they examine hidden scars of geopolitics; and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj.

    Years in the making, Atlas of the Invisible invites readers to marvel at the promise and peril of data, and to revel in the secrets and contours of a newly visible world.

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  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Booker-longlisted, bestselling author returns to her beloved heroine Lucy Barton in a luminous novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any point in life

    Lucy Barton is a successful writer living in New York, navigating the second half of her life as a recent widow and parent to two adult daughters. A surprise encounter leads her to reconnect with William, her first husband - and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidante. Recalling their college years, the birth of their daughters, the painful dissolution of their marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a tender, complex, decades-long partnership.
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    Oh William! captures the joy and sorrow of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that alter everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, against all odds. At the heart of this story is the unforgettable, indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound, lasting reflection on the mystery of existence. 'This is the way of life,' Lucy says. 'The many things we do not know until it is too late.'

    'Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favourite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement' Ann Patchett

    'A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own' Hilary Mantel

    'A terrific writer' Zadie Smith

    'She gets better with each book' Maggie O'Farrell

    'A majestic book. I do not know any other writer who can portray life in this way' Rachel Joyce

    'One of America's finest writers' Sunday Times

    'An absolute delight of a book' Claire Fuller

    'A wonderful book' Emma Healey

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  • Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

  • Trio

    William Boyd

    'An elating read' Sunday Times

    A producer. A novelist. An actress.

    It is summer in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. There are riots in Paris and the Vietnam War is out of control. While the world is reeling our three characters are involved in making a Swingin' Sixties movie in sunny Brighton.

    All are leading secret lives. Elfrida is drowning her writer's block in vodka; Talbot, coping with the daily dysfunction of making a film, is hiding something in a secret apartment; and the glamorous Anny is wondering why the CIA is suddenly so interested in her.

    But the show must go on and, as it does, the trio's private worlds begin to take over their public ones. Pressures build inexorably - someone's going to crack. Or maybe they all will.

    From one of Britain's best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn't?
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    PRAISE FOR WILLIAM BOYD

    'The ultimate in immersive fiction . . . magnificent' Sunday Times

    'A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination' Guardian on Love is Blind

    'William Boyd has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries' Daily Telegraph

    'Simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation' Sebastian Faulks

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  • A TLS, GUARDIAN AND NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

    The new bestseller from the acclaimed author of Justice and one of the world's most popular philosophers

    "Astute, insightful, and empathetic...A crucial book for this moment" Tara Westover, author of Educated

    These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favour of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the promise that "you can make it if you try". And the consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fuelled populist protest, with the triumph of Brexit and election of Donald Trump.

    Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the polarized politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality. Sandel highlights the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success - more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility, and more hospitable to a politics of the common good.

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  • AN EPIC BATTLE THAT LASTED TEN YEARS. A LEGENDARY STORY THAT HAS SURVIVED THOUSANDS.

    'An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy . . . Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales' OBSERVER

    'Stephen Fry has done it again. Well written and super storytelling' 5***** READER REVIEW
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    'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .'

    When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins.

    Watch in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy.

    Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade.

    And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks . . .

    In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, TROY will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond.
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    'A fun romp through the world's greatest story. Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through' Daily Telegraph

    'An excellent retelling . . . told with compassion and wit' 5***** Reader Review

    'Hugely successful, graceful' The Times

    'If you want to read about TROY, this book is a must over any other' 5***** Reader Review

    'Fluent, crisp, nuanced, begins with a bang' The Times Literary Supplement

    'The characters . . . are brilliantly brought to life' 5***** Reader Review

    PRAISE FOR STEPHEN FRY'S GREEK SERIES:

    'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times

    'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian

    'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard

    'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail

    'A rollicking good read' Independent

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  • In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    No One is Too Small to Make a Difference collects Greta Thunberg's history-making speeches, from addresses at climate rallies around the world audiences at the UN, the World Economic Forum, and the British Parliament.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • Hot Money

    Naomi Klein

    In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    In Hot Money Naomi Klein lays out the evidence that deregulated capitalism is waging war on the climate, and shows that, in order to stop the damage, we must change everything we think about how our world is run.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • The perfect gift this Christmas season: a generous selection of some of the greatest festive stories of all time - now in a beautiful clothbound edition

    This is a collection of the most magical, moving, chilling and surprising Christmas stories from around the world, taking us from frozen Nordic woods to glittering Paris, a New York speakeasy to an English country house, bustling Lagos to midnight mass in Rio, and even outer space.

    Here are classic tales from writers including Truman Capote, Shirley Jackson, Dylan Thomas, Saki and Chekhov, as well as little-known treasures such as Italo Calvino's wry sideways look at Christmas consumerism, Wolfdietrich Schnurre's story of festive ingenuity in Berlin, Selma Lagerlof's enchanted forest in Sweden, and Irene Nemerovsky's dark family portrait. Featuring santas, ghosts, trolls, unexpected guests, curmudgeons and miracles, here is Christmas as imagined by some of the greatest short story writers of all time.

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  • In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    Provocative and playful, All Art is Ecological explores the strangeness of living in an age of mass extinction, and shows us that emotions and experience are the basis for a deep philosophical engagement with ecology.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • 'Pacey and potentially revolutionary' Sunday Times

    'A boldly ambitious work ... entertaining and thought-provoking' Observer

    'Fascinating, thought-provoking, groundbreaking. A book that will generate debate for years to come' Rutger Bregman

    'This is not a book. This is an intellectual feast' Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike - either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to indigenous critiques of European society, and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilization itself.

    Drawing on path-breaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we begin to see what's really there. If humans did not spend 95 per cent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful possibilities than we tend to assume.

    The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision and faith in the power of direct action.

    'A fascinating inquiry ... Challenging and illuminating' Noam Chomsky

    'Graeber and Wengrow have effectively overturned everything I ever thought about the history of the world. The most profound and exciting book I've read in thirty years' Robin D. G. Kelley

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  • In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    James Lovelock's We Belong to Gaia draws on decades of wisdom to lay out the history of our remarkable planet, to show that it is not ours to be exploited - and warns us that it is fighting back.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • Welcome friends and family back around your table with Jamie's brand-new cookbook, TOGETHER - a joyous celebration of incredible food to share

    THE NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, INCLUDING RECIPES FROM JAMIE'S NEW HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SHOW

    'All about feeding the people you love' Independent

    'A book that will keep you in recipes for years to come. You get an awful lot for your money - some pages have two simple recipes, both with pictures - and everything is easy to make' Sunday Telegraph
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    Being with our loved ones has never felt so important, and great food is the perfect excuse to get together. Each chapter features a meal - from Curry Night to Last-Minute Feast, Garden Lunch to Autumnal Fare - with a simple, achievable menu that can be mostly prepped ahead.

    Jamie's aim - whether you're following the full meal or choosing just one of over 120 individual recipes - is to minimise your time in the kitchen so you can maximise the time you spend with your guests.

    The mouth-watering menus include:

    Sunny Gathering Menu . . .
    * Starter: Tender Asparagus with Glorious Green Dressing, Soft-Boiled Eggs & Crispy Bacon Croutons
    * Main: Stuffed Salmon with Potato Salad, Roasted Tomatoes & Tasty Greens
    * Dessert: Wimbledon Summer Pudding with Strawberries, Pimm's, Cucumber, Ginger Beer & Mint

    Taco Party . . .
    * To share: Slow-Cooked Pork Belly, Black Beans & Cheese, Homemade Tortillas, Roasted Pineapple, Hot Red Pepper Sauce, Green Salsa, Red Cabbage
    * Dessert: Chocolate Semifreddo with Hazelnut Brittle & Spiced Dust
    * Drink: Tequila Michelada

    Jamie's Together also helps to take the stress out of cooking by arming you with tips, tricks and hacks to stay organised and get ahead of the game.

    Inspirational but practical, Together is about comfort, celebration, creating new memories and, above all, sharing fantastic food.

    This is about memorable meals, made easy. Let's tuck in - together!
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    'Easy, seasonal recipes. The perfect dinner-party bible. With 130 delicious recipes to delve into, you'll be spoilt for choice' Sunday Express

    Praise for Jamie Oliver:

    'Cooking dinner just got easier (and tastier). Brilliant' Mail on Sunday

    'Easy, achievable and delicious; Oliver has created another fail-safe cookbook for families' Daily Telegraph

    'Perfect for anyone stuck in a cookery rut and in need of some inspiration' Daily Mail

    'Simple, affordable and delicious food designed for all the family' i

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  • 'A true hero' Greta Thunberg

    A legendary conservationist. A lifetime spent fighting for nature. An indispensable message of hope.

    The world-renowned naturalist and conservationist Jane Goodall has spent more than a half-century warning of our impact on our planet. From her famous encounters with chimpanzees in the forests of Gombe as a young woman to her tireless campaigning for the environment in her late eighties, Jane has become the godmother to a new generation of climate activists.

    In The Book of Hope, Jane draws on the wisdom of a lifetime dedicated to nature to teach us how to find strength in the face of the climate crisis, and explains why she still has hope for the natural world and for humanity. In extraordinary conversations with her co-author Doug Abrams that weave together stories from her travels and activism, she offers readers a new understanding of the crisis we face and a compelling path forward for us all to create hope in our own lives and in the world.

    The world needs a manifesto of hope now more than ever. This profound book from a legendary figure in the fight against climate change shows that even in the face of great adversity, we can find hope in human nature, and in nature itself.

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  • Food Rules

    Michael Pollan

    In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    Food Rules, Michael Pollan's wise and witty critique of the western industrialised diet, distils the wisdom of history and traditional cultures to three simple rules: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • Bring nature into your home with the uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.

    FROM THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

    'This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . . a beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity' Stylist

    'A beautiful book, it really lives up to the hype . . . an enjoyable, gentle yet moving read' Pandora Sykes on The High Low
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    Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

    Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

    The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.
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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY LITERATURE CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018

    GUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER

    'A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance' Guardian

    'Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read' i

    'The most inspirational book of this year' The Times

  • In twenty short books, Penguin brings you the classics of the environmental movement.

    This is Jared Diamond's haunting account of visiting the mysterious stone statues of Easter Island, showing how a remote civilization destroyed itself by exploiting its own natural resources - and why we must heed this warning.

    Over the past 75 years, a new canon has emerged. As life on Earth has become irrevocably altered by humans, visionary thinkers around the world have raised their voices to defend the planet, and affirm our place at the heart of its restoration. Their words have endured through the decades, becoming the classics of a movement. Together, these books show the richness of environmental thought, and point the way to a fairer, saner, greener world.

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  • Must I Go

    Yiyun Li

    Richly expansive and deeply moving, an intimate novel of secret lives and painful histories from one of the finest storytellers we have

    'This brilliant novel examines lives lived, losses accumulated, and the slipperiness of perception. Yiyun Li writes deeply, drolly, and with elegance about history, even as it's happening. She is one of my favorite writers, and Must I Go is an extraordinary book.' Meg Wolitzer

    Lilia Liska is 81. She has shrewdly outlived three husbands, raised five children and seen the arrival of seventeen grandchildren. Now she has turned her keen attention to a strange little book published by a vanity press: the diary of a long-forgotten man named Roland Bouley, with whom she once had a fleeting affair.

    Increasingly obsessed by this fragment of intimate history, Lilia begins to annotate the diary with her own rather different version of events. Gradually she undercuts Roland's charming but arrogant voice with an incisive and deeply moving commentary. She reveals to us the surprising, long-held secrets of her past. And she returns inexorably to her daughter, Lucy, who took her own life at the age of 27.

    Must I Go is an unconventional epistolary novel, a gleefully one-way correspondence between the very-much-alive Lilia and the long-departed Roland. Though mortality is ever-present, this is ultimately a novel about life, in all its messy glory. Life lived, for the extraordinary Lilia, absolutely on its own terms. With exquisite subtlety and insight, Yiyun Li navigates the twin poles of grief and resilience, loss and rebirth, that compass a human heart.

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  • 'Hilarious' Sam Leith
    'I loved this book' Susie Dent'
    'Witty and affectionate' Lynne Truss

    Perfect for book lovers, a delightful history of the wonders to be found in the humble book index

    Most of us give little thought to the back of the book - it's just where you go to look things up. But here, hiding in plain sight, is an unlikely realm of ambition and obsession, sparring and politicking, pleasure and play. Here we might find Butchers, to be avoided, or Cows that sh-te Fire, or even catch Calvin in his chamber with a Nonne. This is the secret world of the index: an unsung but extraordinary everyday tool, with an illustrious but little-known past. Here, for the first time, its story is told.

    Charting its curious path from the monasteries and universities of thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first, Dennis Duncan reveals how the index has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from high office and made us all into the readers we are today. We follow it through German print shops and Enlightenment coffee houses, novelists' living rooms and university laboratories, encountering emperors and popes, philosophers and prime ministers, poets, librarians and - of course - indexers along the way. Revealing its vast role in our evolving literary and intellectual culture, Duncan shows that, for all our anxieties about the Age of Search, we are all index-rakers at heart, and we have been for eight hundred years.

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  • A major career-spanning collection from the inimitable Nobel Prize-winning poet

    For the past fifty years, Louise Gluck has been a major force in modern poetry, distinguished as much for the restless intelligence, wit and intimacy of her poetic voice as for her development of a particular form: the book-length sequence of poems. This volume brings together the twelve collections Gluck has published to date, offering readers the opportunity to become immersed in the artistry and vision of one of the world's greatest living poets.

    From the allegories of The Wild Iris to the myth-making of Averno; the oneiric landscapes of The House on Marshland to the questing of Faithful and Virtuous Night - each of Gluck's collections looks upon the events of an ordinary life and finds within them scope for the transcendent; each wields its archetypes to puncture the illusions of the self. Across her work, elements are reiterated but endlessly transfigured - Persephone, a copper beech, a mother and father and sister, a garden, a husband and son, a horse, a dog, a field on fire, a mountain. Taken together, the effect is like a shifting landscape seen from above, at once familiar and unspeakably profound.

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