Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Every... read more

A Short History of Nearly Everything-A Journey Through Space and Time
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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and o... read more

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
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âe~One stupendous starburst of wild brillianceâe(tm) SIMON SCHAMA âe~Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilizationâe(tm) J. M. COETZEE Organized from A through ... read more

Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
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 Essays

Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesm... read more

And Yet...: Essays
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'Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past twenty years has been done while running.' Mark Rowlands has run for most of his life. He has also been a professional philosopher... read more

Running with the Pack: Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality
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 Philosophy

A highly ambitious and lucid history of ideas from the very earliest times to the present day.In this hugely ambitious and exciting book Peter Watson tells the history of ideas from prehistory to the present day, leading to a new wa... read more

Ideas: A History
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 Contemporary Thought

Series:The School of Life

An insightful guide to choosing the partner that's right for youChoosing a romantic partner is one of contemporary life's biggest adventures. But other aspects of modern living - being globally more mobile, a fall in religiou... read more

How to Choose a Partner
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 On Writing

Series:Little Histories

This "little history" takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Canterbury Tales to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task. He has r... read more

A Little History of Literature
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When DBC Pierre burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Finding he had something to say, he made the journey solo to that place where dreams and demons live, to try and... read more

Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out of it
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In the 1520s a Polish cleric named Nicolaus Copernicus developed a revolutionary theory which placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the centre of our universe. The secret existence of this manus... read more

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos
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 Contemporary Thought

A. C. Grayling, Britain's most popular and widely read philosopher, has created a secular bible that draws on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing about all that it means to be human - from the o... read more

Good Book: A Secular Bible
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 Contemporary Thought

From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as ne... read more

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?
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