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  • Give the gift of joy and hope with Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other

    BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

    THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER

    '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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  • '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

    Step into Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the legend of Troy in his most epic book yet
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    'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world . . .'

    Paris the Trojan has kidnapped Helen, Greek queen and most beautiful woman of the ancient world.

    A thousand ships give chase and lay siege to Troy. Yet the city stands resolutely against Greek might.

    Only invulnerable Achilles and wily Odysseus may lead them to victory - but the passions of mortals merely amuse the Gods and blood is easily spilled on distant shores . . .
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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

    'Hugely successful, graceful' The Times

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

    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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  • 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

  • A rich history of Antwerp from the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Edge of the World

    Even before Amsterdam there was a dazzling North Sea port at the hub of the known world: the city of Antwerp.

    Antwerp was sensational like nineteenth-century Paris or twentieth-century New York, somewhere anything could happen or at least be believed: killer bankers, easy kisses, a market in secrets and every kind of heresy. For half the sixteenth century, it was the place for breaking rules - religious, sexual, intellectual.

    In Antwerp, things changed. One man cornered all the money in the city and reinvented ideas of what money meant. Another gave Antwerp a new shape purely out of his own ambition. Jews fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition needed Antwerp for their escape, thanks to the remarkable woman at the head of the grandest banking family in Europe.

    Thomas More opened Utopia there, Erasmus puzzled over money and exchanges, William Tyndale sheltered there and smuggled out his Bible in English until he was killed. Pieter Bruegel painted the town as The Tower of Babel.

    But when Antwerp rebelled with the Dutch against the Spanish and lost, all that glory was buried and its true history rewritten. The city that unsettled so many now became conformist. Mutinous troops burned the city records. Michael Pye sets out to rediscover the city that was lost and bring its wilder days to life using every kind of clue: novels, paintings, songs, schoolbooks, letters and the archives of Venice, London and the Medici. He builds a picture of a city haunted by fire, plague and violence, but learning how to be a power in its own right in the world after feudalism.

    This is the Antwerp which was the proud 'exception' to all of Europe.

  • 'A gorgeous romance' BETH O'LEARY, The Flatshare
    'Our generation's answer to Nora Ephron' SOPHIE COUSENS, This Time Next Year
    'So warm and funny' PAIGE TOON, The Minute I Saw You
    'A pitch-perfect balance of loveable characters, hilarious wit and steamy sexual chemistry' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS, Our Stop

    *From the bestselling author of Beach Read comes a new sparkling novel sure to leave you with that post-holiday glow, also known as People We Meet On Vacation*

    TWO FRIENDS
    TEN SUMMER TRIPS
    THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE

    12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they'll never speak again.

    11 SUMMERS AGO: They're forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

    10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
    Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

    7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

    2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

    THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

    You and Me on Vacation is a New York Times bestselling love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and - most of all - lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.

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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT EMILY HENRY

    'The hottest book of the summer - the pages simply sizzle!' JOSIE SILVER

    'Full of banter, heat, and sexual tension. A gorgeous page-turner of a novel' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

    'Full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both' BETH O'LEARY

    'Emily Henry is my newest automatic-buy author . . . a heartfelt, funny, tender escape that you wish could last forever' JODI PICOULT

    'A compulsively readable book full of sparkling wit, dazzling prose and a romance that grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let me go. Absolutely my favourite read of the year, and probably one of my favourite books of all time' ABBY JIMENEZ

    'Funny, and seriously sizzling' BEST

    'Original, sparkling bright and layered with feeling. If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you'll adore this book' SALLY THORNE

    'What an absolute flipping triumph of a novel!!! I LOVED it ' EMMA COOPER

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  • **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    In the heady summer of 1977, a naive young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

    While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

    In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema's most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it's time to let go?
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    Praise for Jonathan Coe

    'Coe is a writer of uncommon decency' Observer

    'Brilliantly funny' Economist

    'Superb' Times

    'Very, very funny' Stylist

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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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  • 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

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  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021

    WINNER OF THE SUSHILA DEVI AWARD 2021

    A searing debut novel about mothers and daughters, obsession and betrayal - for fans of Jenny Offill, Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk and Diana Evans

    'Beautifully written, emotionally wrenching and poignant in equal measure' The Booker Prize Judges 2020

    'An unsettling, sinewy debut, startling in its venom and disarming in its humour from the very first sentence' Guardian

    'I would be lying if I said my mother's misery has never given me pleasure.'

    This is a tale of obsession and betrayal. This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter.

    Tara and Antara, the woman and her angry shadow. But which one is which?

    Sharp as a blade and compulsively readable, Burnt Sugar slowly untangles the knot of memory and fiction that binds two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.

    'A work of extraordinary insight, courage and sophistication' Washington Post

    'Arresting and fiercely intelligent, disarmingly witty and frank' Sunday Times

    'A sly, slippery, often heartbreaking novel about the role memory plays within families' Stylist

    'Extraordinary... Come for the effortlessly stylish writing, stay for the boiling wrath' Observer

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  • For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained.

    The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles.

    The Happy Reader 16's cover star is Moses Sumney, interviewed by Jia Tolentino. Our book of the season is Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali.

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  • Assembly

    Natasha Brown

    'Diamond-sharp, timely and urgent' Observer, Best Debuts of 2021

    'Subtle, elegant, scorching... The literary debut of the summer' Vogue

    'Virtuosic, exquisite, achingly unique' Guardian

    'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the kind of book that doesn't just mark the moment things change, but also makes that change possible' Ali Smith

    'Exquisite, daring, utterly captivating. A stunning new writer' Bernardine Evaristo

    Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Step out into a world of Go Home vans. Go to Oxbridge, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy a flat. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

    The narrator of Assembly is a Black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

    Assembly is a story about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

    'One of the most talked-about debuts of the year . . . You'll read it in one sitting' Sunday Times Style

    'Expertly crafted, remarkable, astonishing... A literary debut with flavours of Jordan Peele's Get Out' Bookseller, Editor's Choice

    'Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Citizen by Claudia Rankine... As breathtakingly graceful as it is mercilessly true' Olivia Sudjic

    'Bold and original, with a cool intelligence, and so very truthful about the colonialist structure of British society' Diana Evans

    'This marvel of a novel manages to say all there is to say about Britain today' Sabrina Mahfouz

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  • 'A brilliant and comforting read' MATT HAIG
    'Funny, compassionate and wise. An absolute joy' A.J. PEARCE
    'I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know' BUZZFEED
    'Captures the messy essence of being human' WASHINGTON POST

    The funny, touching and unpredictable No. 1 New York Times bestseller from the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove
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    It's New Year's Eve and House Tricks estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when an incompetent bank robber rushes in and politely takes everyone hostage.

    For Anna-Lena and Roger, busy buying-up apartments to fill the hole in their marriage, it's something else to talk about.

    For Julia and Ro, panicky parents-to-be, it's yet another worry.

    Lonely bank manager Zara only came here for the view.

    While 87-year-old grandmother Estelle seems rather pleased by the company . . .

    As the police gather outside, the anxious strangers huddled within try to make the best of a very sticky situation - but could it be that they have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye?
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    Readers are loving Anxious People!

    'Backman never disappoints . . . heartwarming and multi layered' 5***** READER REVIEW

    'As always Backman manages to delight . . . a really satisfying ending that makes you feel better about the world' 5***** READER REVIEW

    'A wonderfully unusual tale, told with flair and finesse that is so wonderful it is sure to cure everything that ails you. Don't miss out on this beautiful book' 5***** READER REVIEW

    'This novel is about humanity at its most raw and at its most wonderful and I LOVED it!' 5***** READER REVIEW

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  • NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST, OBSERVER, NEW SCIENTIST, BBC FOCUS, INDEPENDENT AND WASHINGTON POST

    'A rollicking tour of the wildest physics. . . Like an animated discussion with your favourite quirky and brilliant professor' Leah Crane, New Scientist

    'Weird science, explained beautifully' - John Scalzi

    We know the universe had a beginning. But what happens at the end of the story?

    With lively wit and wry humour, astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos' possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce. Guiding us through major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory and much more, she describes how small tweaks to our incomplete understanding of reality can result in starkly different futures. Our universe could collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even - in the next five minutes - succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom.

    This captivating story of cosmic escapism examines a mesmerizing yet unfamiliar physics landscape while sharing the excitement a leading astrophysicist feels when thinking about the universe and our place in it. Amid stellar explosions and bouncing universes, Mack shows that even though we puny humans have no chance of changing how it all ends, we can at least begin to understand it.

    The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.

  • THE 2020 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A poignant, funny tale of early-thirties love and loss' Sunday Times
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    Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.

    A new relationship couldn't have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone's moving to the suburbs. There's no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who's caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.

    Dolly Alderton's debut novel is funny and tender, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.
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    'The perfect no-holds-barred modern day rom-com' Stylist

    'I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody' Candice Carty-Williams

    'Wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal' Elizabeth Day

    'Smart, caustically witty and achingly sad' Sunday Mirror

    'A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman . . . Ghosts will resonate with so many women' Red, The Best Books to Read this October

    'Achingly relatable . . . darkly funny' i

    'Really laugh out loud . . . so engaging I can't put it down' Philippa Perry

    'I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition!' Bryony Gordon

    'Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy, you won't want it to end' Heat

    'A book so relatable you'll give yourself neck ache nodding in recognition' Grazia

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  • 'Gripping' Curtis Sittenfeld * 'Electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid * 'Remarkable' Kevin Kwan * 'Stunning' Sunday Times * 'Brilliant' Pandora Sykes

    In South Korea, where impossible beauty standards and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move, four women are balancing on a razor's edge:

    Kyuri, a beautiful 'room salon' girl paid to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours.
    Miho, an artist whose life becomes enmeshed with the offspring of the super-wealthy elite.
    Ara, a hairstylist whose obsession with a K-pop star leads her to violent extremes.
    Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she can't afford.

    Set in the drinking dens and beauty salons of Seoul, If I Had Your Face is an electrifying debut novel about female strength, resilience and the solace that friendship can provide.

    'Cha's writing always crackles . . . Touching, compelling and icily cool' Observer

    'Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling - like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea' Independent

    'Absolutely stunning. . . Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX and MALIBU RISING

    'One of the buzziest debuts of the year, If I Had Your Face transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul... Essential reading' Vogue

    'Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart' Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE

    'Glittering, engrossing' Helen Oyeyemi, author of GINGERBREAD

    'Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite' Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of CRAZY RICH ASIANS

    LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2021

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  • Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? Do numbers truly exist? What sort of reality do formulas describe?

    The complexity of mathematics - its abstract rules and obscure symbols - can seem very distant from the everyday. There are those things that are real and present, it is supposed, and then there are mathematical concepts: creations of our mind, mysterious tools for those unengaged with the world. Yet, from its most remote history and deepest purpose, mathematics has served not just as a way to understand and order, but also as a foundation for the reality it describes.

    In this elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, ranging widely from the paradoxes of ancient Greece to the sacred altars of India, from Mesopotamian calculus to our own contemporary obsession with algorithms.

    Masterful and illuminating, The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men transforms our understanding of mathematical thinking, showing that it is inextricably linked with the philosophical and the religious as well as the mundane - and, indeed, with our own very human experience of the universe.

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  • LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2021

    'One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons' Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

    'An invaluable guide to avoiding self-deception and fake news' Melanie Phillips, The Times

    From the former director of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand, learn the methodology used by British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Full of revealing examples from a storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers and strategies used in conflicts from the Cold War to the present, in How Spies Think Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

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  • 'A completely superb and magisterial life of Fernando Pessoa. Finally, this extraordinary poet gets the great biography he deserves. Unsurpassable' William Boyd

    'Definitive and sublime. Zenith has written the only kind of biography truly permissible, an account of a life that plucks at the very borders and burdens of the notion of a self' New York Times

    For many thousands of readers Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet is almost a way of life. Ironic, haunting and melancholy, this completely unclassifiable work is the masterpiece of one of the twentieth century's most enigmatic writers.

    Richard Zenith's Pessoa at last allows us to understand this extraordinary figure. Some eighty-five years after his premature death in Lisbon, where he left over 25,000 manuscript sheets in a wooden trunk, Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) can now be celebrated as one of the great modern poets. Setting the story of his life against the nationalistic currents of European history, Zenith charts the heights of Pessoa's explosive imagination and literary genius.

    Much of Pessoa's charm and strangeness came from his writing under a variety of names that he used not only to conceal his identity but also to write in wildly varied styles with different imagined personalities. Zenith traces the back stories of virtually all of these invented others, called 'heteronyms', demonstrating how they were projections, spin-offs or metamorphoses of Pessoa himself.

    Zenith's monumental work confirms the power of Pessoa's words to speak prophetically to the disconnectedness of modern life. It is also a wonderful book about Lisbon, the city which Pessoa reinvented and through which his different selves wandered.

    'Finally! A brilliant biography that places Pessoa where he should have always belonged, with true giants' Andre Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name

  • In this powerful collection of interviews, Noam Chomsky exposes the problems of our world today, as we stand in this period of monumental change, preparing for a more hopeful tomorrow.

    'For the left, elections are a brief interlude in a life of real politics, a moment to ask whether it's worth taking time off to vote . . . Then back to work. The work will be to move forward to construct the better world that is within reach.'
    He sheds light into the phenomenon of right-wing populism, and exposes the catastrophic nature and impact of authoritarian policies on people, the environment and the planet as a whole. He captures the dynamics of the brutal class warfare launched by the masters of capital to maintain and even enhance the features of a dog-eat-dog society. And he celebrates the recent unprecedented mobilizations of millions of people internationally against neoliberal capitalism, racism and police violence.

    We stand at a precipice and we must fight to pull the world back from it.

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  • 'Lively. . . This is one of those rare books about a pressing subject that reads less like a forced march than an inviting stroll . . . A book that encourages thinking, observation and discernment' New York Times

    One of our most essential political thinkers offers a vital account of democracy in the twenty-first century

    Everyone knows that democracy is in trouble, but do we know what democracy actually is? Political philosopher Jan-Werner Muller, author of the widely acclaimed What Is Populism?, takes us back to basics.

    In this short, elegant volume, he explains how democracy is founded on three vital principles: liberty, equality, and also uncertainty. The latter, he argues, is crucial for ensuring democracy's dynamic and creative character. Authoritarians, as well as Big Tech, seek to render politics (and individual citizens) predictable; democracy holds open the possibility that new ideas, movements and identities can be created.

    Acknowledging fully the dangers posed by populism, by kleptocratic autocracies like Russia's and by the digital authoritarianism of Xi, Muller also challenges the assumptions made by many liberals defending democracy in recent years. He shows how the secession of plutocratic elites in the West has undermined much of democracy's promise. In response, we need to re-invigorate our institutions, especially political parties and professional media, but also make it easier for citizens to mobilize.

    Taking on many of the most difficult political questions we face, this book is a vital rethinking of what democracy is, and how we can reinvent our social contract.

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  • 'Endlessly fascinating and full of surprises. Easily one of my books of the year' BILL BRYSON

    The myth-busting science behind our modern attitudes to exercise: what our bodies really need, why it matters, and its effects on health and wellbeing.

    In industrialized nations, our sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases like diabetes. A key remedy, we are told, is exercise - voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. However, most of us struggle to stay fit, and our attitudes to exercise are plagued by misconceptions, finger-pointing and anxiety.

    But, as Daniel Lieberman shows in Exercised, the first book of its kind by a leading scientific expert, we never evolved to exercise. We are hardwired for moderate exertion throughout each day, not triathlons or treadmills. Drawing on over a decade of high-level scientific research and eye-opening insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, Lieberman explains precisely how exercise can promote health; debunks persistent myths about sitting, speed, strength and endurance; and points the way towards more enjoyable and physically active living in the modern world.

    'Myth-busting, illuminating, brilliant - Lieberman will completely change the way you think about your body' Professor ALICE ROBERTS, presenter of Our Incredible Human Journey

  • With a new introduction by Polly Samson, Sunday Times bestselling author of A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS

    'Gorgeous... the written equivalent of lying in the sun eating figs' India Knight, Sunday Times

    'That summer we bought big straw hats. Maria's had cherries around the rim, Infanta's had forget-me-nots, and mine had poppies as red as fire. . .'

    Three Summers is a warm and tender tale of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a ramshackle old house with their divorced mother are flirtatious, hot-headed Maria, beautiful but distant Infanta, and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to understand the strange ways of adults and decide what kind of adults they hope to become.

    'The sun has disappeared from books these days... You are one of those who pass it on' Albert Camus to Margarita Liberaki

    'The literary equivalent of a sun-soaked holiday in Greece' Culture Whisper

    'A leisurely, large-hearted coming-of-age novel, earthy and innocent, nostalgic and beautifully rendered' Kirkus

    'A dreamy, cinematic tapestry of Greek village life' NPR

  • 'It's a trip - engrossing, eye-opening, mind altering' New Statesman

    'Fascinating. Pollan is the perfect guide ... curious, careful, open minded' The Guardian

    From the international bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind comes a ground-breaking exploration of our relationship with natural drugs

    Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate, calm, or completely alter the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos.

    In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds and our entanglement with the natural world.

  • 'A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac' Washington Post

    'It's true; Marxists just wanna have fun... a revolutionary bestseller' Guardian

    At the age of twenty-three, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado set out from their native Argentina to explore their continent, with only a single 1939 Norton motorcycle to carry them, nicknamed La Poderosa ('the powerful one').

    They travelled not to visit the usual tourist attractions, but to meet ordinary people and understand Latin American life. In amidst the tales of youthful adventures - of women, wine, thrilling escapes and the power of friendship - the young Che also learns first-hand about poverty, philosophy and philosophy and forms himself into the man who would become the world's most famous and admired revolutionary and freedom fighter.

    'For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future' Time

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