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    • The Noise of Time, Barnes,  Julian
    The Noise of Time
    Julian Barnes

    In May 1937 Dmitri Shostakovich, then in his early thirties, waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to ... read more

    • Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Penguin Special, Roy,  Arundhati
    Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Penguin Special
    Arundhati Roy

    In late 2014, Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, and Daniel Ellsberg travelled to Moscow to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The result was a series of essays and dialogues in which Roy and Cusack reflect on their conversations with Snowden and d ... read more

    • Three Daughters of Eve, Shafak,  Elif
    Three Daughters of Eve
    Elif Shafak

    Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980's to the present day,Three Daughters of Eve is a tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a di ... read more

    • Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World, Lewis,  Michael
    Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World
    Michael Lewis

    Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors- Kahneman a rootless son of holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. L ... read more

    • We Chose to Speak of War and Strife, Simpson,  John
    We Chose to Speak of War and Strife
    John Simpson

    We Chose to Speak of War and Strife brings us pivotal moments in our history - from the Crimean War to Vietnam; the siege of Sarajevo to the fall of Baghdad - through the eyes of those who risked life and limb to witness them first hand. Weaving the ... read more

    • When Breath Becomes Air, Kalanithi,  Paul
    When Breath Becomes Air
    Paul Kalanithi

    At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breat ... read more

    • Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, Hustvedt,  Siri
    Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women
    Siri Hustvedt

    Siri Hustvedt believes that art and science are too often kept separate and that conversations across disciplines are vital to increasing our knowledge of the human mind and body, how they connect and how we think, feel and see. This collection of es ... read more

    • Woman on the Stairs, Schlink,  Bernhard
    Woman on the Stairs
    Bernhard Schlink

    For decades the painting was believed to be lost. But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the girl in the painting, the girl ... read more

    • Cockfosters, Simpson,  Helen
    Helen Simpson

    Cockfosters is a funny, frank and forceful story collection dealing with ageing, ambition and the patterns of repetition and renewal found in long friendships and marriages. Set across the world from Arizona to Dubai and from Moscow to Berlin, these ... read more

    • Difficult Women, Gay,  Roxane
    Difficult Women
    Roxane Gay

    The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, ... read more

    • Glass Universe, Sobel,  Dava
    Glass Universe
    Dava Sobel

    In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the ... read more

    • Landscapes, Berger,  John
    John Berger

    Through Berger's penetrating engagement with the writers and artists who shaped his own thought; Walter Benjamin,Rosa Luxemburg, Bertolt Brecht among them, Landscapes allows us to understand how Berger came to his own way of seeing. As always, Berger ... read more

    • My Life on the Road, Steinem,  Gloria
    My Life on the Road
    Gloria Steinem

    From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference ... read more

    • New Nature, Low,  Tim
    New Nature
    Tim Low

    Forget about wilderness, Tim Low says, nature lives in our cities and gardens, exploiting everything we do. Many endangered species now live in industrial zones and cities. In our forests, native creatures have become pests. Fifteen years after it wa ... read more

    • No Art, Lerner,  Ben
    No Art
    Ben Lerner

    This book brings together for the first time Ben Lerner's three acclaimed volumes of poetry, along with a handful of newer poems, to present a decade-long exploration of the relationship between form and meaning, between private experience and public ... read more

    • Pond, Bennett,  Claire-louise
    Claire-louise Bennett

    Bennett's debut is narrated by a nameless woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. Instead of relating a straightforward narrative she progresses via digression: celebrating the arrangement of fruits and vegetables in bowls on the window-si ... read more