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    • Red Love, Leo,  Maxim,   Whiteside,  Shaun,   Skeats,  Clare
    Red Love
    Leo, Maxim, Whiteside, Shaun, Skeats, Clare

    A Sunday Telegraph, Irish Times and Glasgow Herald Book of the Year "Tender, acute and utterly absorbing" Anna Funder, author of Stasiland "A wry and unheroic unofficial history of a country that no longer exists" Julian Barnes "Beaut ... read more

    • Seneca : A Life, Wilson,  Emily
    Seneca : A Life
    Emily Wilson

    Emily Wilson presents Seneca as a man living perilously in the gap between political realities and philosophical ideals and struggling for compromise in a world of absolutism. Her portrait seeks to reconcile Seneca the man of principle, with the Sen ... read more

    • Sentenced to Life, James,  Clive
    Sentenced to Life
    Clive James

    Clive James returns to writing poetry knowing "my death is something I must live with now". In Poetry Notebook James wrote of the poetry that had inspired and sustained him throughout his life, here his own poetry joins a canon that will inspire and ... read more

    • The Challenge of Things, Grayling,  A. C.
    The Challenge of Things
    A. C. Grayling

    Grayling's books are based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful. The Challenge of Things collects Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark si ... read more

    • The Green Road, Enright,  Anne
    The Green Road
    Anne Enright

    Enright's writing allows for all the complications of human emotions and contradictions, for the convoluted ways that families shape and are shaped by their love and the need of the individuals to find their own lives. When Rosaleen Madigan decides t ... read more

    • The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom, Gray,  John
    The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom
    John Gray

     Everyone thinks they want to be free, but what is it that they really want? In a freewheeling exploration of the topic John Gray draws together currents of thought from religion, philosophy and fantastic literature that question the meaning of ... read more

    • Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, Lamb,  Karen
    Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather
    Karen Lamb

    Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather is the long-overdue biography of Australian author Thea Astley (1925 - 2004). Over a fifty-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, i ... read more

    • Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy, Gessen,  Masha
    Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy
    Masha Gessen

    On 15 April 2013, two homemade bombs made by the Tsarnaev brothers exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. Masha Gessen delivers a probing and powerful story of dislocation, and the longing ... read more

    • A Philosophy of Walking, Gros,  Frederic
    A Philosophy of Walking
    Frederic Gros

    In A Philosophy of Walking, Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B--he proposes that this most mundane of daily chores is also one of the most profound. As he looks at the many ways we put one foot in front of the other, Gros draws at ... read more

    • Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature, Tarnoff,  Ben
    Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
    Ben Tarnoff

    The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country and San Francisco, home to immigrants from five continents, has become a complex urban society virtually overnight. Mark Twain arr ... read more

    • Coming Rain, Daisley,  Stephen
    Coming Rain
    Stephen Daisley

    Lew McLeod has been travelling and working with Painter Hayes since he was a boy. Shearing, charcoal burning – whatever work they can find. But Lew's a grown man now and with this latest job, shearing for John Drysdale and his daughter Clara, e ... read more

    • God Help the Child, Morrison,  Toni
    God Help the Child
    Toni Morrison

    Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride, now glamorous and grown up wants to love her man, Booker, but she cannot. Booker cannot fathom Bride's depths, with his own love-lorn past bending him ... read more

    • Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art, Barnes,  Julian
    Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
    Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from ... read more

    • Landmarks, Macfarlane,  Robert
    Robert Macfarlane

    For years now, Robert Macfarlane has been fascinated by the connections between literature and landscape and has collected words for aspects of landscape, nature and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of Britain and Ireland. Landmar ... read more

    • On the Move, Sacks,  Oliver
    On the Move
    Oliver Sacks

    WOliver Sacks describes his time at Oxford University, his time spent in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the early nineteen sixties, before moving on to chart his progression from young doctor to his public role as a neurologist and author. He write ... read more

    • Quicksand, Toltz,  Steve
    Steve Toltz

    Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His mate Liam, equally unlucky, at least finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disaster. What begins as an attempt ... read more