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  1. Feathers (Basic Books)

    Biologist Thor Hanson tells a sweeping history of feathers, as they’ve been used to fly, protect, attract and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers and even art historians,...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Allen Lane)

    In the course of explaining his revolutionary work on judgment, decision making, happiness and well-being, in Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman tackles a host of other fascinating issues: the role of overconfidence and optimism; the...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. The Old Ways (Hamish Hamilton)

    The Old Ways is Robert Macfarlane's inspiring, subtle exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths, a fusion of geology, archaeology, natural history and cartography which explores the complex and profound ways in which we...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. One on One (Fourth Estate)

    101 chance meetings, juxtaposing the famous and the infamous, the artistic and the philistine, the pompous and the comical, the snobbish and the vulgar, told by Britain’s funniest writer. Craig Brown

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick (Picador)

    The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama is a look at both the life of the American president and the history of race in America. The title will be published by Picador on 28th May this year. David Remnick

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber & Faber)

    In the course of 1599, Shakespeare turned 35. Before the end of the year, he had completed Henry V , written Julius Caesar  and As You Like It  in quick succession, and produced the first draft of his greatest play, Hamlet . If ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (Allen Lane)

    Vast in scale and woven through with extraordinary stories and characters, Natasha’s Dance  ranges from the splendour of eighteenth century St Petersburg to the power of Stalinist propaganda, from folk art to the magic rituals of Asiatic...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. The Better Angels of our Nature (Allen Lane)

    Contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millennia and decades. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

    Catherine the Great’s lover, secret husband and partner in the Russian empire, this biography restores Potemkin to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. Simon Sebag Montefiore illustrates the life of ‘the one-eyed giant’, a gifted...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. The Spanish Holocaust (HarperPress)

    The first, authoritative history of Spain’s darkest period. In a work of meticulous scholarship and research, Paul Preston, the world’s foremost historian of 20th-century Spain, charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate...

    Digital - 18.05.16