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  1. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (HarperPress)

    The Age of Wonder is Holmes's first major biography in over a decade and explores the scientific ferment that swept across Britain at the end of the 18th century. Holmes proposes a radical vision of science before Darwin, exploring the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. The Unexpected Professor

    John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment. John Carey

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. The Mighty Dead: Why Homer matters

    Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. Because Cowards Get Cancer Too

    Shortly before his 44th birthday, John Diamond received a call from the doctor who had removed a lump from his neck. Having been assured for the previous 2 years that this was a benign cyst, Diamond was told that it was, in fact, cancerous....

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

    The essential book on the New Russia, and how it's travelled from communist collapse to a new form of dictatorship. A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs,...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. Empires of the Dead (William Collins)

    The extraordinary and forgotten story behind the building of the First World War cemeteries, due to the efforts of one remarkable and visionary man, Fabian Ware. ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. Danubia (Picador)

    For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off – through luck, guile and sheer mulishness – any number of...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. Landmarks

    Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson (Picador)

    B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known young novelists in Britain in the 1960s and 70s. He gained notoriety for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice. His innovations...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. This Divided Island

    In the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to a bloody end the stubborn and complicated civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the war's fingers had reached everywhere: into the bustle...

    Digital - 18.05.16