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  1. Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall (Granta)

    In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in fifty East Germans were...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. Small Wars, Far Away Places (Pan Macmillan)

    A trenchant and thought-provoking account of the death of empire by one of our finest historians Michael Burleigh

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Leviathan, or the Whale (Fourth Estate)

    After Herman Melville published his book Moby Dick  in 1851, no one saw whales in quite the same way again, having created a modern myth out of an already legendary beast. But what is the true nature of the whale? Why does it fascinate us? In...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. The Iceberg: A Memoir

    In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. The Rest is Noise (Fourth Estate)

    A sweeping musical history that goes from the salons of pre-war Vienna to Velvet Underground shows in the sixties. In The Rest is Noise , Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker , gives us a riveting tour of the wild landscape of...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. The Memory Palace (Portobello Books)

    The rooms we live in are always more than just four walls. As we decorate these spaces and fill them with objects and friends, they shape our lives and become the backdrop to our sense of self. One day, the houses will be gone, but even then,...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

    ... as the enemy within. In this superb history, award-winning author Jessie Childs explores the Catholic predicament in Elizabethan England ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul (Picador)

    Patrick French has been granted unique access to V.S. Naipaul's private papers and his personal recollections. With respect for Naipaul's formidable body of work, he has produced a luminous account of one of the most compelling literary figures...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Portobello Books)

    Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers, construction workers and economic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part of India's booming...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  10. The Secret Lives of Buildings (Portobello Books)

    The plans are drawn up, a site is chosen, foundations are dug: a building comes into being with the expectation that it will stay put and stay for ever. But a building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a...

    Digital - 20.05.16