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  1. Everest: The First Ascent (Rider)

    On 29 May 1953, the summit of Mount Everest was finally reached. The achievement brought fame and honours to many involved – except the man who made the ascent possible. Harriet Tuckey

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. Romany and Tom: A memoir

    Ben Watt’s father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. His heyday in the late fifties took him into the glittering heart of London’s West End, where he broadcast live with his...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (Allen Lane)

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book, are...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Fourth Estate)

    Matt Ridley, acclaimed author of the classics Genome and Nature via Nurture, turns from investigating ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. Being Mortal

    In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do.  Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your World (William Heinemann)

    A nation's language, or so we are often told, reflects its culture, psyche and modes of thought. Some languages don't have a future tense, so naturally their speakers have no grasp of the future. The Babylonians would have been hard pressed to...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. Return of a King (Bloomsbury)

    In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. Crow County (Jonathan Cape)

    Rooks and jackdaws are both members of the same bird family. To ornithologists the group is known as the corvids, to the layperson they are ‘crows’. But to Mark Cocker these two species have become a fixation and a way of life. When he moved...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Reprobates (Viking)

    1641. The Scots are in open rebellion. Revolt is brewing in Ireland. England stands at the brink of civil war. In London, as Parliament tightens its grip on the king, scuffles and parleys break out between crowds of protesters and demobbed...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  10. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (The Bodley Head)

    If the quest for Mount Everest began as a grand imperial gesture, as redemption for an empire of explorers that had lost the race to the Poles, it ended as a mission of regeneration for a country and a people bled white by war. ...

    Digital - 20.05.16