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  1. Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Jonathan Cape)

    A story of discovery, secrecy, impossible choices and unimaginable destruction: a biography of one of the most contentious and important figures of the twentieth century, Robert Oppenheimer, telling the story of his life and the first atomic...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Granta Books)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative came to control the world's largest country and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making Russia once more a threat to...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Bomber County (Hamish Hamilton)

    In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Daniel Swift

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. Postwar (William Heinemann)

    From Stalin to Sartre, from Milosevic to Monty Python, from Berlusconi and baby-boomers to Bardot and Beckham, Postwar ] tells the histories of modern Europe, cultural, political, economic and social, from the end of WWII to the enlargement...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. BERLIOZ: Servitude and Greatness (Allen Lane)

    In this magnificent biography, the author describes the genesis of the famous works of Berlioz’s maturity and in ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Doubleday)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything  is Bill Bryson’s quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation – how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. On his travels through...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Genome the Autobiography of the Species in 23 Chapters (4th Estate)

    ... and guiding the development of our bodies and brains. The author explores the applications of genetics, the search for understanding and ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. Coleridge: Darker Reflections

    This is the second volume of Richard Holmes’s classic biographies of Coleridge, the poet of Kubla Khan. This volume covers the last 30 years of Coleridge’s career (1804 to 1834) during which he travelled through the Mediterranean, returned to...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Country Driving (Canongate Books)

    After living in China for five years, and learning the language, Peter Hessler decided to undertake an even more complicated endeavor: he acquired his Chinese driving licence. An eye-opening challenge, it enabled him to embark on an epic journey...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  10. Matisse the Master (Hamish Hamilton)

    The preface to Matisse the Master  begins with a quote from Matisse himself: ‘If my story were ever to be written down truthfully from start to finish it would amaze everyone’ . Until the publication of The Unknown Matisse , the first...

    Digital - 20.05.16