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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The Planet Remade

    A climate-crisis book which delivers a rich, in depth history of climate change and the science and politics that underpin it, offering a new – and controversial – response: geoengineering. Oliver Morton

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps (Allen Lane/Penguin)

    This landmark book uncovers for the first time in detail one of the greatest horrors of the twentieth century: the vast system of Soviet camps that were responsible for the deaths of countless millions. Gulag is the only major history in any...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (Granta)

    Through extensive interviews with defectors, Los Angeles Times  journalist Barbara Demick shows in a compelling and unforgettable way that this hermetic country is Orwell’s 1984 made reality. Demick follows the stories of six North Korean...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl - the Biography (Harper Press)

    Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He pushed children's literature into unchartered territory and almost twenty years after his death his popularity continues to grow - worldwide sales of his books have now topped 100...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. Alex’s Adventures in Numberland (Bloomsbury)

    In this entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, he explains how...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. Bad Science (Fourth Estate)

    How do we know if a treatment works, or if something causes cancer? Can the claims of homeopaths ever be as true - or as interesting - as the improbable research into the placebo effect? Do journalists understand science? Why do we seek...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. Far From The Tree (Chatto and Windus)

    In this seminal new study of family, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. ...

    Digital - 18.05.16