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    • Pond, Bennett,  Claire-louise
    Claire-louise Bennett

    Bennett's debut is narrated by a nameless woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. Instead of relating a straightforward narrative she progresses via digression: lamenting the broken knobs on her kitchen's mini-stove, pondering the deeper m ... read more

    • Summer Before The Dark, Weidermann,  Volker
    Summer Before The Dark
    Volker Weidermann

    It's the summer of 1936, and in a state of crisis the writer Stefan Zweig journeys to Ostend with his new lover, Lotte Altmann, to meet his fellow writer and close friend Joseph Roth, himself newly in love. For a moment, they create a fragile paradis ... read more

    • Testosterone Rex, Fine,  Cordelia
    Testosterone Rex
    Cordelia Fine

    Testosterone, so we're told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine, who shows that sex doesn't create male and female natures. Instead, sex, hormones, ... read more

    • The Disappearance of Emile Zola, Rosen,  Michael
    The Disappearance of Emile Zola
    Michael Rosen

    It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. He has taken on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and lost. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in ... read more

    • The Noise of Time, Barnes,  Julian
    The Noise of Time
    Julian Barnes

    In May 1937 Dmitri Shostakovich, then in his early thirties, waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to ... read more

    • The Refugees, Nguyen,  Viet Thanh
    The Refugees
    Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose ... read more

    • Three Daughters of Eve, Shafak,  Elif
    Three Daughters of Eve
    Elif Shafak

    Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980's to the present day,Three Daughters of Eve is a tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a di ... read more

    • Welcome to Lagos, Onuzo,  Chibundu
    Welcome to Lagos
    Chibundu Onuzo

    When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life...Their arrival in ... read more

    • 4 3 2 1, Auster,  Paul
    4 3 2 1
    Paul Auster

    On March 3, 1947 Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born in Newark New Jersey. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four boys who are t ... read more

    • Confabulations, Berger,  John
    John Berger

    Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'. John Berger's work changed the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itself, and how it relates ... read more

    • Glass Universe, Sobel,  Dava
    Glass Universe
    Dava Sobel

    In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the ... read more

    • Istanbul, Hughes,  Bettany
    Bettany Hughes

    Standing as the gateway between the East and West, Istanbul has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years it has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cit ... read more

    • Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders,  George
    Lincoln in the Bardo
    George Saunders

    The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Days later, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several ti ... read more

    • Martin Sharp, Morgan,  Joyce
    Martin Sharp
    Joyce Morgan

    Martin Sharp's art was as singular as his style. He blurred the boundaries of high art and low with images of Dylan, Hendrix and naked flower children that defined an era. Along the way the irreverent Australian was charged with obscenity and collabo ... read more

    • Old Growth, Kinsella,  John
    Old Growth
    John Kinsella

    John Kinsella's new book of stories drops us seamlessly into the worlds of men, women and children at pivotal moments in their lives. In the title story, a husband who has lost his wife plans to destroy the old-growth bush she loved and escape to the ... read more

    • Oliver Sacks The Last Interview and Other Conversations, Sacks,  Oliver
    Oliver Sacks The Last Interview and Other Conversations
    Oliver Sacks

    Oliver Sacks was a neurologist for nearly 50 years and illuminated the mysteries of the brain for a wide audience in a series of books, including Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat plus numerous The New Yorker articles. In this col ... read more