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    • Stay With Me, Adebayo,  Ayobami
    Stay With Me
    Ayobami Adebayo

    Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a ... read more

    • The Accusation, Bandi
    The Accusation

    In 1989, a North Korean dissident writer, known to us only by the pseudonym Bandi, began to write a series of stories about life under Kim Il-sung's totalitarian regime. Smuggled out of North Korea and set for publication around the world in 2017,the ... read more

    • The Beauty of Numbers in Nature, Stewart,  Ian
    The Beauty of Numbers in Nature
    Ian Stewart

    Think of a zebra's stripes, the complexities of a spider's web, the uniformity of desert dunes, or the spirals in a sunflower head; think of a snowflake. The Beauty of Numbers in Nature shows how life on Earth forms the principles of mathematics. Sta ... read more

    • The Lonely City, Laing,  Olivia
    The Lonely City
    Olivia Laing

    A remarkable work of memoir, biography and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of "The Trip to Echo Spring." Moving fluidly between works and lives - from Edward Hoppe ... read more

    • The Patriots, Krasikov,  Sana
    The Patriots
    Sana Krasikov

    Growing up in 1930s Brooklyn, Florence Fein will do anything to escape the confining values of her family so when a new job and a love affair lead her to Moscow, she doesn't think twice about abandoning America. Years later, working on a transcontine ... read more

    • They Can't Kill Us All, Lowery,  Wesley
    They Can't Kill Us All
    Wesley Lowery

    Investigating the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods Lowery conducted hundreds of interviews with the families of victims of police brutality, as well as with local activists working to stop it.Offeri ... read more

    • They Cannot Take the Sky, Green,  Michael  and Neville,  Angelica and Dao,  Andrea and Affleck,  Dana and Merope,  Sienna
    They Cannot Take the Sky
    Green, Michael and Neville, Angelica and Dao, Andrea and Affleck, Dana and Merope, Sienna

    They Cannot Take The Sky is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 23 years. Through in depth interviews with current and ex-detainees, it captures ... read more

    • Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, Collins,  Kathleen
    Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
    Kathleen Collins

    A collection of short stories by Kathleen Collins, a pioneering African-American filmmaker and writer whose fiction went unpublished in her lifetime. In prose that slips between lush sensuality and electric melancholy, Collins has gifted us a univers ... read more

    • Barkskins, Proulx,  Annie
    Annie Proulx

    In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. ... read more

    • Border, Kassabova,  Kapka
    Kapka Kassabova

    When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall. Meeting the people of this triple border now; Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, indigenous ... read more

    • Code Breakers, Collie,  Craig
    Code Breakers
    Craig Collie

    At the height of World War II in the Pacific, two secret organisations existed in Australia to break Japan's military codes. They were peopled by brilliant and idiosyncratic cryptographers, who unravelled the codes in Japanese signals and played a cr ... read more

    • Collected Short Stories, Rhys,  Jean
    Collected Short Stories
    Jean Rhys

    Some of Jean Rhys's most powerful writing is to be found in this rich, dark collection of her collected stories. Her fictional world is haunted by her own, painful memories- of cheap hotels and drab Parisian cafes; of devastating love affairs; of her ... read more

    • Insomniac City, Hayes,  Bill
    Insomniac City
    Bill Hayes

    Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, and he fell in ... read more

    • Reservoir 13, Mcgregor,  Jon
    Reservoir 13
    Jon Mcgregor

    Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century a teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fan ... read more

    • Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors, Haskell,  David George
    Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors
    David George Haskell

    Haskell visits a dozen trees around the world, exploring the treesʼ connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals and other plants. By unearthing charcoal left by Ice Age humans and petrified redwoods ... read more

    • South and West, Didion,  Joan
    South and West
    Joan Didion

    Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles. Here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Miss ... read more