This is during the 1936 Berlin Games, the notorious summer festival designed to persuade the free world that the leader of Nazi Germany is a man of peace. Werner Seelenbinder's mission is an unknown story; the... read more

Seelenbinder The Athlete Who Defied Hitler
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For ten years Geordie Greig was among a very small group of friends who regularly met Lucian Freud for breakfast at Clarke's restaurant on Kensington Church Street. Over tea and the morning papers, Freud would recount stories of... read more

Breakfast with Lucian
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Awards:Shortlisted for Wainwright Prize 2016.

When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that ha... read more

The Outrun
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In An Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins brought us his engaging memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, when he shot to fame as one of... read more

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science
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In August 1947, Diana Athill travelled to Florence by the Golden Arrow train for a two-week holiday with her good friend Pen. In this playful diary of that trip, Athill recorded her observations and adventures - eating with (and pai... read more

A Florence Diary
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Awards:Samuel Johnson Award for Non-Fiction, 2014. Costa Book of the Year, 2015.

'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark g... read more

After the sudden death of her father, Helen Macdonald acquires and begins the intense training of a female goshawk. She draws from the flawed experience of T H White, and other more helpful historical accounts of falconry. Through develo... read more

H is for Hawk
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, ... read more

The Husband-Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York
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M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams a... read more

Smith’s essays meander with superb clarity. Be transplanted to the cafés of New York, Berlin, London and Central America as Patti writes, attends lectures and travels across countries and into the past, revealing a very personal tender insig... read more

M Train
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While in a Russian-administered holding camp in Katowice, Poland, in 1945, Primo Levi was asked to provide a report on living conditions in Auschwitz. Published the following year, it was then forgotten, and has until now remained u... read more

Auschwitz Report
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The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a 'book club' that brings them together as her life comes to a close. For fans of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Last Lecture.
Mary ... read more

The End of Your Life Book Club: A Mother, a Son and a World of Books
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The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the B... read more

Captain Cook: Master of the Seas
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It's rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs and our very culture. It's even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an ... read more

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
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