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One Kiss or Two?: In Search of The Perfect Greeting

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by Scott, Andy
Every encounter between two people begins with a greeting. Be it a quick `Hello!' or the somewhat longer and gracious `Sula manchwanta galunga omugobe!', shaking hands or shaking, well, rather more private parts of our anatomy, we have been doing it many times daily for thousands of years. It should really be the most straightforward thing in the world, but this apparently simple act is fraught with complic...
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One Kiss or Two?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello

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by Scott, Andy
Every encounter begins with a greeting. Be it a quick 'Hello!' or the somewhat longer and gracious 'Sula manchwanta galunga omugobe!' shaking hands or shaking, well, rather more private parts of our anatomy, we have been doing it many times daily for thousands of years. It should be the most straightforward thing in the world, but this apparently simple act is fraught with complications, leading to awkward ...
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Revolution: How the Bicycle Reinvented Modern Britain

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by Manners, William
It is easy to see bicycles as commonplace machines, but at the end of the nineteenth-century there was no other piece of technology which attracted the same level of excitement, discussion or controversy. Significant societal shifts followed the invention of the modern bicycle and with cycling's ever-increasing popularity there has never been a better time to tell this story.
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Nine Lives of John Ogilby: Britain's Master Map Maker and His Secrets

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by Ereira, Alan
Four hundred years ago, every barrister had to dance because dancing put them in harmony with the universe. John Ogilby's first job, in 1612, was to teach them. By the 1670s, he was Charles II's Royal Cosmographer, creating beautiful measured drawings that placed roads on maps for the first time. During the intervening years, Ogilby had travelled through fire and plague, war and shipwreck; had been an impre...
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Every Breath You Take: A User's Guide to the Atmosphere

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by Broomfield, Mark
A fascinating journey through the atmosphere that will leave readers breathless. We breathe in and out every few seconds. But what's really in the air all around us? From the atmosphere on distant planets to the stuff that gets into our lungs, from holes in the ozone layer to lazy and disappearing gases, air quality specialist and full-time breather Dr Mark Broomfield is here to join up the particles and...
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Staying On

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by Taylor, C. M.
Tony Metcalfe, Yorkshireman and retired expat, is going through a three-quarter life crisis. Viva Espagne - his bar at the heart of a small mountain village beyond the Costa Blanca - is failing. He wanted it to be a home away from home for British expats to enjoy some well-deserved rest under the Spanish sun. But now Brexit has the pound falling, pensions are frozen and the property crash hasn't done them a...
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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

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by Partanen, Anu
From childcare to healthcare, provision for the elderly and tackling issues of homelessness, the Nordic countries are world leaders in organising society - no wonder Finland has been ranked among the happiest places in the world.
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Churchill and Orwell

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by Ricks, Thomas E.
Today, as liberty and truth are increasingly challenged, the figures of Churchill and Orwell loom large. Exemplars of Britishness, they preserved individual freedom and democracy for the world through their far-sighted vision and inspired action, and cast a long shadow across our culture and politics. In Churchill & Orwell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks masterfully argues that these extr...
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A Wood of One's Own

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by Pavey, Ruth
'Delightful... Pavey writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life' Penelope Lively 'Captivating and grounded... If this book was not as much a pleasure to write as it is to read, I'll eat my hat and gardening glove' Observer After years spent living amid the thrum of London, Ruth Pavey yearned to reconnect with the British countryside and she endeavoured to realise her long-held dream ...
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The Bonjour Effect

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by Barlow, Julie
Why do the French enjoy starting a conversation with an argument? Why do they love talking about the decline of their country? Why do they claim to hate their jobs even when they don't, and fall silent if anyone so much as mentions money?
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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

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by Partanen, Anu
At a 2012 conference on social mobility, Ed Miliband said: `If you want the American dream, go to Finland.' For decades, the country best known for opportunity had been the United States, but that crown has now been taken by our Nordic neighbours. When journalist Anu Partanen moved from her Scandinavian home to the US in 2008, she quickly went from being a confident, successful professional to a wary, self-...
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Arcadian Nights

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by Spurling, John
The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inha...
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Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

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by Lovejoy, Bess
In the long run, we're all dead. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs and nether regions have embarked on voyages that criss-cross the globe and stretch...
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Dead Men

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by Pierce Richard
The discovery of Captain Scott's body in the Antarctic in November 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer. But one mystery remains - why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent only 11 miles from the safety of a depot that promised food and shelter? Birdie Bowers, a notoriously secretive painter, is a woman with a dead man's name. Her parents were fascinate...
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The Nine Lives of John Ogilby: Britain's Master Mapmaker and His Secrets

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by Ereira, Alan
'A spectacular book with a wide range of insights to the 17th century' Terry Jones Four hundred years ago, every barrister had to dance - because dancing put them in harmony with the universe. John Ogilby's first job, in 1612, was to teach them. By the 1670s, he was Charles II's Royal Cosmographer, creating beautiful measured drawings that placed roads on maps for the first time. During the intervening yea...
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Traversa

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by Fran Sandham
Fran Sandham’s "Traversa" is a part travelogue, part history and entirely awe-inspiring account of one man’s grit, determination and sheer obsession with the continent of Africa.
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Darwin Slept Here

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by Simons, Eric
One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed 'southernmost city in the world,' at the end of a long trip designed to put as much distance between himself and a frustrating job as possible, writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwi...
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Rainsongs

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by Hubbard, Sue
Rainsongs is a novel about memory, faith and love, "a compelling story freighted with heartbreak and loss" (Shena Mackay), and a meditation on the fragile, improbable ways that history, landscape and unlikely intimacies can offer quiet redemption. Newly widowed Martha Cassidy has returned to a remote cottage on the west coast of Ireland to a virtually abandoned village.
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Floating

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by Minihane, Joe
This is one man's journey, swimming across Britain's countryside and immersing in the sometimes icy waters while coming to terms with something more challenging than the choppy waters of the English Channel.
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Arcadian Nights: Stories from Greek Myths

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by Spurling, John
Superhero characters such as Heracles and Perseus and legendary monsters like the Minotaur and Medusa underlie so much of modern storytelling in Western art, literature, drama and music. The classic Greek myths in which they appear, are violent stories of murder, power, revenge, love and traumatic family relationships. Ancient in origin they may be, but they are right up to date in terms of in their portray...
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