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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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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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An Estate Car Named Desire: A Life on the Road

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by Gurdon, Martin
Even as a toddler, Martin Gurdon was obsessed with cars. Before he could read or write he could distinguish a vehicle passing in the street from the purr of its engine. His first car-not strictly legally-was as a fifteen-year-old, parked round the corner from his boarding school, and driven up to London when bunking off. At one time or another he has owned or driven most of the truly dreadful, but often bi...
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Waiting for the Electricity

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by Nichol, Christina
In the Republic of Georgia, the Communists are long gone, replaced by something much more confusing, that's for sure. There are no jobs in the cities. And when there are jobs, employees aren't compensated. And when they are compensated, it's because the jobs are not strictly scrupulous. When Slims discovers an application for an American small business internship programme sponsored by Hillary Clinton, he k...
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Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader

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by Qvortrup, Matt
Angela Merkel has transformed German and European politics. Her achievements at home and abroad have seen her top Forbes' most powerful women list ten times and she is still going strong after over ten years in office-yet she may also be the least understood ruler in the world. Her government's hard approach to the crisis in Greece has seen her receive mass criticism worldwide and could well determine the f...
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In the Footsteps of Abraham

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by Richard Hardiman
The Holy Land is unrivalled as a region combining breathtaking beauty with historical and religious significance. Its position as the birthplace of the three major Abrahamic faiths - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - gives it a special place in the hearts of millions. Rarely does a book come along that captures this extraordinary land in a fresh light. "In the Footsteps of Abraham" does just that, presenti...
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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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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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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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Ma Gastronomie

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by Fernand Point
Since its first publication in France in 1969, Fernand Point's "Ma Gastronomie" has taken its place among the true classics of French gastronomy, alongside works of Careme, Lucien Tendret, and Escoffier. This essential volume is as celebrated for Point's wise, witty, and provocative views on food as for his remarkable, inventive recipes-over 200 of them-carefully compiled from his handwritten notes. An undi...
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Hitler's Piano Player

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by Peter Conradi
Ernst Hanfstaengl was court jester, pianist, and foreign press chief for Hitler, he even claimed to have devised the chant of Sieg Heil, but when the two men fell out he fled to Britain, where he was interned and transferred to America. There he worked as the star of Roosevelt's 'S-Project,' informing on 400 leading Nazis and creating a detailed psychological portrait of Hitler. Through newly declassified d...
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The Weekend Problems Book

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by Phillips, Hubert
"The Week-End Problems Book" contains hundreds, even thousands, of hours of stimulating puzzlement, with time tests, crosswords, and card problems among many others. It is the perfect companion for rainy weekend afternoons. In selecting these puzzles, Hubert Phillips aimed to 'provide maximum entertainment' and they are sure to test even the most astute of 21st-century minds (there is a complete set of solu...
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In the Last Blue

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by Carme Riera
During the Spanish Inquisition on the island of Majorca, a small enclave of local Jews - all of whom have been baptized as Christians - determine to escape detention in the Inquisition by escaping to lands of freedom across the Atlantic. But weather frustrates their flight, and eventually 37 of them were captured and condemned to burn at the stake in the Auto-de-Fe. In prose at once lyrical and suspenseful,...
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The Weekend Book-A Social Anthology

Last year, Duckworth resurrected the legendary "Week-End Book", much to the delight of modern readers. This year we have invited some of the wittiest and most entertaining contemporary writers at work in English to contribute to the "Week-End Book" tradition, and combined new work with essential material from the original. Clarissa Dickson Wright, chef and countryside campaigner tells us how to make the mos...
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Sons of the Conquerors

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by Hugh Pope
Since the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire following World War I and the subsequent founding of the Turkish Republic by Ataturk, Turkey has played a prominent, albeit dependent, role in international affairs, as a vital ally to NATO and as a secular Islamic democracy. In this major new work, Hugh Pope provides a vivid picture of the Turkish people, who today encompass a region much larger than the politica...
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Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch

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by John Bayley
In this frank memoir, John Bayley describes the life he has shared with his wife, Iris Murdoch, afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. He explains how he has coped emotionally and practically with the illness that has beset the woman he loves and cherishes.
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War,Evil and the End of History

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by Bernard-Henri Levy
From the celebrated author of the international bestseller Who Killed Daniel Pearl? comes another startlingly original work of literature. In WAR, EVIL AND THE END OF HISTORY, Bernard-Henri Levy continues his daring investigation into the breeding grounds of terrorism with a series of riveting first-person reports from five of the world's most horrific 'forgotten' war zones. In Sri Lanka, he conducts a clan...
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Margarita's Olive Press

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by Rodney Shields
An enchanting true story of one man's 20 year odyssey on the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos. Dennis Potter was the first to enjoy early tales of life at the olive press, which he found 'diverting and properly flavoured with yoghurt and honey'. 'The house is in a wild place and stands on its own - like its owner' is the introduction Rodney Shields is given to the remote house on the beautiful Greek isla...
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The WeekEnd Book

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by Meynell, Francis
A delightful little book for 'week-enders young or old, guest or host, married or single, discreet or adventurous'. THE WEEK-END BOOK is an invaluable book for week-enders of all ages. Containing a wealth of advice from what to eat on country jaunts ('Use tinned goods, but disguise them. No-one should ever suspect that they are tinned'; 'N.B. - mice cooked in honey should be imported from China, not prepare...
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Pausanias - Travel Writing in Ancient Greece

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by Maria Pretzler
In this book, Maria Pretzler combines a thorough introduction to Pausanias with exciting new perspectives. She considers the process and influences that shaped the "Periegesis", and maps out its literary and cultural context. Pausanias' text records contemporary interpretations of monuments and traditions, and is concerned with the identity and history of Greece, issues that were crucial concerns for Greeks...
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