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Stasiland, Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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by Anna Funder
In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out.
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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

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by Baggini, Julian
"There to fill the 'Sapiens'-size hole in your life" Observer In this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought. One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had...
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Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

by Macfarlane, Robert (Y)
WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD Once we thought monsters lived there. In the Enlightenment we scaled them to commune with the sublime. Soon, we were racing to conquer their summits in the name of national pride. In this ground-breaking, classic work, Robert Macfarlane takes us up into the mountains: to experience their shattering beauty, the fear and risk of adventure, and to explore the strange ...
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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

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by Kassabova, Kapka
Winner of the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award's Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. On holidays close to the border on the Black Sea coast, she remembers playing ...
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The Wild Places

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by Macfarlane, Robert
Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness? In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.
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The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination

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by Marsden, Philip
Shortlisted the 2020 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award's APA Publications Travel Memoir of the Year "A truly remarkable writer" Robert Macfarlane "Reading Philip Marsden's voyage to the Summer Isles is the only time in my life I shall want to be lost at sea. Shimmering, profound, and deeply mesmerizing" John Lewis-Stempel In an old wooden sloop, Philip Marsden plots a course nor...
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Granta 149: Europe - Strangers in the Land

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by Rausing, Sigrid
'Granta 149: Strangers in the Land' includes essays by Elif Shafak, UKON, Andrew Miller, Will Atkins, Lara Feigel, Katherine Angel, Michael Hofmann, Joseph Koerner, Tom McCarthy and many more.
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Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

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by Barkham, Patrick
Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award's Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 'For all the islomaniacs out there, Patrick Barkham's Islander looks unmissable' Robert Macfarlane 'Brimming with nature, this is a fitting tribute to the strangeness and beauty of our British isles' Financial Times The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large island...
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Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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by Solnit, Rebecca
What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walke...
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Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea

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by Demick, Barbara
North Korea is Orwell's 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies study your expression to check your sincerity. After the death of the country's great leader Kim Il Sung in 1994, famine descended: people stumbled over dead bodies in the street and ate tree bark to survive. Nothing to ...
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The Topeka School

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by Lerner, Ben
"To the extent that we can speak of a future at present, I think the future of the novel is here" Sally Rooney "An education in the sympathetic imagination, a deep and bracing intellectual challenge, a powerful political statement... This is a novel to cherish." The Observer Guide to the Best Autumn Culture "Ben Lerner is arguably the hottest novelist writing in America today, in complete control of h...
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Exterminate All The Brutes

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by Lindqvist, Sven
Over twenty years ago, Sven Lindqvist, one of the great pioneers of a new kind of experiential history writing, set out across Central Africa. Obsessed with a single line from Conrad's The Heart of Darkness - Kurtz's injunction to 'Exterminate All the Brutes' - he braided an account of his experiences with a profound historical investigation, revealing to the reader with immediacy and cauterizing force prec...
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The Vegetarian: A Novel

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by Han Kang
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares.
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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by Thien, Madeleine
In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming.
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Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are

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by Kaag, John
Hiking with Nietzsche is a tale of two philosophical journeys in the Swiss Alps: one made by John Kaag as an introspective teenager, the other seventeen years later in radically different circumstances - as a husband and father with his wife and small child in tow. Kaag travels to the peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche routinely summered, and where he wrote his mysterious landmark work, Thus Spoke Zarat...
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Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

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by Dowden, Richard
Every time you try to say 'Africa is...' the words crumble and break. From every generalisation you must exclude at least five countries. And just as you think you've nailed down a certainty, you find the opposite is also true. Africa is full of surprises.
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Fly Already

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by Keret, Etgar
Winner of the 2018 Sapir Prize. You need to bribe someone into giving you weed? Don't worry, just step into this court room and call the defendant a murderer. You're a rich, lonely man and you want the joy of company? Don't worry, just buy up people's birthdays, and you'll have friends calling every day. You need to get girls into bed? Don't worry, your writer friend will write you a very persuasive story...
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Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now

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by Taylor, Craig
Londoners by Craig Taylor is a collection of approximately 80 short stories told by people who live in the capital. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of London through the experiences of people from all walks of life: from the taxi driver and the artist to the protester, the cruiser, the squatter, the police officer and the civil engineer.
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The Emperor's Tomb

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by Roth, Joseph
The Emperor's Tomb is a magically evocative, haunting elegy to the vanished world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and to the passing of time and the loss of youth and friends. Prophetic and regretful, intuitive and exact, Roth's acclaimed novel is the tale of one man's struggle to come to terms with the uncongenial society of post-First World War Vienna and the first intimations of Nazi barbarities.
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The Hunger Angel

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by Muller, Herta
'I know you'll return.' These are his grandmother's last words to him. Leo has them in his head as he boards the truck one freezing mid-January morning in 1945. They keep him company during the long journey to Russia. They keep him alive - through hunger, pain, and despair - during his time in the brutal Soviet labour camp. And, eventually, they will bring him back home. Leo spends the next five years shov...
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