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The Vegetarian: A Novel

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by Kang, Han
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. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal m...
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Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore

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by Patrick Barkham
From one of the most engaging and widely admired of the new generation of nature writers, here is a portrait of the British coastline from the Giant's Causeway to Land's End.
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The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century

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by Aldersey-Williams, Hugh
A profound and delightful jeu d'esprit of a book, mixing biography, etymology, cultural history and quixotic scientific experiments. Aldersey-Williams pulls the unfairly neglected yet enormously influential writer Thomas Browne out of the obscure pages of Pseudodoxia Epidemica and into the 21st century, to apply his generous curiosity and rational intelligence to the vagaries and contradictions of life toda...
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Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

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by Philip Marsden
Shortlisted for the 2015 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. When Philip Marsden moved to a remote, creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback. It led him to wonder why we react so strongly to certain places and set him off on a journey on foot westwards to Land's End through one of the most myth-rich regions of Europe. From the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin...
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The Wild Places

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by Robert Macfarlane
In The Wild Places, Robert Macfarlane embarks on a series of beautifully described journeys in the remaining wildernesses of Britain and Ireland. The result is both an intellectual and a physical journey, with the author travelling in time as well as space. Guided by monks, questers, scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, both living and dead, he explores our changing ideas of the wild.
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Londoners

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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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Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter

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by Athill, Diana
What matters in the end? In the final years of life, which memories stand out? Writing from her retirement home in Highgate, London, as she approaches her 100th year, Diana Athill reflects on what it is like to be in her nineties, and on the moments in her life which have risen to the surface and sustain her in her later years. She recalls in sparkling detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood,...
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All for Nothing

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by Kempowski, Walter
In January 1945, the German army is retreating from the Russian advance. Germans are fleeing the occupied territories in their thousands, in cars and carts and on foot. But in a rural East Prussian manor house, the wealthy von Globig family seals itself off from the world. Protected from the deprivation and chaos around them, they make no preparations to leave until a decision to harbour a stranger for the...
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Undermajordomo Minor

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by deWitt, Patrick
Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, he is a compulsive liar and a melancholy weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, forbidding castle of the Baron Von Aux he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy. He also meets Klara, a delicate beauty who is, unfortunately, already involved w...
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Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Our World

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by Milner, Greg
Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary global utility which is omnipresent, universal, and available to all: the Global Positioning System (GPS). A network of twenty-four satellites and their monitoring stations on Earth, it makes possible almost all modern technology, from the smartphone in your pocket to the Mars rover. Neither the internet nor the cloud would work without it. ...
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The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha's Daughters

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by Christine Toomey
A brief meeting with a Buddhist nun in India made a deep impression on Christine Toomey. It sent her on a two year, 60,000-mile odyssey to learn more about the contemporary women choosing in their thousands to become part of a long tradition of female spirituality that stretches back through the centuries and now embraces the radical possibility that the next Dalai Lama could be female.
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Granta 134: No Man's Land

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by Rausing, Sigrid
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The Dig

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by Jones, Cynan
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these two solitary men, this is a searing story of isolation and loss, from a writer of uncommon gifts.
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The End of Days

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by Erpenbeck, Jenny
From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century traced through the various possible lives of one woman. She is a baby who barely suffocates in the cradle. Or perhaps not? She lives to become as an adult and dies beloved. Or dies betrayed. Or perhaps not? Her memory is honoured. Or she is forgotten by everyone. Moving from a small Galician town at the tu...
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Map of a Nation : A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

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by Rachel Hewitt
Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles.
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The Luminaries

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by Catton, Eleanor
Man Booker Prize Winner 2013. It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon dr...
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Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

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by Robert Macfarlane
Mountaineering is among the more unusual pastimes - fraught with risk, its intrigue lies in its ability to attract more enthusiasts than it perhaps should. But why is this is case?
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Imperium

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by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"Imperium" is the story of an empire: the constellation of states that was submerged under a single identity for most of the twentieth century - the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. This is Kapuscinski's vivid, compelling and personal report on the life and death of the Soviet superpower, from the entrance of Soviet troops into his hometown in Poland in 1939, through his journey across desolate Siberia ...
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The Balkans 1804-12

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by Misha Glenny
Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe, and presents sharply observed portraits of its kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Glenny shows that groups we think of as implacable enemies have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, thereby disputing the idea that co...
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A Country in the Moon

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by Michael Moran
In A Country in the Moon, Michael Moran gives an insider's view of Poland - what was once the largest country in Europe; one that evolved under a succession of brutal invasions, which suffered through the Holocaust and was plunged into communism. This entertaining memoir and meticulously researched cultural journey is a timely celebration of a valiant and richly cultured people, only now returning to the Eu...
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