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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

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by John Julius Norwich
'Sicily is the key to everything' Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The author of the classic book on Venice turns his sights to Sicily in this beautiful book full of maps and colour photographs.
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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by Randall Munroe
From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

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by Andrea Wulf
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon.
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Between the Woods and the Water - On Foot to Constantinople: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
In 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople and the first part of his adventure was detailed in A Time of Gifts.
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A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteri...
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The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The long-awaited final volume of the trilogy by Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople.
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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

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by Ben Schott
Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is. From the mind that created Schott's Original Miscellany comes a unique volume exploring the idiosyncrasies of the human condition ...auf Deutsch.
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Dashing For The Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His corre...
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Love from Boy

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by Roald Dahl
'Dear Mama, I am having a lovely time here. We play football every day here. The beds have no springs ...' So begins the first letter that a nine-year-old Roald Dahl penned to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, under the watchful eye of his boarding-school headmaster.
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Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

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by Artemis Cooper
Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, and above all he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water; he was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world.
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Along the Enchanted Way

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by William Blacker
Change is now coming to rural Romania, and William Blacker's adventures will soon be part of its history. From his early carefree days tramping the hills of Transylvania, to the book's poignant ending, Along the Enchanted Way transports us back to a magical country world most of us thought had vanished long ago.
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The Maze of Cadiz

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by Aly Monroe
1944. Sent to Spain to arrest a rogue spy, British agent Peter Cotton expects an easy first assignment. But he arrives to find his quarry dead and all of Cadiz awaiting his arrival. In a hotbed of scandal and murder, Cotton must navigate through a labyrinth of international conspiracies, shifting political allegiances and a mysterious local expatriate community to discover the truth. What he unearths could ...
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Mister Pip

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by Lloyd Jones
*Shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize* Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip is an unforgettable tale of survival by story; a superb piece of writing that will both captivate and inspire. Bougainville. 1991. A small village on a lush tropical island in the South Pacific. Eighty-six days have passed since Matilda's last day of school as, quietly, war is encroaching from the other end of the island. When the village...
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Setting the East Ablaze: On Secret Service in Bolshevik Asia

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by Peter Hopkirk
Peter Hopkirk’s “Setting the East Ablaze” tells the narrative history, in thrilling style, of the inter-war struggle for influence in Central Asia as Lenin attempted to spread the Bolshevik cause to India. This continuation of the ‘Great Game’ - this time with a Marxist, not Tzarist, Russia - pitted British spies, Chinese warlords, revolutionaries, zealots and vengeful White Russian émigrés in a clandestine...
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Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

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by Cooper, Artemis
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. She grew up yearning to be an actress; but when that ambition was thwarted by marriage and the war, she turned to fiction. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize - she went on to write fourteen more,...
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Crete: The Battle and the Resistance

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by Beevor, Antony
The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end th...
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Flood of Fire

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by Ghosh, Amitav
The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies. It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, ...
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Tweet of the Day: A Year of Britain's Birds from the Acclaimed Radio 4 Series

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by Westwood, Brett
Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments - not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale ...Wherever we are, there are birds. And wher...
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Mr Darley's Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses

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by McGrath, Christopher
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year AwardIn 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that: and although Mr Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are de...
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010

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by Todd, Selina
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family's story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised I would have to write this history myself.' What was it really like to live through the twentieth century? In 1910 thr...
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