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An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States

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by Nick Middleton
Shortlisted for a 2016 Edward Standford Travel Writing Award. Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples. Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery. From Catalonia...
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A Whole Life

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by Robert Seethaler
Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain.
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The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

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by Graham Robb
Graham Robb's new book will change the way you see European civilization. Inspired by a chance discovery, Robb became fascinated with the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science.
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The Guest Cat

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by Hiraide, Takashi
A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again.
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Confusion

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by Howard Elizabet
Confusion is the third novel in Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet Chronicles. London and Sussex, 1942. The privileged English family in turmoil . . . The long, dark days of struggle provide the poignant background to the third book of the Cazalet Chronicles. As the war enters its fourth year, chaos has become a way of life. Both in the still peaceful Sussex countryside, and in air-raid-th...
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The Panther In My Kitchen: My Wild Life With Animals

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by Blessed, Brian
Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the local RSPCA, who ruled the entire household with a rod of iron, when she wasn't out harassing the local vicar. Then there was Bodger, an abused terrier cross bre...
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My First London Sticker Book

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by Marion Billet,
Complete with a carry handle and postcards to send, this sticker activity book is the ideal companion on a trip to London, or for any child to enjoy the excitement of the big city. Packed with activities from colouring to imagining your own exhibit at the Natural History Museum, it promises to keep young children very busy while they find out about London's landmarks. With over 250 stickers, children can en...
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Into Thin Air

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by Jon Krakauer
This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, "Outside" magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Eve...
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Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell

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by Howell, Georgina
Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in 1921.
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A Little Life

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by Yanagihara, Hanya
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter ...
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The Sparsholt Affair

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by Hollinghurst, Alan
In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others - particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conce...
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Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China

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by Ash, Alec
As read on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. This is the generation that will change China. The youth, over 320 million of them in their teens and twenties, more than the population of the USA. Born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, they are destined to transform both their nation and the world. These millennials, offspring of the one-child policy, face fierce competition to succeed. Pressure starts you...
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

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by Donaldson, Julia
Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. The bath is soon overflowing with bubbles and goo...but will it get rid of their spots? Based on t...
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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by Chris Hadfield
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in spac...
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Alice: 100 Postcards from Wonderland

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To celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this gorgeous collection of one hundred postcards features a mix of Sir John Tenniel's original and iconic illustrations coloured by various artists including Harry G. Theaker, Diz Wallis and John Macfarlane, alongside stunning modern designs. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of...
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Who Lives Here?: A Lift-the-Flap Book

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by Donaldson, Julia
Who's that behind the tree? Lift the flaps to find all your favourite characters from the Gruffalo. A brand new title from the My First Gruffalo pre-school and baby range. A chunky board book with sturdy flaps - perfect for small paws. Publishing alongside My First Gruffalo: Spot and Say, a first words board book with handy tabs.
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The Flying Bath

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by Donaldson, Julia
When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day. The simple rhyming speech-bubble text is great to read ...
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The Muse

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by Burton, Jessie
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlock...
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Tidy

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by Gravett, Emily
Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award 2017 From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways...
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Dead Man's Blues

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by Celestin, Ray
Dead Man's Blues is the gripping historical crime novel from Ray Celestin, the author of The Axeman's Jazz, winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel 2014. Chicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat three investigations begin ...Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to locate a missing heiress. But it proves harder than expected to find a woman known acros...
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