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Japan Through the Looking Glass

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by Alan Macfarlane
This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a country and people who are even more extraordinary than they seem. Our journey encompasses religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geisha...
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The World in Conflict: Understanding the world's troublespots

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by Andrews, John
In the second decade of each century, a new global order commonly starts to assert itself. In the 19th, Napoleon's defeat gave birth to the world of rivalrous European powers. In the 20th, the First World War triggered a wave of revolutions that cleared a path for the American era. Ours appears to be no different.
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Game Query: The Mind-Stretching Economist Quiz

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by Coggan, Philip
TEST YOURSELF AGAINST THE ECONOMIST'S CHAMPION QUIZ TEAM - THE ONLY QUIZ BOOK YOU NEED THIS CHRISTMAS General knowledge quizzes are ten a penny. Trust The Economist, which knows both the price and the value of everything, to do something different. In its first ever quiz book in a 175-year history, the sharp wits of The Economist's own champion quiz team ('Marginal Futility') throw down the gauntlet f...
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Women & Power: A Manifesto

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by Beard, Mary
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The Railways: Nation, Network and People

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by Simon Bradley
Stanfords Adult Book of the Month October 2016 Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Ne...
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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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by Mary Beard
Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.
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The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination

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by Richard Mabey
In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief.
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A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

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by Rendell, Ruth
New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are ten (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time. In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the ...
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On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

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by Simon Garfield
From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - Simon Garfield, the bestselling Just My Type author, turns his gaze to maps. Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.
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A Short History Of England

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by Simon Jenkins
This is the definitive concise account of our remarkable past. Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In "A Short History of England", bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the d...
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Why Nations Fail

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by Acemoglu Daron and Robinson James A
This is a provocative bestseller that explains why the world is divided into nations with wildly differing levels of prosperity. Why are some nations more prosperous than others? "Why Nations Fail" sets out to answer this question, with a compelling and elegantly argued new theory: that it is not down to climate, geography or culture, but because of institutions. Drawing on an extraordinary range of contemp...
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Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

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by McDougall, Christopher
When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters-starving, aging, outnumbered-tapped into an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with st...
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A Week at the Airport - A Heathrow Diary

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by Alain De Botton
Alain de Botton’s ‘A Week at the Airport’ is the result of an invitation made to him in the summer of 2009, by the owners of London’s Heathrow, to be their first ever writer-in-residence. Based on the conversations he had during his residence he has produced this meditation on the nature of travel, work, relationships and our daily lives.
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Pompeii The Life Of A Roman Town

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by Mary Beard
Pompeii explodes a number of myths - from the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; and the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one, to the massive death count which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. Street Life, Earning a Living: Baker, Banker and Garum Maker (who ran the c...
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Born to Run

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by McDougall/1
At the heart of "Born to Run" lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to tr...
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Why the West Rules - for Now: The Patterns of History and What They Reveal About the Future

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by Morris, Ian
In the middle of the eighteenth century, British entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal and the world changed forever. Factories, railways and gunboats then propelled the West's rise to power, and computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Today, however, many worry that the emergence of China and India spell the end of the West as a super...
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!No Pasaran!: Writings from the Spanish Civil War

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by Ayrton, Pete
The Spanish Civil War captured the imaginations of writers and readers around the world. !No Pasaran! collects thirty-eight of the most vivid, poignant stories to come out of the conflict, by writers from across the political, geographical and artistic spectrum.
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A Natural History of the Hedgerow: And Ditches, Dykes and Dry Stone Walls

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by Wright, John
It is difficult to think of a more quintessential symbol of the British countryside than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and home to oak and ash, field mice and butterflies. But as much as we might dream about foraging for mushrooms or collecting wayside nettles for soup, most of us are unaware of quite how profoundly hedgerows have shaped the history of our landscape ...
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Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

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by Decharne, Max
Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society.
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Black Moses

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by Mabanckou, Alain
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age. But over at the orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire where young Moses has grown up, the revolution has only strengthened the reign of terror of Dieudonne Ngoulmoumako, the institution's corrupt director. So Moses escapes to Pointe-Noire...
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