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Saint Mazie

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by Attenberg, Jami
From the bestselling author of The Middlesteins comes comes this unique novel about a forgotten heroine of the 1930s. Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and feisty, she runs The Venice, the famed movie theatre in the rundown Bowery district of New York City. She spends her days taking tickets, chatting with drunks and eccentrics, and chasing out the troublemakers. After closing up, the nights are her own, an...
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A Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities: A Collection of Puzzles, Oddities, Riddles and Dilemmas

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by Sorensen, Roy
If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order absence in the absence of order, win by losing and think contrapositively, look no further. Here you can unlock the secrets of Plato's void, Wittgenstein's investigations, Schopenhauer's intelligence test, Voltaire's big bet, Russell's slip of the pen and lobster logic. Among your discoveries will be why the egg came ...
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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. Of all the vocabularies available to us, slang is the most alive, constantly evolving and - as it leaks into the mainstream and is taken up by all of us - infusing th...
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The Roman Forum

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by David Watkin
The ruins of the Forum in Rome, the centre of its ancient Empire, are one of the best known wonders of antiquity and a highpoint of the tourist route round the Eternal City, but the Forum remains for many visitors a baffling and unwelcoming place. There are few more historic and evocative places in the world. Caesar was cremated there. Charles V and Mussolini rode by it in triumph. There Napoleon celebrated...
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Stonehenge

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by Rosemary Hill
Stonehenge is woven into the earliest Arthurian legends and has been analysed by everyone from archaeologists, to town planners, to the Druids who have made it their spiritual home. By refusing to adopt one theoretical position, Rosemary Hill provides the most wide-ranging and expansive history of the megalithic structure to date, from its creation in 3000 BC to the threat of the thunderous main roads that ...
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Strangers In The House

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by Raja Shehadeh
This is an extraordinary and moving memoir by the award-winning author of "Palestinian Walks" - updated with a new foreword. Raja Shehadeh was born into a successful Palestinian family with a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. When the state of Israel was formed in 1948 the family were driven out to the provincial town of Ramallah. There Shehadeh grew up in the shadow of his father, a leading ci...
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Gallipoli

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by Hart Peter
This is a gripping, revisionist account of an epic tragedy, the battle of Gallipoli. 'The scene was tragically macabre: the image of desolation, the flames spared nothing. As for our young men, a few minutes ago, so alert, so self-confident, all now lying dead on the bare deck, blackened burned skeletons, twisted in all directions, no trace of any clothing, the fire having devoured all.' Vice Admiral P. E. ...
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St Pancras Station

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by Bradley Simon
St Pancras station has long been an iconic landmark on the London landscape and one of its most distinctive monuments. This new edition is published to coincide with the reopening of Scott's wondrous Gothic hotel and includes a new final chapter and illustrations. Simon Bradley traces the history of the station, introducing us to the men behind the architecture and looks at its new international status. Thi...
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Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube

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by Andrew Martin
Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube by Andrew Martin blends reportage, humour and personal encounters to provide an engaging social history of London’s Underground system which, despite its name, is in fact 55 per cent overground.
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OxTravels

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by Palin, Michael
"OxTravels" is a collection of travel writing, which will act as a focus for the Oxfam Bookfest in 2011 donated by world class travel writers. Proceeds will be given to Oxfam. You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that compares to "OxTravels". Introduced by Michael Palin, "OxTravels" features original stories from twenty-five top travel writers, including Mich...
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Bred of Heaven

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by Rees Jasper
A year in pursuit of Welshness. Jasper Rees has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament. In this singular, hilarious love letter to a glorious country so often misunderstood, Rees sets out to achieve his goal of becoming a Welshman by learning to sing, play work, worship, think - and above all, speak - like one...
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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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The Buddhas of Bamiyan

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by Morgan Llewelyn
This title is about the 'other' decimated twin Wonders of the World and the tragic country of Afghanistan. The Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, carved in the sixth century AD, represented two aspects of the Buddha, universal and historical. In March 2001 the Taleban destroyed them. They were massive, 55m and 38m tall, hewn out of the solid rock face and it took weeks to bring them down. The Buddhas have a...
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Africa - Crude Continent

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by Clarke/26
Based on thirty years in the global oil game, intimate knowledge of African history and direct experience of over forty countries, this comprehensive book shows that Africa's flaws are not the whole story, when it comes to the continent's history. A definitive yet original account of the rush for Africa's oil, this is also a guide to the hidden face of Africa. Duncan Clarke begins by placing African oil iss...
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Machu Picchu

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by Drew David
This title describes the site that is voted one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007. A hundred years ago in July 1911, Hiram Bingham discovered, or more correctly, came across, the iconic 'lost city of the Incas' in the Peruvian Andes - now threatened both by tourism and by the climate. Published for the centenary, "Machu Picchu" tells the story of this astonishing site, and examines how interpret...
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The Story Of English In 100 Words

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by Crystal David
This title is an eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages. Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright su...
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Vesuvius

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by Gillian Darley
Volcanoes continue to grab our imagination - and Vesuvius is the most famous of them all. There have been nearly thirty major eruptions since AD 79, but none has matched the cataclysm of the eruption which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Since then Vesuvius has been speculated upon, feared and celebrated by writers and artists and hordes of visitors. It is unquestionably a Wonder of the Worl...
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The Friar of Carcassonne

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by O'Shea Stephen
Secret tribunals, illegal rendition, torture, trumped up charges...all in a society controlled by fear. Such was the tenor of life in Languedoc around the year 1300. The dungeons housed hundreds of despairing innocents. The charge - heresy. Nearly a century had passed since Languedoc had been put to the sword in the Albigensian Crusade, but the stain of Catharism still lay on the land. Any accusation of Cat...
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A Rift in Time - Travels of my Ottoman Uncle

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by Raja Shehadeh
Raja Shehadeh is the most celebrated Palestinian writer working today. To his surprise, when researching his family history, he discovered a great uncle who had also been a writer entangled with the authorities, and who, like Raja, had dedicated his life to the freedom of the Palestinian people. Najib was a journalist and romantic living in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. When he voiced his oppo...
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The Small Hand

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by Susan Hill
This is the chilling tale of a man in the grip of a small, invisible hand...A ghost story by the author of "The Woman in Black" and "The Man in the Picture", to be read by the fire on a cold winter's night. Returning home from a visit to a client late one summer's evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he appr...
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