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Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire

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by Scott, Alev
Shortlisted for the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award's Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Alev Scott's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800-year rule ended a century ago - and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; ...
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Countries of the World in Minutes

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by Field, Jacob F.
The Countries of the World in Minutes is the quickest way to understand the modern world and every country in it. For each of the 195 officially recognised countries of the world, a mini-essay clearly and concisely explains its key history, characteristics and social and political structures. Alongside, an outline map shows each country's global location, main geographic features and capital city, whilst...
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Firefly: The must-read thriller ripped from today's headlines

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by Porter, Henry
The boy could help them bring down a deadly ISIS terror cell. They just have to find him before the other side does. 'A welcome return ... Firefly is both timely and terrific' Mick Herron 'An espionage master' Charles Cumming 'British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why' Lee Child From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen ye...
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Elephant Complex

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by John Gimlette
Stanfords Adult Book of the Month August 2016 Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy. Journeying through its regions - some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes - award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presiden...
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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

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by Mytting, Lars
By Norway's bestselling novelist and the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD, a family story of epic scale. "An intricate story about war, family, secrets and, yes, wood ... An engaging, satisfying read" The Times "So cleverly plotted, and it builds up such effortless dramatic momentum as it zeroes in on its conclusion" Scotsman Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grand...
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Vernon Subutex One

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by Despentes, Virginie
Who is Vernon Subutex? An urban legend. A fall from grace. The mirror who reflects us all. Vernon Subutex was once the proprietor of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille. His legend spread throughout Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut, and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself...
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Out of Thin Air: A True Story Of Impossible Murder In Iceland

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by Adeane, Anthony
THE SENSATIONAL TRUE CRIME STORY THAT SHOOK ICELAND - AS SEEN ON NETFLIX. It is the most shocking miscarriage of justice in European history. And now - in the most stunning true crime narrative you will read this year - OUT OF THIN AIR spotlights Iceland's strangest ever murder case. Iceland, 1974. In two separate incidents, two men vanished into thin air. Then, out of it, came 6 murder confessions and 6 ...
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The Capital

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by Menasse, Robert
"The Capital is a mischievous yet profound story about storytelling . . . [An] unexpectedly delightful book about Brussels" Economist Brussels. A hive of tragic heroes, manipulative losers, involuntary accomplices. No wonder the European Commission is keen to improve its image. The fiftieth anniversary of the European Commission approaches, and the Directorate-General for Culture is tasked with organising...
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One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century

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by Schimmelpfennig, Roland
"A highly original and often hypnotic work . . . exactly the type of book that readers in search of striking European voices should embrace" John Boyne, author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS
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The Consolation of Maps

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by Bourke, Thomas
Arresting and beautiful, The Consolation of Maps tells a story of ill-fated passion. Theodora Appel runs a company that is more like a family. When young Kenji Tanabe moves from Tokyo to Washington, he's initiated into her rarefied world of antiquarian cartography. But Theodora - brilliantly successful, beguilingly secretive - has another obsession. It is in Florence, where past clashes with present and eve...
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The Office of Gardens and Ponds

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by Decoin, Didier
A mesmerising fable with a difference, set in Japan over 1000 years ago For readers of Alessandro Baricco's Silk, Patrick Suskind's Perfume and Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat. The village of Shimae is thrown into turmoil when master carp-catcher Katsuro suddenly drowns in the murky waters of the Kusagawa river. Who now will carry the precious cargo of carp to the Imperial Palace and preserve the crucial ...
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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different 2

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by Brooks, Ben
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Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa

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by Farrell, Joseph
Shortlised for the Saltire Society Non Fiction Book of the Year Award Almost every adult and child is familiar with his Treasure Island, but few know that Robert Louis Stevenson lived out his last years on an equally remote island, which was squabbled over by colonial powers much as Captain Flint's treasure was contested by the mongrel crew of the Hispaniola. In 1890 Stevenson settled in Upolu, an isl...
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The Little Book of Ikigai: The Japanese Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life

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by Mogi, Ken
The Japanese talk about ikigai as 'a reason to get up in the morning'. It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women's ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with fam...
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Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

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by Hazel Muir
Simple and accessible, Science in Seconds is a visually led introduction to 200 key scientific ideas. Each concept is readily absorbed through an easy-to-understand picture and a concise explanation. Concepts span all of the key scientific disciplines including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medicine, Earth Science, Energy Generation, Astronomy, Spaceflight and ...
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Maths in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

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by Glendinning, Paul
Both simple and accessible, Maths in Minutes is a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical ideas. Each concept is quick and easy to remember, described by means of an easy-to-understand picture and a maximum 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Fundamentals of Mathematics, Sets and Numbers, Geometry, Equations, Limits, Functions and Calculus, Vectors an...
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Hebrides

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by May, Peter
The landscape of the Outer Hebrides, with its stark cliffs, ghostly mists and lonely beaches, has become a definitive character of Peter May's Lewis trilogy. In Hebrides, readers will accompany him on an odyssey in prose and images, through a history of the Vikings' 'Long Island' and his own deep personal connection with the islands that influenced his bestselling work. Travelling as if alongside his protag...
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Look Who's Back

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by Vermes, Timur
Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral,...
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An Englishman in Madrid

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by Mendoza, Eduardo
Anthony Whitelands, an English art historian, is invited to Madrid to value the collection of a Spanish duke. At a welcome lunch he encounters Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder and leader of the Falange, a nationalist party whose antics are bringing the country ever closer to civil war. The paintings turn out to be worthless, but before Whitelands can leave for London the duke's daughter Paquita reveals...
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The Nazi Hunters

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by Lewis, Damien
'A humbling, inspiring account of some of the real founders of modern day Special Forces soldiering' Bear Grylls SAS Nazi Hunters is the incredible, hitherto untold story of the most secret chapter in the SAS's history. Officially, the world's most elite special forces unit was dissolved at the end of the Second World War, and not reactivated until the 1950s. Among their last actions was a disastrous comma...
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