You expected this month to be all celebrity memoirs, cheffy cookbooks, and humour titles about cats chonged on catnip, right? Well, it does have all those things, but september is also surprisingly serious, with several smart and searching examinations of the state we're in, from Alan Rusbridger's stirring defence of quality journalism in Breaking News, and man Booker chair of judges Kwame Anthony Appiah's fresh perspective on identity in The Lies That Bind, to oliver Bullough's searing expose of the offshore money-laundering tricks that are contributing to growing inequality in our world.
And even my Book of the Month Help Me! by Marianne Power-an often laugh-out-loud account of road-testing some of the most totemic books in the self-help canon-has its serious side.
In a packed month, there can only be so many highlights, so my Editor's Choices and ones to Watch major on new authors, or changes of direction for existing authors. I know you don't need my help to spot the potential of new books by the likes of Joe Wicks, Lucy Worsley, Tom Marcus and Stephen Westaby for example.
And fear not, for those searching for more traditional September fare, there are new editions of perennials, Ripley's Believe It Or Not 2019 (9781847948335) and Guinness World Records 2019 (9781912286461).
EDITOR'S CHOICE/BOOK OF THE MONTH
Likely to be the biggest selling titles of the month based on an author's sales history
ONES TO WATCH
Titles with strong sales potential and publisher support, regardless of sales history of the author
BOOK OF THE MONTH
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
MARIANNE POWER HELP ME! ONE WOMAN'S QUEST TO FIND OUT IF SELF-HELP REALLY CAN CHANGE HER LIFE
PICADOR, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781509888559
This sparkling debut-"this year's Adam Kay"-has already sold rights in over 20 countries and triggered a big eight-way Hollywood auction for screen rights. Power is 36 years old and stuck in a rut; living in a rented room in London, single, in debt, and thoroughly miserable. While prostrate with a hangover one day, she resolves to follow the guidance of a different classic self-help book each month for a year to see if any of them will deliver her elusive perfect life. From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and You Can Heal Your Life to The Secret and The Power of Now, she systematically tackles her flaws one by one, whether it be her disastrous attitude to money, or her inability to say "f**k it". The result is an often laugh-out-loud odyssey, with embarrassing incidents and downright disasters aplenty. But the real triumph of this book is the way it transcends its "Bridget Jones gazes at her navel" premise to ask searching questions both about the purported effectiveness of self-help in the light of a multi-million-dollar personal development industry; and about how we can really best find contentment. If you've ever worried that self-help might be a euphemism for self-obsession, then this is a book for you.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
A BEER IN THE LOIRE
MUSWELL PRESS, 13TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9780956003805
Frustrated with their jobs and minuscule flat in London, Barnes and his girlfriend Rose move to a large, dilapidated house in a tiny village in France's Loire Valley. The house is freezing, they have a Satanic dog and no money. Then Rose falls pregnant and, in desperation, Barnes has the brainwave of brewing beer and selling it to the inhabitants of one of the world's finest wine-producing regions. Hoppy mayhem predictably ensues. There is already TV interest in this very funny tale of a hapless Englishman abroad, the lead autumn title for recently rebooted indie publisher Muswell Press.
CURRENT AFFAIRS & POLITICS
Reaching for Utopia
Salt, 1st, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781784631529
Cowley--formerly of this parish--is credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman which, under his editorship, recently recorded its highest print circulation for nearly 40 years. Opening with an illuminating personal essay centred on Harlow, the Essex new town where he grew up, this collection of Cowley's journalism chronicles the remarkable political and cultural transformations that have taken place over the decade of his editorship. As well as across the spectrum profiles of politicians, including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, there are essays on writers including George Orwell, John le Carre and Ian McEwan.
WHAT'S YOUR TYPE? THE STRANGE HISTORY OF MYERS-BRIGGS AND THE BIRTH OF PERSONALITY TESTING
COLLINS, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780008201371
I was enthralled by this engagingly written, and--I gather-controversial history of the widely used Myers-Briggs personality test, devised by mother and daughter team Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Emre, a US English professor, draws on original reporting and previously unpublished documents to try and account for the test's global success and ubiquity. Ultimately, it's a book about our often fumbling attempts to grasp, characterise and quantify our slippery human personalities.
LITTLE TOLLER, 10TH HB, 18 [pounds sterling], 9781908213624
"Spending time in a rubbish place ... let me feel the weave of the rag-rug of our world." From Chekhov to the forests of Madagascar, Dee confronts our throwaway species through the lives of gulls. We tend to think of seagulls as pests (I certainly have since a herring gull swiped my meal as I sat by Bristol harbourside) but only because we make so much rubbish, he explains. Rather than eulogising, this is nature writing that rolls up its sleeves and picks through the litter to deliver an alternative view of creatures that dare to get close to us.
HELLO WORLD: HOW TO BE HUMAN IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
DOUBLEDAY, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9780857525246
"You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determined your fate--a human, or an algorithm? An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement.
Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence." Just one of the surprising conundrums to emerge from this consistently illuminating survey of the algorithms that now dictate our everyday lives, by the mathematics professor, and gifted communicator. Fry demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations and--as above--scrutinises whether they really constitute an improvement on the humans they are coded to replace.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
IN MY LIFE: A MUSIC MEMOIR
BANTAM PRESS, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780593079539
The author of the award-winning and delightful This Boy with a fourth volume of memoir, which this time views his life through the prism of the music which has inspired him. From being transported by the sound of "True Love" by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly on the radio, to going out to work as a postman humming "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello in 1977, and his lifelong devotion to The Beatles, it's a melodious melange of Dansettes and jukeboxes, heartfelt love songs and heartbroken ballads, smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls.
THE IMMORTAL YEW
KEW PUBLISHING, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781842466582
I find yew trees magical and have been known to detour for miles to seek out a particularly ancient one. I was immediately drawn to this wonderful book which tells the captivating story of the English or common yew (taxus baccata), among the oldest living organisms in Europe, with particular individuals thought to be over 2,000 years old. Taking us into the myth, mystery and biodiversity of this remarkable species, Hall--manager of the arboretum and gardens at Kew--also provides illustrated profiles of over 75 publicly accessible yews in Britain and Ireland.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY
WORLD EDITIONS, 6TH, PB, 11.99 [pounds sterling], 9781642860009
Already a bestseller in South Africa, a deeply reflective and beautifully written coming-of-age memoir by a rising star who has been compared to Arundhati Roy and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Born in exile in Zambia to an ANC activist father and a working mother, and "into a community whose sole purpose is to fight apartheid", Msimang spent her childhood on the move from Zambia to Kenya, and then to Canada. She returned at last to South Africa after Mandela's release when she was 16 but this homecoming only deepened her quest to understand her own place and identity in our disordered world.
THOMAS REINERTSEN BERG
THEATRE OF THE WORLD: THE MAPS THAT MADE HISTORY
HODDER, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781473688629
This prize-winning and visually stunning book by a Norwegian map enthusiast engagingly explains the ways in which maps have changed the world. From the mysterious symbols of the stone Age to the advent of Google earth, it takes in visionary geographers, and heroic explorers, along with unknown heroes of the map-making world, covering both ancient and modern, illuminating art, science, technology, politics, power and ambitions along the way. translated by Alison McCullough, it's gone straight to the top of my Christmas present list.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
MRS GASKELL & ME: TWO WOMEN, TWO LOVE STORIES, TWO CENTURIES APART
PICADOR, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781509868186
In 1857, after two years spent writing The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth gaskell fled to Rome, defeated by a project fraught with difficulty. there, she found excitement, friendship and Charles Norton, the love of her life. in 2013, stevens was working on a phD about mrs gaskell and the coterie of Victorian writers who lived in Rome, and also falling drastically in love with a man in another city. I adored stevens' Bleaker House, and this century-crossing account of love that gets away, and of trying to find the ending we desire and deserve, is equally winning.
CURRENT AFFAIRS & POLITICS
MONEYLAND: WHY THIEVES AND CROOKS NOW RULE THE WORLD AND HOW TO TAKE IT BACK
PROFILE, 6TH, KB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781781257920
If I could have two Books of the Month, this, without doubt, would be my second. Investigative journalist Bullough journeys into the shadowy realm of the stateless super-rich to show us the dark side of globalisation. For in laundered Moneyland, it doesn't matter how you made your money: if you're rich enough, the laws do not apply to you. An urgent, sickening book you'll read in the certain knowledge that something must be done if we aren't all to go to hell in a handcart.
I SPY: MY LIFE IN MI5
SIDGWICK, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781509864096
Information is sketchy but this is a follow-up to the former MI5 undercover surveillance officer's bestselling Soldier Spy. An ITV 1 series is very close to being greenlit, I'm told.
SECRET SERVICE BRAINTEASERS
HEADLINE, 20TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472258311
The author of Bletchley Park Brainteasers makes a seasonal return to issue a new challenge: do you have what it takes to be a spy? These brain bogglers, puzzles and hidden codes are inspired by the fiendish MI6 recruitment process.
JOE'S 30 MINUTE MEALS: 100 QUICK AND HEALTHY RECIPES
BLUEBIRD, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781509836093
From Bang Bang Chicken Stir-Fry to Sausage and Mushroom Pie, the Body Coach returns with more than 100 quick and easy nutritious recipes that are eminently suitable for sharing. Chapters are organised by main ingredient, and labelled either reduced-carb, or carb-refuel.
ART, DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION
TIME OUT 50: 50 YEARS, 50 COVERS
UNICORN, PB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781911604914
Coinciding with Time Outs 50th anniversary, this charts how the magazine has reflected and shaped London life, through the history of its cover designs. Drawing on memoirs of famous Londoners, it also includes contributions from its writers, editors and designers.
PORTRAIT OF BRITAIN
HOXTON MINI PRESS, HB, 19.95 [pounds sterling], 9781910566381
Published in collaboration with the British Journal of Photography, this showcases 100 of the best portraits taken by people around Britain, selected from a national, open-call competition. Publication coincides with a nationwide public exhibition.
TUDORS TO WINDSORS: ROYAL PORTRAITS FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, HB, 29.95 [pounds sterling], 9781855147560
This sumptuous history of royal portraiture spans over 500 years and includes timelines, maps and introductions to each of the five dynasties: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and Windsors, along with features on such topics as royal weddings, satire and female power. Introduction by Sir David Cannadine.
THE FASHION CHRONICLES: THE STYLE STORIES OF HISTORY'S BEST DRESSED
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781784723811
The broadcaster and associate lecturer at London College of Fashion tells the story of style in 100 illustrated sartorial episodes, from Eve's fig leaf to Hillary Clinton's pantsuits. "The history of our world, told in fashion."
JEANNE DAMAS & LAUREN BASTIDE
IN PARIS: 20 WOMEN ON LIFE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
VIKING, 6TH, PB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241351680
Damas--"France's most stylish It Girl"--and Bastide, former editor-in-chief of French Elle, delve into the style-conscious minds of 20 different women aged 14 to 70, who reveal their secrets to living like a Parisian. Gorgeously illustrated, it also includes such lifestyle tips as five types of red wine to order depending on the occasion (and where to drink them), the best red lipsticks, and the best places to be kissed.
ELEGY LANDSCAPES: CONSTABLE, TURNER AND THE INTIMATE SUBLIME
NORTON, HB, 23.99 [pounds sterling], 9780393651508
Said to be a sweeping look at the lives and work of John Constable and J M W Turner which probes how, through their paintings, they "find the sublime in different, though connected worlds".
KIRSTY STONELL WALKER & KINGSLEY NEBECHI (ILLUSTRATOR)
PRE-RAPHAELITE GIRL GANG: FIFTY MAKERS, SHAKERS And HEARTBREAKERS FROM THE VICTORIA ERA
UNICORN, HB, 15 [pounds sterling], 9781911604631
In Rebel Girls vein, this charts the female muses and artists who helped shape the Pre-Raphaelite art movement.
TTTISM & NICK SCHONBERGER
LAURENCE KING, 24TH, HB, 50 [pounds sterling], 9781786270757
Illustrated survey of over 300 international tattoo artists working today, including Duncan X, Tomas Tomas, Scott Campbell, the Leu family and Stephanie Tamez. It explores the connections between tattoo culture today and seminal figures and developments in the recent past.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
JOURNEYS TO THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
TWO ROADS, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781473666641
Following on from The Adventures of a Young Naturalist, here are the further adventures of the young Sir David, from Madagascar and New Guinea, to the Pacific Islands and the North Territory of Australia.
LEON & JUNE: A LIFETIME OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER
BLINK, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788700924
Leon and June Bernicoff were founding cast members of hit TV show "Gogglebox". in this tribute to Leon, who died in December 2017, June looks back with affection on their 60 years together.
ATLANTIC, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781611856286
This "frank, smart and captivating" memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs charts their difficult relationship--he initially denied his paternity--and her life split between two parents who moved in different worlds. "An enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice."
DIARIES: VOLUME 7: 2007-2010
BITEBACK, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781785900853
This seventh volume of diaries from the former Labour Party director of communications charts the days leading up to the election of 6th May 2010.
ALL THE TIME WE THOUGHT WE HAD
POLYGON, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781846974472
A memoir of love and loss, and a meditation on grief and memory. The author lost his wife to breast cancer, just after they had begun to build a new life in her native Netherlands for themselves and their two young sons. "Raises important questions about what we value in life and the legacies we leave behind."
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781471175756
I love the sound of this "intimate and haunting" memoir by the two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy-winning actress. She writes for the first time about her early life and career, looking back on a challenging and lonely childhood, and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as daughter and mother. "A natural-born writer," says S&S.
TALES FROM AN OLD HACK
BOOK GUILD, 28TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781912575237
This memoir by a retired local news reporter from the Uxbridge Gazette gives a unique insight into the workings of the local press before the internet, I'm told.
WHERE HAS MUMMY GONE?
HARPERELEMENT, 6TH, PB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9780008305468
Glass' 21st fostering memoir is the story of Melody aged eight, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug-dependent single mother and brought into care.
HANDEL IN LONDON: THE MAKING OF A GENIUS
MACMILLAN, 20TTH, HB 25 [pounds sterling], 9781509882069
The broadcaster and renowned conductor with a "rich and evocative" account of the life of Georg Frederic Handel, which focuses on the four decades he spent at the heart of musical life in London. It's a story of music-making and musicianship, courts, cabals, musical rivalry and 18th-century society.
ELIZABETH JENNINGS: THE INWARD WAR
OUP, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780198820840
Based on extensive archival research and interviews with her contemporaries, a first biography of the widely anthologised English poet.
GANDHI 1915-1948: THE YEARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
ALLEN LANE, 27TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781846142673
This new life of Gandhi by a leading Indian historian is a "thrilling narrative", which draws on many new sources and balances an honest account of his foibles and mistakes with an appreciation of his greatness.
EDWARD M HALLOWELL
BECAUSE I COME FROM A CRAZY FAMILY: THE MAKING OF A PSYCHIATRIST
BLOOMSBURY, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781632868589
The psychiatrist author of Driven to Distraction, a classic book on ADD, tells of the strange upbringing which shaped his career: psychotic father, alcoholic mother, abusive stepfather and two so-called learning disabilities of his own.
IF I CHANCE TO TALK A LITTLE WILD: A MEMOIR OF SELF AND OTHER
QUARTET, 6TH, HB, 18.50 [pounds sterling], 9780704374546
This "brutally honest, passionate and unorthodox" sequel to Haynes' PEN Ackerley Prize-shortlisted Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am? explores her early life and career at the forefront of relational psychotherapy.
MY ALPHABET: A LIFE FROM A TO Z
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781471167065
In his first book, Lord Sugar's former right-hand man on "The Apprentice", now host of "Countdown", takes us through his life from A for Apprentice (what else?) to Z for Zed list. Along the way he discusses Determination, offers insights from Growing Old, reveals his Greatest Regrets, talks about Tottenham and much else besides.
BILLY 'SCRATCH' HITCHEN
'SCRATCH' SALCOMBE BOY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
MATADOR, 28TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781789014075
The author relates how he ran away to sea at the age of 14 in 1963. By the age of 19 he had sailed around the world five times.
MORE THAN JUST A GOOD LIFE: THE AUTHORISED
BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD BRIERS
CONSTABLE, 27TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472129222
Authorised biography of the actor, best known for his role as Tom Good in BBC sitcom "The Good Life", who also appeared on stage, and in many other small screen series including "Doctor Who". Includes interviews with the likes of Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Brian Blessed.
EVERY DAY IS EXTRA
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781471177347
Memoir by the former US Secretary of State in which he considers his privileged childhood, his experiences in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, his friendship with the Kennedy family, and his long career in politics, including running for the presidency in 2004. His account of his experiences in Vietnam is particularly riveting, I'm told.
ON SHEEP: DIARY OF A SWEDISH SHEPHERD
QUERCUS, 20TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781787472693
"Norwegian Wood meets The Tao of Pooh meets a flock of Swedish sheep" is the billing for this "playful, profound and philosophical diary", written by a literary academic, turned novice shepherd. "Am I the one caring for the sheep, or are they caring for me?," Linden asks as he finds both companionship and a moral framework for the lives we lead, in his flock.
HEAD OF ZEUS, 20TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781786697707
This first published collection of letters between Churchill and his mother, written between 1881--when Churchill was six--and 1921, the year of her death, sheds new, revelatory light on the future wartime premier, I'm told.
DESERT SNIPER: HOW ONE BRIT WENT TO WAR AGAINST ISIS
LITTLE, BROWN, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781408711330
"A modern classic in the making", this describes how Nash journeyed to join ill-equipped, poorly trained but battle-hardened Kurdish forces as they attempted to halt the relentless advance of ISIS in Syria. He shows us the realities of the war on the ground in Syria in illuminating detail.
UNDER COVER: A POET'S LIFE IN PUBLISHING
BITEBACK, 11TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781785904097
In which the publisher and poet looks back at his life and 50-year career, providing an insider's view of the changing world of publishing, amid a wealth of stories about household names, whether driving Muhammad Ali around Britain, laughing with Maureen Lipman, reading poetry with ted Hughes, or just coping with Michael Winner.
MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE
THE DESERT AND THE SEA: 977 DAYS CAPTIVE ON THE SOMALI PIRATE COAST
HARPERWAVE, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780062449177
Part memoir, part reportage, part history, a harrowing, revelatory and sometimes humorous account of the author's 977 days held captive by somali pirates. It's also a conflicted and probing meditation on the contradictions of Muslim extremists and the effects of post-colonialism.
WAR GARDENS: A JOURNEY THROUGH CONFLICT IN SEARCH OF CALM
QUERCUS, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781787470682
The freelance war correspondent and photographer author profiles the garden oases people create in war zones. Ranges from the royal gardens in Kabul, still lovingly tended despite the king being long gone, to Camp Bastion where bored soldiers improvise tiny gardens to give themselves a moment's peace; to Jerusalem, where families tend olive groves and raise beautiful flowers from disputed soil. illustrated with snow's own award-winning photography.
THE LAST LANDLADY: AN ENGLISH MEMOIR
UNBOUND, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781783525027
The magical brightness of glass behind the bar, beer and ash on the carpets in the morning ... The award-winning author of The Dogs and Take Six Girls pays homage to the English pub through the remarkable story of her grandmother Violet, the first woman in England to be given a publican's licence in her own name.
THE KNIFE'S EDGE
HARPERCOLLINS, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780008285777
I have little information on this follow-up to Westaby's Costa-shortlisted Fragile Lives, other than that it will be a more personal book, examining what it takes to be a heart surgeon on a psychological level.
WHISKEY IN A TEACUP
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 18TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781471166228
In this illustrated lifestyle book, the Hollywood actress who has never forgotten her Deep south roots looks back on her "incredible life through personal essays", and shares her tips, advice, recipes and book recommendations from the place where she learned "the true value of grace and charm".
QUEEN VICTORIA: DAUGHTER, WIFE, MOTHER, WIDOW
HODDER, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781473651388
Major new biography of Queen Vic by the historian author and TV presenter, in which Worsley focuses on 24 significant days in her life-including her birth, wedding and coronation--to explore how she transformed herself from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor. May 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth.
THE LIGHT GETS IN: FILLING THE LOSS WITH LOVE, AND LEARNING TO LIVE (AGAIN)
BLINK, 20TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788700344
Said to be an emotional, heart-breaking memoir from a mother who lost her baby boy at three days old, and recorded the experience in her blog, Feathering the Empty Nest (over 50,000 followers). she writes about how to build a new life after the devastating loss of her child.
BUSINESS, ECONOMICS & PERSONAL FINANCE
HOW TO LEAD OTHERS: SEVEN LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
BLOOMSBURY, 20th, pb, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472956972
Acclaimed business writer sets out seven basic, but critical, lessons everyone should know in order to lead others successfully. each lesson is followed by a series of key points, designed to act as summaries, as well as incitements to positive action.
CONNECT THE DOTS: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
HARPERTHORSONS, 6th, Kb, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780008297039
Leading tech pioneer who advises the likes of premiers Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron, with a "profound" analysis of what makes an outstanding leader, "guaranteed to inspired the frontrunners of any enterprise for years to come".
DANIEL DOVER & TIM HINDLE
THE NEW FACE OF HMRC: BEHIND THE TANGLED WEB
PROFILE, 3RD, PB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788161428
Written by a professional adviser specialising in such horrors, this guide explains the pitfalls, stumbling blocks and switchbacks you may encounter when the tax man cometh to investigate you.
CREATE SPACE: HOW TO MANAGE TIME AND FIND FOCUS, PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS
PROFILE, 6TH, PB, 11.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788160483
Draper, a psychotherapist and executive coach, explains how to create space you need to take control when life seems stressful and overwhelming. It's an empathetic and intelligent account of our impulses, which offers solutions, case histories, tools and tips.
WILFRED EMMANUELJONES JEOPARDY: THE
DANGER OF PLAYING IT SAFE ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS
PIATKUS, 13TH, PB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780349419268
The founder of premium sausage brand The Black Farmer with an "inspirational" development and business guide which advocates the importance of embracing danger, both in business and in life. He draws on his own experience that has taken him from an inner-city allotment to becoming one of the nation's most famous farmers.
THE COMPASS AND THE RADAR: THE ART OF BUILDING A REWARDING CAREER WHILE REMAINING TRUE TO YOURSELF
BLOOMSBURY, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472958792
Through a blend of coaching practice, management theories, case studies and storytelling, this offers a pathway towards identifying the right career for you and developing a moral compass that will anchor you in your professional life.
CREATIVE SELECTION: INSIDE APPLE'S DESIGN PROCESS DURING THE GOLDEN YEARS OF STEVE JOBS
MACMILLAN, 6TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781529004717
From 2001 to 2017, Kocienda was a software engineer and designer at Apple. Here he gives his personal account of what it was like to work at Apple in the final years of the Steve Jobs era, from demoing products to helping create software for the iPhone, the iPad and WebKit.
START NOW. PERFECT LATER
JOHN MURRAY LEARNING, 6TH, PB, 12,.99 [pounds sterling], 9781473685437
"What are you waiting for?" This book aims to show you how to launch your business or idea, begin the next phase of your career, and overcome self-doubt in the process. The audio and e-book will precede this paperback edition in August.
TAKE PRIDE: HOW TO BUILD ORGANISATIONAL SUCCESS THROUGH YOUR PEOPLE
UNBOUND, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781783526345
Strategic consultant for the likes of Adidas and Siemens lays out a fresh approach to organisations and people which aims to make work a better place for everyone through the PRIDE acronym: Purpose, Reputation, integrity, Direction and energy.
ARUN SINGH & MIKE MISTER
HOW TO LEAD SMART PEOPLE: LEADERSHIP FOR PROFESSIONALS
PROFILE, 6TH, KB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788161541
A collection of 50 easily assimilated lessons which aim to show the reader in concise, pithy prose how to manage a team of equals with intelligence and diplomacy.
THE CHALLENGE CULTURE: WHY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ORGANISATIONS RUN ON PUSHBACK
PIATKUS, 18TH, PB, 13.99 [pounds sterling], 9780349418001
The British-born chairman and c.e.o. of American multinational Dunkin Brands, which owns Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, explains how organisations succeed by fostering a culture in which everyone can contribute. And using examples such as Blockbuster and Leyton Orient FC, what happens when they don't ...
CURRENT AFFAIRS & POLITICS
IN DEFENCE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
BITEBACK, 11TH, HB, 10 [pounds sterling], 9781785904141
The broadcaster, author and regular Evening Standard columnist traces the history of political correctness in the UK and the US, and argues forcefully that, in spite of many failures, the movement has made both countries both more civilised and equal.
FRANCIS BECKETT & MARK SEDDON
JEREMY CORBYN AND THE STRANGE REBIRTH OF LABOUR ENGLAND
BITEBACK, 18TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781785904004
Side-stepping the "current media obsession", an incisive and optimistic analysis of the reemergence of a socialist Labour Party by two journalists who are both long-standing Labour activists.
GROUPTHINK: A STUDY IN SELF-DELUSION
BLOOMSBURY, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472959058
From the invasion of Iraq to political correctness, the Sunday Telegraph columnist considers whether we have found ourselves in the grip of self-delusion, fatally influenced by the mentality of the crowd.
MAKING MASSIVE SMALL CHANGE: IDEAS, TOOLS AND TACTICS TO BUILD VIABLE URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS
CHELSEA GREEN, 13TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781603587754
"Bold, ambitious, yet easily accessible", this inspiring book is chock full of ideas, tools and tactics for building viable urban neighbourhoods, and profiles some of the thousands of exciting small-change projects being carried out around the world by active citizens, community and civic leaders, and urban professionals.
NACHO CARRETERO & THOMAS BUNSTEAD (TRANSLATOR)
SNOW ON THE ATLANTIC: HOW COCAINE CAME TO EUROPE
ZED, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786993021
Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah, is an admirer of this account of how Galicia, a sleepy, windswept corner of Spain, became the cocaine gateway to Europe. The Spanish edition sold over 30,000 copies but is now embargoed after a former mayor brought legal action against the author.
IS DEMOCRACY FAILING?
THAMES & HUDSON, PB, 12.95 [pounds sterling], 9780500293652
One of four launch titles in a new Big Idea series, this explores each form of democracy and questions whether it remains fit for purpose today. Also out this month Is Capitalism Working? (9780500293676), Is Gender Fluid? (9780500293683) and What Shape is Space? (9780500293669).
NERVOUS STATES: HOW FEELING TOOK OVER THE WORLD
CAPE, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781787330108
The author of The Happiness Industry returns to explore how physical and emotional feeling came to reshape our world today, destabilising governments, and "placing us all on high alert".
JUSTIN A FRANK
TRUMP ON THE COUCH: INSIDE THE MIND OF THE PRESIDENT
AVERY, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9780735220324
US clinical professor of psychiatry with a full psychoanalytic portrait of President Tump, "America's most psychologically damaged president yet".
LEFT FOR DEAD? THE STRANGE DEATH AND REBIRTH OF LABOUR BRITAIN
COLLINS, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780008226695
This debut from the political correspondent of "Sky News" is a timely account of the fall of New Labour, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, and what it all means for the left in Britain. Drawing on in-depth research, and interviews with both Tony Blair and Corbyn himself, it promises a "wealth of behind-the-scenes revelations" from the 2017 general election.
DOROTHY KEARNS GOODWIN
LEADERSHIP: LESSONS FROM THE PRESIDENTS FOR TURBULENT TIMES
VIKING, 27TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780241300718
Based on a lifetime of study and insider knowledge, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian examines what the careers of four great American presidents--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Frank D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson--can teach us about leadership.
WHY WE GET THE WRONG POLITICIANS
ATLANTIC, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782399735
The award-winning political journalist, assistant editor of the Spectator and presenter of BBC Radio 4's "Week in Westminster", lifts the lid on the daily life of the MP, asking why we end up with representatives that we are so unhappy with. "A must read for anyone who wants to see a future with better government."
IAN HISLOP & THOMAS HOCKENHULL
I OBJECT: IAN HISLOP'S SEARCH FOR DISSENT
THAMES & HUDSON, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780500480410
From 6th-century Babylon to 21st-century US, an eye-catching visual history of dissent through 180 objects selected by Ian Hislop. From badges and shadow puppets to coins and teapots, the objects reveal small acts of disobedience by ordinary people, with messages hidden in plain sight, and provide a reminder of the ways in which people have always subverted concepts of authority. Accompanies a British Museum exhibition (September 2018 to January 2019).
DISORDERED MINDS: HOw DANGEROUS PERSONALITIES ARE DESTROYING DEMOCRACY
ZERO, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785358807
"Compelling and timely" account of the dangers posed by narcissistic leaders which offers a stark warning that the conditions in which such psychopathy flourishes is a hallmark of our age.
JEANNE MARIE LASKAS
TO OBAMA: DIARY OF A NATION
BLOOMSBURY, 18TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781408894521
The last thing Barack Obama did every night throughout his Us presidency was to read 10 letters from ordinary Americans. When Laskas wrote about this for the New Yorker, the public response was overwhelming. Here she develops the story further, digging deep into the archive and interviewing a selection of the letter writers in a book described as a "history of a country told by its people". Won by Bloomsbury in a hotly contested auction, the book is now set to be published worldwide with a foreword by Obama himself.
DR PETER LEE
REAPER FORCE: THE INSIDE STORY OF BRITAIN'S DRONE wars
JOHN BLAKE, 20TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786069641
Authorised accounts of the RAF's two drone squadrons, one based in Lincolnshire, the other at a US air base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Written with the blessing of both the RAF and the Ministry of Defence, it's the story of "the men and women who can take out an entire group of people from thousands of miles away, and then go home for lunch".
LAURA LOCKER & JULIA SCHEELE
AMERICAN POLITICS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY
ICON, 6TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785783456
In the same mould as Icon's Queer: A Graphic History, a useful and idiosyncratic comic book introduction to the political history of the Land of the Free. "Upbeat and optimistic", it reminds us that "one awful president cannot sink history's most powerful democracy". published ahead of the Us mid-term elections.
DANIEL MACMILLEN VOSKOBOYNIK
THE MEMORY WE COULD BE: OVERCOMING FEAR TO CREATE OUR ECOLOGICAL FUTURE
NEW INTERNATIONALIST, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781780264400
Drawing on a variety of sources from anthropology to economics, oceanography to history, the highly regarded young activist and journalist author seeks to humanise the abstractions of the dialogue about global warming, and bring different voices into the conversation.
LEE ELLIOT MAJOR & STEPHEN MACHIN
SOCIAL MOBILITY: AND ITS ENEMIES
PELICAN, 27TH, PB, 8.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241317020
Scrutinises how declining social mobility affects us all, and what we can do about it; despite repeated government pledges, Britain still has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the Western world.
DEMOCRACY HACKED: POLITICAL TURMOIL AND INFORMATION WARFARE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
ONEWORLD, 27TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786074089
Encompassing data mining, the alt-right, the collapse of local news, silicon Valley, Trump, trolling and more, this explains how hackers interfere in our democratic processes, and why they can do it, and outlines what we need to do to save democracy for the digital age.
OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA: REPORTING CASTRO'S CUBA
ONEWORLD, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786073990
The current BBC Moscow correspondent was previously the BBC's woman in Havana. As the Castro era comes to an end, she examines how the legacy of the two brothers has shaped Cuba, and looks at what the future holds for the island. published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana.
FUTURE POLITICS: LIVING TOGETHER IN A WORLD TRANSFORMED BY TECH
OUP, 20TH, KB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780198825616
How far should our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems, and on what terms? In this trenchant debut, Susskind draws on centuries of political thought to shed light on the politics of the future. He challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, and what it means for a political system to be just and democratic.
THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM: THE FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE AT THE NEW FRONTIER OF POWER
PROFILE, 27TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781781256848
"The true prophet of the information age" with an important book about technology and capitalism, and what our response should be when these two giants of our modern world collide. "What Piketty did for debates around equality, Zuboff does for the digital age", says Profile.
FILM, TV, MUSIC & THE PERFORMING ARTS
THE CLASSICAL MUSIC BOOK: BIG IDEAS SIMPLY EXPLAINED
DK, 6TH, HB, 17.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241301975
This "ultimate collection of the greatest pieces of classical music ever written" profiles more than 90 pieces by celebrated composers, along with biographies and quotes, and a foreword by Katie Derham.
THE PREDATOR: THE ART AND MAKING OF THE FILM
TITAN, 18TH, HB, 29.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785657016
Official companion to forthcoming film "The Predator", directed by Shane Black and due for release in September 2018. Features detailed concept art of the aliens, vehicles and locations, and interviews with key cast and crew.
MORRISSEY: ALONE AND PALELY LOITERING
CASSELL, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781788400237
Photographic portrait of Morrissey at the peak of his career as he left The Smiths and established himself as a solo artist, with many previously unseen images. Also includes Morrissey-inspired tattoos and an essay on how this art form is used to display devotion to him.
K K DOWNING
HEAVY DUTY: DAYS AND NIGHTS IN JUDAS PRIEST
CONSTABLE, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472128706
This illustrated memoir by the co-founder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal band Judas Priest delves into decades of "shocking, hilarious and haunting" stories to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its founding.
VIVIANA DURANTE (ED)
BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
DK, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780241302316
A visual tour of ballet through the ages, from its origins at court in the 16th century through to the modern day, along with profiles of composers, choreographers, ballet companies and dancers.
ACID FOR THE CHILDREN
HEADLINE, 25TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472230812
The bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his turbulent life story, "complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star". Raised in a violent alcoholic household, he was on the streets by the age of 14 where he met a certain Anthony Kiedis.
ED SHEERAN: MEMORIES WE MADE: UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY TIME WITH ED
CASSELL, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788400664
Photographs of Ed Sheeran--most previously unseen-taken throughout his career, from his early, pre-fame gigs to his sell-out area tours. Foreword by Ed's dad, John Sheeran.
INSIDE AMERICAN GODS
CHRONICLE, 25TH, HB, 26 [pounds sterling], 9781452156057
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods is now a critically acclaimed Starz TV series. This official companion to the series takes us behind the scenes of this compelling and surreal show in which Old Gods and New Gods battle for the hearts and minds of modern-day people.
HARRYHAUSEN: THE MOVIE POSTERS
TITAN, 4TH, HB, 29.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785656781
First collection of poster art from the films of Ray Harryhausen, from "Mighty Joe Young" to "Clash of the Titans".
HOW DOES IT FEEL? A LIFE OF MUSICAL MISADVENTURES
WEIDENFELD, 20TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781474608978
The Observer's chief film critic with a "hilarious, self-deprecating, blissfully nostalgic" memoir about his riotous attempts to become a pop star. He relates how a spotty kid from north London, who built an electric guitar at school, wound up recording an album at the legendary Sun Studios. It's a real passion project, I'm told, with the names of the bands he was in meriting the cover price alone.
THE WORLD OF VANITY FAIR
SPHERE, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780751574241
Richly illustrated companion to the new ITV/ Amazon studios television adaptation of Thackeray's novel, starring Michael Palin, Martin Clunes, Suranne Jones and Frances de la Tour. It includes an engrossing social history of early 19th-century Britain and the Napoleonic Wars, a biography of Thackeray and interviews with members of cast and crew.
THE COEN BROTHERS: THIS BOOK REALLY TIES THE FILMS TOGETHER
ABRAMS, 11TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781419727405
Combining critical text, biography, close film analysis and interviews with key Coen collaborators, this book tries to plot "some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness" in a "definitive" exploration of the Coen brothers' oeuvre.
RICOCHET: DAVID BBOWIE 1983 DELUX EDITION
PARTICULAR, 6TH, HB, 150 [pounds sterling], 9781846149733
A "breathtaking" glimpse into a life on tour with David Bowie by the late singer's official tour photographer. Published in a limited (under 500 copies) slipcased edition, it is authorised by the David Bowie estate, and over 90% of the images have never been seen before.
HOW TO PRODUCE COMEDY BRONZE
BLINK, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788700399
The renowned TV comedy producer, who has worked on everything from "Absolutely Fabulous" and "The Office" to "Little Britain" and "The League of Gentlemen", lifts the lid on the comedy industry and share his wealth of knowledge "before he becomes totally demented and forgets the whole lot again". Foreword by Dawn French.
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241364581
The must-have, first and only official memoir of Rak-Su, childhood friends from Watford who formed the first male group to win "X-Factor" and gained the show some much-needed cred by writing and composing the winners' song and reaching No 2 in the UK charts. They have almost 550,000 followers across social media.
SOUPY TWISTS: THE FULL, OFFICIAL STORY OF THE SOPHISTICATED SILLINESS OF FRY & LAURIE
UNBOUND, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781783524518
This first ever official story of the comedy double act that was Fry & Laurie contains never before seen archive material and is published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of TV series "A Bit of Fry & Laurie".
FOOD & DRINK
SALIHA MAHMOOD AHMED
KHAZANA: A TREASURE TROVE OF INDOPERSIAN RECIPES INSPIRED BY THE MUGHALS
HODDER, 20TH HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781473678569
This debut cookbook from the junior doctor winner of "Masterchef" 2017 showcases recipes from the Mughal tradition of India and Pakistan, inspired by her own Indian heritage and travels in the subcontinent. The delectable recipes include Moghul Fish Korma with Almond Rice and Sandalwood Ice Cream with Toasted Almond Brittle. Khazana means "treasure trove".
GALEXIS GABRIEL AINOUZ
JUST A FRENCH GUY COOKING: EASY RECIPES AND KITCHEN HACKS FOR ROOKIES
QUADRILLE, 6TH, HB, 15 [pounds sterling], 9781787132238
Ninety easy French recipes presented with charm and flair by a young, self-taught, Paris-based food fanatic who is now a YouTube sensation (500,000 subscribers to his French Guy Cooking feed). He loves to demystify cooking by experimenting with food and cooking methods, and his geeky approach has all-round appeal, I'm told.
SPRUCE, 27TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781846015656
Everything you ever needed to know about cider, from the history of the drink and traditions surrounding it, to recommendations for regional varieties and the best terroir. Cook, a former head judge at the World Cider Awards, is the UK's leading expert on the drink.
JENNIFER CROLL & KELLY SHAMI (ILLUSTRATOR)
FREE THE TIPPLE: KICKASS COCKTAILS INSPIRED BY ICONIC WOMEN
PRESTEL, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9783791384047
Frida Kahlo, Zadie Smith and Vivienne Westwood all feature among the influential list of women who provide the inspiration for these 60 fabulously fun cocktail recipes. There's also the Gloria steinem which uses a "complex liquor with a radical twist", the Serena Williams (strawberries, mint and ginger beer) and the Beyonce, made with lemonade, obviously.
HASSLE FREE, GLUTEN FREE
ABSOLUTE, 20TH, HB, 22 [pounds sterling], 9781472957498
The 2016 "Masterchef" winner with recipes for everyday cooking for a gluten-free diet, from family suppers to posh nibbles and dinner party favourites. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Coeliac UK which has tested all the recipes.
GIZZI'S SEASON'S EATINGS: FEASTS & CELEBRATIONS FROM HALLOWEEN TO HAPPY NEW YEAR
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 6TH, PB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781784724948
From Boxing Day turkey mole enchiladas to a Thanksgiving clambake, Gizzi returns with a book of crowd-pleasing fare for every occasion: Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a New Year's brunch, a frightful Halloween feast and more.
SHAKEN: DRINKING WITH JAMES BOND & IAN FLEMING: 007 THE OFFICIAL COCKTAIL BOOK
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 6TH, HB, 15 [pounds sterling], 9781784724641
Authorised by the Ian Fleming estate, this celebrates the Bond creator's writings on the pleasures of drinking, along with 50 cocktail recipes--including Goldeneye, Trigger Finger and Moneypenny, as well as traditional favourites like Negroni and Daiquiri--created by the mixologists at Swift, last year voted "Best New Bar" in London.
WILD: ADVENTURE COOKBOOK
PRESTEL, HB, 35 [pounds sterling], 9783791384931
Bringing rich flavours to the great outdoors, this bumper large-format guide to wild cooking by an Aussie chef was spectacularly shot over two years at 17 locations along Australia's east coast, and evokes the sights, smells and tastes of the landscape there.
AN ANARCHY OF CHILLIES
THAMES & HUDSON, HB, 16.95 [pounds sterling], 9780500021835
Incorporating Hildebrand's award-winning design flair, a celebration of 100 powerful personalities from the chilli family, telling their stories and offering advice on "how to deploy the little demons to best effect".
JEWELLED TABLE: COOKING, EATING AND ENTERTAINING THE MIDDLE EASTERN WAY
HARDIE GRANT, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781784881672
By a Lebanese-American food writer dubbed a new champion of Middle Eastern food by Yotam Ottolenghi, this collection of 80 recipes steers away from the mezze tradition to focus on Middle Eastern traditions of eating and entertaining at home.
WHERE THE WILD COOKS GO: RECIPES FROM MY TRAVELS IN FOOD AND MUCK
PARTICULAR, 27TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781846149610
The BBC radio DJ and musician shares her favourite recipes from her travels, interspersed with the music, poetry and tales of the cultures that have inspired her over her lifetime of cooking and travelling. "Especially good for those with families where, like Cerys, there's a lot of time spent thinking about what to cook."
HELEN MCGINN'S HOMEMADE COCKTAILS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MAKING GREAT COCKTAILS, INFUSIONS, SYRUPS, SHRUBS AND MORE
ROBINSON, 6TH, HB, 10.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472140678
Knackered Mother's Wine Club (inspired by her award-winning blog) with a cocktail book focused on making cocktails at home. Apart from adding glamour to any occasion, it sounds like a great way to use up the bottles lurking at the back of the cupboard.
TIME: A YEAR AND A DAY IN THE KITCHEN
QUADRILL E, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781787130319
The River Cottage HQ head chef and author of the award-winning Gather returns with a more personal collection of recipes that follow the course of the day, from simple breakfasts to evening gatherings.
FORAGE, HARVEST, FEAST: A WILD-INSPIRED CUISINE
CHELSEA GREEN, 3RD, HB, 27 [pounds sterling], 97816035875011
Exceptionally comprehensive wild foods cookbook, containing an array of recipes for using 36 wild plants including bayberry, mugwort, Japanese knotweed (eek), honeysuckle, wisteria, spruce tips and more.
JAMES MORTON & TOM MORTON
SHETLAND: COOKING ON THE ED GE OF THE WORLD
QUADRILLE, 6th, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781849499675
"Great British Bake Off" 2012 finalist James teams up with his father, writer and broadcaster Tom, for this beautifully illustrated celebration of the cooking and communities of Shetland where James grew up. The recipes take in celebratory feats, the food of the sea, land and earth, recipes born from necessity and thrift, Scottish baking and a wee dram.
GIN GALORE: A JOURNEY TO THE SOURCE OF SCOTLAND'S GIN
BLACK & WHITE, 27TH, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785302152
Taking in 73 Scottish gins, this includes serving suggestions for each type, a section on the distillation process, a rundown of the botanicals that give each gin its unique flavours, a lesson on garnishes, and space for your own tasting notes.
SALT, BUTTER, BONES: MASTERING THE ART OF GOOD COOKING
SEVEN DIALS, 6TH, HB, 25, 9780297608868
The Malta-born head chef at Ottolenghi's Nopi turned head chef at a London primary school explores the primal elements of cooking in this collection of recipes, influenced by the many countries she's cooked in and the many chefs she's cooked with. There are chapters on fridge and larder staples; breakfast with friends; what to cook at the end of the day; and feasts to share with loved ones.
HARPERCOLL INS, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9780008232726
First cookbook from the BB C2 "Great British Menu" winner and chef patron of L'Enclume, a two Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in the Lake District. It majors on using local ingredients dishes that are "primal, natural and beautifully refined".
CHRISSY TEIGEN COOKBOOK 2
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780718187989
Second book of "knockout food that you simply can't resist" by the supermodel married to musician and singer-songwriter John Legend, all accompanied with her "laugh-out-loud irreverence and page-lickingly gorgeous food photography". Teigen has a massive following on social media of more than 16 million across all platforms.
THE MODERN ITALIAN COOK
SEVEN DIALS, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781409174417
The co-head chef at the renowned River Cafe with "the ultimate classic guide" to laid-back, comforting Italian food, inspired by watching his Italian grandmother transform a few simple ingredients into something mouthwatering. It does look delicious, and reminiscent of the first River Cafe cookbook.
NOW & AGAIN: GO-TO RECIPES, INSPIRED MENUS AND ENDLESS IDEAS FOR REINVENTING LEFTOVERS
CHRONICLE, 4th, HB, 26.99 [pounds sterling], 9781452164922
Thrifty menus for social gatherings, including helpful timelines for flawlessly throwing a party, and "oh-so-helpful" "It's Me Again" recipes showing how to use leftovers in new and delicious ways.
CHRISTMAS WITH DICKENS: SEASONAL RECIPES INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND WORK OF CHARLES DICKENS
CICO, 11TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782496458
From roast goose and chestnut mince pies to lobster patties and a Charlotte Russe, classic Victorian Christmas recipes updated for modern cooks. There's even a recipe for a hand-raised pork pie to keep in the larder for unexpected visitors (or escaped convicts).
FEED ME VEGAN: FOR ALL OCCASIONS
SPHERE, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9780751573404
This second vegan cookbook from the former "Made in Chelsea" cast member, and author of the terrific Feed Me Vegan raved about by my niece ever since I gave it to her for Christmas), contains more straightforward recipes for everyday veganism, from a quick weeknight pasta to blow-out Sunday feasts, and a section on special occasions.
JOHN WILLIAMS MBE
THE RITZ LONDON: THE COOKBOOK
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781784724962
In this sumptuous, seasonally arranged cookbook, the executive chef at The Ritz shares recipes, tales, and culinary expertise from his Michelin-starred dining room for the first time, including Roast Scallops and Bergamot, Saddle of Lamb Belle Epoque and Grand Marnier Souffle.
WILLIAM YEOWAR D
GLAMOROUS COCKTAILS: FASHIONABLE MIXES FROM ICONIC LONDON BARS
CICO, 11TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782496465
Compendium of trademark cocktail recipes and tips from world-class bartenders at five of London's most famous bars. Features specially commissioned photography of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel.
HEALTH, DIET & PARENTING
AVRUM BLUMING MD & CAROL TAVRIS MD
OESTROGEN MATTERS: WHY TAKING HORMONES IN MENOPAUSE IMPROVES WOMEN'S WELL-BEING, LENGTHENS THEIR LIVES AND DOESN'T RAISE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER
PIATKU S, 4TH, PB, 13.99 [pounds sterling], 9780349421773
Compelling defence of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which exposes the "faulty" science behind its fall from grace, and empowers readers to make informed decisions about their menopausal health.
MAN VS TODDLER
WILDF IRE, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472245069
More inept, more clueless and more exhausted than ever, the author of Dummy is back with the latest instalment of his (and son Charlie's) journey through the chaos and comedy of parenting. He has 218,000 followers across social media.
SUSAN CURTIS, PAT THOMAS & JULIE WOO D
NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES COMPLETE WELLNESS: ENJOY LONG-LASTING HEALTH AND WELLBEING WITH OVER 800 NATURAL REMEDIES
DK, 6th, HB, 25, 9780241302132
Compendium of over 800 natural remedies for treating over 170 common ailments, arranged by body system, and with dedicated sections for women, men, children and first-aid. There are also 11 step-by-step guides covering the key techniques needed to make the remedies, including ointments and balms and diffuse essential oils.
STOP STARING AT SCREENS! A DIGITAL DETOX FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
IL EX, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781781575765
Start making healthy and realistic decisions about when technology is really necessary with diagnostic quizzes, sanity-saving solutions and practical tips for a family digital detox. Good in is founder of www. itstimetologoff.com.
ADAPTOGENS: FIND CALM, BALANCE AND WELLBEING USING NATURE'S POWER HERBS
GAIA, 6TH, PB, 10 [pounds sterling], 9781856753852
Introduction to a group of powerful herbal ingredients--including Korean Ginseng and Turmeric--known as adaptogens, and how they can be used to regulate and balance the body's response to stress.
TURMERIC: NATURE'S MIRACLE HEALER. FACT OF FICTION
SOUV ENIR, PB, 10 [pounds sterling], 9780285644038
Provides both an encyclopaedic history of turmeric--used medicinally in South Asia for over 4,000 years--and a guide to its current uses in treatments for a whole host of illnesses from diabetes and cancer to Parkinson's and heart disease.
STRONGER THAN BEFORE: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALING TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE WITH BREAST CANCER
HAY HOUSE, 18TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788171601
Said to be a powerful, uplifting and practical three-part guide to supporting yourself through breast cancer, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Porter is a journalist, coach and interfaith minister, and "cancer survivor and thriver".
THE HASHIMOTO'S HEALING DIET: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY STRATEGIES FOR LOSING WEIGHT, BOOSTING YOUR THYROID AND GETTING YOUR ENERGY BACK
HAY HOUSE, 11TH, PB, 15.99 [pounds sterling], 9781781809198
How to use diet and nutrition to strategically heal Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Written with "humour and compassion, seamlessly integrating Western and Chinese Medicine".
LIVING WITH BUILDINGS: HEALTH AND ARCHITECTURE
WELLCOME COLLECTION, 20TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788160469
It's always worth reading anything Sinclair has to say, and this "groundbreaking" exploration of how architecture can affect our health has to be particularly compelling in the light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Sinclair journeys at home and overseas to explore the intriguing notion that the structures we choose to inhabit absorb our histories and leave traces for future generations to read.
POPPIES: BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781904897514
Portrait in 150 specially commissioned photographs of the major 2014 art installation at the Tower of London, "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", created by Paul Cummins from 888,246 ceramic poppies and visited by more than five million people.
BATTLES THAT CHANGED HISTORY
DK, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780241301937
From the fury of the Punic War to the icy waters of Dunkirk, a visual journey through 5,000 years of combat, detailing more than 90 important historic battles. Foreword by Sir Tony Robinson.
PETER ACKROY D
DOMINION: A HISTORY OF ENGLAND VOLUME
MACMILLAN, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780230706439
This fifth instalment of Ackroyd's six volume history of England begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.
FER DINAN D ADDIS
ROME: ETERNAL CITY
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781781851883
The city of Rome, brought engagingly to life in 22 scenes from its 2,500-year history, from the murder of Caesar and its near-destruction by the Gauls in 390BC to the sinister degeneration of Mussolini's first state, and the magical, corrupt Rome of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita".
PREVENTING PALESTINE: A POLITICAL HISTORY FROM CAMP DAVID TO OSLO
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 4TH, HB, 27 [pounds sterling], 9780691177397
How and why Palestinian statelessness persists is the central question in this "ground-breaking book", which explores the complex legacy of the Camp David agreement brokered by President Jimmy Carter.
THE ESCAPE ARTISTS: A BAND OF DAREDEVIL PILOTS AND THE GREATEST PRISON BREAKOUT OF WWI
JOHN MURRAY, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781473686779
The story of three daredevil First World War pilots held in Holzminden, Germany's infamous PO W prison, and how they organised one of the greatest escapes of the conflict by constructing a tunnel which allowed a handful of prisoners to make it to neutral Holland, and then back to Britain. The story has already been optioned for film by Film 4/ Element.
GUY DE LA BEDOY ERE
DOMINA: THE WOMEN WHO MADE IMPERIAL ROME
YALE, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780300230307
This absorbing history focuses on the women of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (the longest lasting in Roman history)--including Livia, Octavia, and the elder and younger Agrippinas--explaining why they were the true backbone of the era: their bloodlines, ambition and ruthlessness made it possible for the emperors' line to continue.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BRISAR D & LANA PARSHINA
THE DEATH OF HITLER: THE FINAL WORD ON THE GREATEST COLD CASE IN HISTORY
HODDER, 4TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781473686526
Billed as a "dramatic and revelatory" new account of the final days in Hitler's bunker, based on the authors' access to hitherto secret Russian files, which detailed the Soviets' incredible hunt to recover Hitler's body. It also contains the results of the forensic analysis of bits of the Fuhrer's skull and teeth. Translated from the French by Shaun Whiteside.
MIT PRESS, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780262038973
This visually arresting book asks us to re-examine the "heteronormative narratives of history", presenting stories of real queer people around the world, going back as far as 1477. I particularly like Mary East and her wife who met when they were teenagers, lived as Mr & Mrs James How and ran east London pubs in the 18th century.
DOUGLAS BOY D
LOCKERBIE: THE TRUTH
THE HISTORY PRESS, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780750985772
Published ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988, this explores the theory that Iran, not Libya, was responsible for the attack; a hypothesis recently supported by a former Iranian spy.
GERRI CHANEL SAVING MONA LISA:
THE BATTLE TO PROTECT THE LOUVRE AND ITS TREASURES FROM THE NAZIS
ICON, 6TH, KB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781785784163
Claiming to tell the "real story behind "The Monuments Men", this is the compelling-sounding story of how curators at the Louvre packed away the Mona Lisa in August 1939 and spirited her away to the Loire Valley, along with many other masterpieces, to keep them safe from impending Nazi invasion. Self-published in 2014 and lavishly illustrated, the book has already garnered several independent publishing awards.
MELANIE CLEGG MARGARET TUDOR:
THE MFE OF HENRY VILL'S SISTER
PEN & SWORD, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9781473893153
Fresh look at the turbulent and dramatic life story of Henry VIII's eldest sister.
She hurtled from one disaster to the next, and ended her life abandoned by virtually everyone, a victim both of her own poor life choices, and of the simmering hostility between her son, James V, and her brother.
KAREN DOLEY (ED)
MY DEAREST, DEAREST ALBERT: QUEEN VICTORIA'S LIFE THROUGH HER LETTERS AND JOURNALS
MICHAEL O'MARA, 20TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782439677
Using excerpts from her letters and diaries, this aims to reveal the human face of Queen Victoria, from spirited young princess to caring Queen, passionate bride and loving mother and, latterly, the great-grandmother of a royal dynasty. Published to coincide with the third season of ITV's award-winning "Victoria".
THE LAST PALACE
HEADLINE, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472237286
Said to be an extraordinary account of the various occupants of the beautiful Villa Petschek in Prague over the past 100 years, written by one of its most recent residents, a former US ambassador to the czech Republic. From the optimistic Jewish financial baron who built it after the First world war, to the former child star who used it as her stage to help further the Velvet Revolution, it "weaves a tapestry as vast and intricate as any that hang in the palace itself".
THE BRITISH IN INDIA: THREE CENTURIES OF AMBITION AND EXPERIENCE
ALLEN LANE, 6TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9780241004524
This panoramic social history sets out to chronicle the lives of hundreds of British people of all classes who lived in India from shortly after the reign of Elizabeth I to well into that of Elizabeth II. Gilmour takes in the ordinary lives of those little written about before: soldiers, officials, businessmen, doctors, planters, engineers and more, as well as their children, wives and sisters.
JEFFREY P GREEN
BLACK AMERICANS IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN
PEN & SWORD, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781526737595
Said to be the first study of its kind, this documents the lives of Black Americans throughout the Victorian period, refugees from slavery who worked as domestic servants, qualified as doctors, wrote books, taught in schools, and laboured in factories and on ships.
THE HOUSE IN LITTLE CHELSEA
PIMPERNEL PRESS, 6TH, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781910258965
Blending history and fiction, a social history of the Londoners who lived in a house in Finborough Road in London's Little Chelsea between 1871 and 1930, a building the author now lives in.
They include bodice-makers, booksellers, a bigamist and an Irish barrister.
AGENT JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF MI5'S SECRET NAZI HUNTER
WEIDENFELD, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781474605113
Revealed for the first time, the "astonishing" true story of Eric Roberts, the former bank clerk from Epsom at the heart of operation Fifth Column, the secret Second World War operation to flush out traitors and Nazi sympathisers on British soil. Roberts-codenamed Jack King-penetrated the Communist Party, the British Union of Fascists and then played his greatest role as Hitler's man in London.
D-DAY: THE SOLDIER' STORY
JOHN MURRAY, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781473649019
Ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, the renowned writer and historian brings us the "definitive soldier-on-the-beach" account, told through the eyes of those who took part.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ANGLO-SAXONS
POCKET ESSENTIALS, 27TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9780857301666
Compact account of the Anglo-Saxon era and its people, from early migrants such as Angles, Saxons and Jutes to the dramatic end of the period following William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings. Publication coincides with a British Library exhibition on Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (October 2018 to February 2019).
THE INDIAN EMPIRE AT WAR: FROM JIHAD TO VICTORY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE INDIAN ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
LITTLE BROWN, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781408707692
Billed as a "brilliantly original take on the First World War", this traces the hitherto overlooked story of the Indian army's journey from a small professional service to a crucial part of the conflict, which also throws new light on the development of Islamic jihad and the history of Indian independence.
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 21 WOMEN
ONEWORLD, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786074102
The BBC Radio 4 "Woman's Hour" presenter and author of "A History of Britain in 21 Women" returns with the worldwide version which includes figures both familiar and more obscure like Joan of Arc, Coco Chanel, Margaret Atwood, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Hatshepsut and Wangari Maathai. A superlead for Oneworld.
THE STORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES IN 100 PLACES
BANTAM PRESS, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780593079799
The TV historian takes a "wonderfully engaging" personal tour of Britain and Ireland through 100 places to tell the story of these islands. From Grime's Graves to Stirling Castle, some locations are well-known, some obscure, and some have particular significance for Oliver himself. Publication coincides with 30-date theatre tour throughout the autumn.
OUR BOYS: THE STORY OF A PARATROOPER
ALLEN LANE, 6TH HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780241288948
Deeply personal account of both the Parachute Regiment and the Falklands War, written by an author who was woken by her mother aged seven, and told the news that her uncle had been killed in the Falkland Islands. Drawing on numerous interviews and perhaps unprecedented access to the regiment, it's motivated in part by her wish to understand what happened and why, but is also a portrait of Thatcher's Britain, and a book about culture, class, manhood and the place of the Army in national life.
EMPRESS OF THE EAST: HOW A SLAVE GIRL BECAME QUEEN OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
ICON, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781785783494
Love the sound of this biography of Roxelana, who was brought to Constantinople in the early 16th century by slave traders from her native Ruthenia (modern-day Ukraine) to become a concubine to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and who subsequently rose to become the Ottoman Empire's only queen.
SEA OF TROUBLES: THE EUROPEAN CONQUEST OF THE ISLAMIC MEDITERRANEAN, C1750-1918
SAQI, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780863569500
"Lively and sweeping" account of how the might of the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was gradually defeated by the six European powers of Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Austria-Hungary and Russia as they jostled for control of the Mediterranean.
NATALIA SEMENOVA & ANDRE DELOCQUE
THE COLLECTOR: THE STORY OF SERGEI SHCHUKIN AND HIS LOST MASTERPIECES
YALE, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780300234770
First English-language biography of Shchukin, the successful Moscow textiles merchant and pioneering art collector who was one of the first to appreciate the qualities of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and whose lost collection of paintings was recently exhibited to great acclaim in Paris.
IAN FLEMING AND OPERATION GOLDEN EYE: KEEPING SPAIN OUT OF WORLD WAR II
CASEMATE, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9781612006857
Full of colourful characters and unbelievable schemes, an account of how Ian Fleming and his operational colleagues used intelligence and espionage to ensure that Spain did not ally itself with Germany during the Second World War. This period supplied much of the background for Fleming's fiction.
BEHIND THE THRONE: A DOMESTIC HISTORY OF THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD
CAPE, 27TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781910702826
From the first Elizabethan age to the second, this is a fascinating-sounding history of the British monarchy seen through the eyes of those charged with keeping their secrets: their domestic servants. Among many others, we meet Queen Victoria's team of 30 doctors, three dentists and a chiropodist; William IV's assistant table decker; and some of Charles I's 2,000-strong household.
X, Y & Z: THE REAL STORY OF HOW ENIGMA WAS WON
THE HISTORY PRESS, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780750987820
The nephew of Alan Turing, himself a code-breaking expert, tells the inside story of how enigma was broken, drawing on recently declassified archives in France and the Us, and previously unexplored polish material, and interviews with the families of hitherto unsung polish codebreakers who continued working for Britain during the early years of the cold war.
RICHARD VAN EMDEN
1918: THE FINAL YEAR OF THE GREAT WAR TO ARMISTICE
PEN & SWORD, KB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781526735553
The renowned First world war historian tells the story of 1918 in soldiers' own words and photographs, the latter drawn both from his own interviews with veterans, and his outstanding collection of 5,000 images, many of which have never been published before. Van Emden will be the face of the BBC's commemoration coverage, I'm told.
FALLOUT: HOW THE WORLD STUMBLED INTO THE NUCLEAR SHADOW
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781471164484
The "pulse-pounding" story of how Roosevelt and churchill ignited the cold War between 1943 and 1944 by building an atomic bomb and excluding their Russian allies, and how two atomic physicists Niels
Bohr and Klaus Fuchs-sought to counter this in two very different ways. Watson argues that the atomic bomb "was not needed and was made as a result of flawed decisions".
HOMES, INTERIORS & CRAFT
THE TABLE MAKER
BLINK, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781788700030
"The ideal christmas gift for the difficult person to buy for", an illustrated guide to, and meditation on, the art of making your own table; from the mindfulness of carpentry to the art of fox wedges and tenon joints. Bird is an architect, artist, designer and shed builder, and was the first winner of channel 4's "Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year' competition in 2014.
HUMOUR & GIFT BOOKS
CAT VS TRUMP: AN INTELLIGENCE TEST FOR CATS WITH LOW SELF-ESTEEM
HEADLINE, 6TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472259240
Who's smarter-your cat, or Donald Trump? A reminder of POTUS' biggest gaffes and a genuine cat IQ test all in one, "the perfect present for cat lovers and Donald detractors alike".
CHARLES DICKENS, TESS NEWALL & ALEX GOODWIN
A GUINEA PIG CHRISTMAS CAROL
BLOOMSBURY, 6TH, HB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781526601452
More squeaky clean literary fun in the tradition of A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice and A Guinea Pig Nativity.
MIRIAM ELIA & EZA ELIA
PIGGY GOES TO UNIVERSITY
DUNG BEETLE BOOKS, 27TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9780992834951
From the creators of Ladybird parody We Go to the Gallery, the "whipsmart and hilarious" story of a precocious young pig who goes to university and becomes a social justice warrior. Printed in red and black with a 1940s look and feel.
THE GUILTY FEMINIST
VIRAGO, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780349010144
From the secret power of rom coms, to what poker can tell us about gender, a funny and accessible book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections by the host of the hit comedy podcast of the same name, which has 500,000 regular listeners, including the likes of Gemma Arterton, Giovanna Fletcher, Sarah Millican and Sara pascoe. Virago is planning a big campaign.
ANGUS HYLAND & KENDRA WILSON
THE MAZE: A LABYRINTHINE COMPANION
LAURENCE KING, 24TH, PB, 24.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786273222
Delightful and fascinating book of 60 mazes around the world, including the mosaic labyrinth in the Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur in Algiers and the Folhammer maze in Gotland, Sweden. Includes birds-eye views of each maze so you can make your own journey around them.
50 YEARS OF MAC: A HALF CENTURY OF BRITISH LIFE
ROBINSON, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472141620
Nostalgic look back on half a century of British life from miniskirts and flower power to Andy Murray and the Spice Girls, through 120 cartoons by award-winning Daily Mail cartoonist Stanley McMurtry, aka MAC.
CATS ON CATNIP
ROBINSON, 6TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472142672
Splendid split-second images of cats enjoying the euphoric effects of catnip. well over a million people follow Cats on Catnip on Facebook.
DR GARETH MOORE
ENIGMA: CRACK THE CODE
MICHAEL O'MARA, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782439042
Interspersed with background information on the history of puzzles, an engrossing collection of logic puzzles, codes and conundrums for all levels, from easy through to fiendish.
SHARM MURUGIAH & ADAM WOODWARD
WHERE'S THE DUDE? THE GREAT MOVIE SPOTTING CHALLENGE
LAURENCE KING, PB, 11.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786272645
Everyone loves the "Dude" from the Coen Brothers "The Big Lebowski". Now's your chance to try and spot him and his friends as he ambles his way through the sets of 12 more iconic movies, from "Titanic" and "Rocky" to "Apocalypse Now" and "The wizard of Oz".
PANTSDRUNK: THE PATH TO FINNISH ZEN
SQUARE PEG, 6TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781910931943
Fresh out of Finland, this refreshing take on the personal development genre encourages drinking at home, alone in your underwear, as well as bingeing on Netflix, scrolling mindlessly on your phone and scoffing sweet and salty snacks.
"No wonder Finland consistently rates in the top five in the happiness ranking."
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
WRITERS: THEIR LIVES AND WORKS
DK, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780241301944
More than 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers, from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. Includes pages from authors' notebooks, original manuscripts and first editions. Foreword by James Naughtie.
JAMIE CAMPLIN & MARIA RENAURO
BOOKS DO FURNISH A PAINTING
THAMES & HUDSON, HB, 24.95 [pounds sterling], 9780500252253
Richly illustrated survey of the relationship between the development of books, the artist, and western pictorial art from the 15th to the 20th centuries, exploring the representation of books in more than 150 thematically arranged works of art.
MARY EOYD RIOUX
MEG, JO, BETH, AMY: THE STORY OF LITTLE WOMEN AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS
NORTON, HB, 22.99 [pounds sterling], 9780393254730
In celebration of the novel's 150th birthday, an account of how Louisa May Alcott came to write it, drawing inspiration from her own life, and examining why her book retains such power to move its readers.
REDEMPTION GROUND: ESSAYS AND ADVENTURES
MYRIAD, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781912408139
This enjoyable first collection of essays by the Poet Laureate of Jamaica interweaves the personal and political to explore her love of poetry and the arts; colonialism and its disorientating legacy; racism and social justice; authenticity and the enduring power of friendship. Illuminating too about how Caribbean writers have had to write themselves "into the story in any way we can".
FIRST YOU WRITE A SENTENCE: A PRIMER FOR WRITING, READING ... AND LIFE
VIKING, 27TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241978498
In this "style guide by stealth", the English professor author of On Roads and Shrinking Violets explains how to find the ideal words, and craft the perfect sentences, in order to arrive at "verbal constellations of extraordinary grace".
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
IN THEIR OWN WORDS 2: MORE LETTERS FROM HISTORY
CONWAY, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781844865222
Second collection of letters, notes and other documents from people who made history, along with commentaries. Covering subjects from Suffragette disturbances to obscene publications, it includes facsimiles of the original letters penned by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mikhail Gorbachev, Caitlin Thomas and Mary whitehouse.
DARACH O SEAGHDHA
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH, HB, 15 [pounds sterling], 9781788545259
This follow-up to 0 Seaghdha's exploration of the Irish language Motherfocloir returns to the subject from a personal perspective, hingeing on the beginning of a father-daughter relationship, and how watching a child learn to communicate changes how you think about language.
THE ART OF THE CITY: ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE
PUSHKIN, 27TH, PB, 12 [pounds sterling], 9781782274483
Quartet of essays on great European cities from an influential German thinker. This "seminal work of psycho-geography" has never been published in
English before. Translated by will stone.
PENINSULA PRESS, 14TH, PB, 6 [pounds sterling], 9781999922320
Drawing on her experiences of translating Hang Kang's man International booker-winning The Vegetarian, a timely and impassioned essay on translation, fidelity and the "knotted cultural politics of world literature".
SPEECHES OF NOTE
HUTCHINSON, 30TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781786331090
This customarily brilliant-sounding fourth collection from the compiler of Letters of Note is a celebration of oratory old and new. The usual eclectic mix includes speeches by John steinbeck, Barbra streisand, John cleese, Tilda swinton, Roald Dahl and Nick Cave, along with some that were written down but never delivered, like the one prepared by President Nixon in the case that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins never came home. Initially scheduled for November 2017.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
NAKED TAROT: SASSY, STRIPPED-DOWN ADVICE
DODONA BOOKS, PB, 20.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782792130 with "raw simplicity and outrageous honesty", this presents helpful, hilarious and relevant advice that will "forever change how you see the cards and finally equip you to understand and read the tarot".
BE YOUR OWN DREAM INTERPRETER: UNCOVER THE REAL MEANING OF YOUR DREAMS AND HOW YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM
CICO, 11TH, HB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781782496564
Learn what your dreams mean to maximise your dream power for success in love, work and elsewhere with this compact guide which includes an A-Z directory of dream images. Also out in similar format: Be Your Own Astrologer (9781782496557).
ASTROLOGY: USING THE WISDOM OF THE STARS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
DK, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241255520
Find out how to cast and read your own birth chart; and how to interpret the zodiac signs, the sun, moon and other planets and the astrological houses to better understand yourself and your place in the world.
NATURAL HISTORY & PETS
THE ART OF ANIMAL ANATOMY: ALL LIFE IS HERE, DISSECTED AND DEPICTED
HERBERT PRESS, 20TH, PB, 24.99 [pounds sterling], 9781912217359
"Horses opened like books, the leer of a shark's eye, the humming loom of the brain ..." Discover the inner workings of animal anatomy with this handsome guide, featuring historical illustrations and lyrical descriptions of animal bodies.
THE HEDGEHOG HANDBOOK
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788540346
From Beatrix potter's Mrs Tiggywinkle to sonic the Hedgehog, a month-by-month gifty celebration of the hedgehog, packed with inspirational quotes, entertaining facts, folklore and literary references.
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF TREES
WORTH PRESS, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781849311557
Exploring 50 species of tree, including their history, medicinal and other uses, as well as meaning and symbolism. Each entry is accompanied by a watercolour painting of the tree, as well as its leaves and fruit.
GABBY: THE LITTLE DOG THAT HAD TO LEARN TO BARK: A FOSTER TAILS STORY
TRAPEZE, 6TH, PB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781409182306 when eight-year-old dog Gabby arrives at the author's animal sanctuary she is traumatised: terrified of the outside world and unable to bark or play. Keel describes how she slowly unlocks the happy spirit trapped inside Gabby, and then finds solace in caring for her when she discovers a lump in her breast.
PAPA GOOSE: ONE YEAR, SEVEN GOSLINGS AND THE FLIGHT OF MY LIFE
GREYSTONE BOOKS, 13TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781771643610
The enthralling and utterly charming story of how Quetting becomes surrogate father to seven rambunctious greylag goslings, taking them for daily swims in Lake Constance, tracking them down when they go astray and observing their personalities develop. His study is part of a fascinating scientific project called ICARUs, set up to track animal movements around the earth, including bird migrations.
BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN OBSESSION, A QUEST AND THE BIGGEST YEAR IN THE WORLD
SOUVENIR, HB, 15 [pounds sterling], 9780285644151
In 2015, Strycker spotted 6,042 of the 10,000 bird species in the world to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, having set himself the goal of becoming the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. This is his account of that remarkable year, in which he travelled to 41 countries on all seven continents.
JURGEN TAUTZ & DIEDRICH STEEN
THE HONEY FACTORY: INSIDE THE INGENIOUS WORLD OF BEES
BLACK INC, 27TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781760640903
This absorbing German bestseller from the publisher of The Hidden Life of Trees (and indeed Peter Wohlleben is an admirer) journeys inside the life of a beehive and reveals, in the process, fascinating discoveries from the latest honeybee research.
KEW PUBLISHING, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781842466629
Divided into seven chapters: Vampires, Killers, Fraudsters, Jailers, Accomplices, survivors and Hitchhikers. A fabulous compilation of weird, mysterious, and bizarre plants from around the world, depicted in life-like oil paintings.
THE WISDOM OF NATURE: INSPIRING LESSONS FROM THE UNDERDOGS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
QUADRILLE, 20TH, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781787132221
From bacteria to bluebottles and from slugs to wasps, the author of Tiny Histories et al celebrates 70 things from nature that are unfairly maligned by humans and yet manage to beat the odds in some inspiring or uplifting way.
SMALL ACTS TO SAVE OUR WORLD: SIMPLE, EVERYDAY WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
CENTURY, 6TH, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781780899282
This "simpler guide to greener living" based on 20 years of research by conservation organisation WWF suggests small and achievable everyday changes we can make to have a big impact on the health of our planet, from reducing plastic waste to buying more ethical clothing.
THE SECRET NETWORK OF NATURE
BODLEY HEAD, 13TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781847925244
The bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees (see below) and The Inner Life of Animals returns with an exploration of the intricate connections-most of them unnoticed by humans-which maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium. We mess with them at our peril.
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES: THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION
GREYSTOKE, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781771643498
Stunning, large-format photographs and compelling selections from The Hidden Life of Trees feature in this illustrated edition of Wohlleben's bestselling first book.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & SELF-HELP
THE MOTHER OF ALL JOBS: HOW TO HAVE CHILDREN AND A CAREER AND STAY SANE
GREEN TREE, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472956224
From broken breast pumps on business trips to hiding chicken pox from the nursery, to the heartbreak when you come home and realise your baby smells of the childminder, a realistic and wise guide about making modern parenting actually work.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: WHAT YOUR HANDWRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU
QUERCUS, 6TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781787470545
Are you creative with a strong imagination? Or easily distracted and oversensitive? This guide by a leading graphology expert shows that the dying art of handwriting can reveal 5,000 personality traits about a person, a fact well known in Japan where CVs are, apparently, still written by hand.
HYPERFOCUS: HOW TO WORK LESS TO ACHIEVE MORE
MACMILLAN, 6TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781509866113
In which Bailey-described by TED.com as the "most productive man you could ever hope to meet"--provides insights into how we can best manage our attention to be our most creative and efficient selves at work. You'll be pleased to hear this can involve working fewer hours, and drinking caffeine strategically.
THE BOOK OF COORIE
BLACK & WHITE, 13TH, HB 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785301810
Coorie-or Cosagach in Gaelic-is the Scottish version of hygge, I'm told. This beautifully photographed book explores what coorie is through lifestyle, homes and interiors, and how it has helped nurture the rich creative traditions that scotland is famed for.
GQ HOW TO WIN AT LIFE
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 13TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781784724580
Based on interviews with the likes of Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Tracey Emin, Andy McNab and tom Daley, advice on acquiring such winning skills as sushi etiquette, folding a suit for crease-free travel, dancing without looking like your dad and surviving a kidnapping.
NOT FADE AWAY
GREEN TREE, 20TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472951335
Successful retirement is all about attitude, says this guide which aims to inspire people to nurture a positive attitude to life beyond work, and take control of their future. Over 600,000 people retire in the UK every year.
NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST: A FIELD GUIDE TO GRIEF
SHAMBHALA, 20TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781611805505
Part memoir, part handbook for the heartbroken, this powerful, unsparing account of losing a premature baby aims to speak to all who have been bereaved and are grieving.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: 101 WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY
QUADRILLE, 20TH, HB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781787132528
Cutely produced and illustrated with her signature prints, this is the first book to combine the Cath Kidston brand with the area of wellness, offering practical and motivational advice.
THE SURFBOARD: HOW USING MY HANDS HELPED UNLOCK MY MIND
UNBOUND, 20TH, HB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781783526383
The author, and co-founder and c.e.o. of Unbound, explains why the week he spent in Cornwall building a seven-foot surfboard helped him push beyond his preconceptions of what he could do as a person. "An indispensable guide to exceeding your own limitations and doing great things for their own sake, out of love."
JAKE KNAPP & JOHM ZERATSKY
MAKE TIME: HOW TO FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS EVERY DAY
BANTAM PRESS, 27TH, PB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780593079584
This buzzy, quirkily illustrated guide from the creators of Google Ventures' "design sprint", also the authors of Sprint, presents a four-step system--Highlight, Laser, Reflect, Energise--for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work and getting more out of each day. It's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant "busy-ness" and distraction.
SLOW: FINDING PEACE AND PURPOSE IN A HECTIC WORLD
SUMMERSDALE, 13TH, HB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786855398
Discover ways to slow time via this cute and compact book of practical advice on self-care, breathing techniques, mindfulness, ethical living and how best to cultivate quiet moments every day.
CONFIDENCE: THE JOURNAL. YOUR YEAR OF POSITIVE THINKING
QUERCUS, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781784295448
The author, TV presenter and charity campaigner with a journal designed to boost confidence through daily affirmations and creative prompts.
ANNABEL RIVKIN & EMILIE MCKEEKAN
I'M ABSOLUTELY FINE
CASSELL, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788400671
"The best cure for a hangover is being under the age of 25." This first book from the creators of popular blog and Saturday Telegraph column "The Midult" provides a "wry, funny guide for women of 35-55 who don't feel middle-aged". Includes chapters on dating, sex, joy, work, self-image and more.
STOICISM AND THE ART OF HAPPINESS
TEACH YOURSELF, 6TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781473674783
Discover how the ancient wisdom of the Stoic philosophers-in many ways a precursor to CBT-can provide you with a 21st-century philosophy of life which will make you more resilient, positive, successful and content.
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT BY LIVING FEARLESSLY
PIATKUS, 27TH, PB, 13.99 [pounds sterling], 9780349415352
Advocating the BMD (brief moments of discomfort) method, the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine shows how to break through and embrace those difficult hurdles to take on challenges you never thought possible, and "achieve astonishing success along the way".
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
HAUNTED BY CHRIST
SPCK, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9780281079339
The life peer and former Bishop of oxford considers the work of 20 writers, including Dostoevsky, Emily Dickinson, T S Eliot and W H Auden, examining the spiritual dimensions in their writing.
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: NOTES FROM A PHILOSOPHER'S DIARY
SPCK, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9780281079193
The eminent philosopher recalls his encounters with some of the leading religious, political and intellectual figures of our time, including Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Noam Chomsky, Graham Greene and Iris Murdoch.
LIVING WITH THE GODS
ALLEN LANE, 23RD, H/B, 30 [pounds sterling], 9780241308295
Through a new kaleidoscope of objects, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects examines the patterns, meanings and stories in the beliefs of humankind through the ages, looking at faiths not in an institutionalised way, but rather at how human societies have constructed shared narratives about who they are. Originally scheduled for last autumn but now being published following a 30-part BBC Radio 4 series and a parallel exhibition at the British Museum.
IVOR THOMAS REES
PATHWAY TO THE STABLE
CIRCLE BOOKS, PB, 4.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785358609
For those seeking a deeper understanding of the Christmas story, a 21st-century introduction to the people and places central to the story of the birth of Jesus, with reference to the promises of the old Testament and its setting in the contemporary Jewish and Roman worlds.
CHRIST, THE HEART OF CREATION
CONTINUUM, 6TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781472945549
"Who do you say that I am?" The former Archbishop of Canterbury answers that question put by Jesus to his disciples as he explores who Jesus was, and how his inner human life related to his inner divine life.
LIKE A THIEF IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: POWER IN THE ERA OF POSTHUMAN CAPITALISM
ALLEN LANE, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241364291
The "most dangerous philosopher in the west" reviews the current march of techno-scientific progress and argues that the global capitalist edifice is beginning to crumble and is on the verge of vanishing. It's time for us to wake up and understand the implications, he says.
STATES OF HAPPINESS
BLOODAXE, 27TH, PB, 9.95 [pounds sterling], 9781780374260
Taking in poems concerned with love, illness, healing and recovery, along with a sequence written in memory of her late sister, this second full-length collection by a Manchester-based poet is championed by Carol Ann Duffy.
POLYGON, 6TH, PB, 8.99 [pounds sterling], 9781846974625
Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize, this verse novella by the prize-winning Glasgow Laureate tracks the relationships between two very different men working a remote farm over the course of 12 months.
RUNNING UPON THE WIRES
PICADOR, 6TH, PB, 9.99 [pounds sterling], 9781509830022
The electrifying performance poet with her deeply personal third collection in which she charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship, and the joy at the beginning of another, but considers too what happens in between when the heart is pulled both ways at once. "A heart-breaking, moving and joyous book about love, in its endings and its beginnings."
THE LIFE SCIENTIFIC: EXPLORERS
WEIDENFELD. 20TH, HB, 18.99 [pounds sterling], 9781474607483
Based on interviews broadcast on BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific" presented by Jim Al-Khalili, this profiles scientists currently exploring the world, the universe and everything. From neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, and Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, to Nobel-winner John Sulston and why he thought it would be a good idea to sequence the human genome.
PRIMATE CHANGE: HOW THE WORLD WE MADE IS REMAKING US
CASSELL, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781788400220
Wide-ranging look at how and why the human body has changed since the agricultural revolution, and how the way we live now (especially on chairs) is changing us inside and out: from giving us flat feet and making us taller to changing the shape of our faces, rendering our jawlines slacker, our teeth wonkier and our jowls fleshier. Being adapted as a three-part radio series for the BBC World Service.
CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON: THE GLOBAL QUEST FOR THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF REALITY
ICON, 6TH, PB, 8.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785783920
Gillies, a member of the strategic planning and evaluation unit at CERN, tells the gripping story of particle physics through the ages, from the original atomists of ancient Greece to those whose work led to the eventual confirmation of the Higgs Boson particle.
JULIEN HARROD & THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCYS
COLUMBUS IN SPACE: A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
CENTURY, 6TH, PB, 7.99 [pounds sterling], 9781780899312
In celebration of the Columbus Laboratory on the International space station's 10th anniversary, the human spaceflight editor for the European space Agency charts its history, from vision to mission, revealing everything from daily operations to its out-of-this-world experiments.
HEART: A HISTORY
ONEWORLD, 27TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786072955
Us heart specialist examines the nature of the human heart, both physiological and spiritual, seamlessly combining history, poetry, philosophy, gripping scenes from the operating theatre and a moving personal story concerning his own family history of heart disease. The author of two Us bestsellers, this is his first book to be published in the UK.
LIQUID: THE DELIGHTFUL AND DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES THAT FLOW THROUGH OUR LIVES
VIKING, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9780241977293
The materials scientist and author of the award-winning Stuff Matters with the first popular science book about liquids and their amazing and mysterious properties, including why fluids flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.
THE BRAIN: A USER'S GUIDE
JOHN MURRAY, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781473629325
From strange ways to distort reality to the hacks that can improve memory, everything you need to know about your brain is crammed into this eye-opening illustrated New Scientist book, featuring essays, infographics and "try this at home" experiments.
GENE MACHINE: THE RACE TO DECIPHER THE SECRETS OF THE RIBOSOME
ONEWORLD, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781786074362
The 2009 Nobel Prize for chemistry Laureate and President of the Royal society tells the thrilling story of how he and fellow scientists raced to unlock the secrets of the ribosome, the gene-reading machine which processes the data that is DNA. It's a fundamental discovery that could resolve the mystery of life itself and lead to the development of better antibiotics to fight deadly diseases.
THE BOOK OF HUMANS: THE STORY OF HOW WE BECAME US
WEIDENFELD, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780297609407
I loved Rutherford's A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. Here he examines the things that set us apart from other animals, while we still remain apes, wedded to the rest of creation by genes, anatomy and physiology, and shared evolution.
THE TANGLED TREE: A RADICAL NEW HISTORY OF LIFE
COLLINS, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780008310684
Recent discoveries in molecular biology have changed our understanding of life's history, with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature. Quammen charts these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.
WILDFIRE, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781472247896
In this "exquisite infographic masterpiece" in the vein of his stunning 2017 book Apollo, Scott explores in detail 43 of the most majestic architectural constructions created by human beings in 23 countries around the world, including stonehenge, the Burj Khalifa, the Taj Mahal, and the Shard. "The perfect christmas gift book for anyone interested in architecture, engineering, design and creative infographics."
THE PERILS OF PERCEPTION:
ATLANTIC, 6TH, HB, 11.99 [pounds sterling], 9781786494566
How much does it cost to raise a child? What do we need to save for retirement? How much tax do the rich pay? This first book in a partnership between Atlantic and IPSOS, the social research institute, is billed as a ground-breaking exploration of our ignorance about these and many other questions, informed by studies across 40 countries.
YOU ARE NOT HUMAN: HOW WORDS KILL
BITEBACK, 11TH, PB, 12.99 [pounds sterling], 9781785904073
Apparently we use a metaphor once every 16 words on average. Lancaster, a leading professional speechwriter, goes on a mission to find out how metaphors are being used and misused today, crucially shaping the way we experience and view events, sometimes with dangerous consequences.
I LOVE THIS GAME: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
SIMON & SCHUSTER, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781471170843
The charismatic French international full-back who has played for Nice, Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus, Marseille and West Ham looks back on his extraordinary career, from growing up as one of 26 siblings in Senegal, to world football stardom.
GOING TO THE MATCH
HODDER, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781473661783
In his part memoir, part polemic, the sportswriter-twice winner of the William Hill Sports Book Award-considers why football matters so much to so many people. Basing each chapter around a different match and a different theme, Hamilton will also include large helpings of his own reminiscences about the likes of Alf Ramsey, Kenny Dalglish, Diego Maradona and Paul Gascoigne.
SIR CHRIS HOY
HOW TO RIDE A BIKE
HAMLYN, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780600635215
"Hard-working and compelling" guide to becoming a fitter, faster, more enduring and skilful cyclist, from the six-time Olympic champion. Tying together the technical, physical and mental aspects of cycling performance, it also includes QR codes to scan and download exclusive video content of exercises and advice from Hoy himself.
HARPERCOLLINS, 20TH, PB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9780008301859
The inspiring story of the 80-year-old Irish female motorsport pioneer who broke through the gender barrier to compete in, and win, some of the most famous rallies in the world.
She looks back on the highs and lows of her career, and encounters with celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
BUTCH WILKINS AND THE SUNDANCE KID: A TEENAGE OBSESSION WITH TV SPORT
ARENA, 6TH, PB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781909715615
Chronicling-"both hilariously and touchingly"-the sports journalist author's devotion to sport on TV during his teenage years in the 1980s, this memoir also ruminates on the changing face of sport, and its heroes and villains.
TRAVEL & TRANSPORT
PRESTEL, HB, 27.50 [pounds sterling], 9783791384092
Lavishly illustrated history of Concorde which celebrates the glamour of its design and includes contributions from many of those who helped create the Concorde experience from take-off to landing and beyond.
EYE ON THE HILL: HORSE TRAVELS IN BRITAIN
FRONTIER PUBLISHING, 1ST, HB, 19.99 [pounds sterling], 9781872914503
New, delightfully illustrated edition of a classic account of a journey Barnes made on horseback at the age of 27 in 1977, from west Wales to Norfolk via Loch Ness. A new selection of photos of the author and his worthy steed, Remus, enhance the text and give us a beguiling perspective of Wales, Scotland and England from horseback.
LAWRENCE D BURNS & CHRISTOPHER SHULGAN
AUTONOMY: THE QUEST TO BUILD THE DRIVERLESS CAR AND HOW IT WILL RESHAPE OUR WORLD
COLLINS, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780008302061
The former General Motors executive and current adviser to the Google self-driving car project tells the definitive story of the race between Google, Apple, Tesla and Uber to create a driverless car (the first is likely to hit the market in less than five years' time). It's an overwhelmingly positive take on what this will mean for our future on the road.
STEP BY STEP
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781473689107
The award-winning BBC documentary maker, whose most recent series was "Russia" in 2017, tells of his amazing adventures in over 120 countries and in some of the remotest parts of the plane: diving with manta rays, dodging frontline bullets, being detained for spying, tracking lions and much more. Not bad for a man who left school with no qualifications. Reeve will embark on a three-month, 40-venue theatre tour at publication.
MARTIN ROACH, NEIL WATERMAN & JOHN MORRISON
THE SCIENCE OF SUPERCARS
MITCHELL BEAZLEY, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781784723637
Exploring the science and technology behind the art of supercar design, featuring bespoke technical illustrations from F1 insider Waterman and contributions from the likes of Adrian Newey, and Gorgon Murray, creator of the McLaren F1.
Introduction by David Coulthard.
THE REAL LOLITA: THE KIDNAPPING OF SALLY HORNER AND THE NOVEL THAT SCANDALISED THE WORLD
WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON, 25TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781474605595
The gripping, hitherto untold-and deeply sad-story of the real-life US child abduction that inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: that of Sally Horner in 1948. Publication of this "stylish", literary true crime story by Weidenfeld is appropriate too given that it was the first UK publisher of Lolita itself.
ONES TO WATCH
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY
BLINK, 20TH, PB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781911600893
This first book from the "music world's most outspoken star" whose fourth album is is due out in June, is a "powerful and candid" account of the "things she cares about and the things that have happened in her life": feeling isolated as a child; finding huge success, only to find herself feeling isolated again; falling into dependence on drink and drugs; and getting married. It's also, I'm told, about feminism, the tabloids, sex, money, faking orgasms, bad managers, fame, sexual abuse, mental health and narcissism.
KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH
THE LIES THAT BIND: RETHINKING IDENTITY
PROFILE, 6TH, HB, 14.99 [pounds sterling], 9781781259238
This compelling new perspective on identity, which expands on the author's 2016 Reith Lectures, has already garnered praise from Zadie smith. Appiah--who is both grandson of a British Chancellor of the Exchequer and nephew of a Ghanian king, as well as chair of judges for the 2018 Man Booker Prize-urges us to challenge our assumptions about how identity works. Our sense of self, he argues, is shaped by our families and our racial thinking, in particular, is an artefact of discarded science, he says.
NATURAL HISTORY & PETS
PIG: TALES FROM AN organic FARM
WILDFIRE, 20TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781472258038
"In a frosty field on the longest night of the year, eight little piglets snuffle their first breaths, and jostle close to their mother to feed ..." Billed as this year's The Secret Life of Cows, an evocative and illuminating account of the wonder of pigs, by the president of the soil Association. It focuses on the life and times of a gang of saddleback pigs on her Wiltshire farm, shining a light on the inner lives of these mischievous, intelligent and inventive animals, and on the hot environmental topic of sustainable farming and food.
SELF-HELP & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
DANCING FOR JOY: A SHORT ORDER OF KINDNESS
TWO ROADS, 6TH, HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling], 9781473663862
Glasgow's Calman and Grimsby's Kevin danced their way across our screens over 10 weeks on "strictly Come Dancing" 2017, charming many viewers in the process, and the experience was so damn wonderful it turned Calman into a "one-woman army of hope and joy". Her evangelical mission with this book is simple: to get the nation to join her in not being negative, cross or shouty, and to find that joy in the little things in life, and defeat the hate and fear.
CURRENT AFFAIRS & POLITICS
YES SHE CAN
HODDER, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781473659223
And now to the second Scottish female powerhouse author of the month: the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, undoubtedly a strong and authentic voice in politics. In her first book, she aims to appeal to voters across the spectrum with a collection of the life lessons learned through interviews with inspirational women from around the world. "I hope very much that it will become an obsolete curio in my lifetime; a text to be puzzled over as to why it needed to be written at all," she says.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & SELF-HELP
INGRID FETTELL LEE
JOYFUL: THE ART OF FINDING HAPPINESS ALL AROUND YOU
RIDER, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781846045394
In an eye-catching guide, Rider is aiming at the millennial Marie Kondo market. Fettell Lee, c.e.o. of global innovation firm IDEO, takes a "groundbreaking" look at how small changes at home and in public spaces--tweaks in colour, text, pattern--can promote the "aesthetics of joy" (the title of her blog). She brings in psychology and neuroscience to explore how the things we routinely interact with can have surprisingly powerful effects on our mood.
VIETNAM: AN EPIC TRAGEDY: 1945-1975
COLLINS, 20TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9780008132989
Billed as Hastings' magnum opus and a "masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century", this new history of the Vietnam War is based on three years of extensive research, much of it conducted in Vietnam itself--to affect a change of perspective that is long overdue. We are still wont to think of the war as an American tragedy, says Hastings. And yet, it was overwhelmingly a Vietnamese tragedy in which 40 Vietnamese died for every American.
FOOD & DRINK
PRUE: FAVOURITE RECIPES
FROM A LIFETIME OF COOKING AND EATING
BLUEBIRD, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9781509891481
In her first cookbook for 25 years, the founder of Leith's School of Food and Wine, and "Great British Bake Off" judge, draws on her 60 years of cooking for this new "treasure trove" of 100 recipes from her own kitchen table. Some are "family favourites for donkey's years, some adopted in the past few months". There's also a chapter of puds inspired by her time on "GBBO": "guaranteed to be worth the calories", and lots of anecdotes from her life in food.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
DR RICHARD SHEPHERD
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9780718182717
Shepherd is the UK's foremost forensic pathologist, his job is to understand deaths which may have no natural cause, and his findings are crucial to the pursuit of justice. In this compelling-sounding book, billed as "a real-life Silent Witness', he looks back on some of the high-profile cases he has been involved in as an expert witness-including 9/11, the Bali bombing, and the death of Princess Diana. He also considers the personal costs of a career in which he has been constantly driven by the challenge to find out the truth.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
THOMAS CROMWELL: A LIFE
ALLEN LANE, 27TH HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781846144295
"This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years," says Hilary Mantel of this major new life of her man Cromwell, based on a decade of original archival research, and billed as the "most complete life ever written of this elusive figure". Making connections not previously seen, and revealing more about the channels through which power in early Tudor England flowed, the distinguished Oxford historian overturns such received wisdoms as the idea that Cromwell and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their shared religious sympathies.
FOOD & DRINK
BLOOMSBURY, 20TH, HB, 30 [pounds sterling], 9781408856895
The author of the award-winning The Flavour Thesaurus returns with a covetably designed book, intended to help cooks develop their own recipes. Divided into 12 chapters, each one covering a basic culinary category-Bread, Sauces or Custard (love that custard is a basic), Segnit arranges recipes on a continuum, so that the transition from one recipe to the next amounts to just a tweak in method or ingredients. Infused with Segnit's witty writing, the idea is that improvisation and the confidence to cook by heart will be encouraged.
THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR: THE GREATEST ESPIONAGE STORY OF THE COLD WAR
VIKING, 20TH, HB, 25 [pounds sterling], 9780241186657
Any new true tale by Ben Macintyre is a must-read as far as I'm concerned, but this one feels particularly timely. It concerns the life of double agent Oleg Gordievsky, a senior KGB officer who supplied his British spymasters with priceless secrets for over a decade. In 1985, however, he stood in central Moscow with a Safeway bag, its logo the signal that he needed out. What follows is a tale of espionage, betrayal and courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever.
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS, 20TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781847948120
In a change of tack, the "Monty Python" stalwart and TV globetrotter brings one of the greatest of Victorian maritime adventures vividly to life, as he charts the voyages of "HMS Erebus", from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke to its eventual abandonment during John Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition in 1846, and final rediscovery on the seabed in 2014. In a book he travelled widely to research, Palin also incorporates maps, paintings and engravings. Already confirmed as a Radio 4 "Book of the Week".
CURRENT AFFAIRS & POLITICS
BREAKING NEWS: THE REMAKING OF JOURNALISM AND WHY IT MATTERS
CANONGATE, 6TH, HB, 20 [pounds sterling], 9781786890931
You don't have to be a journalist to be riveted by this study of the state of news reporting--how we read it, who controls it, and why it matters. Reflecting on his own career from his days on the Cambridge Evening News to his 20 years as editor of the Guardian, during which time the paper broke such seismic stories as the Edward Snowden revelations and Wikileaks, Rusbridger offers a stirring defence of quality journalism.